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Likkle Tings: A Panel Discussion Moderated by Curator Curtis Santiago

The Evening Lecture Series is free and open to the public. With inquiries, please contact Kara Carmack at kcarmack@nyss.org.


A Conversation between Curtis Santiago and artists included in the group exhibition: Likkle Tings. This exhibition looks at contemporary artists engaged with small-scale works as a major and serious aspect of their practice.

Likkle Tings is on view at the New York Studio School December 9th 2021- January 23rd 2022 and features works by Lyndon J Barrois Sr, Susan Cianciolo, Christina Kenton, Christian Newell, Jill Orlov, Patrice Robinson and Alexander Richard Wilson.

The News Today Oil on NYC Metro Card Patrice Robinson

New York based artist, Patrice Robinson is best known for her intense, realistic portrait paintings created by using oil on wood panels and MetroCards. She uses her own experiences, as an African American woman growing up and living in NYC as inspiration. The themes that interest Patrice are duality, confinement displacement and attachment. She was an ARTWorks, Inc. Resident-Fellow at Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning from 2019-2020.

Alexander Richard Wilson

Alexander Richard Wilson, is a queer, African American artist working to render the condition of the contemporary American landscape in the midst of the turmoil of climate change. Born (1993) and raised in St. Louis Missouri among five siblings, Alexander was heavily influenced by the St. Louis Area’s architectural legacy and the sense of being a part of a whole. Artistically underpinned by a determined architectural sensibility, he seeks to articulate landscape paintings that speak to the American environmental climate as it changes. Upon finishing his BFA at the school of the Art Institute of Chicago (2017), Alexander worked in the city of Chicago in installations, and the fabrication of sculpture. Upon moving to Lakewood, Colorado in the summer of 2020, with his partner Grace, the conditions present in the mountain west struck a nerve with the artist, and he began generativity painting landscapes that directly represented present extreme weather conditions, and large mountain fires as they burned. His paintings speak to the striking severity of the events unfolding in the mountain west, and a sensibility regarding line and form, formed in the crucible of Chicago’s towering canyons. Alexander has shown these works at Housing, NY.

Originally trained as an architect, Jill Orlov’s design process always began with tiny concept models: “My architecturally inspired artwork goes back full circle, I now build miniature vignettes in metal and found objects. Still an architect at heart, my work is still the built environment…just miniaturized. Extensive research of classic and iconic spaces inspires my one-of-a-kind miniature rooms or vignettes, a contrast in styles, industrial converging with classic old-world designs. Combining styles and scales overlap in many settings from modern to traditional. I also use fragments of architectural salvage, bicycle parts, copper sheet, mesh and rivets, mirror, aluminum, my handmade miniature paper books, and miniature glasses and bottles.”

Christina Kenton is a self-taught artist born in Vancouver, Canada. Christina has been creating surreal pieces around functioning lighters for over twelve years. Her late grandfather, the surrealist Ladislav Guderna, nature, forensics, and her own dreams, are main inspirations for the artist. Along with the common therapeutic effects of art making, Kenton noticed the repetitive, detailed work, helped soothe her chronic vertigo from a past brain injury.

 Susan Cianciolo (b.1969) is a visual artist and designer who received her BFA from Parsons School of Design, New York, NY in 1992, a BFA from Parsons School of Design, Paris, France in 1991 and also studied at Winchester School of Art, Winchester, England. In addition to her visual arts practice, she was founder and designer of RUN Collection from 1995-2001, whose presentations were repeatedly shown at Andrea Rosen gallery. Recent solo exhibitions include PRAYER ROOM HEALING STAtion, lumber room, Portland, Oregon (2021); Spirit Guides: Paintings 1990-2020, Bridget Donahue, New York, NY (2020); GOD LIFE: Modern House on Land Outside Game Table, South London Gallery, London, United Kingdom (2019); GAME ROOM, NATURE MAZE: To Live A Life on Earth is one of the Highest Honors, Martina Simeti, Milan, Italy (2019); Run 12: God is a Jacket, Overduin & Co., Los Angeles, California (2018), among others. Group exhibitions include Pedestrian Profanities, Simon Lee Gallery, New York, NY (2020); Boro Textiles: Sustainable Aesthetics, The Japan Society, New York, NY (2020); Every Loft Needs a Sink, Vleeshal, Middleburg, The Netherlands (2019); Now & Then, The Hole, New York, NY (2018); Eckhaus Latta: Possessed, The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY (2018); Fashion Work, Fashion Workers, CCS Bard Hessel Museum, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY (2018); Whitney Biennial 2017, Whitney Museum of American Art, NY (2017); Looking Back/ The 10th White Columns Annual, White Columns, New York, NY (2016); Greater New York, MoMA PS1, Long Island City, NY (2016) among others. She participated in the 2018 Siena Art Institute Residency, Siena, Italy and was The Anni and Josef Albers Foundation Artist in Residence in 2001.

Lyndon J Barrois, Sr Los Angeles, CA Artist, Animation Director, Filmmaker and as an AMPAS VFX Executive Branch member, Lyndon boasts a long career in art and animation. His film credits include The Matrix Trilogy, Happy Feet, and The Thing, where he directed pivotal character animation sequences in those features. He currently wins accolades for his unique gum wrapper sculpture animations of historic figures and events, whose portraits and Sportraits are produced entirely on iPhones.

Within the art world, his work has been featured in major institutions from the Pérez Art Museum Miami, to the Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles. Subjects of his work have ranged from gender inclusion in the FIFA World Cup, to America’s Covid-19 crisis, racial uprisings and elections of 2020.

An HBCU grad from New Orleans, he serves on the boards of The Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, California Institute of the Arts (his MFA Alma mater), and the AMPAS Museum’s Inclusion Task Force.

In his paintings, drawings and miniatures, Christian Quin Newell presents coded narratives to reflect on and process the world around him. Often anchored around a semi-autobiographical protagonist the works form a personal mythology, in which Newell employs a distinct iconography of semiotic marks, archetypal images, transhistorical characters and multilayered plots.



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