Activate: Market Street Featured Artist Suprina

Becoming “Them”
Activate: Market Street 10

September 24th – December 17th, 2016
Opening Reception September 24th, 7-10pm @ Gallery Aferro

“Becoming “Them” – A Fantasy Narrative about our Relationship to our Tech Devices
Our cars, extensions of us: from bumper stickers to personalized license plates and now, the latest trend, the one dimensional ‘Iconic Stick Figure Family’ identify us to the persons in the car behind us. Our Tech world has reduced much of our communication to ‘Sound Bites’, ‘Likes’ and ‘Clicks’. We reduced Dad to “Dad”, and mom to “Mom”, “Son”, “Daughter”, “Pets”… all with slight variations in ‘stick figure-ness’. Using this ‘Iconic Family’ Suprina takes us on a journey. How will we relate to our world and each other in 1,000 years? Are we becoming machine-‘Like’?. Technology seems to control and isolate us under the auspice of greater communication. In this narrative it seems that the devices meant to serve humanity may be its actual demise.

Suprina describes herself as an ‘object historian’. She states, “I am in love with the object; with all their characteristics. Shape, texture, color, my process brings them together to form a larger than self intention.” Her themes are social, political, environmental and always includes an element of humor. Suprina does not limit her palette to only ‘found objects’ though, she will use any material and medium to aid in expression and open dialogue.

Suprina studied sculpture at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. After landing her first sculpting job at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Suprina started her own prop business. Her clients included Annie Leibovitz, Apple, Bloomingdales among others. Having lived near Ground Zero at the time of 9/11, Suprina decided, as a revelation, that she would focus solely on her art. In 2012 she create a public sculpture on Governors Island titled Circle of Intention inspired by a Tibetan Prayer Wheel. 2013 and 2015 she was voted ‘Best Portfolio’ by Pro-Arts curators, which resulted in a full room installation at the Drawing Rooms in Jersey City and an exhibition at the Jersey City Museum. Suprina was invited as a featured artist to Flux Harlem Art Fair in May 2015. She also lectured at Iona College, New Rochelle, NY as a visiting artist that same year. Suprina’s second public sculpture was installed in Marcus Garvey Park, Harlem, NY this past March as part of the MGPA Public Art Initiative and Flux Harlem Art Fair, thanks to two grants awarded by the Puffin Foundation and LMCC. This sculpture titled DNA Totem has been the most visited sculpture in the park. She has shown in Chelsea, Chicago, Scottsdale, Southampton, Bridgehampton, Brooklyn, Harlem, Monmouth Museum, and Jersey City Museum.