Amy Khoshbin and Jennifer Khoshbin
Upper Gallery at The Arts Center at Governors Island
May 28 - October 30, 2022
July - August: Summer Friday and Saturdays, 10am-7pm, Sundays 10am-6pm
Open on Memorial Day (May 30), July 4, Labor Day (Sept 5)
Sun Seekers, created by sisters Amy Khoshbin and Jennifer Khoshbin, is a body of immersive installation, sculptural, and performance work meant to promote healing through disconnecting with technology and reconnecting with the natural world. The Sun Seekers is a sci-fi narrative about an alternate world that maintains a direct correlation to our current experience of constant indoor on-screen life– the Wreck-tangle. The Sun Seekers pursue outdoor spaces ﬁlled with light while consuming botanicals to escape the Wreck-tangle, to collectively create a sense of empathy with the environment and to get back in touch with our bodies as a critical act of self-care. Gathering temporary communities together in physical space, the Sun Seekers engage with somatic analog sculptures that awaken senses left untapped in the Wreck-tangle. Over the course of the exhibition, there will be a series of participatory performances led by the Sun Seekers to induct the audience into their world through object-making and durational technology-free somatic experiences both inside the installation and outside in the sun.
Amy Khoshbin is an Iranian-American Brooklyn-based artist. She pushes the formal and conceptual boundaries of artmaking to foster radical social change through performance, social practice, video, collage, rap music, writing, and installation. She has shown at venues such as The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Guggenheim Museum, Times Square Arts, Artpace, The High Line, Socrates Sculpture Park, and festivals such as South by Southwest and River to River. She has received residencies at The Watermill Center, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Anderson Ranch, and Banff Centre for the Arts among others. She has received a NYFA Grant, Franklin Furnace Fund, and Rema Hort Mann Grant. She is the current Fellow in Civic Engagement at Pratt Institute. Khoshbin received an MA in New Media Art from New York University and a BA in Film at University of Texas at Austin. She has collaborated with Laurie Anderson, Karen Finley, and poet Anne Carson among others.
Jennifer Khoshbin is a San Antonio artist and curator. Her work often aims to present a detail of the story of human diversity and community. The strength of the work comes from great attention to pictorial detail, seen in her drawings, murals and installations. The guiding inspiration in all Jennifer’s artwork is twofold: the public self and the private self. Her public works are created with a respect to the specific history of the site and its communities of settlers and wayfarers, past and present, human, plant or animal. Her private works are intended to explore personal identities through storytelling. Whether creating intricate personal drawings or large-scale public art pieces, there exists a simple phrase, idea or story worth telling. Jennifer has exhibited works in galleries and museums throughout the United States: Times Square Arts, Artpace, Southwest School of Art and Craft, TX; Blue Star Contemporary, TX; Artpace, TX; The Watermill Center, NY; Rose and Radish Gallery, SF; Bellevue Arts Museum, WA; 360SEE, Chicago; and Tinlark Gallery in LA, among others. Her work has been published and written about widely and has appeared in Newsweek, Readymade, House Beautiful, Glamour, and in numerous art and craft books.