Networks and Systems
Leslie Kerby and Lianne Arnold
Networks and Systems presents three projects developed by collaborators Leslie Kerby and Lianne Arnold through video, sculpture and installation. Closing Ceremony, an immersive installation that will be in development for the duration of the exhibition, will present a positive reflection on the community life of the cemetery and offer new ways in which we may consider memorializing loved ones as physical memorial parks and cemeteries are increasingly less available. The World Contained sculpture and complimentary video animation The World Contained II uses the container shipping industry as a force in our global economy as well as considers their re-use for housing and a variety of market applications. The third project, The Laying On of Hands, reflects upon the systems, networks and players that comprise our healthcare systems.
About the Artists
Leslie Kerby is an interdisciplinary artist based in New York City. She works in a variety of media to create thematically interlinked bodies of work. She focuses on issues related to how we lead our lives personally, as individuals, and how our personal lives are variably connected to, and changed by, the broader networks and communities within which we live and interact. Her work is in the permanent collections at Columbia University, New York and Arkansas State University, Arkansas. Kerby has received commissions from Norte Maar for Collaborative Projects in the Arts, BRIC Arts | Media and Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, and has been awarded residencies at VCCA, Virginia, Auvillar, France, and School of Visual Arts. Her work has also appeared at the art fairs Verge, Spring Break, and AQUA Miami. She has been reviewed in hyperallergic.com and Two Coats of Paint. Leslie has collaborated with video and scenic designer Lianne Arnold on several video animation projects that have appeared at the Actors Fund Theater and BRIC Arts | Media in Brooklyn; Project: ARTspace in Manhattan and at the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey. Other collaborations have involved composers, sound designers, writers and master printmakers. In addition to making and exhibiting her work, Kerby also acts as a guest curator with a number of New York art venues and institutions such as Project: ARTspace. She is a member of the Contemporary Art Advisory Council at BRIC Arts | Media, and a member of the Executive Board at Norte Maar for Collaborative Projects in the Arts.
Lianne Arnold is a video & scenic designer and interdisciplinary artist working in theater, opera, music, dance, film & art installation. Her performance work has been seen in New York at The Kitchen, BAM, NYTW, HERE, La Mama, 3LD, Ars Nova, National Sawdust, Roulette, The Joyce, Baruch, 59E59 among others and in venues around the country and internationally. She was a production designer on the short film Toru, premiering at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. Lianne works as a content artist and video designer with Blue Man Productions and as a repeated video designer with Jane Comfort & Company. She regularly collaborates with composers, music groups and visual artists, and her installation and video art has been exhibited in galleries in New York and New Jersey including The Actors’ Fund and BRIC. Her collaborators in the visual arts have included Leslie Kerby (Counterpointe/Brooklyn Ballet/BRIC and more), Natalia Margolis, Fariba Alam & Urban Matter Design Firm (Bare Branches – Shrine Empire Gallery, New Delhi). Current: Oscar at the Crown at 3 Dollar Bill in Williamsburg and Love Heals All Wounds international tour with M.A.I. Lil’ Buck & Jon Boogz. Lianne was named a “Young Designer to Watch” by Live Design Magazine in 2015, is a member of Wingspace Design Collective, and proudly earned her MFA from CalArts.