Bryan Zanisnik
Meadowland Picaresque 2013

Smack Mellon, NY


My role: Curator / Produced multimedia exhibition and live performance and managed installation and deinstallation.

Awarded Best Exhibition in Dumbo Arts Festival 2013

Transforming the back gallery into an entropic space, Bryan Zanisnik’s latest large-scale installation Meadowlands Picaresque incorporates thousands of photos and discarded objects from the 32-square mile swamp in Northern New Jersey along with memorabilia from the artist’s studio and childhood home. Every week the artist and his parents will activate the sprawling installation in tableau vivant style, blurring the line between still image and performance.

Bryan Zanisnik was born in Union, New Jersey and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. He received an MFA from Hunter College and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. He has recently exhibited and performed in New York at MoMA PS1, Sculpture Center, and the Queens Museum of Art; in Philadelphia at the Fabric Workshop and Museum; in Miami at the De La Cruz Collection; in Chicago at the Museum of Contemporary Photography; in Los Angeles at LAXART; and internationally at the Istanbul Museum of Modern Art, the Kunsthalle Exnergasse in Vienna and the Futura Centre for Contemporary Art in Prague.  Zanisnik’s work has been reviewed in the New York Times, Art in America, Artforum, ARTnews, Modern Painters, and Time Out New York, amongst others. He has completed residencies at the Macdowell Colony, the Art Omi International Artists Residency, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Workspace Program, and the Guangdong Times Museum in Guangzhou, China. 

More info about the exhibition on Smack Mellon website.

Image courtesy of the artist and Smack Mellon. Photo by Etienne Frossard.

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