Press Release


Material Histories
November 2 - 17, 2013
Opening Reception: November 2, 2013, 2 – 4 PM

Key Projects is pleased to present Material Histories an exhibition featuring Sermin Kardestuncer, Kirsten Kucer and Rossana Martinez.

Material Histories looks at three artists who use natural materials to make work that is reflective of their lives, past and present. Histories are revealed through the process of making art with materials patiently collected.

Sermin Kardestuncer uses Sienna earth, collected during her travels in Italy, as a natural pigment on paper, then with thread, methodically stitches another history through its surface. Kirsten Kucer’s work using Mexican adobe, originates from the time she spent in that country and her curiosity about the land she lived on, its history and its people. Rossana Martinez uses beet ink harvested from her garden, to document simple gestures of her body performance pieces.

(image l. to r. Sermin Kardestuncer, Rossana Martinez, Kirsten Kucer)

Installation view of Material Histories, Key Projects, LIC, NY, 2013
(l. to r.) Kirsten Kucer, Rossana Martinez, Sermin Kardestuncer, Kirsten Kucer
Installation view of Material Histories, Key Projects, LIC, NY, 2013
(l. to r.) Kirsten Kucer, Rossana Martinez, Sermin Kardestuncer
Installation view of Material Histories, Key Projects, LIC, NY, 2013
(l. to r.) Kirsten Kucer, Rossana Martinez
Installation view of Material Histories, Key Projects, LIC, NY, 2013
(l. to r.) Rossana Martinez, Kirsten Kucer, Rossana Martinez
Installation view of Material Histories, Key Projects, LIC, NY, 2013
(l. to r.) Rossana Martinez, Sermin Kardestuncer, Kirsten Kucer
Sermin Kardestuncer, Untitled, 2012
Cotton fabric and thread on muslin, 21 x 21 inches
Sermin Kardestuncer, Untitled, 2012
Cotton fabric and thread on muslin, 21 x 21 inches
Sermin Kardestuncer, Sienna #'s 1, 2, 3, 2013
Sienna earth and thread on rice paper, 12 x 12 inches (each)
Sermin Kardestuncer, Sienna # 3, 2013
Sienna earth and thread on rice paper, 12 x 12 inches
Kirsten Kucer, 1 Square Meter of Mexican History, 2004
Mexican adobe, dimensions variable
Kirsten Kucer, Of the earth, 1999
Sumi Ink on latex backed with lead, 5 x 5 inches (each)
Kirsten Kucer, Of the earth, 1999
Sumi Ink on latex backed with lead, 5 x 5 inches (each)
Rossana Martinez, To Love and To Hold (Secrets of the Sea), 2013
Performance Body Monoprints
Turmeric Ink on paper, 2 x 2 x 2 1/4 inces
Rossana Martinez, Between Two Lungs, 2012-2013
Performance Body Monoprints
Beet Ink on paper, 14 x 17 inches
Rossana Martinez, Between Two Lungs, 2012-2013
Performance Body Monoprints
Beet Ink on paper, 14 x 17 inches