Opening Reception for Charles Atlas, Anya Kielar and Umber Majeed

Opening Reception for Charles Atlas, Anya Kielar and Umber Majeed


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Pioneer Works

159 Pioneer Street

Brooklyn, NY 11231

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Join us at Pioneer Works for a public opening reception celebrating three new exhibitions by Charles Atlas, Anya Kielar, and Umber Majeed.

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Join Pioneer Works in a public opening celebration of three new exhibitions—Charles Atlas: The Mathematics of Consciousness, Anya Kielar: Shadow Box, and Umber Majeed: Made In Trans-Pakistan.

The Mathematics of Consciousness centers on a newly commissioned multimedia installation that takes inspiration from seminal film and video artist Charles Atlas’s ongoing interests in science and math—particularly, memory, thought formation, and numerical expressions. Unified by a single musical score composed by Lazar Bozic and paired with a sculptural stage designed by Mika Tajima in collaboration with Chadha Ranch, the immersive video work extends across 100 feet of the institution’s interior architecture, projecting flickering images throughout its windows that simulate the ways in which ideas appear in the human mind.

Anya Kielar’s practice investigates the complexity of representing the female form and the transformations that occur in an individual throughout their lifetime. Centered on a newly commissioned triptych that constitutes the artist’s largest works to date, the installation continues a recent body of work that portrays abstract female figures in three-dimensional reliefs. Kielar blurs the line between painting and sculpture, by melding the two within a unique creative process wherein fabric is painted—through brushes, stencils and spray guns—with an original motif before it is wrapped around hand-carved resin components.

Made in Trans-Pakistan is a new media installation by recent Pioneer Works artist-in-residence Umber Majeed, which speculates on nostalgia and the futurity of urbanization claims in Lahore. The exhibition is the newest iteration of an ongoing project that centers on BahriaTown—the name of several private, planned housing developments throughout Pakistan—to offer a critical analysis of familial archives, tools of leisure, and the context of gentrification in South Asia.

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