Opening reception January 19th from 6-8 PM.
- Mirrored glass skins lie sleeping, like tranquil lakes in the contemporary white cube.
- Cloaked as architect, lawmaker, and puppeteer, the artist plays with the site, as it furiously attempts to beseech its own structure, follow its own rules, and manage its own stability.
- Entering the arena, you silently concede to the rules of its gravity.
- Mind your step, watch your head, steer through the marked boundaries and traces of futurist ruins.
- As passenger, democratic citizen, believer, or anonymous being, you continuously board and pilot the site. But beware! As it is marked by quicksand, boobytraps, and oases.
- Did you ever look up to see the sky and cry because your neck isn't long enough?
- A rearview mirror watches, as “avra kehdabra!”; the present becomes the past.
- Survival is set on your insistence to keep moving.
Kris Rumman is a Palestinian-American artist who creates sculpture, performance, and installations that act as impermanent fugitives. Appearing as temporary inhabitants and curious students of its visitors, her work often uses mirror and reflection to track, survaile, guide, and comply with its witnesses. Captivated by the materials of architecture, power (authority) and chance (Inshallah), her work is migratory, situationally responsive, and inextricably linked to the geopolitics where she lives.
Rumman has exhibited and made performances across the United States and internationally including the Strohl and Fowler-Kellogg Art Center (Chautauqua, NY), UrbanGlass (NYC), Temple Contemporary, Little Berlin, Conwell Dance Theater, and Vox Populi (Philadelphia, PA), Project Gallery (Ann Arbor, MI), Georgetown Space (Washington D.C), Ohio Craft Museum (Columbus, OH), Toledo Museum of Art (Toledo, OH) and Abate Zanetti Gallery (Murano, Italy). She has taught at Chautauqua Institution, Pratt Fine Art Center, The Toledo Museum of Art, Salem Community College and Tyler School of Art at Temple University.
Rumman has received international awards and grants, including support from The Velocity Fund through Temple Contemporary and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, The Laurie Wagman Prize in Glass, and recognition from the Glass Arts Society, naming her the 2019 Saxe Emerging Artist. Kris earned her MFA at Tyler School of Art at Temple University and her BFA from Bowling Green State University.
Most recently, Rumman has been awarded a collaboration with Pilkington NSG, a global glass manufacturer, to actualize her project Body_Building, which debuted in Fall 2021 at the Center for Visual Arts, the Toledo Museum of Art.
She currently lives and works in NYC.