July 18-20, 2017
Helena Anrather, New York, NY

Proximities is a series of artist-led workshops organized by Mira Dayal and Josephine Heston to explore intimacy, an underlying theme of the exhibition CarlJackieSteveMichelle at Helena Anrather. The workshops consider a loose definition of intimacy—not only in terms of relationships, but also in terms of community, receptivity, collaboration, generosity, and empathy. Six artists—Sarah Anderson, Lizzy De Vita, Katie Giritlian, Camilo Godoy, Amanda Turner Pohan, and Jayeon Yi—were invited to develop workshops in pairs, where no two collaborators were previously acquainted. The three resulting workshops aim to foster open discussions, productive disagreements, and heightened connections, while also allowing for new bonds between artists and their communities.

Tuesday, July 18th, 7PM
Camilo Godoy and Amanda Turner Pohan will guide a slow meditation on hands, focusing on their communicative function and sensory capabilities. Taking into consideration the histories of gesture in visual culture, and the ways in which our bodies are choreographed in society, this workshop gently invites you to explore your own hands and the hands of others.

Wednesday, July 19th, 7PM
When is the pursuit of intimacy replaced by an image of intimacy? Katie Giritlian and Jayeon Yi will unpack how the narrativization of a relationship by its participants, though intended to accelerate the development of intimacy, may in fact inhibit intimacy. Through role playing and collective production, this workshop will navigate how and when forms of power take over intimacy (consciously and unconsciously), both in shifting personal relationships and in larger structures that produce widely circulated “images of intimacy,” such as the entertainment industry, commercial stock photography, and the documentary.

Thursday, July 20th, 7PM
Sculptors Sarah Anderson and Lizzy De Vita will lead participants through an exploration of quantum entanglement, touching on science fiction, philosophy, and physics. The workshop will use quantum entanglement to reexamine and problematize narcissism—which has been applied with a wide and sloppy brush to our cultural and political present—as a framework for producing subject relations. Where the intimate imaginary intersects with a more fluid reality, workshop participants will briefly engage with their capacity to be sites of radical inter-dependency.

Amanda Turner Pohan received a BFA from The School of Visual Arts and an MFA from Hunter College. Pohan’s immersive environments of scent, sound, text, video, sculpture and performance have been shown in California, Canada, Mexico City, and New York. Her most recent solo show at City Limits Gallery in Oakland, CA, addressed the threshold of digital and physical embodiment through a Second Life avatar named Linqox Criss, asking the question: what does an avatar smell like? Pohan is a co-founder of Temporary Agency, an artist-run nomadic platform for exhibitions and publications, and The Social Club, a monthly gathering for artists and designers in New York.

Camilo Godoy is an artist engaged in a multidisciplinary practice. He was born in Bogotá, Colombia and currently lives in New York. He received a BFA from Parsons The New School for Design in 2012 and a BA from Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts in 2013. Godoy is currently a resident at the International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) and was a 2015-2017 Movement Research Artist-in-Residence. His work has been presented at venues such as La Mama Galleria, New York; Movement Research at the Judson Church, New York; Queens Museum, New York; Donaufestival, Krems; and Mousonturm, Frankfurt, among others.

Katie Giritlian is an artist and curator. She is interested in vernacular uses of photography, acts of memorialization, and desire. Her work explores these threads in staged blurry snapshots, oral storytelling performances, image and text combinations, and group listening exercises. She is based in New York City, Los Angeles, and sometimes a desert. She works in publications and in the gallery at Pioneer Works.

Jayeon Yi is a time-based artist. Her practice uses tools and weights to explore movement, tools being an extension of her body and weights serving to mark physical movements. A video camera as a tool, in that sense, doubles her presence and continuously marks its trace. In Jayeon's recent practices, she involves video cameras in her performance and explores her presence among the relations of the camera, performer and viewers—how one's presence can be perceived, how the camera interferes with the perception, and what its psychological aspects may be. Born in Jeonju, South Korea, she received a BFA in Painting and Print Making also in Sculpture from Ewha Women’s University in 2011 and an MFA in Sculpture from Yale School of Art in 2016. She currently lives and works in Brooklyn.

Sarah Anderson is a Brooklyn-based visual artist who was born in Chicago, IL. Her practice engages a variety of mediums, working into the correspondence between sculpture, video and text. Her work has been presented in solo exhibitions at Sensei Gallery, New York; group exhibitions have been mounted at Judith Charles Gallery, New York; Vox Populi, Philadelphia; and Temporary Agency, Brooklyn. She was an artist-in-residence at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and the Vermont Studio Center. She received a B.F.A. in Glass from Rhode Island School of Design (2005) and an M.F.A. from the University of Pennsylvania (2012).

Lizzy De Vita's practice focuses on how the formation of our many selves, triangulated through our relationships with others, is alarmingly illogical yet also creative of profound, inarticulable empathy. Her work focuses on how individual identities shift, bloat or dissipate through physical, situational, linguistic and psychological collisions. Raised in Pittsburgh, Lizzy received a BA from Barnard College in English Literature and Art History (Visual Arts Concentration), and more recently an MFA in Sculpture from the Yale School of Art. She has has shown and will show in many places.