The Conversion of Things, Exhibition in Dumbo Brooklyn

The AICAD Studio Practice Residency is pleased to announce The Conversion of Things, our first exhibition of works by resident artists Gabriel Hopson, Rebecca Connolly, Zhijie Chang, Jill Taffet, and their mentors Sharon Butler, Aaron Johnson, and Esperanza Mayobre. The exhibition brings together a range of practices linked together by the dialog between the artists and their different translations of visual, cultural, and formal languages. 

Jill Taffet's work explores time, motion and consciousness. Using the medium of digital animation she draws abstract biomorphic forms that move and react as if they were sentient beings. Together these forms create a visual language that Taffet mixes and remixes to create motion paintings and large scale media installations.

Each of the exhibiting residents worked with a mentor artist over the summer to engage in an on-going, critical discussion of their studio practices. Additionally they participated in financial and writing workshops with Amy Whitaker (author of Art Thinking) and Paddy Johnson (publisher of ArtFCity). This summer’s mentors generously agreed to contribute works to the exhibition to continue the dialog begun in the studios. 

The Conversion of Things opens Thursday, September 1st from 6 - 9 pm as part of Art in Dumbo’s First Thursdays. This is also the first in a new series of monthly exhibitions at the New York Studio Residency Program’s project space, Seminar. Upcoming exhibitions include a NYSRP alumni exhibition curated by Kyle Petreycik, Strange Genitals curated by Paddy Johnson and Michael Anthony Farley, and our NYSRP end-of-semester exhibition. Seminar is a project space located at 20 Jay Street in Suite M10 on the mezzanine level (one flight up) in the AICAD New York Studio Residency Program. Seminar is open to public on Saturdays and Sundays from noon until 6pm and by appointment during the week.

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Elemental Designs for a Malleable World

Work by Beth Krebs, Joanna Priestley, Jill Taffet

March 28th – May 22nd, 2016


Jill Taffet is a moving-image artist who creates video installations, animated GIFS and new media. In Abiogenesis biomorphic shapes arise from the darkness, morphing and dissipating into never-ending life cycles. This piece was originally created at Harvestworks Artist-In-Residence program in New York City and is inspired by the theory that life can spring from non-living matter.

Jill Taffet is a San Francisco and Florida based artist. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally including exhibits at The Unpainted Fair in Munich, The Last Brucennial in New York, Interrupting Entropy: Selections From the Betlach Collection in California and InLight in Richmond. In 2015 Taffet was selected to be an Artist-In-Residence at Harvestworks in New York. She received her MFA at SFAI in San Francisco.


[Mar 4-5] Abiogenesis, an Interactive Video Projection by Jill Taffet – Harvestworks Digital Media Arts Center

Harvestworks is pleased to premiere Abiogenesis, an interactive video projection by Jill Taffet that uses camera tracking to trigger the movement of animation and sound. Inspired by the theory of Abiogenesis, the process of life arising from non-living matter. Abstract animated avatars follow participants as they explore and bring biomorphic shapes to life. Each viewing of the work is unique dependent on the number of people interacting simultaneously.

Opening Friday, March 4th @ 7:00 pm

Encore performance Saturday, March 5th @ 4:00 – 7:00 pm

Location: Harvestworks, #602, 596 Broadway, New York, NY 10012


DOTS IN SPACE GIF selected into 6th Annual Drawing Discourse

"UNC Asheville seeks to examine drawing as it is practiced and defined by today’s artists. The exhibition will demonstrate the continued significance of drawing through both conventional and innovative methods" 

Juror Val Britton is a nationally and internationally exhibited artist based in San Francisco, whose mixed media works incorporate “the language of maps” through collage, drawing, painting, staining, printing, stitching and cutting paper. In 2012 Britton was commissioned by the San Francisco Arts Commission to create a permanent piece for the San Francisco International Airport.

Britton selected 47 works for this exhibit from among more than 1,100 entries submitted by 379 artists from six different countries.

Interrupting Entropy: Selections From The Betlach Collection

Cosmic Ancestry was selected to be included into the exhibit Interrupting Entropy along with Ann Hamilton, Omer Fast, Rina Banerjee and other artists in the Betlach Collection.

"Art has been in my blood for as long as I can remember,” said Betlach. “ Art relays a visual ecstasy, calming and pleasure.  Art can mean something different to every individual.”

"Jill Taffet's moving projections also invoke a mood somewhere between a scientific mapping of the cosmos and the intimate quirky spaces of the inner mind. Her abstract digital projection Cosmic Ancestry uses light and sound to invoke the ever changing and dynamic aspect of the cosmos reframed into a spatial installation. The personal and phenomenological nature of her work seems to suggest the ways in which forces of nature are ultimately experienced as intimate and subjective encounters by each individual."*

* Interrupting Entropy Catalog Introduction

UNPAINTED Media Art Fair, Munich, Germany

Cosmic Ancestry was selected to be included into Lab 3.0 which showed over 20 artistic highlights of new media art curated by Chinese multimedia curator Li Zhenhua (Zurich/Shanghai)

I See You, The Kunsthalle Detroit Museum of Contemporary Art

Cosmic Ancestry was selected to be shown at the I See You exhibit at The Kunsthalle Detroit, Museum of Contemporary Art, the country’s first light and multimedia museum specializing in light-based art. Also included in the exhibit are Gary Hill, Bill Viola and William Kentridge among other artists.


Cosmic Ancestry was selected to be exhibited at Light Assembly, Verge Art Miami Beach. Verge Art Fair is an international exposition of new contemporary and emerging art held annually concurrent with Art Basel Miami Beach. Light Assembly is a video art, film and architecture exposition program. 

The goal of Light Assembly is to combine large-scale video art projection with the citywide canvas of Miami Beach and mainland Miami’s modern architectural marvels and historic landmarks. 

The combination of architecture and video art proposed by Light Assembly will allow a hybrid art form to emerge, one that reinterprets and reimagines the public space of the cities where we live and work.