High School Bathroom: A Private Exhibit At MoMA PS1

 

Remember that time you curated your own exhibit in MoMA PS1? Yeah, us neither. Visual artists Alex GolshaniJessi LemboPaulina Pikulunski, and Vincent Tullo can. The four FIT students hung their own works in the third floor bathroom in Queen's MoMA PS1 last Saturday, December 12th, without the institution's permission. Referencing infamous temporary art pieces along with a Marcel DuChamp ode to the art world, the four created a refreshing piece among our social media heavy induced lives. So run over to MoMA PS1 (if it hasn't already been taken down) to check it out, or take a glimpse of the installation below. 

 

School bathrooms are an iconic location where young people gather to challenge established authority.

"High School Bathroom" is an exhibition curated by Alex Golshani, featuring his own work and works by Jessi Lembo, Paulina Pikulunski, and Vincent Tullo. The presentation of these works in the context of a museum bathroom questions the traditional methods of gaining entrée to the higher realms of the art world.

 

Alex Golshani
Iranian, born 1991
Public Restroom, 2015
Inkjet print on matte paper
Courtesy the artist

 

In his work, Alex Golshani addresses ideas revolving around surveillance, and the boundaries between the public and privat realms. Golshani explores his interest in people and their relationship with the world around them with a street photography approach. In this work we see a use of a public space for a private act.

Jessi Lembo
American, born 1993
(Untitled work from a series of self portraits), 2015
Inkjet print on matte paper
Courtesy the artist

 

I find comfort in colors and interior spaces. I believe we have the ability to draw in people, places, and instances that we enjoy. I fixate on the separation between my inner consciousness and my physical reality. Through a combination of documentary and narrative approaches, my experiences become my fragmented memories.

Vincent Tullo American, born 1994 For Us All, 2014 Inkjet print on matte paper Courtesy the artist

Vincent Tullo
American, born 1994
For Us All, 2014
Inkjet print on matte paper
Courtesy the artist

 

Vincent Tullo's abstract photograph depicts the memorizing reflections of a body of water. Part of a small body of work titled "Essential", this image forces the viewer to look closely at the hypnotic pattern of the single liquid that is necessary to keep us alive.

Paulina Pikulinski
American, born 1994
Self Portrait, 2014
Inkjet print on matte paper
Courtesy the artist

 

Paulina Pikulinski is a visual artist from NYC that uses portraiture, fashion, and video in order to convey her peculiar way of seeing the world.  Using fashion as an endless walk-in closet, she intends to weird the shit out of you, starting with her self portrait series taken in her bathroom.