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Alina Tenser
Passing Buttons

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March 26 - April 30, 2017


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Alina Tenser, Passing Buttons
March 26 - April 30, 2017

Opening Sunday, March 26th, from 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Performance at 6:00

Additional Performances will be held Sunday's at 4pm,
April 2, April 9, and April 16

Soloway is pleased to present Alina Tenser's exhibition Passing Buttons, opening Sunday, March 26 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm. The artist will perform at 6:00.

Buttons are containers for holes, and the holes are containers of themselves. They have outlines and therefore autonomy. The buttonholes aid the button's job, they are the indicated points of connection. Within the large area of the button, the holes are the area of service that identifies the smooth flat shape, a notion, a fastener, a button. Button, the form, without the service holes, is a multi purpose discoid.. a stopper? A game piece? A blank coin? Its body, sleek, slipping through slits much too narrow, fitting to join. This is not a coital link, it's a stopping point. The connection is a long pause, a complete act.

A Button keeps porous the levels it unites.

Alina Tenser is a Ukrainian born multi-disciplinary artist living and working in New York. Tenser's practice is deeply rooted in sculptural inquiry into dimension and form. Through this lens, she moves fluidly from sculpture to video to performance. Her work emphasizes the performative nature of objects and the formal potential of the body.

Tenser received her BFA from School of Visual Arts and her MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University. She has held solo exhibitions at AIR, New York, NY; Nurture Art, Brooklyn, NY; and Pioneer Works, Brooklyn, NY. Her work has been exhibited at venues including The Kitchen, New York, NY; The Suburban, Chicago, IL; and Laurel Gitlen Gallery, New York, NY; Kate Werble, New York, NY; Gallery Diet, Miami, FL; Most Recently Tenser's work was shown at Susan Inglett Gallery,New York, NY; and Interstate Projects, Brooklyn, NY. Tenser is currently a resident at the Queens Museum Studio Program Residency.

Thank you to the Foundation for Contemporary Art Grant for helping make this exhibition possible.