Edgar Calel: B’alab’äj (Jaguar Stone) & In Practice: Jordan Loeppky-Kolesnik Opening

    Tue, May 9, 2023, 6–8pm

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    SculptureCenter is pleased to present Édgar Calel: B’alab’äj (Jaguar Stone) and In Practice: Jordan Loeppky-Kolesnik. Join us to celebrate the opening of both exhibitions on the evening of Tuesday, May 9, 2023.

    Meet us at Long Island City's Ancient Glacier Rock (43-30 12th Street, Long Island City, NY 11101) for an outdoor invocation led by Édgar Calel, offering thanks to his ancestors for their participation in the exhibition and in the transference of ancestral Kaqchikel knowledge to New York City. We will then walk to SculptureCenter together (10 minutes) to join the opening reception. *Please note: photography and videography are not permitted.

    Opening Reception at SculptureCenter

    Édgar Calel: B’alab’äj (Jaguar Stone) & In Practice: Jordan Loeppky-Kolesnik

    44-19 Purves Street, Long Island City, NY 11101

    Édgar Calel: B’alab’äj (Jaguar Stone)
    Édgar Calel’s first institutional solo exhibition continues his engagement with the Mayan Kaqchikel cosmovision and the transmission of its concepts and practices to new publics through spaces of contemporary art. Calel’s installations across media connect sites in and around his hometown of Chi Xot (San Juan Comalapa), Guatemala, to sites elsewhere through processes of transposition, consistent attention to materials, and local translation. At SculptureCenter, Calel inaugurates B’alab’äj (Jaguar Stone), an installation of rock, soil, and fire that connects the essential elements of a site for jun k’obomanik, or giving thanks through offering rituals.

    In Practice: Jordan Loeppky-Kolesnik
    Jordan Loeppky-Kolesnik works in sculpture, public art, architecture, video, and installation. Their new work for SculptureCenter intervenes in the circadian rhythm of plants, expanding their sculptural engagement with eco-science fiction with a new, dusky environment to be navigated by visitors. Evoking a twilight for living sculpture and land-based art practices, Loeppky-Kolesnik’s work likewise raises connotations of queer cruising, intimacy and desire, histories of plant cultivation and landscape architecture, and interspecies collaboration.

    Jordan Loeppky-Kolesnik’s exhibition marks the start of In Practice 2023, SculptureCenter’s open call program for artists. Read more about the program here.