Opening Reception for Charles Atlas, Anya Kielar, and Umber Majeed

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Join Pioneer Works in a public opening celebration of three new exhibitions—Charles Atlas: The Mathematics of Consciousness, Anya Kielar: Shadow Box, and Umber Majeed: Made In Trans-Pakistan.

The Mathematics of Consciousness centers on a newly commissioned multimedia installation that takes inspiration from seminal film and video artist Charles Atlas’s ongoing interests in science and math—particularly, memory, thought formation, and numerical expressions. Unified by a single musical score composed by Lazar Bozic and paired with a sculptural stage designed by Mika Tajima in collaboration with Chadha Ranch, the immersive video work extends across 100 feet of the institution’s interior architecture, projecting flickering images throughout its windows that simulate the ways in which ideas appear in the human mind.

Anya Kielar's practice investigates the complexity of representing the female form and the transformations that occur in an individual throughout their lifetime. Centered on a newly commissioned triptych that constitutes the artist's largest works to date, the installation continues a recent body of work that portrays abstract female figures in three-dimensional reliefs. Kielar blurs the line between painting and sculpture, by melding the two within a unique creative process wherein fabric is painted—through brushes, stencils and spray guns—with an original motif before it is wrapped around hand-carved resin components.

Made in Trans-Pakistan is a new media installation by recent Pioneer Works artist-in-residence Umber Majeed, which speculates on nostalgia and the futurity of urbanization claims in Lahore. The exhibition is the newest iteration of an ongoing project that centers on BahriaTown—the name of several private, planned housing developments throughout Pakistan—to offer a critical analysis of familial archives, tools of leisure, and the context of gentrification in South Asia.

Lead funding for Charles Atlas: The Mathematics of Consciousness is provided by Bruce M. Halpryn and Chas Riebe. Commissioning sponsorship is provided by VIA Art Fund, with significant support from the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support is provided by the Robert Lehman Foundation.

Major funding for Anya Kielar: Shadow Box is provided by the Coby Foundation.

Additional support for all three exhibitions is provided by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.