Craig Kalpakjian Named Fall 2016 Teiger Mentor in the Arts

work by craig kalpakjian
Event-driven, Open Loop, Continuous Control (2016), inkjet print, lighting truss, ViziBeam Hybrid 2R intelligent moving head spotlight, dimensions variable.
work by craig kalpakjian
Corridor II (1998), cibachrome print, 30" x 40".
work by craig kalpakjian
Lobby (1996), cibachrome print, 30" x 40".
work by craig kalpakjian
Chronotope (Axonometric planes 5) (2014), inkjet on paper, 88" x 88".
August 18, 2016

The Department of Art at AAP has named Craig Kalpakjian as the Teiger Mentor in the Arts for the fall 2016 semester. Kalpakjian is a New York City-based transmedia artist whose work consistently addresses issues of technology, surveillance, architecture, and social control. His most recent work continues his exploration of spatial visualization as he renegotiates standards of typical perspective and uses large-scale inkjet prints to present illusions of dimensionality to challenge distinctions between inside and outside, artifice and reality.

"I am very pleased that we will have Craig Kalpakjian at Cornell this semester as our Teiger Mentor in the Arts," says Associate Professor and Chair Michael Ashkin. "I have long been interested in his work which sits at the intersection of photography, sculpture, and architecture, and which introduces important questions about the larger spatial constructs we inhabit. His work examines the relationship of today's technological apparatus, its political and phenomenological implications, as well as our basic philosophical assumptions underlying western perspectival space. I am sure that his presence here will be of intellectual value not only to the Department of Art but to AAP and the university in general."

Kalpakjian has exhibited widely throughout the U.S. and Europe. His work was recently exhibited at Kai Matsumiya Gallery in New York City and was also included in Artists Choice: An Expanded Field of Photography at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, Vertigo at Joe Sheftel Gallery in New York City, The Optical Unconscious at The Gebert Institute in Switzerland, Drone-the Automated Image in Montreal, After Photoshop: Manipulated Photography in the Digital Age at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Entertainment at Greene Naftali Gallery in New York City, and The Evryali Score at David Zwirner Gallery in New York City. His work will also be included in The Sun Placed in The Abyss, an exhibition at the Columbus Museum of Art that is scheduled to open later this year. Kalpakjian's work is held in collections at the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, and has been featured in Blind Spot magazine. He also regularly performs in the band Das Audit.

As Teiger Mentor, Kalpakjian will visit campus multiple times during the spring semester, and spend several days of each visit meeting and working with students in the Department of Art. He will deliver a public lecture on his recent work on September 19 at 5:15 p.m. in Milstein Hall.

The Teiger Mentor in the Arts Program was created with a gift from David Teiger '51, a graduate of the School of Hotel Administration. Teiger, who died in December 2014, was a management consultant who lived in Bernardsville, New Jersey. Teiger was a contemporary art collector and patron of curatorial projects and exhibitions throughout the U.S. and Europe. Kalpakjian is the seventh Teiger Mentor to date. Previous mentors have been Sam Durant, Sharon Hayes, Leslie Hewitt, Alejandro Cesarco, Shannon Ebner, and Josiah McElheny.