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CalArts Student selected for Hauser & Wirth’s Post-MFA Residency Exchange with Bath Spa University in the UK

CalArts Student selected for Hauser & Wirth’s Post-MFA Residency Exchange with Bath Spa University in the UK

Kirsty Claxton and Justin Serulneck. Photos courtesy of the artists. 

California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) announced today that student Justin Serulneck has been chosen to take part in the 2019 Hauser & Wirth Residency Exchange for post-MFA students, along with Bath Spa University student, Kirstin Claxton.

The coveted Hauser & Wirth Residency Exchange was launched in 2017, and is designed to support emerging artists affiliated with ​Bath Spa University​ and CalArts. The two educational institutions, local to Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles and Hauser & Wirth Somerset respectively, offer space to the students to live and work for an intensive short-term period.

The Hauser & Wirth Residency Exchange aims to foster conditions for reflection, research, and critical debate by encouraging independent work. It will also provide the students with support through contact with academics, curators, and artists, as well as the opportunity to engage with, and benefit from, the community and local activities at the respective galleries.

Justin Serulneck is an MFA candidate in Photography & Media and Film/Video at CalArts and will be based at Bath School of Art & Design, Bath Spa University, UK for the duration of the program. Utilizing documentary and improvisational practices, Serulneck’s work explores site, temporality, catastrophe, labor, leisure, economy, spectacle, and their relation to the psyche.

Student Kirstin Claxton is pursuing an M.A. in Curatorial Practice at Bath Spa University and will be participating in the residency at CalArts this Summer. Her work explores institutional critique through practice-based research and collaborative inquiry with research group ​Larks and Ravens​. She uses methodologies of occupation,
embodiment, and inhabitation to create physical and symbolic contexts to trigger conversations and playfully disrupt environments to see and experience the world

Hauser & Wirth Somerset is a pioneering world-class gallery and multi-purpose arts center which acts as a destination for experiencing art, architecture, and the remarkable Somerset landscape through new and innovative exhibitions of contemporary art. An impressive landscaped garden, designed by internationally renowned landscape architect Piet Oudolf, sits behind the gallery buildings and includes a changing programme of outdoor sculptures, and houses the Radić Pavilion, designed by Smiljan Radić. More information here. 

Bath Spa University is where creative minds meet, teaching and researching across art, sciences, education, social science, and business. The University employs outstanding creative professionals who support its aim to be a leading educational institution in creativity, culture and enterprise.