Mia Pearlman (USA)
Installation & Sculpture
Pearlman lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.
Since receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Cornell University in 1996, Mia Pearlman has exhibited internationally in numerous galleries, non-profit spaces and museums, including the Museum of Arts and Design (NYC), Plaatsmaken (Netherlands), Roebling Hall Gallery (NYC), Smack Mellon (Brooklyn, NY), the Centre for Recent Drawing (London), and Morgan Lehman Gallery (NYC) and the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts (AL), the Renwick Gallery at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Manchester Art Gallery (UK). She recently completed a large commission for Liberty Mutual's new headquarters in Boston, and is currently working on a commission for the 80th Street A Train station for the MTA in Queens, New York.
Her work has been featured in over a dozen books on contemporary art, and in both international and domestic press, including The New York Times, New York Magazine, The New York Post, The Boston Globe, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Surface Design Journal, Elle Décor Italia, Grafik (UK), Machina (Poland), Computer Arts (UK), and Home Concepts (Singapore). Pearlman has also appeared on PBS Thirteen’s SundayArts and NY1.
Pearlman has participated in many residency programs, including 20x24 Studio (NYC), Proyecto’Ace (Buenos Aires), Byrdcliffe (Woodstock, NY), the Lower East Side Printshop (NYC), and the Vermont Studio Center. In 2012 she was a Fellow at the Liguria Study Center in Bogliasco, Italy.
She received a 2011 Artist Grant from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the 2011 Robert Sterling Clark Visual Arts Space Award, which grants a free one-year studio space at The Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation's Space Program, a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant (2008), a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant (2008) and an Established Artist Fellowship from UrbanGlass (2009).
Cut paper installation
Weft - Cut paper installation
Pearlman created WEFT for the exhibition Al-Tiba9, at the University Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona. Pearlman made a site specific sculpture made of laser cut paper, plastic garbage bags, and incandescent lights. Unlike her hand cut paper pieces, these are based on familiar repeating geometric patterns from Japanese, Islamic, Jewish and other cultures that she abstracted by computer and had laser cut from drawing paper. WEFT contains both the harmony and tension between a surprising mix of ancient and new materials, ideas, cultures and processes.
Marques, Mia Pearlman's husband performed a live improvisation based on the same ideas of cultural complexity, fusing contemporary jazz, Flamenco jazz, and Latin jazz: three extremely sophisticated musical styles that all are based on a mixture of European music and the African diaspora, among other influences.