Shoshana Dentz

Part-time Lecturer

Shoshana Dentz has been contemplating a plastic, scotch-taped-together box for the past twelve years. Posing this modest construction with mirrors, everything in her paintings and drawings is directly and faithfully based on this reality she invents, constructs and sets up on her studio table.  Her accumulative series “within without” includes over 100 works, each made from a version of this singular setup that she has been re-arranging, staring at and painting or drawing since 2010.  Her ongoing and tenacious project is fueled by a trajectory of research into psycho-physical experience, phenomenology, optical science, art-historical homage, the prehistory of religious yearning and the spiritual ancestry of light.  Dentz received her MFA from Bard College (2004) and her BA from Brandeis University (1989).  She is a recipient of a Pollock Krasner Foundation Award, a NYFA Fellowship in Drawing and The Elaine de Kooning Fellowship in Painting at Bard College.  Residencies include Siena Art Institute Studio e Casa Residency (Siena, Italy 2021), Interlude Residency (Hudson, NY 2021), Art Omi (Ghent, NY 2020 and 2005) and The Lower Eastside Printshop publishing residency (NY 2005).  Recent solo projects include a site-specific public installation for Art-in-Buildings (NY 2021). Her work has been exhibited at The Rubin Museum of Art, The Drawing Center, PS1/MOMA, The Jewish Museum, Rose Art Museum, Weatherspoon Museum, Center for Fine Arts at Wesleyan University, The Dorsky Museum, The Graduate Center at CUNY, White Columns, Spertus Museum, The Major Issues & Theology Center in Sydney, Australia and The Pera Museum in Istanbul.  Dentz currently teaches at Parsons The New School, NYU and at the School of Visual Arts