Biography:

Saya Woolfalk is a New York based artist. In 2007-2008 she was an Artist-in-Residence at the Studio Museum in Harlem. She completed the Whitney Independent Study Program in Studio. Woolfalk holds a MFA in Sculpture from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a BA from Brown University. She has exhibited at PS1/MoMA Contemporary Art Center in Long Island City, NY; the Contemporary arts Center, Cincinnati; the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art, IN; the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, IL; and Momenta Art in Williamsburg, NY. She received an Art Matters grant to Japan and a NYFA grant (2007), a Fulbright Fellowship to Brazil (2005), a Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA grant (2004), and has been a resident at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Yaddo, and Sculpture Space.

"No Place; Utopia Conjuring Therapy"

In No Place; Utopia Conjuring Therapy, a future utopian world is conjured into the present through something called Utopia Conjuring Therapy (UCT). An artist finds that this utopian future can be manipulated by the participants in UCT. Audience members will be asked to participate in UCT so we can collectively learn about and contribute to the logic of No Place. With the support of Franklin Furnace, I will produce the props to stage this event. UCT space is modeled after Freud’s psychoanalytic consultation room. Woolfalk will produce an upholstered chaise lounge covered in a hybrid textile; all of Freud's therapy room objects will be replaced with objects from No Place.