Opening this week: “Girls Talk” at ISE Cultural Foundation, featuring VCS alumna Jill Pucciarelli

Posted by on Sep 7, 2012 in Events, Exhibitions, VCS Alumni | No Comments

Starting tomorrow (Friday the 7th), VCS alumna Jill Pucciarelli will be exhibiting work with artist Yu Goto in the two-person exhibition “Girls Talk” at the Front Space Gallery of the ISE Cultural Foundation in New York. Here’s a description of each artist’s work from the Foundation’s exhibition announcement:

Using century old Japanese traditional materials and technique, Yu Goto has been creating something very unexpected – donuts. With its girly and approachable subject and high-level craftwork, at a first glance, Goto’s piece looks as a mass-produced plastic toy. However, she uses highly time consuming method of “Kanshitsu”, Japanese lacquer, which has been used to create Buddhist sculpture and fine traditional craft ware. By adding layers of lacquer on her donut, she hopes to introduce this ancient material and method to wider audience more casually.

Yu Goto is currently in the graduate program of Kanazawa Collage of Art in Japan.

Fueled by an obsession with American grunge music, native New Yorker Jill Pucciarelli set out on a mission to discover the Pacific Northwest and its explosive underground punk scene. Embraced by the town of Olympia, Washington, home of independent rock superstar K Records, she discovered a community and type of music that seemed more like religion and felt more like home than any place she had previously experienced. So inspired, she embarked on a project to bring back, re-present and lay claim to what she found. By creating her own form of icons, images and souvenirs, and by meticulously embroidering the homes of dead punk musicians and musical landmarks, she aims to share the history of the passionate world she found as well as place herself into it.

Jill Pucciarelli received a BFA from the School of Visual Arts this spring. This is her first outside gallery exhibition.

Image (left) by Jill Pucciarelli, “[Jay Reatard’s] ‘Tiny Little Home’, Memphis, Tennessee”, 2012, cotton thread on embroidery linen, 6” diameter. Image (right) by Yu Goto, “-enjoy Japan series-, donut.01” 2012, a lacquerware (Japanese Ulushi).

“Girls Talk”will be on display from September 7 to October 13, with an opening reception scheduled for this Friday the 7th from 6 to 8 p.m. There is no admission charge or need to RSVP, and the building is wheelchair accessible.

The ISE Cultural Foundation Gallery is located at 555 Broadway between Prince and Spring Streets in New York City. For directions and more information about the exhibition, please call 212-925-1649, email the Foundation at, or visit its website at

Visual & Critical Studies