About the artist

Alena Ahrens is a Contemporary American-Asian artist who is based in the Midwest. She has presented work, residencies, and/or workshops in Chicago, NYC, St. Louis, Czech Republic, and Germany. Her interdisciplinary approach to artmaking is inspired by her dissertation research in contemplative practices and the ontology of the self.

Education:
2015-2017 | MFA, School of the Arts Institute of Chicago
2012-2018 | PHD, University of Missouri – St. Louis


Workshops:
2015 - Secret of the Golden Flower | NYC
2016 - Ten Dimensions | STL

Exhibitions:
2017 - From East to West | Stuttgart
2017 - Denial is Hard to See | Chicago
2015 – Sound Piece II (utterances at this moment in time) | St. Louis
2016 - Deliberate Impulse | Chicago


Performance:
2014 - Sound Piece I (untitled) | Chicago
2014 - Re-performing Henry Geldzahler | Chicago
2013 - Happiness | Prague


Abstracts + Papers + Reviews + Mentions:

poetics of denial: the political unconscious, poetics of the selve[s]: an active aesthetic | an empty place they call home | destruction in the performative | balanced time perspective through performance art: an interdisciplinary approach to wellbeing | performance art: an approach to fostering curiosity and critical thinking | a new paradigm for relational aesthetics | visual quarterly of st. louis | st. louis magazine

Residencies:
Abandoned Practices | Prague
Ox-Bow Arts | Michigan
Gedok | Germany
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Artworks

Satori VIII

Alena Ahrens

$2.000,-

Satori V

Alena Ahrens

$2.150,-

Satori VI

Alena Ahrens

$4.150,-

Satori IX

Alena Ahrens

$3.150,-

Satori VII

Alena Ahrens

$3.150,-

Chastity

Alena Ahrens

$5.000,-

I-Thou (Inner Dialogue I)

Alena Ahrens

$5.150,-

Inner Dialogue (II)

Alena Ahrens

$3.150,-

Loop (I)

Alena Ahrens

$3.150,-

Child

Alena Ahrens

$1.000,-

Satori II

Alena Ahrens

$2.150,-

Satori IV

Alena Ahrens

$4.150,-

Satori X

Alena Ahrens

$3.150,-

Satori XI

Alena Ahrens

$2.150,-