Ted Efremoff - 3/4/2021
The Department of Art is pleased to present a Gallery Central Artist Talk with artist and CCSU faculty Ted Efremoff. Ted currently serves as assistant Professor of Digital Photography and Video Art at Central CT State University. Professor Efremoff (www.tedefremoff.com) is a cross disciplinary artist and educator engaged with modalities such as environmental art, video, performance, and social practice art. His work explores the environmental, personal, and cultural constraints ingrained within prevailing power structures.
Efremoff’s work has been presented in the US and internationally. Shows include: The Museum of American Art in Philadelphia; Gongju National
Museum in South Korea; Free Speech TV; The National Center of Contemporary Art in Moscow, Russia; The National Palace of Culture in Sofia, Bulgaria. His work is in the collections of the Sound Museum of Rome, The Los Angeles Center for Digital Arts and the Culture House of Bad Sobernheim, Germany. When asked about his artwork Efremoff stated, “Spurred by my personal interest in social and environmental justice, I envision collaborative activity as a social instrument that builds critical relationships between people. While the process of creating for (and with) others is a challenge, it provides a stimulus for discovery and discourse.”
Artist Statement I am interested in the kind of literal and metaphoric travel through space and time that storytelling allows us to experience. The stories I tell focus on the creative solutions people find in living their daily lives. My suspicion is that human creativity is not attached solely to the handle of art, but to ordinary activities that intersect every aspect of our lives. Spurred by my personal interest in social justice, I envision collaborative activity as a social instrument that builds critical relationships between people. While the process of creating for (and with) others is a challenge, it provides stimulus for discovery and discourse. To facilitate dialogue, I begin by creating situations, spaces, or events that then engage people to question their relationship to the status quo.