MELANIE BONAJO LECTURE
September 23, 2015
This event is free and open to the public.
The Divisions of Drawing, Painting and Photography and Art History and the Women’s and Gender Studies Program are pleased to present visiting artist Melanie Bonajo.
Dutch artist Melanie Bonajo’s work transcends categorization. Through photography, performance, video and music, she unravels cultural norms and represents the female body from a distinctly female gaze. Women bound in brooms and mops or with clay, self-formed appendages fill the frame. Private and public space are confounded and sexuality is unhinged. Bonajo uses the domestic space, gender and value structures to examine spiritual emptiness, a complicated contemporary relationship to nature and our, at times, bleak search for happiness.
Melanie Bonajo work has been exhibited and performed widely, including the Institute Neérlandais, Paris; Foam, Amsterdam; Kohun National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul and the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam. She has had solo shows that include Fette Gallery in Los Angeles and PPOW and Capricious in New York. In 2003 Melanie won the Dutch Young Artist Award and, in collaboration with Kinga Kielczynska, won the Pup Award in 2007. Her work has been published by Capricious, Eye-magazine, Glu, Livraison, Famous magazine, and Mullosk. Since 2004 she is the Creative Editor of Capricious, a photo magazine for young emerging photographers.
PUBLIC LECTURE: APRIL 14th, 5pm, NEVINS THEATER
The Age of Reptiles, 70″ x 47″, Oil, spray paint and dye on Canvas, 2015
Melissa Brown’s work takes a variety of forms: currency inspired woodcuts, stop motion animation, predictive card decks and visionary stencil paintings. She has mounted solo exhibitions at Essex Flowers, Kansas, Bellwether, CANADA, Winkleman in New York City and internationally at Kenny Schacter, ROVE in London and Roberto Paradise in Puerto Rico. Her work has been shown at Mass MOCA, Zieher Smith, P.P.O.W, Socrates Sculpture Park, High Dessert Test Sites, Art in General, Sue Scott Gallery and Bronx River Art Center, to name a few. Her work has been reviewed in the New York Times, Art in America, Art Forum and Art on Paper. Her performances were included in Performa 07 and the Nuit Blanche in Toronto 2009. She was awarded the Joan Mitchell Grant for painting in 2012.
Paper Fortune Teller, 84″ x 84″, woodcut on hand dyed paper with silver leaf, 2009
COLBY BIRD LECTURE
October 22, 2014
Binns-Merrill Hall Room 106C
This event is free and open to the public.
The Divisions of Drawing, Painting and Photography and of Sculpture and Dimensional Studies is pleased to present visiting artist Colby Bird. Bird’s at times obsessive, meditative practice bridges photography and sculpture, turning photographs into objects and striking a balance between the tangible and intangible. At once about process, intuitive making and conceptual quandaries, Bird re-works and re-interprets the familiar, turning the everyday into sensual objects that appear deceptively simple. Labor and pleasure wrestle with each other through handmade lamps, photographs, and support stands, with no clear victor.
Colby Bird received an MFA from Rhode Island School of Design in 2004. Since then he has exhibited his work widely, including solo exhibitions in the University Galleries at Texas State University, Fitzory in New York, Lora Reynolds Gallery in Austin and Halsey-Mckay in East Hampton. Bird has been included in group shows at the Aspen Art Museum, Arthouse in Austin, and the Hagedorn Foundation in Atlanta. His work is in the collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art and has been reviewed in Artforum, Art in America, The New Yorker and The Wall Street Journal. Bird currently lives and works in Los Angeles and New York.
The students were fortunate to meet some great visiting artists this year including painter Trudy Benson!
Student Critique with visiting artist Jules de Balincourt http://www.julesdebalincourt.com/
JANUARY 24-JANUARY 31 2014
CLOSING RECEPTION: JANUARY 31, 7 to 9p
Digital Wrecking Ball is a group exhibition curated by Lydia McCarthy’s Digital Photo class that celebrates the new and innovative artistic processes through digital platforms and the progressive ways of image-making. The student artists to be featured are Kelsey Adams, Jennifer Anderson, Allison Argento, Kyrie Berezuk, Alexa Buckheit, Allison Derwallis, Emily Eisenberg, Amanda Gere, Kaelyn Haggerty, Christine Krauss, Amelia Maslen, Emily Schell, Samantha Schem and Naiwen Zhang.
JANUARY 31-FEBURARY 26
OPENING RECEPTION: JANUARY 31, 5 to 7p
GALLERY TALK: JANUARY 31, 6:00p
The photographs in Domestic Abstractions are made by alumni of the School of Art and Design Photography Department. All of the contributing photographers have recently completed MFA programs at different schools in the Northeast. Each of them pursues work close to home, looking at the architecture, objects, and people that help define their experience and identity.
This show was curated by photography professor, Brian Arnold.
Grant Willing from ‘Svart Metall’
JANUARY 31-FEBRUARY 23 2014
OPENING RECEPTION: JANUARY 31st, 7 to 9p
New Mythologies: Supernatural States and Polar Exploration
In New Mythologies, artists Scott Alario, Simen Johan, Sarah Anne Johnson, Lydia Anne McCarthy and Grant Willing re-imagine the Nordic landscape, using photography to create alternate realities that both dazzle and quietly threaten. Inspired by the stark environment, extremes of dark and light, folklore, personal history and contemporary culture, each artist eschews the bounds of the ‘straight’ photograph in exchange for an experimental, manipulated approach, constructing place and disorienting the viewer. While the tools used are varied, each artist’s work alludes to the uncertainty of our present moment and its convergence with the past.