On Friday, January 19 from 6-8pm an opening reception will be held for visiting artist David Shurbutt on the Second Floor Gallery in Owen Hall at the University of North Carolina Asheville. This show will run through February 23, 2018.
I am an Art Worker who uses inexpensive, non-traditional materials to make non-commercial objects and performances. My tools are my body, a pair of scissors, and a brush. The forms and textures of my objects are inherent in the qualities of my chosen materials. My medium is multidisciplinary. My intentions are to metaphorically expose the effects of hypermodernity and globalism on human and other animal populations and to criticize the commercialization and commodification of art under late capitalism.
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Two solo-exhibitions by Kristin Kovak opened in Pittsburgh’s 707 and 709 Penn Galleries on Saturday December 2, 2017 and will be on view through January 28, 2018.
“On Looking” represents highlights from an ongoing series of paintings exploring the visual idiosyncrasies of the heightened museum environment and the artifacts it houses.
“White Noise” a collection of works on paper and site-specific wall drawings that searches for a balance between the chaos of perceptual noise and the subtlety of nuanced observation.
In our current political climate, contradictory observations are amassed and arranged into potential truths. We attempt to discern moments of clarity from moments of fabricated design. Faced with incompatible interpretations, we struggle in a web of polarized black and white realities spun so densely as to appear gray. – Kristin Kovak
Kristin Kovak lives and works in Pittsburgh, PA where she is an Assistant Teaching Professor and Senior Associate Dean of the College of Fine Arts at Carnegie Mellon University.
Click here to read the artist’s statement on “On Looking”, and here to read about “White Noise”.
Sarah Clough’s “The Bright Side” is now on view at Mainsite Contemporary Art in Norman, Oklahoma and will run through January 12, 2018. This exhibition is hosted by the Norman Arts Council.
The exhibition includes a gallery-wide mural and a series of paintings, all rooted in graphology and semiotics. The works begin as words, a nod to her background in language, taking on both a chaotic but also orderly quality further twisted by the use of fluorescent and phosphorescent paint.
“These works are meant to be in sunlight, under ultraviolet light and in the dark,” Clough said, noting that visitors will be given special ultraviolet flashlight with which to uncover the layers behind the pieces and larger mural. “These works allow viewers to control their experience: What is illuminated, what is unearthed and what remains buried or unexamined.”
Mainsite Contemporary Art is located at 122 E Main St. in Norman, Oklahoma.
A large selection of paintings and sculptures from the past 15 years will be featured in a solo exhibition at Vivid Solutions Gallery in Washington, DC.
The works in “Facing Reality” represent Osuchukwu’s reflection on being an arts educator in the District, and the reciprocal relationship between teacher and student.
The exhibition opens on December 8, 2017 with a reception from 6-9pm, and runs until January 13, 2018.
Vivid Solutions Gallery is located at 2208 Martin Luther King Junior Ave. SE, Washington DC, 20020.
For more information on the artist, click here.
Last month GradEx featured Liz Miller’s “You Are Hair” on the first floor of the Fred Lazurus IV Studio Center as part of their Fall exhibition program.
“You Are Hair” is an ongoing project of Miller’s in which she explores hair in relation to cultural appropriation and identity.
Brett Wallace (MFAST ’19) was named a Member of the New Museum’s fourth annual NEW INC Class for the September 2017 to August 2018 program cycle. NEW INC is comprised of over eighty Members working at the intersection of art, design, and technology whose projects prioritize social impact, addressing issues of surveillance, climate change, discrimination, disability, and access, among other pressing humanitarian concerns.
During his residency, Wallace will continue to explore the labor model and territories within accelerated capitalism through video, narrative storytelling, and installation.
To read the official press release, click here.
To learn more about NEW INC, click here.
MFAST alumna Ume Hussain has been featured in a recent article in the Huffington Post in which she shares thoughts about her career and art practice. Shortly after completing her MFA degree in the summer of 2017, Ume moved to Abu Dhabi in order to manage NYU Abu Dhabi’s Interactive Media Lab.
To read the full article, click here.