Nicole Awai: Material Re–Pose

painting on wall

February 16 – April 29, 2017

In her non-medium specific paintings, Nicole Awai moves fluidly between two and three dimensions, and employs popular commercial materials such as nail polish, to explore notions of identity and history. Born in Trinidad, Awai received her MFA in Multimedia Art in 1996 from the University of South Florida. She also attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 1997. Her work has been included in several seminal exhibitions, including the first Greater New York: New Art in New York Now at P.S. 1/MoMA (2000); Open House: Working in Brooklyn (2004) and Infinite Island: Contemporary Caribbean Art (2007), both at the Brooklyn Museum; the 2008 Busan Biennale in Korea; and Global Caribbean: Focus on the Contemporary Caribbean Visual Art Landscape at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Puerto Rico (2011). Awai was a featured artist in the 2005 I.P.O. series at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Her recent solo exhibitions include Asphaltum Glance, Alice Yard, Port of Spain, Trinidad (2013); Washington Square Windows installation Mi Papi, Dream On – Happy Ending…, 80wse Galleries, New York University (2012); and Almost Undone, The Vilcek Foundation, New York, NY (2011). Awai was awarded the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant in 2011 and an Art Matters Grant in 2013.

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Jiwon Park: Leviathans

colored pie charts on wall

September 29, 2016 – February 4, 2017

In Leviathans, Jiwon Park examines the flags of 206 sovereign nations, whether recognized by the United Nations or not. She turns these symbols of utopian aspirations to national cohesion into pie-chart-like objects, emphasizing their standardized character based on carefully calibrated percentages of colors. These cool, geometric, abstract forms raise questions: How do they engender patriotic fervor, rally and unite? How do these symbols generate perceptions of shared values and histories? The issues embedded in Park’s installation resonate strongly—especially today, when volatile national politics and global conflict has resulted in the greatest number of migrants ever recorded in history.

Born and raised in Seoul, Park is a graphic designer, visual communicator, educator and social entrepreneur. With professional experience in the private sector, including at Samsung Electronics, London-based Brand Environment Ltd., and her own design studio DAREZ Inc.; she is interested in using design processes to catalyze social change. She is a co-founder of the social enterprise 1/2 Project, as well as an organization called Design Can Do, which hosts interdisciplinary design-thinking workshops to engage diverse stakeholders in tackling local social issues.

A former Fulbright Scholar, Park received an MFA in Graphic Design from the Rhode Island School of Design and a BFA in Visual Information Design from Ewha Womans University. She is currently an assistant professor of Design in the Department of Art and Art History at The University of Texas at Austin.

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Sara Madandar: Another Birth

detail of artwork with collaged drawings and sewn thread
May 5 – September 10, 2016

Sara Madandar, born in Tehran, Iran, is a U.S. based artist. She received an M.F.A. from The University of Texas at Austin. Her painting, sculpture, video and performance works changed after moving to the United States, when she began to explore the body and culture. She explores the relationship of humans to their bodies and covers and materializes in-between space through construction and deconstruction of the canvas, evoking a sensation of destruction and touching on the cultural displacements of corporality. Her sculptures relate to the scale of the human body and her video work and performances are influenced by her emigration and the comparison of two cultures.

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John Stoney: Medium

various forks and spoons bent and twisted

January 28 – April 30, 2016

John Stoney is an Associate Professor in the Department of Art and Art History at The University of Texas at Austin, and currently lives in Brooklyn, New York and Austin, Texas. Stoney studied at Central St. Martins School in London, England. He received a B.F.A. from Syracuse University College of Visual and Performing Arts, New York and an M.F.A. from Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Between degrees he served in the Peace Corps in Togo, West Africa. His artwork is represented by Pierogi Gallery in Brooklyn.

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James Sham: Culture Shock

“James

September 16, 2015 – January 23, 2016

James Sham is an inter-disciplinary contemporary artist whose research focuses on interfacing technologies and material processes from a variety of disciplines within contemporary art. His artwork has been exhibited in venues as diverse as the Tate Modern (London), Appetite Gallery (Buenos Aires), Kunstprojects (Berlin), The Open Works Institute (Bucharest), White Box Gallery (New York City), and the Asian Arts Initiative (Philadelphia) and has screened and published on European Cable Network Broadcast (Germany and France), the Ellensburg Film Festival (Seattle) among others. Having received an M.F.A. in Sculpture & Extended Media from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2008, and a B.A. in Studio Art and Philosophy from Dartmouth College in 2005, Sham is now based in Austin, Texas and Washington, D.C., where he is Assistant Professor of Sculpture in the Department of Fine Arts and Art History at George Washington University.

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