October 5, 2017 – January 27, 2018
The Courtyard Gallery presents an exhibition of posters designed by Type Hike: a collaborative nonprofit design project that supports the outdoors through typography. Type Hike was born from the belief that all designers are obligated to use their talent and ability to make the world a better place. Created by David Rygiol and James Louis Walker, the project began in August of 2016 with a series of 60 designs celebrating the National Park Service Centennial. It now includes 3 unique series, focusing on national shorelines and recreation areas as well as endangered animals. All profits are donated to help protect and preserve the outdoors and its inhabitants.
May 11 – September 9, 2017
Dallas native Carris Adams received a B.F.A. in Studio Art from The University of Texas at Austin in 2013 and an M.F.A. from the University of Chicago in 2015. Her large-scale drawings and paintings deploy signs and signifiers appropriated from man-made landscapes to point to class, race, gender, systemic inequality and resilience, begotten in urban, suburban and rural spaces. Thus her works seek to inform and position viewers to recognize their reactions concerning others. Adams’s works have been shown in exhibitions at the Studio Museum in Harlem in New York (2016), Logan Art Center Gallery in Chicago (2015), and South Dallas Cultural Center (2014), among other venues. She lives and works in Chicago.
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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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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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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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