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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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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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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May 7 – September 12, 2015
Jared Steffensen was born in Fairfax, Virginia. He earned a BFA in Intermedia Sculpture from the University of Utah in 2002 and an MFA from The University of Texas at Austin in 2006. Steffensen seemingly joins disparate realms through geometric abstraction. He was a recipient of the Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Grant in 2006. His work has been exhibited throughout the US, as well as in Mexico, Germany, and The Netherlands. He is currently the Curator of Education at the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art in Salt Lake City, Utah.