Art and Design in London
Department of Art & Design
Art Forum Coordinator: Patricia Lay
TUESDAYS 2:30 - 4:20 p.m.
Location: Montclair State University; Calcia room 135
Open to the Public; Admission is free
2:30-4:20 Selenick and Kahn: Photography, sculpture and installation.
Richard Selesnick and Nicholas Kahn have been collaborating as Kahn/Selesnick since 1988 on a series of complex narrative photo-novellas and sculptural installations. They met at Washington University in St Louis where they collaborated informally from 1982-86 as photography majors. After graduation and a couple of years of showing their art separately they migrated to Cape Cod, Massachusetts to work on an evolving series of projects, some painting based, some photo based, all involving fictional attributions, narratives and sculpture. Between 1988 and 1995 they worked on installations combining painted portraits on plaster panels, bread, honey and wax sculptures displayed in wooden ritual architecture. They have had residencies at Djerrasi Artist Program in Woodside, California, the Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, Massachusetts and the Toni Morrison's Atelier Program at Princeton University. They had a recent show at the Decordova Museum outside of Boston. Their work is in numerous collections, including the National Portrait Gallery Washington D.C., the Brooklyn Museum of Art and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. www.kahnselesnick.com
2:30-4:20 Jenny Dubnau: Painter.
Jenny Dubnau is obsessed with the act of looking. Her imagery is derived from intimate photography sessions with people who are close to her. She believes "that the experience of being photographed places the subjects in the rather uncomfortable position of being gazed at through a camera, sitting under hot lights, and told to 'pose'." Jenny Dubnau lives in Queens and works in Brooklyn. She received her MFA from Yale in 1996. She has shown at PPOW and Black & White gallery in NYC, Bucheon gallery in San Francisco, and Bernice Steinbaum gallery in Miami. www.jennydubnau.com
2:30-4:20 Trevor Paglen: Artist and writer.
Trevor Paglen is an artist, writer, and experimental geographer whose work deliberately blurs lines between social science, contemporary art, journalism, and other disciplines to construct unfamiliar, yet meticulously researched ways to see and interpret the world around us. Paglen's visual work has been exhibited at the Tate Modern, London; The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA); Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, North Adams; the 2008 Taipei Biennial; the 2009 Istanbul Biennial, and has been featured in numerous publications including The New York Times, Wired, Newsweek, Modern Painters, Aperture, and Art Forum. Paglen has received grants and commissions from Rhizome.org, Art Matters, Artadia, and the Eyebeam Center for Art and Technology. Paglen is the author of four books. His first book, Torture Taxi: On the Trail of the CIA’s Rendition Flights (co-authored with AC Thompson; Melville House, 2006) was the first book to systematically describe the CIA’s “extraordinary rendition” program. His second book, I Could Tell You But Then You Would Have to be Destroyed by Me (Melville House, 2007) an examination of the visual culture of “black” military programs, was published in Spring 2008. His third book, Blank Spots on a Map, was published by Dutton/Penguin in early 2009. In 2010, Aperture published his first photographic monograph entitled Invisible. Paglen holds a B.A. from UC Berkeley, an M.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and a Ph.D. in Geography from UC Berkeley. Paglen lives and works in Oakland, CA and New York City. www.paglen.com
2:30-4:20 Kathy Butterly: Sculptor.
Kathy Butterly makes works which speak equally about painting and sculpture. They are made from clay, average 4-10 inches tall and are fired on average 15-30 times. Her process is intuitive and her subject matter is self-referential, politically aware and environmentally concerned. Butterly is interested in riding the line between humor/horror, fragility/strength, beauty and ugliness. Kathy Butterly won the 2009 Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant for Sculptors and Painters. She is represented by the Tibor De Nagy Gallery in New York. www.tibordenagy.com/artists/kathy-butterly/
2:30-4:20 Eve Ingalls: Sculptor, papermaker.
Eve Ingalls attended the Skowhegan School of Art and is a graduate of the Yale University School of Art. She was one of the two artists representing the United States at the Holland Paper Biennial 2006, held at the Coda Museum and the Museum Rijswijk in the Netherlands. Her sculpture was exhibited at the Art Forum in Kyoto, Japan 2007, and at the Schokland Museum, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, in the Netherlands, in 2003. Her work has also been exhibited throughout the United States including exhibitions at The Aldrich Museum, Ridgefield, Connecticut, The Cleveland Museum of Art, The Bruce Museum, Greenwich, Connecticut, The New Britain Museum of Art, New Britain, Connecticut, The New Jersey State Museum, The Hunterdon Museum, Clinton, New Jersey, and The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts. Her work has been reviewed in The New York Times, Sculpture Magazine, Arts Magazine, Art and Antiques, Art New England, De Volkskrant, Beeldende Kunst, De Courant Amsterdam, and la Nacion (San Jose, Costa Rica). Her work is in the collection of The Schokland Museum in the Netherlands and in the collections of The Noyes Museum, The Zimmerli Museum, The Hunterdon Museum, and The New Jersey State Museum in New Jersey, and the G.D. Searle Collection. She received a visiting artist grant to create work at the Awagami Papermaking Factory in Tokushima, Japan. She was also a New Jersey Printmaking Fellow at the Brodsky Center, Mason Gross School of the Arts, and a recipient of a Cultural Grant from the Netherlands-America Foundation. www.eveingalls.com
2:30-4:20 Jan Garden Castro: Historian and author.
Jan Garden Castro lives in the United States and has published sixteen cover stories and numerous essays and interviews in Sculpture Magazine, for which she is a Contributing Editor. She is also Contributing Editor for Art and Living, an L.A.-based art journal. Her books include The Art & Life of Georgia O’Keeffe and Sonia Delaunay: La Moderne. She was one of the founders of the literary journal River Styx. She has also curated an exhibit titled Sonia Delaunay: La Moderne. She and Kathryn Van Spanckeren are editors of Margaret Atwood: Vision and Forms, a collection of critical essays on Atwood’s work.
2:30-4:20 Ben Jones: Painter and writer.
Ben Jones received an MFA from Pratt University, an MA from New York University and a BFA from William Paterson. Jones has made over fifty cultural exchange visits to Cuba since the nineteen-seventies, and is noted by the Granma International of Havana as one of the most important African-American artists of his generation. For over four decades, Jones’ multimedia installations have reflected his travel and research in Africa, Europe, South America, United States and the Caribbean. In February 2009 Jones had a major solo exhibition at the Jersey City Museum. Jones’ work has been exhibited international and appears in numerous public and private collections across the United States, Cuba, Spain, Great Britain, Brazil and Japan to include the Museum of Modern Art, Studio Museum of Harlem and Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes (Havana, Cuba), The Jersey City Museum, Espace Gaite (Paris, France), 198 Gallery (London, England) and Studio Aperto (Rome, Italy). He has received numerous grants and awards including two National Endowment for the Arts grants (2007 and 1974-75), The Puffin Foundation grant (2005), and The Joan Mitchell Foundation grant (2002) among many others. www.benfjones.net
2:30-4:20 JEAN SHIN: Installation artist.
Jean Shin is nationally recognized for her monumental installations that transform everyday objects into elegant expressions of identity and community. For each project, she amasses vast collections of a particular object—prescription pill bottles, sports trophies, sweaters—which are often sourced through donations from individuals in a participating community. These objects then become the materials for her conceptually rich sculptures, videos and site-specific installations. Her work has been widely exhibited in major national and international museums, including in solo exhibitions at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington DC (2009), the Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia (2006), and Projects at The Museum of Modern Art in New York (2004). Other venues include the New Museum of Contemporary Art, the Museum of Art and Design, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Asia Society and Museum, The Brooklyn Museum, Sculpture Center, Socrates Sculpture Park, and Frederieke Taylor Gallery in New York City. Site-specific permanent installations have been commissioned by the US General Services Administration Art in Architecture Award, New York City’s Percent for the Arts and MTA Art for Transit. She has received numerous awards, including the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Architecture/Environmental Structures (2008) and Sculpture (2003), Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, and Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Biennial Art Award. Born in Seoul, South Korea, Shin attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 1999 and received a BFA and MS from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. She lives and works in New York City. www.jeanshin.com
2:30-4:20 PHIL SANDERS: Artist, master printer.
Phil Sanders is an artist, collaborative master printer and educator. His interest in printmaking stems from his interest in both art and chemistry. He works in several media: painting, drawing, printmaking, performance, artist books, sculpture and installation. He has exhibited at the Royal Academy of Art, London, the Hunterdon Museum of Art, NJ, the Penland Gallery, NC, the Cofrin Arts Center, Gainesville, FL, Arizona State University, South Korea, and Albuquerque, NM. His work is in the collections of the University of New Mexico Fine Arts Museums, John Wayne Reitz Union, University of Florida, Arizona State University and the Canson Inc. Corporate Collection. He is currently the Director/Master Printer of the Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop in NYC, resides in Brooklyn, and is married to artist Sara Sanders. www.pasprints.com
2:30-4:20 KAREN THOMAS: Conservator.
Originally trained as a painter, Karen E. Thomas discovered her true vocation as a paintings conservator after working for many years as a graphic designer. She has worked at The Brooklyn Museum of Art, The National Academy of Design Museum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Cloisters, and in private paintings conservation practices in NYC, treating Old Masters to contemporary paintings. Currently an Assistant Paintings Conservator at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Ms. Thomas primarily focuses on European and American paintings up until 1900. In addition to the care and treatment of paintings, her work at the MMA has included the technical examination of the complete early German paintings collection as well as contributions to catalogs for the European Paintings collection. Karen E. Thomas received a BFA in 1991 form the School of Visual Arts, an MA in 2004 from New York University Institute of Fine Arts, an Advanced Certificate in Conservation of Artistic and Historic Works in 2004, at the NYU IFA Conservation Center.
2:30-4:20 STEPHEN WESTFALL: Painter.
Stephen Westfall is a Co-chair, Painting at Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College. Westfall received a B.A. and an M.F.A. from the University of California, Santa Barbara. His work has exhibited in the United States and Europe and has been widely reviewed, most recently in Time Out New York, New York Times, Art in America, New Criterion, Partisan Review, and L'Express. His writing has been published in Art in America, Arts Magazine, Flash Art, and other magazines. Westfall is represented by Lennon Weinberg Gallery, New York; Galerie Lock, St. Gallen (Switzerland); Galerie Paal, Munich; Galerie Zürcher, Paris. His work is held in collections of Louisiana Museum, Humlebæk (Denmark); Albertina Museum, Vienna; Baltimore Museum of Art; Munson-Williams-Proctor Art Institute, Utica; Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City. He is a recipient of Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship (2007), Nancy Graves Grant for Visual Artists (2006); two awards from American Academy of Arts and Letters; three fellowships from National Endowment for the Arts; and two fellowships from New York State Council on the Arts. Westfall was a Humanities Council Fellow at Princeton University (2005). www.lennonweinberg.com/artists/westfall/
2:30-4:20 CRAIG OLSON: Painter.
Craig Olson grew up in a small, industrial northern Wisconsin town on the shore of Lake Superior. Currently, he lives and works in Queens, New York. He is a painter and writes about art for The Brooklyn Rail. For Olson, painting is a dream floating outside reason and understanding; it’s a mysterious and paradoxical unknowing. His approach: painting on different supports, transgressing styles and media...once a painter gets out of the desire to use a reductive language, put the material first, lead with the material, so to speak, one stumbles into a state of creative PLAY. Beyond judgment. When he says it's a 'good' painting, he thinks this is what he means, that it is a painting that points to the imagination, play, and being in the present moment with the object, rather than the good use of language with the goal of imparting a well thought-out (or not) argument. We must search for the emotional center of the work, pushing it beyond the limits of comfort and familiarity. By risking ruining the painting one pushes it to reveal itself. Olson has recently exhibited at, Janet Kurnatowski Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, Allegra La Viola Gallery, New York, HBJK, New York, and Rupert Ravens Contemporary, Newark, NJ. The Janet Kurnatowski Gallery in Brooklyn, NY represents him. www.janetkurnatowski.com