Art and Design in London
Department of Art and 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
AARON JOHNSON, Painter
Aaron Johnson is a painter based in Brooklyn. His reverse-painted acrylic-polymer-peel paintings inhabit the realms between the erotic-catastrophic/ecstatic-psychotic/comic-tragic, fusing diverse painting vocabularies into his own distinctive breed of Americana-grotesque, all rendered obsessively with tender brutality. Roberta Smith in The New York Times describes his works as "visceral, beautiful and flamboyantly timely, which is saying a lot." Johnson received his MFA from Hunter College, N.Y. in 2005. His work has been exhibited internationally at such venues as Stux Gallery, New York; Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, N.Y.; Gallery Poulsen, Copenhagen; Gallery Brandstrup, Oslo; The Running Horse Contemporary Art Space, Beirut; and Kunsthalle Exnergrasse (Vienna). Johnson’s exhibitions have been reviewed in many publications including Modern Painters, Art News, Beautiful Decay, Kunst International, The Village Voice, and The New York Times. In 2007, he was awarded a Space Program grant from The Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation, and is MacDowell Colony Fellow for 2012. His work is in the permanent collections of The Weisman Foundation and The Museum of Modern Art. Visit his website at www.aaronjohnsonart.com
SIMON POPE, Artist
Simon Pope is an artist (1966, UK) who has exhibited widely, including the Venice Biennale of Art (2003), Documenta X (1997) and Ars Electronica (1998). He was formerly a member of the new media artists’ group, I/O/D with Matthew Fuller and Colin Green (1992-’99). Recent work includes the film Memory Marathon (2010) and A Common Third (2010). In 2011, Pope was artist in residence at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, UK, and a “virtual resident” at the Proboscis studio in London. He lives and works in Toronto, Canada and London, UK. Drawing on the concept of the “theoretical object,” Pope will present a survey of his recent work, (and a glimpse into forthcoming projects) to identify ways in which the relationships between artist, participant and wider audience can be described in participatory art practice. For more information, visit http://www.tinyurl.com/simonpope.
JUAN PUNTES, Founder, Executive and Artistic Director of White Box Gallery (WBX)
What is White Box?
At the outstart of its 14th year, WBX's mission continues to follow the core of its original mandate -- to present broad-ranging contemporary art forms by innovative artists and curators whose efforts to exhibit thought-provoking, intellectually and visually challenging art is many times overlooked and, at times, question the more popular, media and market-oriented focus of other New York contemporary arts venues. WBX's purpose sets it apart from other organizations by not exclusively focusing on artists nor is it strictly a curator-based exhibition space. In this capacity, WBX has developed a multipurpose direction allowing it to examine and present the contemporary arts from within their culturally specific contexts while providing a forum in which, aside from the general public, youth, students and seasoned arts professionals can explore, learn and engage with new ideas. The subsequent exhibitions and other programs arise from today's complex issues and multilayered elements that influence and impact everyone culturally and that are associated with other disciplines such as anthropology, sociology and the politics and transformations resulting from a global consumer marketplace. WBX has become known as a venue in which the general public, students and arts professionals can meet, dialogue and exchange ideas that are socially and culturally transformative. As such, White Box has gained peer recognition for being a welcome haven, one that sponsors and endorses open and flexible approaches while embracing a global focus in the selection of its collaborators, partners, curators and artists.
VERONICA ROBERTS, Curator/Writer
Veronica Roberts is a New York-based curator, writer, and Sol LeWitt scholar. She currently holds two positions — as adjunct associate curator of Contemporary Art at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, and as director of research for the Sol LeWitt Wall Drawing Catalogue Raisonné, to be published digitally by Artifex Press. Roberts first met LeWitt when she worked closely with the artist to coordinate his 2000 retrospective for the Whitney Museum in New York. Most recently, in spring 2011, she guest curated the exhibition, Eva Hesse and Sol LeWitt for the Craig F. Starr Gallery in New York – the first show to look closely at the ways their decade-long friendship had a crucial impact on their lives and artistic practices. Roberts previously worked in the Department of Painting and Sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, where she curated the 2010 exhibition, Lee Bontecou: All Freedom in Every Sense. She received her B.A. from Williams College and her M.A. from the University of California at Santa Barbara.
DEANNA PETHERBRIDGE, Artist
Professor Emeritus Deanna Petherbridge is presently visiting professor of drawing at the University of the Arts, London, and supervises PhD students. She is an artist whose practice is entirely drawing based and she has exhibited internationally and curated exhibitions on various themes including the uses of anatomy in art and, currently, on female stereotypes in witchcraft imagery. She is the author of The Primacy of Drawing: Histories and Theories of Practice (Yale University Press, 2010), and has written and lectured internationally on issues related to drawing, sculpture and architecture.
BERYL KOROT, Video Artist
Since the early 1970s, Beryl Korot has been a pioneer of video art and of multiple channel work, in particular. She was co-editor of Radical Software (1970), the first publication to discuss the possibilities of the new video medium. Her first multiple-channel works -- Dachau, 1974 and Text and Commentary -- were seen at such diverse venues as The Kitchen (1975), Leo Castelli Gallery (1977), Documenta 6 (1977), the Whitney Museum (1980, 2002), The Carnegie Museum (1990), and The Aldrich Museum (2010), among others. Her painted text-based hand-woven canvases in an original language were exhibited in 1986 at the John Weber Gallery and in 1990 at the Carnegie Museum (Points of Departure). Two video/music collaborations with Steve Reich -- The Cave, 1993, and Three Tales, 2002 -- brought video installation art into a theatrical context. Both works continue to be performed and have been installed, apart from live performances, at such venues as the Whitney Museum, the Carnegie Museum, the Reina Sofia, the Dusseldorf Kunstverein, and ZKM in Karlsruhe, Germany. Since 2003, she has been creating a new body of video and print work. These new works were exhibited most recently as part of a mini-retrospective at The Aldrich Museum (2010) and the Jaffe-Friede Gallery at Dartmouth College (2011).
MADELINE GINS, Artist/Architect
Madeline Gins is an American artist, architect, and poet. Madeline Gins met her partner, the artist Arakawa, in 1963. Together, they founded the Architectural Body Research Foundation. They have designed and built residences (Reversible Destiny Lofts – Mitaka, Bioscleave House, Shidami Resource Recycling Model House) and parks (Site of Reversible Destiny-Yoro). They have developed an original theory and practice of the relation of the human being to the exterior world, elaborated most extensively in their book, Architectural Body. Arakawa and Gins are, together and separately, the authors of several books and exhibition volumes, most recently Making Dying Illegal.
WENDY WHITE, Artist
Wendy White has had solo exhibitions at Leo Koenig in New York, Galeria Moriarty in Madrid, Van Horn in Dusseldorf, and Andrew Rafacz Gallery in Chicago. She has participated in group exhibitions at Harris Lieberman Gallery, Nicole Klagsbrun, Fredericks & Freiser, and John Connelly Presents, all in New York; Country Club Projects in Los Angeles; The Bemis Center in Omaha; Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art; CCA Andratx in Mallorca, Spain; Fred Gallery in Leipzig, Germany; Galerie Markus Winter in Berlin; Aschenbach & Hofland in Amsterdam; and Motus Fort in Tokyo. Her work has been reviewed in Artforum, Art in America, The New York Times, Artpapers, Time Out New York, New York Magazine, and The Brooklyn Rail. White holds an MFA from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, and a BFA from The Savannah College of Art & Design. She received a 2008 grant from The Artists’ Fellowship, Inc. in New York, a 2005 George Segal Painting grant, and the Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation studio grant in 2004. Her work is included in Vitamin P2: New Perspectives in Painting, published by Phaidon Press Limited, London. White is represented by Leo Koenig and lives in New York City.
GRAHAM PARKER, Artist
Graham Parker is an artist and writer based in New York City. His multimedia artwork is influenced by moments of failure or stress in electronic communications and culture and, in turn, the historic failures they echo. In much of the work, there is a strong and recurring interest in the visual systems for depicting and distributing “text.” Parker is particularly interested in the contemporary "illegitimate language" of spam and its historical antecedents (from Medieval slang to 19th-century con artists). He is the author of a book on this subject - Fair Use (notes from spam), published by Book Works. Parker is currently working on a second book project - a cultural history of a 2004 message-board thread - as well as working on an ongoing film series based on the 1973 movie The Sting, and a series of works utilizing hacked ATMs. Major projects include commissions by the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC), The Foundation for Art and Creative Technology, Centre for the Understanding of the Built Environment, Sketch London, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Henry Moore Institute and Tate Gallery Liverpool, amongst others. Parker's work has been shown throughout the UK, Europe and USA, in both solo and group shows, performances and talks, as well as featuring in public and private collections worldwide. He has written for several art publications as a reviewer and essayist and is also a sports correspondent for The Guardian newspaper. www.grahamparker.info
CHARLOTTE HODES, Painter
Charlotte Hodes is a painter whose current practice takes the form of large-scale intricate paper cuts and ceramics. Collage and drawing is central to her working methodology. Hodes is Reader in Fine Art at London College of Fashion, University of the Arts, London. In 2005, she was appointed the first Associate Artist at the Wallace Collection, London, where she held a major solo exhibition Fragmented Images. She was the winner of the prestigious Jerwood Drawing Prize in 2006. Hodes is represented by Marlborough Fine Art London where she held a solo show Silhouettes and Filigree in 2009.
CARL SCHOONOVER, Author
Carl Schoonover is a neuroscience PhD candidate at Columbia University, and the author of Portraits of the Mind. He has written for The New York Times, Le Figaro, The Huffington Post, Science Magazine, Scientific American, Design Observer, LiveScience, Boing Boing, and Commentaire, and cofounded NeuWrite, a collaborative working group for scientists, writers, and those in between. He hosts a radio show on WKCR 89.9FM, which focuses on opera, classical music, and their relationship to the brain. He currently lives in New York City and works on microanatomy and electrophysiology of rodent somatosensory cortex in the Bruno laboratory at Columbia University Medical Center. He is represented by The Wylie Agency.
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