SPRING EXHIBITIONS 2011
April 29 - June 4, 2011
These exhibitions are the third installment of The Sculpture Center's annual Window to Sculpture Emerging Artist Series of six exhibitions in all. USAAMLKPDA is the second exhibition in The Platform, a new Sculpture Center gallery immediately adjacent to the Euclid Avenue Gallery. An artist whose work is exhibited in the Euclid Avenue Gallery may invite another artist to create new work for The Platform. We anticipate that the two bodies of work will complement and play off one another, perhaps as foils, and that new insights into both will ensue.
Friday, April 29, 2011
"State of Truth" Panel Discussion
Annie Strader: Locating Eden
Annie Strader's installation in the Main Gallery of The Sculpture Center uses sound, video, and everyday objects with some alterations to imbue a sense of yearning and nostalgia that she feels pervades our culture. She examines the state of longing as something to be embraced in itself rather than a temporary sensation to be conquered. She notes that for some the idea of Eden is not a physical location but rather a cultural memory and desire to return to more idyllic times that may have never existed in the first place. See brochure here.
Annie Strader is an interdisciplinary artist who utilizes sculptural and video processes to create objects, installations, and performances. She has had solo exhibitions at Hartnett Gallery, Rochester, NY, and ROY G BIV Gallery, Columbus, OH. Her work has been exhibited at the Urban Institute for Contemporary Art, Grand Rapids, MI, Athens Institute for Contemporary Art in Athens, GA, Dubhe Carreno Gallery, Chicago, IL, and the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, CO. In addition to her individual practice Strader is a member of The Bridge Club, a collaborative art and performance group. The Bridge Club has exhibited at the Lawndale Art Center, Houston, TX, 1708 Gallery, Richmond, VA, the Contemporary Art Center, Las Vegas, NV, and SPACES Gallery, Cleveland, OH. Strader earned her MFA from the University of Colorado at Boulder and her BFA from Ohio University in Athens, OH. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Art at Sam Houston State University in Texas.
Elaine Hullihen: Declarations of Truth
Elaine Hullihen is an artist interested in social practices and interactions. Her installation at The Sculpture Center examines the public's perceptions of truths and the way in which they are distorted. The inspiration for her work came from revisions of history curriculum for high schools which minimized the roles of many historical figures, such as Thomas Jefferson. These events brought about for her the realization that if history can be changed in this fashion than at some point nearly all truths will be malleable. See brochure here.
Within the Euclid Avenue Gallery is a podium shaped like Monticello, Jefferson's famous home in central Virginia, which serves as the stage for any declarations that visitors wish to make. At the top of the gallery walls is a frieze molding based upon that of Monticello's dining room. Hullihen has retained the original Roman decorative motifs of the ox skull, symbolizing sacrifice, and columns and in place of the alternating rosette has added half a pileus, a felt cap worn by freed slaves in Roman times. Projected in the gallery are a selection of YouTube videos from the artist and other people who created videos in response to her request. Visitors are encouraged to make their own declarations either while at the gallery or after leaving, to be posted to YouTube. At the closing of the exhibition there will be a panel discussion where the artist and other panelists will discuss the realities of perception and the presentation of facts in today's culture.
To view Elaine's video describing the project and to create your own declaration, click here
A northeast Ohio native, Elaine Hullihen makes adventures and explores cubby holes. She received her BFA in Sculpture from Kent State University in 2007. Since then she has participated in two residency programs. In 2008 she traveled to work in a project space called Stock.7 in Dresden, Germany. The following year brought her to the Scottish Sculpture Workshop in Lumsden, Scotland. She has also exhibited her work in Kent and Cleveland, OH, Pittsburgh, PA, and New York, NY. In addition, from 2007-2010 she co-organized project 425, an independent studio/gallery co-operative located in Kent that aims to give young people a space to make and exhibit work.
Deirdre Sargent: USAMLKPDA
This installation investigates themes of heroism and boundless human potential. This piece focuses on Martin Luther King Jr. as a sort of fence jumper, an outspoken revolutionary who dared to hurdle social divisions within a hidebound culture.
Deirdre Sargent, a conceptual artist who lives in Akron, OH, received her BFA in Sculpture from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY (2008), and will begin the MFA program at Yale University this fall. She has completed commissions for a private collection in Hartford, CT, and for the New Orleans City Park, LA. Her work has been exhibited in New Orleans, LA, Sonoma County, CA, New York, NY, Asheville, NC, and Brooklyn, NY.
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