San Antonio, TX - Artpace San Antonio is pleased to announce the unveiling of its 10.3 International Artist-in-Residence projects, opening on November 18, 2010. Guest curator Michael Darling, the James W. Alsdorf Chief Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, will present new works by Henning Bohl (Berlin Germany), Roy McMakin (Seattle, Washington), Adam Schreiber (Austin, TX), which will be on display to the public through January 9, 2011.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Henning Bohl's installation, View from Bidston Hill, is an exploration of the components that make up an artwork's composition. Referencing sculpture, painting, and collage, the gallery is populated with a blend of art and common objects related by a circle motif. Bohl mined local lumber stores, bicycle shops, and marine outfitters for supplies, even incorporating disposable beverage containers in his work. In this exhibition of interrelated parts, Bohl presents an alternative model of image making that plays off of Modern painting strategies, where the subject of the artwork is not painted but rather consists of the objects itself, presented within a pictorial space. Moreover bungee cords and chinstraps not only make literal connections inside the work but also allude to the compositional connections the artist employs to link the entire installation together.
Roy McMakin's artwork crosses many disciplines; his practice integrates furniture, architecture, sculpture, photography, and installation. Over the course of his career, he has moved back and forth between construction and documentation of domestic objects and buildings. His Artpace exhibition, Other Chest of Drawers & Other People includes a collection of fabricated and found furniture objects and three video works that relate to the chest, in terms of home furnishings as well as human anatomy. His sculptures are mediated by people; collaborations with woodworkers and assistants form a significant feature of the exhibition. The artist's intentional decision not to originate or construct any of the objects on display is notable. He used, instead, a set of subjective directions to guide this series of work, as well as his keen eye for design, spending hours rummaging through San Antonio thrift and furniture stores. Additionally he chose to push his photographic concepts of scale and perspective by introducing the elements of time and movement, leading to his first video pieces in 25 years.
Adam Schreiber is an Austin-based photographer who mines the potential meanings of cultural artifacts and abandoned corporate spaces. He utilizes objects from existing collections and archives as the source of his photography, often re-documenting items in a state of preservation. By isolating imagery of outdated technology and sterile laboratory settings from their cultural significance, Schreiber enables the viewer to re-imagine these spaces and objects in new and unexpected ways. The DeLorean DMC-12 is the subject of Adam Schreiber's exhibition, Diminishing Return, which features a series of color and monochromatic photographs showing fragments from the automobile. Over the course of his residency, Schreiber paid several visits to the DMC surplus facility in Humble, Texas, photographing fragments of the Phoenix-like DMC-12 vehicle and its storage environment. Images include console vents, transmission parts, storage boxes, and shock absorbers. Varied in scale and content, the photographs convey an otherworldliness of these benign items, shown as they are isolated in vast white spaces devoid of context.
ABOUT THE CURATOR
Michael Darling is the James W. Alsdorf Chief Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. Prior to his appointment in Chicago, he served as the Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seattle Art Museum from 2006-2010. While there, he organized distinguished exhibitions, including Gaylen Hansen, Three Decades of Painting (2007-08), Su-Mei Tse (2008), Dennis Oppenheim: Safety Cones (2008), and Target Practice: Painting Under Attack 1949-78 (2009). Darling also served as an assistant curator at the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art beginning in 1998, where he organized Superflat, in collaboration with the artist Takashi Murakami (2001); Seattle artist/architect Roy McMakin's first museum survey (2002); and Painting in Tongues, a survey of single artists whose practices span many mediums (2006). Darling received his Ph.D. from University of California, Santa Barbara, on the furniture of 20th-century American designer George Nelson.
ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
The 10.3 International Artist-in-Residence program is made possible by the Linda Pace Foundation, the City of San Antonio's Office of Cultural Affairs, National Endowment for the Arts, and Nimoy Foundation, with additional support from Rebecca and Alexander Stewart. Special thanks to Artpace board member Christopher C. Hill and Rodolfo Choperena.
Artpace is a contemporary art center located in San Antonio, Texas, with residencies, exhibitions, and education programs that nurture the creative expression of emerging and established artists, while actively engaging youth and adult audiences. Renowned for its International Artist-in-Residence program (IAIR), Artpace annually hosts three eight-week residencies, each of which features one Texas artist, one national artist and one international artist, who are all selected by a notable guest curator, and culminates into an (adjective) exhibition. The mission of this program is to provide artists with unparalleled resources that allow them to take time, take provocative wrisks and unveil new ideas. Founder and Director of Prospect New Orleans, Dan Cameron says, "Artpace is really head and shoulders above any other organization of its kind right now." The work created at Artpace goes on to show at some of the world's most distinguished venues, often presenting a pivotal moment in an artist's career. Jeffrey Deitch, Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles explains "Projects that began at Artpace that are still exhibited all over the world, Artpace really makes art happen."
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