THE INTERNATIONAL ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE PROGRAM
New Works: 98.2
Joan Bankemper, NEW YORK, NY
Henrik Plenge Jakobsen, COPENHAGEN, DENMARK
Holly Moe, BANDERA, TX
The International Artist-in-Residence Program, sponsored by ArtPace, A Foundation
for Contemporary Art | San Antonio presents New Works: 98.2, a series of
installations by artists living and working at ArtPace. Joan Bankemper, Henrik Plenge
Jakobsen and Holly Moe were selected by the March 1996 IAIR Program Panel
consisting of Elizabeth Armstrong, David Avalos, Dana Friis-Hansen, Thelma Golden
and Maaretta Jaukkuri. Work produced by the artists during their eight-week residency
will open to the public on Thursday, June 11 at 6:30 PM. An artist talk with Kathryn
Hixson, Editor of the New Art Examiner, will take place on Friday, June 12 at 6:30 PM.
Based in New York City, Joan Bankemper was born in Covington, Kentucky in 1959.
Bankemper holds a B.F.A. from the Kansas City Art Institute and an M.F.A. from the
Maryland Institute College of Art. Her work has been exhibited internationally, including
commissions at the New Museum for Contemporary Art, New York; Creative Time's Art
in the Anchorage, New York; Maria Cilena Galeria, Milan, Italy; and White Columns,
New York. In 1997 the artist rebuilt a 12th Century monastic garden in Palermo, Italy.
Bankemper is known for her community-based projects which involve planting and
growing gardens, blurring the boundaries between nature and art. Throughout history,
artists have investigated the emotional and spatial qualities of the environment that
surrounds us?luding Monet's iconographic waterlily paintings and the breathtaking
landscapes of the Hudson River School at the turn of the century. Contemporary artists
have explored spaces with conceptually-driven outdoor projects, notably Robert Irwin's
garden for Los Angeles' Getty Center. Bankemper's site-specific, time-based projects
bring people together for a common goal, involving planning, cooperation, nurturing,
maintenance, reflection, and pride. Combining formal devices and social intentions,
Bankemper's garden projects have a strong visual impact, as well as medicinal functions
of the plants she chooses to grow.
For ArtPace, Bankemper has worked off site and at the Foundation's facility. On a
scouting trip to San Antonio, Bankemper found an historic site on the famed Riverwalk, a
sunken foundation from the original Pioneer Flour Mill. With the assistance of the City
of San Antonio, Bankemper and a crew of volunteers cleaned the site, and planted nearly
600 mammoth sunflowers in the reclaimed space. To offer a different view of these
magnificent flowers, Bankemper has planted sunflowers on the roof the ArtPace to the
same scale of the Riverwalk site. Both sites should be in full bloom in mid-July.
Bankemper is also presenting drawings and her signature flower vases. Her minimal
drawings of flowers are graphic and bold, rendered in a cartoon-like fashion. The
sculptural vases, which build on the folk tradition of shard art, are interjected with
content and humor. An installation of artificial flowers behind a scrim provides a
theatrical backdrop for the elegant arrangement of these objects.
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