WELCOME TO THE NEIGHBORHOOD:
KANSAS CITY ARTISTS ON THE MIDWESTERN EXPERIENCE
What defines the experience of a person living in the geographic middle of the United States? There are expectations of what that existence looks like, feels like. A picture painted with the residue of a black and white intro to the first ever movie in technicolor, a smear of bbq sauce on a paper bib, the quilt-like squares of “flyover country”. Welcome to the Neighborhood is an exhibition that presents the lived experience of midwesterners through the eyes of its artists – people who live or have lived in the Kansas City area. It presents the textured landscape, the complicated dichotomies, the hues and politics of a place that these artists have embraced as home.
Artists included in the exhibition include Yoonmi Nam, Jessica Borusky, Rashawn Griffin, Patty Carroll, Rodolfo Marron III, Mike Sinclair, Rena Detrixhe, Glyneisha Johnson, Michael Krueger, Nedra Bonds, Deanna Dikeman, and Lara Shipley.
I'm very pleased to have this zine included in the Reading Room at The Rockaways, organized by Life Lessons, a curatorial group in New York. It will be on Saturday, August 11th at Life Lessons Garage (536 Beach 72nd, Far Rockaway, NY 11692)
Over my many years spent in a gallery environment, recurrently I see how a narrative or ‘story’ embedded in the artwork is an emotional and powerful force that connects the artist and viewer. This is a unique narration without text, narration without a sound, and without the artist-storyteller being present. Mining deeper – when the artist pulls from their own life experiences and uses their personal narrative as well as their hands to craft the work – the resulting piece has a distinct and soulful energy.
The author and neurologist Oliver Sacks spent his life studying the brain and how it deals with perception, individuality, and memory. In his book, The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and other Clinical Tales, he wrote, “We have, each of us, a life-story, an inner narrative, whose continuity, whose sense, is our lives. It might be said that each of us constructs and lives, a ‘narrative,’ and that this narrative is us, our identities. If we wish to know about a man, we ask ‘what is his story — his real, inmost story?’ — for each of us is a biography, a story. Each of us is a singular narrative, which is constructed, continually, unconsciously, by, through and in us — through our perceptions, our feelings, our thoughts, our actions; and, not least, our discourse, our spoken narrations. Biologically, physiologically, we are not so different from each other; historically, as narratives — we are each of us unique.”
Included in this exhibition are works expressing personal narrative while engaging larger and broader universal stories. Much like the exquisite corpse parlor game, the artist provides the narrative genesis and the viewer completes the story with their individual experiences.
Director, Penland Gallery
John Muse (Artist/Visual Media Scholar, Haverford College) wrote a wonderful review of my solo exhibition, "Still", for the CAA Reviews. Please check it out!
I remember going to the White Columns Gallery in New York in the late 90's when I was in grad school. It used to have a slide registry and I remember looking through some slides and videos. I finally got myself to apply, and I am very excited to announce that I got accepted into the White Columns Artist Registry! Link here: http://registry.whitecolumns.org/view_artist.php?artist=26277
A group exhibition curated by Matthew McLaughlin titled "(Sub)urban" at Stamp Gallery opens on October 30, and runs until December 16, 2017.
I will have several prints and two sculptural pieces (pictured above) in this exhibition.
From the Press Release:
(Sub)Urban presents works by six contemporary artists working across America, all of whom question the reality of suburban and urban contexts through humor, satire, and irony. Through a combination of print, painting, installation, and sculpture, (Sub)Urban explores our contemporary surroundings and the underlying psychology of our modern living environments. Benjamin Roger’s paintings depict the banality of our interior lives, the ways we live when we are secure in our homes, while Sang-Mi Yoo’s prints and installations emphasize the mundane repetition of our planned communities. Christine Buckton Tillman’s sculptures, Yoonmi Nam’s prints and sculptures and Amze Emmon’s cutouts and prints refigure items from our homes and streets that are ordinarily dismissed as meaningless refuse. Finally, Nick Satinover’s print installation visualizes the basest feelings behind most people’s day-to-day lives.
These artists work in varying media, but their underlying interests coalesce around our diverse experiences of space, identity, consumption, and labor as immigrants, transplants, and minorities living in the contemporary built environment of late capitalism. They examine items from our houses and our streets, presenting them in new ways and bringing new associations to them, and in the process they uncover unexpected narratives that shape the ways we dwell within the rush of modern life. (Sub)Urban is on view at the Stamp Gallery at the University of Maryland, College Park, October 30 through December 16, 2017. An opening reception will take place on November 1, 5–7pm, in the Stamp Gallery. This event is free and open to the public.
Link to gallery website here: http://thestamp.umd.edu/stamp_gallery
"All That Remains is Nowhere: a Sampling of 21st Century Book Arts" at Lyndon House Art Center, Athens, Georgia
My little book titled House Plants is included in this exhibition curated by Margot Ecke.
On view: September 1 - October 7, 2017
A thoughtful review of the three solo exhibitions at The Print Center that just closed last week. Written by Anne Cross.
This summer, I am teaching two workshops at Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass Village, Colorado. I just finished teaching a mokuhanga class this past week, and I will be teaching a sumi ink and brush painting class next week. During my time here, I will be giving an artist talk at Schermer Meeting Hall on Sunday, July 30th at 7PM.
Link to event site: https://www.andersonranch.org/event/guest-faculty-lecture-kevin-snipes-yoonmi-nam-jim-cotter/
"Still" installation view, photo by Jaimephoto
"In Galleries: Three Print Center winners, one lost chance", Edith Newhall, The Inquirer, June 30, 2017
"The three talented winners are Korean artist Yoonmi Nam (a faculty member at the University of Kansas, Lawrence), TR Ericsson of Brooklyn (he also works out of Painesville, Ohio), and Philadelphia’s Serena Perrone. Their exhibitions, on view now, are notably quiet, poetic shows of deeply personal work. The world’s woes seem far away.
The hush begins with Nam’s exhibition in the Print Center’s ground-floor gallery, where she’s showing two bodies of work that explore ephemerality and permanence.
Her woodblock prints depict simple line drawings of disposable containers that hold arrangements of flowers. They’re whimsical and sweet.
Her other collection, her “objects,” are more ironic and engaging. Nam has made fool-the-eye facsimiles of plastic bags from Gampi paper and printed them with the usual sentiments (i.e. “Thank You for Your Patronage”) and placed them on sculpture pedestals to suggest they were casually “delivered” to their particular spots.
Inside these bags, she’s placed white porcelain casts of Styrofoam clamshell delivery containers. Some can barely be seen through their translucent bags, though one bag lies open on its side, partially exposing its porcelain container."
I will be teaching two different workshops at Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Colorado this summer.
"Mokuhanga: From Traditional to Laser-cut Imagery", Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass Village, CO (July 24-28, 2017)
"Sumi Ink Drawing: Consider the Lines" Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass Village, CO (July 31-August 4, 2017)
Workshop, "Japanese Woodblock Printmaking" at Frogman's Summer Printmaking Workshop in Omaha, Nebraska
I will be teaching a week-long Japanese Woodblock Printmaking Workshop at Frogman's Summer Printmaking Workshop in Omaha, Nebraska. The workshop dates are July 10 - 15, 2017.
I am showing some prints and sculptural works in this 5-person exhibition at Blue Star Contemporary in San Antonio, TX. Participating artists are Frank Benson, Randy Bolton, Susi Brister, Yoonmi Nam, and Kris Pierce.
Opening reception: Thursday, June 1, 2017, 6-9PM
Exhibition dates: June 1 - September 3, 2017
My solo exhibition titled "Still" opened at The Print Center on May 11, 2017. The exhibition runs until August 5, 2017. Selections from the Momentarily series and Arranged Flowers series are included in this exhibition.
From 400 international applicants, three finalists were selected to receive solo exhibitions this year. I was honored to be showing with artists Serena Perrone and TR Ericsson.