Opening Reception: Saturday, May 17 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Exhibition dates: May 17 – June 7, 2014
Project 4 presents WAIT, a new media exhibition presenting video, sound, installation and performance works by artists chukwumaa, Larry Cook, E. Jane and Tiona McClodden. The exhibition is conceived and curated by E. Jane.
The concept of the show reflects the new media artist’s challenge of capturing viewer attention and focus in a highly saturated, over-stimulating digital landscape. With constant and instantaneous consumption of images, video and sound across platforms that are fully embedded into daily life, a new framework is steering our perceptions of our world and our selves. From viral sound bytes to fleeting Snapchats, the scanning/filtering/processing of media has reached a rapid-fire pace. For artists working in this realm, a collective aim is for viewer access at a deeper level. E. Jane asks, “How do we get an audience to wait and enter the work?”
chukwumaa is a visual artist working primarily in performance, new media sculpture and sound. In his work, he aims to manipulate language, patterns and the reality to explore interactions between the individual and the group. chukwumaa is currently an 2014 Artist in Residence at Strathmore. In April, he participated as a speaker at The 25th James A. Porter Colloquium on African American Art at Howard University. He has shown in exhibitions at Transformer, Artisphere, Corcoran Gallery of Art and The Atlantic Center for the Arts. chukwumaa will be attending the University of Pennsylvania in the Fall to pursue his MFA.
Larry Cook is a photographer and video artist presenting ideas about the portrayal of American identity and black culture through his internal conflicts and reflections. He is currently a Hamiltonian Fellow represented by Hamiltonian Gallery in Washington, DC. He has exhibited at Hemphill Fine Arts and Hillyer Art Space, and was a 2013 finalist for The Janet and Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize. In 2014, Cook was selected to participate in the 5×5 Public Art Initiative, a project of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities placing contemporary public art in key areas around the city. He received his MFA from George Washington University and BA from Plattsburgh State University, New York.
E. Jane is an interdisciplinary media conceptual artist working with photography, sound, the moving image, found sculpture and performance. A focus across these mediums is the inward experience and outward perceptions of mental illness. E. Jane has presented work on a variety of platforms, including TIDINGS performance festival at Hole In the Sky to the solo show From Ode to Elegy at Pleasant Plains Workshop (Washington, DC). She is participating in the 11th season of Transformer’s Exercises for Emerging Artists residency E11: Coda. The program chose artists working within the discipline of sound, and will end with a group exhibition at Artisphere in July for Fermata: A Celebration of Sound. E. Jane pursued undergraduate studies at Marymount Manhattan College, New York, NY and will be attending the University of Pennsylvania’s Penndesign MFA program in the fall.
Tiona McClodden is a filmmaker and multimedia artist based in Philadelphia who creates, directs and distributes work through her production company, Harriet’s Gun Media. With the mission to present work across a range of media platforms that examine, explore, and critique issues at the intersections of race, gender, and sexuality, McClodden has produced a number of award-winning projects including feature-length documentary film, black/womyn: conversations with lesbians of African descent, and The Untitled Black Lesbian Elder Project. McClodden’s work has been presented at film festivals including the Queer Film Festival MEZIPATRA (Prague and Brno, Czech Republic); GFest Gaywise Fesitival (London); the Corona Cork Film Festival (Cork, Ireland); and BlackStar Film Festival (Philadelphia).
- Wednesday – Saturday: 12-6pm
- or by appointment
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