December Exhibitions at VisArts Galleries

By Editorial Team on December 1, 2020
Courtesy of VisArts Gallery.
Virtual Reception: Friday, December 4 from 5pm to 7pm

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This December, VisArts Galleries welcomes new exhibitions that investigate cross-cultural ideas of beauty and perception of class, objects of desire, and sensorial juxtapositions. The Virtual Reception, taking place Friday, December 4, 2020 from 5:00-7:00 PM, includes artist talks by new exhibiting artists Olaniyi Akindiya, Liz Lessner, and Amy Boone McCreesh, as well as by Mia Eva Rollow and Sue Johnson, whose exhibitions have been extended through the new year.

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Olaniyi Akindiya: Abawọn – Stain
October 28 – January 3, 2021
Concourse Gallery, VisArts, Second Floor
Akindiya’s work focuses on moments of time, fleeting moments that can be easily forgotten or transformed. Reflecting on rural versus urban life, the accelerated pace of development and social infrastructure, his works and performative activities play around social subjectivities with dramatic components, breaking down conventional barriers.

About the Artist
Olaniyi Rasheed Akindiya aka AKIRASH, was born in Lagos, Nigeria. He earned his first BSC degree in Biochemistry from the Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta Nigeria (1991), going on to study Fine and Applied Art at Institute of Textile Technology Art & Design Lagos (1995). He now lives and works between Lagos and Austin, Texas. Read more.

Amy Boone-McCreesh: Room with a View
October 16, 2020 – January 17, 2021
355 Pod Space
With this new work, Boone-McCreesh pushes against the cross-cultural ideas of beauty and perception of class. This maximal and decorative aesthetic is partnered with detailed and hand-driven processes often associated with craft. The utilization of technology and digital components are combined with the handmade processes to create a direct shift in value and labor.

These decisions aim to mimic the seemingly arbitrary lines that are drawn to signify cultural markers of luxury, mass production, and the defining features of access.

About the Artist
Amy Boone-McCreesh was born on Loring Air Force Base, in Maine, to a British mother and American father. Currently she is based in Baltimore, MD with interests in the connections between aesthetic leanings within economic and cultural status. Read more.

Solo Lab 545
December 4 – January 3, 2021
Common Ground Gallery
This event gives performance artists a chance to have their own solo show in a gallery whose walls are not shared with other visual artists. For this year’s festival, performances will be virtual, and there is a mini-residency providing artists with access to a gallery space for one week to prepare for their performances.

About the Curator
Heloisa Escudero grew up in São Paulo, Brazil, but relocated to the United States in 1987. She obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Massachusetts College of Art and a Master of Fine Arts from the San Francisco Art Institute. She holds American, Italian and Brazilian citizenship. She is interested in conceptually based art that is both tactile and interactive. Read more.

Liz Lessner: The Relational Object Project
December 4 – January 3, 2021
Virtual Exhibition
The sculptures in the Relational Object Project engage the viewer with instances of gestural interaction. They appropriate and re-invest Lygia Clark’s strategy of material and sensory juxtaposition. They begin with quotidian sensations, like the feeling of eyelashes brushing one’s skin but use embedded electronics to create sensory juxtapositions. These objects amplify the paradoxical nature of gestural communication and simultaneously focus attention on the embodied aspects of its interactions.

About the Artist
Liz Lessner is a sculptor and installation artist whose work combines traditional fabrication techniques and emerging technologies to create sensory experiences that reframe common occurrences and routine encounters. Read more.

Exhibitions Extended

Sue Johnson: Hall of Portraits from The History of Machines
September 11 – January 3, 2021
Gibbs Street Gallery, VisArts, First Floor
Hall of Portraits from The History of Machines proposes an alternate pictorial history in which two objects of desire become one — the household convenience object and the emergent female form. The project looks back to the mid-20th century and identifies this era as a cornerstone in the construction of the modern woman, who begins at this time to be idealized as sharing attributes with laboring-saving appliances and gadgets.

Domestic convenience objects merge with the body, or vice-versa, from vacuum cleaners to coffee pots and telephones with extra-long cords. Based on authentic sources from mid-century advertising and the artist’s photography of objects in her collection, the resulting women seem familiar yet simultaneously we know that they are actually a highly fictional, patriarchal fantasy. Read more.

About the Artist
Sue Johnson (b. San Francisco, California) earned an M.F.A. in Painting from Columbia University and a B.F.A. in Painting from Syracuse University. Revisionist in method, her installations and artworks create plausible fictions that run parallel and counter to canonical histories, focusing on topics including the early modern museum, picturing of Nature and women, and the domestic universe and consumer culture. Read more.

Mia Eve Rollow: The Sailing Stones Act
July 9 – January 3, 2021
Kaplan Gallery, VisArts, Second Floor
From 2009 to 2014, EDELO, Where The United Nations Used to Be, was an artist run project in Chiapas, Mexico (currently nomadic) that created sculptural performances and community events through relational aesthetics, social practice, and social sculpture. Founded by Mia Eva Rollow and Caleb Duarte, EDELO centered its practice as an intercultural artist residency of diverse practices and an ever-changing experimental art laboratory and safe house.

The work at its core focused on the lessons and use of art by the EZLN, the Zapatista autonomous indigenous movement in Chiapas, Mexico that has used art as a main tool to demand immediate and drastic social and economic change as a response to 500 years of invisibility, oppression, and neglect. Read more.

Broadcast Series presented by Transceiver Radio: Insurgent Imagination, a conversation with Joshua Gamma and Mia Eve Rollow, December 10 at 6:00 PM, Register