If pressed to describe Theaster Gates’ work in one word, it would be ‘transformative.’ In his performances, installations and urban interventions, Gates—an artist, musician and ‘cultural planner’ as well as director of arts program development for the University of Chicago—transforms spaces, relationships, traditions and perceptions.
Exploring architecture as a tool for mediation and meditation, Gates draws from both urbanism and art to provide what he terms ‘moments of interstitial beauty’ in Chicago’s South Side neighborhoods. His most recent project, ‘Temple’, comprises two neighboring houses whose interiors he completely rebuilt of donated and repurposed materials to create spaces for workshops, exhibitions and other public events on topics of race, art and politics.
Gates’ work is funded by the Joyce Foundation, the Graham Foundation, and the African American Art Alliance. In 2010 alone, he has performed
and exhibited at the Whitney Biennial and the Armory Show in New York, the Milwaukee Art Museum, the Brunno David Gallery and Pulitzer Museum of Art in St. Louis, and the Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston. He also completed residencies with the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, Wis., Museum of Contemporary Craft, Portland, Oregon, and Artadia New York. He is a Loeb Fellow at Harvard Graduate School of Design for 2010-11.
Residents from United States
Provided with confident intuition in search of one‘s own position appears the artwork of Nina Pettinato, who’s starting to establish an individual, poetical-precise artwork. […] Pettinato creates her art concept as an remarkably homogenous outline, which attends simultanously to the media of painting, drawing and photography.
Whether there is a natural or imaginary nature, fantastic or real landscapes, whether there are deserted lakesides at dawn or squatting figures, which are sitting opposite to each other in front of bleak trees: The painted as well as the photographic images appearing both very intensively and are all marked by an atmospheric quality, which is innate and distinctive.
Because within the artistic techniques which Nina Pettinato selects there aren’t barely hierarchies so far. The strength of the images isn’t defined by the medium or by particular technique. It unfolds out of the intensity of a sight alone, in which exact study and sensitive sensation alone lead to the narration of existential perception of the surrounding world.
Dr. Thomas ELSEN: Schwabens junge Kreative.
In: edition:schwaben (04/2009), S.74.
Nina Pettinato studied Visual Communication / Fine Art at HfG Offenbach, Academy of Art and Design, and was awarded her diploma in 2008. In 2009 she received the Kunstpreis des Bezirks Schwaben one of the most important art awards for young emerging artists in Bavaria, enabling the laureate to go abroad by the means of a travel grant. Nina Pettinato’s work has been exhibited in several shows including the exhibition Expanded Lines at Salzburg’s galerie 5020, 2008 and at Silent Spaces – Räume der Stille at H2 – Zentrum für Gegenwartskunst im Glaspalast Augsburg, 2009. In 2009 her photographic series Inkubation was selected for participation in NEU/NOW, an multidisciplinary on- and offline event curated by ELIA (European League of Institutes of the Arts). Nina Pettinato lives and works in Southern Germany near Munich.
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Winnipeg-bred, Montreal-based artist Daniel Barrow uses obsolete technologies to present written, pictorial and cinematic narratives centering on the practices of drawing and collecting. Since 1993, he has created and adapted comic book narratives to ‘manual’ forms of animation by projecting, layering and manipulating drawings on overhead projectors. Barrow is the 2007 winner of Canada Council’s Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton Award and the 2008 winner of the Images Festival’s Images Prize.