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Joy Drury Cox late summer 2021 studio update

September 7, 2021

Summer Reading

July 9 – September 18, 2021

Center for Book Arts
28 W 27th Street, 3rd Floor
New York, NY  10001


Curated by Ann Tarantino & Lindsey Lanfried

In the high season of leisure reading and scholastic book challenges, Center for Book Arts presents Summer Reading, an exhibition of works by contemporary artists who take creative approaches to the book, text, and language. In this exhibition, the book is simultaneously complemented and subverted. Artists investigate the tradition of artist’s books as artistic structure, storytelling in visual art, the narrative possibilities of language, and the object-ness of book material in circulation. Including prints, sculptures, and works on paper that explore the design and aesthetics of language, this exhibition celebrates the relationship between reading and making. Summer Reading extends beyond the gallery walls to include featured reading lists culled by the artist participants and associated lending lists for all ages, developed with our local partner libraries.

This group exhibition features works by Breanne Trammell, Cassie Tompkins, Colette Fu, Dan Walsh, Diane Samuels, Erik den Breejen, Jill Moser with Charles Bernstein & Major Jackson, Joy Drury Cox, Lenka Clayton, Lesley Dill, Mary Ellen Bartley, Meg Hitchcock, Michael Mandiberg, Shanti Grumbine, Skye Gilkerson, Tauba Auerbach (Diagonal Press), Travis Head, and Ward Shelley.

Information about the exhibition’s limited edition catalog can be found here.

Launch F18 Magazine: Joy Drury Cox & Erika Mahr in Conversation

In the spring of 2020 Joy Drury Cox, Erika Mahr and Sam Trioli began a conversation that casually carried on throughout the course of nearly a year.  Weaving in and out a multitude of events in life and the world at large, the conversation between the three of them captured a moment not only within their own artwork, but the meaning of that work in this moment in time. 

Read the conversation in full here.

Faculty member Lien Truong solo show at Davidson College Art Galleries

August 27, 2021

Congratulations to Associate Professor Liên Trương on her solo painting show at Davidson Art Galleries, open through October 3, 2021. 

From the Earth Rise Radiant Beings


Van Every Gallery
On View: August 23, 2021— October 03, 2021
Opening Reception: September 9, 2021, 7:00 pm— 8:30 pm

Related Programs & Events

Liên Trương: Artist Talk
September 9, 2021, 6:00 pm—7:00 pm
EVENT DETAILS

 

Liên Trương: From the Earth Rise Radiant Beings presents recent works by Trương that examine, illuminate, and interrogate notions of heritage and the influences that form belief systems. Exploring these artworks in the current moment—a year and a half marked by illness, death, anxiety, isolation, division, and increasing racial injustices, including recent attacks on Asians, Asian Americans, and Pacific Islanders—adds another dimension to an already physically and conceptually layered artistic practice tied up in social, cultural, and political histories.

The exhibition presents works from several different series and demonstrates Trương’s ability to expertly weave together various references. The Sky is Not Sacred is a two-part collaboration between Hồng-An Trương and Liên Trương. In the large-scale oil triptych on Arches paper, the red-hued sky, storm clouds, and choppy sea may bring an old adage to mind: “Red sky at night, sailors’ delight; red sky in morning, sailors take warning.” Predating meteorology, the saying is just one of many rhymes, stories, and axioms that combines folklore and science in order to make sense of weather phenomena. A red sky in the morning often indicates high water content in the atmosphere, thus, rain ahead.

The artists are not interested in meteorology per se, but rather in the aesthetic theories and ideologies communicated through the genre of landscape painting. In the related video of the same title, the artists examine clouds and stormy weather in various ways, including as a device of British painter John Constable, known for his extensive study of clouds and the sky, which he believed to be “the chief Organ of sentiment” present across the genre of landscape painting. The Sky is Not Sacred also upends the notion of the sky as a divine space. The two artists instead position the sky as a place of potential disaster and war. In particular, the work highlights weather control techniques used during the American War in Vietnam between March 20, 1967, and July 5, 1972. The United States Air Force used cloud-seeding technology to extend the monsoon season to “make mud, not war,” impeding the transport of North Vietnamese troops and supplies.

Trương’s miniature oil painting series, Translatio Imperii, further positions the sky as a place of war and terror. The title refers to a concept dating from the Middle Ages that espouses a linear succession of dominant civilizations whose power and political legitimacy can be traced back to classical antiquity.

Mounted in ornate vintage frames, the paintings feature idyllic landscapes reminiscent of works by Hudson River School painters who found inspiration in the expansive, untamed American landscape of the mid-19th century. Artists like Thomas Cole and Albert Bierstadt portrayed nature as both awe-inspiring and superable. The title of the series inextricably links the Hudson River School painters to the concept of Manifest Destiny, but Trương’s subject matter—the sites of U.S. military bombings—pushes beyond the confines of American borders and speaks to wider U.S. imperialist strategies. Brass title plates denote specific countries and years of the bombings.

Trương’s landscapes are revealed within painted gestures taken directly from Roy Lichtenstein’s Brushstrokes series, which acknowledges another influential art movement, American Abstract Expressionism. That movement, which came to prominence nearly one hundred years after the Hudson River School, was endorsed by the Central Intelligence Agency during the Cold War in direct opposition to Soviet-sponsored Socialist Realism, thereby promoting American modern art as evidence of U.S. cultural superiority. The deliberate small scale of these paintings represents a questioning both the Western art historical canon to U.S. military dominance.

Trương aims to create a type of Asian Futurism through narratives that simultaneously refer to, reject, and reframe oppressive epistemologies. In her earlier paintings, Trương focused more on landscape, gesture, and materiality, while more recent works incorporate representations of the body.

Both of Trương’s parents spent their youth in Vietnam, under the rule of French Indochina. The landscape in According to the Spectre of Blood and Water is of Đà Lạt, Trương’s mother’s birthplace. Trương’s process—fracturing, combining, and layering the landscape with a mix of canonical Western and Asian paintings techniques, antique Japanese fabrics, painted silk, and, in this particular work, painting of French Monarchs—ties in with her concept, especially the complexity and confusion of identity and heritage, further complicated by war and colonization.[1] Juxtaposing Western and Asian painting techniques, materials, and philosophies also questions the hierarchy of the former over the latter within the art historical canon.

Trương’s incorporation of silk and historical textile designs highlights the worldwide textile trade, a centuries-old, entangled narrative of colonization, migration, and power. But her interest in utilizing textiles, particularly Vietnamese silks such as the kind treasured, worn, and collected by her mother, aunts, and cousins, is also a powerful personal rejection of Orientalist ideologies associated with these materials, particularly those of a sexualized or fetishized nature. Trương notes, “We need to consider that skin, cloth, and ornament can only become interrelated metaphors for personhood when actual personhood is ignored and invisible.”

From the Earth Rise Radiant Beings, from Trương’s newest series of the same name, features landscape imagery of the Philippines. Trương’s focus on the island references the various strategies and acts—moral, ideological, military, and legal—employed by the United States to justify expansion and imperialism. The Philippines became a U.S. territory after the Spanish-American War in 1898. Trương sourced imagery of the locale during World War II, during Japanese occupation and just a few years before independence, to speak to the widespread influence of American policies as related to colonialism, immigration, and citizenship.[2]

While landscape is still a key element of her new works, Trương has shifted her focus to include more figurative elements and, in some cases, depictions of specific people. For example, in From the Earth Rise Radiant Beings, Trương includes the likeness of Teresa Magbanua y Ferraris, a resistance fighter who led troops into battle against the country’s successive colonizers: Spain, the United States, and Japan. Other figures are sourced from Orientalist paintings in which women in particular were portrayed as submissive and sexualized. Painted as silhouettes in a pale yellow hue, Trương’s figures, “born from the violent histories descended from Orientalist ideologies, repudiate their origins…transcending geopolitical and generational boundaries to create narratives of resistance and autonomy.”

All of Trương’s works—well-researched, complex narratives that connect a range of influences from historical and military references, textile designs, art history, Asian and Western painting practices, and personal narrative and experiences, speak to perceived representations of culture and the complications of identity, particularly in relationship to colonialism, imperialism, and war. For works that, at heart, are really about transnational and generational trauma and violence, they are remarkably optimistic. Trương helps us imagine new worlds where from our violent past, strength, resistance, autonomy, and love spring forth and help propel us forward.

Trương was born in Vietnam and emigrated to California when she was just eighteen months old. She earned a BFA from Humboldt State University in Arcata, CA, in 1999, and an MFA from Mills College, Oakland, CA, in 2001. Her work has been included in exhibitions at the National Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC; North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC; the National Centre for Contemporary Arts, Moscow, Russia; Nha San Collective, Hanoi, Vietnam; and Art Hong Kong; among others. She is the recipient of several awards and honors, including the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant, Whitton Fellowship from the Institute from the Arts and Humanities, and the NC Arts Council Fellowship. Residencies include the Oakland Museum of California and the Marble House Project, Vermont. Truong’s work is in several public collections, including the Linda Lee Alter Collection of Art by Women at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia; DC Collection, Disaphol Chansiri, Chiang Mai, Thailand; North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh; Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC; Cameron Art Museum, Wilmington, NC; and the Post Vidai Collection and Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Vietnam.

View the exhibition brochure.

This exhibition and related programs are made possible by the support of the Herb Jackson and Laura Grosch Gallery Endowment and Davidson College Friends of the Arts.

[1] Trương has incorporated fractured paintings of Napoleon III, who made the decision for France to invade Vietnam in 1857, which resulted in more than six decades of French rule over Vietnam.
[2] In developing the Nuremberg Laws, Nazi Germany looked to American tactics such as Jim Crow and the Immigration Act of 1924, which imposed national quotas and barred most Asian people from entering the U.S. Indigenous groups and Filipinos, among others, were designated as non-citizens, even though they were from the U.S. or its territories. Passed in 1935 by the Nazi Party, the Nuremberg Laws stripped citizenship from Germans with three or more Jewish grandparents and reclassified them as “subjects” of the state, among other things.

Faculty member Sabine Gruffat’s Cosmic Rays Film Festival receives NEH Grant

June 1, 2021

The Cosmic Rays Film Festival, in collaboration with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Arts Everywhere initiative, has been approved for a $15,000 Grants for Arts Projects: Media Arts award from the National Endowment of the Arts to support Cosmic Rays Digital. This project is a curated exhibition of extended reality, or XR, media art, including virtual reality, augmented reality, and other forms of immersive media that will take place during the 2022 Cosmic Rays Film Festival, originally founded in 2017 in response to the lack of experimental film and media art programming available to audiences in Chapel Hill and the Triangle. Cosmic Rays Digital is among the more than 1,100 projects across America totaling nearly $27 million that were selected during this second round of Grants for Arts Projects fiscal year 2021 funding.

“This festival has been a labor of love for us these past few years,” said co-founder Sabine Gruffat. “We are thrilled to receive this award from the NEA and to be able to expand the reach of Cosmic Rays through the exciting world of XR film experiences.” Work will be selected from emerging and established media artists working locally, regionally, and internationally with the hopes of creating an intentional community where local and international film and digital media artists and audiences can exchange ideas, knowledge, and networks, and celebrate artistic excellence in digital media. 

“As the country and the arts sector begin to imagine returning to a post-pandemic world, the National Endowment for the Arts is proud to announce funding that will help arts organizations such as the Cosmic Rays Film Festival re-engage fully with partners and audiences,” said NEA Acting Chairman Ann Eilers. “Although the arts have sustained many during the pandemic, the chance to gather with one another and share arts experiences is its own necessity and pleasure. To learn more about the upcoming festival and how to submit, visit cosmicraysfilmfest.com or contact Sabine Gruffat and Bill Brown at contact@cosmicraysfilmfest.com.

About the Cosmic Rays Film Festival
Launched in 2017, the Cosmic Rays Film Festival is an annual celebration of non-commercial experimental short films, live-cinema, and extended reality (VR, AR) projects that takes place in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The festival’s mission is to give audiences in the Triangle region and across the Southeastern U.S. access to work that expands our idea of what media art is and what it can be beyond commercial entertainment. Cosmic Rays is co-directed by Sabine Gruffat and Bill Brown, media artists and professors of art and media production at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

About Arts Everywhere
Arts Everywhere
 is a comprehensive initiative at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to make the arts a fundamental part of the University culture and daily campus life. Built on a model of programming through partnerships, the initiative collaborates with diverse departments, units, and organizations to embed creative expression, live arts experiences, and arts learning into the Carolina experience of students, faculty, staff, and community.

Contact
Sabine Gruffat and Bill Brown, co-directors
contact@cosmicraysfilmfest.com
For more information about the Cosmic Rays Film Festival:
http://www.cosmicraysfilmfest.com

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2021 MFA Art Prize

May 14, 2021

Congratulations to Vonnie “Quest” Smith for being selected for the MFA Art Prize. The prize is a $2000 gift from the graduate committee selected by an outside curator. 

This year our guest curator was Amy L. Powell, curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Krannert Art Museum in Champaign, IL.

Amy L. Powell on Vonnie Quest for the MFA Art Prize: “Vonnie Quest’s work advances a loving and layered aesthetic. His five-minute video Meditation on Migration / Opportunity Zone tracks narratives of Black American movement and experiences of discriminatory development in Milwaukee by using found footagevoiceover, and visible signs of his research processQuest’s videosphotographic collages, and interventions with text offer multiplicityoverlaying family photo albums with city scenes and the kitchen table, for instance, but also by ensuring room for the spaces between images, and for what goes unsaid. Quest’s work communicates his clear position as someone within and committed to communityComplex and moving, Quest’s work honors how knowledge is shared through generations.”

MFA Candidate Alena Mehic a 2021 Dedalus Foundation MFA Fellow

May 11, 2021

Congratulations to MFA Candidate Alena Mehic, who has been chosen as a 2021 Dedalus Foundation MFA Fellow! Each fall, department chairpersons from MFA programs in painting and sculpture across the country are invited to submit candidate nominations. A committee of distinguished artists, curators and critics determines the fellowship. An average of 2-4 MFA fellowships each year are awarded.  Alena will receive funding of $15,000. You can read more about her work on the Dedalus Foundation website here: https://www.dedalusfoundation.org/2021-alena-mehi%C4%87#/

New Mural by alumna Livian Kennedy in Fetzer Hall

April 7, 2021
A new partnership between Arts Everywhere and UNC EXSS UNITE! brought a new mural to Fetzer Hall to encourage people to take the stairs. It’s alumna Livian Kennedy’s first solo mural creation, which features silhouetted athletes along a colorful gradient in one of the building’s staircases.
 
One silhouette, positioned on a landing about halfway up the stairwell, features a runner that functions as an extra boost of encouragement. “If you’re going up the staircase, you are right beside her,” Kennedy said. “It’s just this explosive, really energetic, inspiring position that pushes you to keep going.”
 
Read more about it here: https://unc.live/39MM2fv
Detail of a mural by alumna Livian Kennedy in the stairwell of Fetzer Hall, depicting a silhouette of a running woman

No(w)here Collective (ARTS 391) releases compilation album

March 31, 2021

Feminine Waste Records and the No(w)here Collective (ARTS 391) is thrilled to present Feminine Waste, a compilation album of poetry and music featuring feminine-identifying, trans, and non-binary artists.

Feminine Waste was released on Bandcamp on March 24th and is now available for purchase via digital download or CD. To purchase, visit Feminine Waste x No ( w ) here Collective Comp or use this link: https://femininewaste.bandcamp.com/album/feminine-waste-x-no-w-here-collective-comp.

Feminine Waste Records and No(w)here Collective are proud to collaborate to provide an open-ended, interdisciplinary platform for underrepresented artists. All profits from sale of the album will be donated to mutual aid organizations serving LGBTQ+ youth and incarcerated persons:

Trans Justice Funding Project: http://transjusticefundingproject.org
LGBT Books To Prisoners: http://lgbtbookstoprisoners.org
For The Gworls: http://forthegworls.party/home

A Zoom party/concert will be held on April 9th to celebrate the artists and their supporters.

Continued updates and additional information are to be posted on Instagram @femininewasterecords.

The No(w)here Collective was formed in 2021 of artists and independent curators at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to connect people in a time of separation, regardless of location. Their collaboration with Feminine Waste Records gathers sounds from Arizona to Asheville, NC, punk to folk, in a snapshot of the nation’s non-cis male poets and musicians.

Image: Feminine Waste Album Cover

Spring Studio Update from Faculty member Joy Drury Cox

March 30, 2021

Joy Drury Cox – Spring 2021 Studio Updates

Launch F18 10 Years

10 Years at Launch F18

March 6 – April 3, 2021
373 Broadway, Suite 618 New York, NY

Online Viewing Room
March 19 – April 30, 2021
 

LAUNCH F18 is delighted to present a special exhibition and viewing room, LAUNCH F18: 10 Years. This unique presentation features a selection of artworks highlighting the many collaborations and exhibitions the gallery has organized over the past 10 years. This unique retrospective features work by: Noah Becker, Katie Bell, Katherine Bradford, Chiaozza, Sam Cockrell, Joy Drury Cox, David Deutsch, Nathan Dilworth, Omari Douglin, Andrej Dubravsky, Matt Ducklo, Austin Eddy, B.D. Graft, Meena Hasan, Richard Jacobs, Insil Jang, Tommy Kha, Elisabeth Kley, Sean Lamoureux, Gracelee Lawrence, Erika Mahr, Chason Matthams, Tibi Tibi Neuspiel, Jack Pierson, Frankie Rice, Didi Rojas, Rachael Tarravechia, Taylor O. Thomas, Hank Willis Thomas, Nelo Vinuesa and Bradford Willingham.

LAUNCH F18: 10 Years will feature a selection of works (both at our New York location and in online viewing room) from gallery artists as well as artists who have made valuable contributions to the program over the past 10 years.

For more information and a preview of this viewing room please email info@launchf18.com


Twenty-Five TypewritersTwenty-Five TypewritersTwenty-Five Typewriters
Published by No Press 
Edited by Derek Beaulieu


Twenty-Five Typewriters brings together 25 exciting poets each exhibiting a different perspective on the typewriter as a compositional tool.

This publication features work by Charles Bernstein, Ege Berensel, bill bissett, Amaranth Borsuk, Judith Copithorne, Joy Drury Cox, Brian Dedora, Paul Dutton, Amanda Hurtado, Nasser Hussain, Karl Kempton, Dirk Krecker, Brandon Locher, bpNichol, Lina Nordenstrom, Astra Papachristodoulou, Fatima Queiroz, petra schulze-wollgast, Dani Spinosa, Kevin Stebner, Hiromi Suzuki, Barrie Tullett, CDN Warren, Sam Winston, and Julia Ziegler.


Prone and Plumb exhibition view

My solo exhibition, Prone and Plumb opened March 5, 2020 at Asphodel in Brooklyn, NY.

I am so grateful that I was able to attend the opening of this exhibition and see so many old friends and colleagues. Sadly, due to COVID-19, this exhibition went largely unseen as the city shutdown. All the works and installation images are now available to view on my website.

From the exhibition press release:
Prone carries the weight of physical pain—immovable, exhausted—often following a substantial expression of energy. Plumb, on the other hand is upright, energetic—though ultimately enervating. In three new series of drawings, Joy Drury Cox represents this pair of semantic antipodes as palindromic conceptual drawings, exercising what the artist terms “line dialectics.” Cox’s interdisciplinary artistic practice includes drawing, artist’s books, texts, and photography. Her works consider mapping, making, measuring, and marking and their variables roles in the politics of labor and the structures of everyday life.


Silk flowers in a chain-link fence

The past year has been incredibly difficult for so many people in so many different ways.

I sincerely hope this email finds you happy, healthy, and safe. I am grateful for your continued support and interest in my work.

Sincerely,
Joy

Recently graduated art student Daniel Petrucci apprenticing in pottery in South Korea

March 29, 2021

Daniel Petrucci, who graduated last year with a political science major and a studio art minor, is in South Korea studying with an eighth-generation potter and Junior National Treasure, Young Sik Kim. He was connected to this opportunity by ceramics professor Nam Yun-Dong. Daniel is spending his time in Korea as an apprentice in Young Sik Kim’s studio and personal museum in the Southern region of South Korea. Daniel focused his studies at UNC-Chapel Hill on Italian majolica ceramics. He was recently on a show broadcasted by South Korean local broadcasting company, MBC (posted below, in Korean). He is receiving a free private room and meal with a $1,500 allowance a month from the cultural division of the government. He plans to be there for 2 years.