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trans_late: Midori Harima, Laura Letinsky, Nick Marshall, Melaney Ann Mitchell, John Paul Morabito, Zach Nader, and Jered Sprecher
June 17, 2016 - August 6, 2016
The artists in trans_late redefine the ceaseless onslaught of information that confronts the contemporary human experience intodistilled visual representations. Each artist introduces mediated visual forms that shift away from expected content through disruptions. These take the form of photographs, paintings, drawings, weavings, and sculpture.
Included in the exhibition, Jered Sprecher uses fragmented sources to create still visuals that depict incomplete momentsin flux. Melaney Ann Mitchell also strives to mediate the influx of imagery in our daily lives by turning our attention to how Internet culture is shaping our identities. She creates meticulous IRL drawings as a critical act while also creating anongoing record of desire and indulgence. Midori Harima’s work also considers attraction and repulsion through theallocation of material. She invites the viewer to redefine constructs of value by representing garbage as fine art objectsand elevating their placement in space.
Nick Marshall recontextualizes found analog snapshots in fields of digital color to lay bare their material histories while atthe same time exposing them as objects of longing. Further investigating methods of perception, Zach Nader destabilizesappropriated photographic imagery through extreme digital experiments. The decontextualization of these found imagesthrough technologies of image manipulation reveal new aesthetic potentials. Nader and Marshall’s interventions requirethe viewer to acknowledge and question observations.
Referencing a visual game of telephone, collaborators John Paul Morabito and Laura Letinsky’s work abstracts photographicimages of trampled flowers through the fabrication of a tangled wool tapestry. John Paul Morabito’s solo work digitizesthe act of touching with an exchange on the loom – moving from the hand to the digital and back to the hand. The workscelebrate rupture within image when depicted through a haptic material translation.
The works in trans_late disregard boundaries of image, material, medium, and time. Transgressing within and betweenanalog and digital worlds, the featured works provide us with something beautiful and imperfect. Something that, throughit’s fragmentary reality, turns the question back to the viewer.
About the artists
Midori Harima was born in Japan and received her BA in print making from Jyoshibi University of Fine Art in Kanagawa, Japan. Shehas exhibited her work in multiple galleries and museums in the U.S. and Japan, including Deitch Studios, The Honey Space, Kevin BrukGallery, Kanagawa Prefectural Gallery, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and MMCA Goynag. Harima currently lives and works in New York. harimamidori.com
Laura Letinsky earned a BFA from the University of Manitoba, 1986, then an MFA from Yale University’s School of Art, 1991, and nowa Professor in the Department of Visual Art at the University of Chicago, Exhibitions include the Mumbai Photography Festival, Mumbai,India; MIT, Cambridge, MA; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; The Photographers Gallery, London; The Denver Art Museum, CO;Getty Museum, Los Angeles; Museum of Modern Art, New York; and The Renaissance Society, Chicago. She is represented by Yancey RichardsonGallery, NYC. Awards include the Canada Council International Residency, Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, The Anonymous Was aWoman Award, and the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship. Publications include Ill Form and Void Full, Radius Press, 2014, Feast, Smart Museum of Art, UC Press, 2013, After All, Damiani, 2010, Hardly More Than Ever, Renaissance Society, 2004, Blink, Phaidon Press, 2002,and Venus Inferred, University of Chicago Press, 2000. lauraletinsky.com
Nick Marshall is a Rochester, New York based artist whose work explores our cultural attempts to materialize and reconstruct memory. Hehas taught photography courses at Alfred University, Rochester Institute of Technology, and Visual Studies Workshop and is currently Manager of Exhibitions and Programs at George Eastman Museum. Marshall received a BFA from Columbus College of Art and Designand a MFA from RIT. He likes playing basketball and doing karaoke. n-marshall.com
Melaney Ann Mitchell is an artist, independent curator, and arts writer based in Kansas City, Missouri. She is currently Founder +Editor in Chief of Informality, an online platform for documenting the conversation about Kansas City contemporary art and cultureandwas the Director of Subterranean Gallery from 2013-2016. Her curatorial, writing, and visual art practices all revolve around theintersection of our lives with the Internet and its affect on our online and offline identities. melaneyann.com
John Paul Morabito is a Chicago based artist and educator working through the intersection of contemporary art and hand weaving. Hiswork has been exhibited at numerous venues internationally including Dorksy Gallery Curatorial Projects, Long Island City, NY; Bakalarand Paine Galleries, Boston, MA; John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI; Glass Curtain Gallery, Chicago, IL; RabbitHoleStudioGallery Brooklyn, NY; Textile Arts Center, Brooklyn, NY; and Local Lore Museum, Kherson, Ukraine. Bibliography includes Textile: Clothand Culture, Surface Design Journal, Fiberarts Magazine and American Craft Magazine. Collections include the Musée des maîtres etartisans du Québec, Montreal, QC, CA. He holds a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art and an MFA from the School ofthe Art Institute of Chicago. Morabito teaches in the Department of Fiber and Material Studies at the School of the Art Institute ofChicago. johnpaulmorabito.com
Zach Nader is a Brooklyn-based artist originally from Dallas, Texas. His reworking of existing photographic imagery has been exhibitednationally and internationally, including a month-long nightly video installation on 23 advertisement billboards as part of Midnight Momentin New York’s Times Square. His work has also been exhibited at the College of William & Mary, Williamsburg (VA), Austin Centerfor Photography, Austin (TX), Eyebeam, New York (NY), Signal, Brooklyn (NY), Interstate Projects, Brooklyn (NY), Peel Art Gallery Museum,Ontario, Canada, Yaffo 23 Jerusalem, Israel, Haus der elektronischen Künste, Basel, Switzerland, among others. Nader’s work hasbeen featured in ArtFCity, Artsy, Blouin ArtInfo, Hyperallergic, The New Criterion, Photograph Magazine, Vice, and Wired, among others.He recently completed an Art & Science Residency at The Pioneer Works Center for Art and Innovation in Brooklyn, New York. ZachNader is represented by Microscope Gallery, Brooklyn, New York. zachnader.com
Jered Sprecher received his MFA from the University of Iowa. Sprecher has had solo exhibitions at Jeff Bailey Gallery in New York,Wendy Cooper Gallery in Chicago, Steven Zevitas Gallery in Boston, Kinkead Contemporary in Los Angeles, and the Art Galleryof Knoxville. His work has been included in exhibitions at venues such as The Drawing Center, Brooklyn Academy of Music, UrbanInstitute for Contemporary Arts, Indiana University, Irish Museum of Modern Art, and the Knoxville Museum of Art . Sprecher hasparticipated in the Artist Residence Program at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, the Marie Walsh Sharpe Space Program inNew York, and the Chinati Foundation in Marfa, Texas. In 2009, he was the recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship. His work is included in numerous public and private collections including the Knoxville Museum of Art and the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art. He resides in Knoxville, Tennessee and is an Associate Professor of Painting and Drawing at University ofTennessee – Knoxville. jeredsprecher.com