Visiting Artists '14
Daniel Gordon's trompe l’oeil conceptual works allude to a wide range of art historical influences, from Dutch still lifes and Cubism to assemblage and collage traditions, but each one begins with an internet image search. Gordon cuts, tears, and assembles printed images into three-dimensional objects. The final photographs appear computer generated or digitally manipulated, but Gordon combats this association by showing his hand and allowing imperfections to permeate each work—an iconoclastic approach in a world often obsessed with photoshopping out every perceived flaw.
A self-taught artist, Winfred Rembert records a painful chapter of American history in autobiographical paintings, created on hand-tooled and dyed leather, which explore the lives of African Americans in Jim Crow-era Georgia. After taking part in civil rights demonstrations, he survived a lynching only to be sent to prison to do hard labor on a chain gang. Another inmate taught him leatherworking and Rembert began depicting his past in engaging compositions and vibrant color. In many scenes, Rembert offers a raw view of racism, inequality, and violence while celebrating his community’s resilience in the face of such overwhelming injustice.
The past and present are inextricably linked in Yun-Fei Ji’s work. Using traditional Song Dynasty landscape painting techniques, with mineral-based inks and watercolors on handmade paper, his paintings and scrolls often explore the effects of environmental engineering and the resulting social upheaval, as well as the repercussions of natural disasters: from the U.S. government’s ineffectual response to Hurricane Katrina to the Three Gorges Dam project on the Yangtze River. Ji combines Chinese symbolism, personal research, and fictional elements to portray his chosen narratives in both satirical and sympathetic ways.
Considered one of the most significant multimedia artists to emerge from the late twentieth century, Jessica Stockholder has had work recently featured in the exhibition Paint Things: Beyond the Stretcher at the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in the winter of 2013. Whether a small scale installation in a gallery or a site-specific piece blanketing an urban intersection, Stockholder's spatial interventions express an unrelenting interest in the bodily experience of color and materiality.
Excellent Swiss Design Panel Discussion
In conjunction with the exhibition EXCELLENT SWISS DESIGN will be a panel discussion that brings together the viewpoints and experiences of Swiss and American entrepreneurs and industrial, graphic, and furniture designers. Join our panelists to discuss product and project design across various markets and the potential benefits of opening up international collaborations and multi-cultural design exchange. How can designers benefit from each other's history, practice, and industrial bases? Topics include explorations of unique materials, approaches to sustainability, and challenges that face the field of design today.
Liz Deschenes has been described by the New York Times, as "one of the quiet giants of post-conceptual photography." In her work she strips the medium of photography to its essential core through a body of abstract and now sculptural photographic installations. Deschenes was born in Boston and teaches at Bennington College, VT.
This talk is presented by the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum through the generosity of the Phyllis & Jerome Lyle Rappaport Foundation and is co-presented with MassArt. Deschenes is the 2014 recipient of deCordova's prestigious Rappaport Prize, an annual award given to an established contemporary artist with ties to the New England area. All attendees will receive a free pass to visit the deCordova.