Check out my essay titled "Towards a New Animism" along with images of my work in the newest edition of Antennae: The Journal of Nature in Visual Culture available as pdf download at antennae.org.uk
pp 5-10 and back cover
ANTENNAE's SECOND INSTALLMENT ON PAINTING IS NOW ONLINE:
This and the previous issue of Antennae have been entirely dedicated to the practice of painting. The aim of this exploration is not that of attempting to draw conclusions on the matter of animal representation through the medium of painting itself, but to focus on the specificities of the medium in order to understand how they can aid, address, envision or suggest new human-animal relations. In the case of painting, both issues do not present a conceptualised selection of contributions but instead aim at maintaining a very open mind about the intricacies that painting animals may unveil. Resisting a thematic curatorial approach, both issues, however provide a departure from classical representational tropes in which the non-human has for centuries been symbolically objectified. How objectification is prevented, exploited, or subverted in panting is something the selected works and texts featured in these installments aim at mapping.
As per usual, this is a very rich issue gathering a number of contributions from established and emerging academics, researchers, curators and artists. Special thanks go to all those who have contributed to the making of this ambitious project.
Editor in Chief of Antennae Project
Lecturer in Visual Culture:
Queen Mary University of London
Sotheby's Institute of Art
Antennae is a quarterly experimental, academic, peer-reviewed publication which broadens the debate on subjects such as animal and environment in Visual Culture. We take an eclectic editorial approach bringing together academic essays, fiction, feature articles, interviews and the use of high quality images. We aim to encourage contributors to engage in creative approaches that may not fit within the requirements of standard academic journals. Antennae has become a point of reference for academics, art connoisseurs, enthusiasts, artists, animal lovers, curators and students.
My work is featured in New American Paintings #106 juried by Miranda Lash, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, New Orleans Museum of Art.
I also have the honor of being Juror's Noteworthy Pick.
(A huge thanks goes out to Miranda Lash!)
This issue should be on newsstands now.
I am the proud recipient of a 2013 Culture & Animals Foundation Grant.
This is a meaningful recognition, as my work deals explicitly in the realm of animal studies, with the purpose of engaging the audience with human/animal relationships as they are expressed (often violently) within human culture.
From the website cultureandanimals.org:
Culture & Animals Foundation (CAF) seeks to expand humankind’s understanding and appreciation of other animals, improving the ways in which they are treated in today’s society.
With philosopher Tom Regan at its helm, it was only natural that CAF would look to intellectual and creative pursuits to achieve this goal, fostering dialogue and rigorous exploration of contemporary animal issues.
By appealing to individual intellect, creativity and compassion, CAF believes we can awaken people to the plight and grandeur of kindred animals–and ultimately build a deeper understanding of human-animal relationships and a greater respect for basic animal rights.
June 23rd. Circuit 12 Contemporary Dallas, TX
Circuit12 is currently ramping up for our newest exhibition. The show is titled LIGHTNING STRIKES TWICE and will be held in collaboration with the Mary Tomás Gallery. Mary and Alberto have been kind enough to allow us to apply our curatorial vision to their gallery, for this one of a kind group exhibition running simunlataneously in both galleries. Artists from the Dallas/Ft.Worth area will be showing works alongside artists from all over the US including, New York, Miami, Los Angeles, and Milwaukee.
Expect to see a wide range of paintings, works on paper, sculpture and installation based works from artists such as Tom Berenz, John Guthrie, Rory McArthur, Francesco LoCastro, Mark Warren Jacques, Rocky Grimes, Sandra Erbacher, Andrea Myers, Mario Marzan, Chris Musina, Eddie Villanueva, Ryan Browning, Mark Schoening, Jose Mertz and more.
The Joan Mitchell Foundation Inc. is pleased to announce the
fifteen recipients of the 2012 MFA Grant Program:
Veronique d'Entremont, University of California, Los Angeles
Yukiyo Kawano, Vermont College of Fine Arts
Weston Lambert, Tulane University
Alisha McCurdy, Stony Brook University
Grace Mikell, Tulane University
Chris Musina, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Laini Nemett, Maryland Institute College of Art
Jose Antonio Ojeda, Stony Brook University
Jack Pavlik, Minneapolis College of Art and Design
Shaun Roberts, University of Washington
Rowan Smith, California Institute of the Arts
Cynthia Stepp, University of Delaware
Jared Theis, University of California, Davis
Jamal Thorne, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Eddie Villanueva, University of Wisconsin - Madison
The annual MFA Grant Program was created in 1997 to assist painters and sculptors who are receiving their MFA degrees. With these grants the Foundation aims to further the recipients' artistic careers and to aid, upon graduation, in the transition from academic to professional studio work.
Each recipient will receive an MFA Grant in the amount of $15,000. To date the Joan Mitchell Foundation has awarded 192 MFA Grants. These grants are given in recognition of artistic quality to artists chosen from a body of candidates put forth by nominators from the academic art community across the United States.
The nominated candidates' images were viewed for grant consideration through an anonymous process by a jury panel that convened in late April at the facilities of the Joan Mitchell Foundation.
Additional programs undertaken by the Foundation include free art classes for New York City youth, an annual grant to painters and sculptors, and grants to artists and arts communities in need of emergency support after a disaster. The Foundation has established the Joan Mitchell Center in New Orleans, which will be starting an artist in residence and currently offers programming that engages the local community.
The Joan Mitchell Foundation was established in April 1993 as a not-for-profit corporation following the death of Joan Mitchell in October 1992. The Foundation celebrates the legacy of Joan Mitchell and expands her vision to support the aspirations and development of diverse contemporary artists. We work to broaden the recognition of artists and their essential contributions to communities and society.
For more information on the Foundation, please visit: joanmitchellfoundation.org
Contact: Allison Hawkins, Grants Director, 212.524.0100