A Situation of Meat
September 23 – October 29, 2017
Curator: Julia Greenway
September 23 – October 29, 2017
Opening Reception: September 23
A Situation of Meat presents a group of new installation works by Mel Carter, Maggie-Rose Condit, Braxton Congrove, Dakota Gearhart, and Elizabeth Mputu, exploring contemporary femme identity as mediated through online culture. Using sculpture, video, and digital prints, A Situation of Meat acts as a paradox between the beauty and the grotesque of gendered self-presentation.
Viewers are greeted by Gearhart’s canopy of sculpted electrical cords. These open onto an illuminated pool housing a multiple channel video installation. Congrove creates a playful staging of her sculptural arches, clouds, and soft pools. Carter fills an arched wall and reflective pool with a dream like video piece with images of ume, clay, and tapioca. Condit recreates her childhood bedroom in And Don’t Call Me Shirley with furnishings covered in bubble wrap, sugar paste, and dripping maraschino cherries. Elizabeth Mputu exhibits new video work from her ongoing digital project, Cyberserenity. Together the these works form an eclectic expression of navigating femme identity across digital and physical platforms.
This is the first of four exhibitions of the Season 7 Curator in Residence Program curated by Julia Greenway.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Mel Carter grew up in the Bay Area and now lives and works in Seattle. She graduated with a BFA in Photomedia from the University of Washington School of Art & Art History & Design in 2014. She explores relationships between humor, the grotesque, whimsy, and intimacy through mixed media. She uses materials she’s comforted by in her practice; food, assortments from dollar stores, and given objects, to illustrate a wanting to care for others. Her heritage and childhood greatly influences her work, as much of it is created from memories or dreams she remembers from when she was young. She’s that one picking up the thing on the sidewalk your mom told you never to touch.
Maggie-Rose Condit received her BFA in Illustration from The University of Arizona in 2013, and her MFA from Pacific Northwest College of Art in 2016. Maggie-Rose is an artist whose work investigates pop culture, humor, and feminism through installations, video, sculpture, and standup comedy.
Braxton Congrove is an artist living and working in Richmond, Virginia. She received her BFA in Studio Art from James Madison University in 2015, and focuses mainly on sculpture, installation and performance art.
Dakota Gearhart is the progeny of a philosophizing mechanic and a feminist director. Identifying as a bisexual mermaid, her practice in video and installation deconstruct hierarchical value systems of ecological desire and consumption. Dakota has exhibited at the Henry Art Gallery, Seattle; On The Ground Floor, Los Angeles, BronxArtSpace, New York, FalseFront, Portland; Vulpes Vulpes, London; and Taiyuan Normal University Gallery, Shanxi. She is the recipient of the Artist Trust Project Grant, the 4Culture Individual Project Grant, and the Jane Davis Fellowship. She received her BFA from Florida State University and her MFA from the University of Washington. Currently, she lives and works out of a decomposing cement box in the Pacific Northwest.
Elizabeth Mputu is a Florida native of Congolese descent. He/She studied Performance Art at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and prior to that attended DePaul University. Mputu’s work mostly focuses on the artist’s ability to grapple with sexuality, gender, the taboo, health, healing and African spirituality filtered through the performative and digital medium. He/she hopes that the findings of their investigations, as defined by the multi-dimensional and biographical pieces the artist creates whether by video, web or physical will be considered THOTful contributions to the archive of the human condition.
ABOUT CURATOR IN RESIDENCE SEASON 7
The 2017-2018 Curator in Residence season by Julia Greenway showcases four exhibitions by a diverse group of contemporary female artists. Through site-specific installations and cross-cultural dialogue, the seventh CiR season evokes themes of identity as mediated through digital communications.
ABOUT THE CURATOR
Julia Greenway is originally from Detroit, Michigan. She began her curatorial practice with Interstitial a contemporary new media gallery in Georgetown. Her work focuses on how digital media influences the aesthetic presentation of gender, economics, and environment. Upon relocating to Seattle 4 years ago, she began working with Kira Burge to create venues in which new media artists could receive the maximum amount of curatorial support. From 2012 to 2014 she developed exhibitions at various galleries and institutions within the region: LxWxH, SOIL Gallery, Henry Art Gallery, Seattle Art Museum, Bumbershoot Festival, as well as participating in the Seattle Storefronts Project. In 2015, Julia was recognized by the New Foundation Seattle as part of its New Fellows program. Greenway is Disjecta’s seventh Curator in Residence.
ABOUT THE CURATOR IN RESIDENCE PROGRAM
The Curator in Residence program provides an opportunity for emerging curatorial talent to develop and expand the scope of their practice through a one-year residency. Curators engage with a broad range of artists to create a series of exhibitions in Disjecta’s dynamic 3,500-square-foot space. Past Curators in Residence include: Michele Fiedler (2016-17), Chiara Giovando (2015-16), Rachel Adams (2014-15), Summer Guthery (2013-14), Josephine Zarkovich (2012-13), and Jenene Nagy (2011-12).
Image: Maggie-Rose Condit, Sugar Coated, exhibition documentation from PNCA 2016 MFA thesis exhibition, Portland OR, 2016. Image provide courtesy of the artist.