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Opening Reception for Visualizing Spaces

Mar 12 @ 4:00 pm 6:00 pm CST

Visualizing Spaces
Robert Burnier, Su A Chae, Nasreen Khan, Diego Morales-Portillo, Brenda Mallory, SaraNoa Mark, Deb Sokolow, Janie Stamm
March 12 – April 23, 2022

New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art, University of Southern Indiana is proud to present Visualizing Spaces, a group exhibition featuring works by Robert Burnier, Su A Chae, Nasreen Kahn, Diego Morales-Portillo, Brenda Mallory, Deb Sokolow, and Janie Stamm. The exhibition runs from March 12 – April 23, 2022, with gallery hours from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM Central, Tuesday – Saturday. COVID safety
procedures will be required, including masks and social distancing, in accordance with University of Southern Indiana policy.

What is this space we occupy?
How did it get to be how it is—the landscape, the built environment, the people here, and the
terminology used?
What is sacred here, and to whom?
What should have been honored here, that has in fact been honored or disgraced?
What has been honored here that actually deserves it?
What happens when we hang on too tight, and what happens when we let go?
Who belongs here?
Who is utopia for?

Building on New Harmony, Indiana’s history as the location of multiple utopian experiments, Visualizing Spaces examines themes around the search for “utopia.” The exhibition anticipates and engages the hopes, myths, failures, and fall-out that occur in pursuing an ‘ideal reality.’ Abstracted landscapes, impossible architecture, and resourced materials serve as both critique and creation of an idea of
place. Centering around the question “who is utopia for?” Visualizing Spaces recognizes the past as what was lost, the present as what “could-have-been,” and the future as an imagined world for all.

Visualizing Spaces builds upon the Social Alchemy exhibition series and supports the Social Alchemy Symposium that will be held in-person and online on April 11– 13, 2022.
Public Events:
• Public receptions will be held in conjunction with New Harmony’s Second Saturdays:
• Saturday, March 12 from 4-6 PM CT
• Saturday, April 9 from 4-6 PM CT
• A special public reception will be held on Monday, April 11 from 4-6 PM CT in conjunction
with the Social Alchemy Symposium

Robert Burnier lives and works in Chicago, IL. Burnier received an MFA from the School of the Art Institute in 2016 and a BS in Computer Science from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania in 1991. Recent solo exhibitions include ANDREW RAFACZ (Chicago, IL), The Arts Club of Chicago (Chicago, IL), Elastic Arts (Chicago, IL), and David B. Smith Gallery (Denver, CO). Recent group exhibitions include
David B. Smith Gallery (Denver, CO), LVL3 Gallery (Chicago, IL), Vacation (New York, NY), Korn Gallery at Drew University (Madison, NJ), Mana Contemporary (Chicago, IL), The Art Institute of Chicago (Chicago, IL), Elmhurst Art Museum (Elmhurst, IL), and Corvi-Mora (London, UK). Independent Curators International commissioned a series of works that were presented at NADA Miami (2014) and NADA New York (2015) respectively. His large-scale installation Black Tiberinus on Chicago’s riverfront was unveiled in 2018. Burnier has exhibited at art fairs in Chicago, Miami, New York, Mexico City, and Copenhagen.

Su A Chae is an artist with a research interest in the role of painting in the digital age. Chae received an MFA in Painting from Indiana University Bloomington and an MA and a BA in Business from Ewha Woman’s University in South Korea. Chae attended the Tyler School of Art Summer Painting & Sculpture Intensive and Penland School of Craft. Chae was a grant finalist for the Hopper Prize and a recipient of the Higher Education Partner Program Scholarship of Indiana University and the Windgate Scholarship Awards of Penland School of Craft. Her work has been exhibited at The Painting Center (New York, NY), Ortega y Gasset Projects and Paradise Palace (Brooklyn, NY), 5-50 Gallery (Long Island City, NY), Collar Works (Troy, NY), Piano Craft Gallery (Boston, MA), Icebox Project Space (Philadelphia, PA), Young Space and Hopper Prize (Online) among many others. Her work has been featured in White Hot Magazine, I Like Your Work Podcast, Create! Magazine, Maake, Friend of The Artist, Studio Visit, and others. Chae was an artist-in-residence at Vermont Studio Center and ACRE (Artists’
Cooperative Residency & Exhibitions). Su A Chae is an adjunct professor at Indiana University. Since moving to the United States, Nasreen Khan has been working in art and poetry as a way to connect with the immigration experience. She frequently highlights and references the places she comes from: “I grew up in West Africa and Indonesia, my father is half Afghan, half Russian, and my mom is Filipino, Chinese, Spanish, and Indigenous.” Khan uses woodburning to inscribe symbols on a table she created with discarded materials. Using symbology, she tells the story of her life milestones: adolescence, immigration, marriage, motherhood, divorce, and homeownership.

Diego Morales-Portillo is a multidisciplinary artist and graphic designer originally from Guatemala, living and working in Portland, Oregon. Morales-Portillo graduated as a bachelor in artistic drawing at the National School of Fine Arts of Guatemala in 2010, in 2015 he received a Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design and Advertising with a Cum Laude degree from the Universidad del Istmo, in 2019 he
received the degree of Master’s MFA in Visual Studies at Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, OR. Diego has presented his work in Argentina, El Salvador, Guatemala, Italy, North Korea, Spain and the United States in exhibitions such as 2017 Pacific Standard Time LA/LA; Mapping Narratives: New Prints 2021/Winter at the International Print Center in NY (2021); auction and exhibition of Latin American art Juannio 2013, 2016, 2017, 2020. His work is in public collections such as Neo-Murales of the Rozas Botran Foundation and Imago Mundi of Luciano Benneton in Italy and Portable Works collection of the Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) in Portland, Oregon. Diego had completed artistic residencies such as The Studios at MASS MoCA, Caldera Art residency, and Leland Iron Works. Among other awards received by Morales-Portillo worth mentioning the 2nd place in the 2017 Auction of Latin American Art Juannio, a Full Fellowship at MASS MoCA sponsored by the Ford Family Foundation, Precipice Fund by PICA and The Andy Warhol Foundation; and Support Beam grant by RACC in 2020.

Brenda Mallory’s mixed-media sculptural works are comprised of a variety of materials including cloth, fibers, beeswax, and found objects. By creating multiple forms that are joined with crude hardware that imply tenuous connections or repairs, her work addresses ideas of interference and disruption in long-established systems of nature and human cultures. Mallory lives in Portland, Oregon but grew up in Oklahoma and is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation. She holds a BA in Linguistics & English from UCLA and a BFA from Pacific Northwest College of Art. She has received grants from the Oregon Arts Commission, Ford Family Foundation, and the Regional Arts & Culture Council. She is a recipient the Eiteljorg Contemporary Native Art Fellowship, the Native Arts and Culture Foundation Fellowship in Visual Art and the Ucross Native Fellowship. She has participated in artist residencies including Ucross, Anderson Ranch, Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts, Glean, Bullseye Glass, and Signal Fire Outpost, c3:initiative, and the Jordan Schnitzer Printmaking Residency at Sitka Center for the Arts.

SaraNoa Mark (b. 1991, New York, NY) pursues a drawing practice that investigates traces left by time, as they exist in landscapes and in collective memory. Mark’s work has been supported by a Fulbright research fellowship in Turkey. SaraNoa was named a Visual Arts Fellow by the Luminarts Cultural Foundation. They have received grants from U.S. Embassy Grants Program in Turkey, The John Anson Kittredge Fund, Illinois Arts Council, Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events Individual Artists Program (DCASE), and a SPARK grant. Mark’s work has been acquired by the West Collection through a LIFTS grant. Upon graduating from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts SaraNoa
was awarded a European travel scholarship. SaraNoa was a BOLT resident at the Chicago Artists Coalition, and has held residencies at the Montello Foundation, Jackman Goldwasser Residency at the Hyde Park Art Center, The Lois and Charles X. Carlson Painting Residency, Sedona Summer Colony, and Art Kibbutz. Recent exhibitions of their work have taken place at the Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL; Bridge Projects, Los Angeles, CA; Davis & Langdale Company, New York, NY; Goldfinch Gallery, Chicago, IL; Tiger Strikes Astroid, Philadelphia, PA; Monaco, St. Louis, MO; Smithsonian Institution’s S. Dillon Ripley Center, Washington, DC among others. SaraNoa is one of NewCity’s 2021
breakout artists. She is a co-director at the 4th Ward Project Space in Chicago where she lives and works.

Deb Sokolow’s drawings focus on the idiosyncratic and humorous aspects of semi-fictitious built environments while hinting at the concealed agendas and social engineering involved in their design and use. Her work has been included in the 4th Athens Biennale (Athens, Greece) and in exhibitions at Museum für Gegenwartskunst (Siegen, Germany), Van Abbemuseum (Eindhoven, Netherlands), The Drawing Center (New York), Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (Washington, D.C.), Institute of Contemporary Art (Philadelphia) and the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art (Hartford). Sokolow’s drawings have been reproduced for BOMB Magazine, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s Best American Comics and in Phaidon’s Vitamin D2, a survey on contemporary drawing. Her work is in a number of permanent collections including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. Sokolow is based in Chicago and a faculty member in the Department of Art Theory
and Practice at Northwestern University.

Janie Stamm was born and raised on the edge of the Everglades in Broward County, Florida. She is a craft-based artist currently residing on the western banks of the Mississippi River in Saint Louis, Missouri. Her work focuses on preserving Florida’s environmental and Queer history in the face of climate change. She uses a craft-based practice to tell these stories. In the spring of 2019, Janie received an
MFA in Visual Art from Washington University in Saint Louis. She was most recently the recipient of the 2019 John T. Milliken Foreign Travel Graduate Award, a Regional Arts Commission grant, a Critical Mass grant, a Dubinsky Scholarship to study at the Fine Arts Work Center, and the Frida Kahlo Creative Arts Award from Washington University in St. Louis. Her work was featured on the cover of the
December 2016 issue of Poetry magazine and in the spring 2021 issue of CandyFloss Magazine. Janie has shown work throughout the country including Los Angeles, Atlanta, Chicago, and throughout the Saint Louis regional area. She is currently showing at Rivalry Projects in Buffalo, NY. She was an artist in residence at ACRE in Wisconsin, the Cite Internationale des Arts in Paris, Aquarium Gallery in New
Orleans, and SAFTA in Tennessee. Janie is an artist-in-residence at Craf Alliance and a resident teaching artist at the Contemporary Art Museum in Saint Louis. She is represented by Rivalry Projects in Buffalo, New York.

New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art at University of Southern Indiana promotes discourse about and access to contemporary art in the southern Indiana region. nhgallery.com
This exhibition is made possible in part by the Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana, and the Indiana ArtsCommission, which receives support from the State of Indiana and the National Endowment for the Arts.
New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art is a proud outreach partner of the University of Southern Indiana.

Image: Su A Chae, Blooming, Acrylic and Molding Paste on Panel, 18 x 24 inches, courtesy of the artist

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