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FSU Department of Art Presents: Suchitra Mattai

Join us Thursday MARCH 10th at 7:00pm EST for a virtual presentation by artist Suchitra Mattai, facilitated by Grace Aneiza Ali.

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Suchitra Mattai is a multi-disciplinary artist who lives and works in Denver, Colorado. Suchitra was born in Guyana, South America, but has also lived in Halifax and Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Philadelphia, New York City, Minneapolis, and Udaipur, India. These diverse natural and cultural environments have greatly influenced her work and research. While her practice includes a wide range of materials and ideas, her primary interests include 1) the complex relationship between the natural and artificial worlds and 2) the questioning of historical and authoritative narratives, especially those surrounding colonialism. Through painting, fiber, drawing, collage, installation, video, and sculpture, she weaves narratives of “the other,” invoking fractured landscapes and reclaiming cultural artifacts (often colonial and domestic in nature).

Dawit L. Petros is a visual artist, researcher and educator. His work is informed by studies of global modernisms, theories of diaspora, and postcolonial studies. These concerns derive from lived experiences: Petros is the child of Eritrean emigrants, and spent formative years in Eritrea, Ethiopia, and Kenya before settling in central Canada. Petros installs photographs, moving images, sculptural objects, and sound work according to performative, painterly, or site responsive logics.

Dawit L. Petros is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Photography at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.


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“The stories I draw” is a solo exhibition of Barbara El ‘s graphic prints.

In her art she aims to capture the universal emotions, feelings and difficulties. She portrays them with the depictions of the fantastic creatures. Skipping the human facial portrait, she portrays what fills the human’s heart. Is it the fear, sadness, loneliness, or care, love, joy and affection. The world of the fantastic creatures started with the linocuts showing people in masks with feathers atop, alike to the Venetian carnival or peste masks. They then evolved: the creatures are fully created of different species’ elements. Unrecognized as any particular kind, rather a mix of many, they then turned completely into animalistic depictions of human emotions, with the fox-like one becoming a common figure in her illustrations and graphic prints. She uses the fox-like figure to tell the stories of many. Staying visually similar in the stories, the fox-like creature speaks about various feelings, yet is above the divisions.

The works presented at the show are done mostly in the linocut and lithography technique. The colorful linocuts are created in reduced matrix technique, or in different words the Picasso method, meaning each color is cut on the same matrix in different time spans. Each color is printed as a different layer, which then is reduced to leftovers and the stamp of the last colour. The worlds created in relief printmaking techniques and lithographs oscillate around the universal subjects.

As the shown set consists of works from many years, you will be able to see the process of shaping the art path until where it’s now. There are works which can be described as noir, or surrealistic, as well as some others which vary from that definition. Yet they are all connected with the pursuit of being a case study of reality, in which the author is using emotional, narrative ways of speaking about feelings and actions.

During the opening you will have an opportunity to ask your questions to the artist.

The exhibition is curated by Melissa Gonzalez-Lopez and Hannah Hancock.

Join us for a FAR & Away virtual lecture with virtual artists in residence Kei Ito and Andrew Keiper. The artists will be discussing their photographic, video and sound based collaboration work as well as a new project created in residence with FAR. A screening of their piece, New Light-Narrowcast, will be on display at FAR, 3216 Session Road, March 7th-11th.

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About the Artists:

Kei Ito is a visual artist working primarily with experimental photography and installation art who is currently teaching at the International Center of Photography (ICP) in NYC. Ito received his MFA from Maryland Institute College of Art in 2016. Ito’s work addresses issues of deep intergenerational loss and connections as he explores the materiality and experimental processes of photography, visualizing the invisible: radiation, memory and life/death.

Ito’s work, fundamentally rooted in the trauma and legacy passed down from his late grandfather – a survivor of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, meditates on the complexity of his identity and heritage through examining the past and current threats of nuclear disaster and his present status as an US-immigrant. Many of Ito’s artworks transformed both art and non-art spaces into temporal monuments that became platforms for the audience to explore social issues and the memorials dedicated to the losses suffered from the consequences of those issues.

Ito has participated in numerous Artist in Residence programs offered by the Studio at MASS MoCA, the Marva and John Warnock Biennial A-I-R, CPW, the Center for Fine Art Photography, and Creative Alliance. His works are included in the collection of the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Norton Museum of Art, Candela Collection, the Marva & John Warnock A-I-R Committee, En Foco, and California Institute of Integral Studies. His internationally recognized solo and group shows can be read in reviews and articles published by Washington Post, Hyperallergic, BmoreArt, ArtMaze Magazine, Washington City Paper and BBC Culture/Art.

Andrew Paul Keiper is an artist and educator based in Baltimore, Maryland where he teaches at the Maryland Institute College of Art in the Animation and Film & Video programs. Working in sound, image and installation, Andrew’s work dances across the boundaries of sound art, experimental music and sound design.

Field recordings, drones, drumming and sound designed evocations of places remote in time and place commingle in Keiper’s work, inviting the audience to listen in ways they may not be accustomed to listening. Much of Andrew’s work contemplates the legacy of his grandfather’s role in the creation of the atomic bomb, and the ramifications of atomic weaponry past and present. Andrew also maintains a practice as a sound designer for film, and as a musician and audio engineer.

Keiper received his BFA in painting from the Mason Gross School of the Arts in 2002. He has exhibited in nationally, including in Baltimore, New York City, Philadelphia, New Jersey and Washington DC. In 2016 and 2019 he was a Sondheim Prize semi-finalist, and in 2016 won a Rubys Artist Grant along with collaborator Kei Ito to produce a large scale project.

In January of 2018 Keiper and Ito presented their Rubys project, Afterimage Requiem at the Baltimore War Memorial. The exhibition received coverage by the Washington Post Magazine, the BBC, the Baltimore Sun and others. In 2016, they brought this work, along with others to the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where they exhibited their first large-scale art museum exhibition, Archives Aflame.

Artwork and statements by American and Russian art therapy professionals that reflect on experiences and creative responses to the pandemic will be on display from Feb. 14 to March 10 at FSU’s William Johnston Building Gallery, as well in the cities of Volgograd and Samara in Russia.

This exhibit is part of a “Learning through COVID-19” international conference.

Community members are invited to participate in the project’s art-making events at the William Johnston Building Gallery on Feb. 19 and March 5th.

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Combining American pop culture and traditional Korean iconography, Jiha Moon’s ceramics explore issues of global identities and the construction of personal narratives. Utilizing humor and repeated icons and motifs, Moon builds her own rich visual language. Many of the symbols in her work speak to the complex identities Moon navigates as a Korean-born, Atlanta-based artist. In Korean culture, peaches are considered ghost-repelling symbols of vitality and immortality, while in the United States, they are emblematic of Moon’s home state of Georgia. The fortune cookie, which has become synonymous with Chinese American restaurants, can be traced to Japanese bakeries in Los Angeles and San Francisco. Moon also repeats the banana throughout her work – a reference to Andy Warhol’s iconic Velvet Underground album cover and a derogatory term experienced by some second-generation Asian Americans. Understood as “yellow on the outside, white on the inside,” Moon calls out this harmful trivialization of rich and complex identities in her work. Moon’s ceramics take on particular potency now, as an increase in anti-Asian hate crimes has given rise to a national conversation about the experiences of Asian American and Pacific Islander communities.

This exhibition was first organized by the Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Special thanks to Cristina Ruggieri and Laney Contemporary. This exhibition is funded, in part, by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Florida Division of Arts and Culture.

“I have had the privilege of being an outsider allowed on the inside,
searching for beauty, meaning, and myself.”

For eight decades, Bruce Davidson has documented people on the margins. A master of mood and nuance, his images show us the universalities of not just joy or grief, but also things more difficult to capture – contemplation and hope.

Bruce Davidson: Love and Longing features more than fifty original photographs from many of the artist’s most acclaimed series, including Brooklyn Gang, Subway, Chicago, Central Park, Florida – Daytona Biker Week, and the Birmingham Museum Project.  This exhibition was made possible through the support of an anonymous donor, the Council on Culture & Arts, and the Florida Department of State – Division of Art & Culture.

Trust & Transformation at the Circus 2022

Welcome to a special exhibition celebrating the 75th anniversary of Florida State University’s Flying High Circus. Marvel at the feats of wonder and expand your understanding of the circus as a space in which athleticism and ambition, daring and dedication, and precarity and persistence unite to empower performers and inspire awe in their audiences.

Since its founding in 1947, the Flying High Circus has enjoyed worldwide recognition for its brilliance and creativity. Through countless Home Shows and Halloween performances, summers at Callaway Gardens, over fifteen appearances on national television, and sell-out tours across Europe and the Caribbean, Flying High athletes have earned their reputations as some of the hardest working students at Florida State. It takes a lot to be a circus performer, but students and alumni repeatedly reflect on the importance of trust – trusting oneself, trusting one’s partner, trusting one’s apparatus – to achieving the magic that animates each act: a transformation from the everyday and ordinary into the amazing and extraordinary.

Trust & Transformation features an array of photography and video installations, interactive displays, and historic and contemporary circus costumes together with original drawings by the celebrated costume designer Miles White, vintage circus posters, and works of art on loan from the Howard Tibbals Circus Collection and the Ringling Circus Museum in Sarasota.  This exhibition is made possible through the generous support of the staff, students, and alumni of the FSU Flying High Circus, The Ringling, Howard and Janice Tibbals, the Florida State Heritage & University Archives, the Council on Culture & Arts, the Florida Division of Art & Culture, and FSU’s Council on Research & Creativity.

On Thursday, October 28th at 7:00pm guest artist, Edie Fake will be here at FSU for an artist talk and Q+A session. Edie Fake is a multimedia artist whose work includes books, zines, comics, drawings, tattoos, videos, installations, and performances. He is best known for his graphic drawings and paintings, which address themes of gender, sexuality, and queer identity.

Edie Fake’s paintings start as self-portraits, and from there, they make a break for it, referencing elements of the trans and non-binary body through pattern, color and architectural metaphor. His precise, intimately scaled, gouache-and-ink paintings on panel are structured around the physical aspects of transition and adaptation as well as mental and sexual health.

Fake’s work has evolved from his acclaimed Memory Palaces series — reimagined facades of urban lesbian bars and gay nightclubs — to a new feeling of vulnerability due to shifts in the U.S. social and political climate. The work blurs lines between architecture and body with structures adorned by elements that seem to be both decorative and protective.  Architectural components are used as visual metaphors for the ways in which definition and validation elude trans identities. Says Fake, “More and more I’m trying to bring an anarchy into that architecture, or a fantasy and ecstasy of what queer space is and can be.

Edie received his BFA from Rhode Island School of Art and Design. His work is currently on exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, The Drawing Center and the Museum of Art and Design in New York and BAMPFA at UC Berkeley. He has previously exhibited at Marlborough Contemporary in New York, New York; Western Exhibitions in Chicago, Illinois. Select group exhibitions: Samek Museum at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania; Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality, University of Chicago, Illinois; Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, Oregon; and the Nikolaj Museum in Copenhagen, Denmark (2007). Collections include: Fidelity Investments Corporate Art Collection, Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, KS Thomas J. Watson Library, and MoMA. His work has been published in the New York Times, ArtForum among many others. Select awards: Ignatz Award for Outstanding Graphic Novel (2011), and Printed Matter’s Awards for Artists (2009).

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