Angie Seykora + Ying Zhu
November 10 - January 7, 2018
Lines Forming, opening Friday, November 10, at Darger HQ, will feature work by Angie Seykora (Omaha, Nebraska) and Ying Zhu (Washington, DC) and will be on view through January 7, 2018. The opening reception will be 6:00 to 9:00 pm, with an artist talk at 8:00 pm, moderated by Josephine Fatima Martins. Both artists form lines between the notions of art and craft, referenced spaces, altered proportions, collective sense memories and cultural identity.
Seykora builds her ongoing language through craft, labor, material, and engages the audience by drawing on collective sense memories. Through the process of disassembling and reassembling – by hand and not by machine – Seykora creates the opportunity for discovery and reflection that industry cannot afford. By transforming ubiquitous products, Seykora challenges perception, the sustainability of cultural production, and how we place value on the things we keep or choose to part with.
Omaha-based Angie Seykora received an MFA in Sculpture from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. She is a 2016 recipient of the Nebraska Arts Council’s Distinguished Individual Artist Fellowship award. She earned an Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture award from the International Sculpture Center, from which she was selected for the fully funded Art-St-Urban Sculpture Residency in St. Urban, Switzerland. Seykora is currently an instructor of sculpture at Creighton University and participates as an artist mentor for Omaha youth through the Joslyn Art Museum’s Kent Bellows Mentoring Program. She exhibits her work nationally and internationally.
As a young adult, Zhu moved from Beijing to the Midwest. This foreign but exhilarating terrain stimulates the searching nature of her work, and inspires her to negotiate with ideas that explore the confluence of cultures/identities. The very root of Zhu’s work is an understanding of the self in relation to the other and vice versa. This understanding of the self applies linguistically, spatially, and culturally.
Ying Zhu was born in Lanzhou, China in 1979, and graduated with an MFA from the Studio Art department of University of Nebraska, Lincoln, in 2010. Zhu’s work has always been tied to the self in the context of the world around us. In her site-specific installations, she methodically draws out the relationships between action and consequence.
A former artist-in-residence at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art and Vermont Studio Center, 2013, and at Headland Center for the Arts, 2014, Zhu regularly collaborates with established organizations. Her recent work includes a mural crafted solely out of lego bricks for Project Harmony, a non-profit dedicated to preventing child abuse. The University of Nebraska also invited Zhu to create a piece for their Barbara Weitz Community Engagement Center, resulting in an immersive installation constructed of tinted mirror shards. She participated in the Klein Sun Residency at Millers Falls Art Bridge in 2015.
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