July Readings & Open Studios
Thursday, July 25
Helen Knowles – Manchester, UK
Helen Knowles (b. 1975 in London) is an artist and curator. She graduated from Glasgow School of Art in 1998 and lives and works in Manchester. In 2005, Knowles founded Birth Rites Exhibition, and in 2008 showed the first collection of contemporary art dedicated to the subject of childbirth. Recent shows include: ‘Private View: Public Birth’, Goldsmiths University, London (2013); ‘Life Is Beautiful’, Galerie Deadfly Berlin (2012); ‘Digital Romantics’, Dean Clough Gallery (2012); and ‘Walls are Talking’, Whitworth Art Gallery (2010). Her work is held in private and public collections including The Whitworth Art Gallery Collection, Tate Library and Archive Collection, and Birth Rites Collection. She has carried out artist residencies at Jodrell Bank Science Centre (1999-2001), AA2A (2002), and Gatley Primary School (2010). This summer Helen will be artist-in-residence at the Santa Fe Arts Institute working with Native American women and midwives. She has received funding from Arts Council England, The Amateurs Trust, and The Eaton Fund for Artists and Gentlewomen, and has had her work featured in The Guardian, The Scotsman, The Herald, Times Higher Education and Vogue
Dylan Miner – East Lansing, MI
Dylan Miner is a Métis artist, historian, and curator who teaches at Michigan State University. His artistic practice emerges from his ongoing involvement in radical politics. A key facet to his oeuvre, Miner makes unambiguously political relief prints and graphic arts, commonly employing found or quotidian materials in their production. Recently, his printmaking practice has begun to investigate the materiality of the printer’s block, incising and printing from wooden objects such as baseball bats, hockey sticks, and canoe paddles. Moreover, Miner’s practice involves ongoing collaborations with Indigenous youth, having worked with Native communities in the US, Canada, Mexico, Australia, and Norway. In his project Anishinaabensag Biimskowebshkigewag (Native Kids Ride Bikes), he works with youth to build bicycles based on traditional knowledge. He recently produced a body of work on Indigenous prophecies, and is beginning new projects dealing with forests and with Métis medicine. Miner is a founding member of the print collective Justseeds, which was awarded the Grand Prix at the 28th Biennial of Graphic Arts in Slovenia. He has published extensively and exhibited widely.
Hugh Pocock – Baltimore, MD
Born in New Zealand and raised in the United States, Hugh Pocock’s work seeks to integrate the dynamics of natural and cultural phenomena. The intersections of labor, industry and organic materials, such as water, air, salt, wood and energy are the sites on which Pocock’s work are built. The history and metaphor of the human relationship to natural resources, space, time, consumerism, art, energy and language are among the issues Pocock investigates in his sculptures, installations, performances and videos. Over the past two decades, he has shown his work in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York and San Antonio as well as internationally in the former Soviet Union, Germany and China. His work has been exhibited in galleries and museums including Portikus Museum in Frankfurt, Germany, the Wexner Museum, the Santa Monica Museum of Art and the Baltimore Museum of Art. Pocock’s work has also been built for “non-art sites” such as private homes, movie theatres and farms. He received his BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and then completed his MFA at UCLA in New Genres. He is living and working in Baltimore, Maryland and is teaching Sculpture, Video and Social Practice courses that focus on the impact of Climate Change and issues of Sustainability at Maryland Institute College of Art. Pocock’s work can be seen at his website: www.hughpocock.com
Edie Tsong – Santa Fe, NM
Edie Tsong explores the relationships between self and other through ancient and contemporary technologies. These take the form of conceptual portraits that have used xerox, clay, plasticene, audio, video conference, performance and drawing. Tsong lives and works in Santa Fe, NM.