Read exhibition essay, Veronica
Opening Reception: Thursday, September 24, 2009, 5¬–8 p.m.
Pitzer Art Galleries kick off its fall programming with a gutsy exhibition of all women artists entitled Veronica. Inspired by the myth of Saint Veronica—who mopped Jesus' brow on the road to Golgotha resulting in an imprint of his face on her veil—the works breathe new life into stereotypes and icons now stale and outdated.
Veronica draws together artists from the United States, Germany and The Netherlands whose works involve an examination of their cultural guideposts. Tackling gender, politics, religion and identity issues, the artists freely indulge in the familiar tropes and rituals of ancient myth and magic. The result is a collection of visually compelling works that beguile with formal invention and persuade with thematic wit.
Nadine Hottenrott's The Cloth (2006-2008,) a white wool bedspread comprised of hundreds of crocheted swastikas, holds the possibility for reinterpretation of a politically charged symbol.
Carrie Yury's Suits (2008) zoom in for extreme close-ups of famous power suits worn by female politicians and leading ladies featured in the recent presidential election.
Exploring the idea of strength and its loss, the female protagonist in Joy Whalen's video Samson (2008) struggles to free herself from the confines of an austere whitewashed institutional space.
Karen Lofgren investigates the irresistible force of myth and legend in Sleepwalker (2008/2009), a 25-foot meticulously gilded chain.
Shana Lutker explores the idea of belief and authenticity in Veil, no.1 (Veronica,) no.2 (A Deception,) no.3 (Arrested) (2006 – 2009,) a triptych featuring three framed postcards: "The Veil of Veronica," "Venus Rising From the Sea—A Deception," and "Arrested for Bribing Basketball Players, New York, 1942."
Our need for moral fables and allegorical tales is evidenced in Jeni Spota's Giotto's Dream (2009), a series of thickly painted panels inspired by a Giovanni Boccaccio and Pier Paolo Pasolini.
In Women to Go (2005), Dutch artist Mathilde ter Heijne restores identities to hundreds of anonymous women who lived between 1839 and 1920 in a series of postcard portraits with biographies of famous women printed on the reverse.
Rheim Alkadhi explores absence and presence in Living in a Shoe on the Leg of Reason (2009), consisting of an upright, life-sized leg wrapped in heavy vintage canvas, striped like an antique prison uniform with a crude canvas serpent by its side.
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Rheim Alkadhi received her MFA from the University of California, Irvine in 1999. Her solo exhibitions include: Personal Effects, Deep River, Los Angeles, CA (2002) and Body of Conjoined Movements, Artcore Brewery Annex, Los Angeles, CA (2002). Alkadhi has shown work in numerous group exhibitions and screenings including: Veronica, Pitzer Art Galleries, Pitzer College, CA (2009); Destroyed in Baghdad / Repaired in Cairo, Townhouse Open Studio, Downtown Cairo, Egypt (2009); OÙ? Scènes du Sud, Carré d'Art – Musée d'Art Contemporain de Nîmes, Nîmes, France (2008); House of the Matchmaker, Shatana Open Day, Irbid, Jordan (2008); Happy Days, Bensousan Han, Thessaloniki, Greece (2008); System Error: War is a Force that Gives Us Meaning, Palazzo delle Papesse, Siena, Italy (2007); Eternal Flame: Imagining a Future at the End of the World, Gallery at REDCAT, Los Angeles, CA (2007); 5 Shorts, S1F Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (2007); Border Myths / Border Realities, University Art Museum, Long Beach, CA (2007); Media Arts Festival, Friesland, The Netherlands (2007); When Artists Say We, Artists Space, New York, New York (2006); Draw a Line and Follow It, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CA (2006); Art in the Age of New Technologies, Armenian Center for Contemporary Art, Yerevan, Armenia (2005); In/Visible, Arab American National Museum, Dearborn, MI (2005); A Bottle of Dirty and Other Coastal Tales, New Arts Cinema at Whalers Wharf, Provincetown, MA (2005); Singular Identities, India Habitat Center, New Delhi (2004); Images of Violence / Violence of Images, (Young Artists' Biennial) Goethe Institute / META Cultural Foundation, Bucharest (2004); For A Stranger, Articultural Gallery, Santa Monica, CA (2004); and Middle East Cinema, Blinding Light Cinema, Vancouver, BC Canada (2003). Alkadi received a California Community Foundation Fellowship (2009) and an Arab Fund for Arts and Culture Grant (2008). She lives and works in Los Angeles, CA and Downtown Cairo.
German-born Nadine Hottenrott received her MFA in 2009 from the Sandberg Institute in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. She has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions including: Kunstvlaai, Amsterdam (2008); one; & the other painting, W139/Basement, Amsterdam (2007); Mieke Woestenburg, Galerie Masters, Amsterdam (2006); Pleinmuseum, Lowlands Festival, Amsterdam (2006); Amsterdam Experience Filmfestival, Amsterdam (2006); GRA Stumble, Foam, Amsterdam (2005); He Took It To Do, Pakt, Amsterdam (2005). Nadine Hottenrott lives and works in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Karen Lofgren was born in Toronto, Canada and received her MFA from California Institute of the Arts in 2000. Her solo exhibitions include: Gold Flood, Pitzer Art Galleries, Pitzer College, CA (2009); and Believer, Machine Project, Los Angeles, CA (1998). She has exhibited in many group exhibitions including, Cocktail Hour with Skip Arnold and Friends, Bonelli Contemporary, Los Angeles (2008); A Field Guide to LACMA, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA (2008); Slab at the Old L.A. Zoo, Los Angeles, CA (2008); At the Middle of Nowhere, Five Thirty Three, Los Angeles, CA (2008); Street Signs and Solar Ovens: Socialcraft in Los Angeles, Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles, CA (2006); Carter, Kate Davis, Karen Lofgren, Torbjorn Vejvi, Ann Helwing Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (2006); S.E.L.F., Daniel Hug Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (2005); star left, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CA (2005); and High Desert Test Sites#4, Joshua Tree, CA (2004). Lofgren received the following awards: Creation / Production Award to Emerging Artists, Canada Council for the Arts (2003); Cal Arts Dean's Grant (2000); and a residency at Pitzer College, CA (2009). She lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.
Shana Lutker was born in 1978 in Northport, NY. She received her MFA from the University of California Los Angeles in 2005. Her numerous solo exhibitions include: Forever Will a Blockhead Be, Wetterling Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden (2009); The Commiffioners, Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles, CA (2008); CCA Wattis Institute, San Francisco, CA (2007); and The Future of an Illusion, Room Gallery, University of California Irvine (2007). She has exhibited in many group exhibitions including: On the Pleasure of Hating, Lisa Cooley Gallery, New York, NY (2009); Bitch is the New Black, Honor Fraser, Los Angeles, CA (2009); Broken English, Seiler + Mosseri-Marlio Galerie, Zurich, Switzerland (2009); This is Killing Me, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, West Adams, MA (2009); Put On, Circus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (2009); California Biennial, Orange County Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA (2008); Delusionarium 4, David Salow Gallery and Bonelli Contemporary, Los Angeles, CA (2008); The Whole World is Watching, Curated by Irene Tsatsos, Glendale College Gallery, Glendale, CA (2008); November Again, Harris Lieberman, New York, NY (2008); The Silence of Infinite Space, Curated by Aram Moshayedi, Glendale College Gallery, Glendale, CA (2008); Art Perform, Curated by Jens Hoffman, Art Basel, Miami Beach (2007); People for a Better Tomorrow, Curated by Meg Cranston, Sweeney Art Gallery, University of California Riverside, CA (2006);
Re-make/Re-Model, D'Amelio Terras, New York, NY (2006); Happenstance, Curated by Lauri Firstenberg, Harris Lieberman Gallery, New York (2005); Champion Fine Art 2003-2005, Art 2102, Los Angeles, CA (2005); Public Sculpture for Benevento Citta Spettacolo, Theater Festival, September 2005, Curated by Demetrio Paparoni, Italy (2005); and Erzähl mal was, Kunstverein Langenhagen, Langenhagan, Germany (2005). Lutker received the following awards and grants: Emerging Artist Fellowship, California Community Foundation (2008); Artist Completion Grant, Durfee Foundation (2006); Elaine Krown Klein Award, University of California Los Angeles (2004); and a Hoyt Fellowship, MIT (2004). She currently lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.
New York-born Jeni Spota received her MFA in 2007 from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her solo exhibitions include: Don't Tread on Me, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, CA (2009); Tra La La, Greener Pastures, Toronto, Canada (2009); Giotto's Dream, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL (2008); and Giotto's Dream, Sister, Los Angeles, CA (2007). She has participated in numerous group exhibitions including, Constellations: Paintings from the MCA Collection, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL (2009); (N)icholas (F)rank (S)elects: Drawings from the Hermetic Collection, The Green Gallery, Milwaukee, WI (2009); LA Now, Las Vegas Museum, Las Vegas, NV (2008); The Dark Fair, The General Store, New York, NY (2008); and Fifths, SWINGER, Vienna, Austria (2007). Spota's awards include an ARC Grant, The Durfree Foundation (2009); School of the Art Institute of Chicago Fellowship (2007); National Museum for Women in the Arts Fellowship (2006); and an Ellen Battell Stoeckel Fellowship (2004). Spota currently lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.
Mathilde ter Heijne
Mathilde ter Heijne
Mathilde ter Heijne was born in 1969 in Strasbourg, France. She attended the Stadsacademie in Maastricht, Netherlands and the Rijksacademie in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Her solo exhibitions include: Red, Black, Silver, Arndt & Partner, Berlin, Germany (2009); Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Los Angeles, CA (2007); Mosuo Fireplace Goddess, Currents, Beijing (2007); No Depression in Heaven, Galerie Arndt & Partner, Berlin (2006); Armory Show, New York, Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects (2006); Suicide Bomb, Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Culver City, CA (2005); Fuck Patriarchy, Viafarini, Milano (2004); Mathilde ter Heijne, Kunstverein, Hannover (2004); Qo akti?, Galerie Martina Detterer, Frankfurt am Main (2003); Small Things End, Great Things Endure, Art Unlimited auf der Art Basel (2002); 98 00, Galerie de Expeditie, Amsterdam (2000); and Suicide Bomb, Förderkoje Art Cologne 2000, Köln (2000). Ter Heijne has also participated in numerous group exhibitions including: Rebelle. Art and Feminism 1969-2009, Museum Moderne Kunst Arnhem, Netherlands (2009); Small Things End, Great Things Endure, New Langton Arts, San Francisco, CA (2008); Walls in the Street, collaboration between Siemens Art Programm, Münich, and Museum of Contemporary Art (MSUB), Belgrade, Serbia (2008); Talking Pictures – Theatralität in zeitgenössischen Film - und Videoarbeiten, K21, Duesseldorf, Germany (2007); Body Double, Luckman Gallery, California State University Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA curated by Julie Joyce (2007); Made in Germany, Sprengel Museum, Hannover (2007); Shanghai Biennial, Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai (2006); Seoul International Media Art Biennial, Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul (2006); Ruby Satellite, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, curated by Ciara Ennis (2006); This Not a Love Song, Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects (2006); Romantic Conceptualism, American Federation of Arts, New York (curated by Jörg Heiser) (2006); Urban Creatures, Pori Art Museum, Pori, Finnland (2006); Ruby Satellite, California Museum of Photography, San Francisco (2006); Cut, Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Culver City (2005); and Greater New York, PS1, New York, NY (2005). She was awarded the PS1 Stipend, New York; the Saar-Ferngas-Förderpreis Junge Kunst, Ludwigshafen; the Mama Cash Kunstprijs, Amsterdam; the Arbeitsstipendium Senat Berlin; the Stipendium Podewill, Berlin; the Stipendium Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin; and the Hustinxsprijs, Maastricht. Ter Heijne lives and work in Berlin, Germany.
Joy Whalen earned her MFA at the Pratt Institute in New York in 2007. Her numerous solo exhibitions include: Fables of Forfeit, Tropo Mfg., Pomona, CA (2008); What They Found, Flatfile Galleries, Chicago, MI (2007); Sorry I Kicked You, Stuben South Gallery, Brooklyn, NY (2007); and Fairy Tales and Spin, A + D Gallery, Chicago, MI (2005). Whalen has been in numerous group exhibitions including: Bushwick Open Studios, United Kingdom, New York, NY (2009); Anti-Oxidant, United Kingdom, NY (2009); Fire Proof, SHO Gallery, New York, NY (2009); Vitruvian Woman, Formverk Gallery, Nyköping, Sweden (2009); Body Language, a Video Screening, Monkeytown, New York, NY (2008); 122 for $122, PS 122, New York, NY (2008); Building Steam, Grossman Gallery, Easton, PA (2008); It's Not Easy, Exit Art, New York, NY (2008); Smalls, Burning River Gallery, Brooklyn, NY (2008); Group Therapy, Windows Gallery, New York, NY (2008); Perspicuous: Work on Space and Image, East Hall Gallery, Brooklyn, NY (2007); Re-Structured, Andre Zarre Gallery, New York, NY (2007); and Americana, Soke Fine Art, Denver, CO (2006). Whalen has received several awards and scholarships including, a DAC Grant, Brooklyn Art Council (2008-2009); and an Albert Weisman Memorial Scholarship, Columbia College Permanent Collection (2005). Whalen currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
Carrie Yury received her MFA from the University of California Irvine in 2006. Her numerous solo exhibitions include: Room, Sam Lee Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (2009); My Performance Anxiety, Sam Lee Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (2008); Untitled Work, The Office, Huntington Beach, CA (2005); and You are Your Own Best Pin-Up, Swallow Gallery, Chicago, IL (1999). She has also shown in many group exhibitions including: The Audacity of Desperation, The Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center, PS 122 New York, NY (2008); Photo LA, Jail Gallery, Santa Monica, CA (2008); Ego, Jail Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (2007); E-Ticket Ride, J. Flynn Gallery, Costa Mesa, CA (2007); (Tender) Assembly, Show Cave, Los Angeles, CA (2007); The Oscene, Laguna Beach Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA (2006); and Public/Private, LAXART, Los Angeles, CA (2006). Yury has held teaching positions at the University of California Riverside (2009); California State University Fullerton (2006-2009); and the University of California Irvine (2005-2006). She currently lives and works in Long Beach, CA.
— Biographies compiled by Jeremiah Gregory and Anna Mendoza