||You Become Your Thoughts
2009 Juried Exhibition
December 3, 2009 – January 2, 2010
Juried by Marisa C. Sánchez
Assistant Curator of Modern and
Contemporary Art Seattle Art Museum
Opening Reception and Awards: 5-8pm
First Thursday, December 3, 2009
Juror's Choice Award - $500
PUNCH Choice Award – $500
People's Choice Award – $300
It Will (Never) Get Better
As a curator, juried shows are always an interesting process to be involved with because they offer the unexpected. It is a chance for me to see a wide range of images by contemporary artists, whose work I may or may not have known before the process began and, further, it allows me to create coherence to a diversity of images. In the case of Punch Gallery’s 2009 International Juried Exhibition, I was engaged at the very start not only by the strength of the work submitted by over 300 artists, but as I began to review the entries, it became very clear to me that there was a provocative theme expressed in a number of works that could not be ignored.
In different and compelling ways, several artists’ works gave expression to the complexity of the human psyche. Within the selections chosen for You Become Your Thoughts, there is an overwhelming sense of unease and precariousness, which challenges ideals as well as threatens the security we seek in domestic comforts and in the silence of our thoughts. This unraveling is experienced in Patrick Manning’s 44 Meaningful Sounds, in which he strips meaning from everyday language, obscuring it to a point of nonrecognition. In another instance, Jennifer Zwick’s altered trophies recall the pleasure of receiving an award in honor of one’s achievements, but this praise is suddenly obliterated by the writing on each plaque, which gives voice to what may be another truth: “You are a Disappointment to Yourself and Others.” This sense of failure is further exaggerated in Timothy Gaewsky’s disconcerting video that shows a figure at close range disguising his face. An ominous tone is cast by the words of a man, presumably the inner voice of the subject, who motivates the individual to action. A perceived threat is again experienced in Rachel Brady’s White House, a series of photographs that at first glance appear to be romantic views of seemingly ideal homes. However, in her manipulation of each photograph, she produces images that unsettle the viewer, leaving one to question the security of this place called home. During the course of reviewing each submission, what rose to the surface are the objects on view here by artists’ whose works challenge existing structures and question “normalcy” as it relates to the human experience.
Originally from Alton, Illinois, Rachel Brady has since lived in Tennessee, Florida, and New York City. She currently lives in Austin, Texas. She has her MFA in Photography from School of Visual Arts and her BFA in Photography & Digital Imaging from Ringling College of Art & Design. Her primary working method is constructing photographic works digitally from multiple images.
Megan Carney was born and raised in Houston, Texas and will graduate from St. Edward’s University in May of 2010 with a degree in Photocommunications.
Dylan Collins was born in Chicago, Illinois, in 1974, and grew up in east central Illinois. He attended Eastern Illinois University and received both a B.A. in Two-Dimensional Studio Art (1996) and an M.A. in Sculpture (1997). Since earning his MFA from Kent State University (2003), he has held academic positions as Adjunct Instructor in Drawing and Sculpture programs at Kent State University, Visiting Assistant Professor of Drawing at Oberlin College, and Instructor of Studio Foundations at Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Dylan is currently Visiting Assistant Professor and Sculpture Program Coordinator in the Division of Art and Design at West Virginia University in Morgantown, West Virginia.
Timothy Gaewsky : Website
Timothy Gaewsky was born in Cleveland, Ohio. He is an interdisciplinary artist who is currently working in performance-based video and digital photography. His work has been exhibited nationally and at such venues as The Toledo Museum of Art, The Saginaw Museum of Art, and The Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit. He holds an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts and a BFA from The Cleveland Institute of Art. Gaewsky currently lives and works in Toledo, OH.
Patrick Manning : Website
Patrick Craig Manning is an Assistant Professor of Photography at the University of New Mexico. Born in Seattle, WA, he received degrees in photography and archeology from the University of Washington and his MFA from the University of New Mexico before going on to teach as a professor at the Herron School of Art in Indianapolis. His photographic, digital, and video work invokes loss to explore the intersection of representation, language, and history and has been exhibited at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the Eiteljorg Museum of Indian and Western Art and galleries from coast to coast.
Aaron McIntosh : Website
Aaron McIntosh grew up in the Appalachian mountains of East Tennessee. His extended families’ lower class environments and domestic activities, such as quiltmaking have figured large in his visual vocabulary since childhood. In high school, Aaron studied painting and drawing, focusing largely on the figure. While getting his BFA from the Appalachian Center for Craft, he concentrated in fiber/textiles and honed his quilting skills. During graduate studies at Virginia Commonwealth University, Aaron discovered rich territory in the design and content of romance novels, which has merged his interests in drawing and textiles to produce large figurative and text-based works. He currently lives and teaches in Richmond, Virginia.
Ashley Pigford : Website
Ashley John Pigford is an artist, designer, musician and educator working the intersection of design process and art practice. His cross-discipliary research and studio practice involves sculpture, installation, performance, sound, video, letterpress printing and graphic design. He currently holds the position of Assistant Professor of Visual Communications in the Department of Art at the University of Delaware. He received his MFA in Graphic Design from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2006 after a successful career as a proprietor of graphic design in Los Angeles, CA.
Carmen Tiffany : Website
Using the fantastical artifice and promise of children’s media; Carmen contaminates it with life’s, often visceral, realities. Exploiting the societal underbelly of the rural American west, where she grew up, she creates lineage between pathetic social entropies and utopian ideologies instilled in modern childhood. Carmen received her BFA from Minnesota State University in 2005, and will receive her MFA from the University of South Florida in 2010. Working in several mediums, including installation and video, Carmen has exhibited in the United States and Europe.
Jennifer Zwick : Website
Jennifer Zwick lives and works in Seattle, where she received her BFA from the University of Washington. In addition to having exhibited extensively, Jennifer has also received an Artist Trust fellowship award, a 4Culture Arts Special Projects Grant, and is an active member of SOIL Gallery in Seattle.
About the Juror
Marisa C. Sánchez
Marisa C. Sánchez is the Assistant Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Seattle Art Museum. Since arriving at the Museum in May 2007, Sánchez has been involved in a number of curatorial projects, including Weavings, an installation of Corin Hewitt's work, as well as permanent collection shows including Everything Under the Sun: Photographs by Imogen Cunningham. She is currently working with artist Heide Hinrichs on a solo exhibition of new work for the SAM Next contemporary art series at the museum, and is working with Trenton Doyle Hancock on a site-specific, sculptural installation for the Olympic Sculpture Park Pavilion opening in August 2010. She has written criticism for publications, including An Evolution of Experience, a critical essay on Hewitt's work, and More Than an Object, an essay highlighting significant twentieth century sculptures within SAM's permanent collection. Marisa holds a Masters in Art History, Theory, and Criticism from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
or by appointment.
Justin Colt Beckman
Rachel Brady, White House 4,
photography construction, 2009
Megan Carney, Rob,
archival inkjet print, 2009
Dylan Collins, Face Value
approximately 270 Polaroid photographs, 2006
Timothy Gaewsky, Noise On The Outside,
single channel digital video, 2009
Patrick Manning, 44 Meaningful Sounds,
speaker, stand, amplifier, computer, software, 2008
Aaron McIntosh, Dream of Darkness,
Ashley Pigford, Radio Silence (Installation View),
electronic sculpture, 2009
Carmen Tiffany, Lil Miss Moonshine,
single channel video, 2009
Jennifer Zwick, It Will (Never) Get Better,
neon sign, 2007