Art Toronto 2019

Linda Sormin / Yerd Yoon (detail) / 2019 / ceramic, found shards, epoxy, gold leaf / 13 x 13 x 12 inches

Linda Sormin / Yerd Yoon / 2019 / ceramic, found shards, epoxy, gold leaf / 13 x 13 x 12 inches

Linda Sormin / Yerd Yoon / 2019 / ceramic, found shards, epoxy, gold leaf / 13 x 13 x 12 inches

Linda Sormin / Khlee khuam ngam (detail) / 2019 / ceramic, found shards, epoxy, gold leaf / 18 x 23 x 17 inches

Linda Sormin / Khlee khuam ngam / 2019 / ceramic, found shards, epoxy, gold leaf / 18 x 23 x 17 inches

Linda Sormin / Khlee khuam ngam / 2019 / ceramic, found shards, epoxy, gold leaf / 18 x 23 x 17 inches

Linda Sormin / Khlong Khlaew (detail) / 2019 / ceramic, found shards, discarded 3D print, epoxy, gold leaf / 21 x 14 x 13.5 inches

Linda Sormin / Khlong Khlaew / 2019 / ceramic, found shards, discarded 3D print, epoxy, gold leaf / 21 x 14 x 13.5 inches

Linda Sormin / Khlong Khlaew / 2019 / ceramic, found shards, discarded 3D print, epoxy, gold leaf / 21 x 14 x 13.5 inches

Linda Sormin / Pen giet gae Khun Karen Karnes / 2019 / ceramic, found shards, epoxy, gold leaf / 26 x 25 x 21 inches

Linda Sormin / Soem doon (detail) / 2019 / ceramic, found shards, epoxy, gold leaf / 24 x 32 x 17 inches

Linda Sormin / Soem doon / 2019 / ceramic, found shards, epoxy, gold leaf / 24 x 32 x 17 inches

Linda Sormin / Sup – sohn / 2019 / ceramic, found shards, epoxy, gold leaf / 12 x 14 x 12 inches

Cornelia Schulz / Apocs 3 / 2019 / oil on canvas mounted on wood / 15 x 11 inches  (38.7 cm x 28.38 cm)

Cornelia Schulz / Apocs 4 / 2019 / oil on canvas mounted on wood / 16 x 10.25 inches  (41.28 cm x 26.445 cm)

Cornelia Schulz / Apocs 2 / 2019 / oil on canvas mounted on wood / 16 x 10 inches  (41.28 cm x 25.8 cm)

Cornelia Schulz / Slip 9 / 2018 / oil on canvas on wood / 15 x 9 inches  (38.7 cm x 23.22 cm)

Cornelia Schulz / Slip 10 / 2018 / oil on canvas on wood / 15.5 x 9.5 inches  (39.99 cm x 24.51 cm)

Cornelia Schulz / Y4 / 2019 / oil on canvas mounted on wood / 16 x 10.25 inches  (41.28 cm x 26.445 cm)

Cornelia Schulz / Y6 / 2019 / oil on canvas mounted on wood / 12.5 x 10 inches  (32.25 cm x 25.8 cm)

Ramekon O’Arwisters / Cheesecake #8 (detail) / 2019 / textiles, ceramics from CSULB ceramic program / 15 x 17 x 15 inches

Ramekon O’Arwisters / Cheesecake #8 / 2019 / textiles, ceramics from CSULB ceramic program / 15 x 17 x 15 inches

Ramekon O’Arwisters / Cheesecake #8 / 2019 / textiles, ceramics from CSULB ceramic program / 15 x 17 x 15 inches

Ramekon O’Arwisters / Cheesecake #6 / 2019 / textiles, ceramics from CSULB ceramic program / 19 x 18 x 12 inches

Ramekon O’Arwisters / Cheesecake #6 / 2019 / textiles, ceramics from CSULB ceramic program / 19 x 18 x 12 inches

Ramekon O’Arwisters / Cheesecake #9 / 2019 / textiles, ceramics from CSULB ceramic program / 20 x 11 x 11 inches

Ramekon O’Arwisters / Cheesecake #9 / 2019 / textiles, ceramics from CSULB ceramic program / 20 x 11 x 11 inches

Ramekon O’Arwisters / Cheesecake #2 / 2019 / textiles, ceramics from CSULB ceramic program / 19 x 17 x 12 inches

Ramekon O’Arwisters / Cheesecake #2 / 2019 / textiles, ceramics from CSULB ceramic program / 19 x 17 x 12 inches

Ramekon O’Arwisters / Cheesecake #10 / 2019 / textiles, ceramics from CSULB ceramic program / 12 x 12 x 13 inches

Ramekon O’Arwisters / Cheesecake #10 / 2019 / textiles, ceramics from CSULB ceramic program / 12 x 12 x 13 inches

Jacqueline Surdell / For Scylla / braided cotton cord, enamel, wood frame / 46 x 38 inches  (118.68 cm x 98.04 cm)

Jacqueline Surdell / For Scylla / braided cotton cord, enamel, wood frame / 46 x 38 inches  (118.68 cm x 98.04 cm)

Jacqueline Surdell / Charybdis / braided cotton cord, enamel, stain, 84 inch barbell / 74 x 75 inches

Jacqueline Surdell / Silver Gesture / braided cotton cord, enamel, oil, steel curl-bar / 31 x 23 inches  (79.98 cm x 59.34 cm)

Press Release

 

 

PSG is pleased to announce our participation in Art Toronto 2019 featuring Canadian artist Linda Sormin, along with Cornelia Schulz, San Francisco; Jacqueline Surdell, Chicago and Ramekon O’Arwisters, San Francisco.

October 25 – 27, 2019

Metro Toronto Convention Centre, North Building
255 Front Street West, Toronto

Public Hours
Friday, October 25, 2019: 12:00 – 8:00PM
Saturday, October 26, 2019: 11:00AM – 8:00PM
Sunday, October 27, 2019: 11:00AM – 6:00PM

Opening Night 
A benefit for the Art Gallery of Ontario
Thursday, October 24, 2018: 6:30 PM – 10 PM

 

Linda Sormin’s sculptures are a journey through personal archeology. Her open-ended ceramics enfold many voices and labors, from the donated memorabilia of friends and strangers in distant places, to the hands of those assisting, to the dumpster diving, searching for the discarded. The complex membranes of pinched clay provide a porous conduit bridging and breaking bonds, entwining stories and histories among those who define themselves through their separations.

Born in Thailand, working in North America, Europe and Asia, Sormin is influenced by kinetic energy, complexity, and disparate social/cultural/visual forces. While migration and identity form the backbone of the work, it’s the disruptive dissonance within her balletic balance that breaths life. Multiple firings, various clays, smooth and rough surface, glaze, contrasting color, and cast away materials, are all integral elements in forming the non-linear narratives of discrete sculpture, and immersive installations.

Linda Sormin is Professor of Art at New York University, Steinhardt. Prior to NYU, Sormin was Professor of Ceramic Art at the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University (2012 – 2019); and Associate Professor, (2006- 2011) at the Rhode Island School of Design. Her work has been extensively exhibited throughout Europe, the United States and Asia, including Jogja National Museum, Yogyakarta, Indonesia; CLAY Museum of Ceramic Art Denmark, Middelfart, Denmark; West Norway Museum of Decorative Art, Bergen, Norway. Collections include the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK; Alfred Ceramic Art Museum, Alfred, NY; Arizona State University Museum and others.

 

For over 46 years Cornelia Schulz has honed her skills in abstract paintings of complex shape and color. Studying sculpture at Los Angeles County Art Institute in the 1950’s, Schulz learned 3-D modeling techniques in steel and wood which proved important in subsequent years. Her altered rectangular shapes are hand-built wood supports, stretched with canvas. Using a knife, Schulz slices, swings and swirls paint into a complex brew of vibrant color, gestural oppositions and hair-raising improbabilities. The paintings while clearly 2-D, hold the viewers interest as sculptural objects of unerring integrity. While seemingly wild and untamed, her forms speak of tempo and harmony, a unique distillation of intent and accident only a master can impart.

Kenneth Baker, who has reviewed every Cornelia Schulz exhibition since the 1990’s comments, “For some years, Schulz’s art seemed to build and comment on the project of activating paintings’ perimeters that connects Barnett Newman (1905-1970), Ellsworth Kelly, Frank Stella and Elizabeth Murray (1940-2007), among others. Like those predecessors, Schulz treated the outer contours of a painting as a troubled boundary between what she could control and the uncontrollable, between domains of intended meaning and of misreading and chance.”

Cornelia Schulz is included in national and international collections. In 2002, Schulz retired from the University of California, Davis, where she taught for 30 years and twice chaired the Fine Art Department.

 

Using a hybrid of macramé and weaving, Jacqueline Surdell’s studio practice demands the physical strength of a trained athlete. Her acumen in expressing both beauty and raw complexity is reflected in monumental volumes of cascading, disfigured, twisted rope. Defying the ‘60s approach to a mannered macramé of decorative or functional value, Surdell instead follows in the footsteps of early groundbreaking fiber artists, Mrinalini Mukherjee, Françoise Grossen, and Sheila Hicks.

From childhood through college, Surdell was a competitive volleyball player, accustomed to pushing the limits of physical endurance. She was recruited by Occidental College in Los Angeles, whose volleyball program started four years after passage of Title 9, legislation seeking gender equity in school sports. Her experience in sports provided Surdell with endurance, strength, focus – her studio practice is an extension of those experiences. The warp is looped over steel weightlifting bars of various lengths. Although the material is fiber, Surdell’s approach is painterly – manipulating her knotted layers, reducing material to open the structure, draping to create volume and texture, painting the surface with Paracord and acrylic.

Jacqueline Surdell was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1993. She received her MFA in Fiber and Material Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2017, and a BFA from Occidental College, Los Angeles, CA. An emerging artist, her work has been exhibited in New Orleans, Montreal, Los Angeles, and Chicago.

 

Growing up in Jim Crow South during the Civil Rights Movement, Ramekon O’Arwisters found a safe haven, quilting with his Grandmother, where he was “embraced, important and special.” These early memories prompted his nascent series of unique crocheted/ceramic sculptures titled, Mending. Employing ordinary household, or decorative pottery, broken and discarded, O’Arwisters combined traditional crafts into a dimensional woven tapestry, stripping both cloth and ceramic of their intended function.

In his new series of sculptures titled Cheesecake, the works have transformed from something broken, needing mending, to fully determined and self-aware. Being Black and Queer, the full complexity of the moniker Cheesecake, used to objectify an attractive, sexualized man or woman is not lost to O’Arwisters. Instead he embraces it, subverting the demeaning implication in describing his said, “objects”. Combining lacy, embellished fabrics with ceramics contributed by students and faculty from California State University at Long Beach, O’Arwisters sculptural hybrids embody both danger and seduction in his bold ‘coming of age’ works.

Ramekon O’Arwisters is the founder of Crochet Jam, a community arts project infused with folk-art traditions that foster a creative culture in cooperative relationships. Born in Kernersville, North Carolina, O’Arwisters earned a M.Div. from Duke University Divinity School in 1986. He was an artist-in-residence at the de Young Museum, the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, and the Vermont Studio Center. Grants and Awards include Artadia: The Fund for Art and Dialogue, NY, the San Francisco Foundation and the San Francisco Arts Commission Cultural Equity Program. He received the 2014 Eureka Fellow, awarded by the Fleishhacker Foundation in San Francisco. His work has been featured in the LA Times, San Francisco Chronicle, 7×7 Magazine, Artnet, and the San Francisco Examiner.

Artist Page

Crafted Illusions: Victoria Jang – Jacqueline Surdell – Lien Truong

Victoria Jang  / Aria I, Soban I / 2019 / ceramic, horse hair, wood, mulberry paper, ramie / 18.5  x 12  x 12 inches

Jacqueline Surdell / Naturally Nasty Goes Dark / 2018 / rope, metal, acrylic / 72 x 120 inches

Jacqueline Surdell / Heavy Dew / 2018 / braided rope, steel / 36 x 36 inches

Victoria Jang  / Aria II, Soban VI / 2019 / ceramic, horse hair / 12 x 10  x 10 inches

Lien TroungPatsy Takemoto Mink ain’t afraid of the Dark / 2019 / oil, silk, acrylic, gold pigment, vintage silk mourning obi cloth on canvas / 72 x 60 inches  (185.76 cm x 154.8 cm)

Lien Troung / Cornucopia / 2019 / oil, silk, acrylic, bronze pigment, 19th century American cotton on canvas / 72 x 60 inches  (185.76 cm x 154.8 cm)

 

Victoria Jang  / Aria III, Soban VII / 2019 / ceramic, wood, mulberry paper, ramie / 15 x 10  x 10 inches

Lien Troung / Redemption 2 / 2019 / oil, silk, acrylic, gold pigment on canvas / 72 x 60 inches  (185.76 cm x 154.8 cm)

Jacqueline Surdell / Naturally Nasty Goes Dark / 2018 / rope, metal, acrylic / 72 x 120 inches

 

 

Jacqueline Surdell / Naturally Nasty Goes Dark / 2018 / rope, metal, acrylic / 72 x 120 inches

Victoria Jang  / Aria II, Soban VI / 2019 / ceramic, horse hair / 12 x 10  x 10 inches

 

Victoria Jang  / Aria II, Soban VI / 2019 / ceramic, horse hair / 12 x 10  x 10 inches

Victoria Jang  / Aria I, Soban I / 2019 / ceramic, horse hair, wood, mulberry paper, ramie / 18.5  x 12  x 12 inches

Lien Troung / Cornucopia / 2019 / oil, silk, acrylic, bronze pigment, 19th century American cotton on canvas / 72 x 60 inches  (185.76 cm x 154.8 cm)

Victoria Jang  / Nocturne no. 5 / 2019 / ceramic / 14 x 10  x 11 inches

Lien TroungPatsy Takemoto Mink ain’t afraid of the Dark / 2019 / oil, silk, acrylic, gold pigment, vintage silk mourning obi cloth on canvas / 72 x 60 inches  (185.76 cm x 154.8 cm)

Victoria Jang  / Nocturne no. 7 / 2019 / ceramic / 12.5  x 10 x 7 inches

Victoria Jang  / Nocturne no. 7 / 2019 / ceramic / 12.5  x 10 x 7 inches

Victoria Jang  / Nocturne no. 8 / 2019 / ceramic / 14 x 14  x 8 inches

Lien TroungPatsy Takemoto Mink ain’t afraid of the Dark / 2019 / oil, silk, acrylic, gold pigment, vintage silk mourning obi cloth on canvas / 72 x 60 inches  (185.76 cm x 154.8 cm)

Jacqueline Surdell / Sticky Peaches / 2019 / rope, Paracord, metal, acrylic / 72 x 50 inches

Victoria Jang  / Nocturne no. 4 / 2019 / ceramic / 10.5 x 14  x 14 inches

Press Release

 

Exhibition Dates: September 7 – October 19, 2019
Crafted Illusions: Victoria Jang Jacqueline Surdell Lien Truong
Reception: Saturday, September 7th,  4 to 6:30 pm

 

EVENT:  Saturday, September 7th at 3pm. Please join us for a conversation with Lien Truong, Jacqueline Surdell & Victoria Jang, moderated by Gail Wight. Gail Wight is Professor in the Department of Art & Art History at Stanford University, where she focuses on experimental media.

 

PSG is pleased to present Victoria Jang, Jacqueline Surdell, and Lien Truong in Crafted Illusions. The artists in the exhibition investigate the fabrication of authority, questioning historical and contemporary reliability in authorship, aesthetics, moral imperatives and associative allegiances. The exhibition opens Saturday, September 7th and continues through October 19th. The reception is Saturday, September 7th from 4 to 6:30 pm. At 3:00 pm Stanford Professor Gail Wight will lead the artists in conversation. Everyone is welcome; come early, as seating is limited.

 

Nocturne – Performance at NightVictoria Jang’s new ceramic sculpture, layered with multiple narratives, composed in a period of darkness. With a vocabulary of decorative ornamental forms, Jang’s sculptures are a critical inquiry of ethnology as expressed through colonial ideology, stigmatizing indigenous cultural legacies.

First-generation Korean-American, Victoria Jang takes aim at assumptions of Western European culture in its understanding and interpreting of non-Western cultures as inferior, while historically appropriating traditions, rituals and objects for aesthetic and cultural exploitation. Her ceramic vessels become microcosms of deconstructed colonial hegemony. Focusing on Korean traditions found in native craft and materials, Jang creates a musical panoply of abstracted geometric and natural forms that she can use and reassemble. The ceramic sculptures are layered with these shapes – stemmed flower forms, ritual objects found in Korean Shamanism, surface aspects of urban erosion and decay – a fused assemblage of synthesized symbolist ornaments.

Victoria Jang received her BFA in ceramics and sculpture from the University of Washington in Seattle in 2010. She moved to the San Francisco Bay Area and received her MFA in ceramics at the California College of the Arts in 2014. Jang received a Headlands Graduate Fellowship Award, a Murphy Award and Cadogan Scholarship, and was the featured artist for the 2014 APAture exhibition at Kearny Street Workshop. She recently received the 2017–18 AICAD Post-Graduate Teaching Fellowship at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), where she continues to teach, and the Retired Professors Award by the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts. She was a Visiting Artist in Residence for 2015-2016 at the University of California, Berkeley.

 

Using a hybrid of macramé and weaving, Jacqueline Surdell’s studio practice demands the physical strength of a trained athlete. Her multi-dimensional tapestries bring to mind abstracted landscape paintings – born of body, and blemished with stains of labor. Her acumen in expressing both beauty and raw complexity is reflected in monumental volumes of cascading, disfigured, twisted rope. Defying the ‘60s approach to a mannered macramé of decorative or functional value, Surdell instead follows in the footsteps of early groundbreaking fiber artists, Mrinalini Mukherjee, Françoise Grossen, and Sheila Hicks.

Close familial memories contributed to Surdell’s complex psychological terrain between body, athleticism, making, sanctuary and spirit. From childhood through college, Surdell was a competitive volleyball player, accustomed to pushing the limits of physical endurance. She was recruited by Occidental College in Los Angeles, whose volleyball program started four years after passage of Title 9, legislation seeking gender equity in school sports. Her experience in sports provided Surdell with skill and strength – and her studio practice is an extension of those experiences. Weaving her wall sculptures demands full body action, using her body as a weaving shuttle, moving in and out of the warp, knotting and pulling pounds and yards of rope on self-made mural-sized looms. The warp is looped over steel weightlifting bars of various lengths. Although the material is fiber, Surdell’s approach is painterly – manipulating her knotted layers, reducing material to open the structure, draping to create volume and texture, painting the surface with Paracord and acrylic.

Jacqueline Surdell was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1993. She received her MFA in Fiber and Material Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2017, and a BFA from Occidental College, Los Angeles, CA. An emerging artist, her work has been exhibited in New Orleans, Montreal, Los Angeles, and Chicago.

 

Fragmenting historic paintings, art, film and the gaming industry, Lien Truong’s mixed media paintings inform “our collective notions of heritage.”

The narrative of Role Playing Games, with virtual landscapes reminiscent of mythologized American manifest destiny, coupled with default white male avatars, become the backdrop and critique of Lien Truong’s paintings. Researching and reading RPG theory from a feminist, queer and multiracial perspective, Truong weaponizes her paintings to challenge the perpetuated culture of violence, inverting the romanticized RPG space and its domination of women and POC.

Aware of the religious and cultural ideologies associated with painting, her work tests the hybridity and historic hierarchies of painting techniques, materials and philosophies from the “West” and Asia. She subverts color and values, staging a background layered with singed panels of painted floating silk and carefully blended gestures of oil paint, amidst interpretations of historic textile patterns and hegemonic iconography. Creating a powerful fictive of female authority, with significant icons such as Patsy Matsu Takemoto Mink, the first non-white, and first Asian American woman elected to congress, and Anna May Wong, an exoticized and eroticized silent-era film star, Truong presents female protagonists who become forceful real-life counterpoints to the fictionalized bravado of the RPG.

Lien Truong is an Assistant Professor of Painting and Drawing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She graduated with a BFA in 1999 from Humboldt State University and an MFA from Mills College, Oakland in 2001. Her work has been included in exhibitions at the National Portrait Gallery; North Carolina Museum of Art; Station Museum of Contemporary Art, Houston, Texas; the National Centre for Contemporary Arts in Moscow; Oakland Museum of California, Oakland, CA; Nha San Collective, Hanoi, Vietnam; Art Hong Kong; S.E.A. Focus, Singapore; and Southern Exposure, San Francisco, CA. She is the recipient of several awards including the Whitton Fellowship, and fellowships from the Institute for the Arts & Humanities and the North Carolina Arts Council. Residencies include the Oakland Museum of California and the Marble House Project, Vermont. Her work has been reviewed in ArtAsiaPacific; The San Francisco Chronicle; Houston Chronicle; Oakland Tribune; New American Paintings; and ART iT Japan. Her work is in several public collections including the Linda Lee Alter Collection of Art by Women at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (USA), DC Collection (Disaphol Chansiri, Chiang Mai, Thailand), North Carolina Museum of Art (USA), the Weatherspoon Art Museum (USA), and the Post Vidai and  Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (Vietnam).

 

 

Artist Page