Showcasing throughout the eastern United States this year, artist Bonnie MacAllister joins us in the west for Gathering: A Venison Magazine Retrospective with Hurts Like Broken Glass. We interviewed the multimedia artist in our Summer 2015 issue, where we explored her works in 2D, 3D, fiber and film. We're thrilled to see her work up close, on view until August 31st!
A former student of notated scholars Jacques Derrida, Hélène Cixous, and filmmaker Agnès Varda, MacAllister is an award winning multimedia performance artist. Her work has been showcased at Riverside Library (Lincoln Center), Boricua College (Manhattan), the Delaware Art Museum, et al Projects (NY), Glenview Mansion (MD), Commerce Square, and the swag bags at the 55th
Annual Grammy Awards. She has showcased her films and music through Classwar Karaoke (UK), the Leap Second Festival (Norway), University of Sussex (UK), Kongo Kanvas (PA), and at the Kyoto Hotel (Los Angeles). MacAllister has performed at Sandy Spring Museum (MD), New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA), Raandesk Gallery (NY), Highwire Gallery (PA), the Rotunda (University of Pennsylvania), Cat Cat Club (Paris), Pterodactyl Gallery (PA), and Le Grand Fromage (NJ). She has received grants from the City of Philadelphia Department of Commerce, a Fulbright-Hays award (Ethiopia), Teach for America Fellowship (2008), and a fellowship award to Lyon (2010).
Ankica Mitrovska was featured in our Spring 2015 where we specifically discussed the relationship between the aggressor and victim, the duality between powerful and vulnerable, and so much more. She's exhibited all over the United States and internationally, including Macedonia, where she grew up. We're thrilled Ankica has joined us for Venison's Retrospective with Untitled (D.T.).
My work operates on the dualities of aggressor and victim, powerful and vulnerable, the same way along which politically driven ideologies are implemented in western contemporary society. Thus, different means of control such as surveillance over people, controlled media, and propagation of fear create social anxieties of isolation, oppression, and division. The metaphorical nature of the work is intended to be a starting point of questioning the social and political structures we live in.
My work alternates between drawing, installation and video performance.
My central interests are concerned with gender (in)equality, social (in)stability, social pressure, power relationships and the individual's or collective psychological transformations over resisting and embracing social change.
See the work!
Rebecca Reeves has been a part of our wonderful Venison community since our first year, 2014. When we did a full feature of her work which you can read here. Not only will Rebecca Reeves be exhibiting in Gathering, but she is also our guest curator for the show! We are so excited to have her a part of our wonderful show. Rebecca will be speaking at the Opening Reception of Gathering: A Venison Magazine Retrospective.
Rebecca Reeves was born, raised and currently resides in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Her system of living becomes the foundation for her work. Reeves's observations fuel the need to clean and organize in order to gain control over her environment.
In her current body of work, Reeves considers herself, the “Collector, Protector and the Keeper” of numerous family heirlooms. Similar to the meticulously detailed Victorian human hair wreaths which represented the family tree; Reeves uses miniature furniture as representation for the objects in her home, her family tree. She obsessively cocoons the miniatures in thread in order to contain and preserve. Nearly, suffocating them in the process.
Come Meet the Artist!
Rebecca Reeves will be in attendance at the opening reception on July 15th and be giving a brief talk with Amber Imrie-Situnayake!
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