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Current:

Research Resident, 2019
 

The Land Institute, Salina, KS

In late-February I will begin a year-long research residency with The Land Institute in Salina, Kansas. (See this article just published in the Washington Post about their work.) I will be working closely with their Ecosphere Studies team, a program within The Land Institute rooted in an interdisciplinary approach to asking beautiful questions like “How can humans create stable, beautiful, and just communities that are enduringly embedded within the creative systems of our living home planet?” 
 

As a part of my role as research resident, I will be developing my own work in collaboration with Ecosphere Studies around themes of agriculture, memory, the midwest landscape, grief and healing, and the social and environmental history of the plains. I'll also be doing fieldwork, gaining practical skills and interdisciplinary knowledge under TLI supervisors and alongside a cohort of other research residents. 

Recent:

Recall/Respond: : Tulsa Artist Fellowship and Gilcrease Museum Collaboration
 

June 21, 2019 - October 13, 2019

Gilcrease Museum

Tulsa, OK
 

Tulsa Artist Fellowship and Gilcrease Museum present Recall/Respond, a multi-phased contemporary arts exhibition that includes works by both current Tulsa Artist Fellows, as well as Fellowship alum. By engaging in conversation with contemporary artists, this exhibition confronts complex histories within the interdisciplinary Gilcrease collections of the art, history, and culture of greater North America.
 

The first phase of Recall/Respond: Tulsa Artist Fellowship and Gilcrease Museum Collaboration opens Friday, June 21 and will remain on view through October 13, 2019. Works include a variety of arts media, such as photography, painting, sculpture, textile, performances, video and outdoor installations.
 

Participating Tulsa Artist Fellows include Molly Murphy Adams, Steve Bellin-Oka, Shane Darwent, Rena Detrixhe, Daniel Farnum, Yatika Fields, Edgar Fabián Frías, Elisa Harkins, Jessica Harvey, Rachel Hayes, Clemonce Heard, Karl Jones, and Joel Daniel Phillips.

Place Out of Matter
 

May 1- July 3 , 2019

Spencer Brownstone Gallery

New York, NY
 

The Rug begins with earth. Red, loose soil from Oklahoma, where Detrixhe spent three years, is gathered and hand-sifted to create a fine powder-like substance. This material traveled two thousand miles to the gallery to be carefully reconstructed on the ground. Spiraling outward from the center of the plotted rug, the dirt is poured, smoothed, and imprinted with modified shoe-soles to create intricate patterns.
 

This work embodies the complicated history of our relationship to nature, particularly at the region from which the dirt was sourced, where human presence has deeply altered the landscape. This rich red earth is the land of the Dust Bowl, the end of the Trail of Tears, land runs and pipelines, deep fault lines and hydraulic fracturing. There is immense beauty and pride in this place and also profound sorrow.
 

The refining and sifting of the soil and the imprinting of the pattern is a meditation on this past, a gesture of sensitivity, and the desire for understanding. It is a meticulous and solitary act.
 

The form of the rug, from a western perspective, is an object of luxury; it is a symbol of authority and power. Though it is also an article of beauty and cultural significance and the result of many hours of careful labor. The form questions the tension between nature and human impact while suggesting the ubiquitousness and precious- ness of the earth just below our feet.
 

Work in the exhibition was made with research assistance from David Van Tassel, lead scientist, and Sydney Schiffner, research technician, at The Land Institute.

The Power of Place: KU Alumni Artists
 

February 16 - June 30, 2019

Spencer Museum of Art

Lawrence, KS
 

The Power of Place considers profound understandings of place in the work 29 artists who received degrees from KU. Each artist compels the power of hand making in some form, and addresses the power of place, whether it be historical places; the spaces of a textile as place; sites or places of past or current distress, trauma, or violence; place as an abstract idea; or place as a visceral reality. The focus on place also explores the power of this place—the KU campus and community—in shaping students who make art.


This exhibition is supported by KU Student Senate and the Linda Inman Bailey Exhibitions Fund.
 

Artists include: Gina Adams, Sue Ashline, David Brackett, Cris Bruch, Rena Detrixhe, Robert Ebendorf, Terry Evans, Mark Goodwin, Julie Green, Marcie Miller Gross, Lisa Grossman, Ann Hamilton, Brian Hawkins, Edgar Heap of Birds, Philip Heying, Keith Jacobshagen, Stephen Johnson, Dan Kirchhefer, Cary Leibowitz, Richard Mawdsley, Jean Mitchell (Virginia Jean Cox Mitchell), Emily Hanako, Momohara, John L. Newman, Anne Austin Pearce, Ryan Red Corn, Catherine Reinhart, David, Reisman, Larry Schwarm, Bhakti Ziek