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Ryan Trecartin, Shilpa Gupta, Zackary Drucker, Devan Shimoyama Highlight New Exhibition at KCAD

Posted November 7, 2016 in Gallery

Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University’s (KCAD’s) The Fed Galleries @ KCAD present Cultural Landscapes, an exhibition uniting eight of the contemporary art world’s most dynamic voices in a conversation about how artists affirm cultural values and shape our larger collective identity.

Starting with the idea of “landscapes” as a complex and layered term, the exhibition goes beyond an examination of nature, artifacts, and aesthetics and asks viewers to consider how landscapes are influenced by the people and things inhabiting them during a specific place and time. Works on display will cover a wide range of mediums including video, sculpture, mixed media, painting, and photography, among others.

“Our goal was to seek out artists from a variety of cultural and societal backgrounds who are doing high-profile work that engages identity formation, material culture, and the digital landscape in a personal and direct way,” said Curator of Exhibitions Michele Bosak. “We’re very excited to bring these amazing artists’ work to Grand Rapids.”

Cultural Landscapes is on display now through January 28, 2017. The eight artists featured in the exhibition are:

Ebitenyefa Baralaye
Born in Laos, Nigera and currently based out of Detroit, Ebitenyefa Baralaye is a sculptor, mixed media artist and designer. Ebitenyefa received a BFA in Ceramics from the Rhode Island School of Design (2006) and an MFA in Ceramics from the Cranbrook Academy of Art (2016). His work explores cultural, spiritual and structural symbolism translated through a diasporic lens and abstracted through aesthetics of craft and design. He has exhibited in various solo and group shows domestically and internationally including: 1stDibs, the 2015 Architectural Digest Home Design Show, and the 2011 Gyeonggi International CeraMIX Biennale in Icheon, South Korea.

work by Ebitenyefa Baralaye"See Saw" by Ebitenyefa Baralaye (image courtesy of the artist)

Carlos Diaz
Detroit-based artist Carlos Diaz is best known for his one-of-a-kind hand assembled collage pieces that incorporate vintage steel plate engravings on black and white silver prints. His work resides in numerous public and private collections including the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; The Museum of the City of New York; the Detroit Institute of Arts and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Diaz is currently a Professor and former chairman of the Photography Department (1994-2000) at the College for Creative Studies where he has taught for 29 years. He has also taught at Bowling Green State University, and The University of Michigan, School of Art. 

Zackary Drucker
Zackary Drucker is an independent artist, cultural producer, and trans woman who breaks down the way we think about gender, sexuality, and seeing. Based out of Los Angeles, she has performed and exhibited her work internationally in museums, galleries, and film festivals including the Whitney Biennial 2014, MoMA PS1, Hammer Museum, Art Gallery of Ontario, MCA San Diego, and SF MoMA, among others. Drucker is an Emmy-nominated Producer for the docu-series This Is Meas well as a Producer on Golden Globe and Emmy-winning Transparent.

Shilpa Gupta
Shilpa Gupta lives and works in Mumbai, India where she has studied sculpture at the Sir J. J. School of Fine Arts from 1992 to 1997. Gupta's work has been shown in leading international institutions and museums such as the Tate Modern, Serpentine Gallery, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Daimler Chrysler Contemporary, Mori Museum, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New Museum, Chicago Cultural Center, Louisiana Museum and Devi Art Foundation in Gurgaon amongst others. She has also had solo exhibitions at Contemporary Art Center in Cincinnati, Museum voor Moderne Kunst in Arnhem, Arnolfini in Bristol, Castle Blandy in France, and the OK Center for Contemporary Art in Linz, among other institutions.

Jiha Moon
Jiha Moon was born in DaeGu, Korea and currently lives and works in Atlanta, Ga. Her works have been acquired by Asia Society, New York; High Museum of Art, Atlanta; The Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, N.C.; Smithsonian Institute, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington; Weatherspoon Museum of Art, Greensboro, N.C.; and The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Va. Moon has had solo exhibitions at the Mint Museum of Art, and has upcoming solo shows at The Cheekwood Museum of Art in Nashville and the Rhodes College Clough-Hanson Gallery in Memphis, Tenn. She has been selected for international residencies at Art Omi, Arcadia Summer Art Program, and The Headlands Center for the Arts.

work by Jiha Moon"Lucky Hog" by Jiha Moon (image courtesy of the artist)

Devan Shimoyama
Devan Shimoyama was born in Philadelphia and currently lives and works in Pittsburgh, where he also teaches at Carnegie Mellon University. A graduate of the MFA program at the Yale University School of Art, Shimoyama has shown his work at Lesley Heller Workspace in New York, Samuel Freeman Gallery in Los Angeles, Fondation des Etats Unis in Paris, and Alter Space in San Francisco, among other institutions. In 2015 he was accepted to the Fire Island Artist Residency in Fire Island, N.Y.

work by Devan Shimoyama"He Whispers Light Into The Night" by Devan Shimoyama (Courtesy of the artist and Lesley Heller Workspace, NY)


Alexandria Smith
Born in the Bronx and currently living and working in Brooklyn, Alexandria Smith is the recipient of numerous awards and residencies including, most recently, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, the Virginia A. Myers Fellowship at the University of Iowa, A.I.R. Gallery Fellowship, the Fountainhead Residency and the Fine Arts Work Center Fellowship for 2013/14 and 2014/15. Her recent exhibitions in New York include a solo exhibit at Scaramouche Gallery and group exhibitions at The Schomburg Center, Thierry Goldberg Gallery, and Rush Arts Gallery. Recently, she has been featured in the Huffington Post articles: “Alexandria Smith's Adorably Grotesque Cartoons Explore What Little Girls Are Made Of,” “Black Artists: 30 Contemporary Artmakers You Should Know Under 40,” and “10 Female Artists to Watch in 2013”.

Ryan Trecartin
Los Angeles-based video artist Ryan Trecartin received a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. His work has been exhibited at Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles; MoMA in New York; Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris; Kunsthalle Wien in Austria; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; ZKM - Center for Art and Media in Karlsruhe, Germany; Garage Center for Contemporary Culture, Moscow, Russia; The Eighth Gwangju Biennale in Gwangju, South Korea; MIT/List Visual Arts Center in Cambridge, Mass.; New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York; Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain; the 2006 Biennial Exhibition of the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York; and the Royal Academy of Arts in London, among other institutions.  

To learn more about The Fed Galleries @ KCAD, visit kcad.edu/galleries