In conjunction with our current exhibition, _An Aesthetics of Slowness _curated by Chương-Đài Võ, Dorsky Gallery Curatorial Programs is pleased to present:
The Body: Disruptions of the Intimate
A Conversation Between Artists Chris Freeman and Jeannie SimmsChris Freeman and Jeannie Simms’ projects explore the body as a site of memories and desires. For his latest paintings of landscapes, Freeman relies on his hands and domestic objects—queen-size bed sheets, house paint and small brushes—to convey his inner world. He will discuss how an awareness of the body and mortality affect his choice of art material and representations of wood scenes as metaphors for the obstacles that we construct in our lives. Simms will talk about how art can serve as a medium for representing women’s lives and their work. She will discuss her collaborations with Indonesian lesbian domestic workers to create portraits and performances that speak of their personal lives and vulnerable economic situations. Simms also will speak about 19th century women artists and their roles in the suffragist and abolitionist movements, and the women’s importance for understanding the relationship between art, gender and social justice.
About the artist
Chris Freeman lives and works in Hudson, New York. He currently has a solo show at TOPAZ ARTS titled New Paintings. His work was exhibited at the Fountain Art Fair at The 69th Regimen Armory 2013 by TOPAZ ARTS, and in group shows at the Henry Hudson Gallery and David Bruner Gallery in Hudson, New York, in 2012. In the late 1980s, Freeman fabricated major sculpture projects with Claes Oldenburg, Vito Acconci, Robert Longo, Nam June Paik, Robert Morris, James Casebere, and Eric Staller. He worked exclusively with Richard Artschwager as foreman and installer through the 1990s. Freeman formed “Slow Moving Vehicle”, a practical-art-movement in New York City to create housing for homeless people. He had his first solo exhibition of paintings and photographs in 1990 at Private/Public; among many projects and performances in New York City, he created experiential art installations at venues including HERE, The Knitting Factory, Limelight, ABC No Rio, The Gas Station and Michael Klein Gallery. He recently restored the fifth oldest synagogue in the U.S. as his home and painting studio in Hudson. He also built his first drag racing pick-up truck and won the prestigious Top Honors at the 2012 Syracuse Nationals Hot Rod Show and 2013 Adirondack Nationals.
Jeannie Simms’ works are rooted in photography and the moving image. She scours history and contemporary situations, contesting accepted perspectives and proposing new narratives. She recently completed a seven-month residency at Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts, and a commission with Nara International Film Festival in Japan. Current and future shows include Currier Museum, Provincetown Art Association & Museum, Society for Cinema and Media Studies, The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), San Francisco Camerawork, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Courtisane Video and New Media Festival in Belgium, ICA in London, ARS Electronica Center in List Austria, Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Alternative Film Center in Belgrade, Serbia and Montenegro, and Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions. She has been funded by Art Matters Grant. She attended Eugene Lang College at The New School for Social Research, and has an MFA from University of California, Irvine.