2019 Artists at the MAC
Penelope Umbrico (New York) addresses the persistence of the analog in a digital world, through work that is both humorous and melancholy. She utilizes traditional photographic techniques along with various methods of appropriation and reproduction to explore how images are made and used in contemporary culture. Umbrico's work has been included in exhibitions at MoMA PS1, NY; Museum of Modern Art, NY; MassMoCA, MA; and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA. She is the recipient of a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship, and a Guggenheim Fellowship.
Barry Stone (Texas) manipulates the code of his digital landscape photographs to transform them into meditations on memory and the nature of beauty in a technologically mediated world. His work is a “world-making exercise” that creates connections among the natural and artificial, reality and fantasy, and truth and fiction. Stone has been exhibited nationally and internationally at Gaa Gallery Projects in Cologne Germany, The Lianzhou Photography Festival in China, with Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery in New York City, and is included in the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts Houston. He lives in Austin, Texas.
Luke Murphy (New York) pulls the rug from under Minimalist sculpture and Abstract Expressionist painting by reinventing them with dazzling LED light displays. Murphy thinks in terms of systems (logical, enterprise, Gnostic, religious, code, diagrams). His work references logical knots, randomness, and system glitches to reveal cracks in the seamlessness that technology aspires to, as well as the all too humanness of everything that goes into technology, in all its forms. He is represented by CANADA in New York and has exhibited worldwide in Germany, Switzerland, and Canada.
Allison Schulnik (California) uses painting, ceramics, and hand-made, traditional animation to choreograph her subjects in compositions that embody a spirit of the macabre, a Shakespearean comedy/tragedy of love, death, and farce. Although best known as a painter, Schulnik has been making animated films since she was 17, Dallas Medianale 2019 includes two sophisticated claymation videos (a long way from Gumby and Pokey). Her films have been included in internationally renowned festivals and museums including the Hammer Museum, LACMA, Annecy International Animated Film Festival and Animafest Zagreb. Her work is in the permanent collections of over a dozen institutions including LACMA and Museum des Beaux Arts, Montreal.
Samson Kambalu (Malawi/United Kingdom) works in a variety of media, including site-specific installation, video, performance, and literature. Through short films – never more than a minute long – he celebrates the earliest moments in film history, and examines the experience of African diaspora artists. Kambalu’s work is autobiographical and approaches art as an arena for critical thought and sovereign activities. He draws upon influences from Situationism, Nyau cultural practices of his native Malawi, and the Protestant tradition of inquiry, criticism, and dissent. Kambalu has been exhibited internationally including at the Venice Biennale 2015 and has won research fellowships from Yale University and the Smithsonian Institution.