Los Angeles-based textile artist Karen Hampton examines the African American diaspora and explores her personal and ancestral narrative through the art of embroidery, coupled with found textiles and a multitude of textile techniques. Her work recounts her own complex family history and gives voice to long-forgotten stories that tell about African-American experience.
New York based Joanne Greenbaum’s paintings are energetic profusions of overlapping techniques and colors, featuring clusters of architectural forms, irregular shapes, and doodle-like lines. Her work is held in the permanent collections of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Hammer Museum, UCLA, Rose Art Museum, Brandeis, and many others.
Alejandro T. Acierto is an artist and musician whose work is largely informed by the breath, the voice, and the processes that enable them. Based in Chicago, his work has been shown at the MCA, SAIC, and SOMArts, among many others. Acierto is also a founding member of contemporary chamber orchestra Ensemble Dal Niente.
Critically acclaimed and award-winning comic creator Lucy Knisley specializes in personal, confessional graphic novels and travelogues. She has made comics for various anthologies and publications including Marvel comics, Valiant comics, Adventure Time comics, and Boom Studios. Knisley will present the 2018 Keynote Lecture at the 11th Annual Comics Forum.
Award-winning editor Diana Schutz has been working in comics for almost forty years. She was senior executive editor at Dark Horse Comics. She teaches Comics Studies at Portland State University is a published author of both comics and prose, and was the first woman to be inducted into the Canadian Comic Book Creator Hall of Fame. Schutz will present the 2018 Scholar Keynote Lecture at the 11th Annual Comics Forum.
Leila Malekadeli BFA Solo Exhibition
Kresge Art Center Gallery 114
February 26-March 2, 2018
Identity is fluid. It is pieced together. It intersects. It can be lost and then found. It can bend, break, and be mended. It is a continuous growth.
SemiTransparent features introspection, reflection, and restraint in an amplified, complex retrieval of identity specific to gender, language, and privacy. Although these works speak to my own identity and experience, they are made to be universal. Through the exertion of working in three-dimensions, I labor through my emotions, stubbornness, and vulnerabilities. It forces me to consistently question ideas of self-worth and arbitrary values within the constructs of social hierarchies. I allow my work to dictate the materials used – metal, paper, wood, clay, textile, electronics – and I allow materiality to shape forms that both substantiate and oppose. The idea of lending oneself to a material aids in underscoring my point of view. Working in mixed media, I derive intimacy from the use of scale and monumentality as well as its reversal. The act of repetition illuminates the obsessive qualities embedded in the processes of my work, while allowing the full context to remain elusive to the viewer.
– Leila Malekadeli