ANNOUNCING BRIDGE WORK
A SET OF REGIONAL PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT EXHIBITIONS
JAN. 14th, 6–9pm. ARTS + LITERATURE LABORATORY, MADISON, WI
Chicken Tractor is proud to partner with Plum Blossom Initiative in Wisconsin and Darger HQ in Nebraska to create the first MIdwest Regional set of professional development exhibitions. A selected group of emerging artists will work with curators to create a high quality group exhibition in their home state to open in fall of 2016. A few months after that, all participating artists from each state will have a combined group show. Plum Blossom Initiative conducted Bridgework 1 in Wisconsin in 2015.
In Iowa, three artists will work with Mat Greiner of Chicken Tractor to stage an exhibit of all new work at the Garage at the Salisbury House. Our Iowa artists for 2016 are listed below.
Bridge Work artist support generously provided through a Field grant from our friends at Common Field.
heidi Wiren bartlett
I am an interdisciplinary performance artist from the Great Plains. I was raised by a queer single woman in small town Nebraska and that experience deeply impacted my view of the world. Shifting between minimalism and invented ritual, my research includes nature, natural processes, the body, and how we orient ourselves within hegemonic social and political landscapes. The most powerful vehicle for this work is often my body, a body that represents a peculiar mix of power and vulnerability specific to being a white woman in America. I engage in artistic self-sorting that opens me up to deconstruct and discuss issues of gender, race, class, and corporeality.
I produce objects that don’t fit in. They exude mild uncomfortability, uselessness through contradictions, and dark goofiness. Often they provide overly simple solutions to complex problems. They try too hard. They are destructively earnest.
My recent work addresses the imperfections of the art industry, and the endearing awkwardness of trying to connect with art as a viewer. My work combines historical artifacts with futuristic contemporary items to appear amorphous in time. References include medical equipment, Medieval torture devices, relics, sporting goods, faux traditional home décor, and vintage plastic. Some drive the structure and mechanics of my sculptures, while others are directly harvested for parts, textures, colors, and smell.
I work as a sculptor and in (at least) two ways as a book artist: As the artist behind a literary fine press, which publishes new work be emerging authors and poets: Digraph Press, and secondly, I make artist's books that respond to an idea or place, or are a record of time.
www.digraph-press.com is where you can see some of the things I've done and am working on currently.
My artists' book work is visible at Booklyn Artist with some background information on each piece.