Thursday, November 1st, 2012· 765 Washington St, New York, NY 10014
Coworker Projects is pleased to present work by Bonnie Begusch, Carrick Bell, Artie Vierkant and Andrew Norman Wilson. Bonnie Begusch's work comes out of a fascination with the raw material of text, the grammars of representational systems and the parameters within which meaning is made. Through simple shifts in time, space and syntax her videos initiate moments that point to the potential malleability of familiar signs and readymade structures, figuring them as open, unstable and permeable.
Bonnie Begusch is based in Berlin and California. She received her MFA from the University of California, Berkeley and a BA in Media Art and Literature from the University of California, Los Angeles. Awards include the Murphy & Cadogan Fellowship in the Fine Arts, UC Berkeley Arts Research Center Grant for Interdisciplinary Studies, a DAAD Fellowship to Berlin, Germany and residencies at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Headlands Center for the Arts and Djerassi. Her work has recently been presented at the Berkeley Art Museum, Tape Modern Berlin, Exile Berlin, Vox Populi Philadelphia, 92Y Tribeca New York and the Courtisane Festival in Ghent, Belgium. Using already-existing footage of abnormal events in nature, Carrick Bell's videos are concerned with narrative, abstraction, identification and the untimely recurrence of past events. He incorporates material from a broad range of sources (live feeds, YouTube videos, films and the work of other moving image artists) and is particularly interested in what happens when a current event loses its currency or a Hollywood star vehicle degrades into pulp. His videos take on formal aspects of both canonical modernist painting and early video art, underscoring the ease with which medium-based constraints can turn into stylized effect filters. Carrick Bell (b. 1981, Anchorage, Alaska) is a Berlin-based video artist. He received his MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2008, has recently exhibited at Charim Gallery (Vienna), LW56 (Berlin), .hbc (Berlin) and the Brooklyn Pavillion of the Shanghai Biennale. Artie Vierkant (b. 1986) is an artist whose work concerns the role of image reproduction and dissemination in contemporary networked society. He received an MFA from the University of California San Diego in 2011 and a BA in Photography from the University of Pennsylvania in 2009.
He has shown his work internationally, including exhibitions at Higher Pictures, New York; Institute of Contemporary Art, London; Seventeen Gallery, London; Carlos/Ishikawa, London; China Art Objects, Los Angeles; Johan Berggren Gallery, Malmö Sweden; Nederlands Institut voor Mediakunst (NIMk), Amsterdam; Showroom MAMA, Rotterdam; and in a variety of non-institutional contexts on the Internet. His work was the subject of a feature article in the March 2012 issue of Artforum, has been included in the UbuWeb archive, and featured in Rethinking Photography (Routledge), Post Internet by Gene McHugh, Mousse Magazine, ARTINFO, PWR Paper, and more. He lives and works in New York. Andrew Norman Wilson's work engages with globalization and its emergent forms and flows of labor, capital and information. In creating this interdisciplinary work, he draws from his immersions in varied forms of corporate control to become an actor within the network and generate surplus materials from his interactions. Andrew Norman Wilson currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. He holds an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a B.S. from Syracuse University's SI Newhouse School of Public Communication. He is a 2011 recipient of the Dedalus Foundation MFA fellowship and the Edward Ryerson Fellowship.
His work has been presented at the Images Festival in Toronto, the San Francisco International Film Festival, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the De Young Museum in San Francisco, the Eastern Bloc Center in Montreal, Yaffo 23 in Jerusalem, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, UCLA, and Reed College.