August 17 - September 2, 2012
Opening Reception: Friday, August 17th
7pm - 9pm
Artist Talk: Saturday, August 18th, 2pm - 3pm
with Yesomi Umolu, Curatorial Fellow for Visual Arts, Walker Art Center
The Bindery Projects is excited to present The Dubious Sum of Vaguely Discernable Parts by Nyeema Morgan. The artist's first solo exhibition in the Twin Cities includes her series of text based computer drawings titled Forty-Seven Easy Poundcakes Like grandma Used To Make (2007- 2012) along with a photographic installation and writing based on the aforementioned series.
Morgan used a rule-based system to create a digital drawing, a visual conflations of forty-seven different "easy pound cake" recipes. This system was then repeated to create the forty-seven variable drawings. Though the cache of recipes used in the production of the drawings was the same, the final product of each amalgamation looks strikingly different, accenting the variability of the artist's repetitions and memory. Rich in their visual appeal, the drawings underscore ideas related to nostalgia and the quintessential. As the title suggests, they visually illustrate a search for the inherent nature of a particular taste and how that taste produces affect in the taster. While the drawings illuminate the memory of flavor they also encourage skepticism towards using this experiential mode to form prejudices about how we construct systems of qualification. The cold systematic construction of the drawings is in contention with the nature of baking. Once the rule-based system is employed, the results support the subjectivity invoked by the titular "grandma". The work leaves the viewer to question, "Which one of these composites best represents my experience?"
Nyeema Morgan is a New York based interdisciplinary artist. She received her Bachelor of Arts from the Cooper Union School of Art, New York, in 2000, and MFA in 2007 from the California College of the Arts, San Francisco, California. She attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2009 (Skowhegan, ME) and has been a resident artist of Abrons Art Center's AIRspace program (New York, NY) and Aljira: A Center for Contemporary Art's Emerge 10 program (Newark, NJ). Her work has been exhibited at Art in General, New York; Galerie Jeanroch Dard, Paris, France; Romer Young Gallery, San Francisco, CA; Abrons Art Center; Aljira: A Center for Contemporary Art; Artspace, New Haven, CT and Bracknell Gallery/ South Hill Park Arts Centre, Bracknell, UK and most recently included in the 2012 New York Photo Festival exhibition What Do You Believe In?.
-Nate Young, The Bindery Projects, 2012
The exhibition is free and open by appointment only. An opening reception will be held on Friday, August 17th from 7 - 9pm and an artist talk on Saturday, August 18th from 2-3pm with Yesomi Umolu, Curatorial Fellow for Visual Arts at the Walker Art Center.
The Bindery Projects is an alternative exhibition space located in the Midway neighborhood of Saint Paul, Minnesota. Co-founded by artists Caroline Kent and Nate Young in 2012, The Bindery Project's major goal is to facilitate engaging and meaningful exhibitions, operating outside the constraints of institutions and the art market. It exists as a catalyst for pragmatic critical thought and conversation.