A Subjective Response to Emerging Technologies: a Conversation with Siebren Versteeg

September 27th, 5:30pm

New York-based digital artist, Siebren Versteeg, will discuss his work in relation to new technologies and contemporary art. From the origins of the web, to Web 2.0, to NFTs and blockchain, Versteeg's practice continues to respond and meddle with the burgeoning media forms that reshape our connections to art, value, and truth. He will address this work as it relates to ongoing interests in algorithmic computation, painterly abstraction, and doom scrolling.

Siebren Versteeg was born in 1971 in New Haven, CT. He received his MFA from The University of Illinois at Chicago. He has exhibited nationally and internationally. Recent exhibitions include Bitforms, New York, NY; Minnesota Street Projects, San Francisco, CA; Art Vault, Santa Fe, NM; Sharjah Art Foundation, Dubai, United Arab Emirates; and Andrew Racfacz, Chicago, IL. His work is included in several collections such as the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Marguilies Collection at the WAREhOUSE, Miami; Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC.; Yale Art Gallery, New Haven, CT; and the Guggenheim, New York, NY. 

Trevor Paglen in Conversation with Marni Shindelman & Dr. Isabelle Wallace

September 20th, 5:30pm

Trevor Paglen acted as the 2019-2020 Dodd Professorial Chair at UGA, a short-term appointment of high distinction intended to honor artists of international standing who have achieved an extraordinary record of the exhibition. Artists selected for this position teach and work at the Dodd and hold the rank of full professor. While in residence at the Dodd, Paglen co-taught Human Geography with Associate Professor in Photography, Marni Shindelman, and Vision: a Prismatic Approach with Interim Co-Director of the Lamar Dodd School of Art and Associate Professor of Contemporary Art, Dr. Isabelle Wallace. In this conversation, Paglen, Shindelman, and Wallace will discuss the themes integral to these courses--migration crisis, environmental pollution, classical myths, surveillance, and machine vision--and the ways in which they inform their individual research. 

Marni Shindelman’s practice investigates the data tracks we amass through networked communication. Her work ties the invisible to actual sites, anchoring the ephemeral in photographs. Her latest work Restore the Night Sky looks at the influence privatized immigration detention centers have on the rural landscapes they inhabit. As part of the collaborative team Larson & Shindelman, since 2007, their work has been shown at the Denver Art Museum, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, and the Portland Art Museum.  Solo exhibitions include the George Eastman Museum, the Orlando Museum of Art, Blue Sky Gallery, and the Contemporary Arts Center Las Vegas.  Numerous publications have featured their work including Wired, The Picture Show from NPR, the New York Times, Washington Post, and the British Journal of Photography. They have been artist-in-residence at the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, Light Work, and CEC ArtsLink in St. Petersburg, Russia. Shindelman received her MFA from the University of Florida and her Bachelor of Philosophy from Miami University.  She is an Associate Professor at the Lamar Dodd School of Art at the University of Georgia.

Isabelle Loring Wallace is Interim Co-Director of the Lamar Dodd School of Art at the University of Georgia in Athens, as well as Associate Professor of Contemporary Art. She is the author of numerous articles and exhibition catalogue essays on artists such as Manet, Duchamp, Jenny Saville, Wim Delvoye, Inigo Manglano-Ovalle and Paul Pfeiffer, and the co-editor of two anthologies that reflect her commitment to thinking about contemporary art within broad cultural and historical contexts: Contemporary Art and Classical Myth, co-edited with Jennifer Hirsh (Routledge, 2016) and Contemporary Art About Architecture: A Strange Utility co-edited with Nora Wendl (Routledge, 2016). Professor Wallace is also author of Jasper Johns (Phaidon, 2014) and is currently completing a second book on Johns that considers his work in conjunction with contemporaneous developments in the fields of genetics and psychoanalysis. Simultaneously, she is working on a new project that considers recurring intersections between new media art and assorted Judeo-Christian themes.