Art of Sport Symposium
Friday, November 8, 2013
3 – 5 pm
University of Buffalo
Center for Fine Arts Screening Room
Free and open to the public
This symposium will feature five artists and a curator whose work is currently featured in the Art of Sport exhibition. Each artist will present a brief introduction to their practice and in particular to the artworks and site-specific processes involved in staging live performances and creating installations for Art of Sport. Craig Smith, curator of the exhibition, will also be on hand to moderate the discussions with the audience and between the artists. Featured artist speakers will include:
Anne Hardy (large scale photography)
Anne Hardy (born 1970) is a British
artist best known for her large-scale photographic work of unusual interior spaces. She completed an MA in photography at the Royal College of Art
in 2000, having graduated from Cheltenham School of Art in 1993 with a degree in painting. Hardy lives and works in London
and is represented by Maureen Paley
Lee Walton (performance, drawing, web-based participation, professor at UNC Greensboro)
Often regarded as an Experientialist, Walton’s work takes many forms- from drawings on paper, game/system based structures, video, web-based performances, public projects, theatrical orchestrations and more. After a two-year affiliation with the Headlands Center for the Arts in Marin, Walton has received many accolades from Museum funded projects (Reykjavik Art Museum of Iceland, Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art, SECCA, ICA Boston), public commissions (Art in General, Socrates Sculpture Park, Rhizome at the New Museum of NY, national and international exhibition venues (Island #6, Shanghia, China, Clubs Project Inc., Australia, Ljubljana Museum of Art) and collections (Metropolitan Museum of Art, Martin Z. Margulies Wharehouse). Walton has also lectured extensively on his practice and related subjects. Recent lectures, panel discussions and visits include MIT, Art in General, The New School, Art Institute of Boston, Columbia, Portland State Univerisity and the University of Ulster, Belfast Ireland. Walton holds a MFA in visual arts from the California College of the Arts. His drawings are represented by Kraushaar Gallery
in NY and his conceptual work is represented by “cwp”
(Christopher West Presents). Walton is an Assistant Professor of Art at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Vesna Pavlovic (photography, professor at Vanderbilt University)
Vesna Pavlović (Serbia/US) obtained her MFA degree in Visual arts from Columbia University in 2007. She is an Assistant Professor of Art at Vanderbilt University where she teaches photography and digital media. She has exhibited widely, including solo shows at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts in Nashville, Museum of History of Yugoslavia and the Salon of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Belgrade, and the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento. She has been featured with a solo presentation at the Untitled, 12th Istanbul Biennial, 2011, and in group exhibitions in the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago (Spectator Sports), Bucharest Biennale 5, Romania (Tactics for the Here and Now), Le Quartier Center for Contemporary Art in Quimper, France (From Closed World to the Infinite Universe), NGBK in Berlin, Germany (Spaceship Yugoslavia, The Suspension of Time), Museum of Contemporary Art in Belgrade (Conversations), Serbia, Photographers’ Gallery in London (Mediterranean, Between Reality and Utopia), Kettle’s Yard in Cambridge, UK (Rear View Mirror), and FRAC Center for Contemporary Art in Dunkuerqe, France (De-Collecting). Pavlović has been awarded grants from the Art Matters Foundation, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, CEC ArtsLink, Schepp Foundation, and residencies at the FAIR Copenhagen, NIFCA Helsinki, and Location One, New York. She is the recipient of the Robert Penn Warren Fellowship at Vanderbilt University in 2010 (Representation and Social Change). Her work is included in major private and public art collections, Phillips Collection and Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, in Washington DC, and Museum of Contemporary Art, Belgrade, Serbia, among others. Pavlovi?’s work has been reviewed in Art Forum magazine, Art Papers, Camera Austria, Washington Post, and others. Pavlović’s work is represented by G Fine Art in Washington DC, Whitespace Gallery in Atlanta, and Zeitgeist gallery in Nashville.
Bradley Beesley (documentary films, Little League Pictures Austin TX)
Bradley Beesley is an American independent film
and video director
. He has long been associated with the alternative rock
band, The Flaming Lips
. Austin based filmmaker Bradley Beesley has made a cinematic career documenting oddball Americana, strange sub-cultures and homegrown rock stars. Post art school and somewhat damaged, he began drinking moonshine and filming with legendary bluesman R.L. Burnside to make his first movie ‘Hill Stomp Hollar’ (SXSW
). He has since directed 9 feature-length films, including 7 documentaries, a concert film and a sci-fi narrative. Bradley is the producer and director of the backwoods cult classic Okie Noodling (PBS
). The film chronicles the lost art of bare-handed catfishing in his home state of Oklahoma and continues to have encore broadcasts nationwide.After collecting over 400 hours of footage, In 2005, Shout! Factory
released ‘The Fearless Freaks’ a documentary starring The Flaming Lips
. He has collaborated on over 15-music videos with the Lips and recently teamed-up with Wayne Coyne to make the science fiction picture ‘Christmas on Mars’ (Warner Bros.
).‘Sweethearts of the Prison Rodeo’ (HBO
) is his latest effort and goes behind prison walls to follow convict cowgirls as they compete within this coliseum-esque gladiator spectacle know as the Oklahoma State Penitentiary Rodeo. Other feature documentaries include ‘The Creek Runs Red’ (Independent Lens), ‘Summercamp!’ (Sundance Channel) and ‘UFO’s at the Zoo’ (Warner Bros.
). His TV credits include ‘Roller Girls’ (A&E
), ‘Paranormal State’ (A&E
) and ‘Storm Chasers’ (Discovery
When Bradley is not making films he can be found cooking Cajun cuisine, wading chest-deep through murky Oklahoma rivers or passing out wedgies to his endless mob of nieces and nephews.
Mitch Miller (sculpture, drawing, performance, research fellow at Arizona State U)
Mitch Miller’s work is rooted in a fraught relationship with the natural world that began in formative visits to the awe-inspiring sites where his father worked as a petroleum engineer. In Natural Selection, creature-like sculptures in reclaimed Styrofoam perch on pedestals and hang suspended in the air. The largest hanging pieces are literally moving targets. After assembling and painting, the final stage of production involves participants shooting at the glacial craters with a bow and arrow. This activity causes the structure to spin, gouges the textured surface and splinters off pieces that are then reassembled to create the smaller-scale works. Mitch Miller earned degrees in Biology and Fine Art from the University of Colorado in 1997. After completing an MFA at the University of Kansas, Miller moved to New York in 2000 where he embarked on ambitious projects including the conversions of a former Times Square strip club into a massive art center. Through this project, Miller received grants from Scope International Art Fair and Socrates Sculpture Park, where he completed his first public sculptures in 2004. The artist has since exhibited widely in the United States and abroad at venues including Marc DePuechredon, Basel, Switzerland; White Columns, New York City; Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China; Rare Gallery, New York City and ADA Gallery, Richmond, Virginia among others. Mitch Miller lives and works in Brooklyn, NY
Craig Smith (photography, performance, relational art, professor at U Florida)
Dr. Craig Smith is an American media artist whose art and research focuses on the process, aesthetics, and ethics of human‐to‐human interactivity in contemporary art, especially photography, sound, and socially engaged performances. Smith’s practice includes the production of photography, performance art, sonic art, video, writing and sound recordings. He has had twenty-one solo exhibitions of photography and other media in the last ten years of his career and has published the books Training Manual for Relational Art
(2009) as well as On the Subject of the Photographic
(2007). His exhibitions of photography, live sound performances, lectures, and other art media have been featured at an international range of museums, galleries, art fairs, athletic facilities, and financial organizations including the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington D.C.
, PS1MOMA Contemporary Art Institute in New York, The Tate Modern in London, The George Eastman House in Rochester, the Hudson River Museum, and the Burchfield Penney Art Center as well as galleries and art fairs including CEPA Gallery (Buffalo), Galerie Schuster Photo (Berlin), RARE Art (New York), SCM Hong Kong, ARTSPACE Sydney, The Kent Gallery and White Columns (New York), and the Scope Art fairs in London, New York, and Miami. Smith has created photographs for documentary films by the directors Brad Beesley (Fearless Freaks, Okie Noodling, Sweethearts of the Prison Rodeo
) and Ben Steinbauer (Winnebago Man
). In 2011 Smith and Dave Copenhaver released a full length sound recording entitled “The Parasite: A Sound and Text Composition
” based on a remix of Michel Serres’ fable Le Parasite
. “The Parasite” as been presented live as a multimedia sound and stage performance at the Burchfield Penney Art Center
and the Price Tower Art Center
(Frank Lloyd Wright’s only existing skyscraper).