The Natural & The Manufactured 2007
In the ODD Gallery
Carin Mincemoyer Grounded, Dawson City
Artist’s Talk: Thursday August 16, 7 pm, KIAC Ballroom
Followed by an Opening Reception in the Gallery
Outdoor Site-specific Installation
Jefferson Campbell-Cooper Shove: Fill, 2007
Artist’s Talk: Friday August 17, 3 pm, KIAC Ballroom
Followed by an Opening Reception at the Installation Site
A thematic residency and exhibition project organized by the ODDGallery and KIAC’s Artist in Residence program, The Natural & The Manufactured 2007 presents site-specific exhibitions by Canadian artist Jefferson Campbell-Cooper and American artist Carin Mincemoyer.
Through annual exhibitions, artist’s talks and outreach activities, The Natural & The Manufactured presents contemporary site-specific and land based art practices to Yukon and visiting audiences. The project as a whole is intended to stimulate and engage people in a re-examination of the various cultural and economic values imposed on the environment, while exploring alternative political, social, economic and aesthetic agendas and strategies towards a re-interpretation of the regional landscape and social infrastructure.
During a 6-week residency, Mincemoyer has produced Grounded, Dawson City, a Gallery-specific installation transforming the space into a very ordered nature park built of recycled Styrofoam, live plants, wood, and lights. Hundreds of Styrofoam packing components are used to create miniature landforms that house live plants from various climatic regions along with a constructed wooden walkway keeping viewers on the proper viewing path.
During a 6-week residency, Campbell-Cooper has produced Shove: Fill, 2007, consisting of multiple site-specific outdoor sculpture installations. The structures are reminiscent of heavy construction equipment buckets and dredge scoops, that are constructed out of only locally found materials. The pieces are life-sized and as accurate and detailed as possible, providing the potential that they could be fastened to the equipment again.
Both exhibitions incorporate materials from the community and surrounding environment. Mincemoyer’s use of collected Styrofoam, and Campbell-Cooper’s use of various materials/debris found at outdoor sites, develop an interplay and juxtaposition between consumption & use, and re-use & disposal, all within a larger context that addresses and explores the complexities and contradictions in our relationship to the land and in the activities that signify it.
Carin Mincemoyer is a sculptor and installation artist who currently lives and works in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Her work is primarily an investigation of desire – what people want and how they go about getting it. Recently, she has utilized recycled materials such as Styrofoam and plastic packaging to create works that examine the often contradictory needs that we look to the natural world to fulfill.
Mincemoyer received a BFA from Carnegie Mellon and an MFA from the University at Buffalo. Her work has been exhibited at venues including the Rochester Contemporary in Rochester, NY, d.u.m.b.o. arts center in Brooklyn, NY, and Grounds for Sculpture, in Hamilton, NJ. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including in 2007 a Fellowship from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and a grant from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, and in 2005 an Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award from the International Sculpture Center.
Jefferson is an emerging artist from Ontario, mapping the world around him through drawing and sculpture. By investigating the materials of his surroundings, including concrete, stone, wood, earth, and a range of metals, he unravels relationships by finding the forms of things we cannot always see.
He completed his BFA and minor in drawing from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax, Nova Scotia and then went on to receive his MFA from Meadows School of the Arts, Southern Methodist University, in Dallas, Texas. While in the American Southwest he also studied in Taos, New Mexico and other ancient American historical sites within Arizona, Colorado, and Oklahoma. He taught sculpture and drawing, directed foundry workshops, and even has built his own portable foundry. Jefferson has been exhibiting his work for the last five years across Canada and United States.
The ODDGallery gratefully acknowledges the support of the Yukon Arts Fund.