(SUB)URBAN AT THE STAMP GALLERY SHOWCASES ARTISTS INVESTIGATING URBAN ENVIRONMENTS THROUGH HUMOR, SATIRE, AND A VARIETY OF MEDIA Curated
(Sub)Urban presents works by six contemporary artists working across America, all of whom question the reality of suburban and urban contexts through humor, satire, and irony. Through a combination of print, painting, installation, and sculpture, (Sub)Urban explores our contemporary surroundings and the underlying psychology of our modern living environments. Benjamin Roger’s paintings depict the banality of our interior lives, the ways we live when we are secure in our homes, while Sang-Mi Yoo’s prints and installations emphasize the mundane repetition of our planned communities. Christine Buckton Tillman’s sculptures, Yoonmi Nam’s prints and sculptures and Amze Emmon’s cutouts and prints refigure items from our homes and streets that are ordinarily dismissed as meaningless refuse. Finally, Nick Satinover’s print installation visualizes the basest feelings behind most people’s day-to-day lives.
These artists work in varying media, but their underlying interests coalesce around ourdiverse experiences of space, identity, consumption, and labor as immigrants, transplants, and minorities living in the contemporary built environment of late capitalism. They examine items from our houses and our streets, presenting them in new ways and bringing new associations to them, and in the process they uncover unexpected narratives that shape the ways we dwell within the rush of modern life. (Sub)Urban is on view at the Stamp Gallery at the University of Maryland, College Park, October 30 through December 16, 2017. An opening reception will take place on November 1, 5–7pm, in the Stamp Gallery. This event is free and open to the public.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Amze Emmons is a multi-disciplinary artist based in Philadelphia, PA. His background is in drawing and printmaking, and his current work is inspired by architectural illustration, comic books, cartoon language, information graphics, news footage, consumer packaging, and instruction manuals. www.amzeemmons.com
Yoonmi Nam is a Korean-born artist currently based in Kansas. She is a printmaker and sculptor whose works examine the man-made spaces and objects that we surround ourselves with—especially those that subtly suggest a contradictory sense of time, engaging in a dialogue that speaks about impermanence and persistence. www.yoonminam.com
Benjamin Rogers is a painter living and working in Denver, CO. His work follows in the tradition of figurative painting and drawing while accentuating the artifice of paint over adhering to naturalistic realism, creating self-referential contemplations that comment on the intersections of life, art history, philosophy, culture, obsession, and the possibility of the artist as critic. www.benjaminrogersart.com
Christine Buckton Tillman is a Baltimore, MD-based artist whose sculptures are often most directly influenced by the flat format of her drawing. Her main interests as an artist lie in ideas surrounding the handmade, celebrations, and man-made interpretations of natural forms. www.christinebucktontillman.
Sang-Mi Yoo is a Korean-born artist currently based in Lubbock, TX. Her current work is based on her childhood memories of New Village houses from Korea and everyday encounters with standardized residential buildings in West Texas, as well as recent travel to Northern Ireland and other global locations. She explores the process of finding the ideal home and ideal body residing within such a home by investigating American residential norms. www.sangmiyoo.com
October 30 (Monday) - December 16 (Saturday)
1220B Adele H. Stamp Student Union, University of Maryland, College Park MD 20742