Amber Eve Anderson (class of 2016) and Rachel Borgman (class of 2015) selected for Platform Gallery's 3rd annual juried exhibition.
Platform Gallery is pleased to present THE LENGTH OF OUR SHADOW, on view at 116 W Mulberry Street. THE LENGTH OF OUR SHADOW, juried by Zoë Charlton, Paul Rucker, and José Ruiz includes work from a selected group of eight diverse artists. This exhibition gave an opportunity for artists from any range of experience to participate and have their work considered. THE LENGTH OF OUR SHADOW focuses not only the curated exhibition, but also the conversation created between each applicant, the jurors, and Platform Gallery.
THE LENGTH OF OUR SHADOW is the third of Platform’s annual juried exhibitions. We are proud to include the works of the following artists:
AMBER EVE ANDERSON
COURTNEY WYNN COOPER
ZOË CHARLTON (Baltimore, MD) creates drawings that explore the ironies of contemporary social and cultural stereotypes. She depicts her subject’s relationship with their world by combining images of culturally loaded objects and landscapes with undressed bodies. She received her MFA degree from the University of Texas at Austin and participated in residencies at the Skowhegan School of Painting (Skowhegan, ME, 2001), Creative Alliance (Baltimore, MD, 2003), and Art342 (Fort Collins, CO, 2010). Her exhibitions include ConnerSmith. (Washington, DC, 2013), The Delaware Contemporary (Wilmington, DE, 2009), and Wendy Cooper Gallery (Chicago, IL, 2006). Her work has been included in national and international exhibitions including the Harvey B. Gantt Center (Charlotte, NC, 2015), Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art (Bentonville, AR, 2014), Studio Museum of Harlem (NYC, NY, 2012), Contemporary Art Museum (Houston, TX, 2000), the Zacheta National Gallery of Art (Warsaw, Poland 2006), and Haas & Fischer Gallery (Zurich, Switzerland, 2006). She is a recipient of a Pollock-Krasner grant (2012) and Rubys grant (2014), and was a finalist for the 2015 Janet & Walter Sondheim Prize. She received nominations in 2014 for both the Anonymous Was a Woman and the Louis Comfort Tiffany Award. Charlton is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Art at American University in Washington, DC.
PAUL RUCKER is a visual artist, composer, and musician who often combines media, integrating live performance, sound, original compositions, and visual art. His work is the product of a rich interactive process, through which he investigates community impacts, human rights issues, historical research, and basic human emotions surrounding particular subject matter. Much of his current work focuses on the Prison Industrial Complex and the many issues accompanying incarceration in its relationship to slavery. He has presented performances and visual art exhibitions across the country and has collaborated with educational institutions to address the issue of mass incarceration. Exhibitions of his work include opportunities for community interaction and dialogue around these issues, via workshops, artist talks, and community dinners with facilitated conversation.
JOSÉ RUIZ is a Peruvian-born curator and creative laborer who lives and works between DC, Baltimore, and New York. He received an MFA in New Genres from the San Francisco Art Institute and a BA in Painting and Latin American Studies from the University of Maryland. His projects have been exhibited in New York, Miami, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Washington, DC, and internationally in countries including Egypt, Ireland, Mexico, Japan, Slovakia, Germany, Hungary, South Africa, South Korea, and the Netherlands. Ruiz has recently curated exhibitions for the Queens Museum, Bronx Museum of the Arts, El Museo de Arte de El Salvador and the Incheon Biennial. His practice has been the subject of various publications, including The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, ARTnews, Arte Al Día, Artnet, and The Washington Post. Ruiz is the founder of FURTHERMORE, a post-studio research, design and production company in DC and New York. He is also the co-founder, co-director, and co-curator of Present Company—a Brooklyn-based gallery and curatorial collective. Starting this fall, Ruiz will serve as the Director of the Curatorial Practice MFA program at the Maryland Institute College of Art.