The Summer Artist Residency provides an established artist with a brief studio opportunity to work on a specific project in Artspace’s Gallery One during the month of July. For more information about the Summer Artist Residency Program or to apply please visit Call for Summer Artist Residency.
2013 Summer Artist-in-Resident
Residency: July 3 – August 1, 2013
Exhibition: August 2 – September 7, 2013
Sneak Preview & Discussion with Past Piedmont Laureate Zelda Lockhart: August 1, 6-7:30pm
On August 1, 6-7:30pm, Artspace will host Maureen Cummins in conversation with past Piedmont Laureate, Zelda Lockhart. This is an open and free event where the public is invited to the conclusion of Cummins’ Artspace residency, a preview of her exhibition, Accounts, and a discussion about the continued merits of the printed page in a world that is becoming increasingly digital. Cummins and Lockhart will discuss what draws each of them to create, and the relevance of social justice and uncovering hidden histories in their work. Learn more about this event here.
Artspace welcomes Maureen Cummins as the 2013 Summer Artist-in-Residence. For the month of July, Maureen will welcome visitors to her temporary studio, Artspace’s Gallery 1. Maureen’s residency will culminate with a retrospective exhibition that will open in conjunction with the August 2nd First Friday Gallery Walk.
For the past twenty years, Cummins has been creating work that is strongly influenced by her interest in books, history and the social construction of knowledge. She often works with found printed matter, making use of original photographs, documents, and everyday ephemera to create new and disturbing meanings. She often plays with the sense of reverence that people bring to official knowledge and history, using beauty to draw the reader into content that contradicts precisely those values embodied in traditional forms. She seeks to ambush her audience, to generate an experience of surprise, wonder and revelation that is both personal and political.
While at Artspace, Cummins is working on a series of separate but related prints entitled Soundings and Bearings, both of which are based on original diaries. Soundings uses excerpts from a diary that Cummin’s mother kept for three years prior to her suicide in 1982. The second series, Bearings, is based on a diary kept in 1912 by the British explorer, Robert Falcon Scott, and was inspired by one of the last lines that her mother wrote in her diary: “Think of Scott in the Antarctic. He died gracefully.” Soundings and Bearings both explore perilous journeys in an attempt to understand the relationship between individual will and fate.
Since graduating from Cooper Union with a BFA in 1985, Maureen Cummins has cranked presses from California to the Eastern Arctic and produced over 30 artist book editions. She is represented in over 100 public art collections, has received over a dozen funded residencies and grants, and recently won the prestigious Pollock-Krasner award.