FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
PLUG PROJECTS is please to announce our Inaugural Exhibition:
September 23 – November 4, 2011
Work By: Katie Bell, Alika Cooper, Julie Green, and Tom Gregg
The artists selected for “Living Arrangements” attempt to make the familiar unfamiliar in order to reveal the hidden qualities of the mundane and uncover the complex nature of our desire for comfort and stability. The works in this exhibition are positioned within the seemingly comfortable territory of the domestic sphere where the everyday is the subject matter as well as the material. Through a collaborative curatorial process four artists were selected whose varied strategies push the backdrop of the everyday to the foreground of our awareness.
Katie Bell is an artist from Rockford, Illinois. She received her BA from Knox College in 2008 where she studied fine art and race and gender studies. In June 2011 she received an MFA in Painting from the Rhode Island School of Design. Bell has shown her work at Mixed Greens Gallery, 808 Gallery, and ART Chicago with NEXT: New Insights Exhibition, curated by Suzanne Gehz. She recently received a grant from the Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation to be a 2011-2012 studio recipient. For this exhibition, we invite Bell to compose a temporary installation in our project space.
Alika Cooper was born in Agana, Guam in 1979. In 2006 she received an MFA from California College of the Arts. Cooper’s work has been shown in numerous group and solo shows nationally and internationally. Most recently Cooper’s work was included in the Viewing Program, The Drawing Center, New York, NY and exhibited at the Mark Moore Gallery, Los Angeles, CA and Kathleen Cullen Fine Arts, New York, NY. Cooper is represented by Eleanore Harwood Gallery, Sans Francisco, CA.
Julie Green was born in Japan in 1961. Her work has been included in 25 solo exhibitions in this country and abroad. An Associate Professor at Oregon State University, Green lives in the Willamette Valley with her husband, artist Clay Lohmann, and their one-eyed cat. Green divides studio time between narrative painting and The Last Supper, a project illustrating final meal requests of U.S. death row inmates.
Tom Gregg is an artist based in Kansas City, Missouri. Gregg received an MFA from Yale in 1987. Gregg is a Charlotte Street Visual Artist Award recipient in 2000. Gregg was an NEA Award recipient in 1994 and participated in the Yaddo Colony Artists Residency in 1992. Gregg exhibits regularly locally, nationally, internationally, and is currently represented by George Billis Gallery in both New York and L.A.