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Laura Chipley

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Birthplace
Virginia, USA

Birth year
1976

Lives in
Brooklyn, NY

Website

Schools
Bard College, 1999, Film and Electronic Arts
Hunter College, CUNY, 2010, MFA

Tags
digital, performance, video-art, installation, exhibition/performance, sculpture, conceptual

Statement

For me, making art is a way to scratch away at the surface of the ordinary and investigate the fantastical, spiritual and subversive qualities of everyday objects and human interactions. Working in both fiction and documentary, I use video, sculpture, and public interventions and as tools to critique notions of morality and social convention, and to explore the evolution of the material world and physical space.

My early artworks used 16mm film, handmade lenses and optical printing in a meticulous process of image degradation. As my visual work has become more video-oriented, my techniques often employ the manipulation of images taken from documentary footage, both original and found, to reveal inherent layers of meaning. In A Believer is a Doer, a sculpture and video installation, I explore transcendental religious experiences of Pentecostal Serpent Handlers through repetition of body movements, the expansion of time and removing the individual from the background, in order distill a set of actions.

Found objects and exploration are a primary inspiration for many of my videos. In the experimental documentary video Dream House, I recorded my experiences sifting through a collection of abandoned sentimental objects, after breaking into a derelict house in Brooklyn. The process of actively seeking out human artifacts is a way for me to contemplate themes such as memory and mortality through an experiential lens.

My work with found objects often has an interactive methodology. In the participatory installation 9 to 5 , I created living window dioramas out of discarded cardboard boxes filled with transplanted city weeds in a Chinatown office space, and invited office workers to actively care for the plants. The Urban Homesteading Project, a three-person artist collective that I co-founded, invited passersby to relax in a living room built out of discarded furniture on a city sidewalk in an attempt to foster positive interactions in a multi-ethnic community.

By making work that emphasizes the value of human exchange and the implementation of existing resources, I hope to contribute to a tradition of art making that promotes social engagement through a variety of creative techniques.

Selected Group Exhibitions
2010........ Common Ground, Arts@Renaissance, Brooklyn, NY
2010.......NorthBrooklyn, Arts@Renaissance, Brooklyn, NY
2010.......Greenpoint Open Studios, Brooklyn, NY
2009........ GOS, Brooklyn Artillery, Brooklyn, NY
2009........ MetroPoles: Art in Action, New York, NY
2008.......Emergence: Governors Island, NY
2008........ Rejected Letters, Online Exhibition
2008....... .Intervene! Interrupt! Rethinking Art as Social Practice, UC Santa Cruz
2008........ IMA*TERIAL, Hunter College, New York, NY 
2007........ UHP SIDEWALK, Union Docs, Brooklyn, NY
2007........ Electronic Social Club, Hunter College, NY
2007........ See Something/ Say Something, Hunter College, NY
2006........ Your Space, Phillips De Pury Gallery, New York, NY
2004........ In the Woods, The Dabora Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
1999........ Transmissio, The Chocolate Factory, Red Hook, NY
1998........ Down the Tubes', The Chocolate Factory, Red Hook, NY

Selected Screenings
2010... .... The Red Hook Film Festival, Brooklyn, NY
2010........ Arts@Renaissance, Brooklyn, NY
2008....... Where the Truth Lies: Engineering Consent in the 21st Century CUNY .................... CUNY Graduate Center, New York, NY
2007........ New York/Avignon Film Festival, New York, NY
2006........ Semiennial Screening Series, Monkey Town, Brooklyn, NY
2004 ....... Collective Unconscious, New York, NY
2003.. ..... Spring VJ Series, Remote, New York, NY
2001........ Circus Boheme, Bactun, New York, NY
2000........ Soola, A Mystery, Fringe Festival, New York, NY

Funding and Awards

2011..........ArtMatters Grant
2008 ........ Funding for Emerging Artists with Sustainable Practice
2007 ........ IFP Finalist, CUNY Hunter College, New York, NY

Curatorial/Exhibition Design
2007/8 ......ESC, Electronic Social Club, CUNY Hunter College, NY
2007 ........ IMA*terial, CUNY Hunter College, NY

Publications
2011 .......The Urban Homesteading Project, Viz. Inter-Arts #2; An Anthology of Trans-Genre Writing, University.of Southern California Press (2011)

Artist Collectives
2007 .........The Urban Homesteading Project - Founding Member
2006 .........[ESC] The Electronic Social Club - Founding Member
1998 .........The Colony - Founding Member

Teaching Positions
2008/ Pres . ...Visiting Professor, Media and Communications, SUNY Old Westbury College, Long Island, NY
2007/ Pres. ... Teaching Artist/Magic Box Productions
2004/5 ..........Professor of Cinema Studies, Yunnan University, Kunming, China

Recent Exhibits

Laura Chipley participated in these exhibits:

Oct, 2008 Metro Poles In Chinatown
Chinatown Manpower Project, Charles B. Wong Community Health Center, Chatham Green Housing Project
 
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