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Shonna Pryor

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Garden 44: Kale, 2017 Wooden Planter Boxes (Installation) Variable Height © Pryor
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Garden 44: Kale (detail)
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Tablecloth Archive: "Fired up and ready to go...that's what I say!", 2017 Vintage Tablecloth 36"X48" © Pryor
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Tablecloth Archive: "Nothing wrong with showing those arms, they're good arms!", 2017 Vintage Tablecloth 65"X52" © Pryor
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Tablecloth Archives, 2016 Sourced Vintage Tablecloths With Food Residue 55" X 67" © 2016
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Seed of the Poplar Tree, 2016 Installation: Soil, Wooden Door Panel, Frame 84" X 34" © 2016
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Seed of the Poplar Tree (detail)
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residency studio 2016
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Gumbo Chronicles, 2016 Found Antique Oven, Audio Sound 24" X 26" X 25" © 2016
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Photo Document from intervention performance at Art Basel Miami, 2014 , 2014 Digital Photo 48 X 32 © 2014
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Canvas Mobile No. 4 from intervention performance at Art Basel Miami, 2014 , 2014 Performative Garment: Laser Cut Cotton Canvas, Thread © 2014
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Canvas Mobile No. 4 (rear view), 2014 © 2014
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Photo Document from INTERVENTION PERFORMANCE AT EXPO CHICAGO, 2014 Digital Still Photography 48"X32" © 2014
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CANVAS MOBILE No. 3 from intervention performance, 2014 Performative Garment: Cotton Canvas, Acrylic Screenprint On Polyester Lining, Thread © 2014
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Photo Document from INTERVENTION PERFORMANCE AT FREIZE NY, 2014 Digital Photography 48"X32" © 2014
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CANVAS MOBILE No. 2 from intervention perfomance, 2014 Performative Garment: Cotton Canvas, Silkscreened Acrylic Paint, Cotton Thread One Size © 2014
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CANVAS MOBILE No. 2 (detail)
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Installation at Woman Made Gallery, 2016 Installation Image Projection, Garment Construction Variable © Pryor
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photo document from INTERVENTION PERFORMANCE: ON MURILLO AT ZWIRNER, NY, 2014 Photography © 2014
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CANVAS MOBILE No. 1 from intervention performance, 2014 Performative Garment: Cotton Canvas, Silkscreened Acrylic Paint, Cotton Thread © 2014
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CANVAS MOBILE No. 1 (detail)
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Et tu? (detail)
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Et tu?, 2016 Installation Table Setting 36"X48" © Pryor
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video still from UP-ROOT, 2014 Digital Video 1min 5sec © 2014
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video still from HOW TO MAKE BANANA PUDDING, 2014 Digital Video 1 Min 12 Sec © 2014
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video still from HOW TO MAKE RED VELVET CAKE, 2014 Digital Video 1min 4sec © 2014
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video performance from IMPRESSIONISM, FASHION AND MODERNITY: AN ITERATION AT THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO, 2013 Digital Video 2min 40sec © 2013
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First Communion, 2014 Dirt On Canvas 5"X 5" © 2014
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Second Communion, 2015 Dirt, Aluminum Foil On Canvas 12"X 12" © 2015
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Mana, 2015 Dirt, Aluminum Foil On Wood Panel 37"X 38" © 2015
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Third Communion, 2015 Dirt, Aluminum Foil On Canvas 12"X 12" © 2015
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With a cup of Joe, 2015 Dirt, Acrylic Paint On Wood Panel 30"X 30" © 2015
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Gravity, 2012 Acrylic Paint, Dirt On Canvas 5' X 9' © 2012
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Divided Pi, 2012 Acrylic Paint, Dirt On Canvas 18" X 24" © 2012
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40 Acres, 2012 Acrylic Paint, Dirt On Canvas 18" X 24" © 2012
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Lascaux II, 2010 Oil Paint On Plexiglass 26"X70" © 2010
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Bruce Campbell, 2012 Aluminum Canned Goods, Wooden Frame 26" X 30" © 2012
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Food Series: Synthetic Cubism, 2011 Inkjet Transfer On Aluminum Foil 26" X 30" © 2011
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Thanks and Giving, 2015 Photo Variable © Pryor
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Food Series: Sweet Potato, 2011 Inkjet Transfer On Canvas 8" X 8" © 2011
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Stop, 2010 Metal City Stop Sign, Silkscreened Acrylic Paint 30" X 30" © 2010
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Stop (detail)
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Ticked, 2010 Silkscreened Acrylic Paint On Rag, On Canvas 48" X 8" © 2010
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Ticked (detail)
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Franken, 2014 Acrylic Paint, Dirt, Hardware Bolts, Copper Wire, Canvas On Wood Panel 36"X48" © 2014
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Urban Derive 365, 2011 Video 4:54
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Matrix, 2010 Silkscreened Acrylic Paint On Kuba Cloth 30" X 24" © 2010
Quick Facts
Schools
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, MFA Painting
The New School, MS Media Management, Arts Programming and Development
Statement

 

                 Due to its invisibility, a black hole is only apparent by the evidence of activities surrounding it. As well, health and social disparities that predominantly affect people of color are evidence of food related politics such as food economies, food policy, and food geopolitics.  My work address identity, politics, and sociocultural narrative through the lens of such critical food themes and its peripheral objects and concepts.  I aspire to critique, remember, represent and perhaps inspire response through the mini-narratives born within these contexts both autobiographically as well as within broader cultural frameworks.

                  In addition to reclaimed objects, visual consistencies in my work include print media imagery of the American Financial Stock Pattern (as fiscal/cultural representation, capitalism and 'consumption'); Soil (as physical body, elemental foodstuff and paint pigment genesis); and Fabric (as cultural/political structures and performative skin). One piece among my works feature a found antique stove transformed into a sound piece sculpture. Resonating from the stove's belly is a recorded dialogue from a recipe storytelling workshop I hosted at Lawndale Christian Community Center, Chicago, featuring local African American and Latino seniors. They recount through recipes their experiential connection to food, family and ethnohistories with inspiring candor and surprising cross-cultural connections. Another series of my work consists of intervention performances entitled Gender Bombs and Other Cooking Ingredients. The performances disrupt premier art fairs as provoked by unpainted artist canvases called Canvas Mobiles, which are worn on the body and intermingled within the space. The canvases feature printed and laser cut financial stock data of implied high-artworld players, thus attempting to point to questions of underlying intent of such spaces. Concurrently, the laser cut technique as worn by myself as a black female maker considers the simultaneous absence and presence of commodified female and black bodies historically within consumptive contexts. Art fair attendees document and publish self initiated photo images of this gesture, superimposed on pre-sanctioned artworks in the show, thus creating bespoke visual recontextualizations. Their gesture inadvertently adjusts the imbalance of Other demographics represented in the show.

                 Most recently I have begun to explore the found tablecloth object sourced from actual dining events with community, family and friends in addition to other sources such as yard sales and public donations. The familiar functioning of this sometimes decorative object is to capture and absorb latent foodstuff as we share in hearty conversation over a hearty meal. In doing so however, I see the tablecloth also functioning as a storytelling archive that capture and absorb history, memories, and experiences while facilitating the overall spirit of this universal ritual. This direction of my work was inspired by my reflections on the unique experiences of pre- and post generation Diasporic Africans, and the resulting 'kitchen table talk' that could only conceive in contemplation of its own history and experience. As a process of evolution from tablecloth into a painting, each object is treated using a forensic science-based technique that visually illuminates latent foodstuff not apparent to the naked eye. As in the process of latent foodstuff deeply embedded within the fibers of the tablecloth, diasporic latencies stubbornly persist. From memory storytelling to sociopolitical policy, this additional gesture is intended to represent a mining of both tragic and triumphant latencies of the diaspora that endure rather than being easily concealed or erased. A title is assigned to each tablecloth according to an actual or imagined sentence fragment that may derive from these specific kitchen table talk exchanges. With permission from participants, the conversation may be recorded for audio in a gallery setting in conjunction with the paintings.

                  These, in conjunction with other supporting objects, media and methods become process conduits in formulating discourse at the intersection of food as theoretical portal and sociocultural narrative.

   

PROFESSION

Visual Artist, Arts Educator and Media Proprietor

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 2012-present  spryor1@saic.edu

 

EDUCATION

2016—Master of Science in Media Management (Arts Programming and Development), New School, NY, NY

2012—Master of Fine Arts (Painting and Drawing), School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
2010—Post-Baccalaureate Certificate of Fine Arts, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
2002—Bachelor of Fine Arts (Fibers), College for Creative Studies, Detroit, MI

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS AND PERFORMANCES

2018

"The Toyko Show: Black is Beautiful" (forthcoming), 3331 Arts Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan

2017 

"TABLECLOTH ARCHIVE: On Recipe Storytelling", Threewalls Gallery, Chicago, IL

"The Presidential Library Project: Black Presidential Imaginary", Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL

2015

"Adorn", Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL 

"Surface Place", Abrazo Interno Gallery, New York, NY

"Art from Excess", Marshall J. Gardner Center for the Arts, Gary, IN

“Gender Bombs and Other Cooking Ingredients” Intervention Performances—

    Expo Chicago, Chicago, IL
     The Armory Show, New York, NY
     Frieze Art Fair, New York

2014
"Gender Bombs and Other Cooking Ingredients” Intervention Performances—                                                    

    Art Basel, Miami
    Whitney Biennial, New York
    Frieze Art Fair, New York
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UW4fu2k4r 

     Expo Chicago                                                                                                                   

    (Gallery tours led by Jerry Saltz courtesy of Vulture Magazine)—                       

      Gagosian Gallery, New York
      Luhring Augustine Gallery, New York
      Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York
      David Zwirner Gallery, New York
      Petzel Gallery, New York

"Female Curves" art video, ExTV Campus Broadcast, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

2013
"Impressionism, Fashion & Modernity" Performance Exhibition, Art Institute of Chicago
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bkY-73H8K
"Gender Bombs and Other Cooking Ingredients" impromptu intervention performance—   Expo Chicago, Chicago, IL

2012
"Graduate Thesis Exhibition", The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago IL
"Dialogical Self", The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

2010
"Post-Baccalaureate Thesis Exhibition", The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago IL
"Midnight Snacks", 1366 Space, Chicago, IL

2007
"Full Circle", G.R. N'Namdi Gallery, Detroit MI

2006
"75th Anniversary Show", Detroit Artists Market, Detroit MI


RESIDENCIES

2016    The Jackman Goldwasser Residency, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL

 

CURATORIAL PROJECTS
2014
"Female Curves" group show art video broadcast, ExTV Broadcast, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

2012
"Dialogical Self" Group Show, co-curated with Tony Lewis and Christina Long, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL


SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY
2014
“Street Style: Frieze Edition”, Refinery29  http://www.refinery29.com/frieze-street-

2007
“Motown Leaders Envision a New Paradise Valley: Enclave to Showcase Black Culture”, The Associated Press

 

LECTURES + WRITINGS

2015

“The Great Good Place” publication, Curated by Brandon Alvendia, Threewalls Gallery, Chicago, IL

“Adorn: Contemporary Wearable Art” Artist Talk, Chicago, IL

"Race and Anthropology" classroom guest panelist, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

 

AWARDS

2012
Archibald Motley Jr. Award

2009-2012
School of the Art Institute of Chicago Merit Scholarship


COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES

• Community Advisory Board Member, WTTW Chicago Public Television, Chicago, IL, 2015-16

• Dorchester Community Garden Project Volunteer, Chicago, IL, 2015

• Member of Board of Directors and Fundraising Committee for Creative Art Center Gallery, Pontiac MI, 2007-08

• WDET Detroit Public Radio fundraiser and contributing newsletter writer, 2007-08

• Exhibit Committee Member, Detroit Artists Market, 2006- 07

• Member of the Detroit Institute of Arts Speaker's Bureau, 2005-07