Artist Talk // Nancy Friedemann-Sánchez & Leigh Tarentino // moderated by Alex Priest
December 9, 2016
from here to there, opening Friday, December 9, at Darger HQ, will feature work by Nancy Friedemann-Sánchez (Lincoln, NE) and Leigh Tarentino (Providence, RI) and will be on view through February 5, 2017. The opening reception will be 6:00 to 9:00 pm, with an artist talk at 6:00 pm, facilitated by Alex Priest of the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts.
from here to there is a two-person exhibition of work that seeks to delineate the boundaries of the invented world and to examine ideas of cultural memory. Nancy Friedemann-Sánchez will be exhibiting her Leaning Chumbes sculptures. Chumbes are belts of the Guambiano indigenous community in Colombia. Friedemann-Sánchez recontextualizes the small textiles into substantial wooden planks resembling American Minimalist sculpture, thus providing stature to a cultural tradition oppressed by centuries of colonial relationships within her native Colombia. Leigh Tarentino will be exhibiting paintings of imaginary gardens from a new series, Estates of the Realm. Tarentino’s exteriors of gardens and landscapes are simplified but complex in perspective and universal.
Nancy Friedemann-Sánchez lives in Lincoln, NE, Bogotá, Colombia and Brooklyn, NY. Her work explores the dychotomy of living in between cultures and languages. She holds and MFA from New York University. She is in the Elisabeth Sackler Feminist Art Base at the Brooklyn Museum; is a member of the Artist Pension Trust and participated at the 2 Congreso Internacional: La Experiencia Intelectual de las Mujeres en el Siglo XXI in 2012 in Mexico City. Shows include La Bienal de Cuenca, The Sheldon Museum of Art, The Joslyn Art Museum, The Portland Museum; El Museo del Barrio and Bronx Museum of the Arts among others. She was awarded a Nebraska Arts Council Grant, a Smithsonian Artist Fellowship; a Pufffin grant; a Pollock Krasner grant; a NALAC grant and was nominated to the Rema Hort Mann and to the Anonymous was a Woman Foundation. She has been a resident at Art OMI, Fountainhead, Tamarind Institute, Yaddo, Gasworks, Bemis Center for Contemporary arts and Bronx Museum for the Arts.
Leigh Tarentino makes paintings, works on paper, prints and installations based on the built landscape. Tarentino received a BFA in Painting from the Kansas City Art Institute and an MFA in Painting and Printmaking from the Rhode Island School of Design. She is an Associate Professor of Visual Art at Brown University. Her work has been included in numerous group exhibitions within the U.S. and internationally, including Young American Artists at the Stas Namin Centre, Moscow, Russia; Third Annual Summer Group Show, Bank Gallery, Los Angeles; First Happiness at the University Art Museum, State University of New York at Albany; and A Slow Read at The Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn, New York, among many others. Her work has been exhibited at numerous art fairs including Scope New York, London, Miami and Hamptons, and the London Art Fair. She was awarded a Pollock-Krasner grant in 2008 and a Gottlieb Foundation grant in 2007. She had two solo shows at Black and White Gallery, Anti-Oasis in 2004 and Slip Road in 2006, and Artificial Realities, a three-person show at the gallery in 2009.