A Way of Learning From Everything: 2020 Artworks Artists-In-Residence (On View: 10/29 through 12/15)
Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning (JCAL) is pleased to present the second of two culminating exhibitions for ARTWorks, JCAL’s year-long professional development fellowship for emerging artists, generously supported by the Jerome Foundation.
The exhibition, A Way of Learning From Everything, showcases the art produced by the ARTWorks Fellows, Cody Ann Herrmann and Patrice Robinson, during their residency at JCAL. Referencing Learning from Las Vegas, a 1972 book co-authored by legendary architects Robert Venturi, Denise Scott Brown and Steven Izenour, the exhibition signals the artists’ open attitude and position in their studio practices. Herrmann is devoted to social-practice art that explores real estate development projects, urban ecology and related issues of gentrification. She has organized guided tours through downtown Flushing and Willets Point to the Flushing waterfront, and performed guerilla actions, such as installing street signs to raise public awareness of local environmental issues. Robinson paints portraits in oil on wood panels, exploring the complexities that a human carries with him/her internally as an individual and externally as a social being. She questions if it is habitual or instinctual to anchor ourselves to people, places, ideas and even objects. As a Black woman artist, she shares her experience of living in today’s America, implicitly pointing out critical conditions that need structural change and improvement.
A Way of Learning From Everything will be exhibited at JCAL’s Miller Gallery from October 29 to December 15, 2020. The artists will be present in the gallery to engage in conversation with the audience on Saturdays, November 7, 14, 21 and December 5, and 12, from 12PM to 5PM. General public hours are Monday through Friday, 10AM to 6PM. All visits must be made by appointment — see JCAL.org/visit-the-gallery for more information and to RSVP. An Artist Talk will be live-streamed on the JCAL Youtube Channel on Wednesday, November 18th at 7PM