NLS 2016 Summer Residency: Gumbs | Lindo | Winterling
Three artists from Jamaica, Martinique & Germany create an installation examining the strained human relationship to marine ecosystems.
NLS welcomes the 2016 Summer Residents: David Gumbs, Kelley-Ann Lindo and Susanne Winterling, three brilliant artists from Martinique, Jamaica and Germany with diverse art practices.
Over the nine-week residency, Gumbs, Lindo and Winterling will bring their unique backgrounds in 3-D mapping, video, painting and marine bioluminescence together to create a responsive mental and social landscape that investigates the vulnerability of water-associated ecologies and their link to our individual and cultural experiences and memories.
Aesthetically the artists approach the project with diverse materials, combining amorphous sculptural cues, a lab aesthetic, and a focus on heightening sensibilities and consciousness within audience participation. The artists draw inspiration from Jamaica's marine ecology-- particularly bioluminescent algae and the conch shell, as well as the context of that ecology within human experience of water-- natural disasters, history, practices and politics.
NLS provides organisational, career and infrastructural support with the provision of work space (visual and recording studio space), critical feedback and event programming. Your donations help cover the cost of their materials, accommodations and travel expenses for the project.
More About the Artists:
Working across film and photography, Winterling is known for installations that critically intervene in their surroundings, directing attention to the sensual and perceptual qualities of spaces, objects and the representation of realities. Winterling's most recent exhibitions include 'Nature after nature' at the historical Fridericianum, Kassel, 'Drift' at the Gallerie Parrotta Contemporary Art, in Stuttgart, and 'The Lulennial: A Slight Gesturay', in Mexico City. In her exhibitions, her interests include biodiversity, nature/culture, and subjectivity to technology. Opting for a poetical rather than a power oriented practice, Winterling focuses on the entanglement of ecology and politics. She is also one of the founders of the art collective Akademie Isotrop, and is a professor of contemporary art.
Gumbs is a multimedia artist who approaches his practice through drawing, painting, photography, new media, and interactive video. He has taken part in several new media festivals including the Trinidad and Tobego Film Festival, the Transforming Spaces in Bahamas, the Biennale Internationale D’Art Contemporain (BIAC) in Martinique, and the Beep Bop Boop New Media Festival in Florida. In his works, he explores the offscreen of perception, memory, the cycle of life, the visible and invisible, and rhizome graphical macroscopic universes. Gumbs’ polymorphic art reveals the interbreeding and hybridization process in the collective and individual unconsciousness in Caribbean imagination. His artistic approach is based on a famous quotation from XVII th century French philosopher and chemist Antoine Lavoisier: “Mass is neither gained nor lost, merely transformed.”
Lindo works in photography, videography and painting. She earned her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Painting at The Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts in 2015. Lindo serves as art counselor at the Bellevue Hospital and the Jamaica Council for People with Disabilities. She utilizes elements of fragility and abstraction to fuel a tradition of remembrance art, as she seeks to break the passivity of the spectator. Her work predominantly explores the memories and visual legacies that remain after flooding, and through the manipulation of fragile materials she demonstrates the susceptibility of memory and the necessity of recollection.
Risks and challenges
The artists will be in Jamaica during the hurricane season. While there is risk of flooding in rural roadways to the marine labs on the north coast, their studio space at NLS is equipped with good drainage, tank water, and a generator if needed.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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