Drifters / Above the Bias Forces
September 27th-October 25th, 2008
Pam Longobardi is joining Tinney Contemporary for an extraordinary installation project titled "Drifters". Pam has just returned from Beijing where she was honored as Artist in Residence at NY Arts Beijing during the 2008 Olympic Games. She brings her poignant and thought provoking project to Nashville from (quite literally) the entire globe.
The great ‘formless'
The ocean functions symbolically as the unconscious of the world, regurgitating all manner of human existence. The North Pacific Gyre acts as the eye of the ocean to record the human imprint as it gathers drifting debris in an area the size of Texas. The debris, originating from the shores of Asia and the Americas, once naturally biodegraded at sea. But with the prevalence of plastic products, the waste floats indefinitely. As the flotsam circulates in the ocean, it collides with the Hawaii Islands depositing tons of plastic debris on its once pristine shores.
"Drifters" documents Pam Longobardi's collection and presentation of these objects. Her actions are two forms of intervention. The first is an environmental intervention that physically removes the debris and resituates the objects within the cultural realm, their point of origin. The second form of intervention is a freezing of the object's (d)evolution as cultural artifacts: they become frozen indifferent states of object-hood, from recognizable to wholly mutated. The objects are then re-presented in installations and large-scale sculptures as intriguing visual oddities that remind us of the impact of a globalized consumer society.
Since 1990, Pam Longobardi has had over 25 solo exhibitions and 65 group exhibitions in galleries and museums in the US, Italy, Spain, Finland, Poland, Japan and elsewhere. Her paintings are included in corporate and private collections across the US, and she has been commissioned to create works for Benziger Winery, the Hyatt Corporation, the Atlanta Hartsfield International Airport, Fulton County Medical Examiner's Facility and the First Tennessee Bank in Memphis. Her work involves painting, photography, fabricated objects and installations and addresses the psychological relationship between humans and the natural world. Her 1993 installation entitled "1614-1914 (A Disappearance of Wings)" was included in the 2004 exhibition Birdspace shown at the New Orleans Contemporary Art Center, the Norton Museum of Art; the Hudson River Museum and four other US museums. Large-scale digital photographs were featured in Skin: Contemporary Views of the Body at the Jacksonville Museum of Modern Art where she had a solo exhibition of paintings in 2004. Awards include residency fellowships at the Franz Masereel Center in Belgium and Red Cinder in Hawaii. She received a 1994 SAF Regional NEA Visual Artist Fellowship in Painting, the 1996-97
Tennessee Arts Commission Visual Arts Fellowship, and was chosen in 1996 as Alternate for the SAF/American Academy in Rome Fellowship. In 1994 she was awarded the UT Knoxville College of Arts and Sciences Faculty Excellence in Research Prize and in 1997, the Chancellor's Award for Research and Creative Achievement. In 2005 Longobardi was named recipient of Georgia State University's Outstanding Faculty Achievement Award. Longobardi currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia
Carol Es joins Tinney Contemporary for the first time in September. Carol is a self-taught artist and native Los Angelina born in 1968. Her artistic nature formed early at age six, drawing cartoons underneath tables in bowling alleys. Shy and reclusive, she spent most of her time alone while her family relocated more than 15 times before her tenth birthday. As a result, she attended school infrequently and began working as a pattern cutter in the apparel industry with her family while living on her own to fend for herself by just age fourteen. Carol expresses herself wholly in her art after surviving a tumultuous childhood of sexual abuse and neglect. She uses past experience, family dysfunction and Jewish heritage as the fuel for her subject matter, transforming a broken past into a culmination of paper collage, garment patterns, sewing pins, thread, text, and prose - personal experiences laid bare and forged directly into the work. Viewers can sense a distinct honesty in her work, and a dark, childlike humor that intertwines with her paintings, drawings, installations, and books.
Her works are featured in numerous private and public collections including the Getty Museum, Brooklyn Museum, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, UCLA Special Collections, the Jaffe Collection, and Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris. Carol has exhibited at The Riverside Art Museum, Torrance Art Museum, Santa Monica Museum of Art, The Craft & Folk Art Museum, and Zimmer Children's Museum. She is also a two-time recipient of The ARC Grant from the Durfee Foundation in Santa Monica, Ca.