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Whatchamacallit

February 3, 2017 @ 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Whatchamacallit, features the work of seven multi-discipline artists. The exhibition addresses topics of cultural and social identities on both a micro and macro level challenging the broad
complexities of our society. Each artist dissects how relational restrain and cultural practice distorts identity in our formative stages. The curator, James Williams II, asks the viewer to stand with the work and present themselves as beings constantly in flux. Whatchamacallit considers the multiple identities that one person can inhabit in just the time it takes to span a gallery exhibit. It challenges the viewer to acknowledge the myriad of identities in our United States of America. Whatchamacallit contrasts the artists’ influenced identities governed by culture and searches for
language that is bigger than both their physical presence and unyielding language.

Diane Kuthy is a lecturer in the Department of Art +Design, Art History, Art Education at Towson University and a candidate in the language, Literacy and Culture PhD program at University of Maryland in Baltimore County. Kuthy has organized curricular, social, and artistic provocations for educators in museum, virtual, community, and school contexts. Diane is a recipient of an Open Society Institute Community Fellowship. Her recent work investigates racial identity and justice through material culture.

Joyce Yu-Jean Lee is a video, installation, and performance artist based in New York City. Her recent project about Internet censorship, FIREWALL Internet Cafe, garnered the attention of Chinese authorities and was reviewed by Hyperallergic, The Washington Post, ArtCritical, and ArtFCity. Lee is the recipient of a 2016 Creative Engagement grant from Lower Manhattan Cultural Council; a 2015 grant from Asian Women Giving Circle; a 2013 Franklin Furnace Fund grant; a 2013 Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award; and a 2010 Traveling Scholarship from The Walters Art Museum. She has participated in artist residencies at Vermont Studio Center and DNA Gallery. She currently teaches at New Jersey City University and the Fashion Institute of Technology, and serves as a trustee for The Contemporary museum in Baltimore.

Lawrence Lee has been creating work for the last ten years exploring an alternate world he created that was initially inspired by racist cartoons of 19th and 20th century Americana. Within this imaginary world, Lawrence has placed realistic animals, black-faced humanoids and imaginary creatures. Lawrence received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from A&M – Commerce in Commerce Texas in 2002 and his Master of Fine Arts from Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore in 2008. He is represented by Barry Whistler Gallery in Dallas as well as Betty Moody Gallery in Houston,Texas. Lawrence has work in the permanent collections of the Dallas Museum of Art, Houston Museum of Fine art and the Dallas Federal Reserve. Lawrence and his wife live and work in the Dallas Fort Worth area of Texas.

Olivia Robinson is a multimedia artist whose work spans performance, installation, research, and community engagement. Robinson’s diverse body of work ranges in scale from hand-built textile circuits to architectural-scale inflatable structures. She has received awards and honors like the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance Ruby’s Award, National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, the Franklin Furnace Fund, the Harpo Foundation, the New York Foundation for the Arts, Sculpture Space, and the Center for Land Use Interpretation.
Olivia is a founding member of Luminous Intervention, a Baltimore-based activist artist group. She is faculty in the Fiber Department at the Maryland Institute College of Art.

Paul Rucker is a visual artist, composer, and musician who often combines media, integrating live performance, sound, original compositions, and visual art. His work is the product of a rich interactive process, through which he investigates community impacts, human rights issues, historical research, and basic human emotions surrounding particular subject matter. Rucker has received numerous grants, awards, and residencies for visual art and music. He is a 2012 Creative Capital Grantee in visual art as well as a 2014 MAP Grantee for performance. In 2015 he
received a prestigious Joan Mitchell Painters & Sculptors Grant. In 2016 he received the Rauschenberg Artist as Activist fellowship and Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship. He has also received the Smithsonian Artist in Residence Fellowship, Ruby’s Grant, Conductive Garboil Grant, a Grant for Artists Projects from Artist Trust, and an Artist Project Grant and Gallery Show from 4Culture, Office of Arts & Culture in Seattle, Washington State Arts Commission, King County Site Specific, 4Culture, Artist Trust, and Photo Center NW. He has also received funding from the South Carolina Arts Commission

Mandy Cano Villalobos is an interdisciplinary artist whose practice encompasses installation,performance, and object/textile-based work. The child of a migrant family, her versatile projects center upon the passage of time, and identity shaped by location and culture. Cano Villalobos’ work has been featured in numerous venues including Van Der Plas Gallery (New York, NY), the Ruth and Elmer Wellin Museum (Clinton, NY), Maryland Institute College of Art (Baltimore, MD), the Ukranian Institute of Modern Art, (Chicago), The Museum of New Art (Detroit, MI), Hillyer Art Space (Washington, DC) and La Casa Pauly (Puerto Montt, Chile). Cano Villalobos has also received grants from multiple organizations including the Puffin and Frey Foundations. She received her MFA from The George Washington University in Washington, DC. and currently resides in Grand Rapids, MI.

James Williams II is a visual artist whose works consist of large-scale oil paintings and sculptures. James’ works focuses on themes such as cultural identity and social relationships throughout various series. He has been awarded the 2009 MFA Joan Mitchell Foundation award and the Bromo Seltzer Fellowship award. He has also served as artist-in-residence at School 33 in Baltimore, Maryland. In the last ten years, he has been showing his work throughout New York and Maryland State in galleries such as School 33, Galerie Myrtis, the Hodson Gallery at Hood College,
IAM Gallery and the Cue Art Gallery. In 2014, he curated his first two-person show called Upon Closer Examination at the IAM gallery in New York City. He currently serves as faculty and Gallery Installation Manager in the Exhibitions Department at Maryland Institute College of Art.