[-empyre-] Introducing Christina McPhee

Renate Terese Ferro rferro at cornell.edu
Tue Feb 9 15:31:13 AEDT 2016

Dear all, 
I have been enjoying the robust discussion thus far.  So happy that so many of you are sharing your experiences and expertise.  Joining us over the next week will be our long time friend Christina MsPhee. Welcome back Christina.  Below is her biography.  An invitation to all of guests to stay on as long as their schedules permit. Many thanks to all of you.  

Christina McPhee’s images move from within a matrix of abstraction, shadowing figures and contingent
effects. Her work emulates potential forms of life, in various systems and
territories, and in real and imagined ecologies. Her dynamic, performative,
physical engagement with materials is a seduction into surface-skidding
calligraphic gestures and mark-making. The tactics of living are in subterfuge,
like the ‘dazzle ships’ of camouflage in war. Jagged shards vie for position
and collide with animations, which together swarm, fold, cascade and crash in
compositions that suggest accelerating mass movements, or the search for
grounding and commons.  Her work takes on violence, tragic-comic
exuberance, and vitality from within a ‘post-natural’ experience of community.

 Christina McPhee’s work is in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, New Museum of Contemporary
Art-Rhizome Artbase, the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, and Storefront for
Art and Architecture. Solo museum exhibitions include the American University
Museum, Washington, D.C., and Bildmuseet, Umea, Sweden. She has participated in
group exhibitions, notably at Documenta 12, Bucharest Biennial 3, Museum of
Modern Art Medellin, Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive, and the
Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), London. She was a recipient of a 2012 MAP
Fund for Performance in collaboration with Pamela Z for the multimedia
performance in video, voice and chamber ensemble, Carbon Song Cycle, which
premiered at Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive and Roulette, Brooklyn
(2013). http://www.christinamcphee.net

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