Summer 2013 International Artists-In-Residence:
Trevor Paglen, Pak Sheung Chuen, Clarissa Tossin
July 11–September 15, 2013
Artpace San Antonio
445 N. Main Avenue
San Antonio, Texas 78205
Artpace San Antonio is pleased to announce the unveiling of new works by International Artists-in-Residence Trevor Paglen (New York), Pak Sheung Chuen (Hong Kong), and Clarissa Tossin (Houston)—selected by guest curator Hou Hanru. Their exhibitions will open on July 11 and will be on view through September 15, 2013.
Outer space, secret military operations, shell companies—Trevor Paglen’s work is inspired by his multi-disciplinary investigation of new ways to interpret our world. At Artpace, he continues his interest in making visible the “invisible,” using satellite technology and photo documentation.
In a 2010 commission for Creative Time, Last Pictures, Paglen chose 100 photographs to be micro-etched onto an archival silicon disc and affixed to the exterior of a communications satellite orbiting Earth. His work has been included in exhibitions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; The Tate Modern, London; The Walker Arts Center, Minneapolis; The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the 2008 Taipei Biennial; the 2009 Istanbul Biennial; and the 2012 Liverpool Biennial. Paglen is the author of five books and holds a BA from UC Berkeley, an MFA from the Art Institute of Chicago, and a PhD in Geography from UC Berkeley.
Pak Sheung Chuen’s conceptual artwork includes performance, intervention, and documentation highlighting the contradictions present in the absurd and mundane of daily life. His eight-week residency in San Antonio has afforded him the opportunity to explore Artpace’s hometown via public bus routes and hitched rides with friendly locals culminating in a textual installation of his experience.
Born in Fujian, China in 1977, Chuen immigrated to Hong Kong in 1984. He obtained his BA in Fine Arts and Theology from Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2002. From 2003 to 2007, his work was published in the Hong Kong newspaper Ming Pao, and has been included in numerous solo exhibitions, including Killing 3000 (2012) at the He Xiangning Art Museum in Shenzhen, China; Hong Kong Diary (2010) at the Hong Kong Museum of Art; Making (Perfect) World in the Hong Kong Pavilion at the 53rd Venice Biennale in 2009; and page 22 (2008) at the 58th Street Branch Library in New York. He is the recipient of The Best Artist, Chinese Contemporary Art Awards 2012, Beijing, and the Frieze London Best Stand Prize at the 2012 Frieze Art Fair.
Through photography, drawing, sculpture, performance, and video, Clarissa Tossin explores the unseen aspects of modernity, urban life, and global identity. Inspired by architect Oscar Niemeyer’s imprint on her hometown of Brasília, she traces connections beyond Brazil by bringing a 1970s Volkswagen Brasília hatchback loaded with pool cleaning equipment to the United States.
Originally from Brazil, a Museum of Fine Arts Houston Core Program fellowship brought Tossin to Houston in 2010. She holds an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts, and her work has been included in solo and group exhibitions worldwide, including most recently a 2013 commission on view at the Blaffer Art Museum in Houston, Blind Spot: Window into Houston Clarissa Tossin. Earlier this year, her work could be seen at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Detroit as a part of CCA Wattis Institute’s traveling exhibition, When Attitudes Became Form Become Attitudes, and will be included in a forthcoming publication.
The International Artist-in-Residence program is made possible by the Linda Pace Foundation; the City of San Antonio’s Office of Cultural Affairs; The Warhol Foundation; and National Endowment for the Arts; with additional support from donors to the Linda Pace Memorial Fund.
The next trio of International Artists-in-Residence—Micol Assaël (Rome), Ivor Shearer (Houston), and Erin Shirreff (New York), selected by guest curator Paola Morsiani—will be in residence at Artpace September 17 through November 18, 2013. Their exhibitions will open on November 14, 2013.