The New Social Environment#641


Featuring Sam Vernon, Fawn Krieger, Rin Johnson, Michael Joo, Louis Osmosis, and Charles Schultz


1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific

Join the Rail’s September Critics Page contributors in conversation with Rail Managing Editor Charlie Schultz to discuss the issue theme “On Flux.” We conclude with a poetry reading by Andrew Yong Hoon Lee.

In this talk

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Sam Vernon

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Visual artist Sam Vernon earned her MFA in painting and printmaking from Yale University. Her installations combine Xeroxed drawings, photographs, paintings, and sculptural components in an exploration of personal narrative and identity, with recent solo exhibitions at San Francisco’s Museum of the African Diaspora and UT Downtown Gallery, Knoxville, Tennessee, among others. Honors received include San Francisco Artadia Awards finalist; Sally and Don Lucas Artists Program (LAP) Visual Arts Fellowship; Artistes en Résidence, Clermont-Ferrand, France; and many others. Collaborative projects include, among others, Broadside Press, with poets Danez Smith and Nathan McClain and Black Women Arts for Black Lives Matter, New Museum, New York. and others.

Fawn Krieger

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NY-based artist Fawn Krieger examines themes of touch, ownership and exchange in her multi-genre works. Her Flintstonian tactility and penchant for scale compressions reveal an unlikely collision of private and public, where intimate moments also serve as social ruptures. Her work has been exhibited at The Kitchen, Art in General, and many other galleries. Krieger is a 2019 Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award Fellow, and has received many additional grants. She serves as Program Director at The Keith Haring Foundation, Consultant for the Berlin-based MFA & PhD program Transart Institute, and Adjunct Faculty at Adelphi University and Watkins College of Art. Krieger has upcoming residencies at the new Kai Art Center and the Josef & Anni Albers Foundation.

Rindon Johnson

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Artist and poet Rindon Johnson bases his work in language. Johnson has presented solo exhibitions at Chisenhale Gallery (London), The Julia Stoschek Collection (Düsseldorf) and the SculptureCenter (Long Island City). Johnson has participated in group exhibitions at the Brooklyn Museum, Kunstverein Freiburg, The Hammer Museum, The Whitney Museum, The Studio Museum in Harlem, Literaturhaus Berlin, among others. He is the author of Nobody Sleeps Better Than White People (Inpatient, 2016), the VR book, Meet in the Corner (Publishing-House.Me, 2017), Shade the King (Capricious, 2017) and The Law of Large Numbers: Black Sonic Abyss (Chisenhale, Inpatient, SculptureCenter 2021). He was born on the unceded territories of the Ohlone people and lives in Berlin.

Michael Joo

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Contemporary artist Michael Joo is known for using a combination of scientific language, processes and complex structures that speak to liminality, access, and transmission. Joo uses various media such as sculpture, photography, printmaking, and painting, further referencing cultural heritage, identity, and natural history. In 2016, the artist created a massive site-specific installation at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. The artist’s works are in the collections of the Moderna Museet in Stockholm, The MoMA, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, and the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, among others. He currently lives and works in New York as a Senior Critic in Sculpture at Yale University and teaches at Columbia University in the MFA program.

Louis Osmosis

Portrait of Louis Osmosis by Phong H. Bui
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Louis Osmosis (b. 1996, Brooklyn, NY) is an interdisciplinary artist working primarily in sculpture, drawing, performance, and text. His practice revolves heavily around craft/manufacture, performative actions, and readymades, incorporating found objects and vernacular materials, from popsicle sticks to graphic t-shirts, and hornet nests to violins. Equally invested in reenactment and artistic production, Osmosis’s speculative approach to form reflects his ongoing “investigation into affected modes of aspiration and lack.” Osmosis received his BFA from the Cooper Union in 2018.

Charles Schultz

Charles Schultz
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Writer and editor Charles Schultz is Managing Editor of the Brooklyn Rail.

The Rail has a tradition of ending our conversations with a poetry reading, and we’re fortunate to have Andrew Yong Hoon Lee reading.

Andrew Yong Hoon Lee

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The work of artist Andrew Yong Hoon Lee encompasses sound, the moving image, drawing and sculpture and examines sensory perceptions through the use of language, experience and space. His practice explores themes that range from the relationship between sounds and meaning in language, the phenomenologies of the diasporic and how memory and migration perform new imaginaries. Materially, Lee uses the lexicon of sound as it relates to other fields of knowledge. Lee has presented works at the Center For Performance Research (NY), The International Symposium On Electronic Arts (Vancouver), The Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada, Achtung Cinema (Paris), among several other venues.

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