The Department of Art and Design, with support from The Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts, is pleased to close out this semester’s Visiting Artist Lecture Series with new media / performance artist, Sondra Perry.
Sondra Perry makes performance, videos, and works as a “data generator” and “free creative laboror” at “The Internet”. Perry has exhibited in group shows at the Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, Washington, MoMA PS1, Queens, New York, and the Studio Museum in Harlem, Harlem, New York.
The artist has participated in residencies at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Vermont Studio Center, Ox-Bow School of Art and Artists’ Residency, the Experimental Television Center, and is currently an artist in residence at the prestigious CORE Residency Program at the Glassell School of Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
Perry received a BFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in 2012 and a MFA from “an expensive New York art school causing gentrification in Harlem” in 2015
To describe her work, Sondra Perry manifests paraspaces, a term coined by science fiction author Samuel Delany, meaning a ‘space’ existing parallel to the normal or ordinary, through performance and video. These paraspaces are phantom and twilight zones, her grandma’s attic, and corners behind bookshelves where dead skin cells, lost candy corn, and little black girls find their autonomy. In these spaces, she and the viewer explore how imaging, visual languages, and digital literacy structure identity and representation in the virtual and physical realms. Her work can be found at http://sondraperry.com.
“We are lucky to have Sondra come talk to our students about her work. Exposing our students to this level of cultural criticality is invaluable to their conceptual development…and I am a huge fan of her work,” states Assistant Professor of Art, Virginia Griswold.
The lecture will take place Thursday, November 5 at 7:00 p.m. in room 401 of the Trahern Building, and is free and open to the public.