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Charmaine Ortiz: Collapsed Fields

March 7 - April 11, 2014

ortiz-detail-06Charmaine Ortiz, Collapsed Fields

March 7 – April 11, 2014
First Friday Receptions: March 7 & April 4
Artist talk: April 4

I work with graphite and challenge its capabilities through varied fields and applications, including object making. By working on paper I maintain the historical apparatus specific to drawing while setting up new contrasts and formal problems. These challenges are intended to expand the drawing material by placing it into relevant dialogues shared with contemporary abstract painting. In order to expand this traditional drawing medium I make my own graphite pencils from raw materials. In my processes I also mine the history of graphite to remove, preserve, and represent vital information such as graphite’s geographical discovery, its historical past, present and future uses (real and fabricated). This data dictates the specific material choices and the compositional arrangements I utilize. Through process and material interactions between objects and structures I celebrate graphite’s materiality, its history, and its personal nature.

The theoretical concepts for Collapsed Fields derive from Rosalind Krauss’ “Sculpture in the Expanded Field” which was augmented by a recent conference panel, “Painting in the Collapsed Field”  (2011), given by a group of artists that I admire.  My responses to these readings and conversations are exercised within my current drawing practice and are presented in a new group of objects within the Cube.  Drawings about drawing expands and critiques the notions of what is drawing (practice) and what can be called a drawing (object). It collapses distinctions between fields of practice, opens and expands historical designations, rearranges preconceived notions, celebrates the democracy of mark making through participation, and witnesses drawing’s dimensional slips through the continual opening of the graphite material.

Charmaine Ortiz is a visual artist living in Carolina Beach, North Carolina. She received the Combined Honors Fellowship earning her MFA in Painting and an MA in Art History from Savannah College of Art and Design. She has earned other merit awards including SCAD’s Encore Award as well as fellowships and residency grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Vermont Studio Center, and The Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts. She has exhibited her work both nationally and internationally and has also presented her art historical research at Universities in North Carolina and Georgia. Her work was most recently accepted at The Drawing Center (NY) Viewing Program.

*Collapsed Fields is supported by fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and The Art Students League of New York. 
Collapsed Fields is also dedicated in memory to the artist’s grandmother, Helen Massengill. 

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