Featuring artworks by Dionne Lee and Sofía Córdova
Lane Meyer Projects
October 11 - November 12, 2019
- Curated by Tatiana Mateus
- Opening reception: Friday October 11 from 6 pm - Late
Lane Meyer Projects is pleased to announce Green Gra$$, curated by Tatiana Mateus, featuring works by Dionne Lee and Sofía Córdova. The show features photographic images, collages, found objects, and video projections that unpack the double entendre of the title: the impact of capitalism on the natural environment. Progressing from Lee’s to Córdova’s works, the installation reframes biblical retellings of humankind’s birth, struggles and destruction in light of historical and contemporary events and their relationship to the climate crisis that threatens our existence.
Dionne Lee’s practice is grounded in a dialogue with current environmental and race issues through the use of found historical images. Her photographs are often sourced from nature magazines and books from the 1950s to the late 1970s—a time marked by the proliferation of idealized images of the natural world as well as heady explorations beyond our planet. Sofia Córdova’s work, on the other hand, uses a mixture of sci-fi and magical realism to imagine a dystopian future that comes as a result of our failure to address the current climate crisis under conditions of late capitalism.
Some of the works in the exhibition question how we behave as owners of the land we inhabit, while others make us wonder how long the extraction mentality of capitalism can actually last before an irreversible decline of natural landscape and wildlife. Taken together, the works in Green Grass highlight the issues that arise when humanity sees itself as something separate from nature, trying to control and explore it in the pursuit of economic power and the accumulation of wealth. Overall, these works invite us to think about our relationship to the natural environment—how we consume it as free resources to be owned, gifted, sold, and exploited.
Dionne Lee (USA, b. New York, NY, 1988) received her BAFA in Fine Arts from Alfred University, Alfred, NY and her MFA from California College of the Arts in San Francisco, CA. Lee has held solo exhibitions at the Interface Gallery, Oakland, CA (2019); and LightSource, San Francisco, CA (2018). Her work has been exhibited at venues including Silver Eye, Pittsburgh, PA; CTRL+SHFT, Oakland, CA; LAND AND SEA, Oakland, CA; Embark Gallery, San Francisco, CA; Aggregate Space, Oakland, CA; Coulter Art Gallery, Palo Alto, CA; Mills College, Oakland, CA; California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA; NoPlace Gallery, Columbus, OH; Borderline Art Collective, San Francisco, CA; San Francisco Arts Commission Main Gallery, San Francisco, CA; Queens Museum, Queens, NY; DTA, New York, NY; Fused Space, San Francisco, CA; Debtfair (participating artist), a project of Occupy Museums, Whitney Biennial 2017, Whitney Museum, New York, NY; Root Division, San Francisco, CA; International Center of Photography, NY, NY. Lee was a 2019 SECA Award finalist. She currently lives and works in Oakland, CA.
Sofía Córdova (USA, b. Carolina, Puerto Rico, 1985) received her BFA from St. John’s University and the International Center of Photography and her MFA from California College of the Arts. Córdova has held solo exhibitions at Kate Werble Gallery, New York, NY (2018); ASU Art Museum Project Space, Tempe, AZ (2017); City Limits Gallery, Oakland, CA (2017); Pro Arts, Oakland, CA (2015); Royal Nonesuch Gallery, Oakland, CA (2014); and PlaySpace Gallery, San Francisco, CA (2011). Her work has been exhibited at venues including Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA; Vincent Price Art Museum, Los Angeles, CA; Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA; Mills College Museum of Art, Oakland, CA; the Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco, CA; Abrons Arts Center, New York, NY; MEWO Kunsthalle, Memmingen, Germany; San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose, CA; Southern Exposure, San Francisco, CA; The Luminary, St. Louis, MO; Richmond Art Center, Richmond, CA; La Peña Cultural Center, Berkeley, CA; SOMArts, San Francisco, CA; SFMOMA, San Francisco, CA; Sonoma Museum of Art, Sonoma, CA; and the International Center of Photography, New York, NY. Cordova was a 2019 SECA Award finalist. She currently lives and works in Oakland, CA.
Lane Meyer Projects
2528 Walnut Street
Denver, CO 80205
By appointment or evenings 4-8pm