Denver Metro Art News
- Published on August 25, 2015
- Written by Ken Hamel
Platteforum Announces 2015/2016 Artist Residency Program Participants
- Artists Include Jennifer Stratton, Uchay Joel Chima, Franklin Toan and Blair Bogin
Each artist’s residency will conclude with a two-week public exhibition of the artist’s work alongside a body of work by Denver youth who have been led in weekly workshops by the resident artist during his or her time in residency. PlatteForum’s public receptions for each residency, at which the artists and kids talk about their work together, will be announced at a later date. All public receptions will take place at PlatteForum, 2400 Curtis Street, Denver, CO.
PlatteForum’s 2015/2015 Artist Residency line-up is as follows:
- Sept. 5 – Oct. 26, 2015: Jennifer Stratton (Durham, NC)
- Nov. 2 – Dec. 18, 2015: Uchay Joel Chima (Lagos, Nigeria)
- Jan. 11 – Mar. 4, 2016: Franklin Toan (Denver, CO)
- Mar. 14 – May 6, 2016: Blair Bogin (Chicago, IL)
PlatteForum’s Artist Residency program celebrates the creative process, fostering and challenging artists to incorporate social practice into their process. Each resident artist becomes a catalyst for innovative and expanded thinking about what art is and can be. Located in a rich urban context, PlatteForum’s dynamic, artist-centered residences are built upon the notion of engaging the broader community in the creation of new work, where artists, youth, and the public collaborate. Residents will share their process and work with youth in a supported environment, and with guidance from PlatteForum staff.
2400 Curtis St
Denver, CO 80205
Mon-Fri: Noon - 4:00 PM or by appointment
About the Artists
Jennifer Stratton - In Residence September 5 – October 26, 2015
An artist and environmental researcher whose work incorporates issues of ecology, agriculture and soil science, Jennifer Stratton will maintain a focus on ecology, soil and food systems during her PlatteForum residency. Employing natural elements, she creates images and time based-media documenting the response of microbes, water, wind and sediment on photographic materials. While working with PlatteForum, Stratton plans to create a series of living soil-based portraits of Denver that collectively compose (and decompose) a tapestry of the city’s changing landscape, foodways, and people.
Stratton has an MFA from Duke University, is a participant in the International Year of Soils and Slow Meat Symposium, and upcoming 2016 Denver Grow Food Symposium and 2016 Mobile Frames bike screening tour across North America to places urban, rural and in between.
Uchay Joel Chima - In Residence: November 2 – December 18, 2015
Uchay Joel Chima is a Nigerian artist who incorporates a variety of materials and processes to express the larger social and environmental issues and realities around us. Since graduating from the Art School of the Institute of Management and Technology, Enugu, Nigeria, Chima’s artwork has continued to evolve, remaining relevant to developments in contemporary art, weaving a tapestry of memory, imagination, societal happenings and emotion.
Chima combines various found objects, including strings, sand, wax, with paint and other mediums, employing a mixture of conventional and unconventional approaches in his unceasing explorations. Chima’s work has been exhibited in Nigeria, South Africa, Canada, Sweden, the United Kingdom, the United States, Germany and the Netherlands. During his residency Chima plans to draw inspiration from the community, and youth to create new works with found objects.
Franklin Toan - In Residence: January 11 – March 4, 2016
With steel wire as his primary medium, much of Franklin “F.E.” Toan’s work is drawn from a constant desire to access, affect or create community. With this in mind, his aim is to maintain a critical lens on the complexities, complications, and intersections of communities. Queerness is a large part of his work, aesthetically, materially, and conceptually. As a genderqueer/transgender artist, navigating this identity (and others) is a constant process for Toan. While in residence at PlatteForum Toan will design projects and installations that are made by many hands, and ultimately reflect the individuals and communities that make them.
Toan holds a BFA in Craft and Material Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University, with a minor in Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies. He recently completed a one-year residency at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, and moved to Denver in July 2015.
Blair Bogin - In Residence: March 14 – May 6, 2016
A recent MFA graduate of The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Blair Bogin is an inter-disciplinary artist interested in the urge to differentiate oneself with the paradoxical longing to intimately fuse with others. She approaches her work in a post-medium fashion, incorporating hybrids of writing, live performance, video & interactivity, and positioning her surroundings in a way that keeps pace, or tries to, with her mercurial mind. Bogin believes that the most profound lessons from art making are told through the subtle creative urges of the moment shared with others, where spontaneity takes precedence.
During her time at PlatteForum Bogin plans to immerse herself in the symbolic language, history and contemporary use of birthdays. Since the development of the calendar by early civilizations, birthdays have activated various customs of ceremony, sacrifice and community. Birthdays supply a rich source of psychological material and a kind of cultural amplification in regard to collective beliefs about selfhood and spirituality.
PlatteForum’s artist residencies offer time, space, and resources for professional artists to create new work and shape an experience where young people can learn through practice, expanding their sense of what is possible. During each residency, PlatteForum teams the artist with small groups of young people from neighborhoods throughout Denver to produce and exhibit a collaborative body of work. This award-winning nonprofit organization provides a nurturing space where creativity and artistic excellence are highly valued and where artists and youth work together to model the creative process, emphasizing the connections between their artistic passion, significant life experiences, and public issues. The overall experience transforms the lives of the youth, the artists and the community. For more information about PlatteForum and additional resident artist biographical information and programs, visit www.platteforum.org.