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Art Book Club: Gillian Wearing: Wearing Masks hosted by Tara Tieso
May 27 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Psst…. we’ve started an art book club at Wet Paint.
Wish you read more about art? Interested in talking about Creativity? Artists? Art movements? The artistic process? Art concepts?
Read the selection and come discuss. Haven’t read the book? Come anyway and discover!
Facilitated by your most excellent host, Tara Tieso; teaching artist and active member of the Twin Cities arts community
MAY 27: Gillian Wearing: Wearing Masks
One of the most influential conceptual artists of her generation, Gillian Wearing first gained recognition in the 1990s for groundbreaking photographs and videos that recorded the confessions and interactions of ordinary people she befriended through chance encounters. In its candor and psychological intensity, her work extends the traditions of portraiture initiated by Sander, Weegee and Arbus. Yet in her ongoing attention to technology’s role in the presentation of self, Wearing has presciently identified defining aspects of contemporary visual culture, from reality television to the rise of the selfie.
Published for Wearing’s first North American retrospective, Gillian Wearing: Wearing Masks traces the acclaimed artist’s practice from her earliest Polaroids and videos to her most recent production, including large-scale photographic self-portraits of Wearing in the guise of other artists; a more intimate body of self-portraits titled Lockdown; and installations and commissioned public sculpture. Essays by co-curators Jennifer Blessing and Nat Trotman provide an overview of Wearing’s oeuvre, and a “self-interview” by Wearing offers a revealing firsthand account of the artist’s practice, including her ongoing project Your Views (2013–), in which she has recently responded to the COVID-19 pandemic, and her exploration of AI technology in the video work Wearing, Gillian (2018).
NEXT BOOK CLUBS: To be announced soon.
This event is being offered using the Zoom online platform. Before registering, make sure your device meets the minimum requirements; view minimum requirements here: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362023-System-Requirements-for-PC-Mac-and-Linux.
Zoom details will be emailed to registrants the day of the event.
About the artist:
Tara L Tieso is an abstract artist who lives and paints in the historic arts Lowertown neighborhood of Saint Paul, on the mighty Mississippi. She works in encaustic, an ancient beeswax and resin medium fused to its substrate with a torch. Her work is bold, yet intimate.
Tara is Board President of nationally celebrated WARM, Women’s Art Resources Minnesota – where she works with other women in the arts to steward the rich 40-year feminist legacy of Minnesota’s brilliant women artists, and ensure that WARM is part of the lives of creative girls and women far into the future.
A grateful 2011 recipient of the McKnight Foundation-funded Metropolitan Regional Arts Council’s Next Step Grant, 2012 recipient of the Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant, and one of 30 ArtSage Minnesota Artists for 2013, her work hangs in collections in the Twin Cities, greater Minnesota, and Philadelphia.