The Autotopographers

March 24, 2019 — September 15, 2019
 

The Autotopographers installation view at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, artwork by iris yirei hu, 2019.

The Autotopographers installation view at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, 2019. At left, Beatriz Cortez, The Lakota Porch: A Time Traveler, 2017; sheet metal. Courtesy of the artist and Commonwealth and Council, CA.

The Autotopographers installation view at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, artwork by Andy Coolquitt, 2019.

The Autotopographers installation view at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, 2019. Azikiwe Mohammed, T.T. Davis Park of New Davonhaime, 2019; mixed media.

Joianne Bittle, Preserving Mass Extinction (detail), 2010/2019; mixed media. Installation view at John Michael Kohler Arts Center, 2019. Photo: Nicholas Knight.

The Autotopographers installation view at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, artwork by Andy Coolquitt, 2019.

The Autotopographers installation view at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, 2019. Azikiwe Mohammed, T.T. Davis Park of New Davonhaime, 2019; mixed media.

The Autotopographers installation view at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, 2019.

The Autotopographers installation view at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, artwork by iris yirei hu, 2019.

Joianne Bittle, Preserving Mass Extinction, 2010/2019; mixed media. Installation view at John Michael Kohler Arts Center, 2019. Photo: Nicholas Knight.

Benjamin Larose, Squall (detail, installation view, John Michael Kohler Arts Center), 2019; mixed media.

The Autotopographers installation view at the John Micheal Kohler Arts Center, 2019. Yoshie Sakai, Koko's Love: About Yuki 'Daydream Reality', 2019; mixed media.

The Autotopographers installation view at the John Micheal Kohler Arts Center, 2019. Yoshie Sakai, Koko's Love: About Yuki 'Daydream Reality', 2019; mixed media.

The Autotopographers installation view at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, 2019. (right) Sarah Braman, Badger Den (Let's read together), 2017; mixed media. Courtesy of the artist and Mitchell-Innes & Nash, NY.

The Autotopographers installation view at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, 2019. Ray Yoshida, Home Collection (Partial), 1959–2005; mixed media. John Michael Kohler Arts Center Collection, gift of the Raymond K. Yoshida Living Trust and Kohler Foundation Inc.

The Autotopographers installation view at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, 2019. (Left to right) Becky Suss, Bedroom with Peacock Feathers, 2017; oil on canvas; 72 x 84 in. Private collection. Courtesy Jack Shainman Gallery, NY. Red Apartment, 2016; oil on canvas; 84 x 60 in. Collection of David Madee, NY.

 

In a 1995 essay, art historian Jennifer A. González coined the term “autotopography” to articulate the ways in which aspects of biography can be revealed in the creation of one’s environment. The personal objects comprising an autotopography are extensions of the maker’s self, of life events and cultural identity. González writes “...just as a written autobiography is a series of narrated events, fantasies and identification, so too an autotopography forms a spatial representation of important relations and past events.” For González, an autotopography can exist in many forms, as “a careful, visual arrangement of mementos and heirlooms, on the one hand, and a jumbled, hidden assembly of dusty and unkempt objects, on the other, but both can constitute a material memory landscape.”

Selected for their compelling ability to blend autobiography, history, and contemporary art practices, the artists participating in the exhibition will use a variety of methodologies and materials to explore aspects of the self. Included will be 2-D and 3-D works by Joianne Bittle, Sarah Braman, Andy Coolquitt, Beatriz Cortez, iris yirei hu, Benjamin Larose, Azikiwe Mohammed, Yoshie Sakai, Becky Suss, and Ray Yoshida.

The Autotopographers will include contemplations of memory, history, and the myriad of ways we construct a “self.”