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Artist Talk: Jefferson Pinder
January 10, 2016 @ 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Chicago based video/performance artist, Jefferson Pinder discusses the multimedia works presented in Onyx Odyssey. His experimental videos and films feature minimal performances that reference music videos and physical theatre. Pinder’s sculpture and installation work provides personal and social commentary in accessible and familiar format. Inspired by soundtracks, he utilizes hypnotic popular music and surreal performances to underscore themes dealing with Afro-Futurism, physical endurance, containment, and blackness.Artwork by Jefferson Pinder has been featured in numerous group and solo shows including exhibitions at The Studio Museum in Harlem, the Wadsworth Athenaeum Museum of Art in Hartford, Connecticut, Showroom Mama in Rotterdam, Netherlands, The High Museum in Atlanta and the Zacheta National Gallery in Warsaw, Poland. Pinder’s work was featured at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery exhibition Recognize. His action-packed endurance performance Ben-Hur was featured at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC. And in December 2014, he worked with a team of performers to create a visceral work titled Thoroughbred that featured four performers running on remote controlled treadmills at Sector 2337 (Chicago).Jefferson Pinder received his BA in Theatre from the University of Maryland, and studied at the Asolo Theatre Conservatory in Sarasota, FL. In 2001, Pinder returned to the University of Maryland to receive his MFA in Painting and Mixed Media. In 2011 he moved to Chicago where he is an Associate Professor in the Contemporary Practices department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Audience members are encouraged to ask question and give feedback on the work while in discussion with the artist.
This event is free and open to the public.