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The Devil is in the Details
Hosted by Carrie Secrist Gallery on the eve of
The Devil’s Daughter is Getting Married
Join in conversation with
Diana Guerrero-Maciá (Chicago, IL), Paolo Arao (Brooklyn, NY), and Marie Watt (Portland, OR)
Friday, May 29, 2020 @ 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM PST
"The Devil is in the Details" is an idiom that refers to a catch or mysterious element hidden in the details, meaning that something might seem simple at a first look but will take more time and effort to complete than expected... details are important.
Idiomatic images lose their historical/ economic/ material gravity over time -- that which is hidden is archived in the details. Diana, Paolo, and Marie convey ideas around who they are and what their work represents through material choices often coded in abstraction, using a collage aesthetic. There isn’t direct access into each of the panelists’ identities unless you understand the signifiers engaged or each artist’s visual language—it’s mediated in the work. The details in their work are important, and often the details are sewn. Their work sets a foundation for a conversation around visibility and invisibility.
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Diana Guerrero-Maciá • makes hybrid works of art and considers craft a form of consciousness. She makes works that are collaged, pieced, dyed, and stitched as a reconsideration of the field and form to ask poetic questions about our perceptions of color, symbols, and material value. Through her large-scale projects she engages materials to question what is being seen and what inclusive histories are represented. Her studio practice is informed by her deep understanding and intuitive fascination with textiles, paintings, and designed objects.
Guerrero-Maciá has exhibited widely nationally and internationally. She has created public art commissions for the Public Art Fund, in New York City & Chicago. She is a United Artist Fellowship Nominee, Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award winner and multiple MacDowell Colony Fellow. Guerrero-Maciá is an alumnus of Skowhegan School of Art, Penland School of Craft, and Villanova University. She is a Professor in the Fiber & Material Studies and Painting & Drawing Departments at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is represented by Traywick Contemporary, Berkeley and Carrie Secrist Gallery, Chicago.
Paolo Arao • is a Brooklyn-based, Filipino-American artist working with textiles. He received his BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University (1999) and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (2000.) Arao has shown his work widely and has presented solo exhibitions at Glass Box (Seattle), Western Exhibitions (Chicago), Franklin Artworks (Minneapolis), Jeff Bailey Gallery and Barney Savage Gallery (NYC.)
Residencies include: Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, The Museum of Arts and Design (NYC), the Millay Colony, the Studios at MASS MoCA, Vermont Studio Center, Lower East Side Printshop Keyholder Residency, NARS Foundation, Wassaic Project, BRIC Workspace, Atlantic Center for the Arts and the Fire Island Artist Residency. He is a recipient of an Artist Fellowship from The New York Foundation for the Arts. His work has been published in New American Paintings, Maake Magazine and Esopus. His solo exhibition “Never Too Much” is currently on view (safely and by appointment) in the Project Room at David B. Smith Gallery in Denver, CO.
Marie Watt • is an American artist and citizen of the Seneca Nation with German-Scots ancestry. Her work draws from history, biography, Iroquois protofeminism, and Indigenous teachings; in it, she explores the intersection of history, community, and storytelling.
Watt holds an MFA in painting and printmaking from Yale University; she attended Willamette University and the Institute of American Indian Arts; and in 2016 she was awarded an honorary doctorate from Willamette University. Her residencies include the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and the Vermont Studio Center. Her fellowships and awards include the Joan Mitchell Foundation, Anonymous Was a Woman, the Ford Family Foundation, and the Seattle Art Museum’s Betty Bowen Award. She currently serves on the board for VoCA (Voices in Contemporary Art) and on the Native Advisory Board for the Portland Art Museum.
Watt was born and raised in Seattle, Washington, and currently resides in Portland, Oregon.