Stimulus: Space, Place, and Body

Stimulus: Space, Place, and Body 
Thursday, November 7, 2019 
6:30–8:00 p.m.
Free admission | Register now

Fall 2019 artists-in-residence Anna Garner and Pablo Rasgado and visiting artist Carolina Maki Kitagawa will discuss the use of sculpture as a medium to examine the movement of bodies in private and public space. Their work considers architecture, the presence of other bodies, and signs of power through spatial relations and visual symbols such as police cars or traffic signs. 

The artists, along with McColl Center visiting curator Laura Ritchie and UNC Charlotte College of Arts and Architecture Director of Galleries Adam Justice, will examine how performative staging and/or interactions with sculptural structures can reorient normative relations to material space, thus questioning ingrained power dynamics and perceptions of control over one’s own or another body. By activating and deactivating inanimate forms, space, place, and the body, each becomes malleable to envision new possibilities. 

About Stimulus
The Stimulus series of conversations offers you deeper insight into the work and ideas of contemporary artists. These sessions aim to make connections between the McColl Center and our constantly evolving local arts community.

How to get here and where to park
We’re located at 721 N. Tryon St. in Uptown Charlotte. Plenty of free parking is available on N. Tryon St. after 6:00 p.m. and in the lot at the corner of W. 10th St. and N. Church St. (behind Charlotte Ballet).

About the artists and curators

Anna Garner is a Los Angeles-based artist whose practice crosses photography, video, performance, and sculpture. Her multi-disciplinary works address themes of risk, strength, and control. Garner has exhibited at the Phoenix Art Museum, Haunt Gallery in Vancouver, the Situation Room, Los Angeles, CA, and the Torrance Art Museum, in Torrance, California. She has attended residencies at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, and Anderson Ranch Art Center. Her work has also been supported through a Contemporary Forum Artist Grant from the Phoenix Art Museum. Garner has curated a video screening at the Echo Park Film Center and contributed writing to Artillery Magazine, carla, and Art and Cake.

Pablo Rasgado is based in Mexico City and has exhibited at the 11ª Bienal do Mercosul, Museo Amparo, XIII Bienal de Cuenca, LACMA, the 55th Biennale di Venezia’s eventi collateralli, North Carolina Museum of Art, Museo Carrillo Gil, Museo de Arte Moderno, and many others. He is the recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, Programa Bancomer-MACG Grant, FONCA-CONACULTA Grant, the Mex Am Fellowship, and has been an artist in residence at the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris, CCA Lagos in Nigeria, La Chambre Blanche in Quebec, Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture.

Carolina Maki Kitagawa is a performance-based artist who works in various materials and mediums in sculpture and clay. Kitagawa received her BFA in 2005 from SAIC and an MFA in 2016 from the University of Arizona. In 2018, she attended residency programs at Ox-Bow School of Art and Anderson Ranch Art Center. In 2019, she had her first Los Angeles solo show, A Story’s End No. 1 | Continúa el cuento n.° 1, at Eastside International ESXLA Gallery, which was reviewed in Artillery Magazine. Among other places she has also exhibited at the Tucson Museum of Art and Cathouse FUNeral Gallery in Brooklyn. Kitagawa currently works out of Mexico City and Los Angeles.

Adam N. Justice is a Virginia native who received his master’s degree in Art History from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2004, following his thesis on the evolving role of sign theory in mid-century American art. He then served as the gallery associate at VCU’s Anderson Gallery; chief curator at the William King Art Museum in Abingdon, Virginia; curator of art at the Polk Museum of Art in Lakeland, Florida; and as the assistant curator of modern & contemporary art at the Mint Museum. In 2018, he became the director of galleries at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte. His career includes an array of curated exhibitions of modern and contemporary art, numerous essays and critiques written for exhibition catalogues and regional publications, and various appointments as judge/juror for regional and national arts competitions.