FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Press Release
Contact:
Sara Monserrat Teixido
Director of Marketing & Communications
steixido@thedcca.org
302-656-6466 x7110
Bonnie Crawford Kotula
Perforations

 
E. Avery Draper Showcase             Jan. 21 - May 15, 2011

Perforations, 2011, Electrical circuitry, wood, and mixed media

Site-specific installation for the DCCA, Courtesy of the Artist

"Kotula explores light as knowledge and electric circuitry as a symbol of consciousness."

-Maiza Hixson

Gretchen Hupfel Curator of Contemporary Art

 


Wilmington, Del. - 21 January 2011 - The Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts announces the solo exhibition of Baltimore artist Bonnie Crawford Kotula titled Perforations. The exhibition will be on view in the E. Avery Draper Showcase from January 21 through May 15, 2011.  In this exhibition, Kotula creates an installation of discarded consumer materials, and LED diode lights that change as the viewer enters the darkened room.  The installation beckons the viewer to come into the space and become part of the experience. The artist will lead an informal gallery talk regarding her installation at 6:30 pm during the March 4 Art on the Town. Kotula will also speak at the April 28 Art Salad, A Free Lunchtime Lecture Series at the DCCA at Noon.  The press is invited to attend. Please contact Sara Teixido, Director of Marketing and Communications for any further information.  Visit our website for a pdf download of the exhibition brochure at: http://thedcca.org/exhibit/perforations.


 About the Exhibition                                
 

Installing a miniature universe in the DCCA's Draper Gallery, Bonnie Crawford Kotula creates a darkened space to exhibit a constellation

of small electric light sculptures. Multiple light-emitting diodes (LEDs) hang from the ceiling and each light blinks faster or slower depending upon the amount of ambient light surrounding it. Kotula explores light as knowledge and electric circuitry as a symbol of consciousness. Querying how we formulate thought, the artist states, "Scientists develop hypotheses to find objective truth. Art is different in that it produces subjective knowledge."

 

Perforations (detail), 2011

Kotula cites artists James Turrell (b. 1943) and Sarah Sze (b. 1969) as significant influences. Turrell builds contemplative environments to call our attention to the sculptural possibilities of natural and artificial light and Sarah Sze assembles large and intricate gallery installations out of ordinary consumer objects. Kotula also collects individual fragments of discarded plastic packaging and other mass-produced items to make her site-specific works. Likening her art to nature and natural organisms, she states that each distinct sculpture forms a larger community. Similar to the benefits of natural observation, Kotula believes that being open to the creative process rewards the act of looking.

 

 -Maiza Hixson

Gretchen Hupfel Curator of Contemporary Art
 

RELATED EVENTS

Bonnie Crawford Kotula discusses her multi-media installation during these two upcoming events.  Press is invited to attend.

 

-GALLERY TALK
Art Loop Night

March 4, 2011 at 6:30 PM

 

-ART SALAD

A Free Lunchtime Lecture Series at the DCCA

Thursday, April 28, 2011 from 12 - 1 PM


About the Artist _____________________


Bonnie Crawford Kotula

(BALTIMORE, MD)

 

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2008

- Illuminations: Sculpture by Bonnie Crawford Kotula, Greenbelt

Community Center, Greenbelt, MD

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2010

- Mattin Center Courtyard, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD

- Hive, Area 405, Baltimore, MD

- Betascape at Artscape, Baltimore, MD

2009

- 23rd Annual Critics' Residency Program, Maryland Art Place, Baltimore, MD

2008

- Into the Light / Into the Dark, School 33 Art Center, Baltimore, MD

- Station North Works: A Full Service Garage, Artscape, Baltimore, MD

- MFA Thesis Exhibition, Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture,

University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD

2007

- Open Studio Tour, School 33 Art Center, Baltimore, MD

- Robot Fest 2007, Historical Electronics Museum, Linthicum, MD

2006

- Robot Fest 2006, Historical Electronics Museum, Linthicum, MD

2005

- Watcher, Baltimore, MD

2003

- Thursday Night Special, Mills College, Oakland, CA

- Touch Me, Anna Akhmatova Gallery, St. Petersburg, Russia

- 192 Hours, Transformer Gallery, Washington, D.C.

 

SELECTED AWARDS AND RESIDENCIES

2009

23rd Annual Critics' Residency Program, Maryland Art Place, Baltimore, MD

 

2007

RTKL Fellowship Award, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, MD

 

2001

Colonel Wharton Award, University of Maryland, College Park, MD

 

EDUCATION

2008

MFA, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Baltimore, MD

2001

BA, University of Maryland, College Park, MD


                                                                            

Guided Tours

To arrange Guided tours for DCCA exhibitions, contact the Education Department at 302-656-6466 x7101.

 

About the DCCA

The DCCA, a non-collecting art museum founded in 1979, presents between 20 - 30 exhibitions annually of regionally, nationally and internationally recognized artists that explore topical issues in contemporary art and society, as well as symposia, lectures and tours. The DCCA provides individual studios to more than 25 artists, who also exhibit regularly within its galleries and throughout the region. The DCCA presents a variety of educational and outreach programs, including programs that integrate contemporary arts into the public school curriculum, and artists' residencies that feature collaboration with underserved community groups. The center is housed in a renovated industrial building at 200 South Madison St. in the heart of the rejuvenated Wilmington Riverfront.

 

DCCA gallery hours are:

10 am - 5 pm Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

Noon - 5 pm Wednesday and Sunday

Admission is FREE

 

302-656-6466

www.thedcca.org

 

The DCCA is wheelchair-accessible.  Visitors with special needs are encouraged to call in advance.

 

DCCA exhibitions and programs are made possible, in part, through individual contributions; membersʼ support; major grants from AstraZeneca, Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency dedicated to nurturing and supporting the arts in Delaware in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts; and by Amtrak - Official Transportation Provider for the DCCA.

 

High resolution images available upon request.

 

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CONTACT

Sara Monserrat Teixido

Director of Marketing and Communications

Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts

200 South Madison Street

Wilmington, DE 19801

 

302-656-6466 x7110

steixido@thedcca.org


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