Looking to the past as a means to move forward, fragmented recollections often initiate my dialogue with materials. The crack in my driveway. Cytoxan slowly dripping into my arm. Hair on my pillow. A burnt hole through paper. The overlooked. Insignificant.
Nature acts and we embed those actions with meaning. Residual accumulations of my small, repeated gestures that once gave thoughts form and recorded my journey of becoming cancer free, now give the fleeting commodity of time palpability.
Opening a door. Scratching my nose. An elevator ride. A sneeze. The overlooked cough. Insignificant rituals we took for granted are now deliberated over as monumental decisions of life and death. Small, simple, repeated gestures everywhere must be exercised with great care.
Working with fire and paper in my ritual practice, the thousands of individual residual marks draw as much attention to absence, as to what is present.
We have been awakened to see our interconnectedness, our hand in this moment. We are acutely aware of consequences our immediate, individual actions have as they accumulate and profoundly affect humanity.
Employing the simple gesture of burning holes through the surface of the picture plane challenges the physical integrity of the paper, and heightens the tension and awareness of the delicate edge between form and emptiness. Making the fragile more fragile, and evident, the accumulative impact small subtle incremental change may have on the whole.
Master of Fine Arts, Ceramics, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
Bachelor of Arts, General Honors and Honors in Art, Goucher College, Towson, Maryland
Certificate, La Sorbonne, Paris, France, Cours de Civilisation
“Groundwork”, Northwestern College, Orange City, Iowa
“New Works”, Kimmel Harding Nelson Art Center, Nebraska City, Nebraska
“6000 miles”, West Liberty State College, West Liberty, West Virginia
“New Works”, The Clay Place, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
“New Work/Site”, Spinning Plate Gallery, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
“Excavating Memory”, Galleria Rasen, Kunitachi, Japan
“Layers Within”, Meyerhoff Arts Center, Towson, Maryland
Kamol Tassananchalee and Josh Friedman, Two-Man Show, LA ArtCore, Los Angeles, California
International Art Exchange Exhibition, Thai Life Permanent Exhibition Hall, Bangkok, Thailand
Workshop Exhibition, University of Nakhon Sawan, Nakhon Sawan, Thailand
3rd Andaman International Art Workshop, Krabi Art Museum, Krabi, Thailand
Italian Art Tour Exhibition, Palace of Culture, Vallo Della Luciano, Italy
Artist Grand Tour, Permanent Installation Exhibition Art Hotel Gran Paradiso, Sorrento, Italy
International Art Exchange Exhibition, Ratchadanoen Contemporary Art Center, Bangkok, Thailand
2nd Andaman International Art Workshop, Krabi Art Museum, Krabi, Thailand
International Art Exchange Show, Thaksin University, Songklha, Thailand
KMUTNB International Art and Design Workshop Exhibition, Amphawa, Thailand
“Culture Lab: Margin”, Multi-Disciplinary collaboration, Silverlake Independent 2014
Jewish Community Center, Los Angeles, California
“Long Beach Summer III”, Stone Rose Gallery, Long Beach, California
Siglo Moderno, Los Angeles
MorYork Gallery, Los Angeles
Group Exhibition, Korean Cultural Center, Los Angeles, California
“Earth” Juror: Sam Bower, 2nd City Council Art Gallery, Long Beach, California
“Member’s Exhibition” Juror: Cheryl Bennett, 2nd City Council Art Gallery, Long Beach, California
“Little Light” three-person exhibition, 98ten Fine Art, Irvine, California
“Works on Paper” Juror: Jacqueline van Rhyn, Curator, Main Line Art Center, Pennsylvania
Gallery MC, Manhattan, New York
Gallery 51, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
“Top Drawer Exhibition” Curator: Lisa Dahl, The Matzo Files at PS122, Manhattan, New York
“Grand Tour” Group exhibition, Gallery MC, Manhattan, New York
“Accumulate” Two-person exhibition, Gallery MC, Manhattan, New York
“Michigan Annual XXXII”, The Art Center, Mount Clemens, Michigan
“19th Greater Midwest International Exhibition”, CMS University, Juror: Douglass Freed, Dir. of the Daum Museum of Contemporary Art, Sedalia, Missouri
“Actual Size Biennial”, Detroit Contemporary Gallery, Detroit, Michigan
“Gestures” co-curators: Michael Olijnyk and Graham Shearing, Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
“Critical Mass” curator: Dr. Rochelle Martin, Museum of New Art, Detroit, Michigan
“Society of Sculptors”, Juror: Frank Paluch, Dir. of Perimeter Gallery, Garfield Artworks, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
“Cranbrook Academy of Art Student Degree Show”,Cranbrook Museum of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
“Kaboom”, Curator: Jeff Bourgeau, Museum of New Art, Detroit, Michigan
“Michigan Fine Arts Competition”, Juror: Nick Cave, Artist, BBAC, Birmingham, Michigan
“Faculty Exhibition”, University Gallery, Lawrence Technological University, Southfield, Michigan
“Seats 14”, Curators: Fabio Fernandez and David Addey, Forum Gallery,
Cranbrook Museum of Art traveled to Detroit Contemporary Gallery, Detroit, Michigan
D’Arcy Company/Cranbrook Exchange, DMB&B Advertising, Troy, Michigan
“Faculty Exhibition”, College of Architecture, Lawrence Tech University, Southfield, Michigan
“Michigan Fine Arts Competition”, Juror: Brenda Goodman, Artist, BBAC, Birmingham, Michigan
“The Wrong Show”, Curator: Jeff Bourgeau, Museum of New Art, Pontiac, Michigan
“Seventh CAPPING Exhibition”, Iwasaki Museum of Art, Yokohama, Japan
“Sixth CAPPING Exhibition”, Shanghai Modern Art Museum, Shanghai, China
“Fifth CAPPING Exhibition”, Sohyang Gallery, Pusan, Korea
“Fourth CAPPING Exhibition”, Meguro Museum of Art, Tokyo, Japan
“Ginza Art Net”, Gallery 21 + Yo Annex, Ginza, Tokyo, Japan
“Rasen Selection 1997”, Galleria Rasen, Kunatachi, Japan
“Thesis Exhibition”, Rosenberg Gallery, Goucher College, Towson, Maryland
Catalogue. 3rd Andaman International Art Workshop 2020, Krabi Art Museum, Krabi, Thailand
Catalogue. International Art Workshop 2020, Nakhon Sawan,Thailand
Catalogue. International Art Exchange Exhibition 2020,Thailand
Catalogue. Italian Art Tour, Vallo Della Luciano, Sorrento, Italy. 2019
Catalogue. 2nd Andaman International Art Workshop 2018, Krabi Art Museum, Krabi, Thailand
Catalogue. International Art Exchange Exhibition 2018, Ratchadanoen Contemporary Art Center, Thailand
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“Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture News”, February 2003, volume 32, number 5, page 13.
“Four Shows Plus Novel Seating”, By Keri Guten Cohen, The Detroit Free Press, April 21, 2002.
“Pennsylvania Passages II”, by Gerry Williams, The Studio Potter, December 2000, volume 29,no.1, p 90.
“Galleries Offer Works to Ponder”, by Mary Thomas, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, July 13, 2000.
“Piece Work: It’s a Delicate Matter…”by Charles Rosenblum, Pittsburgh City Paper, July 26, 2000.
“Turning the Ordinary Into Art”, by Graham Shearing, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, July 7, 2000.
“Shining Spotlight on City’s Talent”, by Mary Thomas, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, October 9, 1999.
“Eastern Influences”, by Graham Shearing, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, October 1, 1999.
Andaman Art Museum (Krabi, Thailand)
The Book Beat (Michigan)
Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts (Nebraska)
Dagmar Frinta and Peter Lynch (New York)
Le Poisson Rouge (Japan)
Galeria Rasen (Japan)
Goucher College (Maryland)
King Mongkut’s University of Technology North Bangkok (Samut Songkhram, Thailand)
Reservoir Capital USA (Maryland)
Art Hotel Gran Paradiso (Sorrento, Italy)
Municipality of Vallo Della Luciano, Italy
Municipality of Nakhon Sawan, Thailand
Dr. Neil Romanoff (Los Angeles, California)
Reservoir Capital USA (Maryland)
Graham Shearing, art critic (Pennsylvania)
Mary Kim, Munich (Germany)
Binod Pradhan (Nepal)
Marek Ruff (Poland)
Dr. Kamol Tassanachalee (Thailand and Los Angeles, California)
Len Zuks (Perth, Australia)
Rishi Barua (India)
Intanon Chantip, (Thailand)
Carla Viparelli (Italy)
Subin Muangchan (Thailand)
Siraj Saxena (India)
Wattanachot Tungateja (Thailand)
Mayor of Nakhon Sawan, Thailand
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