Plug Projects is proud to present Out There, a group exhibition including the work of Sarah Belknap and Joseph Belknap, Daniel J. Glendening, Corwin Levi, Siobhan McBride, and Sean McFarland. The artists in this exhibition revel in the possibilities of what exists beyond the world we know combining cosmic elements with nighttime logic to create a sense of the otherworldly. The artists in the exhibition explore among other things the cosmos, the lunar landscape, and the sense of connectivity that comes with stargazing. There is an appreciation for celestial as historic inspiration, delighting many an armchair astronaut with the contemplation of unknowable truths.
About the artists
Sarah Belknap (b. 1983) and Joseph Belknap (b. 1979) are Chicago-based interdisciplinary artists and educators who received their MFAs from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Working in collaboration with each other since 2008, their art has been exhibited at the Arts Club of Chicago, the Chicago Artists’ Coalition, Western Exhibitions and Comfort Station, as well as in artist-run exhibition spaces in Brooklyn, Detroit, and St. Louis. In addition, they have presented performances at institutions throughout Chicago, including the Chicago Cultural Center, Hyde Park Art Center, Links Hall, and at the MCA. Most recently the Belknaps had a solo show at the MCA as part of the BMO Harris Bank: Chicago Works series. www.sarahandjoseph.com
Daniel J. Glendening (b. 1982, California) is pursuing a research-based practice in an attempt to understand the nature of belief. He holds an MFA in Visual Studies from Pacific Northwest College of Art and a dual BA in Art Studio and English with an emphasis in Creative Writing from the University of California at Davis. He is a founding member of the artist-led paranormal research team GWC, Investigators. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at venues such as S.H.E.D. Projects, Oakland, CA; Disjecta, Portland, OR; ArtVilnius, Vilnius, Lithuania; and online at Amur Initiatives, ACRE TV and elsewhere. He has published work with various journals and publishing houses, including Drain Magazine, Publication Studio and Social Malpractice Publishing, and has participated as an artist in residence at The Wassaic Project, Wassaic NY; High Desert Test Sites, Joshua Tree, CA and Rupert, Vilnius, Lithuania. www.danieljglendening.com
Corwin Levi is a mixed media, project-based artist residing in Washington, DC. His undertakings include looking at ruptured walls and finding faint fields, investigating gin piles, capturing the inside of eyelids, pulling moments from the void, and seeing how long people can hold their breath for shine. He has presented solo projects at venues including the Roswell Museum and Art Center in New Mexico; Second Street Gallery in Charlottesville, Virginia; Hillyer Art Space in Washington, DC; and James Madison University in Virginia. He has completed numerous residencies including the Roswell Artist-in-Residence Program, the Millay Colony, Ucross, Elsewhere, and Willapa Bay. He has completed murals at Art Farm (NE) and North Adams, Massachusetts across from MassMoca. Corwin has curated exhibitions at Kirkland Arts Center at Seattle, Rice University in Houston, and publishing a contemporary artists’ edition of Grimms’ Tales. He has an MFA from the Tyler School of Art and a BA from Rice University. www.corwinlevi.com
Siobhan McBride was born in Seoul, South Korea and currently lives in Miami. She received her MFA in painting from the University of Pennsylvania in 2005. Using gouache on a small scale, she depicts views of a world that is both familiar and strange, airless and anticipatory. She was an artist in residence at Yaddo, Jentel, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Workspace Program, Roswell Artist- in-Residence Program, and the Vermont Studio Center. Her work has been exhibited at NURTUREart, the Pelham Art Center, Eight Modern, and this past winter at Miami Project with DC Moore. www.siobhanmcbride.com
Sean McFarland’s work explores the relationships between the history and processes of image making, veracity, and the representation of landscape. He earned his MFA from the California College of the Arts in 2004. He has exhibited at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Berkeley Art Museum, White Columns, and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. He has received the 2005 Phelan Art Award in Photography, 2009 Baum Award for an Emerging American Photographer, 2009 John Guttmann Photography Fellowship, and a 2011 Eureka Fellowship. His work is the collections at SFMOMA, Milwaukee Art Museum, Oakland Museum, Berkeley Art Museum, and the Whitney Museum of American Art Library. Sean currently lives and works in Rochester, New York, where he is a Visiting Assistant Professor at the Rochester Institute of Technology. www.sean-mcfarland.com