Future Human: Shelby Burchett (Goo Witch), Kevin Heckart, Thad Kellstadt, Anne Vieux, and Angela Washko

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Future Human

Opening March 17th 6-9pm

PLUG Projects presents Future Human, an exhibition featuring the work of Shelby Burchett (Goo Witch), Kevin Heckart, Thad Kellstadt, Anne Vieux, and Angela Washko in response to the present landscape of ever expanding technologies. The artists of Future Human propose plausible futures populated with analog and virtual modes of connection and escape. Material, surface, and space are presented as unfixed and illusory within the works. These suggested futures invite conversation about the direction of human consciousness, call attention to approaching possibilities, and usher in new systems of philosophical, social, and spiritual beliefs.

Momentarily: Yoonmi Nam

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September 16, 2016 – October 29, 2016Opening, September 16, PLUG Projects presents Momentarily, a solo exhibition featuring the work of Yoonmi Nam. In response to the ever-changing parade of disposable objects we encounter on a daily basis, Momentarily presents works made from cast glass, porcelain, and paper that contend with contradictory senses of time through materiality and image.
Yoonmi Nam was born and raised in Seoul, South Korea, spending part of her youth in Canada.  She received a B.F.A. degree in Printmaking from Hongik University in Seoul, Korea.  She moved to America to study at the Rhode Island School of Design, where she received a M.F.A. degree in Painting and Printmaking in 2000.  Her work considers the cross-cultural experience and sense of transience throu­gh prints, installations and drawings.  Nam uses images of man-made environments and the culture of cut flower arrangements as metaphors to evoke a sense of time that is both fleeting and eternal.  Currently, she is an Associate Professor in the Department of Visual Art at the University of Kansas.

STAY ASLEEP: Christina West

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PLUG Projects presents Stay Asleep, a solo exhibition by Christina West, in conjunction with the 2016 NCECA Conference.

“As a title, Stay Asleep poetically evokes a harshness of reality by suggesting a reticence to face it—to not wake up. In addition to the figures that lie or lean in passive poses, or struggle over a seemingly simple task in the case of the standing male figure, the exhibition also includes objects that relate to the idea of staying asleep in various, general ways; the numerous pairs of used work boots suggest a repetition of daily commitments that may be hard to face, while the marijuana plants can offer one way of taking the edge off of reality. The objects in the show were chosen additionally as representations of objects that have personal associations with my family upbringing and negatively color many of my childhood memories. Those objects relate to the idea that certain aspects of our histories can lie dormant, or sleep, in our minds, and often are not evident to others. Importantly, those objects have been colored green-screen green, a color that in its typical context is about what will ultimately be edited out—what usually isn’t seen in the final presentation. Similarly, the green objects in Stay Asleep, have connections to parts of my upbringing that are not a part of my publicly shared identity, yet inevitably have formed who I am. ”

Christina West is a sculptor living in Atlanta, GA where she is an Associate Professor of Ceramics at Georgia State University. She earned her MFA from Alfred University in 2006 and since has extensively exhibited her work across the country in venues such as the The Bellevue Arts Museum (Bellevue, WA), The Bemis Center for Contemporary Art (Omaha, NE), Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center (Buffalo, NY), the Zuckerman Museum of Art (Kennesaw, GA) and the Mindy Solomon Gallery (Miami). Additionally, Christina’s work has been supported by grants and fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, The Archie Bray Foundation for Ceramic Arts, the George Sugarman Foundation, and the Southeastern College Art Conference.www.cwestsculpture.com