Ulrich Project Series: JOSEPHINE DURKIN

January 12-April 27, 2008
Amsden Gallery

Sculptor Josephine Durkin repurposes all variety of commonplace objects in her interactive and kinetic installations.

Paring down intimate human activity by way of animating materials invites the viewer to focus on their own memories, communicative behavior, and sensual ability, noted the artist.

Josephine Durkin, 'Bloom (I knew I loved you when...),' 2007, altered love seat, resin, paint, fabric, wood, motors, pressure sensors, electrical cord, suitcases, rubber bands, and thread, courtesy of the artist, photo courtesy of Harrison EvansThe Ulrich presents a growing and significant new mode of artmakingmultimedia and viewer-activated workby presenting this important emerging artist in Wichita.

For the Ulrich Project Series, Durkin is creating three new sculpture/installation pieces. Each uniquely combines found objects and time-based multimedia elements. For example, Bloom (I knew I loved you when) serves as a social laboratory where two people sit together in an environment with a reconstructed settee, suitcases, and umbrellas. The figures activate an electro-mechanical system to evoke a quasi-romantic undercurrent.

Josephine Durkin with 'Bloom (I knew I loved you when...)'Speed Stift (I thought you were with me) is a set of 19 wall- and floor-mounted embroidery and quilting hoops with stands. Each hoop frames white vinyl that mimics gessoed canvas and also serves as a projection screen for a multichannel video. The videoassembled from three different animationsfades in and out every few minutes as the hoops shift from functioning as screens to objects.

Durkins third untitled work addresses the overlapping nature of human bodies and machines while cleverly comparing office-supply equipment to biological systems and product advertisement.

Durkin graduated with an MFA from Yale University in 2005 and has been part of the art faculty at Texas A&M University-Commerce ever since. While she has exhibited internationally, this Ulrich Project Series will be the artists first show in the Midwest.

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