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Caroline Mak
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Bedford-Stuyvesant

ARTIST STATEMENT: By performing and enacting a series of repetitive transformative actions – whether it is painstakingly attempting to sew a wall back together or tearing through slabs of foam - through the physicality of my actions, I bestow upon the material an ability to further decay, multiply or spread beyond its original confines. The systems that emerge in my installations contain references to disciplines ranging from topography, to neuroscience to the decorative arts. Natural processes are translated, reflected and re-created in my installations. In the process of construction, systems become apparent in the spaces they are assigned to, each a self-contained world with its own inherent logic. The often futile and labor-intensive actions performed are often juxtaposed against the ephemeral and domestic nature of the materials used, and an uneasy alliance results – an oscillation between repulsion and attraction, between the familiar and the foreign, between utility and decoration.

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Born London, United Kingdom. Raised in Hong Kong. Works and lives in Brooklyn, NY

2003 - 2005 University of Chicago, IL
M.F.A. from the Committee on Visual Arts in sculpture and installation
1998 – 2002 Stanford University, CA.
B.Sc Degree in biological sciences and a B.A minor in studio art
Jan – Jun ’01 Hopkins Marine Biology Station, Pacific Grove, CA

Grants/ Awards
Fall 12 Residency at Contemporary Artist Center, Troy, NY
Fall 2010 BRIC Media Fellowship, Brooklyn, NY
July 2010 Elsewhere Collaborative Residency (NEA Fellowship), Greensboro, NC
Feb 2010 Gallery Aferro 6 month Studio Residency, Newark, NJ
Sept 2007 Emerging Artist Fellowship, Socrates Sculpture Park, Queens, NY
2003 – 2005 University of Chicago Unendowed Fellowship, Chicago, IL

Solo Exhibitions/ Installations
Dec 12 Cell, Detour, Hong Kong
Spring 12 Circulation, ArtSpace, New Haven, NH
Sept 11 Chain Reaction, Brooklyn Arts Council Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Sept 11 Scabs, Bandages & Skeletons, Gallery Aferro, Newark, NJ
Dec 07 Nylon Riots, New Life Gallery, Berlin, Germany
Oct 06 Home Improvement, PS 122 Gallery Hallway Space, New York, NY

Selected Group Exhibitions
Sept 14 Aljira Emerge, Newark, NJ
April 12 Through You Into Action, Center for Contemporary Art, NJ
July 10 Ongoing Work, Elsewhere Collaborative, Greensboro, NC
Feb 10 Housebroken, Flux Factory, Queens, NY
Nov 09 Sculpture on Sea, Hong Kong
Dec 09 Postcards From The Edge, Metro Pictures, NYC
Sept 08 Engendered Spaces, SCA Gallery, Albuquerque, NM
Aug 08 Projects ’08, Carriage House, Islip Art Museum, Long Island, NY
May 08 Mirage, Hong Kong Art Fair 08, curated by Sabrina Fung
Dec 07 Brief Encounters, Caren Golden Fine Art, New York, NY
Sept 07 EAF07, Socrates Sculpture Park, NY
Feb 07 Greater Good, Site for Art and Architecture, Philadelphia, PA
June 06 Seventh Biennial Bellevue Sculpture Exhibition, Bellevue, WA

Curated Artist Registries
The Drawing Center, New York, NY

Selected bibliography
“Aljira’s Emerge Fellows have arrived”, Brick City Live, November 10, 2014
“Mixing & Matching - Caroline Mak”, South China Morning Post, June 2, 2014
“Detour - installations on the 1st floor”, U Magazine, Dec 7, 2012
“Using the old police station”, Milk Design Magazine, Dec 6, 2012
Chan, M. “Detour 2012”, RTHK (television interview), Dec 4, 2012
Ho, C. H, “Detour”, Apple Daily, Dec 4, 2012
“October’s Featured Artist” Brooklyn Arts Council
Peete, P. “Art Talk with Caroline Mak - Take Two,” Art Works, April 3, 2012
Singer, N. “An Artist, a Chemist And a Lot of Fizz,” New York Times, March 06, 2011
Beete, P. “Art talk with Visual Artist Caroline Mak”, Art Works, Sept 03, 2010
Hong Kong Visual Arts Yearbook, 2008
Chui, H.K. “The Mirage Amongst the Art Galleries’, Artist, June 2008, no. 397 (illus)
Chan, K. Ming Pao Daily News, May 14, 2008, A. 28 (illus)
Burrows, V. “No doubt about it, local art scene is alive and kicking”, South China Morning Post, May 9, 2008 (illus)
“Itinerary – Socrates Sculpture Park”, Sculpture, vol. 27, no. 1, pp. 19 (illus)
Starita, A. “Socratic Dialogues”, Architects Newspaper, No. 16, Oct 2007
Fitch, G. “A Brief and Partial View of Socrates Sculpture Park”, Artezine, No. 15, Oct ’07
Enriquez., L. “Sculpture: Looking inward, reaching out at biennale”, The Seattle Times, June 30, ’06
Powhida, W. “Critic’s Pick” , WagMag Feb 2006

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