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Donna Cleary
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Clinton Hill



ARTIST STATEMENT: I've reimagined fetish objects and fertility statuary using contemporary materials collected from my surroundings. With an interested in what marks our epoch and the eye of an anthropologist, I collect domestic detritus as "artifacts" from the streets. In the tradition of women's handiwork, the domestic and maternal, I crochet fibers around these formerly useful objects to bind them together. On one hand, they sprout new skin and connective tissue - suggesting rebirth and growth. On the other, the objects are consumed by the fibers, detaching them from their unique histories, binding them in new realities. I'm curious about the phenomenon of attachment. The maternal is our first attachment and essential for survival but breaking that bond is imperative to individuality. I see this paradox reflected in the desire/suppression of the female in contemporary culture. Michelle Grabner and Ken Johnson brought this discourse to the forefront recently and I’m happy to be part of the dialogue. And the ever present assertion that a woman is the sole proprietor of her body is always at the forefront. Does our consumer culture stems from our loss of reverence for the feminine? Have we have substituted one for the other in our desires - fetishizing shiny new objects in a continuous cycle of replacement? These sculptures weave together consumption-based waste with the handmade, the durable with the fragile and the past with the present. From these entanglements emerge abstracted bodies that allude to both male and female generative forces and the domestic as a power center, Donna Haraway's cyborgs, the post human and mythic entanglements. I also pull back from these ideas and think strictly through the abstracted lens, allowing the forms to speak for themselves. My work relates directly to my experiences with the maternal as well as years spent working as an RN.
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ARTIST RESUME:


www.donnacleary.net

Education:

2014 Master of Fine Arts in Fine Art

School of Visual Arts, NYC, NY

2011 Undergraduate Courses in Art History

Columbia University

2011-12 Undergraduate courses in Installation, Sculpture, Art History, Printmaking

School of Visual Arts

1982 Bachelor of Science

University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth

Solo Exhibitions:

2014 Helix: Corner Politics, AyzArt, New York, NY

2010 The X Spot, Leo Kesting Gallery, New York, NY

Select Group Exhibitions:

2015 Upcoming: Catalyst (working title), Central Booking, New York, NY

Curated by Ginger Shulick Porcella – Director of San Diego Art Institute Museum

2015 Upcoming: Dwelling, 107 Projects, Sydney, Australia

2015 Who's Afraid of Feminism, AIR Gallery, Online Exhibition and Print Catalogue

Curated by Catherine Morris, Elizabeth Sackler Center, Brooklyn Museum

2015 Battle of the Masters, Open Space Gallery, New York, NY

2015 National Competition, First Street Gallery, New York, NY

Curated by David Ross

2015 Plus One, Sideshow Gallery, Williamsburg, NY

Curated by Melanie Kress

2015 Last Dance, Art@Renaissance, Williamsburg, NY

2015 Attachment Theory, 184 Project Space, New York, NY

Curated by Donna Cleary

2015 Making History, Storefront Ten Eyck Gallery, New York, NY

2014 Schism Juncture, Select Fair, Miami, FL during Basel week.

Curated by Tim Goossens

2014 A Personal Thing, 184 Project Space, Brooklyn, NY

Curated by David Willis

2014 National Group Exhibition, First Street Gallery, New York, NY

Curated by Asya Geisberg

2014 Merging Properties, Open Gallery Space, New York, NY

2014 Coworker Project, Entwine, New York, NY

2014 Thesis Exhibition, School of Visual Arts, New York, NY

2014 Home Front, Visual Arts Gallery, NY, NY

Curated by Jovana Stokic

2013 Come Together Surviving Sandy, New York, NY

Curated by Phong Bui

2013 Antithesis, Present Company, New York, NY

Curated by Omar Lopez-Chahoud

2013 Time Base, Nighthawk Cinema, New York, NY

2013 Now, Fuse Infrastructure, Allentown, PA

2013 Figment, Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston, MA

2013 Universal, Brooklyn Fire Proof, New York, NY

Curated by David Gibson

2013 Big Time, Fringe Festival, Site Specific Installation, Allentown, PA

2013 Pig Pen Project, Mayfair Festival, Allentown, PA

2012 Select Fair, French Neon Collective, Miami, FL, Art Basel Week

2011 You are here, Second Floor Gallery, New York, NY

2011 Art Connects Gallery, New York, NY 2010 Flux Factory, Chelsea, NY

2010 Seven Year Itch, Leo Kesting Gallery, New York, NY

2010 Fountain NY Art Fair, Leo Kesting Gallery, New York, NY, Armory Week

2009 Fountain Miami, Leo Kesting Gallery, Miami, Florida, Art Basel Week

2009 Headbones Gallery, Toronto, Canada

2009 Deleon White Gallery, Toronto, Canada

2009 Fountain NY Art Fair, Leo Kesting Gallery, New York, NY, Armory Week

2009 True Love is Fleeting, Leo Kesting Gallery, New York, NY

2008 Fountain Miami, Leo Kesting Gallery, Miami, Florida, Art Basel Week

2008 Guaranteed Good, Leo Kesting Gallery, New York, NY

2008 www.women, Headbones Gallery, Toronto, CA

2006 Xray, Yankee, Zulo, Monkdogz Urban Art, New York, NY



2015 Studios at MASS MoCA/Assets for Artists Residency, North Adams, MA

2015 Scholarship, Studios at MASS MocA Residency, North Adams, MA

2014 Fellow, Mildred's Lane Residency, Narrowsburg, NY

2014 Scholarship, Mildred's Lane, Mildred's Lane Residency, Narrowsburg, NY

2014 Ad Hoc Committee on the MFA Fine Arts Curriculum, School of Visual Arts, New York, NY

2014 Selection Committee, Visual Arts Gallery, New York, NY

2011 School of Visual Arts, Summer Residency, New York, NY

Press:

Alison Martin, "Donna Cleary's New Installation Featured at Ayzart", Arte Fuse, July 2014

Naomi Lev, “The Merging Properties Exhibition”, Arte Fuse, July 2014

Roberta Smith, “Art, A Balm After The Storm, Come Together Surviving Sandy, Samples 300

Artists”, The New York Times, December 6, 2013

"Antithesis Group Show at The Active Space", NYARTS, September 2013

Elizabeth Johnson, “Themes of Absence in the show beside the Cemetery”, The Art Blog, May 2013

Elizabeth Cook, "Open Studios 2013, Version 2.0", The Least Untrue, Dec 2013

Jonathan Stein, “The X Spot”, Spread Art Culture, January 21, 2010

Catinca Tabacaru, “Donna Cleary The X Spot at Leo Kesting”, Tincaart, Jan 2010

Marina Hedley, “Blurring Boundaries”, Monkdogz Art blog, January 14, 2010

“Keeping the Distance”, Sylelust, February 2009

"The Drawings of Donna Cleary", This is ART, February 2010

Jessica Gallucci, “The Way An Art Fair Should Be”, The

Economist, MoreIntelligentLife.com, February 2009

"Armory week 2009:Fountain Art Review”, Artcomments.com, February 2009

Blazakovic Norelsky, Irreversible Magazine, March 2009

“The Collective”, Torontovisualartists, February 2008

"Painting: Donna Cleary", Art Moco, Modern Contemporary Art, Mocoloco.com, August 23 2006

"This week at Art Moco", Art Moco, Modern Contemporary Art, Mocoloco.com ,Aug 25 2006

Live TV interview, MetroStudios Inc., The New Yorkers, New York, NY, July 19 2009

Other:

"Women and Art", Televised roundtable discussion between Magda Sawon, Diana Cooper, Paulina Babecka and Donna Cleary, Transborder Art, September 2015

Founder,/Owner, 184 Project Space, Brooklyn, NY

Publications/Catalogues:

Come Together, Surviving Sandy. Brooklyn Rail/Dedalus Foundation

Who’s Afraid of Feminism, Women’s Caucus for Art

Gallery Work:

2014-2015 Founder/Owner 184 Project Space, Brooklyn, NY

2014-2015 Postmaster's Gallery, Gallery Assistant, Tribeca, NY

2014 Visual Arts Gallery, Art Handler, New York, NY

Curating Experience:

2015 Attachment Theory, 184 Project Space, Brooklyn, NY

2014 Environs, 184 Project Space, Brooklyn, NY

2013 On Mark, Critique Space, 133 West 21st St, New York, NY

2013 Permission, Critique Space, 133 West 21st St, New York, NY

Teaching experience:

2015 Guest teacher, MFA in Fine Arts, School of Visual Arts, New York, NY

2015 Private art lessons, 184 Project Space.

2013 Teaching Assistant: Kari Lorenson, Foundation Sculpture, The School of Visual Arts

2013 Teaching Assistant: Daniel Wapner, Foundation Sculpture, The School of Visual Arts

Artist Assistant:

2013-2015 Diana Cooper

2012-2014 Bill Schuck

Miscellaneous:

2012-2014 Founders and President, Theory and Practice Group, School of Visual Arts, NY, NY

2013-2014 Co President, The Exhibitionists Group, School of Visual Arts, NY, NY
 








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