February 15 - April 10, 2011

The Vault (Feb-Apr 2011)

Matt Barton (Colorado Springs, CO), Dineo Seshee Bopape, Steven Cohen, Chris Coleman (Denver, CO), Paul Edmunds, Rajorshi Ghosh (Toledo, OH), Simon Gush, Pieter Hugo, Jennifer Levonian (Philadelphia, PA), Michael MacGarry, Nandipha Mntambo, Sarah Paul (Cleveland, OH), Andrew Putter, Michael Salter (Eugene, OR), Berni Searle, Lerato Shadi, Penny Siopis, Dario Solman (Queens, NY), Deborah Stratman (Chicago, IL)

Part of Vault

The Vault (Feb-Apr 2011)
Container (still)

Container (still)  Dario Šolman | 2010 | digital animation |

My House is not My House #3 (still)

My House is not My House #3 (still)  Chris Coleman and Michael Salter | 2010 | digital animation |

Holy Donuts! (still)  Jennifer Levonian | 2008 | hand-painted and cut animation |

It Will Die Out in the Mind (still)  Deborah Stratman | 2006 | video |

All Good (still)  Matt Barton | 2010 | video |

Ganges #1  Ghosh | 2008 | single-channel video | courtesy of the artist

Pony Love (video still)

Pony Love (video still)  Sarah Paul | 2010 | single-channel video, stereo sound | courtesy of the artist

The Vault functions as a media flat file—a converted walk-in safe where audiences can experience a variety of video and audio art. Work will be added to the The Vault on a rolling basis, remain on view for approximately six months and then rotate out. Viewers have the remote control in their hands to select the work they would like to view.

Check this page frequently for newly added artists and videos.

Currently in The Vault:

Matthew Barton
Crossroads, 2005
In a brief tale that is both comic and tragic, a young man finds roadkill and buries it.

Matthew Barton
Spring 2010 (All Good), 2010
A day in the life of a mountain dweller near Colorado Springs (and therefore NORAD).

Matthew Barton and Anna Bojic
Perpetual Impermanence, 2010
A lo-fi, psychedelic through-the-looking-glass adventure involving a dance party with a raccoon.

Dineo Seshee Bopape
the eclipse will not be visible to the naked eye, 2009
This video pays homage to Bopape's place of birth, Polokwane, but shows her struggle reconnecting to the local landscape after years abroad.

Dineo Seshee Bopape
feelin cosmic, 2008
Bopape is known for her playful, experimental video works and cluttered installations of found objects. These delve into the magic and mysteries of the metaphysical realm.

Steven Cohen
Golgotha, 2009
'Golgotha' began with the artist's discovery of two human skulls for sale in a shop in Soho, NY. These were fashioned by Cohen into a pair of macabre 'skulletoes' worn in a series of actions which took him to Wall Street, Times Square and Ground Zero.

Chris Coleman and Michael Salter
My House is not My House 3, 2010
This is part of an ongoing series dealing with themes of isolation, suburbia, and western culture. Nature tries to carve out an existence amongst these seemingly unoccupied homes while time passes and nothing seems to change.

Chris Coleman and Michael Salter
My House is not My House 4, 2010
See above.

Paul Edmunds
Weft, 2008
This body of work began with a story Edmunds wrote about growing up on Johannesburg's East Rand in the 1970s and 80s, and his relationship with surf and skate culture of the time.

Ganges #1, 2008
The Ganges is a place of death and life. Hindus from all over the world bring their dead to the river as a final resting place. Cremation anywhere along the Ganges is desirable, as it is believed to liberate the soul from the material cycle of suffering.

Ganges #3, 2008
See above.

Ganges #5, 2008
See above.

Simon Gush
Underfoot (Vooruit), 2009
Underfoot (Vooruit) makes links between the growth of basketball in Europe and the early history of Jazz. The performance is comprised of Swing dancers and Jazz musicians performing on a floor that has been covered with Coca-Cola in the Vooruit, Gent.

Pieter Hugo
Permanent Error (I), 2010
For the past year Hugo has been photographing the people and landscape of an expansive dump of obsolete technology in Ghana. The area, on the outskirts of a slum known as Agbogbloshie, is referred to by local inhabitants as Sodom and Gomorrah.

Pieter Hugo
Permanent Error (II), 2010
See above.

Pieter Hugo
Permanent Error (III), 2010
See above.

Jennifer Levonian
Holy Donuts, 2008
Levonian's animations borrow heavily from her own personal history. The work is a painstaking process of hand cut-paper animation using watercolor paintings and collage.

Jennifer Levonian
Take Your Picture With a Puma, 2009
See above. Music by Nathan Parker Smith.

Michael MacGarry
Will to Power, 2010
Will to Power aims to analyze the ideological and political motivations for assassination--with the act of assassination read as an extreme form of censorship as well as a manifestation of public and political will.

Nandipha Mntambo
Ukungenisa, 2008
Mntambo rehearses the steps of a bullfighter in the abandoned Pra

About the Artists

Matt Barton

Matt Barton received his BFA from Montana State University; Bozeman, MT in 2001 and his MFA from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA in 2006. He has worked as an assistant professor at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and as adjunct faculty at the Maine College of Art and... go to artist page

Dineo Seshee Bopape

Dineo Seshee Bopape was born in 1981 in South Africa. She started her art carerr at Durban Institute of Technology, where she studied painting and sculpture. She is a 2007 graduate of De Ateliers in Amsterdam and in 2010 completed an MFA at Columbia University, New York. She was the... go to artist page

Steven Cohen

Steven Cohen was born in 1962 in South Africa and lives in Lille, France. He is a performance artist who stages interventions in the public realm and in gallery/theatre spaces. His work invariably draws attention to that which is marginalised in society, starting with his own identity as a gay,... go to artist page

Chris Coleman

Christopher Coleman received his BFA in his native state from West Virginia University in 2001 and his MFA from New York State University at Buffalo in 2003. A number of his undergraduate years were devoted to studying Mechanical Engineering, knowledge that he brings to bear in his installations. His work... go to artist page

Paul Edmunds

Paul Edmunds was born in 1970 in Johannesburg, and lives in Cape Town. He graduated with a BAFA in 1991 and an MAFA (cum laude) in 1996, both from the University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg. He had his first US solo exhibition at RH Gallery, New York, in 2011. He has... go to artist page

Rajorshi Ghosh

Ghosh has exhibited widely, both nationally and internationally. His recent videos and installations have been shown at the final screening of the World One Minute Video Art Festival in Belgium and at the international juried Freewaves Festival of New Media Arts in Los Angeles. In 2007 Ghosh received the prestigious... go to artist page

Simon Gush

Simon Gush, born in 1981, is a South African artist currently based in Johannesburg. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of the Witwatersrand in 2003. Gush was a laureate at the HISK (Higher Institute for Fine Arts) in Ghent, Belgium, in 2007/8 and a Gordon Institute of Performing... go to artist page

Pieter Hugo

Pieter Hugo (born 1976 in Johannesburg) is a photographic artist living in Cape Town. Major museum solo exhibitions have taken place at The Hague Museum of Photography, Musée de l’Elysée in Lausanne, Ludwig Museum in Budapest, Fotografiska in Stockholm, MAXXI in Rome and the Institute of Modern Art Brisbane, among... go to artist page

Jennifer Levonian

Jennifer Levonian is a Philadelphia-based artist who creates cut-paper animations that explore the ambivalence of everyday life by focusing on things which go unnoticed and transforming them into bizarre narratives. Her work has been screened and exhibited nationally, including at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibits; Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC;... go to artist page

Michael MacGarry

Michael MacGarry holds a Masters Degree in Fine Arts from the University of the Witwatersrand. His work investigates the ongoing ramifications of Western imperialism within the African continent. Of particular concern are the mechanics of control and vested interest that inform the journey of culturally symbolic languages and products from... go to artist page

Nandipha Mntambo

Mntambo currently has work included in the exhibition space: Currencies in Contemporary African Art at Museum Africa in Newtown, Johannesburg (May 11-July 11). This Pan African exhibition is a 2010 FIFA World Cup Host City Johannesburg Event. She has had two solo exhibitions at Michael Stevenson, a contemporary gallery located... go to artist page

Sarah Paul

Sarah Paul is a musical artist and a professor at the Cleveland Institute of Art. She has been writing and performing experimental music since 1989. go to artist page

Andrew Putter

Andrew Putter was born in 1965 in Cape Town and lives there. He was a founder member of Public Eye and co-instigator of the Mother City Queer Project. Solo and collaborative projects include 20 Smells for The Bowling Club, Cape Town (2007), Suburbanism in public spaces in Rondebosch, Cape Town... go to artist page

Michael Salter

Every city and town has a street, never downtown, lined with strip malls, fast food, and discount stores. Here, I am inspired. It is the most prolific evidence of our current culture. As an obsessive observer I am fascinated, repulsed and hypnotized by the tidal wave of imagery that our... go to artist page

Berni Searle

Berni Searle has become one of the most visible of South African artists, increasingly peripatetic, undertaking art projects and participating in exhibitions across the globe. Trained as a sculptor, the Cape Town artist now utilises large-scale digital photographic prints and combines them with found materials to make her compelling installations.Using... go to artist page

Lerato Shadi

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Penny Siopis

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Dario Solman

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Deborah Stratman

Deborah Stratman is a Chicago-based artist and filmmaker interested in landscapes and systems. Her films, rather than telling stories, pose a series of problems - and through their at times ambiguous nature, allow for a complicated reading of the questions being asked. Many of her films point to the relationships... go to artist page

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