Wendy Given

Resides
Portland, OR
Born
1971
Website

Wendy Given was born in Dayton, Ohio in 1971. Given received her Master’s of Fine Arts from Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, California and her Bachelor’s of Fine Arts from the Atlanta College of Art in Atlanta, GA (now the Savannah College of Art and Design). Her work in photography, video and sculpture has been exhibited in Germany, The Netherlands and throughout the United States. Given's work in photography will be included in the 10th Northwest Biennial at the Tacoma Art Museum in Tacoma, Washington in January 2012, as well as in an upcoming solo exhibition at Nationale in Portland, Oregon in February. Given is a Portland, Oregon based visual artist where her work is produced with her husband, two dogs and cat.

Aiming to produce work that resonates in the deep, dark and unstable ground between consciousness and collective memory, I essentially hope to cross the fine, delicate strata between realism and imagination. I am keenly interested in observing and documenting the otherworldly—or seemingly supernatural—in the everyday experience, realizing my ongoing fascination with myth and magic. Consisting of various portraits, objects, landscapes and scenes limned with the subtle locus between metaphor, allegory, fact and fiction, my images portray a myriad of hosts for both primeval and contemporary narratives, evoking each viewer’s willingness to search, see and believe.

The concept for A. hypogaea albus (Peanut Elves) originated from a game I was taught as a small child by my mother and grandparents which involved searching for elves inside of raw peanuts. The true origin of the game is unknown, although, it traditionally passed through several generations of my maternal family in the Netherlands as a pastime of discovery, patience, and imagination.

In order to produce the peanut elves, I sorted through hundreds of peanut halves to discover specimens that contained a recognizable elf "face" in the seedpod when viewed with the naked eye. Then, I very minimally and carefully carved each seedpod to enhance the preexisting prominent features of each peanut elf. With focused lighting, careful placement of shadows, and the use of a macro lens, each peanut assumes a distinctive identity with elvish features. By enlarging the peanut elves approximately thirty times the actual size, the complexity, realism and detail of the individual elves are readily accessible to the viewer. The outcome of the project initiates the viewer into a renewed awareness and piqued interest in discovering, or rediscovering, the typically unseen realm of our existence.

Education

2002
MFA, Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, CA.

1993
BFA, The Atlanta College of Art, Atlanta, GA.


Solo Exhibitions

2012
Nationale, Portland, OR (February)

2011
Turn Your Back to the Forest, Your Front to Me, Whitespace, Atlanta, GA.

2010
How to Explain Magic to a Dead Rabbit, Wieden+Kennedy Gallery, Portland, OR (catalogue).

2008
No Man’s Land, Solomon Projects, Atlanta, GA (catalogue).

2004
Domesticated, Art Concepts, Santa Monica, CA.

2000
Animism, Solomon Projects, Atlanta, GA.

Group Exhibiitons

2012
10th Northwest Biennial, Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA (catalogue).

2011
The December Show, Whitespace, Atlanta, GA.
Fifth Annual JTHAR Art Exhibit, Joshua Tree Art Gallery, Joshua Tree, CA.
Equine, Froelick Gallery, Portland, OR.
The Collector’s Guide to New Art Photography Vol. 2 Exhibition, curated by Vanessa Kramer of Phillips de Pury & Company for the Humble Arts Foundation, Chelsea Art Museum, NY (catalogue).

2009
14th Annual PCNW Members’ Juried Exhibition, curated by Eric Fredericksen, PCNW, Seattle, WA.
Group Show No. 31, curated by Jon Feinstein, Humble Arts Foundation, NYC, NY.
Town & Country: Oregon at 150, Froelick Gallery, Portland, OR.
Short Stories, Wendy Given and Diem Chau, Fifth Floor, Los Angeles, CA.
Wolves & Urchins, Wendy Given, Hayley Barker and Anne Mathern, The Art Gym, Marylhurst University, OR.
Green Light, Bank of America Building, exhibition loan from Joie Lassiter Gallery to Behringer Harvard, Charlotte, NC (catalogue).

2008
Multiple Feeds, LAAA’s Film & Video 825 / Otis College of Art and Design, curated by Erika
Suderburg, Democracy Forum at the National Center for the Preservation of Democracy, Los Angeles, CA.
Outside the Big-Box, Fifth Floor, Los Angeles, CA.

2007
Staying Alive, curated by Mary Anna Pomonis, The Winslow Garage, Los Angeles, CA.

2006
VITAS Film Festival, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA.
Digital World: L.A., curated by S.E. Barnet, Niche.LA / Lounge 441, Los Angeles, CA.

2004
A Minute on Camera, Oct. 21st, Salto Network Television, The Netherlands.
Home Grown, Solomon Projects, Atlanta, GA.

2003
City Zooms.Bremen.2003, Films from Cosmopolitan Cities with sea links, Uebersee Museum Square, Bremen, Germany.

Bibliography

2011
The Collector’s Guide to New Art Photography Vol. 2
, Humble Arts Foundation, edited by amani olu and Jon Feinstein with an introduction by Vanessa Kramer, Director of Photographs, Phillips de Pury & Company, 
Cullum, Jerry. “Wendy Given re-reads magic and modernism at Whitespace”, Burnaway, January 18, 2011.
Feaster, Felicia. “Wendy Given’s dark and beguiling fairy tales at Whitespace”,
ArtsCriticAtl, Art & Architecture, January 14, 2011.

2010
Bowie, Chas. “Twin Collisions of Photos, Sculpture”, The Oregonian, June 11, 2010.

2009
Johnson, Barry. “Closing Oregon’s Art Gap”, The Oregonian, July 6, 2009.
“Independent Art”, Bear Deluxe, #29 Summer 2009, p.32-33.
Pomonis, Mary Anna. “Diem Chau and Wendy Given at Fifth Floor”, Artweek, June 2009, Volume 40, Issue 5, p.19.
Speer, Richard. “Warlord Sun King, Art Gym: Northwest artists herald the age of ‘eco-baroque’”, Willamette Week, Vol. 35/18, March 11,2009, p.52.
“Into The Wild”, Voices, NY Arts Magazine, January/February 2009, Vol.14 No. 1/2, International Edition, p.12-13.

2008
Parker, Virginia. “The Fine Art of Collecting”, Atlanta Magazine, Best of Atlanta, Vol. 48 No. 8., December 2008 p. 60.

2007
Wood, Eve. “Staying Alive”, Winslow Garage, Los Angeles CA. artUS, Issue 20, Winter 2007.

2004
Cullum, Jerry. “Atlanta Link Comes Vividly To The Forefront”, The Atlanta Journal Constitution, July 18, 2004.

2000
Cullum, Jerry. “Private Universe Lurks Beneath Cartoon Surface”, The Atlanta Journal Constitution, August 4, 2000, p. Q8.

1997
Forrest, Jason A. “Forty Winks for the Four Footed”, Art Papers, July/August 1997, p. 48.
Byrd, Cathy. Accent Nexus, Creative Loafing, April 19,1997, p. 28.

1995
Melrod, George. “Alter Pieces Mix With Alter Egos”, Art & Antiques, Page 37, September 1995.

Awards & Honours

2011
JTHAR Residency, July–August 2011, Joshua Tree, CA.

2010
Caldera Residency, February 2010, Sisters, OR.

2009
Shortlist Award for Professional Photography, London International Competition (LICC), (catalog—LICC 02 edition).

2001
Betty and Monte Factor Graduate Scholarship, Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, CA.

2000
Ahmanson Foundation Scholarship, Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, CA.

1993
The Gene Allcott Memorial Scholarship Merit Award in Painting, The Atlanta College of Art, Atlanta, GA.

1990-93
Presidential Scholarship, The Atlanta College of Art, Atlanta, GA.

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