Gordon Winiemko

Statement

My video, performance, and participatory based work asks: how does culture determine who we are and how we relate to each other, for better and for worse? And, how might we intervene in culture in order to forge different social identities and relations, and vice versa? As serious as my inquiry is, I often use humor as a device to disarm traditional ways of approaching this subject matter. And, to forward the consideration of culturally constructed subjectivity, I use the figure of the artist as a signifier of the subjective. That is, I myself frequently appear in my work, performing and subverting customs, memes, attitudes, and so on. For the past few years, I have been collaborating with Jeff Foye, effectively doubling the artist-as-subject, thereby further problematizing the construction of identity. I complete my performative actions, both solo and collaborative, through the mediation of video because the screen – whether the silver screen, a television, or a digital device – reflects and amplifies models of identity and culture. By using the medium of the screen and by employing the tropes of “screen media” like the cinema, I set the stage for the re-examination of otherwise transparent and comfortable cultural structures.

Experience

As a Long Beach based artist, I am pleased that my work has been exhibited at the Expo Center and the Collaborative, as well as in the Long Beach SoundWalk. In Los Angeles, I have exhibited at such venues as Monte Vista Projects, Kristi Engle Gallery, and PØST. In the greater Los Angeles area, I have exhibited at the UC Riverside Sweeney Art Gallery, the Laguna Art Museum, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara. Across the country my work has been included in exhibitions and screenings at such venues as Anthology Film Archives, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the SXSW Film Festival, and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Internationally, my work has been included in exhibitions and screenings at such venues as Blinding Light!! Cinema, Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, La Casa Encendida, L’Œil de Poisson, and the Trajector Art Fair. I has been the recipient of several grants, such as the Investing in Artists grant from the Center for Cultural Innovation and the Professional Artist Fellowship from the Arts Council for Long Beach. My work has been featured several times on National Public Radio, the Los Angeles Times, and in other publications. I received my MFA in Art from UC Irvine.

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Long Beach, CA 90803
gordon@winiemko.com

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350 Elm Avenue Long Beach, CA 90802 / 562.435.ARTS (2787)

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