Friday, May 06, 2011

Worms as Art? It's a Natural for Amy Youngs

Her workshop will reveal the environmental benefits of composting with worms (vermicomposting) as well as providing information about how to share worms with friends and neighbors. It will also create an opportunity to explore the various methods and containers, from practical to chic to experimental, flow-through fabric funnels being used for vermicomposting.

Participants in the workshop will discuss, imagine and draft creative concepts for their own ideal worm bin system. Participants in the workshop will vote to determine best design with the winner receiving a pound of live, red wiggler worms. Two runners up will collect live worms at the end of the exhibition from Youngs' "Building a Rainbow" installation.

Amy M. Youngs creates biological art, interactive sculptures and digital media works that explore the complex relationship between technology and our changing concept of nature and self. She has exhibited her works nationally and internationally at venues such as the Biennale of Electronic Arts (Perth, Australia), Te Papa Museum (Wellington, New Zeland), John Michael Kohler Arts Center (Sheboygan, Wisconsin), the Tweed Museum (Duluth, MN), Circulo de Bellas Artes (Madrid, Spain), the Visual Arts Museum, Pace Digital Gallery (New York, NY), the Art Institute of Chicago's Betty Rymer Gallery, Vedanta Gallery, Northern Illinois University Art Gallery (Chicago, IL), Blasthaus, (San Francisco, CA) and Works (San Jose, CA). Her artwork has been reviewed in publications such as, The Chicago Reader, Toronto Star, San Francisco Bay Guardian, RealTime and Artweek. Youngs has published several essays, including one on genetic art in the journal Leonardo and another on art, technology and ecology in the international art publicationNouvel Objet in 2001. Her work was profiled in the recent book, Art in Action, Nature, Creativity & our Collective Future. She has lectured on her work widely, including at Columbia College, (Chicago, IL), the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Boston, Massachusetts), the Australian Center For the Moving Image (Melbourne, Australia) and the Walker Art Center (Minneapolis, MN) and has participated in panels at professional conferences such as the Women's Caucus for the Arts and the College Arts Association. In 2002, Youngs was awarded an Individual Artist Fellowship Grant from the Ohio Arts Council. Youngs received a BA from San Francisco State University, graduating Summa Cum Laude and Art Student Honoree of her class. She was awarded a full Merit Scholarship to study at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she completed her MFA in 1999. Youngs is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Art at The Ohio State University. She was born in 1968 in Chico, California.

SPACES is a VAN Partner of the Visual Artists Network (VAN). This project is made possible in part through support from the Visual Artists Network Exhibition Residency, which is a program of the National Performance Network. Major contributors are the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, The Joan Mitchell Foundation, and the Nathan Cummings Foundation. For more information:

Amy Youngs in Residence: May 8 – 14, 2011
Exhibition: May 13 – July 8, 2011
Opening Reception: Friday, May 13, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

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