Visual art students and faculty from Antioch College, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Harper College and the Cantebury School of Fine Arts as well as a Chicago-based artist and a carpenter from Auckland began a collaboration in response to the Whole House Reuse project in the fall of 2014. After two weekend-long workshops and several international online video conferences, a team of representatives from SAIC, Antioch and Harper traveled to Christchurch and worked with New Zealand students to realize the artworks. Three projects emerged from this collaboration for contribution to the exhibition at the Cantebury Museum.
Raewyn Martyn (faculty) – Raewyn Martyn grew up in the South Island of New Zealand, and studied fine arts at Massey University in Wellington, (NZ). Martyn has a post graduate diploma in secondary teaching from Victoria University, Wellington, an MFA in Painting and Printmaking from VCUArts in Richmond, (VA), and has exhibited at Dunedin Public Art Gallery (NZ), City Gallery Wellington (NZ), RAMP Gallery in Waikato (NZ), Whitebox in NYC, 1708 Gallery in Richmond (VA), Herndon Gallery, Antioch College (OH), Harper College (IL) and The Physics Room in Christchurch (NZ).
Cleo Van Der Veen – Cleo van der Veen lives in Yellow Springs Ohio where she attends Antioch College. Her work often involves mapping or exploring language and humor through the visual depiction of idioms. Her most recent group show was Activate Now: Unpacking the Archives, Frameworks for Change! at the Herndon Gallery in Yellow Springs, Ohio. Currently, she works at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and co-edits Antioch College’s beloved satirical newspaper, “The Antioch Scallion.”
Sara Black (faculty) – Sara Black works broadly as an artist, artist-teacher, arts organizer and curator. She received her MFA from the University of Chicago in 2006 and is currently Assistant Professor of Sculpture at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her work uses conscious processes of carpentry, wood-working, and repair as a time-based method, inherited building materials or other exhausted objects as material, and create works that aim to expose the complex ways in which things and people are suspended in worlds together. www.sarablack.org
Tessa Elbettar – Born and raised in the concrete jungles of Los Angeles, Tessa Lina Elbettar is an artist and social practitioner studying at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her background has led her to a love of discarded material and high hopes for the future of reuse.
Dana Carter (faculty) – Dana Carter works across media often using ephemeral materials that convey the passage of time. Her textile, light and video installations have been exhibited at the Elmhurst Art Museum, Il; MassArt, Boston; American Institute of Architecture, New Orleans; Iceberg Projects, Chicago; Devening Projects, Chicago; Center for Print Studies, Columbia University, NY; Vox Populi, Philadelphia; Locust Projects, Miami; Gallery 400, Chicago; Glass Curtain Gallery, Chicago; Cleve Carney Art Center, IL; Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago; The Bioscope, Johannesburg, South Africa; and Centro de Desarrollo de las Artes Visuales, Havana, Cuba. Carter currently teaches in the Dept. of Fiber & Material Studies at the School of The Art Institute of Chicago. www.danacarter.com
Charles Roderick (faculty) – Charles Roderick lives in Chicago, IL, where he works as an teacher, artist, photographer and carpenter. He currently holds a position as an art instructor at Harper College. Since 2004 he has been working collaboratively with Josh Ippel on a project called Hideous Beast. His work crosses disciplines, critically engaged in art discourse with an emphasis on collaborative practices, group work, and participatory cultural production. www.charlieroderick.com
Cantebury School of Fine Arts:
Louise Palmer (faculty) – Louise Palmer is a New Zealand artist currently based in Christchurch where she is a Lecturer in Sculpture at the University of Canterbury School of Fine Arts. She completed a MVA at Sydney College of the Arts and exhibits in New Zealand and Australia. www.louisepalmer.com
Natalie Kittow – Natalie is a recent graduate from the Canterbury School of Fine Arts. Her work is conceptually driven, with an interest in sculptural and performative practice. Her current research is concerned with the relationship of the individual to the material, and the implications of that relationship. www.theniminvolved.wordpress.com
Cameron Ralston – Graphic designer, writer, editor. Co-editor/designer of Strips Club. Most of my work jumps between border activities of publishing, critique, analysis of practice, typography, printing and historical/contextual digging. www.cameronralston.com | www.thestripsclub.com
Kayla Ginsburg (Artist/Filmmaker) – I am a story collector, filmmaker, and artist living in Chicago. I am especially passionate about making media that center the margins, pursue alternate routes on alternate maps, and shamelessly embrace otherness.
Alex Martyn (Carpenter) – Alex started working as a builder out of school for a couple of years. Now Alex is studying performing arts at Otago University, and is continually interested in songwriting, theater and working with his hands.