2013 : RASHAWN GRIFFIN
Dates: October 21, 2013 - January 12, 2014
Artist: Rashawn Griffin
Curator: Adam Bateman
"Rashawn Griffin’s diverse practice is grounded in the poetic investigation of social space. Using found everyday materials, from bed sheets to decorative tassels; Griffin’s elegant compositions awaken displaced memories of a collective experience, taking us on a journey that collapses time and space."
- Amy Smith Stewart
Rashawn was born in 1980 in Los Angeles, California, and grew up in Olathe, Kansas. Having recieved his MFA from Yale University in 2005 he currently resides between Kansas City and New York City. He was a 2006 resident of the Studio Museum in Harlem, AIR program.
Griffin's work has been exhibited widely, including the 2008 Whitney Biennial, a two-person exhibition RSVP at the Studio Museum, as well as Freeway Balconies at the Deutsche Guggenheim in Berlin, Germany, curated by Collier Schorr and Black Now curated by Fred Wilson at the Longwood Gallery in the Bronx, New York.
Adam Bateman is an Ephraim, Utah native who received a BA in English and Spanish at BYU and an MFA in Sculpure at Pratt Institute. He is an artist/curator who has exhibited his work internationally including shows at HPGRP Gallery and Benrimon Contemporary in New York City, Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, BYU’s Museum of Art, Utah Museum of Fine Art in Utah, Akureyri Art Museum in Iceland, and Jancar Gallery in Los Angeles. He has curated projects in Los Angeles and New York City as well as for a few venues in Utah including UMOCA and especially CUAC, a non-profit space in Salt Lake City that he has operated for nine years. Artists who have exhibited at CUAC have also exhibited at LACMA, Getty Center, LA MoCA, Guggenheim, Walker Center, MoMA, Whitney Museum, New Museum, Utah MoCA, UMFA, BYU MOA, and the Venice Biennale.