Martha Vineyard Times coverage of The Great Dig


  • Talk to me : Reflections on Sea Spotting

    Talk to me : Reflections on Sea Spotting

    The temporary installation, The Great Dig is a large- scale dimensional quilt top dug into the shore.

    In reference to both a treasure map and an airplane target landing, the quilt tops will be targets for viewing in hopes to recognize abstracted patterns for visual decoding.

    The Great Dig challenges the utility of quilts, the communication of patterns and the temporary signal. As a digger of the earth, Carman seeks to be in communication not only with the landscape but with the context of historical land and conceptual artists who used the body, site and earth as locations of ethics and value.

    Talk to me:Reflections on Sea Spotting is the first of a series of works on the shores of coastal locations around the US.

    This is the first artwork by guest artist and Indiana University Fibers Professor Carissa Carman who is in residence at the Eastman house of renowned writer, Max Eastman whose estate was gifted to Indiana University to honor and uphold visions of creative fervor and historical preservation.

  • In Conversation With

    In Conversation With
  • Highway 46 Revisited

    Highway 46 Revisited


  • Indiana Studies Symposium

    Indiana Studies Symposium


  • Sum of Unity

    Sum of Unity

    Herron School of Art + Design
    The Sum of Unity
    FEB. 3, 2021 – APRIL 17, 2021

  • Call and Response

    Call and Response

    The Call and Response: Creative Interpretations of Wylie House exhibition is an artistic extension of the Wylie House Museum’s commitment to share the lesser-known histories of people associated with the 1835 Indiana home. Sponsored by the Arts & Humanities Council at Indiana University, Call and Response is part of Indiana Remixed, the Council's program celebrating the arts and ideas that shape Indiana today. In pursuit of narratives that tell all of our stories, the Wylie House is continuing its interpretive journey through the transformative power of contemporary art. http://collections.libraries.indiana.edu/wyliehouse/exhibits/show/artists-in-the-museum/call-and-response

    Virtual Tour

  • Womanhouse IU Cinema

    Womanhouse IU Cinema


  • Surface Design Association

    Surface Design Association

    St. Louis, MO
    Oct 3-6, 2019

    Beyond the Surface Conference website
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    at the same time!!

    Innovation in Textiles
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  • Primary Source Immersion Program Grantee

    Primary Source Immersion Program Grantee

    The Indiana University Archives, the Lilly Library, and the Department of Teaching & Learning are pleased to host a three-day program for IU instructors designed to promote the exploration and teaching potential of campus archives and special collections. By exploring evidence-based practices that engage student learning, instructors will come away with new approaches for incorporating primary source materials into their teaching.

  • Transitional Performances and Ephemeral Works

     Transitional Performances and Ephemeral Works


    College Art Association Conference
    Media Lounge
    Thursday Feb 14th

    Media Lounge is a part of CAA's conference that is a platform for hosting discussions, workshops, screenings and off site events related to New Media. Media Lounge is part of ArtSpace, a component of the conference that focuses on programming that attracts artists and practitioners. Our audience however extends to include international art historians, professors and artists of all disciplines.

  • WOMAN: A Representation of Womanhood and the Artist’s Book

    The artist’s book as a medium is driven by the desire to make a voice heard and is used as an accessible means of communication to reach a wide audience. WOMAN: A Representation of Womanhood and the Artist’s Book showcases artists’ books made by women, ranging from themes of feminist activism to a personal diaristic narratives, with an overall interest in what ideas women artists choose to express using book arts. This exhibition is an overall celebration of the mixed media art form as well as women artists, both which have been overlooked or less recognized in the art world.

    Artists on view include: Margot Lovejoy, Liz Barr, Rita MacDonald, Cheri Gaulke, Clarissa Sligh, Indigo Som, Amy Schmierbach, Diane Jacobs, April Katz, Barbara Leoff Burge, Carissa Carman & Gretchen Hooker, Rebecca Lown, and Grace & Bea Nettles.

    All artist’s books included in WOMAN: A Representation of Womanhood and the Artist’s Book are part of the Library’s Special Collections.
    April 9, 6pm - 8pm,
    Library Second Floor Reading Room

    Purchase College Library, Second Floor Reading Room
    Curated by Rebecca Lujan, ’18 (art history) with the assistance of Kim Detterbeck, Art Librarian.

  • Tie Up, Draw Down

    Tie Up, Draw Down

    90% of weaving happens before thread ever touches the loom. Indeed, the accumulation of warp over weft is only one of many actions, including drafting/design, winding, measuring, looping, counting, dyeing, knotting, setting tension, and others. These actions formed the inspiration and starting point for this exhibition.

    Tie Up, Draw Down explores weaving as a source for experimentation across media, genres, concept, and scale. Of the fifteen contemporary artists included in this exhibition, many hybridize weaving technologies, weave “the wrong way,” or adapt and innovate weaving processes to encompass new media. Others do not weave at all, but find a rich avenue of inquiry within aspects or stages of weaving’s complex field.

    Artists include: Polly Apfelbaum, Joell Baxter, Jen Bervin, Francesca Capone, Liz Collins, Marianne Fairbanks, Del Harrow, Sheila Hicks, LoVid, John Paul Morabito, Danielle Mysliwiec, Meghan Price, Molly Smith, Laurel Sparks, and Margo Wolowiec.

    Tie Up, Draw Down is curated by The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design’s (CCCD) 2017 Curatorial Fellows Natalie Campbell and Carissa Carman and organized by CCCD.

  • on point, off grain

    on point, off grain

    On Point: Off Grain features resourceful and process-based quilt piecework with unconventional materials and processes. Carissa Carman, Ellie Honl, Anne Luben and Emily Weihing work across Textile and printmaking processes incorporating stitched paper, monoprinting, cyanotype, marbling, and screenprinting. This dynamic group of works explore ideas of place and personal narrative and push the boundaries of what a quilt is through variations in surface, form and imagery.

    Show is open June 9-July 16

  • Textile Study Group of New York

    Textile Study Group of New York

    Guest Artist Lecture
    Wed., February 15 2017 7 pm
    Community Church of New York Unitarian Universalist
    40 E. 35th St. (between Park & Madison Avenues)
    New York, NY

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  • That which we are now

    That which we are now

    Solo Exhibition
    University of Evansville Indiana

    January 10-Feb 25th, 2017


  • College Art Association NYC Conference 2017


    Time: 02/16/2017: 1:30PM–3:00PM
    Location: Gibson Suite, 2nd Floor (Media Lounge)

    Chair: Carissa Carman

    Craft Action is a film series exploring the role of process, action, and skill as they relate to craft mediums. The growing interdisciplinarity of craft practices opened up a call for submission of international practitioners working across ceramics, textiles, metals, and wood exploring the role of the moving image in making.

    Guest Curators and Panelists:
    Marilyn Zapf, The Center for Craft Creativity and Design
    Namita Gupta Wiggers, Critical Craft Forum



    Time: 02/15/2017: 1:30PM–3:00PM
    Location: Gibson Suite, 2nd Floor (Media Lounge)

    Chairs: Carissa Carman, Indiana University Bloomington; Mat Rappaport, v1b3, Columbia College

    Sean Ahlquist, University of Michigan
    Marianne Fairbanks, University of Wisconsin–Madison
    Valerie Lamontagne, Ph.D.Concordia University, Quebec, Canada

    Media Lounge presents a Technological Working session combining art and process to explore a series of media investigations within soft and hard materials. With the complexities of textile construction and design, this panel looks at architecture and space, body as site, and textiles as tactile interfaces for new-media explorations.




    Time: 02/16/2017: 3:30PM–5:00PM
    Location: Murray Hill Suite East/West, 2nd Floor (ARTspace)

    Chair: Carissa Carman, Indiana University Bloomington

    In consideration of performativity, this panel explores political context that supports action, public as witness, and perspectives on social change as it relates to site and cultural histories.

    Therese Kelly, Los Angeles Urban Ranger
    Emily Eliza Scott, Los Angeles Urban Ranger and Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich
    Julie Faubert, Université Laval
    Tomie Arai, Chinatown Art Brigade

    An extension of the panel:
    New Demands: publication and take-away
    Lisa Vinebaum, School of the Art Institute Chicago

  • Tie Up, Draw Down :: Curatorial Fellow :: CCCD

    2017 Curatorial Fellow
    Benchspace Gallery & Workshop
    The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design Asheville, NC
    Summer 2017

    Tie Up, Draw Down
    Curators:: Carissa Carman & Natalie Campbell

    Sheila Hicks’ “minimes”, hand-sized compositions woven daily from disparate materials,
    have inspired Tie Up, Draw Down, an exhibition about translating weaving across media,
    genres, and conceptual frameworks

    The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design (CCCD) is pleased to
    announce the inaugural class of CCCD Curatorial Fellows. Three teams of emerging
    craft curators were selected to develop and mount cutting-edge exhibitions for display
    during CCCD’s 2017 exhibition season.

    Of 54 international applications, 3 were selected by CCCD Assistant Director
    and Curator Marilyn Zapf in consultation with CCCD’s Program Advisory Council,
    including Namita Wiggers, Independent Curator and Co-Founder of Critical Craft Forum; Elissa Auther, Windgate Research and Collections Curator at the Museum of Arts and Design and Bard Graduate Center; and Jenni Sorkin, Assistant Professor, History of Art and Architecture, University of California, Santa Barbara.

    "The quality and quantity of applications we received for the Curatorial Fellowship
    indicates a strong next generation of craft curators developing in the United States," said CCCD Assistant Director and Curator Marilyn Zapf. "We are thrilled to be working with these seven emerging curators to support their careers and provide a platform and documentation for new ideas about craft."

    Elizabeth Essner
    Lily Kane
    Meaghan Roddy
    Carissa Carman
    Natalie Campbell
    Matters Unsettled: Cass Gardiner, Quizayra Gonzalez

    All exhibitions by the 2017 Curatorial Fellows will be held at CCCD’s Benchspace
    Gallery & Workshop, 67 Broadway Street, Asheville, NC 28801.


    The Curatorial Fellowship program is administered by
    The Center for Craft, Creativity &
    Design and supported by the John & Robyn Horn Foundation.

    Founded in 1996, The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design is a national 501c3 nonprofit
    organization dedicated to advancing the field of craft through fostering new ideas,
    funding craft scholarship, and backing the next generation of makers, curators and
    critics. CCCD has developed a strong national reputation as a significant resource for
    artists, museums, academic researchers, university students and arts organizations.
    Each year, CCCD administers over a quarter million dollars in grants to those working in
    the craft field. More information about CCCD and its programs can be found at:

  • Arrowmont Residency

    January 2017

    3rd Annual Pentaculum in Textiles
    Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts
    Gatlinburg, Tennessee

  • Artist Talk

    Indiana Arts Commission and Department for Natural Resources

    Artist in the Park Professional Outreach and Artist Talk

    Site Specific Projects


    Arts in the Parks and Historic Sites draws upon traditional and non-traditional arts and artists in Indiana, weaving arts into our state’s natural beauty and rural settings. Arts in the Parks and Historic Sites provides funding for arts program related projects that encourage the creation of and public engagement with art about the Indiana state park/forest system as well as Indiana State Historic Sites. Funding provides nonprofit organizations and individual artists to bring arts programs, services and artist in residencies to local communities.

  • The Future Past ---> UnCoupling----> Not at All

    The Future Past ---> UnCoupling----> Not at All

    The Future Past

    May 7 - June 4, 2016
    Opening, Saturday, May 7, 6-9PM*

    L.P. Hartley referred to the past as a "foreign country," sometimes it can feel more like the place that we call home.

    The Future Past is the next exhibition in art + space’s site-responsive programming. The project explores themes of memory through object, light, word, sound and performance. In considering the deep and emotional history of the site, the project will acknowledge the ghosts of what existed while celebrating the future for what remains.

    Central State Hospital, created in 1827, once cared for nearly 3,000 patients on its 140 acre grounds. Funding cuts led to the hospital’s closure in 1994 and the site, left vacant and deteriorating for years, is being revitalized by Reverie Estates. Reverie’s mission of developing creative communities through the rehabilitation and reuse of historic properties is exemplified in the multi-building Historic Central State project which features Historic Central State Mansion, a co-living community also open to students, and 1899, a high end events venue, with other opportunities to come.

    art + space’s programming promotes forward thinking contemporary art and design by mid-career and emerging artists. Our site-responsive exhibitions provide temporary platforms for collaborative, innovative artist led projects. The goal is to use these transitional spaces to showcase art and ideas around the city.

    Megumi Shauna Arai
    Kathryn Armstrong
    Cody Arnall
    Hannah Barnes
    Hanna Benn
    Mike Calway-Fagan
    Carissa Carman
    Copy Culture
    Emily Kennerk
    Lindsey Maestri
    Michael Milano
    Colin Tuis Nesbit
    NoExit Performance
    Kipp Normand
    Jamie Pawlus
    Marco Querin
    Casey Roberts
    Scott Stulen
    Jeffrey Teuton
    Lauren Zoll

    *Opening night for The Future Past is a fundraiser for theatre group, NoExit Perfomance. It will be a $20 ticketed event that includes drinks, DJ, performance by musician, Hanna Benn, at 8PM, and a special project by NoExit

    Historic Central State, Carpentry Hall, 164 Steeples Blvd, Indianapolis IN


    curated by Mike Calway-Fagan

    Carissa Carman
    Lindsey Dorr-Niro
    Amelia Volwiler-Stanley

    The Sanitorium, as it existed in the recent past, was an institution that housed and treated those deemed incapable of normalcy and given over to hysterics; but normalcy was a life prescribed and established by men in order to disempower and apprehend women’s agency and hysterical was a bullshit diagnosis fabricated to oppress. The 3 artists in UnCoupling, a project presented as part of The Future Past, utilize performance, collectivity, objects, installation, site, and symbol to call attention to history’s persistent influence on behavior, identity, and normativity.


    Not at All

    Site Specific Performance by Carissa Carman

    Not at all is a series of actions narrating the trials and circumstances of domestic and institutional dismiss. It describes the precarious presence of the in-between state of resident and service worker. Four locations circulate an abandoned Mental Hospital, bridging actions of order, exhaustion, and making space for mundane neurosis’s. The collection of artists engage in rhythms of maintenance, of real and imagined spaces of the intuitive and introspective psyche. This “health camp” of provisional wholeness is an act-out in sequential abnormal outbursts of irrationality. Not at all is a gesture, a nod to passively allowing close encounters for order, disorder, and momentary lapses teetering on just what is normal.

    Materials: Ironing board cloth aprons, sod, stainless buckets, string, breath, soap, brushes, rags, stitching, lemons, water, platform, bell

    Participants: Carissa Carman, Molly Fox, Linda Tien, Rose Schlemmer

    Not at All--------------->UNCOUPLING----------------->THE FUTURE PAST

  • Textile Society of America :: BOOK REVIEW

    Textile Society of America :: BOOK  REVIEW

    (TSA) Journal Spring 2016
    The Handbook of Textile Culture
    Edited by Janis Jefferies, Diana Wood Conroy and Hazel Clark

  • what is a book


  • Baskauta :: Bachao :: Basket: An Interactive Basket Experience

    Baskets reveal a story for reflecting place and function. Join Carissa Carman, IU Visiting Assistant Professor of Textiles, as she introduces the materials for both historical and contemporary baskets. Carman will familiarize participants with the fine-tuned techniques for how to work through some of the basic interlocking forms that create structure. The session will investigate baskets from the MMWC education collection as a means to beginning construction with playful materials, to build an appreciation for the delicate skill that each material requires. No experience necessary. The event, sponsored by Fall 2015 Themester @Work: The Nature of Labor on a Changing Planet, is free and open to the public.

    Mathers Museum, Indiana University Bloomington

  • Struts Gallery and Faucet Media Arts Center

    Studio RESIDENT July 2015
    New Brunswick Canada

    presenting SURREAL ESTATE during the Ok.Quoi?! Contemporary Arts Festival


  • Delta Workshop Curator

    Common Thread is Textile Exhibition at Sacramento's Delta Workshop
    curated by Carissa Carman and Natalie Campbell

  • ART Practical

    ART Practical


    Does it Matter? Process and Product in Contemporary Natural Dye Practices
    By Carissa Carman, Rowland Ricketts
    February 26, 2015

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    An exciting exhibit of regional artists with national and international acclaim, runs from January 10th to February 28th at Greene County Council on the Arts Catskill Gallery, 398 Main Street, Catskill, NY.

    The show explores the idea of surface from all angles: of paintings, terrain, materials, our culture, what lies beneath and what is presented.

    EXTREME SURFACES challenges the ideas of boundaries, beauty, erosion and skin. As professor and art critic Christa Robbins says, “The word surface can't help but summon up what lies beneath it -- a contingent word, inseparably bound to its opposite, to the thing of which it is a part, impossible with out its antonyms: inner, deep, full, solid, cover up, sink.”

    EXTREME SURFACES runs from January 10th to February 28th. For further information, contact Molly Stinchfield, Visual Arts Director, 518-943-3400 or visit www.greenearts.org





    The Grunwald Gallery at Indiana University is pleased to announce Implied Action: Performance Through Object. This exhibition will open Friday, January 16 and continue through Friday, February 13. An opening reception will be held on Friday, January 16 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the Grunwald Gallery.

    Implied Action: Performance Through Object is an exhibition featuring four Visiting Assistant Professors in the Henry Radford Hope School of Fine Arts at Indiana University. Carissa Carman (Textiles), Mike Calway-Fagen (Sculpture), Carrie Mae Smith (Fundamentals) and Keith Allyn Spencer (Fundamentals) either make objects or use found items to convey the history of, presence of, or potential for performance. These objects range from an article of clothing suggesting the act of wearing; to those that have a history of action, whether artistic or utilitarian; to objects that document and become evidence of past performance. While these artists teach in various areas of IU's studio art department, it is evident that process, object, and performance are integral to each artist's studio practice. Implied Action: Performance Through Object is curated by Marla Roddy, Public Relations Coordinator at the Grunwald Gallery of Art.


  • Carleton University Art Gallery: Ottawa Ontario

    "Making Otherwise" Screening
    + Artist Conversation:
    Anthea Black’s Pleasure Craft and video works by Janet Morton

    Please join us for a screening and conversation with Anthea Black and Janet Morton, moderated by Heather Anderson. Artist, curator, and writer Anthea Black will present Pleasure Craft, which explores appearances of craft and handmaking in film and video from the 1960s to the present, where craft is a temporal process rather than a fixed object. An artist in CUAG’s current exhibition Making Otherwise, Janet Morton will screen a selection of her video work that signals a shift in her knitted work from the sculptural object to process and ephemerality.

    Image: Color Rhythm, The Colour Collective (Johanna Autin, Carissa Carman, Sarah Gotowka), 8 minutes, Video, 2009-2012. Image courtesy of The Colour Collective.

    Current exhibitions: Making Otherwise, Janet Morton, Color Collective, Anthea Black


    Featured Artist Project: SP Weather Reports (2008–2013)
    Opening Reception: Friday, January 17th 6–8 PM
    On view: January 17, 2014–March 29, 2014
    The Center for Book Arts
    28 West 27th Street, 3rd floor
    New York, NY


    Charles C Gund Residency Scholarship 2014

  • Sea Change

    Hayward Shoreline Interpretive Center
    4901 Breakwater Avenue
    Hayward, CA 94545
    June 9, 2013-Spetember 9, 2013


  • Textile Museum of Canada


    Jordan Bennett, The Color Collective and NorBlack NorWhite

    September 15-Nov 18th 2012

    Curated by Karie Liao
    Exhibition Overview

    WANDERLUSTfeatures contemporary artists Jordan Bennett (Canada), The Color Collective (Canada/USA/France) (Johanna Autin, Carissa Carman and Sarah Gotowka), and NorBlack NorWhite (Canada/India) in dynamic work that combines new media and popular culture with inherited textile traditions. Exploring unique cultural histories and places through their own nomadic experiences, the lines between art and life, fashion and design blur in the search for knowledge about themselves and the world we live in.


  • The Kitchen NYC BOOK RELEASE! March 20, 2012

    5 Chapters, 1 Video, 2 Records and a Radio Show will be featured in
    the first edition of Emergency INDEX will be released on March 20, 2012. The launch event is at The Kitchen (512 West 19th Street, New York) on Tuesday, March 20, at 7pm.

    Ugly Duckling Presse would like to introduce you to Emergency INDEX, an annual print publication documenting new performance in the words of its creators. Emergency INDEX is modeled after the “Artist’s Chronicle” of the magazine High Performance (1978-1997). In "Artist's Chronicle," early performance art in the 1970s defined itself through actual works as reported by the artists who made them. Though INDEX is not limited to performance art, it uses a structure similar to “Artist’s Chronicle” to allow makers of all kinds of performance to define the state of their field.

    Every year, Emergency INDEX invites authors to document performances they made in the previous year. By including performances regardless of their country of origin, their genre, aims, or popularity, INDEX reveals a breathtaking variety of practices used in performance work as it actually exists today. For readers, INDEX offers a cutting edge view of performance as it is used in dance, theater, music, visual art, political activism, scientific research, poetry, advertising, terrorism, and other disciplines. For artists, INDEX provides an opportunity to document the most important aspects of new work, without the need for spin or salesmanship. For anyone interested in contemporary performance, INDEX is required reading.


  • Socrates Sculpture Park Teaching Artist

    July 30 - August 3: Alternative Transportation with Carissa Carman
    Create your own shoes! After learning basic interlocking tricks, participants will make rope with re-used materials to construct their own footwear. We’ll explore ideas of travel and survival, and the history of shoe making around the world, while considering the art of the step.

  • Material Matters:: Textile Society of America

    Color Rhythm Presents
    Washington DC
    September 2012

  • Havana Biennale 2012

    Walking Backwards:: Surreal Estate
    San Augustin, CUBA
    in collaboration with L.A.S.A
    Laboratorio Artistico de San Augustin

  • SP Weather Station BOOK LAUNCH!


    Sunday, May 15 2011 4:00 PM
    Flux Factory: 39-31 29th Street, Long Island City

    Free and open to the public

    In the first of a series of events related to Air, Water, Earth and Fire:

    Artist Susan Goethel Campbell will talk about her air-related work and launch a new air project that invites public participation, creating a temporary installation at Flux Factory. The latest installment of Campbell’s ongoing project “Dirty Pictures: Portraits of Air” will be on view.

    SP Weather Station will conduct a brief introduction to unorthodox “launches” while launching the 2010 edition of the SP Weather Station Weather Reports.

    Each portfolio in the edition of 30 Weather Reports contains 12 works produced by 12 different artists or artist groups who were invited to respond to any aspect of one month of SP Weather Station data in any format they desired. Works from the portfolio, including audio, books, drawings, and prints, will be on display; the portfolio will also be for sale. Participating artists include: (January) Liz Zanis; (February) Graham McDougal; (March) James Walsh; (April) Carissa Carman; (May) Mark Parsons; (June) Tim Dye; (July) Douglas Paulson; (August) Robyn York; (September) Cross Current Resonance Transducer [LoVid (Tali Hinkis and Kyle Lapidus) and Douglas Repetto]; (October) Nicholas Fraser; (November) Man Bartlett and Angela Washko; (December) Ellie Harrison.

    Come and celebrate with us! This event is made possible (in part) by the Queens Council on the Arts with public funding from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

    Carissa Carman presents: April Showers Portable H20 Filter: Drink The Sky; edition of 30

  • ISEND International Symposium and Exhibition of Natural Dyes

    Showcase of Color Rhythm
    an 8 minute, 3 screen installation video work from the Color Collective's 2010 project Color Me Rad: a collaboration to grow colors

  • 2011 Sketchbook Project Tour

    Traveling Library showcase International Book Tour

    Brooklyn Art Library, Austin Museum of Art,
    SPACE Gallery (Portland, ME),
    The Granite Room (Atlanta, GA)
    Hillyer Art Space, (Washington, DC)
    111 Minna Street, (San Francisco, CA)
    Hyde Park Art Center, (Chicago, IL )
    Full Sail University (Winter Park, FL)


  • Fibre art, relational / radicant aesthetics & globalization

    Public presentation and discussion with artists
    Carissa Carman • jenna dawn • Suzen Green • Javiera Ovalle Sazie: Moderated by Dr. Lisa Vinebaum
    Saturday, April 16th, 5pm - 7pm
    Concordia University, VA Building Room 433

    1395 René-Lévesque Blvd. West
    Montréal, QC
    Four artists working across fibres, collaboration, performance, installation, site-specific and public art explore intersections between current fibre art practice and social practice in the larger context of globalization. This presentation explores current models of artistic production, sustainability, and the creation of alternative exchange economies in contemporary fibre art practices, as an antidote to Bourriaud's notion of the nomad as a model for contemporary artistic practice in the age of globalization. Whereas Bourriaud's proposition depoliticizes the conditions of globalization that produce migrants – poverty, war, dispossession, economic deregulation — the participating artists use a range of playful, interventionist and social strategies to propose more egalitarian modes of production and consumption, and engaging with issues of labor, mobility, collectivity, and sustainability in their work. As well, this presentation will explore the notion of fibres as "already relational" owing to their social and collective histories of making, and in contrast to Bourriaud's theory of relational aesthetics which elides politicized, performance and fibre art practices in particular.

    ***Presented as part of En avril - fibre textile art au Québec in collaboration with galerie Diagonale and the MFA Studio Art program at Concordia University

  • With Food in Mind

    The Center for Book Arts
    28 W 27th Street, Third Floor
    New York, NY 10001
    ****exhibition catalogue coming soon*************

    Opening Reception April 15, 6 to 8pm

    Inspired by the current food climate, With Food in Mind looks at artists' uses of food as subject or medium in book arts, print, performance, and digital media. The exhibition includes over 40 works that span the last twenty years.

    Featuring works by Nava Atlas, Carissa Carman, Atom Cianfarani, Conflict Kitchen (Jon Rubin and Dawn Weleski,
    with Brett Yasko), The Counter Kitchen (Stefani Bardin and Brooke Singer), Critical Art Ensemble, Mindell Dubansky (with Miriam Schaer and Toby Dubansky), EIDIA (Paul Lamarre and Melissa P. Wolf ), Joy Garnett, Martí Guixé, Heather Hart, Barbara Henry and John DePol (with Caroll Boltin), Gretchen Hooker, Marisa Jahn and Steve Shada (and with Noa Treister), Susan Johanknecht, K Yoland, Robin Kahn, Isabelle Lumpkin, Emily Martin, Katharine Meynell, Scott McCarney, Aleksandra Mir, Elaine Tin Nyo, Hugh Pocock, Susan Roma, Leah Rosenberg, John Ross (with Sam Jofee), Mara Scrupe, Maya Suess, Tattfoo Tan, Robert The, and Rirkrit Tiravanija.

    Organized by Nicole J. Caruth.


  • The Compulsive Browse:

    Field Conditions for Artistic Research,
    FOFA Gallery, Montreal, QC

  • Ephemera Conference

    January 2011
    [insert title here]
    Carissa Carman: Jennifer Cherniack: Sabrina Russo
    University of Western Ontario
    London, Canada

    **publication coming soon!!!!!!***************************

  • Sallie Bingham Center for Women’s History and Culture

    Book and Art: Artists books from the Sallie Bingham Center for Women’s History and Culture
    Duke University
    Durham, North Carolina


  • Concordia University Library Artist Talk

    Nov 11, 2010

  • UQAM upper division Design Course

    Artist talk with Sabrina Russo from [insert title here]
    Invitational by Angela Grauerholz

  • FOFA Gallery Artist Talk

    Carissa Carman, Jennifer Cherniack, and Sabrina Russo
    30 SEPTEMBRE, 18H30, EV1.605

    [Insert Title Here] is a site-specific text-based installation in the Ste. Catherine street window
    space of the FOFA Gallery. [Insert Title Here] re-purposes vinyl lettering that is the professional
    standard for promoting, advertising and contextualizing exhibitions. Using the FOFA gallery’s
    unsuspecting archive of wall text templates, unused vinyl, and misprints, this installation considers
    the role that text plays in exhibition display.

    [insert title here] considers the asides of exhibiting—wall vinyl, didactic panels, exhibition titles—
    that are used to frame works in a gallery setting. [Insert Title Here] considers production set-up
    of an exhibition; how signage and didactic texts are used to professionalize, frame and at times aid
    in explaining the work. In focusing on the representation of an exhibition that emerges from left-
    over textual material, [Insert Title Here] considers the extent to which these devices both serve
    and become part of the work.

    [insert title here] is produced through the collaborative partnership of Carissa Carman, Jennifer
    Cherniack and Sabrina Russo. This project was developed out of a joint panel presentation orga-
    nized by Cheryl Simon for the English and Cultural Studies conference The Archive and Everyday
    Life at McMaster University in May 2010. Each artist is currently pursuing an MFA at Concordia
    University in the Fibres, Open Media and Photography departments respectively.

  • Diogene Artist talk

    Torino Italy ( in a tram car in the grass growing round-about in Torino!!)

  • Ephemera of a Handmade Action Archive

    Concordia Campus Library

  • Terra Madre

    Terra Madre Slow Food NYC Delegate
    Torino, Italy
    Oct 2010

  • FOFA Gallery Montreal, QC

    [ insert title here ] a collaboration
    Carissa Carman
    Jennifer Cherniack
    Sabrina Russo

    September 2010
    FOFA Gallery
    1515 Ste. Catherine St. Ouest,
    Montreal, Quebec

  • Dans l'archipel du Waterpod

    Work related to Waterpod™ by the artists involved in the project will open September 11th 2010 at 3 pm at Occurrence Espace D'Art et D'Essai Contemporains: 5277 Avenue Du Parc, Montreal, QC H2V 4G9, Canada, Tel: (514) 397-0236. The exhibition will be on view until October 16 2010. Vernissage: Le Samedi 11 Septembre à 15H. Les expositions se poursuivent jusqu'au 16 Octobre. Mary Mattingly présente en solo The Anatomy of Melancholy. Dans l'archipel du Waterpod. Exposition regroupant: Mira + Derek Hunter, Alison Ward, BGL, Carissa Carman, Logan Smith, Charles Stankievech, Diane Borsato, Frédérique Saia, Geneviève Rousseau, Gregory Chatonsky, Ian Daniel, Jean-Pierre Bourgault, Kate Greenslade, Marc Dulude, Rodney Latourelle, Sylvie Cotton. Commissaire et artiste: Ève K. Tremblay.

  • COLOR me RAD: color collective

    The color collective was in residence at St. Felix de Valois

  • Art and the Everyday Life Conference

    May 2010
    McMaster University
    Ontario, Canada
    Curated by Cheryl Simon

  • Exit Art: WATERPOD: Autonomy and Ecology

    March/April 2010
    Waterpod: Autonomy and Ecology, the sixth exhibition of the SEA (Social Environmental Aesthetics) program, documents and revisits the Waterpod's five-month voyage around the boroughs of New York. It includes videos, photographs, relics, art works, journal entries, and ephemera that tell the story of this unusual public art project.

    Exit Art (underground)
    475 Tenth Ave
    New York, NY 10018

  • Sando Club and Ollie Ollie Oxen free Smores

    MFA Concordia Graduate Show
    Performance Weekend
    The HIVE
    2530 Rue St. Jacques
    in collaboration with Jazelin Maskos

  • MFA Concordia Graduate show

    The Hive
    2350 Rue St. Jacques
    March 25-April 6th
    Montreal, QC

  • SP Potluck

    Open Hous?e: a humorous approach to the serious art of living
    Nepo House, Seattle, Washington
    February 27-March 20, 2010

  • Verge Art Fair: NYC

    wildspace gallery
    Room 407
    The Dylan Hotel
    52 East 41st Street
    NY, NY

  • Verge Miami; Art Basel

    Wild Feasties
    Verge Miami, Catalina Hotel
    Dec 3-7th, 2009