The ghost of you is what haunts me, 4/6/18 - 4/12/18
THE GHOST OF YOU IS WHAT HAUNTS ME is a solo exhibition by Philadelphia based artist and Bunker resident, Eric Anthony Berdis.
Interested in the performative nature of clothing, thrift store castoffs and loud sequined materials have been reassembled by Eric to create uniforms for a dystopian queer world.
ERIC ANTHONY BERDIS is a Philadelphia based artist and curator exploring craft, performance and the intersections of DIY culture through theories of gender and sexuality. Eric ongoingly supports DIY culture as a curator and Zine Librarian of the artist run space Little Berlin and has exhibited work through solo exhibitions and performances at Random Access Gallery (Syracuse, NY) Practice Gallery, (Philadelphia, PA) and the Baltimore Artist Run Art Fair.
Not yet but soon, 3/2/18 - 4/1/18
NOT YET BUT SOON was a solo exhibition by Denver based artist Stephanie Kantor, Bunker Projects’ first ceramic artist-in-residence whose exhibit ran in tandem with The 52nd Annual Conference of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA). The exhibition reinterprets idiosyncratic collections and family heirlooms found in Kantor’s childhood home through ceramic sculpture, paper mache furniture, paintings, drawings, and found objects. The exhibit will work with the gallery’s domestic architecture to present an installation that acts as a visual portrait of home through playful and whimsical interpretations of multi-generational objects.
Not Yet But Soon confronts ideas related to collections, inheritance versus obligation, attachment and detachment, nostalgia, bearers of memory, and objects of sentiment. Through exploring these objects, both the relationships between the made and the original are altered creating a new space for these reinterpreted objects to exist.
STEPHANIE KANTOR is an installation artist working within varying mediums including ceramics, furniture, textiles, and painting. Her work explores the paradoxical aspects of culture, both expansive and local. Her objects manifest in sculptural ceramics that are often placed within created environments, transporting the viewer to an alternative reality. She utilizes ornamentation and decoration to create a facade of culture, where her objects speak to multiplicity, diversity, and artifice.
Kantor was born in Pittsburgh, PA but is currently based out of Denver, CO. She received her BFA from Penn State University and MFA from University of Colorado Boulder. She is currently an artist-in-residence at RedLine Contemporary Arts Center and teaches adjunct at local colleges in Denver.
Folklore Forevermore, 2/2/18 - 2/20/18
Steph Neary's "folklore forevermore" was a solo exhibition that included more than 100 pieces of work. The show included:
*hex signs - traditionally used to hush nosy neighbors, harvest a bountiful crop, or banish witches from curses/crushes.
*a shrine to glass bottle doll relics - they are animals made with beer bottle bodies + one woman who is haunted by a small ghost. all wearing flashy lashes. ! and dressed to impress.
*a wall of hand-painted wooden handled saws
*call-to-action embroidered tapestries. "nature vs nuture" "consent..."
*scrap crafts galore ! embroidered craft pennants, stories & more !
*piles of soft sculptures, dolls, and stuffed animals.
Steph Neary was born and raised in Wadsworth, Ohio and has since then studied Graphic Design at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. During her time in Pittsburgh, Neary has worked in art education, painting grocery store signs, organizing community events, collaborating with musicians and co-editing Andromeda Quarterly, a comix anthology.
Steph Neary is a self-taught visual artist propelled by the costume box and craft program held in the day-care her mother ran out of their home. Raised in a family of artists, her biggest inspiration is her maternal grandmother, whom attended the Rhode Island School of Design and ran a marionette and puppet troupe for children's birthday parties. She is not only inspired by her creative spirit but the everlasting love she pours into her family.
Steph Neary creates drawings, tapestries and sculpture about nature and humanity using tenderly collected antique fabrics, buttons, ric-rac, and discarded sidewalk objects which she mends and incorporates into her pieces. Neary’s work is inspired by traditional folk art motifs and peppered with a search for contemporary wisdom. Her recent call-to-action tapestries ask questions and commit answers through the comfort of textiles. “Nature vs Nurture ”? “Honor Mother”, “Consent. “No means No.” She believes, the illumination of a hand sewn message is the remedy for any broken heart.
Steph Neary honors the voices of unsung crafts people with techniques the machine world is prone to overlook. Her home is her studio and most grand art installation, a display of her heart and heritage. Currently, Steph’s body of work is focused on using scrap materials, to create call to action embroidered tapestries, handmade dolls, and her version of traditional Pennsylvania Dutch hex signs. Her work has always rooted from a heart broken space but now is bigger, brighter, softer and more hopeful.
Pretend Ones, 1/5/18 - 1/28/18
In Pretend Ones, Suso Phizer presented an audio installation composed of disparate accounts of gender and sexuality. The exhibition invited guests to wander through the space, listening to monologues sourced from interviews with participants in Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, and New York City. The voices in the show reflected on sexual normalization and the dissonance of reconciling lived desire and cultural expectation. Pretend Ones challenged common assumptions about the way that body shape and function determine gender and desire.
Suso Phizer is an artist from St. Louis, Missouri, currently living and working in Philadelphia as an MFA candidate at Tyler School of Art. She completed a two month residency at Bunker Projects in summer 2017.
Pear Shaped, 12/1/17 - 12/29/17
The wall sculptures, drawings, and video were drawn from her time living in Asia by utilizing imagery and objects related to food systems, beauty standards, and emotional affect of technology in our quickly globalizing world. Lawrence’s new work scrutinizes the cultural relativity of the gaze and the ways in which bodies are gendered and moralized in relation to food, tradition, and contemporary expectations proliferated by the constantly fluctuating images swirling in digital space.
For the digitally tethered, life is at the intersection of the virtual and the physical. Experience is continually tempered through a stream of simultaneous meta-interactions, archives, extensions, and reflections of ‘experienced’ reality.
The truncated and disembodied limbs, fruits, and food packaging parallel the fragmentation and compartmentalization encouraged in digital space by questioning literal and metaphorical touch, or even the sensation of closeness, between bodies. This work looks at the ways in which bodies are both gendered and metaphorically fragmented in terms of the linguistic and image-based correspondence between capitalist-driven material desires, physical sustenance, and the digital spaces we inhabit. Trained to process and refine fragments of the digital world, we recombine them into an almost infinite number of configurations in order to create the semblance of a whole.
This work also fights to become whole through the translation and recombination of the digital and physical, the sculptures relying equally on digital fabrication and hand augmentation. They are the consequence of the separation between the digital and objectness as a marriage of the two, a smoothed glimpse into the messy space between human touch and perception.
Gracelee Lawrence recently returned to the US after 15 months as a Visiting Artist in the Multidisciplinary Department of Art at Chiang Mai University in Thailand on a 2016-17 Luce Scholars Fellowship. She completed her MFA in Sculpture + Extended Media at the University of Texas at Austin in 2016 and graduated from Guilford College as a Principled Problem Solving Scholar with an honors degree in Sculpture. She is a co-founder of Pig & Pony, founder of the Virtual Studio Visit Network, co-founder of Mesa Fronteriza, a contributing writer for the International Sculpture Center Blog and a member of the collective Material Girls. In 2017 she had three solo exhibitions across the globe and curated a group exhibition, To Meet in the Clouds, in Thailand. Gracelee is a 2016-17 Luce Scholars Fellow, a recipient of the 2015 UMLAUF Prize, 2013 Eyes Got It Prize, and the 2011-12 Ella Fountain Pratt Emerging Artist Grant. She is an artist, writer, cook, traveler, macramé enthusiast, lifelong horsewoman, and Bagel Babe.
Duality, 11/3/17 - 11/28/17
Pete and Freddie were best friends. They played video games, rode bikes, LARPed, and slew demons together. That is until a mysterious masked crow named Anzu came along to tear their friendship apart. Now as adults, Pete and Freddie must navigate life without each other while Anzu torments them. But what could he possibly want with these two?
Duality is presented in the Bunker galleries in two forms: Camden’s original graphite drawings and overlaid red and blue prints that generate a dual narrative that reveals itself based on the color of the glasses worn by the viewer. The show also featured a mural that draws from the Duality universe. This work dealt with themes of insecurity and the fight, flight, and freeze responses to stress.
Camden was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA where he spent most of his childhood watching cartoons, listening to music, drawing on desks, and generally not paying attention in school. He’s been drawing since he could hold a pencil, creating characters for a long and drawn out animated series that never happened because it was a Frankenstein’s monster-level amalgam of everything he’s ever seen or watched...not to mention copyright infringement being a thing.Currently, Camden’s work is a translation of the music that he listens to (whether it’s the lyrics, title, or rhythm of a song) and the impressions they leave on him into comics, prints, and the occasional gif that teeter between mundane and magical realism. Camden has a BFA in Graphic Design from Saint Vincent College, which is currently hanging at his mom’s house and when he isn’t drawing is a full-time Shusher at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.