Anyone in Pittsburgh tomorrow night? If so, stop on by and see what’s been going on recently in my head…
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23
5 PM, GIANT EAGLE AUDITORIUM
BAKER HALL A51
STEPHANIE SYJUCO is a visual artist who’s recent work uses the tactics of bootlegging, counterfeiting and reappropriation to address issues of cultural biography, labor, and economic globalization. Working primarily in sculpture and installation, her objects mistranslate and misappropriate iconic symbols, creating frictions between high ideals and everyday materials. This has included re-creating several 1950s Modernist furniture pieces by French designer Charlotte Perriand but using cast-off material and rubbish in Beijing, China; starting a global collaborative project with crochet crafters to counterfeit high-end consumer goods; photographing models of Stonehenge made from cheap Asian imported food products; and searching for fragments of the Berlin Wall in her immediate surroundings in an attempt to revisit the historical moment of “the end of History.”
Born in the Philippines, she received her MFA from Stanford University and BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. Her work has been shown nationally and internationally, and included in exhibitions at PS1, the Whitney Museum of American Art, The New Museum, SFMOMA, The Contemporary Museum Honolulu, The San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art, and the California Biennial at the Orange County Museum of Art, among others. In 2007 she led counterfeiting workshops at artspaces in Istanbul, Beijing, and Manila, and in December 2008 will have a solo exhibition at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston that will explore the legacy of Modernism and the Third World. She has had visiting faculty appointments at Stanford University and The California College of the Arts. She lives and works in San Francisco.