Genesis Belanger

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Artist Statement

I am interested first in history- then in art history, and how an understanding of history puts the present into perspective. I find it really hard to look at the social ills of today and accept them as resulting from “my” history. This history we are asked to share was predominately constructed by an elite group of individuals. I make work that engages in a conversation about this present and its relationship to a past that most of us would not have had the privilege to shape. I am interested in the ethical questions that are at the core of what it means to be a person sharing a confrontational relationship to the past. Specifically I am looking at injustice, greed and idealism. I approach these questions and this conversations with a sense of humor: here we are, this is our f’ed up unfair present, and we might as well see it as funny.

Most recently I have been working in ceramics, hand building handsome jokes about the absurdity of the patriarchy in a material that lasts forever. Visually, I find the illogical to be elegant and beautiful. I have collected trash from the streets outside my studio and constructed architectural models littered with miniature billboards that are the refuse of their larger brothers intention, the end becomes the beginning. In an other project I visited vortex sights. These are places where the tectonic plates are said to be misaligned allowing us to feel the magnetic pull from the core of the earth. Along side this natural phenomena exists an advantageous commercial culture selling promises of spiritual renewal. I collected rocks from the sites and built gumball machines referencing the coin operated vendors you see outside grocery stores and laundromats. All of my diverse projects share a common thread; I believe strongly in the ability of the visual to tell the deeply complicated and nuanced stories of our specific point in time.

 

CV

EDUCATION
2012
Master of Fine Arts, Combined Media, Hunter College, New York, New York.
2004
Bachelor of Fine Arts, The School of The Art Institute of Chicago.
2000 – 2002
Bachelor of Fine Arts coursework, Rhode Island School of Design.

SELECT GROUP SHOWS

2016
Simple Pleasures, Cuevas Tilleard Projects, New York, NY
Happiness and other forms of self delusion, Pioneer Works.
Frida Smoked, Invisible Exports gallery, New York, NY.
Nature/Gesture, project art space. New York, NY.
Spring Break/Art Show, New York, NY
2015
Underdonk @ESXLA, East Side International, LA, CA.
Immediate Female, Judith Charles Gallery, New York, NY.
Made In New York, Blueshift Project, Miami, FL.
2014
Still life, Outlet Gallery, Brooklyn, NY.
2013
Fresh!, Outlet Gallery, Brooklyn, NY.
Currently Untitled:Galerie Protégé, New York, NY.
2012
Thesis Exhibition, Times Square Gallery, Hunter College, New York, NY.
2011
New Insight, Art Chicago, Chicago, Illinois.
CAA MFA Exhibition, Times Square Gallery, Hunter College, New York, NY.

AWARDS AND HONORS
2011
Eleanor Gay Lee Award, Hunter College, New York, New York.
2002 – 2004
Presidential Scholarship, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago IL.

PRESS

2016
Can Smoking be A Feminist Act,Jocelyn Silver, Milk XYZ, May 25, 2016
smoke ’em if you go ’em: frida smoked emily colucci, art f city, june 1, 2016
frida smoked time out new york, howard halle, may 26, 2016
Six female artists celebrate the power of the cigarette. Priscilla Frank, Huffington Post, June, 16, 2016
2015
Ten Badass Emerging Female artist you should know, Priscilla Frank Huffington Post,  Jan, 22, 2015.
2014
Is there Still Life in the Still life Genre? Jeffrey Grunthaner, Artnet, Friday, March 28, 2014
2013
4 Contemporary Female Artists Who Are Shaping The Future Of Painting, Priscilla Frank Huffington Post, Dec 19, 2013