Jaimie Warren at American Medium

Artist: Jaimie Warren

Exhibition title: One Moment in Time

Venue: American Medium, New York, US

Date: November 1 – December 15, 2018

Photography: all images copyright and courtesy of the artists and American Medium, New York

american medium is pleased to present One Moment in Time, a solo exhibi4on by Jaimie Warren, her second with the gallery. One Moment in Time consists of two new bodies of work; an installa4on of “living sculpture” and a series of hand-painted cutouts depic4ng icons culled from pop culture and an4quity.

Shitgardens Wall of Scary Plants is the culmina4on of a year-long collabora4ve process whereby Warren and her team created an interlocking wall of sculptures inspired by the Instagram account @shitgardens. Sculpted in foam and realis4cally painted, these sculptures have hidden mechanisms allowing one or more puppeteers to transform them into characters full of life. Shitgardens Wall of Scary Plants func4ons as a scenic backdrop un4l the hand-carved trees, shrubs, and foliage become the actors themselves, transcending their sta4on as mere scenery. Like much of Warren’s work, this project takes inspira4on from contemporary pop-culture and tradi4ons in scenic arts and film, appropria4ng the aesthe4c of similar crea4ons in movies such as The Wizard of Oz and

Babes in Toyland. Shitgardens Wall of Scary Plants is yet another example of how Warren can combine 21st-century source material, nostalgic inspira4ons, and unique imaginings into something all her own.

Opposite, Warren has installed her first-ever series of pain4ngs. These cutouts are a collec4on of excerpts from medieval pain4ngs, B-Horror movies, and portraits of pop icons. These pain4ngs act as a survey of Warren’s ar4s4c and personal inspira4ons; the mixture of the grotesque and the reveren4al seen in this series is a line that can be drawn between all of Warren’s work.

Love’s in Need of Love Today: A Performance

Warren’s Shitgardens Wall of Scary Plants will come to life for an in4mate and emo4onal performance by Warren and collaborators – the newest in a long series of performances dedicated to her pop idols. With references made to seminal figures like GG Allin, Whitney Houston, Freddie Mercury, and Stevie Wonder, Warren pays homage to these transforma4ve stars, acknowledging the deep influence they have had on her as an ar4st and performer. As in past performances, Love’s in Need of Love Today is a collabora4on with many other ar4sts, performers, past students, and friends.

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Jaimie Warren is a mul4disciplinary ar4st and Co-Director/Creator of the community arts project and fake public access tv show “Whoop Dee Doo”. Warren is a NYFA Fellow in Interdisciplinary Arts, and has been awarded ar4st residencies in NYC with the Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program, BRICworkspace, Abrons AIRspace, and is a current Ar4st-in-Residence with Pioneer Works and upcoming resident with Yaddo. Her work has been featured in publica4ons including The New York Times, Art in America, artnet, ArtNews, and ArDorum, among others. Warren is the recipient of the Baum Award for An Emerging American Photographer, and is a featured ar4st in ART21’s documentary series “New York Close Up”.

Warren has had solo exhibi4ons at Higher Pictures, The Hole and american medium, and career highlights include exhibi4ng installa4ons, photography, video or live performance at Showroom Mama (Rokerdam), Getsumin (Osaka), and Extrapool (Nijmegen), Cement

Fondue (Sydney Australia), the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (Beijing), the San Diego Museum of Art, Centre d’Art (Catalonia), Spritmuseum (Stockholm), Proyectos Monclova (Mexico City), and the Warhol Museum (Piksburgh).

Whoop Dee Doo (est. 2006) has created commissioned projects for SFMOMA (San Francisco), the Smart Museum (Chicago), Loyal Gallery (Sweden), and The Contemporary (Bal4more) among others. Whoop Dee Doo has received a Franklin Furnace Grant, an Abrons Arts Center Ar4st Fellowship, and was a 2016 ar4st-in-residence at the High Line (NYC).

Jaimie Warren, One Moment in Time, 2018, exhibition view, American Medium, New York

Jaimie Warren, One Moment in Time, 2018, exhibition view, American Medium, New York

Jaimie Warren, One Moment in Time, 2018, exhibition view, American Medium, New York

Jaimie Warren, Shitgardens Wall of Scary Plants, 2018, Mixed media, 108 x 192 x 50 in (274.3 x 487.7 x 127 cm)

Jaimie Warren, Shitgardens Wall of Scary Plants, 2018, Mixed media, 108 x 192 x 50 in (274.3 x 487.7 x 127 cm)

Jaimie Warren, Shitgardens Wall of Scary Plants, 2018, Mixed media, 108 x 192 x 50 in (274.3 x 487.7 x 127 cm)

Jaimie Warren, Shitgardens Wall of Scary Plants, 2018, Mixed media, 108 x 192 x 50 in (274.3 x 487.7 x 127 cm)

Jaimie Warren, Shitgardens Wall of Scary Plants, 2018, Mixed media, 108 x 192 x 50 in (274.3 x 487.7 x 127 cm)

Jaimie Warren, Shitgardens Wall of Scary Plants, 2018, Mixed media, 108 x 192 x 50 in (274.3 x 487.7 x 127 cm)

Jaimie Warren, One Moment in Time, 2018, exhibition view, American Medium, New York

Jaimie Warren, One Moment in Time, 2018, exhibition view, American Medium, New York

Jaimie Warren, You Take My Breath Away: Freddie Mercury #1, 2018, Acrylic on board (7 paintings), Dimensions variable

Jaimie Warren, You Take My Breath Away: Stevie Wonder Wall #1, 2018, Acrylic on board (9 paintings), Dimensions variable

Jaimie Warren, You Take My Breath Away: Michael Jackson Wall #1, 2018, Acrylic on board (7 paintings), Dimensions variable

Jaimie Warren, One Moment in Time, 2018, exhibition view, American Medium, New York

Jaimie Warren, Shitgardens Wall of Scary Plants, 2018, Mixed media, 108 x 192 x 50 in (274.3 x 487.7 x 127 cm)

Jaimie Warren, Shitgardens Wall of Scary Plants, 2018, Mixed media, 108 x 192 x 50 in (274.3 x 487.7 x 127 cm)

Jaimie Warren, Shitgardens Wall of Scary Plants, 2018, Mixed media, 108 x 192 x 50 in (274.3 x 487.7 x 127 cm)

Jaimie Warren, One Moment in Time, 2018, exhibition view, American Medium, New York

Jaimie Warren, Nothing Else Matters: Portrait of James Hetfield, Homer, Alaska, 2018, Digital video, 5 minutes, 22 seconds

Jaimie Warren, One Moment in Time, 2018, exhibition view, American Medium, New York

Jaimie Warren, One Moment in Time, 2018, exhibition view, American Medium, New York

Jaimie Warren, One Moment in Time, 2018, exhibition view, American Medium, New York

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