Edited State

July 22 – August 27, 2011


Edited State is a group exhibition of artists who deliberately utilize elements of subtraction to expose existing systems. These three artists will consider the departure of an object’s existing infrastructure and venture into creating a paradox with their process of re-appropriation.

Works by: Skye Gilkerson  • Keith Sullivan  • Tiana Peterson

Curated by: Rod Malin

Through the course of the twentieth century, the liberation of art objects occurred hand-in-hand with the breakaway from the containment of traditional infrastructure.  However, it may seem the paralleling state of what the market determines as substantial art is reflective of the politics out lining the architectural fibers that make up our culture.  As resources are in flux and current restrictions are placed on societal living conditions, we are faced with interrelated systems that oppose each other. The dominant cultural structure is strained not from the lack of resources, but from understanding the total phantom structural state of that infrastructure under the global market.

Skye Gilkerson has been in over 20 exhibitions including a recent solo show, The Portable Horizon Project, and a group show, Paperworks, juried by Maura Heffman, Exhibition Manager at the Whitney Museum of American Art.  Skye has been an artist-in-residence with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, and the Anderson Ranch Art Center.  Her work is in the Robert F. Pfannebecker Collection, the Bethel University Collection, and numerous personal collections in the U.S. and Germany, as well as the Drawing Center curated registry.  Skye earned her MFA in 2009 from Cranbrook Academy of Art.

Keith Sullivan is an interdisciplinary artist working in video, photography, performance, and installation. He received a Master of Fine Arts degree in visual art from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (2007) and a Bachelor of Arts in sociology from Emory University (2000), where he graduated with highest honors. His work has been shown in New York, Boston, and Atlanta.

Tiana Peterson is originally from Wautoma, Wisconsin. She received her MFA from the School of Visual Arts in Photography, Video, and Related Media. She has exhibited in locations such as The Brooklyn Arts Council, Phoenix Gallery, New York, Artforms Gallery, Miami and is looking forward to an upcoming show with the Buffalo Arts Center. She currently lives in Brooklyn, NY and is an instructor in the art departments of Montclair State University, New Jersey and Molloy College, New York. Peterson works in Photography and found material installation. Her materials often include books that by design are imbued with their own delicacy. Through slight object modifications, the spirit of Peterson’s work is in highlighting how articulate a minimal gesture can be.