New and recent works by Dannielle Tegeder
Wellin Museum of Art at Hamilton College

May 11–July 28

Site-Specific works inspired by museum’s new Machado and Silvetti-designed building

The Ruth and Elmer Wellin Museum of Art at Hamilton College
198 College Hill Road
Clinton, NY 13323

From May 11 through July 28, the Wellin Museum of Art presents Dannielle Tegeder: Painting in the Extended Field, the artist’s first solo museum exhibition. Featuring new and recent work, the exhibition will examine how Tegeder challenges the two-dimensional boundaries of traditional painting through the integration of animation, sculpture, and sound into her work.

For the exhibition, the Wellin has commissioned two new works by Tegeder: a 9 x 8 x 12-foot glass and metal mobile and a mural-size, site-specific wall drawing that will respond to the interior architecture of the Wellin’s new Machado and Silvetti-designed building. Tegeder will also debut a 17-foot-long diptych that is part of a series of large-scale drawings and multi-panel paintings, as well as a site-specific sculptural installation, comprised of non-traditional architectural models and materials.

Born to a family of steamfitters in 1971, Tegeder evokes the trade’s architectonic schematics in her abstract drawings and paintings, which are influenced by Russian Constructivism and Suprematism. After receiving an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1997, she spent several years moving between Chicago, New York City, and Mexico City. Her experiences in those metropolises inspired her to create three-dimensional sculptures and installations based on her drawing practice. The resulting work, on view in the 2006 exhibition Smooth Shatter at Priska C. Juschka Fine Art, was lauded by Art in America critic Steve Vincent as a “standout.” The installation led to a series of abstract, gouache drawings that incorporated geometric shapes and lines with an organic compositional approach. Art critic Karen Rosenberg of The New York Times commented that Tegeder’s paintings, on view at the National Academy Museum in 2008, were reminiscent of “early Duchamp and Italian Futurism.” In 2009, Rosenberg reviewed Tegeder’s solo show Arrangements to Ward off Accidentsat Priska C. Juschka Fine Art and called the work Nocturnal System Drawing and Atomic Nightlight (2009) “excellent” and Tegeder’s installation The Library of Abstract Sound (2009), which featured more than 100 drawings that had been entered into a customized computer program to create sound equivalents, “winning” and “playful.”

The Library of Abstract Sound (2013), a new drawing installation inspired by Tegeder’s 2009 piece of the same name, will be on view. Made in collaboration with a sound designer, the piece features over 100 drawings with sound equivalents, made using a computer-generated program developed specifically for this project. Tegeder will also present a series of animations, which will appear both in the exhibition and as projections on the Museum’s exterior.

“Having watched Dannielle’s evolution as an artist for more than ten years, I know her rigorous, system-based, and experimental methods that draw from mathematics, architecture, sociology, art history, and musicology are a perfect fit for the museum’s interdisciplinary approach,” said Tracy L. Adler, director of the Wellin Museum.

Dannielle Tegeder: Painting in the Extended Fieldis organized and curated by Tracy L. Adler. A fully illustrated catalogue, to be published in July 2013, will accompany the exhibition. It will feature essays by Adler, art critic Barry Schwabsky, and curator at the Drawing Center Claire Gilman, and include an interview with Tegeder by Xandra Eden, curator of exhibitions at the Weatherspoon Art Museum.

About Dannielle Tegeder
Tegeder earned a BFA from Purchase College, State University of New York and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has had solo gallery exhibitions in Paris, Berlin, New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago, and participated in numerous group exhibitions at PS1/MoMA, The New Museum, The Brooklyn Museum, and Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. Her work is in the collections of numerous museums including The Museum of Modern Art in New York, Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, and Weatherspoon Art Museum.

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May 9, 2013