Yumi Janairo Roth and Nadine Wasserman: ArtSourced: Call Center

14 Mar 2015 – 19 Apr 2015

Smack Mellon

New York
New York, United States


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Smack Mellon is pleased to present Yumi Janairo Roth and Nadine Wasserman’s collaborative project ArtSourced: Call Center.


ArtSourced: Call Center is a collaborative art project that will function as an exhibition and performance space where creative blocks and artistic difficulties are explored and resolved. Working with 98B COLLABoratory in Manila, the Philippines, ArtSourced: Call Center will explore collaboration as cross-cultural practice between US and Filipino artists. In the global economy, outsourcing often takes the form of call centers that provide customer/technical support, marketing/outreach services to clients normally based in developed countries. However, despite the pervasiveness of call centers and our reliance on their diverse services, very little in contemporary art has explored the dynamic between client and agent, a relationship often fraught with many unspoken cultural assumptions pertaining to legitimacy, education, and creativity.

Yumi Janairo Roth was born in Eugene, OR and raised in Chicago and suburban Washington DC. She currently lives and works in Boulder, Colorado where she is a professor of sculpture at the University of Colorado. Yumi has created a diverse body of work that explores ideas of immigration, hybridity, and displacement through discrete objects and site-responsive installations, solo projects as well as collaborations. In her projects, her objects function as both natives and interlopers to their environments, simultaneously recognizable and unfamiliar to their users. She received a BA in anthropology from Tufts University, a BFA from the School for the Museum of Fine Arts-Boston and an MFA from the State University of New York- New Paltz. She has exhibited and participated in artist-in-residencies nationally and internationally, including New York (Bronx River Art Center, Sara Meltzer Gallery, Momenta Art, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Smack Mellon, Cuchifritos), San Francisco (Limn Gallery), Portland (Institute of Contemporary Art, Map Room) Houston (Lawndale Art Center, Diverse Works), Boston (New Art Center), Denver/Aspen (Rule Gallery, Center for Visual Arts, Museum of Contemporary Art, Aspen Art Museum), Minneapolis (Soap Factory), Milwaukee (Instituteof Visual Arts, Kohler Arts/Industry), Santa Fe (Museum of Fine Arts), Seattle (Consolidated Works), Mexico (Arcaute Arte Contemporaneo, La Galleria RufinoTamayo), the Philippines (Ayala and Vargas Museums), Colombia (Universidad Nacional de Colombia) Czech Republic (Galerie Klatovy-Klenova, Institute of Art and Design-Pilsen), and Germany (Frankfurter Kunstverein).

Nadine Wasserman is an independent curator and freelance art critic. She has organized many exhibitions and worked with both emerging and established artists. Wasserman has organized both solo and group exhibitions on a diversity of themes and has written about art for multiple publications. In her exhibitions and writing she has explored themes ranging from violence to mundanity. Recent exhibitions include "Lifeloggers: Chronicling the Everyday" and the public art component of the upcoming Three Rivers Arts Festival in Pittsburgh. At the 2013 College Art Association Conference, she presented "Filipiniana: Visual, Temporal, and Virtual Voyages across the Pacific (and between the Philippine and South China Sea)." Wasserman is the recipient of the 2012 Golden Quill Award from The Press Club of Western Pennsylvania for the category of Arts & Entertainment; Article, Series, or Criticism in a Non-Daily Newspaper.

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