Jillian McDonald
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Works in United States of America

Jillian Mcdonald is a Canadian performance and media artist, transplanted in Brooklyn. Her work has been shown most recently at Moti Hasson Galery in New York, La Sala Naranja in Valencia, Spain, ArtMoving Projects and Vertex List in Brooklyn, Paved New Media in Saskatoon, Video Pool in Winnipeg, and 1708 Gallery in Virginia.

Mcdonald teaches Digital Art at Pace University in NYC and is co-director of Pace Digital Gallery. http://www.pace.edu/digitalgallery

Website: http://www.jillianmcdonald.net
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Valley of the Deer

Fri May 16, 2014 19:00 - Sun Jun 22, 2014

Brooklyn, New York
United States of America

Jillian McDonald: Valley of the Deer, May 16 – June 22

Air Circulation has the pleasure of introducing Valley of the Deer, a solo exhibition of new work by Jillian McDonald. Valley of the Deer consists of a video, drawings, and a cast of augmented reality characters viewable on mobile devices in the gallery’s neighborhood.

The opening will take place on Friday, May 16, 7-9 pm and the show will be on display until June 22nd.

“I take inspiration from horror film archetypes, narratives, and cautionary tales. Masked characters appears frequently in horror – at once anonymous, uncanny, hybrid, terrifying, and disarmingly naïve.

Filming across Northeastern Scotland, I cast local residents in costumes and masks that reflect the landscape, traditional highland dress, and folklore – both real and imagined. The landscape figures prominently in this hunting narrative, and the masked actors appear in majestic views amid fairy knolls, lochs, mossy glens, and fog. Crystals break from rock, rainbows charge the skies, and live animals such as reindeer and wolves appear as spectres. Magical realism and live action reveal ghostly presences and there is a suggestion that this valley has many hidden tales. The soundtrack features sounds recorded on location as well as a local drum and pipe band and the mournful Loch Tay Boat Song.”

Accompanying the video and simultaneously existing as a separate artwork, From the Valley of the Deer is an augmented reality artwork. In each city where the work is exhibited, local GPS coordinates are haunted by characters and scenes from the video. A map is available online and these apparitions may be stumbled upon as by passersby, the locations visited long after by spirits of a distant valley.

Valley of the Deer was produced in residence at the Glenfiddich International Artist’s Residency in Dufftown, Scotland in 2012. It has been supported by the Canada Council for the Arts and a 103.9FM New York State Council on the Arts Distribution Grant. From the Valley of the Deer is a 2013 commission of New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc. for its Turbulence web site. It was made possible with funding from the Jerome Foundation.

Jillian McDonald is a Canadian artist who divides her time between New York and Canada. She is an Associate Professor of Art at Pace University, teaching performance art, video, and studio seminars. She is hopelessly in love with northern places, snow, fog, and the ocean; and since 2006 has watched a healthy amount of horror films. She spent much of the past year living and working in Northeastern Scotland.

Solo shows and projects include the Esker Foundation in Calgary; Moti Hasson Gallery, Jack the Pelican Presents, and vertexList in New York; The San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery and Rosenthal Gallery in San Francisco; Hallwalls in Buffalo; La Sala Narañja in Valencia, Spain; YYZ in Toronto; Video Pool in Winnipeg; and Edge Media in Newfoundland. Her work has been included in group exhibitions and festivals at The Chelsea Museum and The Whitney Museum’s Artport in New York; The Edith Russ Haus for Media Art in Oldenburg, Germany; MMOCA in Madison, Wisconsin; Onsite at OCADU and YYZ Gallery in Toronto; The International Biennial of Contemporary Art in Mérida, Venezuela; The Sundance Film Festival in Utah; La Biennale de Montréal; and the Centre d’Art Contemporain de Basse-Normandie in Caen, France.


Assistant Professor of Art

Mon Dec 02, 2013 23:59

New York, New York
United States of America

Art Department, Pace University, New York, NY

Assistant Professor of Art

Pace University in Manhattan invites applications for an anticipated full time, tenure track Interdisciplinary position, at the rank of Assistant Professor. The department is seeking an artist with an expertise in Photography and the ability to teach in one or more of the following preferred areas: Sculpture, Eco/Environmental Art, or Sustainable Design. The successful candidate will have the appropriate terminal degree for their field (MFA or PhD), a strong professional record of exhibitions or publications, and at least three years of prior teaching experience. Knowledge of contemporary theory is expected. Salary is commensurate with experience.

Applicants should submit the following as two PDF files:
1) Cover letter, Curriculum Vitae, list of three references and contact information, teaching philosophy, list of images and/or list of links to videos uploaded to Vimeo, YouTube or a website for time-based work. Optional: writing samples, maximum ten pages. Maximum PDF file size: 5MB.
2) Examples of creative work documentation: maximum 20 still images and/or video with links embedded in a PDF. MAXIMUM PDF file size: 5 MB.

Please send the two PDF files, with subject heading: Full Time Photography Search, to: jmcdonald2@pace.edu and cc to elaramee@pace.edu and finearts@pace.edu.

Electronic applications only.

Deadline: Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled; applications received by December 2nd, 2013 are guaranteed consideration.

Pace University is a private non-profit university located in New York City and Westchester Country. The Art Department in New York offers a BFA in Art, and a BA in both Art and Art History. Concentrations are offered in Photography; Sculpture & 3D Design; Film & Video Production; Digital Art & Graphic Design; and Painting & Drawing. Pace University is an Equal Employment and Affirmative Action Employer, M/F/H/V, committed to ensuring a diverse learning and working environment. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.


Digital Art and the Urban Environment

Fri Oct 04, 2013 09:00 - Fri Oct 04, 2013

New York, New York
United States of America

The purpose of this symposium is to formally appraise the ways new media and digital artists engage urban ecology. It gathers together contributions from artists, architects, computer scientists, designers, urban planners, social scientists, critical theorists, and others to consider these new modes of seeing, representing, and connecting within the urban setting.

This symposium is free, but registration is required for planning purposes.

Symposium Schedule, Presenters, and Registration Information:

Concurrent Exhibition runs Oct 4th - Oct 25th

Artists: STANZA, Annette Weintraub, Lynn Cazabon, Robert Ladislas Derr, Xavier Leonard


WoodEar by Peter Traub at Pace Digital Gallery and Turbulence

Tue Apr 16, 2013 17:00 - Tue Apr 16, 2013

New York, New York
United States of America

Pace Digital Gallery and Turbulence.org present WoodEar (Turbulence@PaceDigitalGallery3)
Peter Traub in collaboration with Jennifer Lauren Smith

Opening April 16th, show runs through May 3rd

Commissioned specifically for Pace Digital Gallery "WoodEar,” the installation, expands into the gallery the software that launched on Turbulence in September 2012.

The work attempts to merge the dynamic qualities of the biological network of a tree -- roots gathering water and nutrients; leaves using sunlight to produce food; and phloem and xylem moving water and nutrients across the structure -- with the digital network of the Internet. A series of sensors attached to the tree stream data on the state of its environment – light, temperature, air pressure, and wind. This live data, merged with images and recordings of the tree’s immediate surroundings, is made audible and visible in the gallery.

Turbulence@PaceDigitalGallery is generously supported by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts


Great Outdoors! at Pace Digital Gallery, April 10th

Tue Apr 10, 2012 17:00 - Tue Apr 10, 2012

New York, New York
United States of America

Pace Digital Gallery is pleased to present
Great Outdoors!

Screening / Reception Tuesday, April 10th, 5PM - 7PM
Screening 5pm, reception to follow, full-colour catalogue available to attendees
Exhibition runs through May 8th

3rd floor, 163 William Street
Pace Digital Gallery, Pace University
New York, NY

An exhibition of performances for video featuring artists Jacob Dahlgren (Stockholm), Terrance Houle (Calgary), The Icelandic Love Corporation (Reykjavik), Shana Moulton (New York), Jon Sasaki (Toronto), and Steven Yazzie (Phoenix)

Jacob Dahlgren, who also enacts his signature daily performance of wearing striped t-shirts, stages a peaceful protest through an idyllic California mountain trail, where a small group carries pole-mounted recreations of Swedish abstract painter Olle Baertling’s works. These paintings become signs, and those who bear them participate in both “protest” and absurd juxtaposition. Known for hijacking stereotypes to hilarious effect, Terrance Houle exploits his First Nations identity, donning traditional costume and performing a set of translated hand signs as he takes us on a personal and cultural mini-tour of street, beach, and park. The Icelandic Love Corporation re-imagine themselves as three ladies of luxury, reposed in the final days of a global ice melt - here we find them amidst a stunning landscape singing, hunting, and enjoying the finer things. Shana Moulton’s alter ego, a middle-aged recluse named Cynthia, finds comfort in the magic of Avon branded crystals and palmistry, which free her from her doldrums and send her on a rapturous multi-coloured romp through the forest. Jon Sasaki’s “everyman” drives his car on the highway, unfolded map in hand. This activity seems quaint in the age of smartphones and GPS, but, when he fails to watch the road ahead and his car does not collide, his protection is suspect; we can’t help but wonder - what is the trick? Steven Yazzie’s handmade go-cart trails into Monument Valley, where man and vehicle become a veritable drawing machine. The result, frenetic line renderings of the iconic landscape, are fraught with tension not unlike that heaped upon the historically charged landscape itself.