Susan Surface and Jessica Vaughn

August 8, 7PM

Susan Surface and Jessica Vaughn

CPW invites you to join us for an engaging evening with our current artists-in-residence, Susan Surface and Jessica Vaughn.

Over the course of her residency, Susan Surface (Brooklyn, NY) continues her exploration of her agrarian roots. Since 2010 she has been photographing and competing as a bull rider on the First Frontier circuit, the designation given to the East Coast of the United States by professional rodeo organizations. She will be speaking about her ongoing project photographing not only these events, but the places, objects, and people that characterize rodeo.

Originally from Tacoma, WA, Susan Surface is a photographer and designer currently based in Brooklyn, NY. She holds a Masters in Architecture and a Graduate Certificate in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from Yale University in New Haven, CT as well as a BFA in Integrated Design Curriculum from Parsons School of Design in New York, NY. Her work has been appeared in Capricious #14, Retrospecta, and Readymade Magazine, amongst others, and has been included in group exhibitions including Masculine at the Capricious Gallery, Bushwick Open Studios, in Brooklyn, NY and Big Plans at the Yale School of Architecture.

During her residency, Jessica Vaughn (Brooklyn, NY) is photographing the landscape in Woodstock as interrupted by large printed backdrops of urban scenes she creates and places in the background. This juxtaposition serves to highlight the notion that the way we “see” influences how we identify events, places, and things; and how all of this shapes our understanding of political narratives. Vaughn will be speaking about how she creates photographs that serve as a vehicle to communicate her understanding of political narratives in postindustrial cities of the United States.Born in Chicago, IL, Jessica Vaughn is a visual artist living and working in New York, NY. She holds an MFA from the University of Pennsylvania in Printmaking and Time-Based Media, and a Bachelor of Humanities and Arts from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA. In addition, she participated in the Whitney Independent Study Program at the Whitney Museum of American Art in NYC in 2013. Vaughn’s work has been exhibited at MOMA PS1, Studio Museum in Harlem, and in galleries in both the US and abroad. She has participated in a number of residencies and has been published widely, including in Artforum, The New York Times, Modern Painters Magazine, among others.