Graduate Noon Hour Lecture Series: Jacqueline Surdell


Tuesday, April 12, 2016, 12:00–1:00 p.m.  
Sharp Building, 37 S. Wabash Ave., room 903

Embracing the Old to Look for New: Searching for Modernist Subversion through Idealist Tactics, or something.

Jacqueline Surdell uses knotting techniques as a connective drawing device, creating structure and defining space. The performative, repetitive nature of the technique imbues an element of time as much as it speaks of space and volume. Past projects altered the surrounding architecture while disbanding notions of craft, often resulting in vibrant alternate gathering spaces that prompted new conversations and social interaction. In more recent endeavors, Surdell considers her work through the lens of Modernist critique, while searching for moments of clarity though idealist spaces. By embodying ornamental macramé, detailed embroidery and the athletic body, Surdell questions the rigidity of Modernist ideals while, in some cases, retaining its refined aesthetic via an exploration of romantic idealism.

Graduate Noon Hour Lecture Series, Spring 2016

Cassandra Davis—Tuesday, February 9
Dylan Fish—Wednesday, February 17
Melissa Leandro—Wednesday, February 24
Annie Weiseth—Wednesday, March 2
Elana Adler—Tuesday, March 22
Christian Ortiz—Wednesday, March 30
Allen West—Wednesday, April 6
Jacqueline Surdell—Tuesday, April 12
Calla Dobmeyer—Wednesday, April 20
Oscar Gonzales—Tuesday April 26
Jennifer Huang—Wednesday, May 4
Issac Facio—Wednesday, May 11