Craig Drennen Receives Art Matters Grant

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Craig Drennen, Hello Craig (detail), 2014; oil and alkyd on canvas, 52 by 40 inches.

Atlanta’s Craig Drennen and Garrett Bradley of New Orleans are among the 28 artists who have received a grant from Art Matters, the New York-based philanthropy that is “particularly interested in subversive or provocative content, and artistic practice that expands definitions of a traditional medium.” The grants range from $3,000 to 10,000 and are given for specific projects, travel and research, or new developments in ongoing work.

New Orleans Film Festival: November 5-21

Drennen, whose show “Poet and Awful” is on view at Boston’s Samsøn Gallery through December 24, received a grant to support ongoing work.

Bradley, whose work is currently on view in Prospect.3 in New Orleans, received a grant to support the making of The Discovery of American Silent Feature Films: 1912-1929, a reimagining of 12 missing early films which may have had integrated casts and/or been directed by black filmmakers.

Garrett Bradley, still from Cover Me, 2014.
Garrett Bradley, still from Cover Me, 2014.

Artists receiving grants for their practices are:

Andrea Chung (San Diego)

Swan Coach House Gallery: private nature through November 4

Sean Donovan (Brooklyn)

ET Russian (Seattle)

Tuesday Smillie (Brooklyn)

Kate Sopko (Cleveland)

Tattfoo Tan (Staten Island)

Naotaka Hiro & Sid M. Dueñas (Pasadena)

Tsz Yan Ng (Ann Arbor)

Ouida Angelica Biddle / ORFICE (Long Beach)

Artists receiving grants for specific projects:

Mark Allen (Los Angeles): Research support for new models of artistic collaboration based on Allen’s work as director of Machine Project in Los Angeles.

Kamrooz Aram (Brooklyn): Ancient Through Modern, a project that intervenes in museum collections of Islamic Art.

Wafaa Bilal (New York): I Really Want to be White, an installation at the intersection of Middle Eastern decorative arts and robotics.

Carolina Caycedo (Los Angeles): Be Dammed, an art/activism project about the effects of dam construction on the natural and social landscapes of the Americas.

Angela Ellsworth (Phoenix): Soundproofed, a solo performance in a Mormon Church-funded mall in Utah as part of the artist’s ongoing Plural Wife Project.

Rafa Esparza (Los Angeles): Woven, a sculptural performance venue, consisting of a dance floor on the Los Angeles River.

Christy Gast (Miami): Support to develop a scent that facilitates interspecies communication between humans and beavers in Tierra del Fuego.

Mariam Ghani (Brooklyn): Research toward a long-term project examining the history of the Afghan Left through five unfinished Afghan films from 1978-92.

Jeffrey Gibson (Germantown, NY): Like A Hammer, a new performance involving Native American powwow culture, drumming, and house music.

Michelle Handelman (Brooklyn): Hustlers + Empires, a multichannel video about aging, death, and chaos.

David Hartt (Chicago): Apomorph, a film relating the Becker Friedman Institute at the University of Chicago to the Open City at the Catholic University of Valparaíso’s school of architecture.

Ellen Lesperance (Portland): To support research in the Greenham Commons Women’s Peace Camp archives in London.

Senga Nengudi (Colorado Springs): Support for a project that involves the composition of unique personal symphonies.

Kameelah Janan Rasheed (Brooklyn): HOME/ARCHIVE, a collaborative archival project exploring how domestic space stages remembrance.

Marco Rios (Los Angeles): Erection Room, a site-specific installation that responds to the physical presence of people who encounter it.

Kanako Wynkoop (Olympia, WA): An experimental, multidisciplinary documentary focusing on tensions between the un-housed and the relatively privileged in Olympia.

Steven Yazzie (Phoenix): The Mountain Project, an ongoing project that involves tours of regional geographies with indigenous participants.

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