Galleries of Contemporary Art
Beyond the Beyond

Barry Whittaker, Throwing Things at the Sky (detail), 2014

Beyond the Beyond

November 6–December 19, 2015

GOCA Downtown

Katie Caron, Carla Gannis, Evan Mann, Barry Whittaker, and SaBa (Sam Sheffield and Barry Whittaker)


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ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Katie Caron graduated summa cum laude from Boston University in 2000, and received an MFA in ceramics from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2009. Her work has been in national exhibitions such as Overthrown: Clay Without Limits at the Denver Art Museum, Denver, Colorado; Breakdown at the Guggenheim Gallery: Chapman University, Orange, California; Reinventing Beauty at the Museum of New Art: Detroit, Michigan; and Elastic Authenticity at the Morean Art Center in St. Petersburg, Florida. Caron is presently an Assistant Professor in Fine Arts & Art Education at Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design, and a resident artist of Redline Art Studios. She lives with her husband and daughter in Lafayette, Colorado. http://katiecaron.com

Carla Gannis, originally from Oxford, North Carolina, today lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. She received a BFA in painting from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro and an MFA in painting from Boston University. In the late 1990s she began to incorporate digital technologies into her work, and in 2005 she was awarded a New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) Grant in Computer Arts. Currently she is a professor and assistant chairperson of The Department of Digital Arts at Pratt Institute. Since 2003 Gannis's work has appeared in 20 solo exhibitions and numerous group exhibitions both nationally and internationally. Her most recent solo exhibitions include "The Garden of Earthly Delights" at The Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, NY (currently on view) and at Kasia Kay Art Projects in Chicago, IL, 2014. In 2013 she collaborated with poet Justin Petropoulos on a transmedia book, installation and net art project entitled published by Jaded Ibis Press, Seattle, WA and exhibited at Transfer Gallery, Brooklyn, NY. Her forthcoming shows include the group exhibition "Porn to Pizza - Domestic Clichés" at DAM Gallery, in Berlin Germany and solo exhibitions at EBK Gallery in Hartford, CT and Transfer Gallery in Brooklyn, NY.

Features on her work have appeared in ARTnews, The Creators Project, The Huffington Post, Wired, Buzzfeed, FastCo, Hyperallergic, Art F City, Art Critical, The Wallstreet Journal, The New York Times and The LA Times, among others. Recently her speculative fiction was included in DEVOURING THE GREEN:: fear of a human planet: a cyborg / eco poetry anthology, published by Jaded Ibis Press. Her recent speaking engagements include "Let's Get Digital" at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and "Cogency in the Imaginarium" at Cooper Union and at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has participated in numerous panels on the intersections between art, technology, education and networked culture.

Evan Mann | Born in 1985 (Colorado Springs, CO), Evan Mann earned his BFA from Colorado State University and his MFA from Rhode Island School of Design. In addition to his inclusion in film festivals and screenings around the world, his work has been exhibited at the RISD Museum (RI), Holter Museum (MT), Allentown Art Museum (PA), Urban Institute of Contemporary Arts (MI), The Wassaic Project (NY), and Central Connecticut State University (CT), among many others. Mann's work in included in the collections of the Holter Musuem, RISD Museum and the private collection of Paula and Leonard Granoff, among others. Mann is a current Redline artist resident and the recipient of the Grand Jury Award for Best Experimental Short at the 2014 Slamdance Film Festival. Evan lives and works in Colorado with his wife Deborah and their daughter Anna, where they run a Denver-based commercial video production company: Otherworldly Productions. Mann invents imagery suggestive of cosmic forms, cellular structures, biological architecture, sea life and other unusual phenomena. His depictions often traverse through multiple mediums: Drawing, sculpture, video, installation; one process feeds and grows into another: dividing, repurposing, rearranging, recontextualizing. The content of the work is often developed through its creation, functioning as a catalyst for Mann to research and engage with art, science, philosophy, and religion. His use of monochrome is tied to minimalism and serves to reference clouds, light, eggs (birth), bones (death), and snow while bringing a formal unity to potentially chaotic compositions. http://evanmann.com

Sam Sheffield | Currently based in Baltimore, Maryland, Sam Sheffield is an artist, game maker, teacher, and tinkerer. Sheffield frequently collaborates with Barry Whittaker under the name SaBa. Together they create highly interactive games and other participatory projects. SaBa has exhibited collaborative projects at the Takedao Tunnel Art Event, the Headspace Art and Music Festival, and various other events. As a solo artist, Sheffield has produced works that have been shown at numerous art events and fairs. He has also been commissioned to create projects for the Maryland Science Center. http://samsheffield.com

Barry Whittaker | As a multi-media artist, designer, and musician, Barry Whittaker investigates the absurdities and misunderstandings of daily life. Currently an Assistant Professor of New Media Design Practices at the University of Toledo, Whittaker works independently and in collaboration in order to question the various forms and tools of contemporary communication. He received a BFA from the University of Texas at Austin and an MFA from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Whittaker has taught in the U.S., France, and Japan. He has also exhibited artwork internationally, frequently collaborating with Sam Sheffield, under the name SaBa, and with Michael Bernhardt, under the name Barchael. "I like to experiment with language, communication, and miscommunication through a variety of media and collaborative identities." http://barrywhittaker.com