Mitzi Pederson | the still night air
Curated by Michael Van Horn

Glitter is applied to the broken edges of concrete blocks. Scrap-ends of two-by-four rest on mirrored paper. Long square wood dowels coated with black paint, silver leaf and glittered black sand are suspended from the ceiling. Simple manipulations of humble materials by Berlin-based artist Mitzi Pederson yield complex results.

the still night air is Pederson's response to Open Satellite's exhibition environment. Resourcing common commercially produced materials and collecting found objects was the first stage. On site, Pederson altered, combined, and situated the materials, letting the exploration of each component's inherent physical properties and the unique architectural elements of the gallery space influence the final form of the work. Her concrete block and wood dowel sculptures mix line, color, material and space, blending drawing and sculpture to produce spatial drawings. the still night air is an environment of subtle energy, transformation, and compelling atmospheric interactions.

About the artist:
Mitzi Pederson was born in 1976 in Stuart, Florida. She received a B.F.A. from Carnegie Mellon University in 1999. In 2004 she completed an M.F.A. in Painting and Drawing at the California College of the Arts. She has had solo exhibitions at World Class Boxing, Miami, FL, Hammer Projects, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, White Columns, New York, Ratio 3, San Francisco and Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery, New York. Recent group exhibitions include New York Minute, MACRO FUTURE, Rome (2009), Quiet Revolution, Milton Keynes Gallery and Harris Museum, Preston, UK (2009), Tony Feher, Allison Miller and Mitzi Pederson, ACME, Los Angeles (2009), The Approach (two-person with Lotte Gertz), London (2009), 75 Years Looking Forward: The Anniversary Show, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (2009), No Information Available, Gladstone Gallery, Brussels (2008), Now You See It, Aspen Art Museum (2008), Constraction, Deitch Projects, New York (2008), and the 2008 Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Writings on Pederson's drawings and sculptures have appeared in Frieze, Flash Art, and artUS, as well as on Pederson currently lives and works in Berlin.

About the curator:
Michael Van Horn is an artist and curatorial advisor for the Joseph and Elaine Monsen Photography Collection in Seattle.

In 2010, Van Horn organized a selection of recent additions to the Monsen collection in Contemporary Works from the Monsen Family Collection at the Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, Washington. Previous projects include exhibitions of virtual and physical art works exploring the online virtual world Second Life: Sudo Island for the Aqua Art Miami project room in Miami, Florida (2006) and Pixel Dolls, Meat-Space, and Everything At All Once for the Bumbershoot Arts Festival in Seattle, Washington (2006).

Earlier exhibitions include Multiplex: Work by 22 Artists for the Bumbershoot Arts Festival, Seattle, Washington (2002) and Performing Photography, photographic documentation of performance art and photographs of events staged specifically for the camera, at the Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, Washington (2001).


Exhibition Dates
February 19 – March 19, 2011

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Opening Event
Friday, February 18, 6 – 9 PM

Special Program in the Gallery
Henry Curator Sara Krajewski: In Conversation Saturday, February 26, 5 PM
Open Satellite | Free
Henry Art Gallery Artist Lecture link

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