NOW at the Corcoran – Mia Feuer: An Unkindness
November 2, 2013-February 23, 2014
Mia Feuer’s new project for the Corcoran is a haunting vision of nature consumed, transformed, and twisted by human need. Inspired by the artist’s experiences in the oil-producing landscapes of the Canadian tar sands, the Arctic Circle, and the Suez Canal, An Unkindness explores the relationships between human infrastructure and the natural world.
For the past several years, Feuer has traveled around the world to places where oil is extracted from the earth and created work that responds to the social and environmental effects of that process. In 2011 and 2012, she gained restricted access to an oil production plant in the tar sands of Alberta, Canada, where she observed an ecosystem reshaped—with nightmarish logic—by desolate plains, inverted trees, and imported birds of prey. Responding to this landscape, Feuer developed An Unkindness, the title of which refers to a gathering of ravens. In the exhibition, Feuer merges imagery from the oil sands with her own experiences growing up in Canada and her research into ecological systems worldwide. The result is a series of immersive installations that are at once topical and deeply personal, including a synthetic black skating rink open to the public in the museum’s Rotunda.
The rink will be open to the public during the following hours:
Wednesdays 2-9 p.m.
Thursdays and Fridays 2-5 p.m.
Saturdays and Sundays 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Visitors who wish to skate must be at least 10 years of age. For visitors under 18, a parent or legal guardian must be present and certify that the visitor is at least 10 years old.
Additional information about exhibition related programming can be found here.
Feuer is the first Washington, D.C.-based artist to be featured in a NOW at the Corcoran exhibition. She received her BFA from University of Manitoba in Canada, and her MFA from the Department of Sculpture and Extended Media at Virginia Commonwealth University in 2009. She recently had solo exhibitions at Conner Contemporary, Washington, D.C. (2011); Atlanta Center for Contemporary Art (2011); Transformer Gallery, Washington, D.C. (2010); Arlington Arts Center (2010), and FLUXspace Gallery, Philadelphia (2009). Feuer’s upcoming projects include exhibitions at the Klondike Institute for Arts and Humanities in The Yukon Territories, Canada; and RAW Gallery of Architecture and Design, Canada.
Feuer has been awarded fellowships by the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art in Omaha, the D.C. Commission for Arts and Humanities, the Trawick Foundation, and the Canada Council for the Arts. She has taken part in numerous residencies, including Sculpture Space, Utica, NY; Vermont Studio Center; the MacDowell Colony for the Arts, NH; the Arctic Circle Artist Residency; and the Millay Colony for the Arts, NY. She teaches sculpture at George Mason University, VA, and lives and works in Washington, D.C.
NOW at the Corcoran is funded in part by Altria Group and the Corcoran Gallery of Art's 1869 Society.
Additional support for Mia Feuer: An Unkindness is provided by Michael Nesbitt, the Women's Committee of the Corcoran, Julian Fore and Beverly Sauer, Jerry and Tara Casagrande, James Alefantis, and Comet Ping Pong.
The official media sponsor for the exhibition is DC magazine.
Support for construction of the rink provided by Kandel Construction Group.