Updated: Jun 13, 2022
Works by Jordan Vinyard
March 4-April 30, 2022
BNSF Transportation Gallery
Tuesday, April 26, 2022 at 5:30 p.m.
Technology Dislocates. It pops the pleasant seams and streamline fixtures of our existence and demands recalibration. Mutilated by tiny cameras, filters, and split screens, we have ironically become both posthuman and subhuman. My work is about reestablishing the virtue of the physical body. Consisting of kinetic sculptures, multi-media installations and video/performance, these pieces intentionally create physically instinctive gaps for viewers. From empty benches to installed reactionary sensors, machines appear to pathetically wait for humanity to return. I believe technology can be utilized to re-humanize by prompting an audience to begin asking not, “What is that thing doing?” but rather, “What am I doing that makes that thing do what it's doing?” This engagement is central to the work and acts as an alarm for societal reboot; where viewers are asked to recognize the deep need for humanistic responsibility and presence within a technological culture.
By challenging society’s prolific button pushing tendencies, Jordan Vinyard’s kinetic sculptures, installations, and performances satirize the human body’s exchange with the alchemizing effects of technology. Since receiving her MFA from Florida State University, she has exhibited nationally and internationally including at the International Symposium of Electronic Arts in Dubai; The Czong Institute for Contemporary Art Museum, South Korea; The Museum of Contemporary Art in Tucson, Arizona; Art Basel, Miami; The Mint Museum in Charlotte, North Carolina, and many more. She has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Oklahoma Artist Fellowship Award, The United Arts of Florida Grant, The Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition Creative Projects Grant, and been nominated twice for the Joan Mitchell Award. Currently, she is an Associate Professor of Art at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma and responsible for the university’s expanded media program and director of Art Wrecker, an experimental space predicated on socially engaged and dialogical forms of art.
Holistically, she is addicted to the mad-science of making.