In the third iteration of this series, a new group of local artists will step inside Carey Young’s Declared Void II (2013), part of I am you, you are too, and respond to the piece through performance and discussion. Each artist will have ten minutes to “fill the void,” addressing issues of immigration, citizenship, and nationalism.
Peng Wu is a design activist and interdisciplinary artist dedicated to creating socially engaged art in public spaces. His work has been shown internationally in group and solo exhibitions in the United States, China, and France. Wu combines design with contemporary art strategies to address social justice, medicine and health, and environmental sustainability. He previously worked for Robert Bosch GmbH as a senior graphic designer and currently works for the University of Minnesota as an independent researcher and artist-in-residence at the Weisman Art Museum, St. Paul. The artist holds master’s degrees in industrial design and sculpture and a BA in physics.
Jonathan Herrera Soto is a Minneapolis- and Chicago-based artist working in print-based media. Recent solo exhibitions include Querida Presencia at the Duluth Art Institute and Entre Rios y Montañas at Annex Gallery, Chicago. He has participated in numerous artist residencies including 33 Officia Creativia (Italy), Spudnik Press Cooperative (Chicago), High Point Center for Printmaking (Minneapolis), and Epicenter (Utah), among others. In 2018, Herrera Soto was the recipient of a Santo Foundation Individual Artist Award and a Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant. He has a BFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (2017).
Pedram Baldari and Nooshin Hakim are Iranian artists who have been collaborating since 2014. Their work reflects on the social environment, restriction, and the body expressed through sculpture and performance. They explore the space between the body and the space within and around that body. They have shown nationally and internationally in places such as Museum für Neue Kunst, Germany, and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.