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BIO
Catherine Forster is an artist, and independent curator based in the Chicago area. She received an M.F.A from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her artwork has been shown at the Grand Rapids Art Museum, Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum Chicago, Merwin Gallery Illinois Wesleyan University, Freewaves, City of Louisville Colorado Sculpture Garden, Carnegie Art Museum, South Bend Regional Art Museum, Flint Institute of Art, Orange County Contemporary Art Center, Exit Art (NY), Hyde Park Art Center Chicago, and the Contemporary Art Centre in Vilnius, Lithuania, to name a few. Films by Forster have been screened at the Sao Paul International Short Film Festival, East LA Intl film Festival, Chicago REEL short film Festival, the Other Venice film Festival, CA, Echotrope New Media Arts Festival (Omaha), Simultan Media Arts Festival (Romania), Echo Park Film Center (LA), Magmart Film Festival Casoria International Contemporary Art Museum (Italy), Directors Lounge (Berlin), and San Diego International Women Film Festival. Forster is also the founder and director of a non-profit nomadic new media art space, the LiveBox Gallery.
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EVENT

ME NOT at 53rd International Exhibition San Diego Art Institute


Dates:
Sat Apr 18, 2015 16:00 - Sat May 30, 2015

Location:
San Diego, California
United States of America

ME NOT includes a looped video of the same name, and drawings from "cactus, flower, f%#k-off, love, roses" series. ME NOT references gender fluidity and resistance to cultural constructs of identity. The drawings evoke my struggle to understand the essence of womanhood, both as a female and a parent. As two of my daughters enter puberty, one for the second time, I question just what does it mean to be female, beyond the biological. I worry about my youngest, what will she leave behind, or embrace, as she forgoes her childhood and becomes a young woman? How will my transgender daughter ever make up for the socialization she has missed? How can she possibly catch-up, or should she?

“Me Not” video documents a woman attempting to remove the needles of a cactus. The task is not so simple and eventually she uses a tiny manicure scissors. The piece alludes to the child ritual, plucking petals while reciting “he loves me, he loves me not”, but “Me Not” is not playful. The video references gender non-conformity, violence against women (cis and trans), and resistance to cultural constructs of womanhood.


EVENT

"Temporary" opening July 5th OCCCA and VAALA


Dates:
Sat Jul 05, 2014 18:00 - Sat Jul 26, 2014

Location:
Santa Ana, California
United States of America

I'm pleased to announce that "Temporary" will be included in "Home" at OCCCA and VAALA. VAALA Culture Center (Vietnamese American Arts & Letters Association) and OCCCA (Orange County Center for Contemporary Art) are co-hosting the exhibition.

The word “HOME” resonates on cultural, emotional, intellectual, religious, philosophical, political and spiritual levels—as a place, a space, a myth, a source of identity, a promised land, a state of being, a war zone, an impossibility, and/or an inalienable right. The goal of the exhibition is to illuminate and enrich our understanding of the concept of “HOME” through artworks that critically explore the concept and that also allow us to see various interpretations of the concept from different cultural standpoints (i.e. Vietnamese American, Cambodian American, Mexican American, White American, generational, etc.). OCCCA website
Temporary

"Temporary" explores the temporary state of each interaction and every juncture, within the confines of a home. Planting annuals; picking ripe summer tomatoes; the smell of cut grass, laughter and fleeting moments of play; strangers thrown together; all played out under a bright summer sun, as a family and a construction crew share space during a house project. The crew builds an addition on the front of the house while the family carries on their routines at the back of the house. The piece also depicts the transient nature of the crew’s presence, not just in this job, but perhaps more fundamentally as immigrants, moving from job to job - tomorrow, another house, another family.


EVENT

LiveBox screening "Barbecue" at Hyde Park Art Center


Dates:
Tue Jul 15, 2014 18:00 - Tue Jul 15, 2014

Location:
Chicago, Illinois
United States of America

Food beyond sustenance has been a topic in literature and art since the gastronomic orgies of Ancient Rome. More recently the moving image has brought us treats of seduction, nostalgia, and excess. Think Ratatouille and Anton’s Ego’s sublime reaction to his childhood meal, or the spaghetti scene in Lady and the Tramp, the big kahuna burger in Pulp Fiction, coffee and cherry pie in Twin Peaks, the prison cooking scene in Goodfellas, Albert Finny sharing a tavern meal in Tom Jones, the entire feast in Barbette's Feast, the 50 eggs in Cool Hand Luke, nearly every scene of Chocolat, and Julia & Julia, Marie Antoinette, A Christmas Story, … Warhol’s film Eat. The following artists have taken a stab at FOOD, providing visual delights and a bit of fun to a universal topic: Hugo de Kok & Kay van Vree, David Lachman, Jeff Warmouth, Center For Genomic Gastronomy, Jungmin Son, Carl Rowe, Celeste Fichter, Peter Millard, Dave Green.


OPPORTUNITY

LiveBox "Barbecue” open call for video


Deadline:
Mon Jun 30, 2014 09:00

Location:
Chicago, Illinois
United States of America

“Barbecue”
Food beyond sustenance has been a topic in literature and art since the gastronomy orgies of Ancient Rome. More recently the moving image has brought us treats of seduction, nostalgia, and excess. Think Ratatouille and Anton’s Ego’s sublime reaction to his childhood meal, or the Spaghetti scene in Lady and the Tramp, the Big Kahuna Burger in Pulp Fiction, coffee and cherry pie in Twin Peaks, the prison cooking scene in Goodfellas, Albert Finny sharing a tavern meal in Tom Jones, the entire feast in Barbette's Feast, the 50 eggs in Cool Hand Luke, nearly every scene of Chocolate and Julia & Julia. We’re looking for your creative turn on the themes of food - excess, seduction and nostalgia. Surprise us, and keep it short, maximum of 5 min. All genres accepted, but we’re looking for a truly innovative vision. Deadline June 30th
To apply:
email an artist Statement, synopsis of the piece, a CV, and a URL link to view the video. Do not attach images or mov files.
cf@liveboxgallery.com


EVENT

"cactus, flower, f%$k off, love, roses"


Dates:
Fri Oct 25, 2013 19:00 - Fri Oct 25, 2013

Location:
CHICAGO, Illinois
United States of America

Video and dance event by Catherine Forster, performed by MaZi Dance, and featured by Chicago Artists Month.

The work explores female identity under a tide of confusing norms and expectations. A key component of “cactus, flowers, fuck-off, love, roses” resides with the symbolic connection between flowers and women. The work is composed from multiple videos of women who respond to the symbolic meaning of a flower of their choosing. In the live performance the videos become backdrop and dance partner, as MaZi performers create improv movements, wrestling and communing with their flower-selves.

The project was activated by a convergence of multiple events: Forster's daughter turned 13th beginning her transition from childhood to womanhood, while a close relative came-out as transfemale beginning her own journey to womanhood; the participation of women in the Arab Spring, and their likely diminished role under rising conservative movements; the right wing “war on women” movement in the US; and the National Institute of Mental Health’s new findings on “Nature vs. Nurture”.

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