Burlington College is pleased to announce the opening of Rucksack. A group show featuring the work of artists Brenda Singletary, Valérie d. Walker, Misty Sol, Laura Di Piazza, Katie Loncke, and Tico Armand. Rucksack is curated by Dana Heffern and Laura Di Piazza.
If each experience of inequality is like a stone that’s put into the rucksack we carry on our backs, then how do we unpack it for the sake of not toppling over? When we move into spaces, where our race, nationality and gender communicates ‘different’ to those who choose to see us as such, how do we respond? How are our actions, for better or for worse, shaped by the inequality we have experienced? What of the cumulative effects upon our psyche, bodies, relationships and wallets? And what of the wasted energy spent on ‘disproving stereotypes’? Energy is finite. What are the costs of such needless and repetitive energy consumption?
Join us for an artists’ reception on Thursday, August 28 from 4 to 7 pm. Come meet the artists and share in a talk about the work, 4-5 pm; then join us for the reception, 5-7 pm. Beverages and light fare will be served.
The exhibition is made possible by the generous support of the Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation.
Brenda Singletary is a visual artist with a background in television broadcasting whose art helps support community non-profits. Her artwork is part of the White House permanent art collection, and in 2001 she was invited to speak at the White House about current events pertaining to African-American artists. Singletary currently resides in Stone Mountain, Georgia.
Misty Sol is a writer, teacher, and artist. Her work emerges literary and cultural aesthetic combining elements of historical fiction with magical realism. Sol has been published in From Where We Sit, a collection of stories from emerging African American writers. In 2012 she published a children’s book, Little Myrtle. Sol attended Goddard College and received her M.F.A in interdisciplinary Arts. Sol lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Valérie d. Walker is an alchemist, trans-media artist, educator, curator, and griot. She is faculty at the School of Fine Arts at Concordia University, Montreal, where she is researching tactile, wearable gaming interfaces at Techno-culture Arts and Gaming/Hexagram. Walker holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley as well as a M.F.A from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University in Halifax.
Laura Di Piazza was raised in Italy, Eritrea, and NYC. She is a professional calligrapher for large private corporate events and does lettering design for graphic design firms. Her art practice topics focus on psychological conflicts, metamorphosis, and social injustices. Laura currently lives in Hanover, New Hampshire.
Katie Loncke is a writer and Buddhist practitioner exploring paradoxes of compassion and confrontation, integrity and open-mindedness. She is the Director of Media and Action at Buddhist Peace Fellowship. After graduating from Harvard University she was introduced to Buddhism at the Cambridge Insight Mediation Center in Massachusetts. Her writing on Buddhism and politics has appeared in The Jizo Chronicles, The Buddhist Channel, Flip Flopping Joy, and Feministe. She currently organizes around social and economic issues with a group led by Latin American immigrant socialists in Oakland, California.
Tico Armand is a Haitian born artist, actor, and super model now living in Brooklyn, New York. Armand has recently made the transition from modeling to acting and will be featured in an upcoming film titled, The Heavenly Side of Hell.