ARTISTS

Helen MIRRA

"Northern Minnesota Art in Architecture project", 2010, detail, spring

Helen Mirra engages with varied scrap media. Among the various forms in which she operates, there is always a locatable source material upon which decisions are made.

After a number of years making discrete works in various materials, and considering various subjects, Mirra’s present rhythm of working takes the form of a kind of
paced printmaking, made through walking. The activities are interdependent; the walking structures the printing, and the printing impels the walking. This rhythm is nestled into a cycle of exhibitions that perpetuates the project.

Other recent projects include gehend (Field Recordings 1-3) at Bonner Kunsteverein, KW Institute of Contemporary Art, Berlin and Haus Konstruktiv, Zurich; Farbenweg, indirekter, architecturally embedded among the houses of the Universalmuseum Joanneum in Graz, Austria; Instance the Determination at the University of Chicago; the book Cloud, the, 3, with an afterword by Lyn Hejinian (JRP Ringier/Christoph Keller Editions); and a GSA Art in Architecture project at the Minnesota – Canada border.

Mirra has received awards from the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, and Artadia: the Fund for Art and Dialogue. She has been a guest of the DAAD Kuenstlerprogramm, Berlin; Office for Contemporary Art Norway, Oslo; Stiftung Laurenz Haus, Basel; Iaspis, Stockholm; and artist-in-residence at the Center for Book Arts at Mills College, and the Consortium for the Arts, University of California, Berkeley.

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