Everyday Possibilities of Feeling Like A Totally Different Person by Dakota Gearhart
A series of new videos incorporating collage, performance and sound that take inspiration from popular make-up tutorial videos, turning them into surrealist narratives of face shape-shifting. An ode to femme culture, as well as a look into identity, gender, and costuming. The videos playfully speak to the presentation of self and the many forms we can inhabit simultaneously.
Opens: January 13th, 2018We will have our boutique open for people to shop the Prairie Underground online and Holiday collection
About The Artist:
Dakota Gearhart uses video, photography, and installation to examine the built environment and how it is perceived through technology and mythology. Her work has been shown at national and international venues like The Bronx Museum of the Art, Disjecta Contemporary Art Center; Tacoma Art Museum, Henry Art Gallery, and Taiyuan Normal University. She is a finalist for the Neddy Artist Award and has previously been awarded the Puffin Foundation Grant and an NEA Fellowship through Residency Unlimited. She received her MFA from the University of Washington and her BFA from Florida State University. Currently, she lives and works between Seattle, WA and Brooklyn, NY, where she is a resident at The Queens Museum Studio Program.
See more of her work here: http://www.dakotagearhart.com/
About the Artist Series:
The program provides a stipend for artists to create a series of work in their chosen medium to be installed in our workshop. Any material or inspiration from our environment may be used as inspiration. Prairie Underground’s products, textiles and space are at the artist’s disposal. By investing in the production of new art and inviting artists into our design process we hope to create more precious clothing and ultimately a better world.
Dakota Gearhart x Prairie Underground, 2018
Prairie Underground is a company that has been formed and guided by a sustained engagement with art. The community that inspired our company name was a group of activists, artists and musicians. Creators and social innovators remain our most potent muses and collaborators in understanding our human experience.
In 2014 through a series of email and text messages we initiated a project that funds the creation of new work for emerging artists. The program provides a stipend for artists to create a series of work in their chosen medium to be installed in our workshop. Any material or inspiration from our environment may be used as inspiration. Prairie Underground’s products, materials and space are at the artist’s disposal. The work should not be approached or produced as marketing for our company. The grant is intended to support each artist’s individual artistic inquiry. The series they create remains the possession of the creator while we are allowed unlimited rights to share and promote the work.
Art is being commissioned to replace traditional marketing images. With this approach we are advertising Prairie Underground’s commitment to new artistic production and defining this practice as an integral part of our brand identity.
Supporting art remains an essential act to promote social justice through a focus on the individual. The importance of art in society will take a prominent place alongside our environmental concerns. We believe inviting artists into our design practice and investing in the creation of new work will produce more thoughtful design and ultimately a better world.