SCAD Museum of Art presents "Fade into Black," an exhibition by Mexico City-based artist Pia Camil. In her paintings, sculptures, performances and installations, Camil draws inspiration from the urban landscapes of Latin America and engages with the history of modernism. Often using laborious fabrication processes in collaboration with local artisans, the artist decelerates the frenetic pace of mass commodification with handcrafted production, as evinced in the intimate quality of her works.
Her new work for the SCAD Museum of Art comprises hundreds of castoff T-shirts in an expansive installation that is both artwork and wearable performative garment. Camil has recently expanded the scope of her practice to include theatrical environments that invite the viewer to navigate the exhibition space. Her imagery responds to retail spaces and the paneling used for merchandising displays, and explores the language of consumerism, drawing visual cues from dollar stores and decaying landscapes and translating them into desirable art objects.
Pia Camil lives and works in Mexico City. She earned a B.F.A. from the Rhode Island School of Design and an M.F.A. from the Slade School of Fine Art, London. Her work has been exhibited internationally, with recent solo exhibitions including "Bara, bara, bara," Dallas Contemporary, Dallas, Texas; "Slats, Skins & Shopfittings," Blum & Poe, New York, New York; "A Pot for a Latch," New Museum, New York; "Skins," Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, Ohio; "The Little Dog Laughed," Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, California; "Espectacular Telón," Sultana, Paris, France; "Cuadrado Negro," Basque Museum Centre for Contemporary Art, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain and "El Resplandor," at Galería OMR, Mexico City.
"Fade into Black" is curated by Humberto Moro, SCAD curator of exhibitions.
The exhibition is free for all museum members, and SCAD students, faculty and staff with a valid SCAD Card. Open to the public with the cost of museum admission.
This exhibition is part of SCAD deFINE ART 2018, held Feb. 20-23 at university locations in Savannah and Atlanta, Georgia, and Hong Kong. SCAD deFINE ART is an annual program of exhibitions, lectures, performances and public events that highlights emerging and established artists and visionaries.
Support for SCAD deFINE ART 2018 has been generously provided by Ann Tenenbaum and Thomas H. Lee as well as the Mexican Consulate General in Atlanta.