Video Work | Documentary Projects | Photo/Installations|


ARTIST STATEMENT

My art focuses on individual vulnerability and the struggle for social justice. These concerns have always been at the core of my social practice and are the subject of my current documentaries, experimental videos and photography projects.

 

 

BIO

Denise Marika is an artist whose work ranges from installation and performance videos to art projects and documentary work in the field of social practice. Her exhibitions include solos shows at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston and MassMoCA as well as international galleries and screenings. Marika is currently Artist in Residence at the Massachusetts College of Art where she was Associate Professor in the Studio for Interrelated Media, Graduate Program. She has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the LEF Foundation among others and is a Fulbright Specialist. Her recent work includes documentaries for non-profit organizations in South Asia as well as experimental video and soundwave photography projects focused on vulnerable populations, disability and human rights.

 

 

 


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EDUCATION
1984 MFA, University of California, Los Angeles
1977 BA, Pomona College, Claremont, California

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2018

Howard Yezerski Gallery, Boston, MA [upcoming]

2015

University of Visual and Performing Arts, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Digital Film Academy, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Eastern University of Sri Lanka, Trincomalee, Sri Lanka
Tulana Research Center, Kelaniya, Sri Lanka

2014

Shilpee Theater, Nepal video screening and presentation "Performing Change"
Conlon Media Wall Fitchburg State University, MA

2013

Nepal National Television, Hamra Kura premiere of "Denied: A Life Confined"
National Federation of the Disabled Nepal (NFDN) "Denied: A Life Confined" screening and advocacy conference
United States Education Foundation (USEF) Nepal presents: Art and Social Activism video works by Denise Marika "Denied:The Dignity of Three Women and A Life Confined", "Effaced" and "Entrainment" Art on the Marquee, Boston permanent exhibition of "Expurgation" "PHASE" documentary on development, healthcare and education in remote Himalayan regions of Nepal, UK international screening

2012

Columbia University New York, NY screening of "Denied: The
Dignity of Three Women"
Screening of “Denied:The Dignity of Three Women sponsored by the
Fulbright, United States Educational Foundation and Indigenous Film
Archive, Nepal

2011

Howard Yezerski Gallery,"EFFACED 1", Boston, MA

2010

Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Cambodia (live perfomance)
Pepper plantation Kampot, Cambodia (live performance)

2009

Theatre for a New Audience, New York City, NY, "Orpheus X", collaboration with Robert Woodruff, Rinde Eckert, David Zinn (set design and video projections)

2007

Laurie Theater, Brandeis University/CyberArts Festival Waltham, MA.  “Puzzle Master” (video projections and set design for composer Eric Chasalow)
Edinburgh Festival, Scotland, Royal Lyceum Theatre, & Hong Kong International Festival, China,"Orpheus X", collaboration with Robert Woodruff, Rinde Eckert, David Zinn (set design and video projections)

2006 American Repertory Theatre, Cambridge MA, "Orpheus X", collaboration with Robert Woodruff, Rinde Eckert, David Zinn (set design and video projections)
2005 Howard Yezerski Gallery, Boston, MA
Schiltkamp Gallery, Traina Center for the Arts, Clark University, Worcester, MA

2003

Howard Yezerski Gallery, Boston, MA

2002 Howard Yezerski Gallery, Boston, MA
Pomona College Museum of Art, Claremont, CA
2001 Worcester Art Museum -The Wall at WAM, Worcester, MA (catalog)
2000 Danforth Art Museum, Framingham, MA (catalog)
1999-00 MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA
1999 DeCordova Museum, Video Space, Lincoln, MA
Montserrat Gallery, Beverly, MA (two-person, catalog)
Howard Yezerski Gallery, Installation, Boston, MA
1996 Museum of Modern Art, Barbara London, Curator, New York, NY
Howard Yezerski Gallery, Boston, MA
1994 Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston, MA (catalog)
1992 Arthur Roger Gallery, New York & Arthur Roger Gallery, New Orleans
Akin Gallery, Boston, MA
1990 Stux Gallery, New York, NY
1989 Artists Foundation Gallery, Boston, MA
1986 SPARC Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1985 The Western Front, Vancouver, British Columbia
Open Studio, Los Angeles, CA
1983 Galerie Ars Viva, Berlin, Germany
The Richard Demarco Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2015

Joseloff Gallery, "+/- (Plus/Minus)", Hartford, CT

2014

Shemer Art Center, "Materialize", Phoenix, AZ

2012

Longcount Fesitval, Harvard, MA
Agewood Fesitval, Amsterdam, NY
Cinema Project, "Is It My Body : Conversations, Transgressions, and Representations", Portland Oregon

2011

Howard Yezerski Gallery, "Naked", Boston, MA

2010

The Pozen Center, "Modulations", Boston, MA

2009 

New England Conservatory, "Multimedia Showcase", Cyber Arts Festival, Boston, MA
AXIOM Gallery, “Riders on the Train”, Boston, MA

2008 Massachusetts College of Art's Pozen Center,"Exchange", Boston, MA
2007 

AXIOM,“Witnesses”, Boston, MA
Howard Yezerski Gallery, CyberArts Festival, Boston, MA

2006 The Art Students League, “Why the nude”, New York, NY
 

Pomona College Museum of Art, “The senses: Selection from the permanent collection” Claremont, CA

  Caprice Horn Gallery, “Refraction”, Berlin, Germany
2005 AXIOM, "MASS MEDIA", Boston, MA
  Godine Gallery, Massachusetts College of Art, “Phenomena”, Boston, MA
2004

Howard Yezerski Gallery, "Some of Their Parts", Boston, MA
DeCordova Museum, "Self-Evidence: Identity in Contemporary Art", Lincoln, MA  (catalog)
Michael S. Currier Center, Putney, VT

2003 Arthur Roger Gallery, "25th Anniversary Exhibition", New Orleans, LA
2002 Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, "Fictions: New Narratives in Contemporary Photography & Video", Waltham, MA
2001 CyberArts Festival, Boston, MA
2000

DeCordova Museum, "Celebrating Contemporary Art in New England: Recent Acquisitions", Lincoln, MA
The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston Gallery, "New Works: Faculty, Staff and Graduate Students of Massachusetts College of Art", Boston, MA
Women in Film & Video/New England, Harvard Film Archive, "Short and Edgy", Cambridge, MA
Rose Art Museum, "Visual Memoirs", Waltham, MA
Arizona University (1999), AR, and Gallery at Southwestern University (2000), "TeleSculpture99", TX

1999

Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, "The Nude in Contemporary Art”, Ridgefield, CT (catalog)
Bellevue Art Museum, "The Self, Absorbed", Bellevue, WA
CyberArts Festival, Computer Museum,” New Digital Sculpture”, Boston, MA (catalog on-line)

1998

Real Art Ways, "No England No Amsterdam III", Hartford, CT
Tufts University Art Gallery, "Face Value: Reflections on Identity", Boston, MA
Photographic Resource Center at Boston University, Boston, MA
Brush Art Gallery, "The Artist as Observer and Observed", Lowell, MA

1997

Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, "Subject(s): A Collective Portrait", Waltham, MA
Bernard Toale Gallery, "Making Pictures: Women and Photography, 1975 - Now", Boston, MA
The Alternative Museum, "Expansion Art: Artists of Our Times", New York, NY
Howard Yezerski Gallery, "Portrait as Object/Figure as Ground", Boston, MA

1996

Howard Yezerski Gallery, "Industrial Strength", Boston, MA
Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, "New Acquisitions", Waltham, MA

1995 Real Art Ways, "Human Presence in its Absence", Hartford, CT
1994

The Institute of Contemporary Art, "Milena Dopitov In Context", Boston, MA (catalog)
Fogg Art Museum, "Power, Pleasure, Pain", Cambridge, MA
Davis Museum, Wellesley College, "Body as Measure", Wellesley, MA (catalog)
Howard Yezerski Gallery, "Nine Months", Boston, MA

1993

Bernard Toale Gallery, Boston, MA
Atlanta Arts Festival, Atlanta, GA (catalog)

1992

University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, "Naked in a Time of Censorship", North Dartmouth, MA
Mary Ingraham Bunting Institute, "Bunting Fellows", Cambridge, MA
Arthur Roger Gallery, "Gallery Artists", New York, NY
Akin Gallery, "Salon", Boston, MA

1991

Howard Yezerski Gallery, "Mystery and Ritual", Boston, MA
DeCordova Museum, "9 Artists/9 Visions: 1991", Lincoln, MA (catalog)
Cantor Art Gallery, College of the Holy Cross, "Visiting Artists", Worcester, MA

1990 Boston Center for the Arts, "MassachusArts", Boston, MA
1988 Montgomery Gallery, "Centennial" Claremont, CA (catalog)
1986 ABC, "California Artists", Tokyo, Japan
1985 Los Angeles Visual Arts Festival, "Testimony of the Human Spirit", Los Angeles, CA
1984 Frederick S. Wight Gallery, Los Angeles, "Emerging Artists”, UCLA, CA (catalog)

COMMISSIONS / INSTALLATIONS
2006 Outside/Inside Public Art, Delta Terminal A (finalist), Logan International Airport, Boston, MA
2000-01 "Crossing Paths" (photo projections on street site), New England Foundation for the Arts & Boston Parks Department Commission, Roxbury, MA
1998-99 Framingham Downtown Common (finalist, public art project), Framingham, MA
1994 "Crossing" (photographic projections), Brookline Arts Council, Brookline, MA
1991 "Andrew Station" (finalist, site-specific installation), MBTA, Boston, MA
1984 "Wheels" (finalist, sculpture/playground) Cityarts, Inc./New York City Arts Commission, New York, NY
1983 "Stream" (environmental installation), Scottish Arts Council, Mellerstain House, Scotland
1982 "Water Split" (environmental sculpture), Dr. Kade Pharmazeutische Fabrik, Berlin, Germany
1981 "Our Interventions/Our Interventions/Our Interventions" (environmental installation/performance), Pomona College, Claremont, CA
"Our Interventions IV" (environmental sculpture), School of Theology, Claremont, CA

AWARDS AND GRANTS
2016 Eleanor Briggs Fellow
2015 Fulbright Specialist, United States Education Foundation, Sri Lanka
2013 Art Technology New England Panel, "Video in Art Installation"
2012 & 2013 Fulbright Specialist, United States Education Foundation, Nepal
2009 Fullbright Specialists Program
Faculty Fellowship Grant from MassArt Foundation, Inc.
2006 AICA, International Critics Award
2005 LEF Foundation Individual Artist Grant
1999-00 Visible Republic Grant, funding from NEFA, the LEF Foundation, the Boston Foundation and the Fund for the Arts
1995-96 New England Foundation for the Arts, Artists'; Projects: New Forms
Funding from the NEA, The Rockefeller Foundation, The Andy Warhol Foundation and Massachusetts Cultural Council
New England Film/Video Fellowship, Massachusetts Cultural Council Grant
1994 Artist in Residence, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston, MA
1992-93 Fellow, Mary Ingraham Bunting Institute, Cambridge, MA
Massachusetts Arts Lottery/Brookline Council on the Arts and Humanities - New Works Grant
1991 New England Foundation for the Arts - New Works Grant
New England Film/Video Fellowship Program - Project Grant
Boston Society of Architects/American Institute of Architects - Award for Design Collaboration

1990

Massachusetts Council on the Arts and Humanities - New Works Grant
1989 National Endowment for the Arts, Inter-Arts Program, Artists' Projects: New Forms
Massachusetts Artists' Fellowship - Fellow in Interarts
1986 Just Above Midtown, Inc. New York, NY - New Works Grant
1983 Scottish Arts Council, Edinburgh, Scotland - New Works Grant
1978-79 Fleming Foundation, Los Angeles, CA, Fleming Environmental Fellowship (study in Japan)
1975-76 Pomona College, Claremont, CA, President's Prizes in Women's Studies for Sculpture

 
SELECTED REVIEWS AND ARTICLES
2014

PHOENIX NEW TIMES November 14, "'Materialize"' Exhibit at Shemer Art Center Explores Art, 3D Technology Intersection"

2013

KANTIPUR DAILY September 2, "Marika with Milan"

2012

KANTIPUR DAILY August 12, “I Capture/Shoot Society in Films”

2011

THE BOSTON GLOBE, January 19, Cate McQuaid, “Shock and Raw ”
THE BOSTON PHOENIX, January 11, Greg Cook, “Artists probe atrocities, the atmosphere, and yarn”

TIME OUT BOSTON, January 10, David Wildman, “Denise Marika, "Effaced 1" ”

2009

THE NEW YORK TIMES, December 5, Charles Isherwood, “Orpheus X”
VARIETY, December 7, Marilyn Stasio, “Orpheus X”
BACKSTAGE, December 4, David A. Rosenberg, “Orpheus X”

THEATERMANIA, December 4, Andy Propst, “Orpheus X

2007

THE BOSTON GLOBE, December 27, Cate McQuaid, "Art brought to the edge"
THE BOSTON GLOBE, November 1, Cate McQuaid, "Challenging Perceptions of a troubled world "
BIG RED & SHINY, October 22, Jacqueline Houton, "Witnesses at Axiom"
THE BOSTON GLOBE, May 7, Jeremy Eichler, “Ancient Myth with (electro-acoustic) resonance”
THE BOSTON PHOENIX, April 20, Christopher Millis, “Conversations  Wanted”

2006
SCULPTURE MAGAZINE, October, Christine Temin, “Zero Arrow Theater, American Repertory Theater, Harvard University”
ART NEW ENGLAND, February/March, Mary Bucci McCoy “Denise Marika: Body Actions”
2005
THE BOSTON GLOBE, December 30, Cate McQuaid, “Year brought prolific creativity, cultivated and raw”
2004
THE BOSTON HERALD, February 13, Joanne Silver, "Contemporary self-portraits echo life views at DeCordova"
2003
THE BOSTON GLOBE, February 28, Cate McQuaid, "Artist's Inner Turmoil Projected on Two Sides"
2002
THE BOSTON GLOBE, October 11, Cate McQuaid, "Pictures tell a story"
2001 ARTBYTE, Digital Arts & Culture, July/August 2001, Alexandra Hall, "The Boston T1 Party"
BOSTON GLOBE, April 25, 2001, Christine Temin, "Video artist projects bare essence of creativity"
TIMEOUT TELEGRAM AND GAZETTE, April 5, 200, Frank Magieri, "Artist unearths a first for Worcester Art Museum"
BOSTON PHOENIX, April 29, 2001, Randi Hopkins, "Beam me up projected images"
ART NEW ENGLAND, April/May 2001, Susan Mulski, "Danforth Museum of Art/Framingham"
BOSTON SUNDAY GLOBE, January 7, Cate McQuaid, "Video artist Marika gets physical"
BIKES NOT BOMBS/SPOKE & WORD NEWSLETTER, Winter 00-01, Corey Tatarczuk, "Crossing Paths-Pubic Art Project for the Southwest Corridor Park"
2000 WORCESTER PHOENIX, December 15, Leon Nigrosh, "Slow emotion - an encounter with art at the Danforth"
MISSION HILL GAZETTE, October 13, Seth Daniels, "From everyday to magical"
THE BOSTON GLOBE, March 22, Christine Temin, "Tossing back the brickbats pelting Marika's work"
SCULPTURE, April, Marty Carlock, Lincoln, MA
ART NEW ENGLAND, April/May, Michael Rush, "Denise Marika Video Works"
THE BOSTON GLOBE, APRIL 27, Cate McQuaid, "Digital art takes wing"
WGBH-TV, May 24, "Greater Boston Arts: New England Foundation for the Arts' Visible Republic"
1999 WGBH-TV, April 14, "Greater Boston Arts: The Work of Denise Marika", documentary
THE BOSTON HERALD, April 30, Joanne Silver "Cyberartists Mold ëMind into Matterí"
THE BOSTON HERALD, May 4, Annette Cardwell "Future Takes Shape"
BOSTON GLOBE, June 23, Christine Temin"A New Push for Public Art "
THE SEATTLE TIMES, September 14, Robin Updike " 'The Self, Absorbedí: Artist Looking Inward"
JAMAICA PLAIN ARTS NEWS, September 15, "Public art grants from Visible Republic"
THE SEATTLE TIMES, September, Regina Hackett, "íSelf, Absorbedí explores old subject in new ways"
THE BROOKLINE TAB, September 16, Gary Duehr, "Computers spur change in visual arts scene"
THE SALEM EVENING NEWS, October, Julia Fairclough, "Spying eyes look at real life"
THE BOSTON GLOBE, October 20, Christine Temin, "From comforting images to mesmerizing danger; Peaceful realism; explosive video"
SCULPTURE, October, Denise Carvalho, "Cyberarts Festival"
BOSTON SUNDAY GLOBE, December 26, Christine Temin, "Best Art of 1999"
1998 THE BOSTON GLOBE, May 7, Cate McQuaid "Face Value: Reflections on Identity"
1997 THE BOSTON GLOBE, January 16, Cate McQuaid, "The Portrait as Object/The Figure as Ground"
BOSTON HERALD, January 19, Mary Sherman, "Photos stripped of color evoke pain, poignancy"
ART NEW ENGLAND, April/May, George Fifield, "Sculpting with Light: Denise Marika"
THE INDEPENDENT FILM AND VIDEO MONTHLY, April, George Fifield "More Weight"
1996 THE BOSTON GLOBE, February 22, Cate McQuaid, "Turning a Worldly Eye on Innocence"
BAY WINDOWS, July 25, Shawn Hill "Casa Metallica"
BOSTON HERALD, August 2, Joanne Silver, "Grittiness gives ëStrengthí its Power"
ARTNEWS, October, Nancy Stapen, "Industrial Strength"
SCULPTURE, November, Anne Wilson Lloyd, "Focus: Denise Marika"
THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, December 2, Taylor Holliday
1995 BOSTON SUNDAY GLOBE, January 1, Christine Temin, "Much of the best art didn't hang on a wall"
ARTFORUM, March, Francine Koslow Miller, "Denise Marika: The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum"
SCULPTURE, March/April, Anne Wilson Lloyd, "Boston: Denise Marika"
ART NEW ENGLAND, April/May, Joyce Cohen,"Denise Marika: Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
1994 THE BOSTON GLOBE, January 19, Christine Temin, "Exploring Identity, Internationally"
THE BOSTON GLOBE, March 30, Christine Temin, "Our Art, Ourselves"
THE BOSTON PHOENIX, April 22, Beth Wolfensberger, "Getting Personal (and Political) at the Fogg"
BOSTON HERALD, May 25, Jason B. Johnson, "Flashing Lights! Residents Bare Their Anger Over Nude Signs"; "Brookline Art Honcho Defends Flashy Sign"
THE BOSTON GLOBE, May 27, Christine Temin, "Mother and Child Stir Up Trouble"
THE NEW YORK TIMES, June 3, Carol Vogel, "A Difficult 'Crossing'"
NEWSWEEK, June 6, Mary Mann, "Stop and Go"
DER SPIEGEL, June 13, "Kreuzung"
SCULPTURE, September-October, Anne Wilson Lloyd, "Boston, Massachusetts"
THE BOSTON GLOBE, September 23,Christine Temin, "Wellesleyís Body Also has a Brain"
THE BOSTON SUNDAY GLOBE, November 13, Christine Temin, "Marika's Multiple Exposures"
BOSTON SUNDAY GLOBE, November 13, Christine Temin, "Marika's Ephemeral Images an Antithesis"
1992 BOSTON GLOBE, May 22, Nancy Stapen, "Two Bunting Artists' Searing Explorations of Self and Society"
ART NEW ENGLAND, Aug./Sept., Catherine Mays,"Akin Gallery/Boston, Denise Marika: Projections"
THE NEW ORLEANS ART REVIEW, Sept./Oct., Jesse W. Nash,"Denise Marika's Video Sculptures"
ARTFORUM, October, Francine Koslow Miller, "Denise Marika: Akin Gallery"
1991 ART IN AMERICA, February, Richard Kalina, " Stux"
THE BOSTON GLOBE, June 28, Christine Temin, "DeCordova has Nine Artists but no Unifying Concept"
BOSTON HERALD, June 28, Mary Sherman, "'Nine' Reflects Pros, Cons of Contemporary Art"
THE BOSTON PHOENIX, July 5, Rebecca Nemser, "Dead Reckoning: The DeCordovaís '9 Artists/9 Visions' Offers Some Grave Reflections"
ART NEW ENGLAND, November, Ron Platt, "DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln: 9 Artists/9 Visions"
1990 ART NEW ENGLAND, May, Peter Walsh, "A Delicate Balance"
THE BOSTON GLOBE, May 3, Christine Temin, "Making Room for Artworks"
SCULPTURE, September/October, Anne Wilson Lloyd, "Installation and Place"
CONTEMPORANEA, October, Anne Wilson Lloyd, "Installation and Place"
THE VILLAGE VOICE, November 6
1989 THE BOSTON GLOBE, November 10, Michael Blowen, "Sculptor Sheds New Light on Images"
SOUTH END NEWS , November 16, Cate McQuaid, "Screening the Senses", Boston, MA
1988 STUDIO INTERNATIONAL ,April, Michael Spens, "Portraits of Reality - Denise Marika: New Video Sculpture", London, England
1987 THE SUNDAY LOS ANGELES TIMES, October 18, Don Snowden, "And Now a Word from Your Local Video Artist"
1985 THE VANCOUVER COURIER, October 23, Ina Lee, "Camera Angle"

1984

THE LOS ANGELES TIMES, June 6, John Dreyfuss, "Emerging Artists/UCLA 1984"
DER TAGESSPIEGEL, November 4, Heinz Ohff, "In the Uncertain: Two Women in Conceptual Art", Berlin, Germany

PUBLICATIONS
2004 Aspect: The Chronicle of New Media Art, Volume 3: Artist as Content
DeCordova Museum, "Self-Evidence in Contemporary Art"
2003 Nan Levinson, "Outspoken: Free Speech Stories"
2002 Pomona College Museum of Art, "Body Projections: New Video Sculpture by Denise Marika."
1998 Anne Higonnet, "Pictures of Innocence: The History and Crisis of Ideal Childhood"
1994 Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, "New Works by Denise Marika"

ARTIST RESIDENCIES

2015 Artist's Residency, The MacDowell Colony
2003 Artist's Residency, The MacDowell Colony
2001 Artist's Residency, The MacDowell Colony
1994 Artist in Residence, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston, MA.
1994 The ICA, Boston & the Carpenter Center, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
1981 The School of Theology Claremont, CA, The School of Theology, Claremont, CA

POSITIONS HELD

Associate Professor, Studio for Interrelated Media, Graduate Program, Mass College of Art, Boston, MA

Adjunct Faculty, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI

Adjunct Faculty, The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA

Adjunct Faculty, Visual Arts Department, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA

Member, Board of Directors, Foundation for Arts Resources, Los Angeles, CA

Writer, “A Sense of Place,” documentary on the art of created environments and Isamu Noguchi


LECTURESHIPS

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston, MA

Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI

School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA

Brandeis University, Waltham, MA

Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, MA

Massachusetts Women’s Caucus, Cambridge, MA

University of Massachusetts, Boston, MA

College Holy Cross, Worcester, MA

Claremont Graduate School, Claremont, CA



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