N. Masani Landfair – Artist Statement and Bio.
I take materials considered undesirable and redefine their worth and meaning. I use traditional collage and assemblage to create abstract social commentary, dream landscapes and spaces I consciously and subconsciously deal with every day.
I grew up in the heavily industrial community of South Chicago which contrasted constantly with the teachings and ways of my Southern Grandparents that continued with much of our culture from their transition through the Great Migration. These influences shaped my views of beauty and worth in the simple to complex dilapidations and sacred understandings of nature and the environment.
N. Masani Landfair (b. 1970, US)
2014 Resident of the Bronzeville Artist Lofts Chicago, Il.
2013-2014 Artist in Residence, Sacred Keepers Sustainability Lab, NFP, Chicago, Il.
2019-2020 “Third Coast Disrupted: Artist and Scientists on Climate, The Ex.Change Project, Chicago, IL.
2019 “All Together Now” Inaugural Group Exhibition, Atlanta, GA
2019 “GAP VII” Global Art Project, Group Exhibition, Dakar, Senegal
2018 “Transceivers” Prizm Art Fair, Miami, Florida.
2018 “8×8” Self Portrait Exhibition, 33 Contemporary Gallery, Chicago, Il.
2018 “Visual Strategies Exhibition : Global Art Project, ClearWater Artist Studios Concord N.C.
2018 “Imagining Post Capitalism” ProArts Oakland. Oakland, Ca.
2018 “the past is more infinite than the future” Under the Bridge Art Space Miami, Florida.
2017 “Chicago 9” Prizm Art Fair, Miami, Florida.
2017 “Post 11/9. The New Now” Group Show. Connect Gallery. Chicago, Il.
2017 “Sketch Book” Group Exhibition, 33 Contemporary Gallery, Chicago, Il.
2017 “Layered” Group Exhibition Tracing How Art is Made. 33 Contemporary Gallery, Chicago, Il.
2016 “100 year anniversary of DADA” Global Art Project, San Francisco International Arts Festival. Ca.
2015 “GAP III” GLOBAL ART PROJECT: ( workshops and exhibitions) Group show Lecce, Italy
2015 “Aesthetics of Wellness” Woman Made Gallery Chicago, Il.
2015 “Art from Excess” Miller Beach Arts & Creative District Miller Beach, In,
2015 “Museum of Science and Industry’s Black Creativity Juried Exhibition Chicago, Il.
2014 “Herradura Tequila Barrel Art Collection” Group show Finalist Chicago, Il.
2014 “Curator’s Choice: 10th Annual National Self Portrait Exhibition”, Zhou B Art Center Chicago, Il.
2014 Bronzeville Artist Lofts Incubator Group Show, Chicago, Il.
2014 Samantha Hill’s “Sweat Tea Party” Featured Artist, Part of “RISK”. Chicago, Il.
2013 “Boundless Shores” South Shore Cultural Center, Chicago,Il.
2013 “End of Plastic” Solo Show Shacks and Shanties, Chicago, Il.
2013 “copy.right? The art of appropriation” 33 Contemporary Gallery Chicago, Il.
2012-2014 “KneeJerk” Global Art Project Collage postcard exchange, San Francisco, CA.
2012 “100 canvases for things that matter” SilverRoom Chicago, Il.
2012 “facemask” 8th National Self-Portrait Exhibition Zhou B Art Center Chicago, Il.
2012 “Chicago 12 at the Garfield Park Conservatory” Garfield Park Conservatory Chicago, Il.
2012 “Chicago 12” 12 artist mobilizing the Earth, Zhou B Art Center, Chicago, Il.
2011 “Surfacing” Solo Show South Side Community Art Center, Chicago, Il.
2005 “Women of the African Diaspora” Group Exhibition. Woman Made Gallery Chicago,Il.
2001 Museum of Science and Industry Black Creativity Juried Art Exhibition Chicago,IL.
2000 Amtrak Union Station, Solo Exhibition for Gwendolyn Brooks Reading. Chicago, Il.
2013 – 2015 Youth Art Classes at Sacred Keepers Sustainability Lab
2012 After School Sustainable Art Programs.
2006 Walk Wireless Growing the Youth of Englewood Art Classes.
2005 Apostolic Church of God Young Sisters for Christ Girl Scouts Art Classes
1998 ARCHI-TREASURES, Art Supervisor Chicago,Il.
Gomez, Sergio “LAYERED” An Interactive Exhibition Tracing How Art Is Made. Jan 11, 2017 pg. 2
Gomez, Sergio: FACEMASK. 8th Annual Self Portrait Exhibition Exploring the Other Behind Our Social Media Face Jul 11, 2012 pg. 55
Gomez, Sergio: Chicago’s Twelve 12 Artists Mobilizing the Earth May 3, 2012 pgs. 42-49
Hillegas, Laura Brooke: Art Centered, “Certified Organic and/or Artificially Flavored – Chicago’s Twelve: 12 Artists Mobilizing The Earth”, Published by Zhou B Art Center, pgs. 6-11, June 15, 2012.
Stevens, Mike Hyde Park Herald “Black artist featured in new MSI exhibit, January 21, 2004
Reed-Scott, Beverly Chicago Defender “Going North”, Jan. 25, 2001
Works held in private collections in Canada, the United States, and Europe
2018 “AL(L)TER CURRENTS” Group Exhibition. Alena Museum, Oakland, CA.
2018 Al(l)ter “Art as Momentum, Incubating generative resolutions to the present.”
On going. Canton, Georgia and San Francisco, California
2013 “No Away To Throw To” Shacks and Shanties at Sacred Keepers, Chicago, Il.
2013 Shacks & Shanties co-curator with Faheem Majeed at Sacred Keepers, Chicago, Il.
2004, 1st place winner Museum of Science and Industry Black Creativity Juried Art Exhibition. Chicago,Il.