Casita Confessions: Joan Bankemper and Garth Clark
Garth is back again, this time with New York-based artist Joan Bankemper. Do not miss this episode for Bankemper’s describes her work and the motives for it with such distinct poetics. Bankemper and Clark run the full gamut, talking gardening, Baroque art, their mutual friend Nancy Hoffman and more.
“I had for the longest time thought these objects were grotesque, and that this was vommit. Then I spent a year in psychotherapy, and realizing that there there is a issue here and that if it is vommit its coming from a n honest source… I really had to let go of my conception of what art is and how it functions.” –Joan Bankemper
“When you’re a gardener, and maybe its July, there comes a point where its obscene, everything is just screaming. The days get shorter, and you can feel that plants need to get f***ed. They do! Because its their last chance to make seeds.… there is such a neediness to recreate. The vases… that’s where they are at, at this juncture.” -Joan Bankemper
Joan Bankemper received her BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute and MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art. Upon moving to NYC she radically challenged her academic training to site specific installations using vegetation and the community as her primary medium; her ‘social practice’ was fully incorporated in her art making. Bankemper has shown with Creative Time, Inc., NY; The New Museum, NY; Artpace, San Antonio, TX; The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston, MA; and Wave Hill, Riverdale, NY. Bankemper received grants from The George Sugarman Foundation and the NEA. The McColl Center of Visual Arts awarded her the Gabi Award.
Bankemper has exhibited environments and aspects of her social practice with Amy Lipton Fine Arts. Her objects have been exhibited with Nancy Hoffman Gallery and are included in numerous private collections. She lives and works in both New York City and Warwick, New York