Zära Monet Feeney

ARTIST STATEMENT

There is a specific moment when we believe an illusion or become seduced by something outside of ourselves. When this happens, we are not looking at something, but looking at ourselves perceiving it.

 

By challenging traditional modes of representation and exploiting optics of value and color, I hope the viewer will call into question the generic way a painting is received.

 

To critique passive spectatorship and draw attention to this dynamic mode of viewing, I use layered imagery, selectively choosing what is opaque and decipherable and what is transparent and ambiguous. I exploit visual tools, including negatives, highly saturated color notes, and diffused lighting adjacent to suffused lighting in order to create reflexive vision in the viewer. By utilizing stratagems of perception and displaying a dramatic dynamic between the subject and the space it occupies, I seek to create an active corporeal viewing experience.

 

Ultimately I want to set up a curious visual experience for the viewer where they can actively engage in reflexive looking.



BIO

Feeney was raised in an eccentric art family in Thousand Oaks, California. She received a BA from UCLA and an MFA from LCAD, studying under acclaimed artist and art critiques such as Lari Pittman, Barbara Kruger, Catherine Opie and Peter Frank. She was recently awarded 1st at LA Artcore’s Juried show, celebrated in Huffington Post and published in Manifest and Juxtapoz. Her credentials also include numerous national and international art residencies, solo and juried group exhibitions. She works as a college art professor at California State University, Northridge, Moorpark College and Ventura College.

 

EDUCATION

MFA  Laguna College of Art and Design: Concentration in Painting: 2012 - 2014   

BA  UCLA: 2006 - 2010

 

SOLO / TWO PERSON EXHIBITIONS

2019 Mandatory Intermission: LA Artcore Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2018 Overture: Eastern Projects Gallery Annex, Los Angeles, CA

2018 Reductive Overture: Madison Public Library, WI

2018 Prelude: B-Minus Studios, Santa Ana, CA

2018 Glamour Vomit: Moorpark College Gallery, CA

2017Mezzanine: Dab Art: NAMBA Gallery, Ventura, CA

2017Rehearsal: Arttrek Gallery: Thousand Oaks, CA

2016 Culmination: Vault Gallery: Hortenville, WI

2015 Cue: Sleeth Gallery: West Virginia Wesleyan College: Buckhannon, WV

2014 Staged: CES Contemporary Arts Foundation Gallery: Laguna, CA

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2018 Drink Me: Dab Art:  H Gallery, Ventura, CA

2018 LA Art core Exhibition: LA Art Core Gallery at the Brewery, Los Angeles, CA

2018 World of Co: Residency: Sofia, Bulgaria

2018 Valentine: Eastern Projects Gallery: Los Angeles, CA

2018 A Feminist Perspective 4.0: Montalban Gallery: Hollywood, CA

2018 Featured Figures: Laguna Art Museum: Laguna Beach, CA

2017 Tribute to the Audubon: 101 Exhibit Gallery: Hollywood, CA

2017Rainbow Shift Exhibit: LGBTQIA Artists: Montalban Gallery: Hollywood, CA

2017 We Choose Art: Feminist Exhibit: Montalban Gallery: Hollywood, CA

2017Refractured: Ventura College Faculty Exhibition: VC Gallery, Ventura, CA

2017Works in Abstraction: Atrium Gallery: Ventura, CA

2017 Defying Doyen: Dab Art: Atrium Gallery: Ventura, CA

2017Bold and Beautiful: The Hillcrest Center for the Arts: Thousand Oaks, CA

2017Material Interests: Ventura College Faculty Exhibition: VC Gallery, Ventura, CA

2016 Critters and Peeps: Q Art Salon Gallery: Santa Ana, CA

2016 Please to Meet Me: EMES and House of Wren Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2015 Summer: The Fifth Column Gallery: Los Angeles, CA

2014 MFA Exhibition: Laguna Art Museum: Laguna Beach, CA

2014 Manifest: Fresh Paint: Creative Research Gallery: Cincinnati, Ohio

2013 Future Tense: CES Contemporary Gallery: Los Angeles, CA

2013 International Painting Annual: Creative Research Gallery, Cincinnati, OH

2013 MFA Exhibition: Laguna City Hall: Laguna Beach, CA

2010 From the Window to the Wall: Charlie White Gallery: Los Angeles, CA

2010 UCLA Juried Exhibition: UCLA Charlie White Gallery: Los Angeles, CA

PUBLICATIONS

2018 Art in Sofia, Literary Review: World of Co Residency, Sofia, Bulgaria

2017Huffington Post: Mat Gleason Review: 101 Exhibit Gallery, Hollywood, CA

2017 Circle Quarterly Arts Magazine: CFA Press, Los Angeles, CA

2017Show Review: Peter Frank: 101 Exhibit Gallery, Hollywood, CA

2017Art Bite Periodical: Feminist Exhibit: Los Angeles, CA

2017Contemporary Painters: Tribute to the Audubon: Hollywood, CA

2016 Young Space Periodical: Appleton, WI

2015 Art in America Periodical: Los Angeles, CA

2014 Juxtapoz Periodical: San Francisco, CA

2013 Manifest International Painting Annual 4: Cincinnati, OH

ART RESIDENCIES

Artist in Residence: Carnegie Art Museum: Oxnard, CA    11. 2018 – 12. 2018

Artist in Residence: World of Co: Sofia, Bulgaria    05. 2018 – 07. 2018

Artist in Residence: Arttrek: Thousand Oaks, CA    11. 2016 – 12. 2017

Artist in Residence: Standard Projects: Hortonville, WI    09. 2016 – 11.2016

Artist in Residence: Laguna College of Art and Design: Laguna Beach, CA    06. 2015 – 09. 2015

Artist in Residence: West Virginia Wesleyan College: Buckhannon, WV    08. 2014 – 05. 2015

PROFESSOR APPOINTMENTS

Professor of Fine Art: California State University, Northridge  09. 2018 – 08. 2019

Professor of Fine Art: Moorpark College: CA    09. 2018 – 08. 2019

Professor of Fine Art: Ventura College: CA    09. 2018 – 08. 2019

Professor of Fine Art: Santa Barbara College: CA    09. 2018 – 012. 2018

Professor of Fine Art: Orange Coast College: CA    01. 2018 – 06. 2018

Professor of Fine Art: Moorpark College: CA    08. 2017 – 12. 2018

Professor of Fine Art: Ventura College: CA    08. 2017 – 06. 2018

Professor of Art: Orange Coast College: CA    08. 2015 – 01. 2016

Visiting Professor of Art: (Full Time) West Virginia Wesleyan College: Buckhannon, WV    08. 2014 – 05. 2015

Director of Visual Arts: Governor’s School of the Arts: West Virginia Wesleyan College    02. 2015 – 08. 2015

Director of Art : E1 Education Program: Beijing Normal University, Zhuhai: China    01.2016 – 02. 2016

Instructor of Art: Arttrek: Thousand Oaks, California    11. 2016 – 12. 2017

Fine Art Faculty: Orange County Art Studios: Anaheim, CA    08. 2013 – 05. 2014…08. 2015 – 12. 2015

Instructor: EF: Shanghai, China    07.2016 – 09.2016

GUEST LECTURES and ARTIST TALKS

2018 Artist Talk: World of Co, Residency, Sofia, Bulgaria

2018 Artist Talk: Atrium Gallery: Moorpark College, CA

2017 Artist Talk: The Hud Gallery: Ventura, CA

2017 Artist Talk: Ventura College: Ventura, CA

2017 Artist Talk: University of Buffalo: Buffalo, NY

2017 Presenter: Westlake Village Art Center: Westlake, CA

2017 Artist Talk: B Minus Studios: Santa Ana, CA

2016 Artist Talk: Standard Projects: Hortenville, WI

2015 Guest Lecturer: Portfolio Idea Exchange: Orange Coast College: CA

2015 Artist Talk: Governor School of Arts, West Virginia Wesleyan College: WV

2010 Presenter for Bruin Art Ambassador seminar to college students, UCLA: CA

2008 Juror for the Ventura County Women’s Art League: CA

AWARDS AND HONORS

Eli & Edith Broad Fine Art Scholarship Award

Manifest: INPA 4

First Place: LA Artcore Juried Exhibiton: Los Angeles, CA

Award Recipient: Texas National Competition, SFA Art Gallery: Juror: Jerome  Witkins

First Place, Photography: Dortort Center of Arts (Judged by James Welling)

Best of Show, Painting: Los Angeles Art League

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

Eastern Projects Gallery: China Town: Los Angeles, CA

101 Exhibit Gallery: Hollywood, CA

Q Art Salon Gallery: Santa Ana, CA

The Hud Gallery: Ventura, CA

CES Contemporary Gallery: Los Angeles, CA

Dab Art Collective: Ventura, CA

College Art Association: New York, NY

Juxtapoz: San Francisco, CA

Manifest: Cincinnati, OH

Young Space: Appleton, WI

Los Angeles Art Association, Los Angeles, CA