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Tim Guthrie
updated: 12/11/2011
website: timguthrie.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Extraordinary Rendition #3
Extraordinary Rendition #3 detail
Extraordinary Rendition #1
Extraordinary Rendition #1 detail
Extraordinary Rendition #2
Extraordinary Rendition #2 detail
Extraordinary Rendition #6
Extraordinary Rendition #6 detail
Extraordinary Rendition #4
Extraordinary Rendition #5
 
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Extraordinary Rendition #3 by Tim Guthrie
Extraordinary Rendition #3
Graphite on paper
2010
74 " x  52 " 
Extraordinary Rendition #3 detail by Tim Guthrie
Extraordinary Rendition #3 detail
Graphite on paper
2010
74" x  52" 
Extraordinary Rendition #1 by Tim Guthrie
Extraordinary Rendition #1
Graphite on paper
2009
74" x  52" 
Extraordinary Rendition #1 detail by Tim Guthrie
Extraordinary Rendition #1 detail
Graphite on paper
2009
74" x  52" 
Extraordinary Rendition #2 by Tim Guthrie
Extraordinary Rendition #2
Graphite on paper
2010
74" x  52" 
Extraordinary Rendition #2 detail by Tim Guthrie
Extraordinary Rendition #2 detail
Graphite on paper
2009
74" x  52" 
Extraordinary Rendition #6 by Tim Guthrie
Extraordinary Rendition #6
Graphite on paper
2009
74" x  52" 
Extraordinary Rendition #6 detail by Tim Guthrie
Extraordinary Rendition #6 detail
Graphite on paper
2010
74" x  52" 
Extraordinary Rendition #4 by Tim Guthrie
Extraordinary Rendition #4
Graphite on paper
2009
74" x  52" 
Extraordinary Rendition #5 by Tim Guthrie
Extraordinary Rendition #5
Graphite on paper
2009
74" x  52" 

Artist Statement

Artist Statement

 

 

 

"The role of the artist is to transcend conventional wisdom, to transcend the word of the establishment, to transcend the orthodoxy, to go beyond and escape what is handed down by the government or what is said in the media." 

- Howard Zinn, Artists in Times of War

 

 

An artist is often confronted with the question, “Which medium do you work in?,” by a person seeking the common thread of the artist’s work. With my own work, however, the common thread is not one medium, but rather a common conceptual concern where the medium and format may change depending on the demands of each particular piece.

 

My most recent body of work is an installation which includes video projections depicting a mock-waterboarding, a huge projection screen of Air Force one circling in the sky, and a surveillance system recording every move each visitor makes while navigating the installation, juxtaposed with a group of traditional portraits rendered simply in black and white with graphite and conté.  

 

The phrase "extraordinary rendition" is used to describe the United States practice of secretly capturing suspected criminals or terrorists without the knowledge of anyone else, including the governments of the countries in which individuals reside.  They are then secretly rendered to other countries or secret detention centers.  This way individuals can be transferred to other locations to be “tortured by proxy” without ostensibly violating the United Nations Convention Against Torture and without the writ of habeas corpus.

 

While visitors contemplate the work in the gallery, surveillance cameras attached to the frame above each drawing simultaneously record their re/actions.  These videos are displayed live on monitors in another room and also digitally downloaded into a database for future examination and analysis.   

 

This exhibit aims to encourage discourse about the practice of Extraordinary Rendition as well as basic rights and common wisdom. 

 

 

Artist Bio / CV

Tim Guthrie has been awarded Independent Artist Fellowships in 2011, 2008, 2007 and 2006 (Distinguished Artist) from the Nebraska Arts Council for both his traditional art and his experimental animation work.  He was also awarded Best New Media Artist by the Omaha Arts and Entertainment Awards in 2008, as well as a Best Exhibit OAE award in the same year for the show “Nuclear Dichotomies.”   He was also nominated for his shows “Flow” and “Cli•mac•ter•ic” for 2010.

His work has been shown in the Hiroshima Animation Festival (official selection – Animations for Peace – Japan), 5th Annual Athens International Animation Festival (official selection – Greece), aniMOweb (“The Cult of War and the Culture of Peace” – 3rd Place) and the Control Arms Conference (Italy), and the Hi/Lo Film Fest (official selection – San Francisco). His more traditional work has been shown at the Bellevue Art Museum (Seattle), Boise Art Museum (Idaho), St. George Museum of Art (Utah), Holter Museum of Art (Montana), Nevada Art Museum, and the Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art (Montana), where he also received two purchase awards for their permanent collection. He has also exhibited regionally at the Sheldon Art Gallery in Lincoln, the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art and the Bemis Underground, and numerous other smaller venues. A reference to his painting was also included in “Ingres, regards croisés” (Book) Authors Jean-Pierre Cuzin and Dimitri Salmon (publisher Editions Mengès and Réunion des Musées nationaux, Paris, France) which is available at the Louvre in Paris.

He has also received fellowships, awards and grants from the Blue Mountain Center, Vermont Studio Center, International Sculpture Center, Hall Farm Art Center, Art Calendar Magazine, as well as the Sierra Arts Foundation, the Nevada Arts Council, and the Nebraska Arts Council, each