"Mirrors, Marks & Loops —Nadia Hironaka and Matthew Suib at Locks Gallery" by Natalia Angeles Vieyra
Nadia Hironaka and Matthew Suib have worked as artistic collaborators since 2008. Their installation Provisional Monument for the New Revolution, a panoramic moving image, was on view in 2011 at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia. Their piece The Fall (2010) was acquired by the Philadelphia Museum of Art for their permanent collection. Recently, they were recipients of residencies at the Headlands Center for the Arts and the Banff Centre. In fall of 2014, they debuted the Mural Arts Program’s first long-running moving image mural Ghosts of Philadelphia Industry.
With a collage oriented approach, the duo’s work has been known to employ immersive moving image installations with both appropriated and filmed imagery and unique sound installations and soundtracks. Their work plays with the modes for understanding different media and through different power structures of society. Often inverting narratives of convention and labor, their work collides imagery from various global histories, filmic history, the studio, the internet, and imagined futures.
Nadia Hironaka received her Masters of Fine Art from The Art Institute of Chicago and her Bachelors of Fine Art from The University of the Arts. Currently she resides in Philadelphia and is a professor at The Maryland Institute College of Art. She was a 2008 Pennsylvania Council on the Arts fellow and received a Pew Fellowship in the Arts in 2006. Her films and video installations have been exhibited internationally in: PULSAR Venezuela, Rencontres Internationals, The Den Haag Film and Video Festival, The Center for Contemporary Arts in Kitakyushu, Japan, The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, The Black Maria Film Festival, The Fabric Workshop and Museum (Philadelphia), The Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania, The Galleries at Moore College of Art, and Vox Populi. Hironaka’s second solo museum exihibtion The Late Show was recently presented at Arizona State University Art Museum.
Philadelphia-based artist Matthew Suib has exhibited installations, video/sound works and photographs internationally at venues including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Kunstwerke Berlin, Mercer Union in Toronto, The Corcoran Gallery of Art, PS1 Contemporary Art Center, The Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania, and the 2007 Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art. His 2006 project Purified By Fire has been commissioned for exhibition in Miami, Chicago, Toronto, and Paris. He was awarded a Pew Fellowship in the Arts in 2011 and was a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts fellow in 2005. Suib was also a former member of the esteemed Philadelphia artist collective Vox Populi. He is a co-founder of Greenhouse Media, a leading producer and consultant for media content and installation in Philadelphia.