Annette Cords

Annette Cords

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    Artist's Biography

    Born in Hamburg, Germany, Annette Cords received her MFA from the University of Pennsylvania and currently lives in New York City. Cords’ recent Jacquard tapestries investigate how we read and decipher visual information in order to construct meaning and navigate our environment. Recent solo exhibitions include Shape/Shifters, Project: ARTspace, New York; Breaking the Grid at Kang Contemporary in Berlin; Sideways, New York Public Library; Diamond Days, Villa Rosenthal, Jena, Germany. Her work has appeared in group shows at venues including the Queens Museum, Flux Factory, The Drawing Center, Kentler International Drawing Space, and Montreal Centre for Contemporary Textiles. She has been the recipient of grants and residencies, including a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship and an Open Sessions Residency at The Drawing Center.

    Artist's Statement

    My work spans diverse media, from painting and weaving to installation and sculpture. I explore the possibilities of mark-making, examine writing systems and vernacular styles, and ask how we process and interpret visual information. Frequently, I incorporate ideas from other disciplines. My Jacquard tapestries focus on the convergence of visual and textual languages, making connections between text and textile. In dialogue with the material culture of weaving, I examine how weaving intersects and augments developments in writing, painting, and abstraction.

    Specific themes persist in my art: an interest in structures, the potential of mark-making, notation and writing systems, an exploration of vernacular styles, and how perception is shaped through context and relationships. By merging ideas and transforming materials, I place my work in conversation with a range of topics, while inviting close reading and looking.

    Selected Exhibitions

    Solo & Two-Person
    2020
    Shape-Shifters, Project: ARTspace, New York, NY (catalogue)

    2019
    Breaking the Grid, Kang Contemporary, Berlin, Germany (catalogue)

    2018
    Between Two Horizons, Kang Contemporary, Berlin
    With Dirk Eicken

    2017
    Cognition-Stroll, Project: ARTspace, New York, NY (catalogue)
    With Becky Brown

    2013
    Sideways, The Corner Room, New York Public Library, New York, NY

    Tandem Mass, Art Wall on Third, New York Public Library, New York, NY

    2012
    Diamond Days, Villa Rosenthal, Jena, Germany

    KlangFarben, Jenaer Kunstverein im Stadtspeicher, Jena, Germany
    With Peter Vogel

    2011
    Turnarounds, AxD Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

    2009
    Cross-Coupling, Posie Kviat Gallery, Hudson, NY

    2008
    Cross-Coupling, AxD Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

    The Hidden Effect of Time, The Hall, InLiquid at the Crane Arts Building, Philadelphia, PA

    Cords / Brandhorst, Investitionsbank Schleswig-Holstein, Kiel, Germany

    2007
    Silke Nelius Art-Consulting, Essen/Bad Oldesloe, Germany

    2005
    Paintings & Works on Paper, Galerie Klosterformat, Rostock, Germany

    2003
    Parallel Passages, Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, TN
    With Neil Jussila

    2001
    Investigations of Language & Place, InLiquid at Painted Bride Art Center, Philadelphia, PA
    With Paul Fabozzi

    Paintings & Collages, Büdnerei, Lehsten, Germany

    2000
    tisch-lein-deck-dich, petriGalerie, Rostock, Germany

    Group
    2020
    In Union, Remotely, Shaker Museum Mount Lebanon, New Lebanon, NY

    Relocation, AS I Artist Studios, New York, NY

    2019
    Tell Us Plainly What You Mean, Aquarius Studios, New York, NY

    Lost in the Funhouse, InLiquid at SPRING/BREAK Art Show, New York, NY

    Chance Encounter, InLiquid at Park Towne Place, Philadelphia, PA

    2018
    Saunter Trek Escort Parade (S.T.E.P.), Queens Museum & Flux Factory, New York, NY

    Im Fokus: Multiple Art, Brunswiker Pavillon, Kiel, Germany

    Plus One, Project: ARTspace, New York, NY

    2017
    Elemental, InLiquid at Lacey & Phillips Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

    2016
    Kiosk, Project Room & Flat Files, Odetta Gallery, New York, NY

    InLiquid at Sundance, Sundance Film Channel, New York, NY

    Art on Paper, Pier 35, New York, NY
    With G.W. Einstein Company

    2015
    Name It by Trying to Name It, The Drawing Center, New York, NY

    Selections from Open Sessions, Poor Farm, Manawa, WI

    Textual, Odetta Gallery, New York, NY

    Open Sessions 3, The Drawing Center, New York, NY

    Confluence & Influence, Hewitt Gallery, Marymount Manhattan College, New York, NY

    Off the Grid, Umbrella Arts, New York, NY

    Metro Curates, Metropolitan Pavillion, New York, NY
    With Umbrella Arts

    2014
    Circumstances, Kentler International Drawing Space, New York, NY

    BAM Art Auction, Whitebox Art Center, New York, NY

    2013
    Spatial Translations, InLiquid at Pearlstein Gallery, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA

    Boom & Bloom, The Phatory, New York, NY

    The Complete Coloring Book Show, TNC Gallery, New York, NY

    Hommage an Havaianas, Escola Alema Corcovado, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

    The Members Show, InLiquid at Ice Box Project Space, Crane Arts Building, Philadelphia, PA

    IFPDA Print Fair, The Park Avenue Armory, New York, NY

    2012
    Network, Westbeth Gallery, New York, NY

    Faculty Show, St. John’s University, Queens, NY (catalog)

    InLiquid v.12, Ice Box Project Space, Crane Arts Building, Philadelphia, PA

    ArcheTime, The Great Room, New York University, New York, NY

    2011
    An Exchange with Sol LeWitt, MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA (catalog)

    InLiquid Group Show, Society Hill Synagogue, Philadelphia, PA

    2010
    RSVP, LGTripp Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

    20 x 20, Montreal Centre for Contemporary Textiles, Montreal, Canada

    Allegories and Allegiances, James Oliver Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

    Philagrafika 2010, Bahdeebahdu Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

    2009
    Beyond the Fray – An Exploration of Visual Texture, Art Sites, Riverhead, NY

    Fata Morgana, Dataport, Altenholz, Germany

    URBN, Gallery 543, Urban Outfitters Headquarters, Philadelphia, PA

    10 x 10, Ice Box Project Space, Crane Arts Building, Philadelphia, PA

    Deutschland im Kasten, Werkhof, Kiel, Germany
    Traveled to Galerie III, Schlossinsel Rantzau, Barmstedt, Germany

    Aufbruch, Finanzministerium Schleswig-Holstein, Kiel, Germany (catalog)

    2008
    Back to the Drawing Board, Michael Steinberg Fine Art, New York, NY

    Between the Lines, Artists Using Words, Art Sites, Riverhead, NY

    As Is, thedramaloft, New York, NY

    Works on Paper Benefit, Kentler International Drawing Space, New York, NY

    Penn Design, Louis Meisel Gallery, New York, NY (catalog)

    2007
    Multisite, Dinter Fine Art, Project Room, New York, NY

    Streichholz-Schactel-Utopie, IZET Innovationszentrum, Itzehoe, Germany

    FlashPop, Location One, New York, NY

    multiple choice, Elbeforum, Brunsbüttel, Germany

    From the Inside Out: Feminist Art Then & Now, Geoffrey Yeh Art Gallery, St. John’s University, New York, NY (catalog)

    Hitoshi Nakazato Tribute Exhibiton, Ice Box Project Space, Philadelphia, PA (catalog)

    2006
    Texture, Arts + Literature Laboratory, New Haven, CT

    1801 K Street, Public Art Project with Michael Steinberg Fine Art, Washington, DC

    Immersion, The Ice Box Project Space, Crane Arts Building, Philadelphia, PA

    2005
    American Drawing Biennial, Muscarelle Museum of Art, College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA

    Momenta Art Benefit 2005, Momenta Art & White Columns, New York, NY

    2004
    Specific Density, Borowsky Gallery, Gershman Y, Philadelphia, PA
    Curator: Miriam Seidel

    Material Wellpappe, GEDOK-Atlierhaus, Lübeck, Germany

    Fortuna, Innenministerium Schleswig-Holstein, Kiel, Germany
    Traveled to Stiftung Landdrostei, Pinneberg, and Kulturzentrum Marstall, Ahrensburg (catalog)

    2003
    InFiltration, Unfiltered Fringe, sponsored by InLiquid, Painted Bride Art Center, Philadelphia, PA

    Faculty Show, Chung-Cheng Gallery, St. John’s University, Queens, NY

    Abstractions, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA

    Penn MFA Alumni Exhibition, Kroiz Gallery, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

    2002
    New Directions ’02, Barrett Art Center, Poughkeepsie, NY

    U.S. Artists Exhibition, Philadelphia, PA
    With Pentimenti Gallery

    Ideal Abstraction, Pentimenti Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

    Momenta Art Benefit 2002, Momenta Art & White Columns, New York, NY

    Reactions, Exit Art, New York, NY
    Traveled to Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA, and Library of Congress, Washington, DC

    2001
    Kleine Formate, Sperl Galerie, Potsdam, Germany

    Collaborative Fusion, 450 Broadway Gallery, New York, NY

    Wexler Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

    2000
    Kunst aus Pinneberg, Stiftung Landdrostei, Pinneberg, Germany

    Local/Global 2000, A-1/Lab Art Space, Knoxville, TN

    1999
    Works on Paper, Kirkland Fine Arts Center, Millikin University, Decatur, IL

    Familiar Strangers, Galapagos Art Space, Brooklyn, NY

    Border to Border 7, Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, TN

    1998
    Drawings, G.W. Einstein Gallery, New York, NY

    Artist's Bibliography

    2020
    Conner, Jill, "Saturday—A Studio Visit,” AS I MAG, Medium, July 13, 2020

    Conner, Jill, “Shape/Shifters—Gestures in Form,” Exhibition Catalogue, USA, 2020

    2019
    Mewes, Claus, “Fragment and Thread,” Exhibition Catalogue, Germany, 2019

    "Lost in the Funhouse," Wall Street International Magazine, March 4, 2019

    2017
    Goodman, Jonathan, “Cognition-Stroll by Annette Cords and Becky Brown at Project: ARTspace,” Arte Fuse, July 18, 2017

    “Two-person exhibition by Annette Cords and Becky Brown on view at Project: ARTspace,” Artdaily.org, June 29, 2017

    Istomina, Tatiana, “Cognition-Stroll,’ Exhibition Catalogue, USA, 2017

    2016
    Goodman, Jonathan, “Urban Tapestries, Urban Knowledge,” Annette Cords: Tapestries, Infinite Island Press, 2016

    2014
    Anaya Maya, David, “Overlapping Codes: Becky Brown and Annette Cords Studio Visit,” The Bottom Line, Drawing Center Blog, November 3, 2014

    Dawang, Doreen & Thayer, Eric, “The Grid Hypothesis,” Interview & Photojournalistic Story, Wondereur, No. 82, April 2014

    2013
    Rubenstein, Rebecca, “Art Meets Science at Mid-Manhattan Public Library,” The Library as Incubator Project, October 23, 2013

    Whitworth, Matt, “URBN Annex Hosts Spatial Translations Collaboration,” The Triangle, August 9, 2013

    Newhall, Edith, “Subdued, Sympathetic,” Philadelphia Inquirer, Philly.com, September 9, 2013

    2012
    Zeuner, Anne, "Klingende Kunstwerke," Thüringische Landeszeitung, September 25, 2012, p. 1

    2010
    Rice, Robin, “Magic Number,” Philadelphia City Paper, July 27, 2010

    2008
    Hoban, Phoebe, “All That’s Solid Melts Into Air,” Exhibition Catalog, USA, 2008, p. 4

    “Critics Pick,” Time Out New York, December 18, 2008, p. 94

    2007
    Lovelace, Carey, “Girls, Girls, Girls,” Art in America, June/July 2007, p. 91

    Goodrich, John, “From the Inside Out,” New York Sun, March 22, 2007

    Rosenberg, Susan, “From the Inside Out: Feminist Art Then & Now,” Exhibition Catalog, USA, p. 2, 13

    2006
    Hoffman, Hank, “Text Messaging,” Blogspot, September 15, 2006

    2005
    Rosof, Libby, “Density Squared,” Artblog, January 17, 2005

    2004
    Woldsen, Inken, “Fortuna,” Exhibition Catalog, Germany, 2004, p. 4, 12-13

    2002
    Strauss, R.B., “Pentimenti shows Ideal Abstraction,” West Chester Weekly, October 5, 2002, p. C7

    2001
    Condon, Elisabeth, “Fusion,” NY Arts Magazine, September 2001, p. 55

    Strauss, R.B., “First Friday in Old City,” University City Review, September 2001, p.19

    2000
    Bessert, Erle, “Kunst aus Pinneberg,” Exhibition Catalog, Germany, 2000, p. 6-7

    Schilling, Siegfried, “Ausstellung in der Drostei,” Uetersener Nachrichten, July 29, 2000, p. 11

    Klein, Kuno, “Zwölf Pinneberger Künstler,” Hamburger Abendblatt, July 24, 2000, p. 3

    1999
    Berry, William, “Border to Border 7,” Exhibition Catalog, USA, 1999, p. 7, 15

    Awards and Honors

    2014
    Open Sessions, Drawing Center, New York, NY

    2010
    Change, Inc., Robert Rauschenberg Fellowship

    2003
    New York Foundation for the Arts Artists’ Fellowship

    2000
    GMDC Artist’s Grant

    1992
    Gutman Center Residency

    1991
    Posey Foundation Award

    Teaching Fellowship, University of Pennsylvania

    1990
    University of Pennsylvania Fine Arts Scholarship

    1987
    Kathryn Cogswell Maule Art Opportunity Award

    Adelaide Caroll Johnson Art Contribution Award

    Lectures and Talks

    2020
    Artist Conversation with Jill Conner, Shape/Shifters, Project: ARTspace, New York, NY

    2019
    Artist Conversation, Bauhaus Sisters: Weaving Then and Now, Berlin Art Week, Kang Contemporary, Berlin, Germany

    2017
    Panelist, Collage City, Project: ARTspace, New York, NY

    2013
    Artist Dialogue with Jeremy Sigler, New York Public Library, New York, NY

    Conversation with Arezoo Moseni, What Inspires Artists, New York Public Library, New York, NY

    2011
    Artist Talk, AxD Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

    2009
    Panelist, The Heart of your Life, The Life of your Art, New York Public Library, New York, NY

    Artist Talk, Hudson Art Walk, Posie Kviat Gallery, Hudson, NY

    2008
    Lecture, Color, Theory & Textiles, Department of Fine Arts, St. John’s University, New York, NY

    2007
    Artist Talk, Department of Fine Arts, St. John’s University, New York, NY

    2003
    Panelist, Making Art Work, Brooklyn Public Library, Brooklyn, NY

    Visiting Artist, Department of Art, Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, TN

    Education

    1993
    University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
    MFA, Painting

    1987
    Principia College, Elsah, IL
    BA, Studio Art and English