Sandra Binion
"Round Trip" in Montevarchi, Italy
I've been invited to install "Round Trip" in Pae/saggio, curated by Carles Marco and Paola Cioncolini. The festival of 50 artists opens May 23rd.

"Round Trip" is a diptych video made while driving between Vaishali and Patna, in Bihar, India in January 2013. The production audio, often cacophonous, is overlaid with a recording of Buddhist nuns chanting, made a few days later in Vaishali. 8 minutes 50 seconds loop.

"Round Trip" premiered at the Dallas Biennial on February 8th, 2014.

Watch the video here.
Fall 2013
This Fall I'll be in Europe for 2 months to work on projects.
Summer Art Sale
Dear Friends,

I’d like to invite you to a limited time showing and sale of my artwork, July 20 and 21 from 11AM-7PM. I’m organizing the sale in order to support the production of several current projects scheduled for this fall. These include framing and preparation of 30 pieces for the upcoming exhibition “The Art of Description” at the State of Illinois Gallery; and the completion of video and photographic shoots in France for Distillé, my multi-media project based on Madame Bovary.

You can view a small sampling of the more than 150 pieces that I’m offering for sale here. These works span my entire career, dating from 1980 to the present, and include vintage photographic prints, digital prints, and paintings. They range in price from $300 to $2,500.

The showing is hosted by Corey Postiglione and Kathie Shaw at their studio at 4201 N. Ravenswood #104. Refreshments will be served.

Please feel free to forward this e-mail to anyone who might be interested.

I hope to see you there!

Best wishes, Sandra
Spring 2013
This Spring I'll be in France and Italy for 3 weeks to work on projects and for two exhibitions. From May 7 to May 20, 2013 I'll be in France finishing the video and photography for DISTILLÉ with Eponine Cuervo Moll as Madame Bovary. I'll be showing photos in a group exhibition "Il Mondo della Fotografia" at Galleria Gadarte, Florence, Italy. The exhibition is from May 25 - June 6, 2013. I'll be premiering "Waiting for Small Mysteries", a single channel video installation for ACQUA, a group show set in three greenhouses in Montevarchi, Italy. Curated by Carles Marco, ACQUA opens May 26 - June 9, 2013.
Madame Bovary a work-in-progress
For the next five weeks through November 21st I will be in France working on a deconstruction and adaptation of Gustave Flaubert’s MADAME BOVARY with Eponine Cuervo-Moll as Emma Bovary. I will be working in video, photography, painting and sound, on location in the area around Bourges.
Rough Beauty opens soon
My latest exhibition, Rough Beauty, opens on May 26 at Locanda La Fagiana in Tereglio, a small mountain village in Tuscany north of Lucca. The work is inspired by the rustic beauty of the village and its environs, and includes watercolors, photographs, video and sound. The exhibition runs through June 7.

Shortly afterward the opening of Rough Beauty, I'll be a visiting artist in the town of Monetvarchi, near Arezzo, with a one-day exhibition on May 30 at 7:30PM at Montevarchi Arte Galleria, via Marzia 82-82. The show is part of Montevarchi Arte, a regional arts festival.
Botanica, Mantua, and an upcoming exhibition
The Botanica exhibition in Buggiano Castello was a big success, with an offshoot show in Mantua in June curated by Lucio Pozzi. I am currently developing new work for an exhibition in the Tuscan village of Tereglio for May 2012.
Closing of ENNESBO tour and opening of BOTANICA
After a two year, six venue run ENNESBO closed on November 7 at the Hillstrom Museum of Art on the campus of Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota. I rented a U-Haul truck and Lou drove the works through the farmlands of Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois back to Chicago. It was a sentimental odyssey.
From November 15 to December 13, 2010 I went back to Tuscany for my 4th residency in Buggiano Castello in preparation for BOTANICA which opens there on April 30-May 8, 2011. Friends from Chicago and Germany are arriving for the event which is part of an open garden festival held every three years in the village. I am the current artist-in-residence.
Ennesbo heading North to its final venue
Ennesbo will be opening at the Hillstrom Museum of Art on the campus of Gustavus Alophus College in St. Peter, Minnesota from September 13 through November 7, 2010. This will be the last venue of a two-year, six museum tour.
BOTANICA proposal accepted
I am happy to announce that my proposed exhibition "Botanica" has been accepted by the Associazione Culturale Buggiano Castello in Tuscany, Italy for inclusion in their triennial garden festival "Il Borgo degli Agrumi" for April/May 2011. I recently spent three weeks in the Tuscan studio of my dear friend Daniela Fruscione creating summer botanical work in video, photography and painting. This was my third art-producing residency in Buggiano in two years.

Ennesbo Heading West
From May 29-September 19, 2009 five paintings from Ennesbo were included in a group exhibit of Fellows of The American-Scandinavian Foundation at the Scandinavia House on Park Avenue in New York City.

The full exhibition of Ennesbo runs from December 4, 2009 through February 7, 2010 at the Nordic Heritage Museum in Seattle, Washington. This will be the fourth venue on the U.S. tour.

http://www.nordicmuseum.org

Future Ennesbo Exhibitions
Posted 4/20/08

June 27 - September 21, 2008 Swedish American Museum Center, Chicago
January 15 - May 10, 2009 American Swedish Historical Museum, Philadelphia
December 4, 2009 - February 7, 2010 Nordic Heritage Museum Seattle
September 13 - November 7, 2010 Hillstrom Museum of Art, Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter Minnesota
Ennesbo at House of Sweden in Washington DC
Posted on 4/20/08

I wanted to provide some information about the exhibition that is currently on at the House of Sweden in Washington DC. The show is open from April 2 to June 8, 2008. Please check the Embassy of Sweden website for further information regarding hours, location, and events. Discover Sweden website
Ennesbo Opening in Washington DC April 2, 2008
Posted 2/20/08

As part of the Discovering Sweden Exhibition at the House of Sweden in Washington, DC a preview of my multi-media installation, Ennesbo, will be featured. The exhibition will run through June 8th and is free and open to the public.

The full solo exhibition will open in Chicago on June 27th at the Swedish-American Museum Center on Clark Street in the Andersonville neighborhood through September 21st.

More information as it develops!
Review of Fulcrum Point Concert at the Harris Theater
Posted 2/1/08

CLASSICAL REVIEW

Chicago's Fulcrum Point enters 10th season with a performance full of 'essential elements'

By John von Rhein | Tribune critic
January 31, 2008

The Fulcrum Point New Music Project is devoting the fifth and final season of its multi-year exploration, "Essential Art: Essential Elements," to a condensed recap of all the elements. Indeed, the concert that began the group's 10th anniversary season Tuesday at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance vaulted through time and space before reaching for the cosmic light.
Like another of Chicago's splendid contemporary groups, eighth blackbird, artistic director Stephen Burns' ensemble has hitched its star to the Harris Theater in hopes of attracting larger audiences and greater funding. The sizable, attentive crowd that turned out for Tuesday's event suggested it is well on its way toward realizing the first objective. The world premiere of Geoffrey Gordon's "Lux Solis Aeterna" (2007) shared the bill with the Midwest premieres of Sebastian Currier's "Nightmaze" (2005) and Richard Danielpour's "River of Light" (2007). Duke Ellington's "The River" added a symphonic jazz classic to this bracing and brainy mix of new music. Gordon's opus for 13 players—the Latin title means "Eternal Light of the Sun"—tries, and succeeds, to evoke cosmic beauty in a dozen minutes of acutely crafted music. The sun rises in iridescent shimmers and sprays of instrumental color, now quiet and glowing, now fierce and eruptive. There is a sacred subtext but the sonic evolution may be enjoyed as pure music, complete with a bebop interlude led by two saxophones. The multimedia "Nightmaze" lasts three times as long and packs half the impact. Currier's pulsing, nervous rhythms for nine-member chamber ensemble undergird a hallucinatory road trip based on a scenario by novelist Thomas Bolt. The text, read by Sandra Binion, has a sleep-deprived college student dreaming of speeding along a blackened highway that has road signs indicating psychic forks and turnoffs—terror, death, ego, id, infinity and so forth. I had a couple of problems with the piece. Sage Marie Carter's stark video conspired with the surreal text to reduce Currier's often inventive score to mere accompaniment. Also, entire chunks of narration were drowned out by the musicians or rendered unintelligible by the amplification. Danielpour's elegiac violin ruminations, framed by the piano's tart and muscular chords, were sensitively taken by violinist Sharon Polifrone and pianist Kuang-Hao Huang. Lovely piece. Burns' lush, 44-piece orchestra had a ball with the Ellington suite, and so did the audience. All four performances, for that matter, represented Fulcrum Point at its considerable best. jvonrhein@tribune.com
Performance at Harris Theater
Posted 1/23/08

Fulcrum Point New Music Project presents Sebastian Currier's Nightmaze as part of the Alpha: In the Beginning project on January 29th 2008 at 20E Randolph Street Chicago IL.

The concepts opens with the multimedia performance of Nightmaze based on a text by Thomas Bolt in which the protagonist dreams he is rushing along a dark, enormous highway, where strange road signs loom-up only to disappear into night. I will be reading Bolton's text. Sage Marie Carter collaborated directly with the composer and the author to create the video interspersed throughout the 30-minutes work.
Welcome!
Posted 1/23/08

My website is now live, feel free to browse my works or contact me. I will be updating the site periodically with news and other documentation of work.