August 29 – September 1, 2022

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Artist Q&A: Thursday, September 1 at 7 PM | Streaming

Artist Chieko Murasugi takes over our Instagram, exploring the connections between her work and BMC.

In Murasugi’s words, “I combine visual illusions with material and formal components that evoke experienced dichotomies, such as Asian versus Western, empirical versus intuitive, and historic versus contemporary. By synthesizing diverse pictorial elements—from samurai-inspired shapes and old diary pages to dried seaweed—into a precarious unity, I mirror the challenge of constructing coherent beliefs and identities. I strive to integrate seemingly contradictory impulses to produce enigmatic works that speak to questions of identity, history, and perception.”

In her IG Takeover, Murasugi will be presenting a new body of work that antagonizes notions of determinism, chaos, volition, and perception through color theory and random generation of motif as content.

Chieko Murasugi was born in Tokyo, raised in Toronto, and based in San Francisco for 20 years before moving to North Carolina in 2012. She has degrees in Experimental Psychology (BA McGill, Ph.D. York U) and Studio Art (BFA York U, MFA UNC-Chapel Hill). She has exhibited her work nationally in galleries and museums, and her paintings reside in the public collections of the City of Raleigh and Duke University. Recently, she was awarded a Hambidge Center Residency and a North Carolina Arts Council Artist Support Grant. She is a co-founder and co-curator of BASEMENT, a provisional, artist-run project space in Chapel Hill, NC.