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Stephen Mohring

Stephen Mohring (b. 1964) lives in Northfield, Minnesota. Assistant Professor of Art, Carleton College (since 1998); MFA, Rhode Island School of Design (1991); BA, summa cum laude, Amherst College (1986)

“Since the birth of my young daughter and the simultaneous onset of esophageal cancer that eventually killed my mother, I have been captivated by the relation of radical change (birth, death) to incremental repetitive processes (cellular division, metastasis), by our desire and ability to track these changes with multiple media (amniocentesis, ultrasound, video), and by the ways these recordings alter our perception of what we witness with our five senses.

“All of my work is derived from digitized recordings of source objects. This could involve live video feed from the gallery, time-lapse photography of fetal growth, a plaster life-cast of a torso, or a hospital medical-image file.

“For my two- and three-dimensional work, this data is then manipulated using CAD software to produce drawing elements or construction documents. My recent sculpture, for example, has used casts of my wife’s pregnant belly as a base form for boat-like structures, and MRIs that diagram the growth of a malignant tumor as the inspiration for colonies of steam-bent oak spheres wrapped in steel. In the video work, wireless cameras placed in various locations transmit in real time to devices that sequence, fragment, and display the camera’s view.

“The work distances itself from its technical origins by relying on traditional construction methods and seductive materials. Here the visceral (unmediated) body is brought back to the work by the craft required for its production.”

Selected One-person Exhibitions

  • 2005: Bearing Witness, Phipps Center
    for the Arts, Hudson, Wisconsin
  • 2004: Stephen Mohring: Sculptures and Prints, University of Minnesota–Morris; On Passing, Dorothy Kleinpell Gallery, River Falls, Wisconsin
  • 1993: What Dreams Are Made Of, Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, California
  • 1992: Two Houses (site-specific installation), Connemara Nature Conservancy, Dallas
  • 1990: Convergence III (site-specific installation), Roger Williams Park, Providence, Rhode Island

Selected Group Exhibitions

  • 2004: Collaborations, Macalester College, St. Paul; untitled 3, Soo Visual Arts Center, Minneapolis; Art on the Plains, Plains Art Museum, Fargo, North Dakota
  • 2002: Minnesota Biennial 2002, Minnesota Museum of American Art, St. Paul
  • 2001: The Fine Art of Faculty Art, Carleton College, Northfield, Minnesota
  • 2000: Midtown Greenway Public Art Project, Intermedia Arts, Minneapolis
  • 1997: Second Inaugural Exhibit, The Garden of Sculpture, St. Paul; Art in Space XI, Intermedia Arts. Minneapolis
  • 1996: Franconia Sculpture Park (installation), Shafer, Minnesota; Swedish Traveling Exhibition, Sopmuseum, Stockholm, Sweden
  • 1994: On Drawing, Hamline University, St. Paul

Grants, Awards, and Fellowships

  • 2004: Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant
  • 2002: Mellon Foundation Faculty Fellowship, Carleton College
  • 1993: Minnesota State Arts Board Headlands Residency Grant, Sausalito, California
  • 1991: Connemara Conservancy Artist Installation Grant, Dallas

Commissions

  • 2000: Midtown Greenway Public Art Project, Intermedia Arts, Minneapolis
  • 1997: Art in Space XI, Jerome Foundation

Theater Design

  • 1998–present: Ten Thousand Things Theater Company, Minneapolis