Sarah Kate Burgess, Brian Giniewski, Linda Yun

Material Proxy (An Exhibition of Community Supported Art) December 2012

This December, Grizzly Grizzly and Tiger Strikes Asteroid proudly co-present their collaborative program, Community Supported Art. The exhibition, Material Proxy, coincides with the second 'pick-up' of this innovative program and highlights the incredible diversity of the artistic practices it supports.

On display will be the work of the three featured artists: Sarah Burgess, Brian Giniewski, and Linda Yun. In addition to the work commissioned for the CSA program, the artists will show work representative of their diverse modes of making. Sarah Kate Burgess's small-scale sculptural work is informed by daily life, her composited and repositioned jewelry inviting dialog and serving as a portable form of art. Linda Yun captures ephemeral experience with seemingly economical means; her evocative installations are at once minimal and personal. Brian Giniewski combines ceramic sculpture, digital effects and hand painted surfaces in a camouflaged riot of color.

In conjunction with the exhibition, Burgess will give a Do-It-Yourself Ring-Making Workshop on Sunday December 9, 2012 at 3pm. The workshop will be open to the public and held at Grizzly Grizzly. Using a variety of paper folding and construction techniques, participants will have the opportunity to make the rings that Burgess has included in her CSA share. To register for the workshop, please register at

Together the three artists show the commitment to the idea of making that runs throughout the CSA curated endeavor. Like a Community Supported Agriculture program, our CSA program supports a direct maker-to-buyer relationship between artists and collectors working and living in the Philadelphia region. Featuring a diverse range of contemporary art from nine local artists, this program commissioned nine artists to make 50 "shares" of artwork. Interested consumers/collectors have purchased a share (aka a "subscription") and in return will receive three "farm boxes" of locally produced artwork at intervals throughout the 2012-13 Season.

Since its inception by Springboard for the Arts in Minneapolis, MN (2010) the CSA model has gained a lot of notoriety and has been replicated throughout the country. Project collaborator Jacque Liu states, "This project draws on the same 'Buy Local' spirit that has made Community Supported Agriculture so successful. Community Supported Art is an effort to support and cultivate art, artists, and collectors. We've been amazed by the range, depth, and quality across the Philadelphia contemporary art community."

For more about the CSA program, please visit our website at,

Artist Bios

Sarah Kate Burgess received a Masters of Fine Art degree from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2002 with a focus in Metalsmithing. In 2003 she participated in the Oregon College of Art and Crafts Artist in Residence Program. Burgess also lived in Berlin, Germany where she co-founded Takt Kunstprojektraum. She has taught Metalsmithing at numerous places including full-time positions at Interlochen Arts Academy (Michigan), Wayne State University (Michigan), and Millersville University (Pennsylvania). In addition, she has held numerous workshops throughout the community on paper jewelry-making at for the West Collection's MAKE Series, the Philadelphia Art Alliance, and The John Michael Kohler Arts Center, as well as given lectures on her work throughout the country.

Brian Giniewski is currently a Resident Artist at The Clay Studio in Philadelphia and an Adjunct Professor at Arcadia University in Glenside, PA. He has taught at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and Penn State University, and works at the Chautauqua School of Art in Western New York during the summer. He holds a Master of Fine Arts from Cranbrook Academy of Art and a Bachelors of Fine Arts from Millersville University.

Linda Yun was born a Libra in the fall of 1976, in Memphis, TN. Raised in Massapequa, NY, she received her BS in Sculpture & Photography from NYU and subsequently a MFA in Sculpture from Tyler School of Art. Her work meditates on those moments where the banal gently shifts to a subtle moment of wonder. Faced with a culture where anything seems capable of being replicated by industry, Yun chooses to focus on low-fi, humble attempts at creating. She has been awarded a Pennsylvania Council of the Arts grant in Sculpture, and was a 2006 & 2008 Pew Fellowship in the Arts finalist. Her work has been included in exhibitions at Sara Meltzer Gallery, Arcadia University, the Galleries at Moore, and Vox Populi, among others.