Through a combination of print techniques, Kristina Paabus’ two-dimensional and sculptural works reflect experiments with perceptions of logic and structure. Central to her practice is an understanding of how systems create or falsify order, with the means of gaining a sense of control. Paabus’ Safe Room exhibition, in for it, is informed by recent investigations of game theory: the close study of rules and consequences that result from different strategies, effects of luck, and the role of superstition. A first generation American, Paabus studied Fine Arts and Religious Studies at The University of Massachusetts Amherst, and Printmaking at The Estonian Academy of Arts, before receiving her BFA from Rhode Island School of Design. She later earned an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2009 before traveling to Estonia on a Fulbright Fellowship and returning to SAIC as a Printmedia instructor. In 2013 she was a Visiting Assistant Professor and Grant Wood Fellow in Printmaking at The University of Iowa. Paabus moved to Ohio in 2014, where she is currently Assistant Professor of Reproducible Media in the Studio Art department at Oberlin College. She has exhibited widely in Chicago, Minneapolis, Providence, Boston, Miami, and internationally in Berlin, Tallinn, and Reykjavík, Iceland. Residencies include ACRE (WI), Culture Factory Polymer (Estonia), Lill Street (IL), Ox-Bow (MI), Samband Íslenskra Myndlistarmanna (Iceland), Women’s Studio Workshop (NY), and Inside Zone (Romania), and most recently Kimmel Harding Nelson in Nebraska. in for it was organized by Lauren Fulton, a curator and researcher living in Chicago. On view until April 4, 2015.
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