Lindsay Cashews

 

Lindsay Cashews' work has transformed in the last year from being strictly white cube to performance, interaction with the body, and soundscapes.

 

She uses traditional craft mediums that have a rich social and political history such as bead-weaving, metal work, embroidery and knitting to create objects through a series of filters. The pieces serve as relics in the gallery, from a performance where there is no hierarchy of work existing on a podium. Instead the human body is a podium.

 

Taking many narrative techniques from baroque painting, and Greek and French architecture, she creates imitations that only are parodies due to Western consumerist culture and classes established from it. She takes Western constructions of gender, advertisements, and pop culture to “mirror” what it is happening in the U.S. today: people so detached from their instinctual selves. She finds humor to be an interesting thing due to the psychological and sociopolitical reasons that people laugh. Her parodies become structured much as the Shakesperian idea of comedy functions: without tragedy there is no comedy, entertainment and performance unveil the realities surrounding the human condition.

 

In African story telling, the character of the Trickster walks around in a half blue and half red costume. On each side of the street the people see different things based off of their perspective. By the time the Trickster has left, the people have began arguing and discussing which side was right in what they saw. By the time they realized what has transpired, the Trickster is long gone. 

 

A Happening or a moment of chaos too brings people into a social symposium, and perhaps a realization OF (or INQUIRY INTO) the human condition.

 

In her fibers work, Cashews finds that not any one piece stagnantly hanging on the wall was all inclusive to the political or philosophical notions she has as an artist, rather they become traces and relics of a processes she has learned through extensive research and discipline

 

"I find it curious that so much of art has an end result is based around the conversation it creates, and often times I never experience it with simply shipping a piece of work into a gallery. There is an insincerity to it."

 

BIO/CV:

 

Lindsay Cashews is a performance artist, designer, model, writer, and musician.

She graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Art in Cleveland, OH with double majors in Drawing and Fiber/Material Studies and minor in Creative Writing. She was chosen for a competitive 3-month fellowship at Ox-Bow School of Art in Saugatuck, MI in 2013, and currently lives and works out of Detroit, MI.

Her work investigates the psychology of gender and class, specifically narrowed to gender roles portrayed in contemporary culture, and consumer culture’s impact on human identity. She uses embroidery, chainmaille, and other traditional craft processes along side their political histories. She attempts to use expectations of femininity metaphorically through references to surrealism and pop-culture alongside highly accessible consumer materials. Parody and human interactions become more important as her work develops. She has begun exploring sculpture, video and performance work in relationship to the human figure through means of the runway.

She created her production company, Skandoughless (TM) in 2013, and premiered her first runway show in September 25th, 2014 at the Agora Theater in Cleveland. In this performance she was the costumer, writer, soundtrack creator, curator, and designer, creating her first gesamtkunstwerk.

Cashews continues to perform using the runway as a set means of stage and audience and creates all of her work by hand.

Education

 

www.lindsaycashews.com


2013        Double BFA Drawing/Fiber and Material Studies,

                Emphasis in Creative Writing                                                                    
                Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, OH 


Awards and Fellowships 

2013        Nancy Dunn Memorial Scholarship,  
                Presidential Traveling Award, Cleveland, OH
                LeRoy Neiman Foundation Fellowship, Ox-Bow, 
                Saugatuck, MI
                Ellen Garms Memorial Scholarship, 
                Cleveland, OH 
                Francis J. Meyers Scholarship Excellence in 
                Drawing, Cleveland, OH 
                Kendall, Kelly Scholarship, Cleveland, OH 
                LEAF Scholarship, Cleveland, OH
                Cleveland Institute of Art Portfolio Grant, 
                Cleveland, OH 
                Cleveland Institute of Art Grant, 
                Cleveland, OH 


2012     Ellen Garms Memorial Scholarship, 
             Cleveland, OH 
             Francis J. Meyers Scholarship Excellence in 
             Drawing, Cleveland, OH 
             Kendall, Kelly Scholarship, Cleveland, OH 
             LEAF Scholarship, Cleveland, OH 
             Cleveland Institute of Art Portfolio Grant,  
             Cleveland, OH  
             Cleveland Institute of Art Grant, 
             Cleveland, OH 
             Michael & Martha Horvath Scholarship, 
             Cleveland, OH 

2011        Academic Competiveness Grant, Cleveland, OH
                Cleveland Institute of Art Portfolio Grant,  
                Cleveland, OH  
                Cleveland Institute of Art Grant, 
                Cleveland, OH
                Michael & Martha Horvath Scholarship, 
                LEAF Scholarship, Cleveland, OH

2010      Cleveland Institute of Art Grant,  
              Cleveland, OH 
              Melvin & Beverly Butor Scholarship,  
              Cleveland, OH
              Cleveland Institute of Art Portfolio Grant,
              Cleveland, OH  
              Michael & Martha Horvath Scholarship,   
              Cleveland, OH
              LEAF Scholarship, Cleveland, OH

2009     Cleveland Institute of Art Grant,  
             Cleveland, OH
             Melvin & Beverly Butor Scholarship,  
             Cleveland, OH
             Cleveland Institute of Art Portfolio Grant,  
             Cleveland, OH 
             Michael & Martha Horvath Scholarship,  
             Cleveland, OH
             LEAF Scholarship, Cleveland, OH


Exhibitions 

(To Come in 2015) 

July      Performance, Tangent Gallery,  
             Detroit, MI

August  Skandoughless 3-day Performance, Roots and  
             Culture Gallery, Chicago, IL 

September    Skandoughless Performance- New York Fashion   
             Week, Venue TBA, New York, New York 

2015      Walk 11th Edition Presents Skandoughless, 
             Performance/ Fashion Show, Garden Theater,    
             Detroit, MI

2014      from wHIPLASH to tUMERIC: A story of Kinetics, 
             Skandoughless’ Performance/Fashion Show.                         
             Agora Theater, Cleveland, OH FIBER FEVER,       
             Foundry Art Centre, St. Charles, MO

2013      FIVE, Art Spot Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio
             Young Blood: Tyler Blackiston, Lindsay Cashews, 
             and Mathew Grady, Forum Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio
             Pop Up: David Torres and Lindsay Cashews, 
             Ox-Bow School of Art, Saugatuck, Michigan
             Bitch Beaters Versus The Masters of Zen,
             Ox-Bow Gallery, Oxbow School of Art,   
             Saugautuck, MI
             Roman a Clef: Lindsay Cashews BFA                
             Exhibition, The Cleveland Institute of Art, 
             Cleveland, OH
             Summer Show, Reinberger Gallery, The Cleveland 
             Institute of Art, Cleveland, OH  
             The 67th Annual Student Independent 
             Exhibition, Reinberger Gallery, The Cleveland 
             Institute of Art, Cleveland, OH  
             4U Printmaking Exhibition, Zygote Press, 
             Cleveland, OH 


2012      In-TURN: Divided Attentions, Zygote Press, 
             Cleveland, OH
             Bizaarbeque II, Forum Gallery, Cleveland, OH 
             Summer Show, Reinberger Gallery, The Cleveland 
             Institute of Art, Cleveland, OH  
             Double Feature Gallery, Cleveland, OH
             ArtCares, Museum of Contemporary Art, 
             Cleveland, OH 

 
2011    "Gesamtkunstwerk:" Group Exhibition, The 
            Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, OH

 
2010    Visual Arts and Technologies Group Show, The 
            Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, OH



Commissions and Collections 

2013      Hernan Bas, Cross-Cultural Values, Detroit, 
              MI
              Private Collection, Surface Fame, Tallmadge, 
              OH 
              Todd Carlson Weddings, Screenprinted and sewn      
              logo/sign, Cleveland, OH

2012       Stebal Drums, Graphic Design, Cleveland, OH 

2011       Private Collection, Painting, Cleveland, OH



Bibliography
 
Megan Moe Beitiks, “Putting the Pussy on a Pedastal,” Ox-Bow Fellowship Book, Winter 2013.

Ann T. McGuire, “Senior Chosen For Fine Art Fellowship,” Link Magazine, Spring 2013. 6.

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