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Tyanna Buie: Input/Output

April 6 - May 25, 2024

Tyanna Buie

April 6 - May 25, 2024

Opening Reception: Saturday, April 6, 5-7 pm

(Core City Location)

Matéria Gallery is pleased to present Tyanna Buie’s Input/Output, the artist’s second solo exhibition with the gallery, opening on Saturday, April 6 at the gallery’s Core City location, with a reception with the artist from 5 to 7 pm.


Inspired by hardships endured while in the foster care system, Tyanna Buie was fortunate to find her voice, creative vision, and a connection with the outside world through the re-making of images extracted from photographs.  Photo-based images, family memorabilia, and documents sourced from family members allow the artist to re-visit and revive previous impressions from past events.  Through a non-specific order of occurrence and a theatrical Illusion of reality, the images begin to manifest into exaggerated accounts that are inconsistent from one event to another.  The use of traditional narrative and non-narrative aspects of storytelling is prevalent throughout her work, which allows her to challenge her family’s past, and to re-imagine the future through fragmentation. 


Consisting of repetition, dissemination, and the building of images, combined with methods such as, painting, drawing, collage, and screen-printing in a non-traditional manner on paper, the pieces exist as singular pieces and large-scale site-specific installations.  Drawing on her interest in narrative and shared knowledge, as well as her experience as an educator, Tyanna Buie’s work has also shifted to include a focus on creating platforms for other artists and the open exchange of ideas in the art world.  More recently, Buie’s artistic research explores the use of “self-portraits,” combined with the use of technology, images and texts solely derived from mass-media, while referencing pop-culture, identity politics, appropriation, social movements, politics, and authorship.


A Chicago and Milwaukee native, Tyanna Buie earned her BA from Western Illinois University and her MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Buie has attended artists-in-residency programs, such as the Joan Mitchell Center in New Orleans, LA, the Women’s Studio Workshop in Rosendale, NY, the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, VT, and Project 1612 AIR in Morton, IL. She has received numerous awards including: an emerging artist Mary L. Nohl Fellowship in 2012; the Love of Humanity Award from the Greater Milwaukee Foundation; the prestigious Joan Mitchell Painters & Sculptors Grant in 2015; the 2019 Kresge Artist Fellowship in the Visual Arts; the 2019/2020 Grant Wood Fellowship in Printmaking at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, IA; the 2020 award, a top accelerator award/program funded through gener8tor; and the 2023 Ruth Arts/Mary L Nohl Alumni Award.​


Buie has mounted several solo exhibitions including two 2021 solo exhibitions: Embodiment(s) at the Freeport [IL] Art Museum and Re/Faced at the South Bend [IN] Museum of Art.  She has contributed to many group exhibitions including A Contemporary Black Matriarchal Lineage in Printmaking Exhibition at Highpoint Center for Printmaking in Minneapolis, MN (2021) Printmaking in the Twenty-First Century at the Detroit Institute of Arts in Detroit, MI (2022) Get Together at Reyes Finn in Detroit, MI (2023), Stop Making Sense, PLUS 1 at the Janice Charach Gallery, West Bloomfield Township, MI.  Buie has also maintained a connection to the community by hosting printmaking workshops and demonstrations throughout the country and has been board member of Southern Graphics Conference International, Kennesaw, GA, and Bronzeville Center for the Arts, Milwaukee, WI.  Her works have been acquired by institutions and private collections nationally, including the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA). Her work has been reviewed on and featured on Essay’ and New American Paintings No. 155. Currently, Buie is an Associate Professor in Printmaking at the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, RI.

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