Deborah Stratman The Illinois Parables

Deborah Stratman

Deborah Stratman is a Chicago-based artist and filmmaker who explores landscapes and systems. Much of her work points to the relationship between physical environments and human struggles for power and control that play out on the land. Her recent projects question elemental historical narratives about freedom, expansionism, sonic warfare and paranormal occurrences in the information age. Stratman works in multiple media, including public sculpture, photography, drawing and audio. Her work was featured in the 2004 Whitney Biennial and shown at The Museum of Modern Art, the Centre Pompidou, the Hammer Museum and many international film festivals, including Sundance, the Viennale, Ann Arbor, Oberhausen and Rotterdam. She is the recipient of Fulbright and Guggenheim fellowships and currently teaches at the University of Illinois at Chicago.


Awards & Accomplishments

  • 2014

    Award

    Stratman receives a 2014 Herb Alpert Award

  • 2012

    Desert Resonator

    Stratman completes site-specific sonic sculpture Desert Resonator in the Mojave desert, CA, permanently installed at the CLUI’s Desert Research Station

  • 2012

    Public Installation

    Stratman completes site-specific sonic sculpture Range Trumpet, permanently installed at the CLUI’s Desert Research Station in Hinkley, CA, in collaboration with fellow Creative Capital grantee Steven Badgett

  • 2012

    Public Commission

    Stratman completes commission Polygonal Address System, a temporary public floating sonic sculpture, commissioned as part of 5×5 in Washington, DC, in collaboration with fellow Creative Capital grantee Steven Badgett

  • 2012

    Retrospective film exhibition

    Stratman has film retrospective at Anthology Film Archives in New York

  • 2012

    Residency Award

    Stratman receives Hallwalls Artist-in-Residence Project award to research and realize Sinkholes in Buffalo, NY

  • 2012

    Festival Award

    Stratman receives Special Mention at Les Rencontres Cinematographiques, Cerebre, France for the film O’er the Land

  • 2012

    Solo exhibition

    Stratman has solo exhibition The Name is not the Thing named at iceberg Gallery in Chicago

  • 2012

    Film Festival

    Stratman premieres Village, silenced at Rotterdam International Film Festival

  • 2012

    Film Festival

    Stratman premieres of the video The Name is not the Thing named at Locarno Film Festival, Italy

  • 2012

    Tactical Uses of a Belief in the Unseen 2

    Stratman has solo show Tactical Uses of a Belief in the Unseen 2 at Mercer Union, Toronto

  • 2011

    Augural Pair

    Stratman completes site specific sculptural/installation works Augural Pair, commissioned by the Klondike Institute of Art and Culture, Yukon Territory, in collaboration with fellow Creative Capital grantee Steven Badgett

  • 2011

    Solo exhibition

    Stratman has solo show FEAR at Tiny Park Gallery in Austin, TX

  • 2011

    Grant

    Stratman receives 2011 Harpo Foundation Grant

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