RINGURR: Johanna Winters
Dec 4 – Dec 25 | Opening Reception December 4, 4-7pm
COOP Gallery is pleased to present RINGURR by Johanna Winters. RINGURR
considers the condition of a reticent protagonist who totters between keening self-pity
and private indulgences. She doubles as both hero and buffoon in solitary performances
in which she labors over tender actions, such as jogging, eating cereal, or posing on her
bed. She turns toward the camera to perform for a pretend audience, and on occasion
we peer at her truncated limbs through a pinkish oval aperture that suggests both
peephole and interior sightline. In this way, a double-gaze emerges that is at once
empathetic and voyeuristic. As she looks out from herself, we are permitted entry into
this intimate portal to witness the wax and wane of her viability and sensuality.
Through video, audio, and sculpture I manifest the RINGURR as an embodied
chaperone adorned in papier-mâché costuming and appendages. She navigates her
environs devoid of human presence (empty garden fountains, empty home interiors,
empty forests), yet she is titillated by the possibility of being witnessed. In this way, we
might recognize a familiar tension between consented and unwanted noticing. Her
bumbling and muted disposition cajoles onlookers into a (pitying?) response that offers
up the validation she seeks.
This will be Johanna’s first exhibition in Nashville, and the artist will be present at
the opening reception and at COOP’s NADB event on Wednesday, December 1 st .
More about the Artist
Johanna Winters is a puppeteer and educator based in Kansas City, MO. Her work engages puppetry,
video, performance, and sculpture to dispatch anxieties about aging in a female body. She holds an MFA
from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, and a BFA from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. She
has been awarded residencies at the Corporation of Yaddo, Elizabeth Murray Artist Residency, Lawrence
Arts Center, ACRE, Vermont Studio Center, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Guttenberg Arts, and
Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Fine Arts in Wrocław, Poland. Prior to her artistic pursuits, Winters
trained as a professional cross country skier and competed on an Olympic-development ski team based
in the upper Midwest.
Winters’ work has been exhibited and performed nationally – recently at Soo Visual Arts Center
(Minneapolis, MN), Plug Projects (Kansas City, MO), and Open Eye Figure Theatre (Minneapolis, MN).
She currently teaches at the Kansas City Art Institute.
More about COOP
COOP is a curatorial collective made up of artists, curators, thinkers and professors who are committed to
expanding Nashville’s dialogue with contemporary art by presenting challenging new or under-
represented artists/artworks to our community. COOP is committed to exhibiting art of diverse media and
content, with a goal to provide an alternative venue for artists free from the constraints of the retail
market. COOP seeks to initiate a discourse between Nashville and art scenes across the country by
inviting artists to show, develop projects and interact with the Nashville community.