Cindy Cheng and Cheeny Celebrado-Royer
On view 11/11 - 02/24
Opening Reception January 11, 6-9pm
Cindy Cheng and Cheeny Celebrado-Royer began collaborating in 2016 at an artists-run space (‘sindikit gallery) in Baltimore, MD. Though both artists work independently, they enjoy working together in a collaborative space whenever the opportunity is presented. Through collaboration, they are trying to find a way to have an equal, open and responsive discussion - the space of that conversation is the gallery and the vocabulary and the grammar is their work and the way they mesh that work together to inscribe the interior of the space. They respond to the gestures each other make, moving throughout the room analyzing architectonic cues to manipulate, materials to rearrange, take down, recreate to be displayed again. These systems speak to their own practice as they attempt to experiment with ceramic pieces, industrial materials and found objects.
Cindy Cheng is an artist working in Baltimore, MD. Rooted in the practice of drawing, she explores the relationship between drawings and objects through installation and complex constructions. Cindy likes thinking about how built structures may act as an incubator for history, memory and reflections on the physical and abstract self. She enjoys puzzles. She has been a resident at the Vermont Studio Center and at the Anderson Ranch Artist Residency and was a finalist for the 2016 Trawick Prize and won second place for the 2017 Trawick Prize. In 2017 she won the Sondheim Award. She has participated in solo and group shows at Ditch Projects (Eugene, OR), St Charles Projects (Baltimore, MD), ‘Sindikit Project (a collaboration with Cheeny-Celebrado Royer) (Baltimore, MD), Present Junction (Toronto, Canada), Mount Saint Mary’s University (Emmitsburg, MD), Flashpoint (DC), E-merge Art Fair. Cindy received her BA from Mount Holyoke College. She received a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate from MICA in 2008 and then earned an MFA from MICA’s Mount Royal School of Art in 2011. Cindy is currently teaching at MICA in the Drawing Department.
Cheeny Celebrado-Royer b. 1991 in Naga City, Philippines immigrated to the United States in 2005. She graduated with her MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art, Mount Royal School of Art in 2016. She currently teaches at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. Her work conveys remnants of personal history living in the Philippines coexisting with her life in the United States. One of her main influences are memories of typhoons hitting the Philippines about 20 times yearly. She is an artist-in-residence at School 33 Arts Center in Baltimore, MD. Her work has been exhibited throughout Baltimore such as the Peale Museum, ‘sindikit Gallery ( in collaboration with Cindy Cheng), Gallery CA, Decker Gallery, Esther Prangley Gallery, and Space Camp Gallery.