Favoring malleable structures and expressive color palettes, Wheat’s tactile paintings merge process and narrative to ponder individual and collective human experience as seen through various moments in art history. Drawing on rich traditions from Egyptian relief sculptures to Modernist painting, Wheat’s textural art objects destabilize material boundaries and elevate quotidian life through scale and movement. Borrowing from the logic of medieval tapestries hung as symbols of authority, Wheat allows acrylic paint to ooze through fine wire mesh causing figures to emerge and dance upon lush, fiber-like surfaces that coalesce into heroic history paintings.
Born in Oklahoma City, the artist’s understanding of institutional art centered on Native American traditions of art production, focusing special attention on the connection between human and animal behavior respective to their environment. Rather than making quaint the lives of those who struggle, Wheat dignifies her subjects and decidedly refutes the gender specific representations found in various cultures through history by swapping women into the traditional roles of men. Her figurative scenes aggrandize the invisible work of women by focusing on both their experience and their craft.
Wheat’s practice deftly flattens hierarchies between the fine and domestic arts and crafts, embracing the intuition of felt experience as rival to conventional reason and logic. Inserting swaths of gold leaf and jeweled embellishments, Wheat meticulously makes the mundane regal and monumental.
Born 1977, Oklahoma City, OK
Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY
2005 M.F.A. Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA
2000 B.A. University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, OK
Kemper Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO (Forthcoming)
Zidoun Bossuyt, Luxembourg (Forthcoming)
Summer Wheat: Royal Jelly, Dirimart, Istanbul
Catch and Release, Shulamit Nazarian GAllery, Los Angeles
Gamekeepers, Andrew Edlin Gallery, New York
Frieze Art Fair, Andrew Edlin Gallery, New York
Summer Wheat: Inside the Garden, Smack Mellon, Brooklyn, NY
Earth Tones, Braverman Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel
Full Circle, curated by Nina Bozicnik, Henry Museum of Art, Seattle, WA
Noble Metal, Savannah College of Art and Design, Trois Gallery, Atlanta, GA
Pry the Lid Off, Oklahoma Contemporary Museum of Art, Oklahoma City
NADA NY, solo booth project, presented by Fridman Gallery
Walk-In Pantry, Fridman Gallery, New York
NADA NY, solo booth project, represented by Samson Gallery
Everything Under the Sun, Pocket Utopia, New York
Few and Far Between, Cress Gallery of Art, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, TN
Hi - Lo, Samsøn, Boston, MA
It Was The Best of Times, Valentine, Ridgewood, NY
Purple Buff, TPP, Puerto Rico
Succulent, 2 Car Garage Gallery, Savannah, GA
No Dumping, Pei Ling Chan Gallery, Savannah, GA
Office Work, Orleans Hall, Savannah, GA
Summer Exhibition: Recent Works, Andrew Edlin Gallery, New York, NY
America Will Be! Surveying the Contemporary Landscape, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX
The Magnetic Fields, Gio Marconi, Milan, Italy
Summer Wheat, Galerie Anne de Villepoix, Paris
Summer of Love, Freight + Volume, New York, NY
SEED, Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York
The Secret Life of Plants, Freight+Volume, New York, NY
Jillian Meyer, Dasha Shishkin, Summer Wheat, Andrew Edlin Gallery, New York
Hard, curated by Samuel Toabe, University Hall Gallery, University of Massachusetts, Boston, MA
Character Study, Gutstein Gallery, Savannah, GA
Art Bo Art Fair, Y Gallery, Bogota, Colombia
Crossroads Art Fair, Y Gallery, London, UK
Untitled Art Fair, DeChiara Projects, New York
We Run Things, Y Gallery, New York
Common Thread, Mixed Greens, NY, NY
More Material, curated by Duro Olowu, Salon 94, NY, NY
Pouring it on, Hester Gallery, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA
Collectors Exhibition, ICA Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA
Mira Dancy, Jessica Williams and Summer Wheat, Thierry Goldberg gallery, New York
PAINT THINGS: beyond the stretcher, deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, MA
Paradox Maintenance Technicians: A Comprehensive Manual to Contemporary Painting from Los Angeles and Beyond, curated by Max Presneill and Jason Ramos, Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA
Calamity and Ruin, Project 722, Brooklyn, NY
A Group Show, curated by Camilo Alvarez, Samson Projects, Boston, MA
Upsodown, curated by AJ Liberto and Kate True, New Art Center, Newton, MA
Go Face Yourself, Nancy Lincoln Gallery, Beaver Country Day School, Chestnut Hill, MA
Committee’s Choice: Beyond Boundaries, St. Butolph, Boston, MA
Color Go Lightly, curated by Laurie De Chiara, Gallery Valentine, Hamptons, NY
Boston Contemporary, Four Eleven Studio, Provincetown, MA
Bushwick Basel, presented by Valentine, Starr Space, Brooklyn, NY
Twisted Sisters, curated by Kristen Dodge with Janet Phelps, DODGE Gallery, New York
zonaMACO with Samsøn, Mexico City, D.F., Mexico
Pretty Ugly, curated by Nina Gara Bozicnik, Mills Gallery, Boston Center for the Arts, Boston, MA
The Calendar’s Tales, curated by Lynne Cooney, 808 Gallery, Boston University, Boston, MA
What Only Paint Can Do, curated by Karen Wilkin, Triangle Arts Association, Brooklyn, NY
I am who I am. The Portrait Reconsidered, Steven Zevitas Gallery, Boston, MA
Romantic Agony, Horton Gallery, New York
Momenta Gallery Art Benefit, White Columns, NY
Under the Radar, Front Street Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
The Real LR, curated by Omar Lopez-Chahoud, Ligne Roset, New York, NY
Triangle Arts Open Studio, Triangle Arts Association, Brooklyn, NY
About Face, Ed Thorpe Gallery, NY, NY
Summer Guest House, Marcia Wood Gallery, Atlanta, GA
A Dry Run, Charlie Horse Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Art Lot, Installation by John Bjerklie and Matthew Blackwell, contributing artist, Brooklyn, NY
Exhibition Preview, curated by Amanda Parmer, Postspace, Brooklyn, NY
CAS Fine Art Group, Reynolds Street Gallery, Savannah, GA
Telfair Art Ball, Telfair Museum of Art, Savannah, GA
Art Papers Annual Auction, Mason Murer Fine Arts, Atlanta, GA
Armstrong Atlantic State University Faculty Exhibition, AASU Main Gallery, Savannah, GA
2 Car Garage Group Exhibition, 2 Car Garage Gallery, Savannah, GA
New Material, 2 Car Garage Exhibition, Savannah, GA
CAS Fine Art Group, Reynolds Street Gallery, Savannah, GA
Armstrong Atlantic State University Faculty Exhibition, Main Gallery, Savannah, GA
Small Works, Red Gallery, Savannah, GA
Contes Fantastiques, Gallery Fpriem, Lacoste, France
Vernissage, Lacoste School of the Arts, Lacoste, France
Site Specific Collaborative with Dr. Friedhelm Mennekes, Lacoste, France
Boys and Squares, Turner and Associates Gallery, Atlanta, GA
Emerging Artists of Oklahoma, Omniplex Museum, Oklahoma City, OK
Mixed Media Explorations, IAO Individual Artists of Oklahoma Gallery, Oklahoma City, OK
Mixed Media Exhibit, Norick Art Center, Oklahoma City, OK
AWARDS AND RESIDENCIES
NADA Artadia Award, given to one artist whose work was exhibited at the fair, and selected by Ian Alteveer of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Studio Museum's Amanda Hunt, NY, NY
Triangle Arts Association International Residency Program, awarded one year term studio residency stipend, Brooklyn, NY
BRIC Arts Media Brooklyn, Contemporary Art Center, awarded Artist of the Month September 2009, curated by Elizabeth Ferrer
Graduate Residency Lacoste School of the Arts, Lacoste School of the Arts, Lacoste, France
Passing Through, contributing writer for Art 21 magazine, July/August issue, July 2015.
Gittlen, Ariela, "Summer Wheat," Elephant Magazine, Autumn.
Jones, Alex A., "Summer Wheat: Swamp Hunters (2018)," The Brooklyn Rail, July 11.
Kukielski, Tina, "Summer Wheat," Bomb Magazine, April 9.
Li, Jennifer S., "Summer Wheat at Shulamit Nazarian," Art in America, November 1.
Rina, Amelia, "Critics' Picks: Summer Wheat," Artforum, June.
“Summer Wheat’s ‘Noble Metal’ at Braverman Gallery, Tel Aviv," Blouin Art Info, October 14.
Goldrich, John, “The Painted Pantry of Vermeer's Milkmaid,” Hyperallergic, April 20.
Indrisek, Scott, “NADA offers Relief from Frieze’s Market Madness,” Blouin Art Info, May 5.
Johnson, Ken, “Pluralism, with Bug Zappers and Doll People: A critics guide to the Best of the Lower East Side,” The New York Times, April 3.
Knudsen, Steven, “Deferall of a Vanguard,” Art Pulse Magazine 5, no. 19: 50-54, May.
Smith, Roberta, “Clash of the Items, at a Gallery Near You,” New York Times, July 24.
Vartanian, Hrag, “NADA NY Does it better than Ever,” Hyperallergic, May 10.
Bergeron, Chris, “Upsodown Captures the magic of carnival,” MetroWest Daily News, January 27.
Gleisner, Jacquelyn, “Summer Wheat and her flight away from ‘Cowboy Space Gangsters,” art:21 blog, April 8.
Davis, Lindsey, “Upsodown at New Art Center,” Art Scope, January 28.
McQuaid, Cate, “They are off the wall,” Boston Globe, Febuary 8.
McQuaid, Cate, “Whats up Boston? Upsodown.” Boston Globe, January 22.
"Paint Things Beyond the Stretcher," Sculpture Magazine 32, March.
Pyper, John, "Paint Things at Decordova," Big, Red, and Shiny, January 31.
Baldwin, Rosecrans, “North American Scum,” The Morning News, February 28.
McQuaid, Cate. “At the edge of expectation,” Boston Globe, February 22.
Garza, Evan, “11 to Watch in 2011: Editor’s Pick,” New American Paintings blog.
Holz, Evanice, Eye See Hue Issue 3, December 9.
McQuaid, Cate, “Monstrously Provocative Portraits,” Boston Globe, February 9.
Wilson, Letha, Artist of the Month at BRIC|Media|Brooklyn, September 1.
Hrag, Vartanian, “Summer Wheat: 'My First Rap Song,” Hyperallergic, July 20.
Hersh, Allison, “Go Beyond the Studio Door," Savannah Morning News: AA, May 30.
Bennet, Allison, “Art Picks”, Savannah Morning News," Coastal Art and Antiques: 17, June 30.
Hersh, Allison, "Fairy Tale Fever," Savannah Morning News: 5, July 2.
Miller, Ken, “King of Zine,” Tokion 49: 55-56, September/October.
Morekis, Jim, “Painting the Town Red," Connect Savannah: 5, January 13.
Morris, Amy, “Emerging Artists,” Coastal Art and Antiques: 19, January 6.
Boss, Monique, “Wheat Re-imagines Office Supplies," The Chronicle 5, no. 15: 5, December.
O.M., ”Une Exposition Collective A Decuver Jusquá Cecoir," La Provence, Lacoste, France, March.
Brandenburg, John, “Media exhibit captures artistic detail,” The Daily Oklahoman, Art Review Arts A2, April 22.
Hinton, Mick, “Making Walls Flower,” The Daily Oklahoman, July 5.
Dallas Museum of Art
de Young Museum, San Francisco