The Rotterdam-based abstract architectural painter was born in Glasgow, Scotland 1985. His work explores phenomenological aspects of light, space, and color, specifically researching these interactions through two-dimensional surfaces. He has exhibited internationally; in London, Vancouver, New York, and São Paulo and has recently participated in museum shows at the Oscar Niemeyer Museum, Curitiba Bienal, Brazil, and Direktorenhaus Museum, Berlin, Germany.
Xi Jin's (she/her) experimental practice is interdisciplinary, and her works take the form of dystopian critique hybridized by humor and magical realism. Her studio research was supported and nurtured by a wide range of thinking, the philosophy of language, meaning, cultural representation, mass media, value, and technology. Now she practices in electronic robotics, creative coding, and its print-related works, which led her to consider how new digital technologies impact language and our understanding of self.
She comes from Beijing, China, and completes an MFA in print media from the University of Alberta, Canada in 2021. Xi Jin’s work has been shown includes, Vancouver International Centre for Contemporary Asian Art (Vancouver, Canada),15th International Print Triennial (Jyväskylä, Finland), Strzemiński Academy of Fine Art Kobro Gallery (Łódź, Poland), among others. She has also attended residencies in Canada at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Banff AB, Atelier Circulaire, Montreal QC, and CASA Art Centre, Lethbridge AB.
Brooklyn-based artist Carolina Jiménez creates “woven paintings”, a mode of image making that examines the boundaries between fiber and painting. From afar, the shimmering materiality and bold geometry is reminiscent of color-field abstraction. On closer viewing, the aggregation of yarns held in tension and repose and the shifting colors of natural dyes, reveals a methodology as deeply indebted to craft techniques as to the logic of abstract expressionism. In both contexts, honoring the material leads the way to the creation of form. Jiménez’ central focus of work remains the body as a site for memory; her works are monuments into which the past is woven, unraveled, and stretched.
Maddison Kitching is an Australian artist interested in the intersection of landscape, tourism and national identity. His recent exhibitions have reflected on; the role that symbols of Australian animals play in shaping our psyche, diplomacy and the use of animals as political tools and the ongoing commodification of place through tourism. Recent projects have utilised painting, papier-mâché and collage to examine how these themes shape who we are and how we relate to the world around us.
Lisandra Valdes is a Miami native that has been exploring her creativity by studying various mediums throughout her educational career in multiple institutions and universities. She has become a multidisciplinary artist with works consisting of photographs, illustrations, paintings, drawings, sculptures and even sound and video installations. For the past couple of years her focus has shifted to creating various landscapes that she coined “emotional landscapes”. These works consist mostly of an imagined dark world with beautiful mountainsides, caves and waterfalls that have allowed the artist to emerge themselves in a world that they can escape to. Lisandra hopes to show that even such dark locations can hold beauty and allow the viewer to have a mental break from the ordinary and find themselves somewhere tranquil.
Christopher Capriotti is a Philadelphia based conceptual artist whose work explores and interrogates the ways that white male subcultures romanticize, fictionalize, and exploit myths and histories alike. He's interested in unpacking their ritualistic crossovers, problematic extremism, and their posing; his practice is narrative driven, project-based, and cross-disciplinary, with a focus on installation, appropriated imagery, and granular detail. The work spans a variety of media and subjects, but broadly addresses the themes and problems inherent in performative masculine identities. He holds a BFA in sculpture from Tyler School of Art.
A multimedia artist and storyteller who works primarily on paper, Julia Cella treats her works as vessels that hold and express a raw & organic story. She constructs fictional fantasies that seek to capture the essence of a story and what remains, often considering themes of identity, the physicality of the body vs. place, and queerness. Her work is not defined by medium, but rather her effort to delve into the core of a character, their fleeting intimacies and delicate intricacies. She selects a medium to express a sturdiness, a fluidity, a brightness or dullness, pain and joy as is applicable to each character and story. Her characters, therefore, take the forms of devils, angels, and bodies with contorted and disrupted physical forms: exploring the grotesque, withered and faded beauty that lies within. In many of her pieces, you’ll notice backgrounds & surroundings that intrude on overlapping–sometimes indistinguishable–bodies and adjacent objects. These components act as a visual map that emphasizes confusing borders, blurred boundaries and morphing lines: a mapping of body, self, place, multiple realities, and you.
I am a photographer born and raised in Los Angeles. I primarily shoot on film. My work is a commentary on our culture of observation, escapism, and the construction of femininity. I am interested in the female relationship with her body and how it is damaged by constant scrutiny and exploitation. I have shown my work in New York City.
Alejandra García was born in San Diego, California and spent much of her youth traveling back and forth across the U.S.-Mexico border. Her work is centered around a protagonist named diosa, who embodies Alejandra’s exploration of her identity as a Mexican-American woman. Alejandra combines visually grotesque imagery with moments of delicate tenderness in order to convey feelings of self-love and self-hatred, as well as discomfort in the body juxtaposed against sexual exploration. Her practice is rooted in introspection and in her desire to meld the aspects of herself that often feel contradictory. Through her work, Alejandra aims to take up space, to show that diosa and those who identify with her story can and should be the subject of fine art.
I create in a variety of disciplines including collage, dance, painting, performance drawing, and writing. Recently developing a practice of Landart Dancing, or a fusion of visual land art through performance drawing and contemporary dance, sparked a new joy in creativity. The artworks I make are either spontaneous media explorations or planned works that incorporate starkly empty subjects surrounded by either contrasting colorful or similarly white spaces. These artworks explore vacuity and its role in creativity and relationships between individuality, society, and the environment.
I currently live in Dallas, Texas where I teach high school art. Creating in a multitude of disciplines continues to fuel a desire for a well-lived compassionate life.
I'm an artist, designer, educator based in Amsterdam, originally from near Manchester, England. I usually become fascinated and obsessed over an idea, object or theme and the best way for me to explore this is through expressing this in a multidisciplinary medium. Though I don't have one distinctive look or form, my style is usually playful, bright, graphic, and exploratory.
I studied graphic communication at Bath Spa University and this instilled a curiosity in printmaking, photography and illustration. After moving to Amsterdam, I studied a masters in education in art at Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam, which gave me the insight into the necessity of making art accessible, communal and the value of freedom of expression. I believe art is for sharing, learning, and creating for all ages, all parts of life. I'm passionate about finding art in many forms, places, and people, immersing myself in new cultures/subcultures and nature.
HAOYUN ERIN ZHAO
Haoyun Erin Zhao is a multidisciplinary artist based in San Francisco, CA, working in printmaking, painting, sculpture, and installation. Rooted in her study of Eastern and Western Philosophy, Zhao’s work explores the intangibility of perception through the physicality of her materials.
Zhao’s the recipient of Meta Open Arts, Edition/Basel Printmaking Residency, Kala Art Institute Artist in Residence, In Cahoots Residency, Hearts in SF Project, etc. The artist’s work has been exhibited at de Young Museum, Art Santa Fe Contemporary Art Fair, International Print Center New York, Galerie Kuchling Berlin, Root Division SF, Heron Arts, Mirus Gallery, Glass Rice Gallery, 111 Minna Gallery, etc. Her work is in the collections of IBM, Meta (Facebook), Kaiser Permanente, Children’s Hospital of Orange County, New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Boston Children’s Hospital, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Kala Art Institute, and numerous private collections.
Jax Partlow is a stained and leaded glass artist based in Los Angeles. While formally trained in graphic design, Jax prefers the longevity and physical aspects that glasswork affords her, as well as a very tangible connection with her late father. It was only after she was left his tools that she gravitated toward the craft while living in Hungary. Thoughtful, romantic and functional, stained glass fulfills a creative desire for Jax as an artist, while meeting her designer side with its utilitarian appeal. She is most recognized for her Public Piece Project in which she installs her art in unlikely spaces. Jax’s work has been featured in Stained Glass Magazine, The Corning Museum of Glass: New Glass Review 2022 and by her own accord in the streets of Los Angeles.
Jess Tolbert is a craftsperson based in the El Paso, Texas borderlands of the United States. Their practice reconsiders manufactured, everyday products and materials as wearable and intimate objects. This duality considers how the industrially-made and the handcrafted challenge our nostalgic, imagined, and actual relationship with labor, the built/maintained environment, and identity. Utilizing and inspired by the seemingly commonplace, Jess bridges the gap between disparate modes of making in order to consider the role material, process, and people play in the production of things and spaces.
Jess is currently an Assistant Professor of Art and Head of the Jewelry + Metals program at University of Texas, El Paso, as well as the co-founder of the curatorial group Secret Identity Projects. Their work is recognized nationally and internationally and was recently selected as finalist for the prestigious Loewe Craft Prize 2020, exhibited at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. Jess is represented by Gallery Loupe (Montclair, NJ, USA) and Gallery 2052 (Chicago, IL, USA).
Stella Witcher is a creative director and multimedia artist from London whose work sits at the intersection of identity, queerness, occult and bio art. Stella has designed over 150 masks for installation and performance, travelled to 45 countries, and eaten approximately 70 cupcakes this year. When she is not ‘masked up’ she is a creative director and events producer working in fashion, media and film.
Laura Mora is a Colombian based painter. She holds a Batchelor in fine arts from Los Andes University in Bogotá and studies in light design from Elisava school of design in Barcelona. The concern around the exploration of the “self” has been fundamental in her artistic exploration. Interested in light and color as a physical phenomenon, the artist proposes a study of transience of time through color and texture. The chromatic range of his work seeks to remember the continuous evolution in the individuality of experience and contemplation.
His artistic intention explores perception as the protagonist of the work. The reflection of the subject looking at himself takes the work to a more self portrait experience, where the subject is now looking the portrayal of his own mind. Self-contemplation as a product of social construction and intangible physical phenomenon, the conception of absolutes and the existentialist platonic philosophy would be all around the artist work.
Jess Joy is a London based artist and designer – who's work is largely inspired by our paradoxical relationship with ourselves and the natural world. Fascinated with the symbiotic and cyclical nature of polarising forms; the imperfect and organic are revered and reinterpreted, to build abstract depictions of the ‘ordinary’.
'I'm intrigued by the contradictions that occur in a harmonious but fabricated existence – how we can be a part of an ecosystem but also act against it.'
Taking influence from the synthetic and natural simultaneously; a plastic bag, a marking on a leaf, a street sign, a microscopic organism - Jess combines these juxtapositions as a way of responding to our impact and role within our environment. With a strong focus on colour and form, her work spans print design, illustration and animation, to create a celebratory and playful response to the everyday.
I am Alix Bortoli, a french artist based in London. My practice is multi disciplinary. I use animation, drawings, sketching and set design to create stories. Also by experimenting with new materials to give a tangible aspect to my films. I work from travels and get my inspiration from new roads, landscapes and by meeting people.
Melanie Ender works with conventional industrial materials such as sheetrock, copper piping, brass rods and steel panels, which experience a poetic transformation. These marginal materials are precisely processed and placed in relation to one another in a post-minimalist way. Her sensitive handling of the material, the playful permutation and recombination of the elements, her clever game of deception with references and allusions are also reflected in her approach to language and her exploration of meanings and attributions.
The artist sees her works as temporary constellations, as compositions that appear self-contained but which retain their openness in their arrangement and fragmentary character: the work as a form of possibility in space, but also as the unveiling of a specific process of creations.
It is a careful testing of relations, a persistent sounding out of the boundaries where form becomes sign and sign becomes carrier of meaning, a tactile deliberation in which the hand guides the thinking.
Melanie Ender, born in Vienna, studied at the Academy of Fine Arts and at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna where she received her diploma with distinction. Her works were shown in museums such as Belvedere21, MAK Vienna and at international art fairs in Rotterdam, Düsseldorf, and at Artissima in Turin. She has participated in residency programs in Istanbul, Turin and Rome.
A self-taught multidisciplinary visual designer, Ciara Mendez is a Los Angeles native who is enveloped and impacted by the transgressional culture and communities around her. She utilizes this to visualize her creations through different mediums and fusions of graffiti, graphic design, film, andcollage. Her work resembles 21st-century surrealism; her pieces encapsulate science fiction, satire, pop culture, and the uncanny. Mendez has been featured in The Whitney (2020) and a few exhibits scattered across Washington state and California.
Jeanie Riddle engages with painting as an expanded language that defines itself through color, shape, space, process, transformation, tender care, (her version of) feminist activity, and play. She wrestles with new meaning from the isolated practice of working in the studio where applied knowledge, use of materials, art history, social constructs and personal politics come together to make art as well as delving into the inner work of understanding personal narrative and origin stories to deliver new anecdotes. She takes risks with her engagement of working in arenas associated with the feminine – décor, arrangements, beauty – ways that allow a further depth to her inquiry while she stealthy slides her work into abstraction. These material manifestations and her considered upcycling of looked for objects, are acts of precise selection and siting as content.
She holds a MFA from Concordia (2005) and has attended residencies at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Banff AB, Bemis Center, Omaha NB, Cite des arts Internationale, Paris,Triangle Arts, Brooklyn NY, and the Vermont Studio Center. Her work has been shown across Canada as well as in Brussels, Berlin and Paris. Her projects have been repeatedly supported by Canada Council for the Arts and the conseil des arts et lettres du Quebec. She currently lives in Montreal.
Georgia Beaumont is a UK based painter. Her work explores tropes of coming-of-age and the intuitive female spirit, using her practice as a tool to become ever more acquainted with her internal creative life-force. The joyous feeling of the works and dancing botanical forms are apparent as a celebration of life itself. For this reason, observing from life and capturing the spirit of nature, its symbolism and its solace in its cyclical constancy is essential to her practice. The English seasons and the curling structures found in its ubiquitous countryside greenery are an endless and rich reference point, seminal to her paintings. The floral forms are supplemented by intuitive brush strokes demonstrating a further kinship to the natural world and how it echoes our own internal ones. Her paintings have been exhibited in both London and Barcelona and are held in private collections internationally.
Augusta is a London based painter born in Geneva, 1994. She holds a Bachelor’s in Philosophy from King’s College London and a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts from City and Guilds of London Art School. She has won the 2021 Freelands painting Prize.
My work explores the daily sublime, a world in which everyday objects contain the strongest of emotions within themselves.
The images I depict address the transitivity of being. In other words, I explore the metaphysical evolution of an object or feeling as they endure through time and space. I search for the delicate moment that links two entities into one, and the way in which they morph and adapt.
I find inspiration in states of trance, just between awakening and sleep, in the power emanated by colours when rightfully combined, but also in the juxtaposition of observed objects of reality and formal painterly marks, in a simple brush stroke that oscillates between abstraction and figuration. My paintings occur between dusk and dawn, when the light of the rising sun or the fading day throws a veil of otherworldly colours, bringing magical realism to life.
Playing with blends of painterly materials is as important to me as the subject of my narration. Layering glazes, colours and compositional elements allows to generate depth through the superimposition of imagery, as I stain the canvas with casein, pigments, inks and viscous oil paint. I create a world where memories of sublime landscapes are altered through layers of time and paint, overlapping the reminiscence of their shape with objects of daily life, dreams and brush marks. This processes adresses the plurality of images, as they transforms themselves from memory to painting.
Always thinking about language and its power to world creation, David builds a body of work that looks for a 'radical affection' towards machines and other artifacts. His work dwells in the continuum of nature, technology and aesthetics using language, sound and generative algorithms as tools of enquiry. The politics of interface, translation as expressive medium and language as form are some of the areas of exploration using video, performance, print and other media. His work ranges from endless algorithmic videos and sound installations to printed books, websites and performative events where the formal aspects of the artworks are produced by hybrid machines that bridge natural phenomena and the digital realm.
His work has been shown in Bogotá, Berlin, Frankfurt, Brussels, Madrid and Florence with a public artwork commision in Winnipeg, Canada, among others. David is a computer engineer with a MFA from Universidad Nacional de Colombia and works with the grama.co collective since 2002.
VANESSA HOLYOAK & ANTOINE CHESNAIS
Vanessa Holyoak (Canada, US) and Antoine Chesnais (France, US) are a Los Angeles-based artist duo working across installation, photography, sculpture, and video. They construct uncanny, minimalist environments that allude to notions of memory, intimate and ecological loss, and the cognitive overload of the present, often by way of a subtle critique of capitalism and other dehumanizing power structures. Through dreamlike juxtapositions of objects, moving and still images, light, sound, and scent articulated through a speculative fiction lens, their work raises questions about past, present, and potential cultural and ecological displacement. Drawing from the vocabulary of the ready-made, their installations craft a sparse scenography empty of human players, exploring opacity, photography and nature's dual relationship to disappearance, and the rich phenomenology of embodied experience — imagining a darkly ludic space beyond fixed categories, paradigms, and borders.
Their work has been shown throughout the US in art spaces and galleries in New York City, Washington, D.C., and San Francisco, in Los Angeles at Harkawik, Eastside International, Human Resources, the Bendix Building, and the MAK Center for Art and Architecture, among others, and has been supported by artist grants from the Canada Council for the Arts. Holyoak holds a dual MFA in Photography & Media and Writing from the California Institute of the Arts and a BA from Barnard College. Chesnais holds an MFA in Photography from l’École des Gobelins and a BA from l’Université d’Avignon. In 2021 they attended Cove Park international artists' residency in Helensburgh, Scotland.
I am a screenrprinter who is curious about the ever-changing world around me, and the expectation to keep up. I am a member of the printmaking collective called Flight64 (@flight64studio), and enjoy sharing creative spaces with other weirdos and makers. My work is inspired by the queer experiencde, pop culture, and the emerging importance and influence of technology in our everyday lives. I am fascinated by the process of human robotization, and the challenge of disconnection in our media-heavy world. What separates humans from other animals is the ability to use tools, so why have these tools made us in turn, less human, and more robotic?
Screenprinting is a process as complex and messy as you make it, with a margin of error that increases in relation to the mess and complexity of the work. I can relate to messy and complex.
Chelsea (Minneapolis, Minnesota). My goal is to document the spontaneity, the mystery and the universality of the events that pass everyday life in a series of moments. I am most inspired by situations where I feel out of place. Curiously roaming the streets of new cities around the world from many different cultures and capturing what may be perceived as mundane moments. A record of the people, places and sceneries that fascinate me most.
I find particular inspiration in Mexico City because of its immense, vibrant, and eternally beautiful culture & people, whether the people selling artifacts at Teotihuacán, the businessmen in fancy suits, or the women in traditional clothing working at the mercado. Mexico is a complex place where I feel tourists such as myself can only ever have the most superficial understanding.
“You just have to live and life will give you pictures.”
ECHO ELISE GONZÁLEZ
Echo Elise González is a Chicago-based artist. Echo uses drawing, collage, printmaking, and bookbinding to explore divination and the documenting and archiving of human experience. Her artist books represent an analog cache of memory and experience. She uses the form of the book to explore the utility of random association in birthing new meanings and narratives. Methodical and systematic methods of collecting and storing information in her works tease out links and juxtapositions between the known and the unknown.
AYLIN DERYA STAHL
Aylin Derya Stahl (born 1996) is a visual artist, working and living in Berlin, Germany. She is currently enrolled in the Fine Arts program of UdK Berlin where she experiments with photography, alternative printing techniques, video, writing and sound. Her work focuses strongly on themes as the passing of time, memory, identity, decay and disappearing, distance and intimacy.
She finds inspiration in the mysterious and the mundane, in poetry and philosophy, in travelling and transformative processes within her own artistic work.
"My art is based on poetry and emotion. I am a person with a wide spectrum of interests and I would describe my art as a crossroad between writing, photography and time based media ~ and these often get accompanied by other processes I am experimenting with.
I am interested in the barrier between the illusory and the real, dream-like states, the exploration of places that maybe never really existed. The decay of such places, memories that collapse in front of my eyes, the interplay between interior and exterior, the process of uncovering to discover something else, the act of disappearing. I have always felt drawn to otherworldly, ghostly images and the melancholic process of forgetting - and suddenly remembering long abandoned faces and places again before they inevitably fade away with time. I think of my work as an attempt to understand my relationship to time... which seems to me to be currency of our lives ~ something so fragile and fleeting that can never be really understood or touched."
Pil Tesdorpf (Pilat) is an illustrator and graphic designer from Denmark. Her colorful motifs are inspired by her many travels, where she is inspired by flora, fauna and citylife. Pil graduated from Copenhagen Design School in 2020. She has since worked as a freelancer doing illustration, graphic design and murals.
Josh is a graphic designer from Northeast Los Angeles. His work has been influenced by skateboard graphics, street art, 50s travel posters and propaganda styles. He's most interested in art that celebrates the stories and struggles of the working class and enjoys researching ancient cultures and their connections to nature. Currently he works in-house with the Sierra Club, an environmental organization that works on issues related to the climate crisis and protecting our wild places.
(n. 1991 Austin, Texas) is a multidisciplinary artist who lives and works in Queens, New York. Primarily focused on clay, she thinks of the process itself as an exploration of form, color, and testing the developing stages of clay as a receptive, sculptural material. "I’m continuously captivated by the endless opportunities to learn from the material's key elements, clay bodies, glaze chemistry, sculptural vs. functional, and firing options. All are a welcoming challenge in embracing unknowns that I find liberating."
Stefanie's work explores clay as a natural material that has the opportunity to constantly adapt to new environments. Her connection to clay is deeply rooted in ideas surrounding change and adaptation. Her work is a reflection of an ongoing exploration of molding various emotions, growth, and adaptation.
Hanna Mattes is a performance, sound and visual artist with a background in film making and linguistics. She positions herself as a photographer, writer, director and actor at the same time in many of her projects.
Ancient and modern myths, belief systems and the power of nature inform her work. She photographs land- and cityscapes and influences the negatives by painting on them, resulting in abstract images. Throughout her work she has photographed aerial phenomena, solar eclipses, meteorite craters, sun- and moon rises all over the world, weaving her personal stories into the greater context of mythology and nature.
Recent solo and duo shows include Three Pieces at Gallery Lauwer, Den Haag (2020), Macrodoser at SP2 Gallery, Berlin (2019), Searching for the Cold Spot at Belmacz, London (2017). Recent group shows include Mom, I am a rich man! at Gallerie Rathaus Johannisthal, Berlin (2021); Cooking for the Apocalypse at Exhibition Laboratory, Helsinki (2020); Stone Telling at Kunstraum Niederösterreich, Vienna (2019). Hanna has published two artist books including her writing and photography: The Lunar System, (2019) K. Verlag; Searching for the Cold Spot (2017), Deutscher Kunstverlag. Since 2020, she has held multiple performances of her texts together with musicians.
Danielle Firoozi is an Iranian-American artist living in Mexico City. Her work has been exhibited and screened at Cineteca Nacional, 80WSE, and the Tribeca Film Festival.
Inspired by the diverse architectural landscape of Mexico City, her current project, Ship's Mercy, is a 3-part aquatic opera set in abandoned water sites. Danielle's work strives to capture explosive energy in objects--compress motion into form to materialize its tension.
John Forse is an interdisciplinary artist working with digital and physical media including electronics, illustration, and collage. He reformulates found images as part of a cathartic practice, exploring alternative methods of coping with anxiety and depression through visual culture. The final work is often satirical, political, and deconstructive. His artistic influences include Robert Rauschenberg, Hito Steyerl, and Seth Price.
John is based in Houston, Texas. He received my MFA in Painting from the University of Houston in 2014.
Calhan Hale was born and raised in Houston, Texas. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2016 with a BS in advertising and a BA in studio art.
Hale works primarily in painting, exploring ways that different parts of our experience impact how we think about ourselves, where we’re from, and where we are currently, acknowledging that these components of our identity and our relationship to them are subjective, dynamic and intertwined.
Hale has exhibited with Martha’s Contemporary in Austin, Texas and Wrong Store in Marfa, Texas. She is currently based in Austin, where she continues her focus in oil and acrylic painting.
David Eardley is a multidisciplinary artist, curator, designer and writer based in New York. He is the founder of @pinkessay, a creative studio experimentally considering the world of interiors and redefining design as a culture.
David has designed several individual chairs and other works that have been exhibited in spaces around New York. As a curator, he has put on a variety of shows and design-oriented events. His writing can be found in Architectural Digest’s Clever, Caldera Magazine, and his personal column, Jelly, on Substack.
Sarah Lehnerers is an artist based in Berlin, Germany. Her work revolves around socio-cultural transformations under the sign of the digital, with a focus on the practice of autofiction and the question: how can reproductive architectures be made visible? She works in a variety of media including painting, ceramics, text, and film. She is currently collaborating with artist Jackie Grassmann on the project: Fireflies in the Dark. Letters on Ambiguities. In cdmx she will join ceramic workshops and continue her work on painting on tiles.
Pamela Masik is a Canadian artist with focus on painting and incorporates interactive elements in her exhibitions to engage viewers in a unique way.
She is currently working on a project bringing her to several artist residencies in the world, exploring new materials and processes unique to the environment in which she is situated.
She endeavours to work with Indigenous communities and learn for other artists, to transform her practice and adapt to sustainable processes and materials. Masik is incorporating collage, found-objects, photography, video, text and sound into her painting to finally realize this journey with her first European solo show in Berlin -fall 2022.
Sargam Gupta is an Art Director by profession and an Illustrator at heart. As an artist, she finds inspiration from within, giving voice to relatable emotions using light-hearted surrealism and bold colors. As an Art Director, her work focuses on evolving brand identities and visualising their stories. Her work has spanned across India, USA, Canada, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and UK and she has worked with companies including Uber, Bumble and Apple. Born and raised in India, she is now based out of San Francisco.
Ximena Prieto is a Mexico-City born multimedia artist and writer creating installations, assemblages, and video pieces focused on rituals, formation of memory, and spaces of unresolved connection or desire.
Graduating from Gallatin, New York University, with a concentration on apocryphal texts and literary reinterpretation, and working under Hannah Beachler and Julie Taymor, she developed a sense of storytelling through objects and deconstructed or expanded myths, be they collective or personal. Her most recent project is a research-based installation combining film projection, sculptural work and fragmented use of sound, bending the separations of the familiar and novel through interpretive re-placement.
Andrew Ordonez (b. 1991 Fort Worth, TX) is a visual artist living and working in Kansas City, Missouri. He received a BFA in painting from the Kansas City Art Institute in 2013. His studio practice currently explores the tension of cultural erasure and conservation through the use of aggregate stone materials such as sand, gravel, cement, and paper. Ordonez is a current visual artist resident at the Charlotte Street Foundation and a former artist resident at the Drugstore KC. He has recently featured photography and sculptural work at the Abrir Galeria, a virtual art gallery focused on collaborative practices and online accessibility. His work has been exhibited throughout the United States in galleries such as Monaco, 50/50 KC, Leedy-Voulkos Contemporary Art Center, H&R Block Artspace, Front/Space, Kiosk Gallery, the Coop Gallery, and G-CADD. Ordonez’s work was featured at the Mexic-Arte Museum in Austin, TX for the 23rd annual YLA exhibition. In addition to his studio practice, he’s a visual arts instructor, and a Qualified Intellectual Disability Professional at Imagine That KC.
Dolan Bailey is a multidisciplinary artist focused on animation, drawing and painting. Her work explores femininity and intimacy in non-traditional ways. Dolan’s art produces windows into secret worlds and intimate, often lonely moments. She received a BFA in studio art and graphic design in New Orleans, Louisiana, and now works as an animator and artist in Brooklyn, New York.
I’m a native San Franciscan and I completed an MFA in Sculpture at the Academy of Art University in 2010, following a 1992 BFA in Illustration. I joined the faculty of the Academy’s Illustration Department in 1994, initially as Director of Illustration. I retired as Director of Digital Art Education Technology in 2020. Recently I have been exhibiting in galleries and studying Spanish.
Sarah Sagarin is a New York City based painter. She approaches her work from a formal aspect, with process and problems of composition being the emphasis, and avoiding “concept” for as long as possible. However despite this approach, the content of her paintings is rich and far reaching, expanding well beyond the boundaries of formalistic concerns. Sarah’s paintings tell stories. The narrative and subject matter of each remains somewhat allusive, yet she pushes the door open just enough to give the viewer space to walk through. Though each painting is it’s own world, and the subject matter varies from the geo-political to the deeply personal, they are unified by Sarah’s self imposed structures of process and palette, and thus create a cohesive body of work. In each painting she is striving to find the tension between composition, concept, and context.
Sarah received her BFA from the University of Montana in 2000 with a dual emphasis is painting and ceramics, and an MFA in painting from NYAA in 2003. Sarah’s paintings have been exhibited extensively in New York City, regionally, and internationally. Her work has been included in art fairs in NYC and Japan and her paintings are housed in several private and public collections, including the University of Montana’s permanent collection and the Copelouzos Art Museum in Athens, Greece. Sarah is the Director and a founding member of the South Bronx Independent Artists Coalition which hosts the annual South Bronx Open Studio Tour. Sarah was born in New York City in 1976.
Errika Zacharopoulou is a Greek film curator and artist with an academic background in film production and curation at the University of York (BSc) and the University of Glasgow (MSc) as well as a Fashion Photography diploma from Central Saint Martins. Starting out with the production of two short documentaries, Errika moved on working with organisations such as Sugar High Films and Sundance Channel, and has now worked as a programmer for The Aegean Film Festival and as a member of the selection committee for Glasgow Short Film Festival. Her independent work involves photography and moving image exhibitions at Project Cafe (GLA) and 16 Nicholson Street Gallery & Arts Collective, as well as collaborations with the Center for The Contemporary Arts (CCA) and SlowFood Glasgow. In July 2020, Errika became the Production Coordinator of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports' programme: "All of Greece One Culture 2020" and has been selected to take part in the Stavros Niarchos Foundation’s Recharge Youth Programme as the photographer of the Greek National Opera.
Frank Vega is a multidisciplinary artist based in Chicago. He is currently working on his Master pf Fine Arts at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) also completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Vega works between painting and sculpture, looking for an intertwined relationship between these processes. His visual inspiration often comes from Latin American patterns, Pre-Colombian artifacts, pop culture, and from his Catholic upbringing.
Some exhibitions include Pareidolia, Patient Info, curated by Brian Jucas. Three For Life, West Loop Dot Gallery. Visceral, two-person exhibition Extra Projects with Bobbi Meier, curated by Karen Azarnia. Solo exhibition, De Huesos Blancos, Office of inclusion and intercultural relations, University of Illinois. 8 to Create, Krannert Art Museum, Champaign, IL. Small Works, Harper College, Palatine, IL. GIFC, Western Exhibitions, Chicago, IL. Families, Lincolnwood Village Hall Gallery. Carvanal, Krannert Art Museum.
Alex Arciniega is an artist and educator currently based in Reno, Nevada. From 2018 to 2020 she had the opportunity to live and work in Cali, Colombia. Her time spent there allowed her to develop a deeper understanding of what it means to create work that is inspired by ones environment and gain an appreciation for the process of art making. Her art practice primarily consists of working with paint and collage which often includes combining her own paintings with found images and materials in her current setting.
Mari Hernandez is a multidisciplinary artist. A career in non-profit arts organizations led her to explore socially engaged and identity-based art, as well as its contributions to human and community development. Simultaneously, Hernandez became concerned with the lack of representation of women of color in her arts community in San Antonio, Texas. These experiences deeply influenced her artistic development.
Inspired by appearance altering photographers and early Mexican-American artists, Hernandez began experimenting with self-portraiture to address questions about identity. As a co-founder of the Chicana art collective Mas Rudas (2009-2015), her self-portraits focused on Chicana aesthetic. Her solo practice is guided by these early influences, but Hernandez continues to expand her repertoire and skill base.
JUAN C. ESCOBEDO
Juan C. Escobedo uses childhood memories, fashion, and class/ race politics as the major catalysts for his artwork. The work explores his identity as a border town, brown person, from a lower-class background in a predominantly white structured world, and residual class and race shame.
His work consists of installations with objects primarily composed of cardboard, a material charged with preconceived notions of crudeness, utilitarianism, disposability, and brownness— characteristics which parallel Escobedo’s identity as a brown, queer male, raised in a low-socioeconomic community."
Taylor Galvan is a multi-media artist currently living and working in San Antonio, Texas. After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2013, she spent time working as a public school educator in addition to developing her personal work. She is now focusing on reconnecting with her studio practice and is a resident artist and studio member of Clamp Light Studios and Gallery.
In her work, she is interested in exploring complex perspectives within her culture and environment. Using allegory as an investigative tool, she explores the beauty and humble reality of the human experience, creating ambiguous moments of familiarity with a tinge of discomfort.
Benjamin McVey is a multidisciplinary artist focusing on the mediums of drawing, painting, and sculpture. His work explores organic and architectural spaces through abstracted and geometric imagery, while working in-between two- and three-dimensional forms. He received his BFA from Texas State University in Communication Design in 1995 and his MFA from The University of Texas at San Antonio in Studio Art in 2012. Previously, he studied painting and drawing in New York City at the Art Students League and National Academy School. He currently lives in San Antonio, Texas where he maintains a vigorous studio practice along with holding the position of Gallery Manager at Trinity University. He has exhibited extensively and has works in both private and public collections.
Artist residencies include The Studios at MASS MoCA (Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art) in North Adams, MA, the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, VT, receiving an Artist/Writer Grant, and at The League Residency at Vytlacil in Sparkill, NY, receiving the Ruth Katzman Scholarship.
Sarah Fox’s multi-media narratives and characters are created from embodied female experience. Stories of life, loss, sex and love are told through corporeal hybrid creatures. The resulting collages, cyanotypes, and animations suggest a childlike fairytale but with an undercurrent of dark symbolism.
Her work has been shown throughout Texas, as well as in the Kinsey Institute (Bloomington, Indiana), Field Projects Gallery (New York, New York), Espacio Dörffi (Lanzarote, Canary Islands), Bedsetter Art Fair (Vienna, Austria), and Casa Lü (Mexico City). In 2019 she was a recipient of a Sustainable Arts Foundation grant that allowed her to live and work at the Women’s Studio Workshop in NY with her son.
She was raised in Houston, Texas and currently lives and works in San Antonio, Texas with her 2-year old son William and their dog Myra. She is the director of the innovative community art space Clamp Light Studios and Gallery, the creator and co-director for the Brick Gallery in the Blue Star Arts Complex. She teaches at the Southwest School of Art and Texas State University.
Louise Smith @louisesmithart, born 1990, is a painter living and working in Hudson, New York. Currently, Smith paints on porous surfaces where she can best express her interest in color and in the deconstruction and disintegration of material and form. The viewer develops an instinct for problem-solving, filling in the blanks, and seeking hidden truths. Louise graduated with a BFA from Bard College and a Post-Baccalaureate degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her artwork has been exhibited in Washington, D.C. and New York, including commissioned work for the Freehand Hotel.
Tobias Molitor (b. 1986 in Cologne) is a multidisciplinary artist and printmaker currently living and working in Berlin. His work is about everyday products and fast moving consumer goods, which sometimes only perceive a small amount of attention.
“I am fascinated about the materialism and the reshape of the form, when somebody is using a certain object. My focus lies on traces, marks and spots, which I include in my work and which are reinterpreted on a visual dimension. Especially the alienation of objects through rescaling or putting them into another context is something which I try to explore in my creative process”.
Tobias' work examines the role of the human being in the consumption cycle, by documenting objects he himself or somebody else has left behind at different places or by involving random people in the creative process itself. His oeuvre combines everyday objects and graphic language from different cultures such as plastic bags, packages, chewing gum, bills and most recently postcards. The technique of screen printing underlines the repetitive and industrial character of these objects.
“For me these left-overs are souvenirs, relics and pieces of evidence of a human visual culture and human existence in general”.
Tobias Molitor studied Graphic Design at Central St. Martins London and he has specialized in the discipline of silk screen printing and photography. Every month he publishes one limited edition, hand pulled screen print plastic bag from around the world.
Madelline Vicencio b. 1996 in Houston, Texas is an interdisciplinary painter and muralist. Her most notable mural could be found in Houston’s Czech Center Museum which represents her fixation on using text and identifiable objects, binding them with bold and symbolic colors. In Texas, she attended University of Houston with a Bachelor’s in Painting and a Motion Media minor.
Vicencio’s text pieces draw inspiration from unspoken confessions about a desire for safety, affection, and sex. Due to her maturing relationship with identity, Vicencio gives a raw portrayal of her body onto clay and acrylic paintings integrating backgrounds of familiarity and isolation. Vicencio takes a fresh approach to expressionism by reducing ways of rendering drawings, creating textual surfaces with found objects, and using media as an alternative way to distribute her work.
Currently, Madelline Vicencio is working on expanding her artistic vision as she experiments with fabrics, illustration, and art collaboration with her women-owned clothing studio @doloresdesignstudio. At Dolores Design Studio, she prints her work on second-hand clothing and linens with the intention of raising awareness to sustainability and to promote opportunities to local artists interested in collaborating in large-scale projects.
FREYA DOUGLAS FERGUSON
Freya Douglas Ferguson, b.1995, lives and works in London. Working in a variety of mediums, she combines historical processes, including glass blowing, carving and metal forgery, with more high-tech modes of fabrication. By manipulating materiality and ways of making, she interrogates the hierarchies within art history and contemporary visual culture.
Drawn to the anachronistic image, the works Douglas Ferguson creates obfuscate their place in time, often inverting contemporaneous aesthetics with these unlikely material combinations. By employing these visual contradictions, she explores the dichotomy between experience and memory, using this to investigate her own relationship with nostalgia.
Having recently completed a post-graduate in Stone Carving and spent much of the last year shadowing a blacksmith, she is driven by physical modes of making, often labour intensive and physically demanding, where the very process imbues sensorial memory within the sculpture itself.
Michele Lorusso (Puerto Vallarta, 1994) is a multidisciplinary artist who lives and works in Mexico City. His work fuses various industrial materials with traditional practices such as painting, photography and sculpture to bring what is typically two-dimensional to the three-dimensional. The abstractness of Lorusso’s pieces speaks to poetry by stimulating conceptual contemplation and self-reflection.
Drawing inspiration from the naturally occurring decay of urban landscapes—a cracked sidewalk, the patinas on metal, a broken window—, Lorusso creates rich abstract paintings and sculptural objects by using conventional industrial materials—mirror, wood, glass, brick, concrete, metal—with both traditional pigments and unconventional chemical processes.
He began his academic career in Mexico City at Casa Laam University and later graduated from Naropa University in Boulder (Colorado) with a BA in Creative Writing and Literature. Lorusso has exhibited his work in Guadalajara and Mexico City.
Anastasia Zielinski (b. 1983 Washington D.C.) is a multidisciplinary artist with a focus in oil painting, mixed-media collage, and installation art. Bright and bold with an emphasis on texture, her art is a celebration of the natural world and the benefits gained from time spent in nature. Anastasia’s multi-layered work is characterized by an abundance of visual information that verges on excess yet is appropriate to the subject. She credits the memory of her mother’s overflowing sewing cabinet for the reoccurring and expansive use of fabric and sewing notions within her work, both as material and inspiration for mark-making. With a BFA from Pratt Institute (2005 Brooklyn, NY) Anastasia’s foundation in traditional oil painting has informed how she approaches other mediums. Ms. Zielinski has shown her work nationally and internationally and has created site-specific installations for INSCAPE arts, Shunpike’s Storefront Seattle, and Spaceworks Tacoma. She currently lives and works in Seattle, WA.
Jules is a Canadian illustrator and painter currently working in Toronto.
She attended the Ontario College of Art and Design University to major in criticism and curatorial practices and acquired a minor in painting and drawing. After graduating, she set her degree on fire and focused on creating a style of illustration she could explore that managed to capture the craving she had for cheeky humour, bright colours and imaginative worlds. Julia’s paintings are often chaotic and full of optimistic nihilism: the belief that life is meaningless and that is what makes it most wonderful. In these seemingly meaningless moments, we have the power to define our purpos.
I am a curious wanderer. I navigate my surroundings as if it’s the last time I will witness them; with love and memory. Hola, mi nombre de nacimiento es Aura pero al igual, uso el nombre de Carocol. Nací en el ‘93 casi un mes antes de los terremotos de Northridge en Southern, CA. I’ve dreamt about that time, it’s significance draws me to the complexity of life as we know it. I’m an artist, focusing on the visibility of the unknown, unseen, overlooked and erased.
Marcus “Delmar” Clarke is a transmedia artist who is fixated on creating liminal spaces by combining mundane materials like dirt, rocks, cinder blocks, and construction materials, and giving them an ethereal quality through light and sound. His faith (and doubts within that faith) drives his practice, revolving around the pursuit of life to the full in mind, body, and spirit. He graduated from Savannah College of Art and Design in 2019 and currently lives in Austin, Texas.
La Plata, Argentina, 1986. Graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts of the National University of La Plata as Professor and Graduated in Plastic Arts with an orientation in Painting. Rosario investigates visual language as a strategy to inhabit the world for as long as she can remember. For ten years she has reflected on the plant universe from an expanded conception of painting, exploring various materialities and compositional methods. She is currently working on the development of a synthetic personal language that aims to reveal what defines an organic system as such. Through formal variations, she investigates its internal logics on the plane, the links between the parts and their possible interrelations. Concrete although subtle, their configurations become routes of rhythmic and chromatic intensity, proposing entropic dynamics that seek to generate a certain estrangement from what we think is already known.
Born in NYC in 1995. She went into Rutgers’ Mason Gross School of the Arts to study painting, but left with a love for sculpture. Upon graduating, she moved to Brooklyn, NY, in the hope of finding a sense of community, and now she is part of the studio program Chashama. In 2016 she was nominated and chosen to attend the Yale School of Art’s Summer residency in Norfolk, VA, where community and collaboration became a cornerstone of her art. Currently, she wants to explore the world of prop making/set design. Her sculptural techniques involve collecting found objects or using everyday scrap material to then transform into something she believes came from an alien world. Her interests revolve around the unfamiliarity one might have with their own body and bringing out feelings of discomfort by creating all forms of textural surfaces that invoke those feelings.
Maude Sauvage is a Belgian visual artist, she lives and works in Brussels.
She creates an object with its matter, its color, its composition: from matter to form, from form to possible object. Through shapes and materials, she explores the emergence of the body that is conditioned and becomes an object of constant experimentation and in research of equilibrium. It is in this equilibrium that one finds that societal codification again through the playful assembly of modules and the combination of matter-colour effects, directly drawn from the seductive range of our environment. What is the brilliance of a metal that covers the roughness of a rock, that homogenizes the gap in the material and shows us that one element is dependent on another or on the contrary. So many little conflicts of materials and colours which nourish this physical interdependence in our environment.
Marisha Falkovich b. 1993 in Moscow, Russia lives and works in New York, USA. She works primarily with ceramics and animation, often combining sculpture and video. She received BFA from Tisch School of the Arts in Animation & Film. Participated in CalArts Residency 2019 and Casual Art Fair, New York 2018. Awarded a solo show at Transatlantique Gallery, Paris in October 2019. Past projects also include short animated films, music videos and documentary film animation.
Sophie Varin was born in France in 1993. After growing up between the countryside and Paris, she got her BA from the National Fine Art School of Paris, then studied at Hunter College School of Fine Art in New York and finally graduated from her MFA at the Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam. She now lives and works between Brussels and Paris.
Sophie Varin’s paintings and sculptures focus on our relation to reality, and how it often means a negotiation between what you would like to see, and what you would like to hide. Depicting seemingly banal situations, her works create ambiguous scenarios where apparent familiarity shows a twisted face. Very interested in abilities to adapt and mimicry techniques, she likes to think of her subject’s capacity to understand -or fail to- its context. Her works give a great importance to the gaze of the observer, the witness, the public. Especially how curiosity, desire or fantasy have the ability to modulate what is seen. This distorted gaze, too thirsty to remain rational, is projecting so many blurred scenarios onto the real.
Aside from her painter and sculptor’s practice, she writes detective stories starring a fictional persona; J.P Gutti. Among others, she has had recent solo exhibitions with feeelings in Brussels, at Fortnight Institute (New York City) and Brooke Benington (London).
Antoine Carbonne is a French painter living in Brussels. He graduated from Beaux Arts in Paris (Ba 2009 Ma 2011), and also took part in a year of study at Hunter College in New York in 2009-10.
Since graduating, he soon moved to Brussels. His activity is now shared between these two cities. Often referred to as contemporary surrealism, he prefers the term “magical realism” to define his work. This term, which does not designate an artistic current, leaves an ambiguity. In any case, it raises very contemporary questions such as that of hallucination and dreams which are dear to Carbonne.
He participated in exhibitions in Europe, notably at the MuhKa in Antwerp or at the Villa Noailles (France).In the United States at the Rachel Uffner gallery and Embajadada in Puerto Rico.
He also frequently collaborated with Hermès and other brands for set designs, pattern conception or as an invited artist.
I am a visual artist based in San Francisco. I paint to visually recall and document emotional responses to intimate connections, longed-for places, and lived experiences. I like to infuse my practice with a delicate lightness, a sense of play, and a quiet contemplation of the layers within ourselves that underlie our everyday connection to our surroundings. Bringing together contrasting influences of light and shadow, hardness and softness, edge and curve, in an effort to evoke feelings of both strength and vulnerability.
I express these moments through various experiments with colors, shapes, and lines using water-based media. I enjoy mixing and making my own watercolor paint and inks by hand using pigment and binding medium. This aligns with a certain philosophy I like to keep in mind while creating: one that engages the senses and celebrates a deep appreciation for raw materials and the beauty of simplicity.
Matilde Digmann (Mat) is a multidisciplinary artist and author. Mat's artistic practice is multi-faceted, but is rooted in two main principles:
Mat’s work evolves around shadow and outing the things we want to keep in the dark, thereby calling out structures in society and discrepancies in the dominant morality. Mat is working on outing shadow (in a Jungian sense) on a personal as well as on a societal level.
The second focus of her artistic practice working towards the betterment of her community - Mat is in service to particularly blocked artists via the podcast Shadow Work Podcast and in pursuit of healing a generation of men and women who have been broken by growing up in capitalist society and in abusive families - via the graphic novel Pseudo.
Sol Bailey-Barker is a multi-disciplinary artist working primarily with sculpture, sound and performance. Bailey-Barker is informed by the development of technologies that were for millennia seen as shamanic for their transformative power upon the landscape and their influence over life and death. His work reconnects technological development and its ancient spiritual origins. Drawing on the sound of rhythmic machinery, deep space and sacred bells, Bailey-Barker’s sculptures often double as sonic ritual instruments.
THE GRAMOUNCE (NORA SILVA AND FINN THOMSON)
The Gramounce is a collective researching food and art. We explore how to best convey information through food. We aim to challenge the concept of the art gallery, question the relationship of artists and labour and successfully fund art projects through our supper clubs. We establish the meal as a new display context where the audience is comfortable to be able to access contemporary art. The guest’s attention is choreographed to better engage with the work shown. The Gramounce is run by artists Nora Silva and Finn Thomson.
Lexi Faith is a multidisciplinary artist, mainly focusing on performance art, visual art, textiles, fibers, and sustainability. She currently works with recycled materials and repurposes them into wearable art, and with mixed media to create paintings that combine poetry, indigenous textiles, and acrylics to expand on the storyline of awakening to and loving the darkest parts of ourselves which therefore permeate our current social systems at large. By making our unconscious, conscious, through the practice of expressive arts, Lexi believes that we can each heal ourselves, and ultimately live at our highest potential and ability to love. Besides visual arts, Lexi is an accomplished actress, singer-songwriter, writer, dancer, designer, and tantric teacher.
JESUS D. TORRES
Jesus D. Torres b.1995 is an artist living and working in New York, Mexico City, and soon to be relocated to Los Angeles. In 2019 he earned a B.F.A. in sculpture from SUNY at Purchase College and was a resident at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. He developed his relationship with his practice at a young age by working for his father in their family masonry business. Torres gets inspiration from the intense labor implemented by a person in maintaining and transforming the landscape of someone else's home. He uses materials directly taken from job locations and fuses aspects of lived experiences into the artwork. Torres' work unfolds stories of familial history through cultural idioms and semiotics. The various layers of Torres' work raise questions of socioeconomic mobility, ethics of labor, and the living circumstances of future progeny.
Madeline Link was born in 1996 in Calgary, Alberta. She is a musician, writing, recording, and publishing music as PACKS. She also uses stream of consciousness research and corporate powerpoint language to weave several disparate concepts into one big bundle of confusion, otherwise known as "The Uncertainty Seminar." This process also manifests itself in other hands-on mediums such as miniatures, clay, paper mache, short fiction, and video performance art.
Boris Granche is a multidisciplinary artist whose practice is located halfway between sculpture and photography through an installation perspective. His work addresses some environmental issues related to the reign of obsolescence, architectural degradation or myths surrounding the horticultural industry. In reference to architecture, to environment and to the living, his installations explore a range of varied materials such as plastic, water, air, natural plants as well as artificial.
ANNA LEE ROEDER & ERIK VASILAUSKAS
Dream Scene Placemaking is the creative team of Anna Lee Roeder and Erik Vasilauskas; artists based in Kalamazoo, Michigan (USA). Together they paint murals and facilitate shared community experiences in public space. They have often combined art and travel, and have painted murals all over the world. During their time at Casa Lu, they painted a colorful rose mural on an exterior wall of the residence. They each also have independent creative practices in oil painting, film photography and cut paper collage.
As a French art director and designer, I like to combine old-school processes such as painting and hand drawing with modern digital tools. After five years studying fine arts in Paris, I started to forged a successful career as a communication consultant for up-and-coming European fashion designers as well as leading couture houses. In 2004, I moved to London to develop my illustration work, creating imagery for major publications spanning both the independent & mainstream press (eg. Vogue, ELLE, Vanity Fair, Interview, Nylon and Muse). In addition, my work has been published in publications including Taschen, Gestalten, Victionary, and featured in exhibitions and installations in exhibitions in London, Paris, Los Angeles and Barcelona. It was during my time in London that I also conceived and launched the Forget Me Not studio.
b. Silver Spring, MD, 01/17/1991
Painting, sculpture and printmaking.
I am among many artists throughout history who have found landscapes inspiring and use this as a means for expressing an internal narrative. While the work is simultaneously expansive and compressed: its overarching story is a satire on our cosmic ontology. The environment’s syntax is created by primary figures such as rocks and leaves, supported by the lingering subtext of swirling gradients and vortices. These repeating interstellar bodies are symbolic of growth and collapse: an ongoing theme throughout the work.
Lea Marcaccini is a French/Italian mixed media artist, working with photography, drawing & collage. Born and raised in a nature reserve on the Pacific coast of Mexico, she has been surrounded and inspired by the diverse and rich culture it has to offer. From pre-Hispanic art and Mythology, to vivacious colors, spirituality, to its vast flora & fauna. Such themes are gently conveyed into her work, indulging in both the friction and synergy of color, used as a form of communication.
Lea has shown her work in numerous group shows in the UK, Paris & Los Angeles, as well as displayed in the Drake hotel in Toronto. Her work has also featured in publications such as British Vogue, Vogue Mexico, So It Goes, Based Instabul & Ingenue Magazine.
ELMI VENTURA MATA
Elmi Ventura Mata is a visual artist, born in El Salvador and based in the East Coast of the US. His work explores the narrative format through the pictorial framework of the canvas. His investigation is guided through a focus on the configuration of the painted subject through a critical framework informed by the history of painting. The mergence between abstraction and figuration; thesis and antithesis offers a transformative nature in the work. In his words, “As a painter, it’s my calling to sift reality and pour its aspects onto the canvas through the brush. In doing so; a straightfoward vision and sincere voice emerges. Painting offers the artist an opportunity to view and observe life through a unique lens. Imagination is a powerful lens polish. An integral aspect to the painting process. Imagination also allows access into the subconscious, which coincidentally defines us."
Elmi has been awarded a residency at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, a grant from the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation and his work has been featured in New American Paintings. Elmi earned his MFA from The Tyler School of Art's Painting Department in Philadelphia. He also holds a BFA in Painting and Drawing from The Cleveland Institute of Art.
Aida Lizalde is a multimedia artist born in Mexico and based in California. She uses her artwork to raise questions about power structures and explore identity and mestizaje through narrative and symbolism. Lizalde invites the viewer to consider the nuances of navigating assimilation to American culture, capitalism, neocolonialism, and politics. She employs an array of media, including construction materials, textiles, performance, video, photography, and ceramics to create her work.
Her work has been exhibited at Chandra Cerrito Contemporary, Torrance Art Museum, Southern Exposure, Gearbox Gallery, the Museum of Northern California of Chico, the Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, Beacon Project Sacramento, SOMArts South of Market Cultural Center, The Latino Center of Art and Culture of Sacramento, etc. She is a member of Axis Gallery and has been a recipient of the Vermont Studio Center Fellowship, Young Space Grant, the Hopkins Endowment for Studio Art Students, the Crocker Kingsley Art Award, and the Herb Alpert Scholarship for Emerging Young Artists among others
Lesdavag is an interdisciplinary Mexican American artist whose work regards concepts of life, death, and humanity. His art is a realization that space and time are not objective phenomena, but rather the tools our mind uses to connect everything –energy cannot be created or destroyed, it can only change in form.
Through his art, Lesdavag explores memories and events that made an impact on his life and the people around him. For the most part, he uses raw materials like dirt and wood and in some cases found objects, to successfully convey his concepts.
Lesdavag has been part of several art exhibitions in the United States and Mexico, most recently exhibited at the art gallery in the Mexican Consulate of Tucson. He was born in Denver, Colorado, and studied Fine Arts in Tucson at the University of Arizona. Currently, Lesdavag resides in Mexico City where he works as a visual designer and continues developing new works of art..
"Hello, my name is Cedric Tai and I make art and friends spanning Detroit, Glasgow, and Los Angeles. I’m an un-disciplinary artist, who went and got Art Education certification from Michigan State U., and one of those MFAs from the Glasgow School of Art.
I’ve received a 25K Kresge Arts Fellowship, a 25K Knight Foundation Challenge Grant, and have gallery representation with Simone DeSousa Gallery based in Detroit, Michigan.
I make artwork to tickle, cajole and inspire people to consider their fears, limits and individual aspirations with curiosity.
Recently someone said that I’m 'Pathologically Curious’, which is the most tender way I’ve ever heard my ADHD (aka Time-Blindness, aka Intention Deficit Disorder) described back to me.
Some of my work is setup systematically (“Brixels” tessellations/“They Didn’t Go” excel spreadsheets/“Reverse-Pick-Pocketing” workshops) so that I can focus on the way that I want to elicit a response from a specific audience. Other works are like love letters wherein I come to know someone through the process of making the work.
What brings my work together is the magic element of PLAY; Play that begins in the landscape of the unconscious, made of doubt, ritual, grief, healing, honesty, tiny pleasures, guilt and responsibility. All of these elements are authentic and alive in my work, speaking to each other.
That conversation is what I hope the viewer experiences."
Sarah Thibault is an artist and writer based in San Francisco. Her artwork has been exhibited in the US and abroad, including an upcoming solo exhibition at Fahrenheit Madrid in Madrid, Spain. Past projects include exhibitions with Steve Turner Contemporary, BAMPFA, Interface Gallery, HILDE Gallery and the ART in Embassies program in Montevideo, Uruguay. Thibault and her work have been featured in Artsy, CARLA, The San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco Magazine, SFAQ, The Examiner, The Huffington Post, and 7x7. She is a Charter Resident of the curated Minnesota Street Project studio program in San Francisco. She holds an MFA from the California College of the Arts, a BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and a BA from the University of Wisconsin- Madison.
Gabi Magaly is an emerging artist born in Bryan, Texas. Magaly received her MFA in Visual Arts at the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2020. She works predominantly in the medium of photography, but also employs other mediums like sculptural installation and embroidery. Magaly has exhibited in solo shows at Satellite Gallery, Huntsville, TX; The Brick and Presa House Gallery, San Antonio, TX. Her numerous group exhibitions include at Luis Leu Gallery, Karlsruhe, Germany; The Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, San Antonio, TX; Won Best in Show at “56th Annual Juried Competition Exhibition” at Masur Museum in Monroe, Louisiana. Magaly was honored with a Graduate School Travel Stipend to give an artist talk at SPE Conference at Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX. She was recently awarded two CAMMIE awards from Blue Star Contemporary and Luminaria Contemporary Cultural Center during Contemporary Art Month 2020. Magaly currently lives and works in San Antonio, Texas.
Matthew Anderson (b. 1989, Indiana, USA) is an artist, musician, and software consultant living in Mexico City. He grew up in a conservative religious family with three older brothers. Love, support, and fun abounded throughout his upbringing, but emotional maturity was a foreign concept to him until his late twenties.
He now seeks to attune himself to his emotions as they are triggered by ordinary scenes and objects from life. A watch on a table, a house on a hill, a dog on a couch - these simple daily snapshots can serve as vehicles for drawing out, feeling fully, and integrating past imprinted emotions and their present situational application. He hopes to make this process more natural for himself and more accessible to others through playful yet profound artistic expression.
Delphine Tomes is an artist and translator based in Mexico City. She has an MA in Art History + Spanish from Edinburgh University (2008-2012), which taught her that contemporary art could be a lot more approachable and a bit less serious, and she likes playing with that middle ground and focusing on the day-to-day bread and butter. She's an optimist and her work aims towards a more inclusive collective memory.
Co-founder of Mi Valedor (Mexico City’s version of the street paper "The Big Issue"), a conceptual and colorful portrait of everyday life in the city that offers a legitimate income to homeless and vulnerable sectors. She also runs a micro-poetry project De Reversa ("Reverse It") with rapper Dayra Fyah, which plays with the misogynist lyrics of popular songs and turns new, neutralized lyrics into poems, raps, posters, and new songs.
LESLIE MOODY CASTRO
Leslie Moody Castro is an independent curator and writer whose practice is based on itinerancy and collaboration. She has produced, organized, and collaborated on projects in Mexico and the United States for more than a decade, and her repertoire of critical writing is also reflective of her commitment to place. She is committed to creating moments of artistic exchange and dialogue and as such is a co-founder of Unlisted Projects, an artist residency program in Austin, Texas. In 2017, she was selected as Curator and Artistic Director of the sixth edition of the Texas Biennial, and was recently the first invited curator in residence at the Galveston Artist Residency. Moody Castro earned a Master's degree at The University of Texas at Austin in Museum Education with a portfolio supplement in Museum Studies in 2010, and a Bachelor's degree in Art History at DePaul University in Chicago in 2004, and has been awarded two grants from the National Endowment of the Arts for her curatorial projects (2016, 2017). In addition to her firm belief that the visual arts creates moments of empathy, Moody Castro also believes that Mariachis make everything better.
Corinne Thiessen is a multidisciplinary artist born in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She holds an MFA from the University of Lethbridge. Her practice is informed by an interest in human behaviour, comedy, failure, healing, and purpose.
Thiessen has exhibited at Ortstermin, Berlin, at the Esker Foundation and Stride Gallery in Calgary, at Soo Visual Arts in Minneapolis, and a solo exhibition, Factory Logic at the Southern Alberta Art Gallery in Lethbridge.
Residencies and collaborative projects at the Banff Centre, ZK/U, Berlin; Island Mountain Arts, B.C.; Centre Pompadour, France; The Museum of Loss and Renewal, Italy; and presently at Casa Lü in Mexico City, also include published work in MAP Magazine and in the 2019 Printing Plant Art Book Fair in Amsterdam. Thiessen has taught sessionally at Lethbridge College and in the Faculty of Fine Arts at the University of Lethbridge.
MICHAEL A. SALTER
Michael A. Salter is a Professor of Art at the University of Oregon, Department of Art, School of Art + Design, College of Design, Art & Technology Program. Salter's work has been shown nationally and internationally in Beijing, Wuhan, Brussels, New York, L.A., Portland, London, Amsterdam, Miami, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Seattle, Atlanta and Chicago. His work has been featured in Art In America, Best Art NY 2009, Dot Dot Dash, Pictoplasma2, Grab Magazine, Arkitip Magazine, Repellent Magazine, and LoDown Magazine. He has exhibited solo installations at The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston Salem, NC, at the Charles de Jonghe gallery, Brussels, Rice University Art Gallery, Houston, Jeff Bailey Gallery, NYC, The University of Texas, Arlington, and Black Market Gallery in Los Angeles, California, The University of Colorado, UCCS Gallery of Contemporary Art Colorado Springs and the New Britain Museum of America Art in CT.
Machine is an artist residing in the Los Angeles area, they have shown work in the US, Canada and the UK. Using recurring themes of strength and sport, Machine’s work consists of a juxtaposition of masculine and feminine symbols as a challenge to conventional gender representation.
Rebeca Huntt is an Afro-Latina filmmaker, multi-media artist, and native-New Yorker. She wrote and directed her first feature-length film, BEBA, which is currently in post-production, and was selected to be in the IFP Documentary Lab 2019/2020. Rebeca was a 2018 Uniondocs Collaborative Fellow, through which she directed ¡Hay Coro! which premiered at the Oaxaca Film Festival and on BronxNet Public Television. She wrote, directed, and/or edited various short films which premiered at Art of Brooklyn Film Festival, The Fader Magazine, and Elsewhere Brooklyn. Rebeca participated in the 2018 Kickstarter Residency and the 56th Annual New York Film Festival’s Artist Academy. She worked in event planning for over three years, producing art benefits, activist-based panels, and parties with creatives such as Venus X and Tschabalala Self. Rebeca received her BA from Bard College in 2012.
Yeni Mao was born in Canada, and spent his developmental years in the United States, Sweden and Taiwan. He received a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and subsequently trained in foundry work in California, and the architectural industries of New York. In 2016 Mao relocated to Mexico City. Yeni Mao’s work has been featured in numerous international exhibitions. Most recently, Mao presented “vol. 2: cabal”, an installation of ceramic-based sculptures at PAOS in Guadalajara, Mexico and participated in the group show “The Waste Land” and Nicelle Beauchene Gallery in New York and “Luego La Forma” at Galeria de Art Mexicano and “Escultura de la Tierra” at Complejo Cultural Los Pinos in Mexico City. Last December he created a site specific installation with AGUAS in the special projects section of Untitled Art Fair in Miami. He has presented his work in a large variety of exhibitions and projects, including the IX Bienal De Artes Visuales Nicaraguenses, Zidoun-Bossuyt Gallery, Arróniz Arte Contemporáneo, Anonymous Gallery, Present Company, Allegra LaViola Gallery, Invisible-Exports, and Andrew Edlin Gallery. Mao has been awarded multiple residencies including Casa Wabi in Mexico, The Lijiang Studio and Red Gate Gallery in China, The Fountainhead Residency in Miami, OAZO-AIR in Amsterdam, and Flash Atöyle in Turkey. Mao’s work has been written about in The New York Times, Time Out New York, The Advocate, The Village Voice, and the Bangkok Post. Upcoming in May 2020, Mao will have a solo exhibition at Fierman Gallery in New York.
Kavel Rafferty is a queer illustrator and artist based in the creative seaside town of Margate, near London UK.
Kavel works with drawing, found materials, paper ephemera, textures, photography, paint and collage.
Everything used in her project ‘Welcome To My Head - Margate to Mexico City’ at Casa Lü will be sourced in CDMX, the majority of it from flea markets and or street finds. Using as much second hand and sustainable material as possible means these pieces will have little impact environmentally.
Colours will be taken from her exploration of the barrios.
Kavel has no control over what she finds, depending on the day, the market, her luck, serendipity, but she will control how the viewer see these paper ‘treasures’. An organised chaos of image and colour.
Kavel will create a room setting, using redacted images and text. These palimcest assembledges will paper the walls of her room. An immersive installation based on her experiences in this wonderfully vibrant City.
Garret Kane is a mixed media artist based in Brooklyn NY developing the concept of Neo-Naturalism, defined as the distortion and recreation of ‘base nature’ through human technology. A childhood and adolescence spent immersed in his own imagination and drawings, he graduated from SUNY Albany with a major in communications and minor in fine art.
Shortly after he began a career as an art director in advertising, working his way up to a Creative Director role. Over the course of the next decade he spent every spare second learning both traditional and 3D sculpting techniques until finally he left advertising to pursue sculpture full-time. Since then he’s had several solo exhibitions, installations in New York’s Flatiron building, a residency in Brazil and an upcoming residency in Mexico City.
As a mixed media sculptor, Garret strives to capture the fragility and beauty of human nature. But it is his ethos that in today’s world, drawing attention to a problem is not enough. The art itself should aim to fix it. That’s why 10% of all profits from the sale of work is donated to environmental charities.
Martin Zawadzki lives and works in Berlin, Germany. Active as a visual artist, producer, author and filmmaker. His mostly documentary approach to his work, he explores realities on different levels with different techniques including photography, painting, video, sound and language. In 1995 he got his Diploma from the German Film and Television Academy Berlin (dffb). His graduation film ISOLATOR II was awarded with Preis der deutschen Filmkritik and Adolf-Grimme-Preis in 1998. Currently he is working on a documentary radio feature with the title: BINDUNGSLOS – DETACHED.
At Casa Lü he will show graphic art prints of scratched windows from the Metro CDMX, a continuation of a former project he did in Berlin with scratched windows from the Berlin tube.
“Due to their condition, the removed window panes from the Berlin S-Bahn were used like printing plates, so that the marks left by random passengers were put on paper. The „originals" are the potential basis for a print run through its conversion. This procedure demonstrates that any gesture of rebellion and destruction (and thus also scratching) can be translated into a cultural language, into a cultural convention. The artistic use of “printing plates" also shows the formal qualities of certain examples of scratching that have already been qualified as irrelevant or harmful.”CK
Ali Printz is a historical, figurative painter and curator who splits her time between Appalachia and Philadelphia. She works with various mediums including oil, acrylic, collage, sewn fabric, as well as technology-based mediums. Her work explores ideas of throw-away culture and discarded photographic memories and the reworking of these in order to draw attention to societal and environmental issues. Her most recent projects include “Debtfair,” a piece by Occupy Museums in the 2017 Whitney Biennial, “Appalachian Spring” a traveling solo show within Appalachia in 2018, and a number of group shows in 2019-20. Ali was born in West Virginia and considers herself an Appalachian artist. She has lived and worked in Spain, Panama, Washington, D.C, and resided in New York City until beginning her PhD in Philadelphia. She received her BFA in Painting and a BA in Art History from West Virginia University in 2009 and an MA in Contemporary Art from Sotheby’s Institute of Art in 2012. She is currently pursuing a cross disciplinary PhD in Modern and Contemporary Appalachian Art and Painting at the Tyler School of Art at Temple University.
Kelsey Shwetz is a Canadian born painter who lives and works in Ridgewood, Queens. She completed the Advanced Painting Intensive at Columbia University, and has been a guest lecturer at UCLA, Pratt Institute, and Laguardia Community College. Shwetz has exhibited in New York, Miami, Germany, Slovakia, Toronto, and Montreal and was awarded fellowships at the Vermont Studio Center and CanSerrat Residency in Barcelona. Publications featuring her work include: Maake Magazine, ArtMaze Magazine, Whitehot Magazine, and the Globe and Mail. Her most recent solo exhibition was in the spring of 2018 at Brethren Gallery in New York.
London–based artist, illustrator, painter Leon Bowers invites the viewer to explore peculiar dreamscapes, each of which reflects the rich tapestry of ideas, insights and anxieties entangled in the deepest recesses of his subconscious.
Unfurling beyond the confines of figurative images, his work reflects a search for a more honest approach to painting and drawing. He yearns for a somnambulistic style that, informed by his background in portraiture, is entirely more fluid, evoking not only the amorphous texture, but also the sense of boundlessness of dreams.
Leon Bowers was born in Melbourne, Australia in 1981 and relocated to London, UK in 2004. He participated in the Turps painting course in London. To date, Bowers’ work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at On The Floor, London, UK (2019), Exposure Gallery, London, UK (2014) and Tina We Salute You, London, UK (2011) and included in group exhibitions at Mall Galleries, London (2019), PADA, Lisbon, Portugal (2019) and World of Wonder Storefront Gallery, Los Angeles, USA (2007). He lives and works in East London, UK.
ANTONIO DE LA ROSA
Antonio de la Rosa, Mexico City 1983. An active nature drove Antonio to the art practice, primarily through painting which he has been doing for more than a decade non stop. His painting routine consists of mixing acrylics to study colour on different surfaces like dry leafs or post cards. Antonio has a College degree at UIA on Industrial Design and a Masters on Visual Arts in UNAM. The main theme around his designs and his works of art are nature based, focusing primarily on the study of plants and landscapes, using wood to express it on. Antonio's paintings are interventions on different objects and his main focus is around the idea of time passing by and its impact on the surface of all things, even us.