The West Harlem Art Fund is so pleased to have regional artists Dennis Hlynsky and Dr. Henry Gwiazda joining our lighting intervention series as well as husband and wife team Jonas Nilsson and Eva Olsson from Sweden. Their participation is showing that West Harlem is budding a real art scene that is both contemporary and progressive .
DENNIS HLYNSKY is a US-based artist and designer. With an insatiable desire to consider technology and its place in the arts, he came early to video and has more than 30 years of experience in the medium. He was among the first students in the RISD video program and is now a devoted teacher. Since 1983 he has committed himself to the study of digital processes. A skilled 3D artist, his most recent work was cited by the Black Maria Film Festival.
Hlynsky was a co-founder of Electron Movers, a regional media center and performance space, and a principal in the Video Analysis Project for ten years, using video as an intervention for people with life-threatening problems. The project garnered the attention of international media. His interest in celebration as an art form resulted in his designing the fireworks celebration for Providence for five years and has been central to several longstanding community arts events. Most recently, he and Daniel Peltz co-designed the Lepton, a true-non-linear editor for social web-based media.
EVA OLSSON is a Swedish artist who works with contemporary art where moving image is her major way of expression. She reconstructs familiar situations to create new insights in short animations, by working with reflections on everyday life. Eva completed her MFA degree at Norwich School of Art & Design in the UK. Her works are represented at:
- ArtFem.TV an online television programming presenting Art and Feminism.
- FemLink. The International Video-Artists Collective.
- Northern Video Art Network, NOVA a web-based platform for artists working with video, media art and experimental cinema.
She is also a member of the artist association Smålands Konstnärsförbund. Together with Jonas Nilsson, the co-founded and curate Art:screen, which is a platform for new media art. They also run Art Temple 1:85, which is an art space for contemporary arts with a focus on emerging and experimental arts on research and development practices.
HENRY GWIAZDA is a new media artist/composer whose artistic trajectory has taken him from sampling, sound effects, and immersive technologies to his current work with new media. This new work is a comprehensive artistic approach that has resulted in work that is multimedia in nature and focused on movement. Gwiazda’s works are regularly screened in festivals and galleries throughout the world including New York, Paris, Madrid, Cairo, Amsterdam, Beijing, Berlin, Sao Paolo, Naples, Marseilles, Seoul, Damascus, Athens, Istanbul, Moscow and many others. He won First Prize at Abstracta Cinema (Rome, Italy), Magmart Video Festival (Naples, Italy), Festival InOut (Gdansk, Poland), Second Prize at the Crosstalk Video Art Festival (Budapest,Hungary), Third Prize at the GIGUK Video Art Festival (Giessen, Germany), and the Grand Prize for Best Audio at the 2008 DIGit Media Exposition (Narrowsburg, NY). His work is available on Innova Recordings.
JONAS NILSSON is an artist who works with contemporary art where moving image is my major way of expression. He was born in Sweden where Jonas first went to a couple of art schools before completing his MFA degree year in 2000 at Norwich University College of the Arts in the UK.
His work often deals with issues surrounding the western way of life where he likes to make comments on, and relate his work to, a dark dystopian and/or melancholic places or landscapes, both in an inner-world and outer-world.
Jonas’s work has been shown at video screenings and video art festivals through-out Europe, north America and Asia, and he represented at Northern Video Art Network, NOVAis a web-based platform for artists working with video, media art and experimental cinema. He is also a member of the artist association Smålands Konstnärsförbund.
Jonas is the co-founder and curator with Eva Olsson of art:screen which is an international platform for new media art. We are also running Art Temple 1:85, Art Temple 1:85 is an art space for contemporary arts with a focus on emerging and experimental arts on research and development practices.