2016 FUSION EAST-WEST ARTISTS
Sumie Chiba, Yumiko Hirokawa, Kiyokazu Itu, Miwako Kashiwagi, Mari Mizuno, Sai Morikawa, Hisae Nishiguchi, Touko Okamura, Yoshiko Saito, Miho Takai, Keiko Tanaka, Tamiko Tominaga, Tomonori Utsunomiya
2016 CREATIVE PANELISTS
BILL T. JONES (Artistic Director/CoFounder/Choreographer), a multi-talented artist, choreographer, dancer, theater director and writer, has received major honors ranging from a 1994 MacArthur “Genius” Award to Kennedy Center Honors in 2010. He was inducted into the American Academy of Arts & Sciences in 2009 and named “An Irreplaceable Dance Treasure” by the Dance Heritage Coalition in 2000. His ventures into Broadway theater resulted in a 2010 Tony Award for Best Choreography in the critically acclaimed FELA!, the new musical co-conceived, co-written, directed and choreographed by Mr. Jones. He also earned a 2007 Tony Award for Best Choreography in Spring Awakening as well as an Obie Award for the show’s 2006 off-Broadway run. His choreography for the off-Broadway production of The Seven earned him a 2006 Lucille Lortel Award. Mr. Jones began his dance training at the State University of New York at Binghamton (SUNY), where he studied classical ballet and modern dance. After living in Amsterdam, Mr. Jones returned to SUNY, where he became cofounder of the American Dance Asylum in 1973. In 1982 he formed the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company (then called Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane & Company) with his late partner, Arnie Zane. In 2011, Mr. Jones was named Executive Artistic Director of New York Lives Arts, a new model of artist-led, producing/presenting/touring arts organization unique in the United States that was formed by a merger of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company and Dance Theater Workshop. In addition to creating more than 140 works for his own company, Mr. Jones has received many commissions to create dances for modern and ballet companies, including Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Boston Ballet, Lyon Opera Ballet, and Berlin Opera Ballet, among others.
JESSICA CARE MOORE is an internationally renowned poet and multidisciplinary artist. An activist, entrepreneur, and institution builder, jessica is the CEO of Moore Black Press, executive producer of Black WOMEN Rock!, and founder of the literacy-driven, Jess Care Moore Foundation. Her poetry has been heard on stages around the world, including, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and the London Institute of Contemporary Arts. She is the 2013 Alain Locke Award Recipient from the Detroit Institute of Arts. She is the author of 5 books and has been featured in numerous anthologies alongside literary greats such as Zora Neale Hurston, Alice Walker, Octavia Butler and Maya Angelou.
HRAG VARTANIAN is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of Hyperallergic, the award-winning art blogazine based in Brooklyn, NY. His work has appeared in countless publications, and he has been invited as a guest commentator on Al Jazeera, WNYC, KCRW, and other national and international media outlets. In addition to his writing and commentary, he has curated numerous exhibitions, including #TheSocialGraph, which was the first exploration of the evolving landscape of social media art back in 2010. He regularly writes and lectures about performance art, the online art world, street art, and multiculturalism.
JA’NELL NEQUEVA AJANI is the co-curator and co-founder of the Basquiat: Still Fly @ 55 project. A Master’s candidate in Africana Studies at New York University, with a concentration in Museum Studies, Ajani’s research interests include branding, contemporary black artists, and the commodification of celebrities. Her current writing project: More Than 15 Minutes of Fame: Black Celebrity Branding in Andy Warhol’s Interview Magazine analyzes how black celebrities and models throughout this iconic publication’s history have branded themselves and maintained success by negotiating race, gender, and sexuality. Ajani is a member of the Director’s Circle, Tastemaker and Feminist Art Council at The Brooklyn Museum and is the Technology Peer Group Coordinator for the New York Museum Educators Roundtable (NYCMER). She currentlyserves as an Adjunct Professor at The College of New Rochelle teaching courses in fashion, film, music and critical race studies.
KEVIN CUNNINGHAM is an award-winning New York based artist and entrepreneur. He is the founder and Executive Artistic Director of 3-Legged Dog Media and Theater Group and 3LD Art & Technology Center, 3-Legged Dog’s multi-venue high tech development studio in Lower Manhattan. He is known for artistic and technological innovation as well as business innovation in the not for profit arts.
His artistic focus over the last 30 years has been on the creation of large-scale interdisciplinary artwork of all kinds and on the creation of artists’ tools that enable intuitive manipulation of time-based and sensory elements. In recent years he has worked to create a self-sufficient platform for artistic experimentation in the face of declining philanthropic support for the arts. The business model leverages his international pool of talented associates and his knowledge and connections in technology and the arts to create custom teams that build one of a kind large-scale artworks and experiences for clients as diverse as the The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Lady Gaga. Proceeds from these works finance purely artistic projects where he and his teams develop the tools and methods that drive innovation in the next commission.
He is the recipient of many awards and has received major grants from most major private cultural foundations and has raised significant funding from social and traditional venture capital funds in the U.S. and Europe. Awards and honors include two Rockefeller Foundation Residencies in Bellagio Italy, Edward F. Albee Foundation Residency, selection for the Venice Biennale 2004 and 2008 for interactive media design, 2007 American Theater Wing Hewes Design Award and a Hewes Nomination in 2008. Two of his works have been selected for the prestigious Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design 2011 and Official Selection for the 2013 Sundance, American Film Institute, New York and Hamptons Film Festivals as well as CPH:DOX. He has twice been awarded the Rockefeller Foundation Cultural Innovation Fund Grant.
New Zealand illustrator NADEESHA GODAMUNNE is known for her raw and eccentric portrayal of characters, which aim to push the boundaries of traditional fashion illustration. After dabbling as an illustration instructor at colleges including The Auckland University of Technology (Auckland, New Zealand), and The Academy of Art University (San Fransisco, California), she made the big move to New York in 2013. Here, she worked as a textile designer for brands such as Abby Lichtman, Calvin Klein, and Eileen Fisher. Currently, aside from her day job as an in-house fashion illustrator for Ralph Lauren, she fills up her spare time with more drawing, capturing her love for New York in her diary, collaborating with contemporary fashion houses, and building her brand, Mokshini.
Born to a family of political activists, JANET GOLDNER grew up in the Washington, D.C. area, fully immersed in the social and political issues of the tumultuous 1960’s.The evolution of Janet Goldner’s artistic practice traces her enduring exploration of sculptural form, her ongoing relationship with African culture, and her lifelong involvement in political activism. Goldner’s life experiences have played an integral part in the development of her work, and have allowed her oeuvre to carry on a unique cohesion where themes recur and overlap, appear and disappear, then reappear in altered form.
Over thirty years as an active artist, Janet Goldner has shown her work in over twenty solo exhibitions, and over one hundred group exhibitions throughout the United States, as well as in Lithuania, Germany, Italy, Bosnia, Australia, New Zealand, and Mali. Exhibition highlights include Multiple Exposures (2014) and The Global Africa Project (2010-11) at the Museum of Arts and Design, and Women Facing AIDS (1989) at the New Museum as well as Have We Met?, a major installation at Colgate University (2007). Her work is in the permanent collection of the American Embassy in Mali, the city of Segou, Mali and the Islip Museum on Long Island, NY.
She is the recipient of numerous awards, grants, and artist residencies, including a Fulbright Senior Research Fellowship andtwo Fulbright Senior Specialist grants as well as grants from the Ford Foundation, the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation and the United Nations Special Committee Against Apartheid.
Her work has been published in many books, journals, magazines, catalogs and news sources. An artist-scholar, Janet Goldner has curated exhibitions, published articles and catalogs, and lectured at conferences, universities, and community venues. Published articles include a chapter in Contemporary African Fashion, Indiana University Press, an essay in Poetics of Cloth, Grey Art Gallery, NYU. She has also conducted sculpture workshops and community art projects in both the United States Mali and Zimbabwe.
Janet participated in The Experiment in International Living Program in 1973 and spent nearly a year in West Africa, igniting her life-long connection with the continent and particularly West Africa. Janet Goldner returned to West Africa as a Fulbright fellow in 1994-95, working in Mali with potters, metal smiths, and contemporary artists. During her concentrated eight months of research, Janet’s many African experiences began to coalesce and emerge in her work. As a result of these experiences, she combines Western and non-Western images and ideas, issues of cultural identity, and responses to her own layered American cultural identity.
Janet’s work in the US and internationally includes commissions, exhibitions, collaborations, residencies, teaching, community art projects, public art projects, cultural festivals and women’s empowerment projects.
She lives and works in New York City and spends several months every year in Mali.
Since establishing the gallery in 1982, LEILA TAGHINIA-MILANI, Heller Gallery has presented the work of international emerging artists and renowned Modern and Contemporary artists. Leila Taghinia-Milani Heller, with her Persian heritage and international background in the arts, built a name and a space where a dialogue between the West and the East could be viewed on the same artistic level. Very early on in the gallery program, Leila Heller took the risk to provide a space in the New York art world to the then young Persian artists Charles Hossien Zenderoudi, Massoud Arabshahi, YZ Kami and Nicky Nodjoumi which have now reached international recognition.
The gallery continues to advance new international artists such as Negar Ahkami, Shiva Ahmadi, Richard Bruce, Jennifer Danner, Conrad de Kwiatkowski, Jonny Detiger, William T. Hillman, Joyce Korotkin, Maryam Sachs, Martin Saar, Elizabeth Thompson, Anahita Vossoughi, Peter Wise and Darius Yektai while maintaining a secondary market with a coveted inventory of works by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Alberto Giacometti, Keith Haring, Damien Hirst, Willem de Kooning, Henri Matisse, Marilyn Minter, Robert Motherwell, Pablo Picasso, Cy Twombly, and Andy Warhol. Through her enthusiasm for art and interests in bringing these visions together, Leila Heller continues to thrive and through her gallery make an impact on the art world while engaging a greater spectrum to the public.
ERICA KERMANI is an artist, educator, and community organizer based in Brooklyn, NYC. As Director of Community Engagement at Eyebeam, Erica develops and produces project-based public programming around social justice, arts, and technology. Her roles as organizer, educator and arts administrator have been informed by over fifteen years of experience at organizations including BRIC Arts Media, Arts High Foundation, Media Arts Center San Diego, Center on Policy Initiatives, and Q-Team. Erica’s arts practice involves traditional textile fabrication and new media installation informed by queer identity, subversion, feminism, and Iranian culture. Erica received a Bachelor’s of the Arts in both Visual Arts (Media-Computing) and Political Science at the University of California, San Diego.
AYANNA JESSICA LEGROS is a Masters candidate in Africana Studies and MacCracken Fellow at New York University’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Her research focuses on Afro-Latino/a and Caribbean identity and diaspora within larger questions of racial geopolitics, political activism, migration and anti neo-colonialism. She completed her Bachelors of Arts in International Studies and African American Studies at Northwestern University. Upon graduation she worked at the Movement of Dominican-Haitian Women (MUDHA) as a Kathryn W. Davis 100 Projects for Peace fellow. This past summer, Ayanna worked with the Foundation for the Development and Ethno-Cultural Re-vindication of Afro-Descendant Communities in Cali, Colombia through New York University’s Global Fellowship in Human Rights. At the moment: Legros is working on a thesis project concerning the political activism of Haitian exiles during the Duvalier governments from the 1950s-1980s. In addition, she is the co-founder and co-curator for the Basquiat: Still Fly @ 55 project.
MADISON MAXEY is a creative technologist and 2013 Thiel Fellow. Her work and contributions to the wearable technology space have been featured in Wired, FastCompany and New York Magazine and she has provided wearable tech insights to the likes of the White House and Google. At age 16, she was the youngest to intern at Tommy Hilfiger and is a Teen Vogue and CF+DA scholarship recipient. She has also been named a “founder to watch” by Women 2.0 and is an entrepreneur in residence at General Assembly. In addition to acting as an EiR, she is an advisor for the 500 Startups and General Assembly pre-seed accelerator and is on the board of the Urban Assembly Maker Academy, a school focused on fabrications and design thinking.
Maddy will be a resident at Autodesk this fall and has had prior residencies at the School of Visual Arts and fellowships with Undercurrent (acquired by Quirky) and the Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator.
More than anything, she loves fabricating the future at The Crated, a product innovation studio focused on 2nd generation wearable technology.
DANIELLE MCCONNELL is a publisher at both Artforum and Bookforum, and has worked at Artforum since 1992. She is on the board of the Kentler International Drawing Space and Electric Literature.
PRERANA REDDY is Director of Public Events at the Queens Museum of Art (since 2005), and a co-founder of Social Practice Queens where she serves as advisor and occasional instructor. At Queens Museum she organizes screenings, talks, festivals, and performances, a third of which are developed in collaboration with diverse local community organizations and cultural producers. She also co-curated the exhibition Fatal Love: South Asian American Contemporary Art Now, as well as coordinated two editions of Corona Plaza: Center of Everywhere, which commissioned eight artists to develop public art works that engage local residents on issues of neighborhood history and identity as well as tensions around its various transformations. Reddy is also in charge of the museum’s community engagement initiatives which combine arts and culture with social development goals in nearby neighborhoods predominately comprised of new immigrants, including programs that address language access, healthcare, public space advocacy, and the mortgage crisis. She was one of four inaugural Douglas Redd Fellows for emerging leaders in the Arts and Community Development field awarded by the Ford Foundation and administered through Partners for Livable Communities.
DEBRA SWACK is a Fulbright Specialist and Phi Theta Kappa in computer science that began exhibiting new media and sound art in the early 90s at Xerox Parc while doing software testing and technical writing for PolyGram Records/Universal Music Group. She is mentioned in Art and Innovation at Xerox Parc, published by MIT in 1999, and works with immersive and interactive environments in addition to all traditional media. She has received three co-production grants from Banff Centre (95 Chimes, Carousel and Digital Maze Symmetry Project) and was awarded a Summer Artist Residency by Creative Capital in 2012. Her last article on The Emotions after Charles Darwin, a project on the universality of emotions to aid international neuroscientists in autism research, was published by Leonardo Electronic Almanac/MIT Press in 2013 and will be featured in Binghamton University Magazine in 2015. Animal Patterning Project; a software derived, synthetic bio-art animation was published in Infinite Instances, by Random House in 2011 and exhibited at the Binghamton University Art Museum and Offline at Central Booking Gallery in NYC in 2014. In summer 2014 she was a visiting artist at the American Academy in Rome and also presented Cloud Mapping Project at the Pera Museum in Istanbul, which will be published in an upcoming issue of Leonardo Electronic Almanac by MIT Press and presented at Banff Centre for the Arts in August 2015. She is also collaborating with evolutionary biologist Monica Gagliano on Bloom, a bioacoustics sound-art installation that will also be published in Plants and Us by Lexington Press.
SAVONA BAILEY-MCCLAIN currently lives and works in New York City. She is an independent curator and producer. The range of McClain’s practice has included sculpture, drawings, performance, sound, and mixed media. McClain is the Executive Director & Chief Curator for The West Harlem Art Fund, Inc. an eighteen year old public art organization and curatorial collective serving neighborhoods around the City. Her public art installations have been seen in the New York Times, Art Daily, Artnet, Los Angeles Times, Huffington Post among others. McClain has installed works in Times Square, DUMBO, Soho, Governors Island and Harlem. Noted works include The H in Harlem, Counting Sheep, Story Piles, East River Flows and Loosely Coupled. McClain is now developing new digital installations and location-based interventions using a tour platform. McClain is a member of Independent Curators International, Arttable and radio host/producer for State of the Arts NYC for WBAI Radio.
JEFFREY DEITCH has been involved with modern and contemporary art for more than forty years as an artist, writer, curator, dealer, and advisor. He opened his first gallery in Lenox, Massachusetts near Tanglewood, the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, in 1972. During the final week of the gallery’s summer season, a New York artist who had been a regular visitor sat down with Deitch and told him that even though he had some aptitude for the field, he did not know what he was doing. He advised him to get an art education. Deitch has been working on his art education ever since.
Deitch had moved to New York without knowing a single person. Within six months, thanks to his job at the epicenter of the art discourse, he had met close to half of the art world. Listening to the gallery artists challenge each other while they sat around the office was an extraordinary education. Sol LeWitt was rigorous and exacting in his opinions about art, but was an exceptionally generous teacher. LeWitt became a life long inspiration.
Deitch has been active as an art writer since the mid 1970s. He received an Art Critic’s Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts in 1979 and in the 1970s and early 1980s was a regular contributor to Arts and Art in America. His 1980 essay for Art in America on the Times Square Show was the most extensive first hand account of this seminal event. Deitch also served as the first American Editor of Flash Art. He has written numerous catalogue essays including texts on Keith Haring for the Musée de l’art moderne de la Ville de Paris, the Stedelijk Museum, and the Whitney Museum, and most recently on Jeff Koons for the Whitney. His essay The Art Industry, which analyzed the new art economy, was included in the catalogue for Metropolis at the Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin in 1991.
Deitch’s own art involved constructing situations where the form of the work created itself. In 1976, he instigated arguments on busy New York street corners and photographed the movements of the crowds. A series from 1977 re-created the end of the aisle supermarket displays of cereal boxes and other consumer goods that were stacked by stock boys. A work from this series was shown at White Columns in 2007.
Deitch has been especially engaged with the careers of three of his artist contemporaries, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, and Jeff Koons, since 1980. Deitch was the first writer to review the work of Basquiat and had the sad task of delivering the eulogy at his funeral. He served for many years on the Authentication Committee of the Basquiat Estate. Deitch wrote one of the essays for the first publication on the work of Keith Haring in 1982 and continues to write about his art. He was the exclusive commercial representative of the Estate of Keith Haring from 1998 – 2010. In addition to his writings and exhibition projects with Jeff Koons, Deitch helped to introduce Koons’s work to several of his most important patrons and helped them to build their collections of his work. Deitch was Koons’s American dealer during most of the 1990s and co-produced the artist’s ambitious Celebration series.
Deitch Projects, the New York gallery that Deitch operated from 1996-2010 presented more than two hundred-fifty projects by artists from thirty-three countries. It was a unique organization, more like a private Institute of Contemporary Art than a commercial gallery. In addition to its gallery exhibitions, Deitch Projects was known for its performance program and public events like the Art Parade. The gallery’s program is documented in Live the Art, Fifteen Years of Deitch Projects, published by Rizzoli in 2014.
Deitch closed the gallery to become Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. During his three years at MOCA, he presented fifty exhibitions and projects including The Painting Factory and Art in the Streets, which had the highest attendance in the museum’s history. Deitch also initiated the first museum YouTube channel, MOCA TV.
Deitch was born in 1952 in Hartford, CT. He is now based in New York and is working on historical and contemporary exhibition projects.
2016 ARTISTS & DESIGNERS
ROBERT DIKEN is a Metuchen, NJ based artist who creates 2D paintings and 3D sculpture art. Diken’s 2D medium is watercolor, pencil, acrylic and oil. His 3D medium is clay, stone, wood, glass and metal, or any combination of these materials. Eastern culture, landscapes, graffiti and the impressionists influence Diken and many his sculptures. Diken customize landscape design plans, which are hand drawn watercolor sketches, based on visits and discussions with clients about the best use of their green space. Diken’s studies include ceramic art classes at the NY/NJ Academy of Ceramic Arts in Jersey City, NJ and bonsai art classes with an experienced teacher.
My Dad was a playful gambler and my Mom a fabulous baker…how could I not become an artist? Having fun taking chances, and making things that are so much more than their ingredients.” This is how BARBARA KORMAN describes her affinity and lifetime involvement with art. She has traveled to every continent in the world, from the National Parks in the United States to the Himalayas in Nepal, collecting regional art and making photographic notations of the land’s textures and formations. Korman’s award winning works have been exhibited in more than one hundred solo and group shows in leading museums and galleries, including The Neuberger Museum of Art, The Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, Grounds for Sculpture, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Katonah Museum of Art, and Tiffany and Company’s Fifth Avenue windows.
Today, her sculptures are included in public and private collections throughout the world, including the Neuberger Museum of Art, Phelps Memorial Hospital, Hebrew Home for the Aged, American Movie Classics, and Olivetti-Rome. A graduate of New York City’s High School of Music and Art, she earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Fine Arts at the New York State College of Ceramics, Alfred University. Korman has dedicated a large part of her life to education and the development of creative thinking. Named “StyleMaker” by the New York Times and listed in, Foremost Woman of the 20th Century and Who’s Who in America , she is a former Board President and current Program Director of the Katonah Museum Artists’ Association.
Born in Taiwan, EDWARD LEE came to the United States with his family at a young age. After spending his adolescence in northern New Jersey, he came to New York to attend college at Columbia University, where he received his degree in Economics. After working some years in the law field, Lee decided to pursue his dream of crafting clothing. He enrolled in the Fashion Design program at Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, where he completed the program with honors and was selected for inclusion in the senior exhibition of garments.
ANNE LAU is a native New Yorker who comes from several generations of highly skilled garment/sample makers. Both her grandmother and mother, an immigrant to the U.S. from Myanmar by way of Taiwan, were respected veterans in the industry. Growing up, Lau often observed and helped her mother with complicated high end samples. Thus she was immersed in the all techniques and methods to bringing her ideas into life. Lau lived upstate briefly to study comparative literature at college. After graduation Lau worked in production at major companies and brands like Jones New York and Simon Spurr where she was able to witness first hand the inner workings of the fashion industry. Despite her successful career, Lau wanted to get closer to the creative process of fashion. She went to Fashion Institute of Technology to study Fashion Design. It was here that she met Lee and together started Aeidáine.
JILL LIPOTI has recently revived her interest in ceramics and has been experimenting with different shapes and designs at the NY/NJ Academy of Ceramic Arts. Under the Direction of Frank Bosco, Founder of the Academy and Senior Critic at the Rhode Island School of Design, Jill has been exploring the science behind ceramic arts, glazing, and firing techniques. As her design sense evolves, she has improved her technique with wheel throwing, extruding, and hand building. The small class size at the Academy lends itself to personalized instruction, based on the motto, “Don’t mess this up!”
Jill Lipoti resides in Roosevelt, NJ and particularly enjoys the camaraderie of the artists in Roosevelt, who have been supportive and encouraging in her debut in the art world. They have stimulated her artistic curiosity, while maintaining a grounding in the natural setting which gives Roosevelt its sense of place.
LUIS PAGAN is devoted to balancing his work in marketing and the arts. Currently, he works as a Senior Account Manager within the digital marketing department for the NY Daily News. He supports digital platforms for a variety of small to medium businesses throughout NYC. Luis’ affinity for technology and entrepreneur-ism enables him to help businesses build their brand through different marketing strategies. As an abstract artist, Pagan developed his painting style with watercolors during his study at Fashion Institute of Technology. He fine-tuned his process while finishing his Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree at Purchase College and now uses latex/house paint in his work. “What allures me about this process is the challenge of controlling the uncontrollable.” said Pagan. “As inspiration, I use different color systems. My favorite is the colors of the Orishas.” His latest project is learning the different percussion styles of bomba y plena from the masters at Los Pleneros de la 21. He also participates in art collaboratives that premise around social justice and its affects on housing for artists.
2015 & 2014 ARTISTS
INA ARCHER’s multimedia works and films have been shown nationally including in Cinema Project’s EXPANDED FRAMES: a celebration and examination of critical cinema in Portland, Oregon, “Cinema Remixed and Reloaded: Black Women Artists and the Moving Image Since 1970″ at Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, GA., and The Contemporary Art Museum, Houston. Her awards include residences at Vermont Studio Center, Blue Mountain Centers and Civitella Ranieri in Umbria, Italy. Ina was a Studio Artist in the Whitney Independent Study program, a NYFA multidisciplinary Fellow, a 2005 Creative Capital grantee in film and video, and a 2010 nominee for the Anonymous Was A Woman award. Archer is adjunct faculty in Foundation at Parsons The New School for Design. She is a longtime member of New York Women in Film and Television’s Women’s Film Preservation Fund and a board member of IMAP, Independent Media Arts Preservation. She earned a BFA in Film/Video from RISD and a Master’s in Cinema Studies at NYU focusing on race, preservation, early sound cinema and technology.
ISRAEL BADER was born and raised in Puebla, Mexico. Israel was born into Mexico’s graffiti scene. His dad is the legendary old-school graffiti artist, Mosh. Israel began to graffiti professionally when he was 15 years old. His dad used to own a graffiti store where Israel helped out. His dad was also the one that coordinated the Graffiti Expo in Mexico where the elite of the elite would show up and put it down for their crew and country that they were representing. Later on, the artist name Bader was given to Israel after paying his dues in the street scene. Bader is now 27 years old and lives in Brooklyn, New York. Bader’s historical graffiti pieces have given him a name in New York since his roots are represented through his artwork. Since his move to New York, Bader has mastered many different skills including air brushing and tattooing. Bader is tattooing more than ever but still has a crew based out of Brooklyn, New York.
CARLTON BRIGHT is a self-taught visual artist who has been working out of New York City for the past 27 years. He found that his artistic direction has been influenced by many things, including his eclectic history of activities needed for basic financial income and other various experiences.
BRYAN CHRISTIE’S explores the spectrum of human experience. “Our lives start with trauma as we are brought into the world from the safety of our mother’s womb. We eventually die, experiencing the loss of all that is dear to us. Yet transcendence and the experience of the sublime are rooted in this fleeting material existence. The divine is made evident through tangible and sensual experience; without our physical selves, we would not experience moments of wonder and the mysterious.”
Christie’s paintings are created from multiple layers of silk bound together with encaustic, mounted on wooden panels. Many of the figures’ poses are derived from ancient classical sculpture and Renaissance paintings. These historical works because of the interplay between our flesh-and-blood existence and something less tangible—our soul, inspire Christie.
EILEEN COHEN is an accomplished artist, video editor, animator, and colorist. She is a long-time member of “The Space”, a Long Island City-based not-for-profit events group and Arts Collective. Her work has been seen regularly on networks such as HBO (VICE), BET (Master of the Mix), MTV (VMA’s, InBetweeners), and others. She has also worked in film and has had screenings at numerous film festivals as well as in music videos. She graduated from the Massachusetts College of Art where she received Departmental Honors in Film/Video. She is an active alumnus who has also taught at the NY Film Academy. Most recently, she collaborated with Peter Rogina in Light Photo animations for the Holocenter Gallery Farewell Extravaganza in April 2014.
BRIAN CONVERY is a visionary artist using oil paints to render his imagined love themed worlds, expressions of sadness, religion and Dionysian delight. It’s a world created in which love and freedom are celebrated as highest of human virtue. His influences include his comic books, old Nintendo games, and church art since youth. For much of 2013, Brian was involved in painting weekly in front of guests at New York lounges representing the Art Kartel. Brian was also included in various art shows in NYC’s East Village and Brooklyn in 2013 and in February, he was awarded as runner-up in the Greenpoint Gallery “Eros” art show. Brian also really enjoys to chill at home with wife and kids. He has a passion and dedication to art since very young, self-entertaining himself as he still does, spending considerate time in his imagined worlds.
KENLY DILLARD is a comic book creator that works with pronto comics. As a former caricaturist for all major amusement parks including Walt Disney, Sea World and Universal Studios, Kenly has the speed and the draftsmanship of a printer. He is naturally talented, winning world’s fastest caricaturist competition in 2004, a repeat Dare 2 draw ‘Quick Draw “champion 2010-2013 and a three time winner of Pronto comics Phrases 2 pages. This is just the beginning as Kenly will continue to create his comics the best way he knows how PRONTO.
DIANE DWYER’s project, Diane’s Circus is “an exploration of how the Internet creates a rupture in the private space of the home… an intersection of public and private, amateur and professional, fantastic and mundane”. The project is embodied in parties, live performances, elaborate drawings and paintings executed by Dwyer, a side-show and in burlesque performances which are documented and distributed on her circus website. Diane, in her Circus persona, wears clown-face makeup and large curlers in her hair. She plays the flute, belly dances and confronts the audience in various levels of costume and undress. While the Circus works with collaborators (bands, acrobats and actors) the center ring belongs to Dwyer. It’s not called Diane’s Circus for nothing!
DAN ERICSON is a trained in graphic design and animation. From the Denver area, Ericson owns his own branding business where he has helped many entrepreneurs develop their image. In 2007, Dunn fell upon using street signs as a canvas. Wishing to experiment with found objects, Ericson has developed quite a following where many of his collectors include celebrities like Rakim, De La Soul, Spike Lee, DigablePlanets Pharrell and Wyclef Jean.
LADY K-FEVER (b. Canada) is a New York based inter-disciplinary artist and curator working with painting, installation, photography, performance and public art projects. She began her career in Vancouver the early 1990’s when she was invited to create an installation with Riot Grrlz for Artropolis 93. In 2003, she became the first Canadian woman to paint at the legendary Graffiti Hall of Fame in East Harlem, New York and to be put down with NYC graffiti crews KD & TDS.
Her work has been exhibited in Bronx Lab Style Wars Bronx Museum, Graffiti Research lab MOMA, Figure8 El Museo del Barrio, Born again: Eight Artist Respond Longwood Art gallery, B-girl Be Intermedia Arts, This side of Paradise No Longer Empty and Figment 2012 New York and published in the New York Times, New York Post, Daily News and in the magazines: Studio (Harlem), Mass Appeal (Brooklyn), Backspin (Germany), and Trace (international) among others, and in the books Graffiti Women: Street Art from Five Continents, and Burning New York: Graffiti NYC, and We B Girlz (New York). In 2013, her graffiti/street art has been presented at The Graffiti Hall Of Fame 2013, New York, Rooftop Legends 2013, New York, and The New York Walls Wynwood, Miami. From 2004 to 2006, she was the lead curator at The Aurora Gallery in Chelsea creating exhibitions History in the Making I, II & III. She has curated Made from love for the Bronx Museum’s project space in 2007 and most recently Outside the Box at the Andrew Freedman Home in the Bronx.
SCHEREZADE GARCIA, born in the Dominican Republic (Oct 1966) has lived in New York since arrived to study in 1986 to attend Parsons School of Design with a full scholarship based in the quality of her portfolio. Her work frequently evokes memories of faraway home and the hopes and dreams that accompany planting roots in a new land. Her solo exhibitions include “Paradise redefined” at Lehman College Art Gallery, Bronx, NY; Island of many Gods at the Salena Gallery, and “Theories of Freedom” @ The Humanities Art Gallery in Long Island University, Brooklyn, NY. Also, Loosely Coupled, Governors island NYC, This Side of Paradise-No Longer Empty, Souvenir at The Jersey City Museum, Jersey City, NJ; Stories of Fallen Angels, Museo de Arte Moderno, Santo Domingo, DR; Mary Anthony Gallery and Leonora Vega Gallery, NYC. Her work has been included in numerous group exhibitions including “This Skin I’m in; Contemporary Dominican Art from El Museo del Barrio’s permanent collection and ! Merengue! Visual Rhythms also at El Museo del Barrio, NY, NY; The Caribbean Abroad; Contemporary Arts and Latino Migration, Newark Museum of Art, Newark, NJ. Her work was included in the Caribbean Biennial in Santo Domingo, DR in 2001 and The Havana Biennial in 2000 in Havana, Cuba, also she is a founding member of DYPG (Dominican-York Projecto Grafico. Scherezade Garcia received her AAS from Altos de Chavon School of Design, La Romana, DR, her BFA from Parsons School of Design, NY, NY and received her MFA from The City College of New York, NYC 2010. Scherezade lives with her husband, NYC photographer William Vazquez, and her two budding artist daughters, Gabrielle and Montserrat in Brooklyn, NY, where she also has her studio. Scherezade is an adjunct faculty at Parsons The New School of Design in NYC.
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.
CHRIS HARRIS’ award-winning experimental films include a long take look at a post-industrial urban landscape, an optically printed and hand-processed film about black outlaws, a pinhole film about the cosmic consequences of the sun’s collapse, a macro lens close up of a child’s nightlight and a double projection film about a theme park performance of Christ’s Passion. His work has exhibited at festivals, museums and cinematheques throughout North America and Europe.
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.
YASMIN HERNANDEZ is a Brooklyn-born and raised Puerto Rican artist . Yasmin Hernandez’ work is rooted in struggles for personal, political and spiritual liberation. Her on-going project Bieké: Tierra de valientes combines oral history, painting, installation and video to explore the struggle for peace and justice in Vieques after decades of US Navy bombing maneuvers. Her 2011 mural Soldaderas, honors the work of painter Frida Kahlo and poet Julia de Burgos, inspiring continued solidarity between the neighboring Mexican and Puerto Rican communities in East Harlem and beyond. The artist was invited to participate in another East Harlem-based project, Mi Querido Barrio. Organized by the Caribbean Cultural Center, the project utilizes augmented reality technologies to reenvision the historic and cultural significance of the community. Recent projects draw more from the artist’s personal experiences to connect to the greater human struggle for survival and liberation. Luz explores the cycle of life and death in tribute to her brother who passed from cancer in 2010. Linea Negra, inspired by the midwife-assisted home births of her two sons, considers the spiritual and transcendent experience of birthing when driven by the innate wisdom of women’s bodies and a universal feminine spirit. Most recently these two projects have fused into a new concept called Fluido where the artist channels her family’s own espiritismo tradition. Fluido is a reference to the universal fluid or life force of which all living things and natural forces are comprised, and informs the formal principles of the works. Yasmin has received various recognitions for her commitment to community building through the arts. She was selected as an honoree in El Museo del Barrio’s 2014 Three Kings Day Celebration. Other recognitions include an Artist/ Activist of the Year award in 2006 from the NYC-based organization Art for Change, the Ramón Feliciano Social Justice Prize from the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College CUNY and a Mujeres Destacadas/ Outstanding Latinas Award by New York-based Spanish-language newspaper, El Diario/ La Prensa. Yasmin attended the LaGuardia High School of the Arts in Manhattan and holds a BFA in Painting from Cornell University.
ARIEL JACKSON lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. She was born in 1991 in Monroe, Louisiana and raised between New Orleans, LA and Mamou, LA. In 2009 she was selected as an artist to look out for in New Orleans Magazine’s “Who’s Who”. During her time at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art she received The Robert Breer Film Award for Excellence in Film, Video and Animation and The Benjamin Menschel Fellowship Award for Documentary. She is currently participating in the Artist in the Marketplace program at the Bronx Museum.
TOCCARRA A. HOLMES THOMAS is a Brooklyn-based media and performance artist. She received a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology and Film Studies from Smith College. She also holds a M.A. in Media Studies from The New School. Her recent work is mainly focused on rebranding cultural phenomenon as a way to reframe the perception and conversation around the politics of various pop culture trends and modern societal references.
MARCUS JANSEN b. 1968, Manhattan, NY is a former combat soldier who transformed his life from being at War to a leading contemporary painter that became known for his gritty urban landscape paintings since the 1990′s. Jansen is one of America’s new pioneering painters and was included in numerous International Biennials including the Fleurieu Art Prize 2013 Biennale, Australia noted as the highest valued landscape painting prize anywhere in the world curated by Nigel Hurst, Director & Chief Executive, Saatchi Gallery London. His most recent project “The Art Album” in New York City shows Jansen’s work on the book cover with some of the worlds most recognized contemporary artists inside including, Shepard Fairey, Takashi Murakami, Jonathan Meese, Daniel Richter and Chuck Close. Discovered by former Museum director Jerome A. Donson, (Director of the American Vanguard Exhibitions Europe 1961), in charge of traveling exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, (MOMA), New York, Jansen is an Internationally known painter and seen by many as a pioneer of expressive urban socio-political painting or as Donson puts it, “reminiscent of the Ash-Can School.” Jansen’s Museum collections include The Moscow Museum of Modern Art (MMOMA), Russia, The PERMM Museum of Contemporary Art, Russia, The New Britain Museum of American Art, CT, The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, MO, The National Taiwan Museum of Fine Art, Taiwan and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC. Jansen is also one of the ABSOLUT VODKA artist’s of this century alongside names Damien Hirst, Andy Warhol and Keith Haring. Jansen’s awards include the New American Paintings No. 94, Alumni inclusion 2012, curated by Dan Cameron, Founder of the US Biennial Inc. The Aesthetica Art Prize 2012, United Kingdom, the Laguna Art Prize 2013, Venice Italy and the Dave Bown Project Grant in 2012. He is represented by Lazarides Rathbone, London, UK and Galleria Bianca Maria Rizi & Matthias Ritter, Milan Italy.
JAS KNIGHT is a Bloomfield, CT native. His kindergarten teacher noticed that he was drawing details that she thought to be unusual for one of her students and told his parents that they should encourage him to be an artist. By the time he was in second grade he had sold his first painting to a West Hartford principal and had begun to exhibit his work at local colleges etc. He pursued training in art at the Philadelphia Academy of the Fine Arts and received his BFA from the University of Arts. He moved to NY in 2007 to work as a painter for Jeff Koons and left the job in 2011 to create paintings for a solo exhibition at Sande Webster gallery in the Spring of 2012. In 2011 Sande Webster gallery, after more than four decades of doing business, closed. Jas currently lives in BK, NY and has since been working on his paintings full time.
ELLEN MAYNARD is a Brooklyn-based dance artist and filmmaker. Ellen performed in original works by Bebe Miller, Lily Skove, Ann Sofie Clemmensen, Esther Baker-Tarpaga, Ohad Fishof, and Noa Zuk, during her time as a BFA student of dance at The Ohio State University. Ellen was director of photography for Stephan Koplowitz’s dance film installation work in progress during Bates Dance Festival 2014. She is currently dancing for Dante Brown | Warehouse Dance, and Quentin Burley. Luminata is the premiere choreographic work for Ellen in New York.
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.
SHANI PETERS is a Harlem based artist from Lansing, MI, working in video, printmaking, and public projects. Her work reflects interests in social justice histories, cultural record keeping, media culture and community building. Peters completed her B.A. at Michigan State University and her M.F.A. at The City College of New York. She has exhibited/presented work in the US and abroad, at the Schomburg Center for Black Culture and Research, Rush Arts Gallery, The Savannah College of Art & Design, The Open Engagement Conference, The Visual Arts Network Conference, The Contact Theatre (UK), and at Seoul Art Space Geumcheon (SK). She has completed residencies with MoCADetroit, The Laundromat Project, Project Row Houses/Visual Arts Network, apexart to S. Korea, the LES Printshop, The Center for Book Arts, LMCC, and the Bronx Museum’s AIM program.
ANDRES PRINCE-GONZALEZ is young artist making work about the things he likes. Some of his interests include pockets, deformed/lanky creatures, as well as flesh and sinews. He gives thanks to a grandmother who taught him a lot of cool sewing skills, a dad with a passion for collecting weirdly shaped plants that were often an inspiration for Andres’s work, and a mom who was incredibly loving and supportive (not to discredit everyone else in his family, but they probably influenced him the most). Andres is a freshman at the Rhode Island School of Design majoring in Animation.
ADRIENNE REYNOLDS is a cross-disciplinary visual artist. Born in Morris, Minnesota, and raised in Canada, Adrienne currently splits her time between New York City and Toronto. She has shown in Chile, Mexico, Serbia, Brazil, Toronto and New York City. She has a Masters in Fine Arts from Parsons, the New School for Design (2008), was a participant in the Toronto School of the Arts Independent Studio Program (2006), and is an Associate of the Ontario College of Art & Design (1991). She is currently a part-time lecturer at Parsons, the New School for Design in New York City. Grants/scholarships include Ontario Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts, the Parsons Deans Graduate Scholarship and the LCU Foundation grant.
JOSHUA REYNOLDS, AKA “V-Tech Visual”, a Little Rock, Arkansas Native started his career in photography in the Heart of Brooklyn in 2007. Bushwick became the base where Reynolds started to home in on the visual and stylistic skills beyond the lens. In a world where everyone is a self claimed photographer through phones and the social network, Reynolds quickly found a path that helped him stand out. Experimenting on finding not only the obivious but finding the second and third optic option for a beautiful shot. Showing the unseen, manipulating the organic to appear digital. He coined it “Photograffix”. Stylistically, the tools became the Water, weather, shadows and natural disturbances related to the subject. The hidden antagonist for the shot becomes an artistic contribution. Reynolds found a way to tricking the eye over and over in a very pleasant presentation by adding a new orientation. Reynolds meticulous eye has focused on multi-layered backgrounds and usage of angles that will often appear manipulated through software. This was an Additional attribution.Art Shows across Brooklyn and Manhattan served as his network campaign trail as so many artist utilize. The continuous effort paid off by meeting Frankie Velez, an agent/promoter to the art scene since 1985. Under this relationship, Reynolds had his first Solo Show in his career. Reynolds works at Adorama where the education of equipment and tecHnique is endless and priceless.
CHARLIE REYNOSO is a native New Yorker, born in Washington Heights and currently residing in Inwood. Raised in New York, hip hop culture and the urban environment had a huge influence on Reynoso’s love for art. He began drawing in school notebooks as a kid and overtime developed as a graffiti artist and photographer. Today, Reynoso works with “I Love My Hood”, a collective of artists, supporting and implementing public art that engages local communities and encourages them to take pride in their hood.
CYNTHIA BETH RUDIN is a new media artist whose works frequently evoke cultural memories and the imagined past by intertwining photographic elements in complex layers of representation and abstraction. Recently, Rubin’s work has shifted from explorations of the vestiges human history into conversation with Nature. She is interested in how Nature affects our built environment, and how both the microscopic plankton and the macroscopic landscape are part of our world.
Rubin began experimenting with digital media in the early 1980’s. The transition from painting to the electronic arts prompted new experimentation in both subject and formats of presentation of her imagery. Working in still images, moving images, and with inter-activity, Rubin now works independently and in collaboration.
Rubin’s work has been exhibited and screened in such diverse venues as the Jewish Museum in Prague, and opening night of the both the San Francisco and the Boston Jewish Film Festivals, the Pandemonium Festival at the ICA in London, the Lavall Gallery in Novosibirsk, the DeLeon White Gallery in Toronto, and numerous editions of ISEA, ArCade and SIGGRAPH. Winner of the first award in New Media from the Connecticut Commission on the Arts, she has been awarded this grant three times. Other awards and residencies include the New England Foundation for the Arts, Videochroniques in Marseilles, CYPRES in Aix-en-Provence, and the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture. As believer in artist-organized-art, Rubin also organized the Cultural Heritage Artists Project for the Orchard Street Shul in New Haven, Connecticut.
Rubin’s work has been written about in publications throughout the world. Her 1988 digitally designed mural, created under the Arts in Public Spaces program of the Connecticut Commission on the Arts, was featured in an article by Martin Rieser in Printmaking Today. Other articles and television interviews have been appeared in Korea, Japan, the Netherlands, France, and Brazil. Her work is discussed extensively in The Computer in the Visual Arts by Anne Morgan Spalter, and is among the artists featured in The Art of the Digital Age by Bruce Wands, Painting the Digital River by James Faure Walker, and several other publications.
Rubin is a native of Rochester, NY and holds degrees from Antioch College and the Maryland Institute, College of Art (BA and MFA). She has been on the faculty of Frostburg State College, Connecticut College, and the University of Vermont, and currently is affiliated with the Rhode Island School of Design.
An active member of the Digital Arts community, she Chaired the Committee to develop the Award for Lifetime Achievement in Digital Art for ACM-SIGGRAPH, and is also a member of the SIGGRAPH Digital Art Committee. She has served as vice-president of ISEA, the Inter-Society for the Electronic Arts, and was a member for the CAA Committee of Electronic Information, as well as co-author of the CAA Guidelines for Faculty in New Media.
RAFIA SANTANA is a multimedia artist whose work centers around mental health and reaffirming her identity and existence on earth. As a small black woman who is persistently misunderstood and underestimated so I make images prominently featuring herself, digitally altered, often in grotesque ways to express my discomfort and struggles with depression, anxiety, and racism. Along with visual art she creates music and digital soundscapes.
NEGIN SHARIZADEH is a multi-disciplinary artist, performer, and filmmaker based in New York. Growing up in Iran, one of the world’s most historically and socially complex regions, in the wake of revolution, she is fascinated by the mechanisms and interplay of different natural, emotional, and political systems.
She has explored these themes through multiple mediums of drawing, sculpture, performance and more increasingly combining all through stop-motion animation. Sharifzadeh’s short animated film, Even Gray Feels Blue, has been featured in festivals, galleries and museums around the world, receiving numerous awards in New York film festivals and Video art competitions.
Sharifzadeh has had solo exhibitions and performances in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Sao Paulo and Tehran, and has been part of numerous international group exhibitions. She received her BFA in Sculpture from Tehran University in Iran in 2002, and her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in Performing Arts in 2010.
STEVE SUBOTNICK is an independent, experimental animator. His work uses varied imagery from cartoon to pure textural abstraction, unusual editing techniques, and carefully structured sound design to make human vulnerability, conflict, and history concrete and to convey a deeply personal aesthetic experience to viewers. Steve has worked as animator, director, illustrator, and author and has taught animation at numerous institutions. Currently, he is teaching animation at Rhode Island School of Design, Massachusetts College of Art and Design and Brown University.
DEBRA SWACK is a writer, Fulbright Specialist and Phi Theta Kappa in computer science who began exhibiting new media and sound art in the early 90s at Xerox Parc. She is employed as an Education Specialist by the SUNY Research Foundation at Buffalo State College where she does software testing and technical writing and lives and works in Harlem.
She is mentioned in Art and Innovation at Xerox Parc, published by MIT in 1999, and works with immersive and interactive environments and has received three co-production grants (Carousel, 95 Chimes and Digital Maze Symmetry Project) and a Fulbright grant for research in haptic and eye-tracking devices from Banff Centre. Her last article on The Emotions after Charles Darwin, a project on the universality of emotions on a biological level was published by Leonardo Electronic Almanac/MIT Press in 2013 and was featured in Binghamton University Magazine in 2015 in addition to being presented internationally.
AUTUMN SCOGGAN Combines social activism with performance art in order to tell stories and engage in open dialogue with audiences through a variety of at mediums, such as dance, film, and comedy.
JAMEL SHABAZZ has been documenting the ‘Urban Life’ for over 30 years. Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY he picked up his first camera at the age of 15 and proceeded to record the world around him. Jamel has drawn inspiration from the great James Van Der Zee, Gordon Parks, Robert Capa, Chester Higgins and Eli Reed. The author of 3 monographs, ‘Back in the Days’, ‘The Last Sunday in June’ and ‘A Time Before Crack, Jamel is presently working on his fourth book, entitled ‘The 90’s’.
SHIRO is a female graffiti artist from Japan. She began painting in 1998 in Shizuoka, Japan. Shiro has been expressing her own vision of the world and for life through her original characters. She decided to stay in NY and develop her talent as a graffiti artist. From 2002 to 2004, she lived in Brooklyn and Queens NY. As an international artist, she continues to be inspired by the strength and creativity of old-school hip-hop. In Japan, Shiro has worked with many people in the hip-hop industry, organizing graffiti shows and participating in painting events. She loves traveling, painting, making friends and leaving footsteps of her existence all over the world. She has participated in community awareness murals and other large-scale graffiti projects, also in gallery art shows and been a part of graffiti crew gatherings in USA, Europe, and Japan. She also has worked on canvases, illustrations, graphics design, and has produced her original clothing brand “BJ46”.
DIANNE SMITH is an abstract painter, sculptor, and installation artist. Her work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in New York City’s Soho and Chelsea art districts as well as, numerous galleries and institutions throughout the United States. She is an educator in the field of Aesthetic Education at Lincoln Center Institute (LCI), which is part of New York City’s Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. Since the invitation to join the Institute over six years ago she has taught K-12 in public schools throughout the Tri-State area. Her work as a teaching artist also extends to under graduate and graduate courses in various colleges and universities such as: Lehman College, Brooklyn College, Columbia University Teachers College, City College, and St. John’s University. Dianne is a Bronx native of Belizean descent. She attended LaGuardia High School of Music and Art, the Otis Parsons School of Design and the Fashion Institute of Technology. Smith recently completed her MFA at Transart Institute in Berlin. She currently lives and works in Harlem, NY.
MADELINE SCHWARTZMAN is a New York City filmmaker, writer and artist. Her book See Yourself Sensing: Redefining Human Perception, published by Black Dog Publishing London in 2011, is an multidisciplinary collection of futuristic proposals for the body and the senses. She recently curated an exhibition of the same name at San Jose State University, and is co-curator of Objects of Wonder at the Beall Center for Art +Technology (opening in 2015). Schwartzman teaches design and video production at Barnard College and Parsons: the New School for Design. Her films and videos have screened at festivals in the United States and abroad. Schwartzman is currently working on a project called 365 Day Subway: Poems by New Yorkers (starting May 2013). Every time she rides the subway she asks a stranger to write a poem.