Juried by: Stephanie Barber, Mina Cheon, and Amy Sherald
STEPHANIE BARBER is an American writer and artist. She has created a poetic, conceptual and philosophical body of work in a variety of media. Her videos are concerned with the content, musicality and experiential qualities of language and her language is concerned with the emotional impact of moments and ideas. Each ferry viewers through philosophical inquiry with the unexpected oars of empathy, play, story and humor. Barber’s films and videos have has been screened nationally and internationally in solo show and group shows at MOMA, NY; The Tate Modern, London; The Whitney Museum of American Art, NY; The Paris Cinematheque; The Walker Art Center, MN; MOCA Los Angeles, The Wexner Center for Art, OH, among other galleries, museums and festivals. Her videos are distributed by Video Data Bank and her films can be found at Canyon Cinema and Fandor.com. Her books Night Moves and these here separated... were published by Publishing Genius Press in 2013 and 2010 respectively. Her recent collection of very short stories All The People was published by Ink Press Productions in 2015.
MINA CHEON (천민정 PhD, MFA) is a Korean-American new media artist, scholar, and educator who divides her time between Seoul, South Korea, Baltimore, and New York. Cheon has exhibited her political pop art known as “Polipop” internationally. Polipop draws inspiration from global media and popular culture and makes work that intersects politics and pop art in subversive yet provocative ways. In particular, the artwork focuses on geopolitical and contested spaces and political pop icons while responding to Asia’s relationship with the Western world in global media culture. Cheon’s work is in the permanent collection and/or archive of the Smith College Museum of Art (MA), Sungkok Art Museum (Seoul), Maryland Art Place (Baltimore), Hirshhorn Museum Video Collection (DC), SSamzie Art Collection (Paju), and EVR e-ﬂux video rental at Museum of Modern Art (Ljubljana). Other recent activities include being invited as the inaugural artist for the gallery space of the RE/PUBLIC and revisiting The Dokdo Project this spring 2016. As an educator, Cheon is a full-time professor at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) Cheon received her PhD in Philosophy of Media and Communications from the European Graduate School, European University for Interdisciplinary Studies, Switzerland, and published her book Shamanism + Cyberspace (Atropos Press, NY and Dresden, 2009) that was adapted from her dissertation. Her recent publication includes “The Konglish Critique” in Beyond Critique (Maisonneuve Press, MD, 2013) Cheon has two MFA degrees, one in painting from the Hoffberger School of Painting (1999), MICA and another MFA in Imaging Digital Arts from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (2002). Her BFA is in painting from Ewha Womans University, Seoul, Korea (1996), where she was a visiting professor in 2011 and lecturer since 2010.
AMY SHERALD was born in Columbus, Ga. in 1973. She attended Clark- Atlanta University where she earned a Bachelor’s of the Arts in painting in 1997. While attending Clark-Atlanta she became an apprentice to Dr. Arturo Lindsay who was her painting instructor at Spelman College. She was a participant of the Spelman College International Artist-in-Residence program in Portobelo, Panama in 1997. Sherald also assisted in the installing and curating of shows in the Museo de Arte Contemporaneo (Museum of Contemporary Art Panama) and the 1999 South American Biennale in Lima, Peru. In past years her work has been autobiographical but has changed in response to her move to Baltimore, MD and has taken on a social context with a allegorical twist. Sherald attended the Maryland Institute College of Art where she earned her M.F.A. in painting in 2004. After graduating she secured a prestigious private study residency with well-known Norwegian painter Odd Nerdrum whom she lived and studied with in Larvik, Norway. She also attained an artist residency assistantship at the Tong Xion Art Center in Beijing, China in 2008. Sherald was chosen as Jurors Pick of the New American Paintings Edition 88. Her work was mostly recently acquired by the National Museum of Women in the Arts, and the Smithsonian Museum of African American Art in Washington, D.C. In addition, she was also a recipient of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, and the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painting and Sculpture Grant. Sherald is currently living and working out of Baltimore, Maryland.
About the artists:
Austin Ballard (b. Charlotte, NC) lives and works in Ridgewood, NY. He received his MFA in Sculpture from the Rhode Island School of Design and his BFA from the University of North Carolina in Charlotte, where he also served as an Assistant Professor in Textiles. Ballard has received numerous awards including a Joan Mitchell Foundation Sculpture Scholarship, a Windgate Foundation Fellowship, two Dan Bown Project Awards, a Jeanne Stahl-Webber Sculpture Scholarship, and the Rhode Island School of Design Graduate Studies Grant. He has received coverage for his work in the Providence Journal, the Charlotte Observer, ArtCat, Flux-Boston, Field Projects, and LVL3. He has been awarded full fellowships to the Museum of Arts and Design (NY), Fine Arts Work Center (MA), Ox-Bow School of Art (MI), Vermont Studio Center (VT), Wassaic Project (NY), McColl Center for Art + Innovation (NC) and the Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop in Scotland. Ballard has exhibited in numerous exhibitions at GRIN (RI), Field Projects (NY), Beers Contemporary (UK), Rooster Gallery (NY), ESW (UK), and PAAM (MA). He has also held exhibitions at Brown University, Boston University. Ithaca College, University of North Texas, Broward College and the Rhode Island School of Design. Ballard is featured in private collections throughout the US and the UK
Through an awareness of historically domesticated materials, Austin reinterprets processes that were not created for art sake, but for utility and livelihood, i.e. textiles, furniture, and architecture.
As we witness an emergence of digital printing and integrated technologies in our daily lives, Ballard’s work questions our relationship to digital imaging through the lens of native crafted materials.
Implementing traditional pattern-making from woven cane and pigmented resin, Ballard’s sculptures flow between the material and the intangible. By blurring architectural motifs with impossible landscapes, these objects become as sensual as a sand dune and as calculated as vector drawing.
Tyler Bohm is a mixed-media artist who spent several years working in the design industry, where he adopted the tools of architectural modeling to create digitally-based sculptural works. Bohm’s work has been covered in Two Coats of Paint, SciArt Magazine, and The Columbus Dispatch. He is a graduate of Kenyon College and lives in Columbus.
In recent years, he has held solo exhibitions at the OSU Urban Arts Space in Columbus and NEIU Fine Art Center in Chicago, and his work has been included in group exhibitions at Trestle Galley in Brooklyn, Proto Gallery in Hoboken, Van Der Plas Gallery in New York, Dayton Visual Arts Center, and Ann Street Gallery in Newburgh.
The technologies that shape our lives represent an intriguing platform for speculation. They evoke an array of hypothetical futures drawn from both the dystopian and utopian ends of science fiction. Bohm explores this evolving technological landscape by imagining futurist scenarios that reflect our broader hopes and fears about the present.
Bohm’s work speculates on the imminent, drawing on science fiction narratives and past eras' visions of the future. It explores themes such as technophilia and technophobia, how we relate to emerging artificial intelligences, and how we maintain normalcy in the face of rapid technological change.
These thematic interests dovetail with Bohm’s process. Bohm is interested in digital and fabrication technologies, and use tools such as graphics software and a laser cutter to translate digital designs into physical objects which Bohm paints and assembles by hand.
ANDREW FLANDERS (Baltimore, MD)
Andrew Flanders (b. Houston, Texas 1994) is a mixed media sculptor and fabricator currently living and working in Baltimore, Maryland. Flanders’ work presents nontraditional vessels on a human scale that emphasize the hollowness and volume of structures and forms. Treatment of surfaces and materials become split into interiors and exteriors, exaggerating the structural elements of each sculpture. He received his BFA in Interdisciplinary Sculpture from the Maryland Institute College of Art and has exhibited in numerous shows at locations such as the Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, and the Contemporary Art Museum of Houston.
As a sculptor, Andrew Flanders is drawn to carry space through a vessel. Flanders visual and material practice relies on the dichotomy of vessels. They strive to explore the differences between interiors and exteriors, as well as the differences between vessels and structures. By elongating the vessel to the point of human scale, Flanders emphasize or exaggerate structure. Upon becoming a larger structure, the apparent “hollowness” of the interior is emphasized. As the vessel is pushed to its utmost structural limits, the interior no longer acts as a container for liquids or other contents, rather the interior becomes a vessel through which space can travel.
Justin is an interdisciplinary artist based in Portland, Maine. He received his BFA in Photography from the University of Southern Maine in 2010.
While the process in which Justin Levesque makes pictures most closely resembles that of a photographer, he prefers to describe the outcomes as image-based works. That is to say, the form an image takes must be considered to ensure its intended function, allowing for an interdisciplinary approach to his practice.
It is at these intersections where Levesque looks to make images and generate discourse. Despite however brief these spaces may sometimes be acquainted, they are the hidden places of complicated ideas where Levesque provides tangible opportunities for interaction and engagement.
Levesque’s, One Dynamic System, is a collection of projects that begins with Iceland, ships, and Maine; a dynamic system of business, culture, history, and humans. Exploring the system revealed more systems. Oceans, coasts, and the North Atlantic. Transportation, supply chains, and global ice. Civics, conspiracies, and science. Economic development, the Arctic, and forgotten histories.
From the obtuse institution of legal code to the ocean's ebbing and flowing tides, systems often appear impenetrable, rigid, and unfathomable in size, policy, and procedure. But systems theory itself, as a methodology, unexpectedly creates room for possibility, suggestion and speculation and demands our best guess when considering moments in a never-ending series of events.
Anuj Malla was born in 1995 in Baglung, Nepal, moved to America in 2008 . His works are playful arrangements of everyday objects that are sometimes found but mostly stolen.
ANTONIO MCAFEE (Baltimore, MD)
Antonio McAfee received his BFA from the Corcoran College of Art and Design and MFA from the University of Pennsylvania. McAfee’s work addresses the complexity of representation. Through appropriating and manipulating portraits, he reworks images to provide alternate views of the figures.
ART MORRILL (Baltimore, MD)
Art Morrill earned a BFA from Brigham Young University in 2013 and a MFA from the Mount Royal School of Art at Maryland Institute College of Art in 2015. He currently lives and works in Baltimore Maryland with his wife and four children.
Art Morrill creates painted sculptures which juxtaposes layers of colorful, new and found materials. Though formal explorations they arise from his son's experience of recovering from open heart surgery. Awed by the number of plastic tubes and wires that penetrated the layers of his son's body, his work, in a celebratory way, features layers cut away, dug out, and shaped to reveal more layers, materials, and textures.
BRYAN O'NEILL (Bel Air, MD)
Bryan O’Neill is a Baltimore-based intermedia artist working with Photography, Sculpture, Printmaking, and Digital Arts. He received his BFA in Photo Imaging at Towson University in 2016 and is a current MFA student in the IMDA program at UMBC.
Bryan O’Neill work addresses the relationship between humanity and the natural world. He believes as humans, there is a tendency to consider oneself separate from nature. A different force completely, with the divine right to use and consume all that which nature provides. Bryan’s works forget our place in the earth’s ecosystem as we envelop ourselves in manufactured surroundings. We shield our bodies from the harsh and savage realities, as well as the beautiful tranquility, of the natural environment. However we are not completely lost, many of us want to restore that connection we once had with the flora and fauna of the Earth. We go about our days trying to help in some small ways. We recycle – despite its inefficiency we feel better about ourselves. We bike to work – amidst swarms of vehicles pouring out exhaust. We make these personal and surface level changes that momentarily pacify our guilt but are still dogged by the looming and crushing presence of industry and global pollution.
HEATHER OSSANDON (Philadelphia, PA)
Heather Ossandon is a conceptual artist, lecturer, sculptor, and potter. Her work is part philosophy and part fable. She creates quietly constructed still lives and large stop-motion installations in a way to reconstruct and create a new series of narratives. She has exhibited both nationally and internationally, including Blue Line Gallery, California, A.I.R Gallery, New York, The Jingdezhen Institute, China, and created permanent installations at Rancho Mastatal in Costa Rica. She has a BFA from Montclair State University and received her MFA from University of Delaware in 2015. Heather is an adjunct professor at Tyler School of Art and curator-member of Practice Gallery in Philadelphia, PA. Her work includes ceramics, installation, and video.
By using materials that have a familiarity to them, such as ceramics, fabrics, and the everyday object, Ossandon invites the viewer into a multifaceted experience with the object - one of both comfort and quandary. “The Discreet Charm of the Object” series of explore the paradoxes of the feminine, the familiar, the personal and the collective. They poke fun at and explore ideas of gender roles and societal expectations, adornment and decoration, and the implications that lay in between and underneath the surface.
TYLER VIPOND (Toronto, Canada)
Tyler Vipond is a Toronto based artist working in 2d, 3d, and digital mediums. He received a BFA from OCADU in 2008 and graduated from the MA Fine Arts program at Central Saint Martins in 2011. Over the last 8 years he has shown work in Canada, the United States, and England.
Statues and photos have traditionally been used to keep an image of an object in time, so that even when the original is gone, a copy may serve as a symbol to recall it's meaning. Vipond's work is focused on the proliferation of these symbols (fake granite countertops, 3d models of a barbells, glass candy canes) within our everyday experience and the dissonant, often absurd aesthetic that accompanies them. Vipond's work asks: "If we would decorate a yard with a fake stone, would we decorate a street with a fake house? How little fidelity can the fake house have while still operating as a symbol? Can we cut corners? Do the inevitable/intentional differences feed back into the original? Does the copy alter it's subject's meaning? Could it even be hostile?"
These ideas are expressed primarily as sculptural works taking the form of mundane objects such as soda-cans, carpets, or tree branches. The intent is to create something closer to an impression than a replica. Through liberties taken while creating these impressions they are made to undermine their own basis as a way of asking questions about how copies affect their subjects, and the relationship between virtuality and anxiety.
LUYI WANG (Baltimore, MD)
Luyi Wang is a Baltimore based artist. She uses collage, acrylic and other mixed media in her works. She is achieving her MFA in Illustration at Maryland Institute College of Art. Luyi’s work has also been exhibited in Beijing, London and New York.
Wonderland and Another Wonderland explores human being’s feelings, especially in disgust and joy. Wang has not been to any theme park based on emotions, so they created their own. Another Wonderland shows a simple feeling of joy. But sometimes two feelings blend together and Wang can not tell the name of that feeling. Comparing with Another Wonderland, in Wonderland, Wang wanted to express disgust in a pleasurable way, maybe Wang could call it negative pleasure. Beyond these emotions, in what ways could other feelings inform one feeling?