Zeke Berman: Photographer.
Zeke Berman has been making singular, studio-based photographs since the late 1970's. The formal range of his work, and his sculptural use of materials is varied, original and idiosyncratic. His photos reflect a long standing interest in visual cognition, optics and the intersection between sculpture, photography and drawing. Berman’s work has been collected, exhibited and published nationally at museums such as The Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Whitney Museum of American Art. His awards include Guggenheim, NEA and NYFA Fellowships. www.zekeb.com
Susan Ewing: Sculptor. Miniature to Monumental
Susan Ewing has headed the undergraduate and graduate Jewelry/Metals program at Miami University since 1981 and is currently Associate Dean of the School of Fine Arts. From 1997-99, Ewing was a Senior Fulbright Lecturing Scholar at the Academy of Art, Architecture, and Design in Prague, Czech Republic; in 1999, she taught at the Royal College of Art, London, England. In 1996, Ewing was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from Ohio Designer Craftsmen. In 1993, President Clinton honored Ewing as one of eighty artists selected for the White House Collection of American Craft. She has received five Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowships since 1987. Ewing's collaborations with Czech sculptor Vratislav K. Novák resulted in two major public art commissions, including Konvergence (2003) and Crystalline Tower (2001/2005), both in Cincinnati. Ewing was commissioned to create StarLine for the Veterans Memorial in West Chester, Ohio (2005) and most recently, StarSphere 2010, for Kent State University’s School of Journalism and Communication. www.studiosrewing.com
Denise Green: Painter and Writer.
Building an International Career: A New Pathway for Navigating the Art World In her lecture and in her book, Denise Green: An Artist’s Odyssey, Green charts the shifting landscape of the New York art scene from 1970 to 2010, mapping out her challenges as an international artist in a gallery and museum culture experiencing constant transformation. This new book provides instruction for any artist imagining a career in the art world as well as a personal account of a life and career lived inside the global art scene. Green is a NYC based artist and writer. She is the author of Metonymy in Contemporary Art: A New Paradigm. Since 1972 she has had over 115 solo exhibitions. She has collaborated as an editor of Semiotext(e) and is an MFA critic at PAFA. Her writings have appeared in Art Press, Art Monthly Australia and Art and Australia. Retrospectives have taken place at P.S. 1/MoMA, The Art Gallery of New South Wales (Sydney) and the Museum Kurhaus Kleve (Germany). In 2007 she was awarded the Order of Australia. www.denisegreen.net
Amer Kobaslija: Painter.
One Hundred Views of Kesennuma: Paintings of Japan’s Altered Landscape Originally from Bosnia, Amer Kobaslija fled the war-ravaged country and moved to Germany in the early nineties. He studied art at the Kunst Akademie in Düsseldorf before immigrating to the United States where at Montclair State he earned an MFA in painting in 2005. Kobaslija lives in New York City. He is represented by the George Adams Gallery in New York. His work has been exhibited internationally and reviewed by various publications including The New York Times, Art in America and ArtNews. Kobaslija has been recepient of the Pollock-Krasner Grant and the Joan Mitchel Foundation Award. He is currently an assistant professor of art at Gettysburg College. The focus of the talk will be on Kobaslija’s recent series of paintings One Hundred Views of Kesennuma, an ongoing project made in response to the earthquake and tsunami that destroyed much of the east coast of Japan in March 2011. Kobaslija will show the slides of the paintings made after taking numerous trips to the devastated areas with his Japanese father-in-law. www.georgeadamsgallery.com
John Ensor Parker: Multimedia Artist.
John Ensor Parker is a painter, video and new media artist whose work draws upon both analytical and primitive processes. The language of mathematics, Newtonian and modern physics inform his philosophies, as does the human condition. Much of his work includes scientific principles, “but that's not the basis - it's really to look at our world from multiperspectives. In order to develop further inquiry into ourselves, we must have an understanding of our environment, as its laws dictate our possibilities”. In addition to gallery exhibitions, his works include large-scale public art works including “To the People of Orlando” in Orlando, Florida, projections on the façade of The New Museum and a 30,000 square foot video mapping installation on the Manhattan Bridge Anchorage. www.natureofenergy.com
Sarah Walker: Painter. Eyefinger
Sarah Walker layers complex systems that overlay, intersect, see through, and seemingly engage each other. Her lattice-like structures suggest blood vessels or crystals, also microchips with nodal connection points or perhaps the neurons of the brain. Constellations of objects are moving through and encountering these networks, like objects in a futuristic structure floating in dark space. Recent solo exhibitions include Edge of Everywhere at Pierogi, Eyefinger at Gregory Lind Gallery as well as the following group exhibitions: Art on Paper: the 41st Exhibition at the Weatherspoon Art Museum, Midnight Full of Stars at the Visual Art Center of New Jersey, Big Bang! Abstract Painting for the 21st Century at the DeCordova Museum in Lincoln, MA. Future Tense: Reshaping the Landscape at the Neuberger Museum, Purchase College. Collections include: Museum of Modern Art, Milwaukee Art Museum, Neuberger Museum, Weatherspoon Museum and the DeCordova Museum. She lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. www.sarahwalker.org
Gianni Sirch: Art Historian, Critic and Filmmaker.
Documenta 13: A Critical Balance Gianni Sirch is an art historian, critic and filmmaker who combines interests in contemporary art and visual anthropology. Since 2000 he has taught Art Theory and Criticism at New York University, Master Program in Studio Art, based in Venice and Berlin. He has been a lecturer at La Casa Italiana Zerilli Marimo' NYU, Columbia University Teacher's College, Syracuse University and Udine University, Italy. His last documentary project, shot in South Africa, will premiere at the next Florence “Festival dei Popoli”.
Cyrilla Mozenter: Multimedia Artist.
Cyrilla Mozenter’s installations, sculptures and drawings are constructed from felt, handmade paper and found objects. Select solo exhibitions include the Adam Baumgold Gallery (NY, 2010), the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum (CT, 2005-06), the Dieu Donné Papermill (NY, 2002), and the Drawing Center (NY, 2000). Mozenter has been awarded the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship and an Artist Grant from Artists Space. She has taught at The Cooper Union School of Art, Parson’s School of Design, and is currently teaching at Pratt Institute. cyrillamozenter.com
Franklin Einspruch: Painter and Critic.
Franklin Einspruch's work spans a wide range of traditional and digital media. While maintaining a studio practice as a painter, he is active in art criticism and comics, and has long experience in Web-based publishing. His art has appeared in fifteen solo exhibitions and over two dozen group exhibitions. He has received several notable grants, and completed artist residencies at the Aegean Center for the Fine Arts (Paros, GR), Stock 20 (Taichung, TW), the Heliker-LaHotan Foundation (Cranberry Isles, ME), and the Morris Graves Foundation (Loleta, CA). Einspruch is a member of AICA-USA, and has authored over a hundred published essays and art reviews. He contributes regularly to Art in America and the New Criterion. He produces one of the longest-running blogs about visual art, Artblog.net, and a webcomic, The Moon Fell On Me. www.einspruch.com
Paul Coldwell: Printmaking, Sculpture and Drawing. Objects and Journeys
Paul Coldwell’s work focuses on themes of journey, absence and loss, explored through sculptures, prints, artist's books and installations and is held in numerous public collections both in UK and abroad. He is Professor of Fine Art at the University of the Arts London, a position he has held since 2001. His practice extends to curatorial projects; he has curated a number of exhibitions including Morandi’s Legacy; Influences on British Art in 2006 and published writings on amongst others Michael Craig-Martin, Christiane Baumgartner and Paula Rego. His current book Printmaking; A Contemporary Perspective was published by Black Dog Publishing in 2010. His talk entitled Objects and Journeys will focus on the relationship between printmaking and sculpture and his use of objects to construct images of vulnerability and uncertainty. www.paulcoldwell.org
Charlotte Hodes: Multimedia Artist. Silhouettes and Filigree
Charlotte Hodes’ practice as an artist takes the form of painting, collage, ceramics and glass. She has exhibited widely including a recent solo exhibition at Marlborough Gallery London, ‘Glasstress’ at the 54th Venice Biennial 2007 and Millesgården Stockholm, Sweden 2011, the Design Museum London and Victoria and Albert Museum. In 2005-2007 she was appointed the first Associate Artist at the Wallace Collection London where she staged a solo show of ceramics vessels and intricate paper cuts which was the culmination of her research into the collection’s eighteenth century paintings and French porcelain. She was awarded the prestigious Jerwood Prize for Drawing in 2006. Charlotte is Professor in Fine Art at London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London. Charlotte ‘s presentation entitled ‘Silhouettes and Filigree’ will explore the way in which her working methodology of collage is integral to her visual language. charlottehodes.com
Hiroyuki Hamada: Sculptor.
“Japanese-born artist Hiroyuki Hamada creates highly individualized and powerfully elegant abstract forms. But his chosen medium is more complicated, and his fastidiously textured surfaces more intricate” (Marilyn Stokstad & Michael W. Cothren, Art: A Brief History, 4th edition). Hiroyuki's initial interest was in drawings and paintings. Although his work has developed toward sculpture, his method still involves intensive surface treatment with paint as well as texture and three-dimensional elements. He has exhibited around the world including Lori Bookstein Fine Art, Coleman Burke Gallery, Scope Art Basel Miami, Scope Art Basel Switzerland, and O.K. Harris Works of Art. Hamada has received the New York Foundation for the Arts Artists’ fellowship, a grant from Pollock-Krasner Foundation, and was awarded a fellowship from the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. www.hiroyukihamada.com
Saya Woolfalk: Multimedia Artist.
The Empathics Saya Woolfalk is a New York artist who re-imagines the world in multiple dimensions (sculpture, installation, painting, performance and video). She has exhibited at MoMA PS1; Deitch Projects; Contemporary Art Museum, Houston; Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; the Studio Museum in Harlem; the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville; Momenta Art; and Performa 09; and has been written about in Sculpture Magazine and on Art21’s blog. With funding from the NEA, her solo exhibition, The Institute of Empathy, ran at Real Art Ways from Fall 2010 to Spring 2011. While an artist-in-residence at the Newark Museum, Saya Woolfalk developed a solo project for the Montclair Art Museum to be presented fall 2012. Saya Woolfalk: The Empathics is MAM’s solo exhibition encompasses installation, sculpture, textiles, painting, video, and performance art. The performance element incorperated was developed and performed by the artist in collaboration with students from Montclair State University’s Department of Theater and Dance. Woolfalk’s vibrant, interactive work blends fantasy, humor, and play to address fundamental questions about how people define themselves and each other in today’s global culture. ` (www.montclairartmuseum.org) www.sayawoolfalk.com