Mary Weatherford 4/22/2014

Mary Weatherford is a LA based artist.  She received her BA from Princeton University in 1984 and MFA from Bard College in 2006.  She works with painting and has been featured in many shows.  Weatherford has shown at David Kordansky Gallery in LA, LAxART in LA, Brennan & Griffin in New York City, Debs & Co in New York City, and others.  In addition, her work is apart of collections at MoMA, LACMA, The Hammer Museum in LA, Museum of Contemporary Art in San Diego, OCMA, and Mead Art Museum at Amherst College in Massachusetts.  Much of her recent work consists of abstract paintings that contain mixtures of color, texture, and minimal compositions.

Dan Cameron 4/15/2014

Dan Cameron is a curator based in Los Angeles and was head curator at the New Museum in New York City from 1995-2006.  While at the New Museum, he curated many solo exhibitions such as retrospectives of Carolee Schneemann, William Kentridge, Paul McCarthy, Doris Salcedo, Marcel Odenbach, Faith Ringgold, David Wojnarowicz, Carroll Dunham, Martin Wong, and Cildo Meireles.  Cameron also served as an Artistic Director for the 8th Istanbul Biennial, Poetic Justice, and co-organized the 10th Taipei Biennial, Dirty Yoga.  Cameron is a professor at institutions such as Columbia University, NYU, and the School of Visual Arts.  Moreover, he was a Guest Professor for the International Curator Course of the 2010 Gwangju Biennale in South Korea.  Since 2011, Cameron has been the senior curator at OCMA in Newport Beach.

Erlea Maneros Zabala 4/8/2014

Erlea received her BFA from Glasgow School of Art in Scotland and her MFA from CalArts in 2003.  She has been viewed at venues such as Redling Fine Art in Los Angeles, Logan Center for Fine Arts in Chicago, REDCAT in LA, El Museo Experimental El Eco in Mexico City, Fellows of Contemporary Art in LA, and others.  She works through mediums such as photography, collage, and installation.  Much of her works uses archival and journalistic images to experiment with the logic and order of pictorial space by re-presenting them through installations.  

Stephen Berens 4/1/2014

Stephen Berens works mainly works with photography and installation.  He received his BFA from the University of Nebraska in 1974 and his MFA from Florida State University in 1977.  His works has been shown at Carl Solway Gallery in Cincinnati, ACME in Los Angeles, Roski School of Art at USC, and more.  Moreover, he is currently an assistant professor at Chapman University.  Much of his photographic work contains abstract environmental portraits of human existence and isolated landscapes.  Although, his recent works have evolved into site-specific photographic representations of space or the allusion of spaces juxtaposed with the installation space.  In addition, he writes for X-TRA through interviewing artists and curates shows at galleries and universities.

Agniezka Kurant 3/25/2014

Kurant is an internationally based artist from Warsaw, Poland.  Kurant received a BA in Art History from University of Łódź and a MA in Creative Curating from Goldsmiths College in London.  She often collaborates with scientists and professionals whose activities are considered to be fictitious or paranormal to investigate phenomena that exceed the logic of time, space, language and knowledge.  Her work explores the economy and politics of invisibility and the existence of the future in the present. Kurant’s work has been shown at Palais de Tokyo in Paris, Tate Modern in London, Yvon Lambert Gallery and Creative Time in New York City, Museum of Modern Art in New York City, Zachęta National Gallery of Art, Centre for Contemporary Art  at Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw.  

Hannah Whitaker 3/11/2014

Hannah Whitaker was born in Washington D.C. in 1980.  She received her BA from Yale University and MFA from Bard College in New York City in 2006.  Since than she has been featured in numerous shows at Galerie Christophe Gaillard in Paris, Thierry Goldberg Gallery in New York City, Y Gallery in Queens, Kumukumu Gallery in New York City and much more.  She works mainly with photography and her work consists of interesting still-lives and landscapes.  Furthermore, her photographs have an intriguing interplay between content and the perception of texture emphasized through photographic space.

Miles Coolidge 3/4/2013

Miles Coolidge is a Los Angeles based artist who was originally born in Montreal, Canada.  Coolidge works mainly in photography.  He went to school at Kunstakademie Düsseldorf in Düsseldorf, Germany and received his MFA at CalArts in 1992.  Coolidge was formally taught by Bernd Becher.  Since than, he has had many shows at ACME in Los Angeles, Harwood Museum of Art in New Mexico, Casey Kaplan Gallery in New York City, OCMA in Newport Beach, and more.  Moreover, his work is apart of permanent collections at MOCA in Los Angeles, Guggenheim Museum of Art in New York City, SFMoMA in San Francisco, MoMA in New York, and more.  Much of his work consists of highly composed photographs that contains landscape and architectural elements.  Coolidge’s photographs investigate the perceptions of the camera through his unique use of form and composition.

Oliver Kellhammer 2/25/2014

Kellhammer was born in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada.  He went to Ontario College of Art and later received his MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia in 2009.  Kellhammer in a Canadian land artist, activist, and writer.  Much of his work involves processes of environmental regeneration through the botanical and socio-political underpinnings of the landscape.  His work is primarily on-site installations and constantly gives lectures on the current state of the environment and sustainability.

Stas Orlovski 2/18/2014

Born in Kishinev, Moldova in 1969, he currently lives and works in Los Angeles.  He received his BFA from York University in Toronto in 1992 and later went for his MFA at USC in 1996.  His work has been in many shows at Peter Miller Gallery in Chicago, Traywick Contemporary in Berkeley, Traywick Gallery in San Francisco, Nathan Larramendy Gallery in Ojai, and more.  Along with receiving the J. Paul Getty Trust Fellowship in 2005, he is currently a professor of art at many colleges such as USC, Long Beach City College, Rio Hondo College, and more.  Much of his work consists of painting and drawings that contain intricate, ornate surrealistic imagery of incredible detail.

Wu Tsang 2/11/2014

Wu Tsang is a Los Angeles based filmmaker and performer.  Tsang’s work has been displayed at the Tate Museum in London, the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City, MoMA, The New Museum in New York City, ICA in Philadelphia, MOCA, and REDCAT in LA. In 2012 alone, he was in the Whitney Biennale, New Museum Triennial, Gwangju Biennial in South Korea, and Liverpool Biennial in the UK.  Tsang received his BFA at the Art Institute of Chicago in 2004 and went to UCLA for his MFA in 2010.  Much of his work deals with issue around the politics and reality of transgender identity.

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