“Brannon is best known for his elegant letterpress prints, which the artist contrarily, or confidently, makes in editions of one. These are characterized by simple graphic images of lobsters, martini glasses, cigarettes, bottles of wine – ‘adult pacifiers’, as Tumlir puts it – and fruit bowls, steak knives, chessboards – ‘the heraldry of the metropolitan subject’. The prints look neat, polite and New Yorker-ish, though the images are accompanied by despairing, often passive-aggressive fragments of text that mimic the effect of an advertisement or a movie poster: ‘This year tell her you love her all over again. With a grab bag of diamonds. With mouthfuls of caviar.’ Or: ‘You keep the art. It’s all shit anyway. I’ll take the house.’” – Laura McLean-Ferris, ArtReview
Brannon studied at the University of California graduating with a BA in 1995, and completed his MFA in 1999 at Columbia University in New York. His work has been exhibited at galleries and museums including Kunsthalle Düsseldorf and the Badischer Kunstverein in Germany, the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, PS1 Contemporary Art Center in New York, the Royal Academy in London, and MAK in Vienna. He is represented by David Kordansky Gallery in Los Angeles and Office Baroque in Brussels, Belgium.
Brannon will be giving studio visits with Cole Sayer and Bryan Jabs.
JJ PEET (born 1974) utilizes a multitude of processes including ceramics, drawing and video in the investigation of current affairs, civil protests, class and power.
He was recently in the show “Satan Ceramics” at Salon 94 in New York and is preparing for an upcoming solo exhibitions next year at the Contemporary Austin titled “BRAIN to HAND to OBJECT_”.
He received his M.F.A. from Yale University and is a former artist-in-residence at Anderson Ranch where he know teaches as a visiting artist. His work is represented by Redling Fine Art, Los Angeles and On Stellar Rays, New York. JJ teaches Contemporary Ceramics at Columbia University.
JJ will be giving studio visits with August Vollbrecht and Jenny Cho.
The Estate of Rochelle F., fabric, paper, drop cloth, stretcher, 2009
Untitled #1, Oil and graphite on canvas, 2013
Rochelle Feinstein was raised in Queens, New York, and lives and works in New York. Rochelle has received numerous prestigious grants and residency fellowships in honor of her broad practice that spans painting, photography, installation, and video. Recent awards and residencies include the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study Fellowship at Harvard University, the American Academy of Arts and Letters Art Purchase Prize, Anonymous Was a Woman Grant, John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, and a Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant. Rochelle has a forthcoming solo exhibition at Centre d’arte Contemporain, Geneva, Switzerland in January 2016, and has had recent solo exhibitions at On Stellar Rays and Higher Pictures in New York City, and her work was also included in the 2014 Whitney Biennial.
Rochelle was appointed to Yale Faculty in 1994 and is the director of graduate studies in painting and printmaking. She received a B.F.A. from Pratt Institute in 1975 and an M.F.A. from the University of Minnesota in 1978.
Rochelle will be giving studio visits to Ioana Manolache and Brooke Holloway.
The Center, 2008
David Altmejd (born 1974) is known for his intricate and highly worked room-size installations and sculptures. Seamlessly moving between a variety of aesthetic modes–from an almost ascetic minimalism in works employing plaster and mirror to works teeming with accumulations of various objects–Altmejd’s work offers carefully wrought meditations on the cycles of life and death, interiority and exteriority, sexuality and spirituality.
David Altmejd has shown widely in the United States, Canada, and Europe. His major solo exhibition “Flux” just opened this October at the Musee d’art Moderne de la ville de Paris in France.
David received his MFA in 2001 here at Columbia University and his BFA in 1998 at Université du Québec à Montréal in Canada.
David will be giving studio visits with Stephen Jackson, Angelica Teuta, and J.P. Mot.
Lucky Tiger #35, 2009
Laurel Nakadate is an American photography and video artist living in New York City. Her work engages themes of seduction, power, loss, intimacy and betrayal. She explores the possibilities and limits of sexuality and gender roles. In her most recent work she attempts to trace her genealogy through photographs of distant relatives. Nakadate is also writer and director of the films, “Stay the Same Never Change” from 2009 which was an official selection at Sundance Film Festival, and “The Wolf Knife,” from 2011. Nakadate’s work has been shown at MoMA PS1, in a 2005 survey of emerging artists, “Greater New York,” and with a solo show, “Only the Lonely,” in 2011. She received her MFA from Yale University where she is currently a lecturer.
Laurel will be giving studio visits with Cy Gavin and Rachel Stern
Still from 2pacalypse Now, 2013
Project Thug Life Fitness
Amanda Alfieri is a performance and video artist working in New York City. In 2011 she was possessed by Tupac Shakur, an event on which she based the majority of her subsequent work. Alfieri uses her body as the subject of her work, often changing and manipulating it. She is a graduate of Skowhegan School of painting and drawing and Columbia University.
Clifford Owens has said Alfieri is “one of the most interesting and exciting young artists working in New York City. Her work is authentic, unapologetic, “real,” raw, and goose-bump-beautiful. I’m surprised that more artists and curators don’t know about her work, they should. I’m not sure if this artist would claim to be either a feminist artist or a Latina artist, but it seems to me that her work decidedly disrupts both narrow notions of creative and political agency. I think her work challenges viewers to think about ‘the other’ and a woman in ways that are uncommon, unconventional, and uncomfortable. I can think of very few young women (or men) in New York City who make trans-disciplinary art that’s this good.”
Click here for Amanda Alfieri’s Website
Amber Doll > Tilikum, 2011
To Hold, Bibbidi Bobbidi (After), large format c-print
Amber Hawk Swanson (b. 1980, Davenport, Iowa) is a video and performance artist living and working in New York City. Hawk Swanson holds an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (Studio Arts, 2006) and is a recipient of a 2014 Franklin Furnace Fund Grant.
Recent exhibitions and screenings include Palais de Tokyo (Paris), Denny Gallery (NYC), Momenta Art (Brooklyn), and Locust Projects (solo, Miami).Recent residencies include Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, LMCC, Workspace (NYC), MacDowell (New Hampshire), Yaddo (New York), Marie Walsh Sharpe Space Program (NYC), Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture (Maine), Atlantic Center for the Arts, ACA (Florida, curated by Coco Fusco), and Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts (NYC).
In Amber Doll > TILKUM, Hawk Swanson transforms her identical, life-like sex doll into a replica of a killer whale who lives in captivity and has killed three people. She conducted the ten-day 50-hour transformation alone, but broadcasted it on Livestream to an audience of 33,100 worldwide.
Amber Hawk Swanson’s Website
Performance Artist Censored and Banned on Ustream Because of Doll Nudity
Winners of the Studio Visit Lottery:
Talia Link and Patrice Helmar
Checkout Nick van Woert’s website here!
Informed by his background in architecture and driven by a fascination with antiquity, Nick van Woert claims to “hijack” the art historical past to create his striking, wry sculptures. A strong sense of history—both natural and human—unites his prolific output. He cites Vitruvius, the early Roman architect who was inspired by nature, as a significant influence. Like an urban archaeologist, van Woert combs through the convenience stores, factories, and dumpsters in Brooklyn to source materials for his sculptures, which he then re-presents in elegant works like Home and Garden (2011). In this work, van Woert fills transparent rectangular containers with a colorful assortment of consumer and industrial products—including Kool-Aid, a Dunkin Donuts billboard, salt, and hair gel—and stacks the containers to form two perpendicular walls that look like exposed geological strata.
Nick van Woert (born 1979) is an American artist from Reno, Nevada. He currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. He studied architecture (BArch) at the University of Oregon and Fine Arts (MFA) at Parsons the New School for Design in New York.
All-Star Cast: Up-And-Comer Nick Van Woert’s Sculptures Get Inside Your Head
Now Showing | Nick van Woert’s ‘No Man’s Land’
Faux-Finished to the Core: Q+A With Nick Van Woert
Jenny Cho and Ektor Garcia won the studio visit lottery, congrats y’all!
Gina Beavers is an artist based in New York known for her sculptural paintings that respond to images from social media. She currently has a solo exhibition, The Re-Animator, on view at Clifton Benevento in New York. Beavers has had recent solo exhibitions at Retrospective in Hudson, NY, James Fuentes in New York City, and Nudashank in Baltimore, Maryland. Beavers received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2000) and her BA from the University of Virginia (1996).
See Gina Beavers PS1 Studio Visit here.
Read more about Gina Beaver’s work at Blouin Art Info here.
Coco Fusco is a New York-based interdisciplinary artist and writer. She is a recipient of a 2013 Guggenheim Fellowship, a 2013 Absolut Art Writing Award, a 2013 Fulbright Fellowship, a 2012 US Artists Fellowship and a 2003 Herb Alpert Award in the Arts. Fusco’s performances and videos have been presented in two Whitney Biennials (2008 and 1993), BAM’s Next Wave Festival, the Sydney Biennale, The Johannesburg Biennial, The Kwangju Biennale, The Shanghai Biennale, InSite O5, Mercosul, Transmediale, The London International Theatre Festival, VideoBrasil and Performa05. Her works have also been shown at the Tate Liverpool, The Museum of Modern Art, The Walker Art Center and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Barcelona. She is represented by Alexander Gray Associates in New York.
Fusco is the author of English is Broken Here: Notes on Cultural Fusion in the Americas (1995) and The Bodies that Were Not Ours and Other Writings (2001), and A Field Guide for Female Interrogators (2008). She is also the editor of Corpus Delecti: Performance Art of the Americas (1999) and Only Skin Deep: Changing Visions of the American Self (2003).
Fusco received her B.A. in Semiotics from Brown University (1982), her M.A. in Modern Thought and Literature from Stanford University (1985) and her Ph.D. in Art and Visual Culture from Middlesex University (2007).
Winners of the Studio Visit Lottery:
Coby Kennedy and Michael Stablein Jr.