Kristyna and Marek Milde
Kristyna and Marek Milde are Brooklyn-based interdisciplinary artists and curators, originally from Prague, Czech Republic, working together as a collaborative tandem since 2011. Their work investigates diverse forms of modern lifestyles and its alienation from nature and the wider environmental context. In their works, Mildes examine themes that include domesticity, food and cultural rituals of daily reality offering the public an active role in various actions and situations allowing to reframe given cultural norms and stereotypes. In their practice, the artists use multidisciplinary forms, which include situationist interventions, workshops, and installations that serve as a platform for an environmental experience.
Kristyna and Marek Milde have exhibited internationally in numerous solo and group exhibitions including Queens Museum, EFA Project Space, Wave Hill, Smack Mellon, MoMA Studio, Abrons Art Center, Knockdown Center, Silent Barn, HVCCA, Temple Contemporary, DOX Center for Contemporary Art; Futura; Meet Factory; Karlin Studios. Their work was featured in the New York Times, Brooklyn Rail, Flash Art, Hyperallergic, and Czech National Television, among others. Their work is part of private and public collections such as at Chateau Trebesice, Czech Republic, and Manitoga, Russell Wright Design Center, New York. They have been awarded the SHIFT Residency, Studio in the Park Residency, and LMCC Process Space Residency. In 2007 they received their MFAs from the Queens College, CUNY.mildeart.com
Residents from Czech Republic
André Hemer’s practice pursues a new mode of representation in painting, whereby image and form are transacted back and forth between materialised and de-materialised states. In doing so, Hemer’s paintings literally re-present the contemporary experience of digital media through the traditional painting object, revealing the most basic changes to our phenomenological experience of the contemporary world.
André Hemer’s work has been exhibited at Luis De Jesus Los Angeles; Yavuz Gallery, Singapore; Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, London; Tristian Koenig Gallery, Melbourne; Total Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul; and Münchner Stadtmuseum, Germany. In 2016 he was awarded a New Generation Award by the Arts Foundation of New Zealand, and was the winner of the Wallace Arts Trust Paramount Award. He has been included in major publications such as 100 Painters of Tomorrow, Thames & Hudson, London, and Art and the Internet, Black Dog Publishing, London. In 2016 Hemer was invited to edit the publication Painting Regarding the Present, published by Naives and Visionaries, Berlin. He is based in Vienna, Austria.andrehemer.com
Residents from New Zealand
Marius Mircea Ritiu
In his practice, Marius Mircea Ritiu aims to reflect on the importance and/or triviality of heritage, borders and nationalism. He encourages viewers to think about notions of global responsibility, consciousness, and citizenship. Ritiu examines how technology and information sharing enable the increased mobility of ideas, goods and people, and the impact this has on shifting physical borders. Ideas around the universe, the “Big Bang Theory”, black holes, wormholes, time travels, relativity, and the forces of nature are recurring themes in his work.
Marius Mircea Ritiu graduated with a BA and MA in Classical Sculpture from the Art and Design University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania and obtained an MA from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp, Belgium. He left Romania in 2010 together with his colleague and friend, Cristian Bors. Bors & Ritiu worked as an artist duo from 2010 until 2017. During these seven years, they explored ideas of traveling, movement, and migration, transforming their experience as Eastern European immigrants in a Western European country into a source of inspiration. Ritiu is currently represented by Slag Gallery, New York.mariusritiu.com