As an artist working at the junction of analogue and digital media, Rhys Himsworth’s paintings, prints, photographs and multimedia installations attempt to form a discourse around issues of surveillance, mimesis, simulacrum and authorship. He mixes natural elements with the machine to create hybrids and attempts to articulate virtual media though translating its information into physical manifestations. This often takes place through installations that are physical, but have a generative component through their use of network-based media. Information from these sources is then used to generate a physical outcome whereby the viewer is confronted with, and often part of, a complex informational experience.
Rhys Himsworth received his BA in Fine Art from Central Saint Martins and his MA in Printmaking from the Royal College of Art, London. He has exhibited in Europe, North America and the Middle East including solo shows at Reynolds Gallery, Richmond, Virginia and Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar. He also took part in the International Contemporary Art Biennial, Locws International, Swansea, United Kingdom; India Art Fair, New Delhi; and the CICA Museum, Gimpo, South Korea. Himsworth has been a visiting lecturer at Central Saint Martins and University of Hertfordshire, United Kingdom; University of São Paulo Brazil; and Art Institute of Chicago.rhyshimsworth.com
Residents from United Kingdom
Gian Maria Tosatti
Gian Maria Tosatti creates environmental installations. His projects are usually long-term investigations of topics related to identity. Tosatti focuses on exploring the idea of cities as analogies of their inhabitants’ soul. He is currently developing a project in New York City called I’ve already been here, reflecting on the value of a single human life in this moment of history.
Gian Maria Tosatti (born Rome, 1980) began his career in performing arts in 2002 at Teatro Era-Centro Sperimentazione e Ricerca Teatrale. In 2005, he undertook research at the confluence of architecture and visual arts, which has since inspired all his subsequent site-specific installations. Tosatti is working on two projects, Fondamenta, based on the identification of contemporary age archetypes and Le considerazioni…, dedicated to the enigmas of personal memories and the traces that humans leave behind. His work has been shown at the Hessel Museum of Art, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art Donna Regina, Naples; Lower Manhattan Cultural Council; Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna, Rome; American Academy in Rome; and Museo Villa Croce, Genoa.tosatti.org
Residents from Italy
Jia-Jen Lin creates images of the human body and its surroundings as a reflection of our psyche. Drawing from personal experience and observations, Lin uses sculpture integrated with photography, video, and performance to portray the ongoing negotiation between our latent desires and the manipulated realities in which we find ourselves. Hybrid cultures, shifting identities, and the relationships between our physicality and psychology are subjects Lin has investigated since 2004. Her recent projects explore the processes of catastrophic losses and how moderations of memories allow us to adapt to change.
Jia-Jen Lin is a Taiwanese artist based in New York. Lin attended National Taiwan Normal University for a BFA in Western Painting and received her MFA in sculpture, installation, and multimedia from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Lin has participated in artist residencies at L’Estruch, Sabadell, Spain; Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Nebraska; and Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts. Exhibitions include Queens International 4, Queens Museum; Incheon Women Artists’ Biennale, South Korea; Young Artist Discovery, Art Taipei; and Manufactura, Hangar Art, Barcelona. She has received grants from several United States organizations including Sculpture Space, Franconia Sculpture Park, and Brooklyn Arts Council.jiajenlin.info