February 23, 2010

Salon: Allyson Mitchell (Canada) and Nami Yamamoto (Japan/USA)

Allyson Mitchell is a maximalist artist working in sculpture, performance and film. Her practice melds feminism and pop culture to trouble representations of women, sexuality and the body. Her works have been exhibited at the Textile Museum of Canada, MOCCA, the Warhol Museum, Walker Art Center, and the BFI. Her ongoing aesthetic/political project, Deep Lez advocates a return to the histories of radical and lesbian feminisms and has been taken up by lgbtq activists and artists through alternative curatorial projects.

Nami Yamamoto explores transitory states in the natural world, both structural and phenomenological through her drawings and installations, Yamamoto explores transitory states in the natural world, both structural and phenomenological. Fascinated by moments of “in-between”, her work calls attention to states of flux or transitions from one state to another, translated through a variety of diverse materials. Yamamoto, a native of Nagoya, Japan, lives and works in Philadelphia, PA. She received her BFA from Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts and Music, Aichi, Japan, and MFA from Maryland Institute, College of Art, Mount Royal Graduate School of Art, Baltimore, MD.

February 9, 2010

Salon: Lucjan Bedeni (Albania) and Gjorge Jovanovik (Macedonia)

Last year Lucjan Bedeni graduated from Academy of Art in Tirana (Albania) where he received the Ardhje 09 Prize for a residency at ISCP. Bedeni began painting at a young age and concentrated on this in his studies, but he also experiments with video.

Is group therapy the only way to share our stories? How are our obsessions formed? In The Confession of a Cake Monster the public was invited by Gjorgje Jovanovik to share in his obsession and passion for eating sweets and to discuss their own feelings and responses to these subjects. Gjorgje Jovanovik’s work explores social structures and their policies in post-socialist and transitional Macedonia, everyday rituals and stereotypes, as well as the function of the individual and his/her search for a place in this society. Jovanovik was born in Skopje, Macedonia and studied at the Skopje’s Faculty of Fine Art. He has participated in several solo and group exhibitions in Macedonia, Serbia, Italy, Holland, Belgium, Finland, and the USA.

January 26, 2010

Salon: Judith Fegerl (Austria) and Mariana Silva (Portugal)

Judith Fegerl shows the hybrid relationship and tension between technical and biological material as the subject of her work. Her approach can be understood as the transmedial development of a motif. Abstract signs are transcribed into the spatial-material, the acoustic into the graphic and vice versa. The transcription process itself constitutes a generative circuit. Fegerl connects diverse medial and semiotic levels: fur objects, sculpture-growing machines, autistic systems, mechanic voices, semi-organic patterns, perceptual installations, drawings and collages. Her work has been shown in Europe, China and Kenya.

Mariana Silva is part of an informal group of Portuguese artists organizing a number of exhibitions in Lisbon such as Eurasia (Museum-House Dr. Anastácio Gonçalves, 2008), Open Session in a movie theater, and the exhibition cycle Estates-General (Arte Contempo, 2009) in which she also exhibited work. Silva received the BES award for the work Archive for the permanence of Image, functional model and she was the co-author (with Pedro Neves Marques) of the artist book The Escape Route’s Design (Sparwasser H. q., Berlin, which was published online in E-flux Journal, May 2009.