Steffani Jemison is an interdisciplinary artist whose work considers issues that arise when conceptual practices are inflected by black history and vernacular culture. Jemison uses rigorous formal methods to explore her interests in the politics of serial form, the limits of narrative description, and the tension between improvisation, repetition, and fugitivity. One body of mixed media works employs acetate as print medium, glazing, or support; another uses transcription of found and staged conversations as a generative process. Steffani also organizes social and archival projects; the most recent of these is her collaboration with Jamal Cyrus, Alpha’s Bet Is Not Over Yet, an exhibition, reading room, and discussion space inspired by the politics of early 20th century African American periodicals.
Steffani Jemison (born 1981, USA) received a BA from Columbia University and an MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. In 2011, her collaborative project, Alpha’s Bet Is Not Over Yet, was presented at the New Museum of Contemporary Art; she also participated in exhibitions, screenings, and readings at ThreeWalls, Southern Exposure, Carol Jazzar Gallery, the Houston Museum of African American Culture, and other venues. Her work will be included in forthcoming exhibitions at Real Art Ways, LAXART, and the Studio Museum in Harlem. She has participated in artist residencies at Project Row Houses, the Core Program at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Jemison is the editor of Future Plan and Program, a publishing project featuring literary works by visual artists.
Residents from United States
Alex Kershaw uses video to mediate intercultural exchange with people and communities from a specific place. In this process, everyday people become participants and collaborators. Kershaw conceives participation as a productive entity in itself, where both subject and ‘object’ are defined through the doing of artistic praxis. Quotidian rituals used to connect and to acculturate, provide the subject matter for developing the choreography of people’s individual ‘performances’. As a result his stylistic approach shifts between: performative, cinematic, and ‘ethnographic’ genres. In his work the amalgam of fact/fiction and ‘rational’/libidinal is not a substitution of one-for-the-other, but kept in play—involving the production of a different kind of reality that could equally be a variation of realism or a new imaginary.
Alex Kershaw (born Sydney, Australia, 1977), completed a BFA in 2000 and an MFA at the College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales in 2010. Kershaw has exhibited extensively within Australia at venues including: The Art Gallery of NSW, Artspace, Performance Space, Heide Museum of Modern Art, The National Portrait Gallery, and The Australian Centre for Photography. In 2009 a survey of his recent video work was held at the Beaconsfield Gallery in London. In 2009 his The Phi Ta Khon Projecti, was selected for the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, Germany. Most recently he participated in the show Tokyo Story, as part of the International Creator in Residence Program, at Tokyo Wondersite, Japan.
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Residents from Australia
Through bricolage, painting, and sculpture, Abigail DeVille cobbles together a visual mass that speaks to the material culture of the present moment. She experiments using found and inherited domestic objects in order to make a connection to the universe. W.E.B. Du Bois’ concept of double-consciousness is the conceptual frame DeVille uses to deconstruct two spatial relationships: the claustrophobic space of the urban environment violently clashing with the infinite expanse of the universe. Black holes are an integral metaphor. DeVille warps the time of physical objects. Her objects speak to the physical infinite expanse of universal time and societal ills of the present moment. DeVille’s work is interested in making the visible representation of the invisible.
Abigail DeVille (born 1981, New York City) received her BFA from the Fashion Institute of Technology in 2007. She received the Camille Hanks Cosby fellowship to participate in the Skowhegan Residency Program in 2007. DeVille was a participant in the art world’s first reality television show, Artstar, which aired on Gallery HD from June 2006 – January 2009 and culminated with an exhibition at Deitch Projects (NY). She has exhibited at El Museo Del Barrio, Vogt Gallery, project spaces Recess Activities Inc., The Bronx River Art Center and Marginal Utility in Philadelphia, PA. DeVille is a 2011 MFA graduate in painting at The Yale School of Art.