Vasil Artamonov and Alexey Klyuykov
Vasil Artamonov and Alexey Klyuykov have been collaborating since 2006.Their works are often based on improvisational possibilities of creation in a specific place and within specific space. They try to intensify artistic cooperation and show its possibilities in a different light – to work with the cooperative process itself. Artamonov and Klyuykov work collaboratively with varied approaches to projects, sometimes in a way that segments the procedure of creation and subsequent survey of the structure, and other times in a manner that involves the division of the exhibition space into two symmetrical parts, developing their work individually, but based off of mutual interactions.
Vasil Artamonov (born 1980, Moscow, Russia) and Alexey Klyuykov (born 1983, Vladimir, Russia) both moved to Prague, Czech Republic, where they graduated from the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design. Recent solo shows include 2076, OGV, Jihlava, Czech Republic; The Clay Flag, Gallery Cripta 747, Turin, Italy; Symmetric Response, Gallery Stereo, Poznaň, Poland; Estu do silento, Gallery Kisterem, Budapest, Hungary. Group exhibitions include We Came From Beyond, Gallery Starter, Poznaň, Poland; Simple Living, Muzeul National Brukenthal, Bucharest, Romania; Prague Biennale 3, Karlin Hall; I Called Friends To Have A Look, Miroslav Kralevič Gallery, Zagreb, Croatia; The Mars Field, M’ars Gallery, Moscow.
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Residents from Czech Republic
Cecil McDonald, Jr.
Cecil McDonald, Jr. is most interested in the intersections of masculinity, familial relations, and the artistic and intellectual pursuits of black culture that emanate from the two. Through photography, video, and text, McDonald is seeking to investigate and question the norms and customs that govern our understanding of each other, our families, and the myriad of societal struggles and triumphs. In his latest body of work Looking for Baldwin, putting the word in the street, he works with the seminal essay A Stranger in the Village as his inspiration. McDonald investigates notions of artist practice and travel coupled with notions of masculinity and race. He imagines the return of the celebrated author to the place where this often referenced essay was conceived and executed.
Cecil McDonald, Jr. studied fashion, house music and dance club culture (not in any particular order) before receiving a MFA in Photography at Columbia College Chicago, where he currently serves as an adjunct professor. His work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally, with works in the permanent collection of The Cleveland Museum of Art, Bank of America, and the Joyce Foundation. McDonald has received honors from the Midwest Voices & Visions Award, the 3Arts Teaching Artist Award and the Lucerne, Switzerland, Residency, awarded by The Swiss Benevolent Society.
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Residents from United States
Situated between belief, knowledge, and faith, and drawing on the generosity of exchange, Paul Murnaghan’s practice investigates fragmentary points of intersection between spiritual, scientific, and psychological phenomena. His work considers an aesthetic of empirical faith and frequently attempts to re-inhabit thinking that has lost contemporary credibility. The results of these actions manifest through a multitude of forms and disciplines. Recent projects have employed air, hypnotic regression, and rumour as integral components.
Paul Murnaghan is an Irish artist living in Dublin. Recent exhibitions include, Video Killed the Radio Star at The Royal Hibernian Academy in Dublin and Memorious as part of MOPE at The Kunsti Museum of Modern Art in Vaasa, Finland. Murnaghan has exhibited extensively, including group shows in the Philippines and United Sates and solo exhibitions in Finland, Estonia, Germany, and Ireland. His projects such Neocredo (an attempt to write a universal hymn) and Memorious (the selling of his personal memory capacity) also traveled to Sweden and Slovenia. Murnaghan includes curating as part of his practice, and he is currently curator at Place Gallery in Gorey, Co. Wexford, Ireland. He conceived and co-curated This Must Be The Place at IMOCA in Dublin in 2009, and he was the founder and Artistic Director of 5th Gallery at Guinness Storehouse.