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.
Residents from Qatar
Derek Dunlop’s work questions the process of subject formation and the tradition of art making. His research has focused on the political, ethical, and philosophical conditions for contemporary abstraction through the mediums of painting and drawing. More recently, he has been developing sculptures and installations of “table works.” Using the affective vitality of found objects as a starting point, the new series of works are created to think through the creative agency of things. Evolving from very specific landscapes, this work is concerned with the way in which the present is continually haunted by the past.
Derek Dunlop completed his MFA at the University of British Columbia and will be pursuing his PhD in Art History at the University of Toronto in 2017. Dunlop was a participant of the inaugural Open Sessions program at The Drawing Center, and partook in the thematic residency Are We Looking at Dead Birds? at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. He has been the recipient of numerous grants and awards including the B.C. Binning Memorial Fellowship and the Andrew MacIntosh Memorial Book Prize in Fine Arts. Dunlop’s work has been presented in art spaces throughout North America including UCLA New Wight Gallery, Los Angeles, and Artspeak, Vancouver.
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Residents from Canada
Betty Yu is an interdisciplinary artist who uses multimedia platforms to tell the stories of marginalized, underrepresented and underserved people. Her creative work is influenced by her direct experience as a daughter raised by immigrant garment worker parents. In her artwork, Yu approaches social issues through personal stories, family narrative and community history. Her work has explored issues ranging from labor rights, immigrant justice, militarism and housing equity. In the past several years, Yu’s art projects and installations have allowed her to engage with directly impacted communities through onsite installations, projections, participatory workshops and media production.
Betty Yu is an interdisciplinary artist, filmmaker, educator and activist. She co-founded the Chinatown Art Brigade, a cultural collective telling anti-gentrification stories of Chinatown tenants through public projections. She holds a BFA from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and a MFA in Integrated Media Arts from Hunter College. Yu’s multi-media installation, The Garment Worker was featured at Tribeca Film Institute’s Interactive. She co-created Monument to Anti-Displacement Organizing, which was on view at the Agitprop! group show at Brooklyn Museum. Yu is a 2016 A Blade of Grass Fellow for Socially Engaged Art and received the 2016 SOAPBOX Artist Award from the Laundromat Project. She has received funding for her projects from foundations including the Paul Robeson Fund, Brooklyn Arts Council, and Art Matters.