Tobias Dostal works to rid the film medium of the classic canvas by restaging the movie in a space with sculptural elements – rebuilt 16 mm projectors and projection screens made of wood or paper constructions, for example. Addressing the roots of the film and similar artistic approaches in the past is crucial to his work. After extensive experiments in a variety of media, formats and techniques and dealing with artistic approaches such as the “Expanded Cinema” and structural film and the history of film, he found his visual language through the use of celluloid film.
Tobias Dostal (born 1982 in Bad Hersfeld, Germany) studied drawing, film and skuplture at the Braunschweig Universitity of Arts. His Film installations have been shown in group exhibitions at the gallery of La Esmeralda, New Mexico; Kunstschaufenster am Hallenbad, Wolfsburg; End in Nation, Kapitelsaal, Bad Hersfeld; Films about being God, Kreuzberg Pavillion, Berlin; Metamorphosen, Allgemeiner Konsumverein, Braunschweig and the Up and Coming Film Festival, Hannover.
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Residents from Germany
Deva Graf’s sculptures, installations and drawings are an investigation of self, nature and an attempt to discover what it means to be a human. Her current work, inspired by the phenomenological science of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, and various meditation practices, looks at how we bring meaning to our life while facing an overwhelming number of choices about how to manifest as a human being.
Deva Graf was selected as a 2013 Artadia Artist in Residence by Laura Hoptman, Curator of Painting and Sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art and the artist K8 Hardy. Her work was in the 2006 Whitney Biennial and has been shown nationally and internationally including at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago and Mary Boone Gallery. Her work is held in collections including the director of the Dia Foundation, Philippe Vergne, the director of the Renaissance Society of Chicago, Hamza Walker, and collections in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Turin, Naples, Paris and Zurich. Graf lives and works in San Francisco.
Residents from United States
Bernard Williams embraces a range of formats for the expression of his interests and concerns. The artist investigates the complexities of American history and culture through painting, sculpture, and installation. Within these broad arenas, the work seeks a kind of open-ended dialogue, addressing identity, flattening hierarchies, and questioning who we are collectively. Risk, adventure, conquest, personal status, privilege, and mechanical development are some of the thematic concepts which are pushed into form.
Bernard Williams (born 1964) is a native of Chicago. He holds a BFA from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and an MFA from Northwestern University. He also studied at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Williams has taught at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and has completed numerous residencies around the United States. In 2009, a large temporary outdoor sculpture was mounted at Socrates Sculpture Park in New York. In 2013, Williams designed and installed two large temporary outdoor sculptures at the Laumeier Sculpture Park in St. Louis. A permanent steel sculpture is currently under installation in Chicago.