Weontae An’s work is steeped in traditional Korean ink painting and calligraphic technique. An takes natural landscape as his subject matter, transforming the actual landscape into abstraction. Through his work, An explores the connections between humans and their surroundings, cognizant of the fact that all constructs—man, tree, grass, concrete, water—are organically connected with one another.
Weontae An (born 1971, Jin-hae, South Korea) moved to Seoul in 1998 where he graduated from Hong-ik University. An participated in the Civitella Ranieri Foundation Fellowship program in Umbertide, Italy, in 2008, and the National Art Studio (Changdong Art studio) program in South Korea from 2005-2006. Recent solo shows include Negative landscape 2 at the Nowon Art Center, Seoul, 2009; Coesistenza at Sala Di Sogni Gallery, Rome, 2008; Negative 山水 at La-merGallery, Seoul, 2007; Negative San-su at Changdong Art Studio, Seoul, 2006; and Tree in the Water at Doll Gallery, Seoul, 2005. Group exhibitions include R․O․C & Korean Ink Paintings at the Arts Center Kyeonggi, Suwon, South Korea, 2008; National Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall, Taipei, 2007; and Oriental New Image, Central Academy of Fine Arts Museum, Beijing, 2007.
Residents from South Korea
Ingrid Hernández’s artistic practice incorporates methods based on social research techniques, conjugating hemerographic and bibliographic elements, interviews, focus groups, observation and photography. Each project starts with tours of the city to locate communities that she will visit during long periods of time. Hernández works with dwellings constructed by their inhabitants, within poverty-ridden shanty towns. Her work actively pursues the subversion of poverty stereotypes as illustrated in documentary photography with a social focus, which looks at these shantytowns with pity, compassion or exoticism.
Ingrid Hernández (born 1974 in Tijuana, Mexico) lives and works in Tijuana. For over ten years, she has been a teacher, researcher and workshop instructor in educational institutes as well asfor independent associations in Mexico and Bogota. Hernández has also been a part of the art school faculty at Baja California Autonomous University and the Superior School of Visual Arts in Tijuana. Hernández’s work is widely exhibited in museums, art spaces and galleries including Galerie Michel Rein, Paris, France; National Center for Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia; La Raza Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; Museo de Arte Moderno, México and Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil, México. In 2008 the Mexican National Council for Culture and Arts (CONACULTA) published Irregular, a monograph presenting Hernández’s body of work.
Residents from Mexico
Arianna Carossa’s art practice centers around the material object as an expression of linearity and consistency in humanity. She produces an aesthetics (harmony) of unexpected events, where the object as a symbol of the linearity of time and facts is broken and reassembled in an apparently linear way. She is interested in the interruption of regularity coming from an unexpected event, like death. Her intervention in art develops from the object as created by man, to the object, as Hegel says, as
pure description of perfection, spirit and nature.
Arianna Carossa lives between Genova, Milan and Rome, Italy. Carossa graduated from Accademia Ligustica di Belle Arti in Genova, where she received a BFA in painting. Her work has been exhibited in Mi sei mancata fino a ieri Changing Role Move Art Gallery, Naples, Italy; Sound of my soul, Fondazione per l’Arte Contemporanea Castello di Rivara, Torino, Italy; Ente comunale di consumo, Ciac Centro Internazionale per le Arti Contemporanee Genazzano, Rome; L’Oggetto Ritrovato, ex Arsenale Ansaldo, Milan; Whales, Strychnin Gallery, London, UK; Ketos 2.0, Spallanzani Museum, Reggio Emilia, Italy; Ketos 2.0, Aquarium of Milan, Milan; Dialogues, Menage Ermitage, St. Petersbourg, Russia (Dostoyevsky Foundation); Festival della creatività, Spazio ex Murate, Florence, Italy; Slaves, Palladium Theatre, Rome; and Violazione di domicilio, Centro Internazionale d’Arte Contemporanea, Rome.