Ian Weaver’s work utilizes drawing, sculpture and film to act as metaphors for fracture. He is interested in the construction of identity and memory, and how individuals and communities use commemorations and their archived personal/communal objects to represent these constructions. His work centers on the now defunct “Black Bottom” section of the Near West Side of Chicago where African American residents once lived. For this, he has constructed a fictive history for this destroyed community utilizing elements such as museum vitrines, maps and documents, sculpture, and film. Recently, he has extended this construction to the creation of a fictional group, the Black Knights – part medieval knight, part Black Nationalist – who lived within the community during the 1940s.
Residents from United States
Martin Höfer’s work concentrates on artistic strategies and mechanisms of perception in the field of public media space. Höfer’s focus is the development of artistic concepts for mass media systems as art itself. Therefore, he focuses on the relation of art and economics, aspects of art and media theory as well as mass communication, advertisement and marketing.
Martin Höfer (born 1982 in Sondershausen (Thuringia), Germany) lives and works in Leipzig, Germany. He graduated with distinction at the Academy of Visual Arts Leipzig in Media Art. Höfer’s work has been commissioned for group exhibitions including the Dispute Between Word and Picture, Cairo, Egypt, 2006; Hiwar Fanni, Amman, Jordan, 2007; On (plein) Air, Dresden, Germany, 2009; Youth Cult, Berlin, Germany, 2010; Best buy me, Leipzig, Germany, 2010; Kunst im Tower, Linz, Austria, 2010; Capital unemployed, National Art Gallery Vilnius, Lithuania, 2011, Victory on behalf of art (Porsche Carrera Cup, 30 motor races in Germany, Austria, Netherlands, Belgium, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, 2012/13), DLF 1874: Die Biografie der Bilder, Leipzig, Germany, 2012, The Supershow, Leipzig, Germany, 2013; 1st NSK Folk Art Biennale, Leipzig, Germany, 2014.
Residents from Germany
Paint has the binary ability to summon and refuse, reveal and conceal, beautify and debase. Aaron Collier’s work attempts to revel in these manifold offerings, for in so doing, the resulting imagery is consonant with our tangled interaction with the world. Routine are encounters marked by disclosure and obstruction; we happen upon phenomena that we are seemingly able to know, grasp, and understand along with those we fundamentally cannot. Paint fittingly pictures this paradox, for painting itself is an in-between act, a simultaneous doing and undoing. Collier’s paintings, drawing and collage, thus traffic more in fragment than in chronicle. Images that indefinitely “suggest” allow him to situate the viewer and himself as deferential participants, adventuring with the image.
Aaron Collier lives in New Orleans where is an Assistant Professor at Tulane University. Solo exhibitions include Cole Pratt Gallery and Staple Goods, an artist cooperative in the St. Claude Avenue Arts District. His work has been included in group exhibitions at the Contemporary Arts Center and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art and has been featured in New American Paintings. Collier’s paintings are represented in collections such as the Boston Medical Center, Iberia Bank and New Orleans Museum of Art. He has participated in residencies at the Joan Mitchell Center in New Orleans, Ragdale Foundation and Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.