Alex Kershaw uses video to mediate intercultural exchange with people and communities from a specific place. In this process, everyday people become participants and collaborators. Kershaw conceives participation as a productive entity in itself, where both subject and ‘object’ are defined through the doing of artistic praxis. Quotidian rituals used to connect and to acculturate, provide the subject matter for developing the choreography of people’s individual ‘performances’. As a result his stylistic approach shifts between: performative, cinematic, and ‘ethnographic’ genres. In his work the amalgam of fact/fiction and ‘rational’/libidinal is not a substitution of one-for-the-other, but kept in play—involving the production of a different kind of reality that could equally be a variation of realism or a new imaginary.
Alex Kershaw (born Sydney, Australia, 1977), completed a BFA in 2000 and an MFA at the College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales in 2010. Kershaw has exhibited extensively within Australia at venues including: The Art Gallery of NSW, Artspace, Performance Space, Heide Museum of Modern Art, The National Portrait Gallery, and The Australian Centre for Photography. In 2009 a survey of his recent video work was held at the Beaconsfield Gallery in London. In 2009 his The Phi Ta Khon Projecti, was selected for the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, Germany. Most recently he participated in the show Tokyo Story, as part of the International Creator in Residence Program, at Tokyo Wondersite, Japan.
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Residents from Australia
Rose Eken’s artistic practice extends into a variety of media, focusing on video-installation, drawing, embroidery and sculpture. Eken exploits the myths of rock ‘n’ roll in the creation of new narratives. Mythically charged props are re-staged and re-scaled as tiny cardboard models, which become evocative backdrops for fictional tales. Construct and reality meet in the metaphorical gap between the real world and intimate fantasy – between raw male guitar energy and a more fragile and feminine miniature universe. Eken’s models and sculptures are clearly handmade, a combination of meticulous craftsmanship and amateurish DIY style. Her rough, cartoony ceramics, fine large-scale embroideries of bands’ set lists and miniature reconstructions of legendary guitars or drum kits, are produced with an intensity and zeal that reflect the dedication and endurance that characterize making music.
Rose Eken (born 1976, Copenhagen, Denmark) holds a BA (Hons.) in Sculpture from Edinburgh College of Art and a Master of Arts from Royal College of Art, London. She has participated in residency programs worldwide and has exhibited internationally. Recent solo shows include: Forever is a Slow Moment, Charlotte Fogh Contemporary, Aarhus, Denmark;Tomorrow is a Long Time, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin; and Sindet har Ingen Tid, Overgaden – Institute of Contemporary Art, Copenhagen. Group exhibitions include: Thank You for the Music, KIASMA Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki; Enter II, Brandts Kunsthal, Odense, Denmark; Halleluhwah! Hommage á CAN, Galerie ABTART, Stuttgart, and Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin; and Berlin Klondyke, ODD Gallery, Dawson City, Yukon, Canada and Art Center Los Angeles (ACLA), USA. In March 2012 Eken will be exhibiting at Unspeakable Projects in San Francisco.
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Residents from Denmark
Through bricolage, painting, and sculpture, Abigail DeVille cobbles together a visual mass that speaks to the material culture of the present moment. She experiments using found and inherited domestic objects in order to make a connection to the universe. W.E.B. Du Bois’ concept of double-consciousness is the conceptual frame DeVille uses to deconstruct two spatial relationships: the claustrophobic space of the urban environment violently clashing with the infinite expanse of the universe. Black holes are an integral metaphor. DeVille warps the time of physical objects. Her objects speak to the physical infinite expanse of universal time and societal ills of the present moment. DeVille’s work is interested in making the visible representation of the invisible.
Abigail DeVille (born 1981, New York City) received her BFA from the Fashion Institute of Technology in 2007. She received the Camille Hanks Cosby fellowship to participate in the Skowhegan Residency Program in 2007. DeVille was a participant in the art world’s first reality television show, Artstar, which aired on Gallery HD from June 2006 – January 2009 and culminated with an exhibition at Deitch Projects (NY). She has exhibited at El Museo Del Barrio, Vogt Gallery, project spaces Recess Activities Inc., The Bronx River Art Center and Marginal Utility in Philadelphia, PA. DeVille is a 2011 MFA graduate in painting at The Yale School of Art.