MARK LAWRENCE – is an artist from Alpharetta Georgia who is called by God to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ through his Bible verse inspired contemporary abstract Christian paintings. He says: “The Christia themed art that I create is not an attempt to depict a likeness, nor an image of anything to be worshiped here on eart, or in heaven above. My art is created to point all people to Jesus Christ who is worthy of all of our honor, glory and praise.”
JANA BABINCOVÁ – is an established visual artist, who graduated from the Fine Arts Academy in Brno in 2006 and has shown her work a number or galleries, museums and art centers in the Czech Republic and internationally since 2004. Jana Babincová is trained as a painter, however her recent work also involves large-scale installations, performances, videos and intermedia work (www.janababincova.info). Jana Babincová has more recently devoted her work to the principles of coding text, sound or motion into large format, site-specific paintings or installations, such as the Wall Gallery at MeetFactory. For her, the rhythm of the painting is derived from the direction and intensity of nearby sounds and noises.
MEG HITCHCOCK – is an artist living and working in Brooklyn, New York. She received her BFA in painting from the San Francisco Art Institute, and studied classical painting in Florence, Italy. Her work with sacred texts is a culmination of her lifelong interest in religion, literature, and psychology. Hitchcock’s work has been shown in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, London, and Berlin, and reviewed in Art in America, ArtCritical, The New Criterion, Huffington Post, Hyperallergic, and The Daily Beast. Her work was included in “State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now” at Crystal Bridges Museum in Arkansas
BEN CUEVAS – He says: With fiber as my fulcrum, I view knitting as a meditative practice, exploring and challenging the gendered constructs and physical limitations of craft. From the political to the metaphysical, my practice is steeped in queer feminist ideologies, with an awareness of the mind, body, and spirit. My work spans a wide range of disciplines including installation, sculpture, photography, performance, video and sound. Often incorporating several of these elements into any given piece, I make use of digital media as a means of documentation. Identity directly influences my work. As a queer, male-bodied, HIV-positive artist, blood has a special significance to me, which my installation, Knit Veins: Fiber of Our Being, underscores. As I admire and hearken to David Wojnarowicz and Ron Athey, I want to challenge viewers’ fears of HIV and help revive the queer culture lost to AIDS and gentrification, as offered in my installation Ghosts of the Trucks of the West Side Highway.
NATHAN VINCENT – Nathan Vincent’s work explores gender roles and the challenges that arise from straying from prescribed norms. Through stereotypically gendered mediums and techniques such as yarn and crochet, Vincent questions our assumptions around objects and activities, calling to attention the effect our beliefs have on the way we define ourselves and others through the lens of what’s culturally appropriate based on gender. Vincent focused his time at MAD creating “Threats”: crocheted grenades, bombs, dynamite, and brass knuckles. Not only are these objects typically gendered male and represent power and aggression, but they also speak to the cultural structures in place that typecast us into certain ways of acting or living—fearing consequence without assessing if it is truly in our best interest. Vincent studied at SUNY Purchase. He exhibits his work in the United States and abroad and has received international attention in publications including the New York Times and New York magazine. For more information please visit his website: http://www.nathanvincent.com.
ANA TERESA BARBOZY – Peruvian artist who is a little bit of an embroidery expert, but if you’re after pretty florals and the kind of art that would be right at home on your grandma’s wall, we’re not-so-sorry to say, you’ve come to the wrong place. Featuring lots of wild animals, body modifications and even an internal organ or two, Ana’s stitching is one part delicate, one part gruesome and a whole lot badass, from the first to the final stitch. We’re massively in awe of the level of detail in her eerie work – just check out that brocade in the final piece.
KIYUN KIM – is a Visual Arts major at Fordham University. She created her photo project for an assignment that instructed her to create “something honest.” Kim decided to explore racial microaggressions; “the brief and everyday slights, insults, indignities and denigrating messages sent to people of color by well-intentioned white people who are unaware of the hidden messages being communicated,” because she wanted to bring attention to the small daily comments people of color face. Often, people think about overt or intentional acts when they think of racism, but racism can shape even the most minor social exchanges. Kim’s work resonated with people around the world. Kim could never have predicted that her posts would receive over 150,000 notes on Tumblr and become a top post on BuzzFeed with almost 2.8 million views.
EIBO JEDDAH – is a Saudi architect and a photographer who started photography in 2008 as he managed to prove himself quickly and strongly in the field through his perfectionism and attention to details. His most favorite type of photography is Macro, yet, he refuses to limit himself in a specific category, as he believes that life has unlimited scenes that deserves to be seen and observed. What really characterizes his Photography is the diversity, lighting, creativity and messages let alone being passionate about his productions.
ADAM BROOMBERG and OLIVER CHANARIN – Adam Broomberg (born 1970, Johannesburg, South Africa) and Oliver Chanarin (born 1971, London, UK) are artists living and working in London. They are professors of photography at the Hochschule für bildende Künste (HFBK) in Hamburg, Germany. Together they have had numerous solo exhibitions
ZOE BUCKMAN – Zoë Buckman was born in Hackney, East London in 1985. She is a multi-disciplinary artist working in sculpture, photography, embroidery and installation. Her work explores themes of feminism, mortality, and equality.
SHINIQUE SMITH – Born 1971 in Baltimore, Maryland, Shinique Smith now lives and works in Upstate New York. Her work is inspired by the vast nature of ‘things’ that we consume and discard, which resonate on a personal and social scale. The Graffiti of her youth, Japanese calligraphy, and Abstraction are influences from which she extracts “the graceful and spiritual qualities in written word and the everyday.” Smith’s work has also been exhibited in numerous exhibitions at prestigious venues such as The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, The Brooklyn Museum of Art, Denver Art Museum, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Madison Museum of Contemporary Art (Madison WI), The Bronx Museum of the Arts, The Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery (Washington DC), Yerba Buena Contemporary Arts Center, CAC New Orleans, The New Museum (New York), MOMA/PS1 (New York), and The Studio Museum in Harlem among others.
RACHEL BEACH – Rachel Beach’s work has been presented in solo and group exhibitions at institutions and galleries in the United States and Canada including, most recently, Blackston, NY, the Philbrook Museum, Tulsa, OK; Postmasters, New York, NY; Lennon Weinberg, New York, NY; Mixed Greens, New York, NY; Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art and MSVU Art Gallery in Canada.
She is a recent recipient of a Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation Residency (2013-14), a Pollack-Krasner Grant, a Yaddo Artist Residency, a Canada Council for the Arts grant, an Artist Residency at the Lower East Side Printshop and Socrates Sculpture Park grant.
MARIA ILIOU – is a Greek artist with autism spectrum disorder. She is a life long resident of Long Island, New York, and is deeply involved as an advocate for the rights of people with autism. Her subject matter varies from the abstract to scenes of nature and family life. Maria has also organized her own autism group, Athena Autistic Artist. She is an artist with talent on many levels. She also writes poetry and is soon to have a book of her poems published.
JOSEPH CARTIN – Joseph Cartin is from Brooklyn and actively lives with bipolar disorder. He has been active in the Mental Health Consumer Movement since 1990 and considers himself a “psychiatric survivor”. He has won numerous art competitions and does corporate design work in addition to his art.
MATT SESOW – Matt Sesow is a Washington DC based artist. Matt’s work slaps you in the face and wakes you up like a venti cafe americano with 2 extra shots of espresso. Or at least that’s how his work affects me. His work is not demure, quiet, realistic, representational or subtle in coloration.
DAMIEN HIRST – Damien Steven Hirst (born 7 June 1965) is an English artist, entrepreneur, and art collector. He is the most prominent member of the group known as the Young British Artists (or YBAs), who dominated the art scene in the UK during the 1990s. He is internationally renowned, and is reportedly the United Kingdom’s richest living artist, with his wealth valued at £215m in the 2010 Sunday Times Rich List. During the 1990s his career was closely linked with the collector Charles Saatchi, but increasing frictions came to a head in 2003 and the relationship ended. Death is a central theme in Hirst’s works. He became famous for a series of artworks in which dead animals (including a shark, a sheep and a cow) are preserved—sometimes having been dissected—in formaldehyde. The best known of these was The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living, a 14-foot (4.3 m) tiger shark immersed in formaldehyde in a vitrine (clear display case). He has also made “spin paintings,” created on a spinning circular surface, and “spot paintings”, which are rows of randomly coloured circles created by his assistants.
NICK GENTRY – Drawing on recycled and obsolete technological materials as the grounds for his paintings, London-based artist Nick Gentry creates a conversation between digital and analog processes. Gentry constructs his painting supports out of materials such as 35mm film negatives, VHS cassettes, X-ray prints, and floppy discs. “These objects are no longer in the spotlight,” the artist has said of obsolete artefacts, “but by placing them there for a second it becomes easier to comprehend the speed and extent of the changes that are taking place today.” The materials are sourced directly from members of the public in a ‘social art’ project. This open working practice is a fundamental starting point of each new work and allows shared histories to form collective identities. The rigorous conceptual basis of this work explores the areas where reality meets illusion, while drawing on references from consumer waste, to pop culture and found art. Known for his portraits and installations that treat the human form not as a subject in itself, but rather as the vehicle to carry the medium. In his art, Gentry questions the fundamental relationship of the human being to both our created world and what we call reality.
YINKA SHONIBARE – Yinka Shonibare MBE was born in 1962 in London and moved to Lagos, Nigeria at the age of three. He returned to London to study Fine Art, first at Byam School of Art (now Central Saint Martins College) and then at Goldsmiths College, where he received his MFA. Shonibare’s work explores issues of race and class through the media of painting, sculpture, photography and film. Shonibare questions the meaning of cultural and national definitions. His trademark material is the brightly coloured ‘African’ batik fabric he buys in London. This type of fabric was inspired by Indonesian design, mass-produced by the Dutch and eventually sold to the colonies in West Africa. In the 1960s the material became a new sign of African identity and independence. Shonibare was a Turner prize nominee in 2004, and was also awarded the decoration of Member of the ‘Most Excellent Order of the British Empire’ or MBE, a title he has added to his professional name. Shonibare was notably commissioned by Okwui Enwezor at Documenta 11, Kassel, in 2002 to create his most recognised work ‘Gallantry and Criminal Conversation’ that launched him on to an international stage. He has exhibited at the Venice Biennale and internationally at leading museums. In September 2008, his major mid-career survey commenced at the MCA Sydney and then toured to the Brooklyn Museum, New York and the Museum of African Art at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC. He was elected as a Royal Academician by the Royal Academy, London in 2013.