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Born in Saint-Maur des fosses (Paris suburbs): Lives and works in France. Through experimental music, photography, literature and video art, Simon Gris, is a self-taught artist. He builds representations of his French contemporary unhappy consciousness. “I am a general artist. Like a practitioner and like an officer. I aim to build a general view of the world and our time. I know that it implies that I’ll never be the number one in a particular domain. I don’t care. I don’t want to be perfect. I want to be total.”
DANIELLE ABRAMS Danielle Abrams is an interdisciplinary artist who works in performance and video. She is a monologist, orchestrates social interventions, channels figures of kin, and provides dance lessons. Abrams performs at art galleries, museums, theaters, and performance spaces. She also waxes poetics from park benches, advertises her meal plan service as she bar-b-ques for art-hungry crowds, leads Conga lines as a Borscht-Belt “toomler,” and emerges from the afterworld via wireless phones. Recalling Flushing, Queens; a Coney Island heyday; and Mount Morris Park in Harlem, Abrams utilizes the tropes of identity to survey social oppressions. She challenges our relationships to origin and biography as she embodies her own multiracial cast of family members. Her personae sight the toxicity, as well as poignancy, of social interactions and conditions that lie undetected in our communities. Danielle has performed at art spaces, galleries, festivals, and museums nationally. Her performances and videos have been programmed at the Bronx Museum of Art, Queens Museum of Art, Arizona State University Art Museum, Institute of American Indian Art, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, WOW Cafe, Dixon Place, The Kitchen, Galapagos, and Ladyfest East. Lisa Bloom has written extensively about Danielle’s work in Jewish Identities in U.S. Feminist Art: Ghosts of Ethnicity (Routledge 2006). Her work has also been written about in the New Art Examiner, PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art, the Village Voice, NY Arts, fluent collaborative, CURVE, and Queer Ramblings. Abrams is the former artistic director of BUILD, a performance space in San Francisco’s hub of queer performance: the Mission District. She is also a founding Board Member of the Harvey Milk Institute in San Francisco. Abrams has been awarded residencies at the Yale School of Painting, the Skowhegan School of Art, the Bronx Museum of Art, and she was an artist-in-residence at Congregation Beth Simchat Torah, NYC. She has been a recipient of fellowships from NY Urban Arts Initiative and NY Foundation of the Arts. She has lectured at the University of Massachusetts, Barnard College, Ohio University in Athens, and at numerous national conferences. Abrams has taught at Goddard College in Vermont, School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Queens College (CUNY), and York College (CUNY). She is currently an assistant professor at the School of Art and Design at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
RYAN SESLOW (Artist & Curator) Ryan Seslow is a multidisciplinary artist living and working in New York. Working in all mediums Seslow shows his work both nationally and internationally. “ I am not concerned with making beautiful pleasing pieces of art; I act upon immediacy. I am living and teaching art because I believe that this expands the potential of human creativity. The artist is the Art itself. I am here to record the world as I perceive it, Through that process I will give it many tangible forms.” Ryan Seslow is also an adjunct professor of fine arts teaching studio art courses simultaneously between 4 colleges in the NY area.
JOHN FEKNER Throughout his career, whether collaboratively or independently, New York City born John Fekner explores a wide range of issues including concepts of perception and transformation, as well as specific environmental and sociological concerns. He works with a wide variety of media; ranging from street works and poems, to paintings, digital video and new media. Fekner’s work and installations have been exhibited in city streets, galleries, alternative art spaces and museums worldwide.
DARREN FOSTER Darren Foster is a journalist and documentary filmmaker. His work has taken him to all corners of the earth to cover conflict, migration, the environment, art and culture, etc. Born and bred in New York, he now lives in California with his wife and film making partner.
LEE WELLS Lee Wells is an artist, exhibition organizer and consultant currently living and working New York. Curating since 1996, his projects have recently been included in the 2nd Moscow Biennial, Chelsea Art Museum and Art Basel Miami Beach 2006. He is co-founder of [PAM] the Perpetual Art Machine ( www.perpetualartmachine.com) an online community video art portal and traveling interactive installation founded in January 2006. Wells most recently was invited to curate an international program for "In Transition Russia 2008" a project in collaboration with the National Centres of Contemporary Art (NCCA), Yekaterinburg and Moscow.
RAY NEUFELD Ray Neufeld is a visual artist and scenic designer living and working in New York City. His work has been exhibited in galleries across the United States and abroad, most recently in Hungary, Scotland, Korea and Japan. In addition to creating video, installations, sculpture and large-scale drawings, Ray enjoys teaching and working in theater and television. In my art I explore elements of line and shape through video, sculpture and installation as drawings in space. Whether working with reanimated, reclaimed objects or reframing images of the ordinary through video, I create site-specific, confrontational work. While created with a formalist's eye for clarity and an expressionist's sense of process, the resulting conceptual work transcends an intellectual analysis and warrants emotional interpretation as well. Further inspection and introspection exposes a bleaker side to the seemingly nostalgic and whimsical. Shell-forms, waterless pools, dry fire hose, folded paper shark egg sacs – all rely upon absence for their visual strength. The empty vessels allude to both the mind and to the body, human or otherwise. Through this physical investigation I reference memory and loss. I risk evoking nostalgia in order to reinvent the familiar, to provoke personal reflection, and to inspire change in our view of the everyday.
MONICA SPIER Monica Spier is a Dutch born artist, currently living in and working in New York. “I am most interested in the process of creating and the intimacy of being in that space.“ Ms.Spier has transcended her ideas throughout different mediums to help communicate her artistic vision. The medium of video has recently captured her interest. The challenge of reformatting a still image, in this case her daily drawings into motion based art has become a process of further exploration. Monica Spier holds a BFA in printmaking from Long Island University.