Anne-Marie Lavigne - In Support of Creative Art Works, at The Atrium
Anne-Marie is an artist whose textile works will show as a guest of Creative Art Works at The Atrium Shops + Cafes, 601 Lexington Ave: the exhibit will incorporate her works in service of this community-focused arts education nonprofit in Midtown Manhattan.
She is inspired by the mutually informative histories of textiles and communications. She creates fiber installations that question and explore a fiber's ability to transmit emotion through visual and tactile interactions. She uses a combination of electronics and digital fabrication in a process aiming toward tangible, traditional and emotional. She follows a10-point process on approaching her work: First, the work is a reflection of who you are at a certain moment in time and space; second, when you try to translate a rational analysis for your state of mind into a work of art, it generates empty and overtly slick art. Thirdly, when the creation process is split into two separate phases, self-analysis then creation, it prevents your sensitivity from entering into a dialogue with the materials... for the full list, please visit her artist statement.
Anne-Marie studied at the University Laval in Quebec and the Tisch School of the Arts, NYU. She has exhibited at BRIC, Sky Gallery, the Garner Art Center, the MET Medialab, and the Goethe Institute in Riga, Latvia.
Jee Hee Kang- Centre for Social Innovation
Artist Jee Hee Kang was born in Seoul, Korea and lives and works in New York, NY. Her work embraces transience and eternity, echoing subtle incorporations of tactility as both physical material and visual aesthetic. She holds degrees from Dongduk Women's University in Seoul, FIT and MFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Her recent exhibits include Pen and Brush gallery in Manhattan, Sideshow Gallery in Brooklyn and Miami Projects for Miami Art Fair.
Jee Hee will be showing at a new space the Centre for Social Innovation is launching that will serve as a hub for women innovators in NYC at the iconic Starrett-Lehigh Building in Chelsea.
Jee Hee Kang
Lizz Brady - Fountain House Gallery
Artist Lizz Brady strives to create a 'Cartesian Dualism': a link between physical "stuff" and thinking "stuff", through building installations, forming "The Moment" where juxtaposed ideas permeate to fill empty spaces in the solid world or within our imagination. With the use of subtle humour in her work Brady explores the theory of laughter, where our amusement is no more than a "sudden transformation of a strained expectation into nothing." (Kant). Brady's divergent thought processes are frantically trying to make sense of our world, and the Big Brother watching of George Orwell's 1984....the terrifying new technology that threatens to override...and the anarchists that walk our streets at night, all bleed into her work. Brady is the founder of Broken Grey Wires -- www.brokengreywires.com
Lizz will be incorporating a sound art piece into the Fountain House Gallery's current exhibition space, in tandem with the exhibit One Step Beyond! on view through March 9.
Reba Hasko - Fountain House Gallery
Reba Hasko is an American music artist. Hasko wrote, recorded, programmed and performed the songs for her second CD, during her three years in Berlin, Germany. Featured on NPR's 'Second Stage' "Seeds from the Twisted Pear" would later go on to be hailed among music lovers as 'blissfully avant-garde', and nominated on Epinions Music Source for Best Album of the Year. She will be performing at Fountain House Gallery during alt_break from 4-5 pm on Saturday, March 5.
Ryan Krause - Fountain House Gallery
Ryan Krause is a musician based in Ridgewood, New York, where he works as a performer, composer, MC, and bandleader. His work largely focuses on the human voice, with contexts ranging from performance art and experimental opera to rapping and stand up comedy, conceptual karaoke and improvised dance music. Krause studied Composition at the New England Conservatory and Literature at CUNY-Hunter. He's currently one half of the duo Lipchitz and frontperson of the big band Dear Leader. He will be performing at Fountain House Gallery during alt_break's launch eventfrom 7-7:30 pm on Friday, March 4.
Born in Yauco, Puerto Rico and raised in Westfield, Massachusetts; Brooklyn based artist Geraldo Mercado has performed nearly non-stop since beginning his practice in 2011. His often autobiographical and socially-conscious work mixes extreme physicality with themes of race, religion, language, and pop-culture. Geraldo holds a Bachelors of Science in Directing for Film from Fitchburg State University.
In 2013 he was an Artist-In-Residence at Animamus Art Salon: A Living Gallery London. In 2014 his non-narrative short film "The Land Scape" was a part of El Museo Del Barrio's retrospective show "MUSEUM STARTER KIT: Open With Care". He had his first solo show "In the Universes Where I Died" in 2015. He will be performing at Fountain House Gallery during alt_break from 3-4 pm on Saturday, March 6.
Geraldo Mercado. Image courtesy of Ventiko
Sean Naftel - Multiple sites
Artist Sean Naftel creates mixed-media works, sculptures and immersive environments that engage and activate diverse publics. Naftel's work juxtaposes imaginative and unexpected materials, inspiring new associations and opening new avenues of communication with contemporary art audiences. In addition to solo projects at multiple galleries in the New York City area and worldwide, Naftel is one half of Attenborough Naftel - a collaborative project with artist Chris Attenborough - and curator with the Roving project, placing contemporary art within designate "slack" spaces. He also collaborates with artist Esmeralda Kosmatopolous on MACA, Mastering the Art of Contemporary Art, a multi-location project, occurring next at the Kunsthalle Aarhaus in Aarhaus, Denmark.
Naftel holds an MFA from the National University of Ireland, Galway/Burren College of Art and attended the Post Colonial Identities program in Jamaican Culture, University of the West Indies and Edna Manley College of Art.