SV Randall is an interdisciplinary artist from Buffalo, NY. He received his MFA in Sculpture + Extended Media from VCU and his BFA from Alfred University. His work has been exhibited at David & Schweitzer Contemporary, Brooklyn, NY; the El Paso Museum of Art, El Paso, TX; Ditch Projects, Eugene, OR; and the Museo de Arte de Ciudad Juárez in Mexico. SV is the recipient of the Toby Devin Lewis Fellowship Award and has most recently participated in residencies at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (Skowhegan, ME), Sculpture Space (Utica, NY), the Fine Arts Work Center (Provincetown, MA), the Vermont Studio Center (Johnson, VT), and is currently in residence at the Roswell Artist-in-Residence Program (Roswell, NM).
I am an interdisciplinary artist working with sculpture, photography and installation. Through my work I aim to reconcile two spatial relationships - the impeding spaces of contemporary infrastructure and the infinite expanse of internal selfhood.
Through the poetry of everyday experience and the use of symbolically charged materials I create room-sized sculptures that mimic the veneer of different strands in American society’s material culture. A hyper-consumerist store display staged in the vast belly of an abandoned grocery store, a feeble TSA checkpoint used to sift, sort, and catalogue hundreds of pounds of dust, and a speculative ghost town set on the border between two neighboring countries - hinge on questioning how our exterior perception jives with our interior selves. Often it does not, and in my work, this misalignment becomes a fissure that opens new paths to understand how we situate ourselves in the world while highlighting larger issues such as social visibility, class structures, technological obsolesce, and spatial politics.
Through all of my diverse projects, the common thread has been a drive to reactivate materials to coalesce object, site, and narrative in physical form.
Cedra Wood | Albuquerque, NM
In love with the wilderness, and with the equally complex and lonely terrain of the human heart, I make work that marries the elements of both worlds in unlikely ways, creating narrative metaphors for humanity’s relationships with environment. I received my MFA from the University of New Mexico; have been a research fellow at the Center for Art + Environment at the Nevada Museum of Art; received grants from the Land Arts Mobile Research Center and the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation; and participated in residencies in North America, Australia, and the Arctic.
I’m primarily a painter. I’m especially invested in wild and inhospitable places, and human relationships with those places. That interest has led me to generate imagery for paintings and drawings through physical and immersive experiences. I sometimes engage in performances, insinuating characters into natural or social environments—mimicking the tactics of other, better-adapted creatures—in order to create metaphorical imagery that is by turns comical, wistful, discomfiting, and surreal. I create labor-intensive costume, props, and tools out of natural materials that speak to place and time. Allegorical paintings and drawings, the final documentation of these experiences and artifacts, dwell on ideas of survival and belonging.
Erica Bailey | Bronx, NY
Erica Bailey is a Bronx-based visual artist whose foundations are in sculpture and whose current practice encompasses installation and video. Originally from a small-town, working-class family in Ohio, she earned her BFA from The Ohio State University in 2003 and her MFA from the University of Cincinnati in 2007. She has created several large-scale installations at Ohio institutions, most notably Telescoping House in 2010 for the UnMuseum of the Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center. She moved to New York in 2012 after accepting a position with The City College of New York, where she manages the sculpture facilities and teaches one class each semester. In 2015, she was included in the exhibition Bronx Calling: The Third AIM Biennial at the Bronx Museum of the Arts and had a solo exhibition, Its memory, the memory of its ribs, its knees, its shoulders, at Smack Mellon in Brooklyn. She participated in the inaugural BronxArtSpace Summer Residency in 2017 and in the LES Studio Program, a program of Artists Alliance, Inc., in the summer of 2018.
“As an artist ‘tempted by space’, to borrow a phrase from sociologist Roger Caillois, space is of primary concern to me in my practice. In my installations, I exploit the visual and imaginative experience of diorama, often alongside the physical experience of a real or custom built space. The dioramas represent vernacular architecture and are often paired with video, sound, or still images suggesting the environs of each. Through the use of diorama, I am able to position, side-by-side, spaces that are disparate in terms of time and location, grouping them to articulate particular relationships between them. Nearly always empty, they are pure instances of space, uncluttered by the quotidian and suggestive of the transitory nature of life. I present them in ways that subvert expectations; their time, location, and sometimes even their spatial orientation is confused, fluid. In them and through their creation, I explore the strangeness I perceive in conscious existence and its entanglement with time and space.”
George Rodart | New York, NY
I was raised in Pasadena California a few blocks from the Pasadena Art Museum. Initially I studied Physics, later working in the computer industry and on the Apollo Project. I came to realize that I was destined to be an artist and enrolled at UCLA to study art. I mentored with Richard Diebenkorn and John McCracken, graduating with a MFA in 1972. In LA I exhibited with the Ulrike Kantor gallery. I was included in both the 1975 and 1983 Whitney Biennials. In 1984 I received a Guggenheim Fellowship in painting. I moved to NYC, entered a relationship, raised a kid and continued my investigations into the nature of painting. I have been painting continuously for fifty years. My body of work is exploratory and investigative. It is an inquiry into how the culture uses the painted image as both a vehicle for expression and as a signifier of the cultural moment.
Qwist Joseph | Fort Collins, CO
After years working alongside his dad at the family bronze foundry, Qwist received his BFA from Colorado State University and his MFA from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. In 2016, he was selected as an emerging artist by Ceramics Monthly and awarded a summer residency at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, Montana. Most recently, he was living in Southern California where he taught sculpture and ceramics at the University of Redlands and Chaffey College. In addition, he was a guest lecturer at The American Museum of Ceramic Art. Qwist has shown nationally and internationally, and last year he was commissioned to create public works for the Davidson Sculpture Garden in Riverside, California and the New Belgium Brewing Company in Fort Collins, Colorado.
I study my thought process through object creation, collection and composition. I work intuitively to reveal the poetic nature of how something transitions from an idea to the physical world. Freezing these ephemeral moments in permanent materials like ceramic and bronze creates a tension and connection between the past, present and future. This record sheds light on the effects of life, encouraging vulnerability and self-reflection. During my time in Roswell, I plan to further explore work that centers around lived and vicarious nostalgia, investigating the ways our memories shift over time.
Anne Muntges | Brooklyn, NY
Anne Muntges is an artist who makes highly detailed drawings, prints, and installation art. Born in Denver and based in Brooklyn, her work was recently on view in the exhibition Drawn In, at the Children’s Museum of the Arts in Manhattan, New York. She has been exhibited at the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art in Chicago, and the Burchfield Penney Art Center in Buffalo among many other spaces nationally. She received a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute and an MFA from the University at Buffalo. Muntges has been awarded residencies at Anchor Graphics, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Vermont Studio Center, Ox-Bow, BRIC Media, Guttenberg Arts & Roswell Artist in Residence Program and received a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Printmaking/Drawing/Artist Books in 2014. Her work is in collections across the US.
I am interested in exploring drawing thoroughly from marks made on paper to marks made in immersive environments. While in residence I plan to work on graphite and pen and ink drawings — trying to explore new content stemming from research about glitch moments and the observable world, and trying to push the scale of the works to larger pieces. I also plan to work on new installation projects that explore ways to combine my three-dimensional drawing projects with these new graphite and ink drawings. I want to create worlds that surround people with the drawn mark and to create a space where the inscribed is made real.