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.
Akiko Jackson | Kahuku, HI
Akiko Jackson is a visual artist with an interest in working full-time in the studio while living within the context of varied art communities and non-profit art organizations. Through this ongoing research and exploration, she acquires a sense of belonging, placement, and displacement that unravels within the sculptural work she creates in installation for exhibition spaces.
Akiko Jackson is from Kahuku, a rural North Shore community on the island of O’ahu, Hawai’i. She is the recipient of numerous residencies and fellowships nationwide, was a Louise Bourgeois Endowed Fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA and a Visual Arts Fellow at the Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT. Jackson is elated to be part of the RAiR Foundation and art community as a grant recipient.
Jackson has exhibited her work nationally and internationally.
“During my time in Roswell, I look forward to healing. I’m interested in the idea of going ‘back to basics’ as I consider my matrilineal heritage and its rootings within Jomon and Ainu culture. In my work, I often braid hair, tie knots, rip and sew old fabric, bend wire, use gold, and coil forms. These motions are assertions of cultural identity and tradition preservation, markings made by hands, markings that tell a story of an intergenerational past.”
Afton Love | Oakland, CA
Afton Love is a California based artist working across media, including graphite, beeswax, resin, and latex. Known for her large-scale drawings, Love’s works are often commissioned for site specific installation. She is collected widely and has shown internationally, and has been the recipient of numerous residencies and awards including The Helene Wurlitzer Foundation grant, The Santa Fe Art Institute residency, a vermont Studio Center full fellowship from the Joan Mitchell Foundation, and most recently, completed a year fellowship with Gallery Route One in Point Reyes Station. Shows in the last year include a two person show at Ell Gallery in San Francisco, a solo show at Gallery Route One in Point Reyes, and a group show with Holiday Presents in Los Angeles. Love holds a BFA from California College of the Arts in Oakland.
I am interested in exploring the human condition via the natural world. While in residence I hope to find inspiration in the New Mexico desert, where a history of creation and attrition is so openly revealed. My explorations of erosional landscapes and ancient rock formations intend to involve direct interactions, detailed depictions, and sculptural interpretations. Through these various approaches I aim to examine my self/ego grappling with the larger forces of cyclic nature, and our shared cultural psychosis and historical amnesia when it comes to America’s relationship to open spaces. The work serves as an analogy to life in flux- the inevitable ground shifting beneath our feet; and how to look to the earth for answers in dark times.