Alison Kuo
Class of 2014
Make You a Drink 2014, performance documentation, fabric, rubber glove, sugar, vodka
Make You a Drink
2014, performance documentation, fabric, rubber glove, sugar, vodka
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Texas New York, New York

Alison Kuo is a Texas native with a BA from Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas, who lives and works in NYC. She has exhibited her work at CANADA, Christopher Henry Gallery, ICI, Present Company, and Art Jam in NYC, 1117 Garland, SOFA Gallery, Co-Lab, and Domy in Austin, and OHWOW in Miami. Kuo is the Art Editor at the literary magazine GIGANTIC, and she is often best known as the person behind the popular blog Accidental Accidental Chinese Hipsters. Her first solo show in NYC, Juicy, Juicy Special Request Deluxe, was at Superchief Gallery in 2013. She likes to cook in her spare time.

Alison Kuo, class of 2014

Class of 2020

Latonia Allen
Phoenix, AZ
Brooklyn, NY

Originally from Phoenix, Arizona, I moved to Houston, TX in January 2012 to pursue my dream of being an artist. I attended the John Biggers School of Art at Texas Southern University, under the teachings of Dr. Alvia Wardlaw, Robert Pruitt, Leamon Green and others alike. After graduating in 2015, I worked for various small businesses before becoming an independent artist and created my own design company named, Allen Illustrations in 2017. I accredit my independence to allowing me to grow and develop as both an individual and an artist in enormous ways.

My life started when I realized art was neither a hobby or a passion, but was who I am. Once the consciousness of the innate need to create and simply BE an artist was fully accepted within myself, I began evolving in a completely contradistinctive way. I often find myself exploring new topics that stem from the experiences and struggles of identity. I am an African-American woman artist and while this is a fact, I, intently rebuke labels. I am cognizant of the conversations surrounding contemporary black art/artists but I find myself constantly searching for my own voice within these conversations while challenging the systemic 'boundaries' of what we’re told beauty and blackness are. I never know what I will create next, however, I know as long as I stay honest with myself and remain engrossed in my truth, the art will form. Each piece lives individually on its own and is meant to represent a particular time in my journey. I create because I have to, I want to and because I love to.
Daniel Arturo Almeida
Caracas, Venezuela
Queens, NY
Chun Chieh Chang
Taipei, Taiwan
New York, NY

I have a hearing disability and am possibly the first deaf student from Taiwan to pursue a MFA in Fine Arts abroad.

I am influenced by the art, culture and attention to detail of street fashion and incomplete style. I like the simplicity and pureness of certain materials that will change in color and status over time, and I use them in my art. I believe elements of traditional Chinese characters, Zhuyin (Mandarin Phonetic Symbols), and personal aesthetic experiences will inspire new works. I hope to take this opportunity to experiment and create better textures and atmospheres.

Andrea Crapanzano
Belluno, Italy
Brooklyn, NY
Andrea has a BFA in Fine Arts and a MFA in Visual Arts from Academy of Fine Arts of Brera in Milan.
My work as an artist focuses on social and geopolitical tensions and on the deeply contradictory character of how we live, trying to capture the state of anxiety and nostalgia that characterizes our own time.
Maria Duran Sampedro
Bogota, Colombia
Brooklyn, NY

A play of harmonized contradictions follows Maria Duran's work into stories of familiar disconnection and and vaporous feeling. She has a BFA in Communication Design from the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY with a focus in illustration, however her inclination towards sinuous expression instead of the blunt and glaring has led her to experiment with line-weight, planes and textures. She extends moving stillness throughout her pieces, all rooted in the pursuit to decode man's strangeness and collective nuances of feeling. Mental disorders, magic realism, a curiosity for melancholy, and her own grasp of living fuel the expansion of her psychological and visual language. Meshes of painting, digital crafting, sculpture, projections, and photography become an avid exploration of visual mediums, in the pursuit of decoding the human heart in conflict with itself. 

Jason Elizondo
Columbus, Ohio
Brooklyn, NY
Jason Elizondo is a multi-disciplinary artist whose work seduces viewers into visceral confrontations with the queer body. He has a BFA in Fine Arts from The Columbus College of Art & Design. He has been featured in exhibitions including: Making Stock, Brooklyn, NY, UNCONVENTIONAL, Dayton, OH & solo show, preMATURE, Columbus, OH. Elizondo was a resident artist at The New York Studio Residency Program & The Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Ohio 2018 nominee. His work has been included in Hiss Mag's "Issue 3" & POPULUV's “Meet Jason Elizondo, Ohio’s Most-Talked-About Student Artist.” 
My work is an invitation to my personal explorations as a queer man and an anthem to queer visibility. Pink, like the iconic felt velour custom made hat worn by Lady Gaga or the head of my boyfriend’s cock. Queer, like latex, vinyl and rubber. Using video, photography, painting and performance, I collapse color and texture to evoke violent and sexually explicit overtones. My portraits act as a political memoir, seducing the viewer into visceral confrontations with the queer body. A la vie Bohème to being a nelly, lisping, limp-wristed, fag. A toast of Pinot-Grigio to compassion, fashion, passion, and “the taboo”. 
Becca Guzzo
Nutley, NJ
Manhattan, NY
Becca is a visual artist working in a multitude of mediums. She received her BFA from the University of Delaware. She loves traveling, plants, animals and vibrant colors.
Yawen E. Huang
Zhuhai, Guangdong, China
Brooklyn, NY

Yawen holds a BFA from the College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning, University of Cincinnati. Her work focuses on objects that connect to people’s everyday lives. 

JYoon Hurr
Seoul, South Korea
Long Island City, NY
JYoon has a BFA in Fine Arts with a focus in painting from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Illinois, and an MFA in Sculpture from the Seoul National University in Seoul, South Korea. She is an abstract sculptor and painter. 

Painting and sculpting have became a way for me to deal with new environments. I relieve my solitude by collecting bits of stuff and making collages to ground myself within foreign worlds that I have inhabited, developing a deep kinship with materials along the way. My interest in color and materials began with noticing unfamiliar things everywhere and how they differed from what I had seen and experienced growing up in Korea. Even a simple cookie box, its shape and colors, fascinated me. In retrospect, I can see that my current work - my preoccupation with color, materials, and abstraction - began there.

Jee Youn Hwang
Seoul, South korea
New York, NY
Kunjin Jiang
Chengdu Sichuan, China

Kunjin has a BFA in Drawing & Painting (Integrated Art) from Sichuan Fine Arts Institute and was a student curator from 2016 to 2017 in Chongqing. She loves traveling and exploring new things. She likes spending time noticing subtle or sensitive things in life and presenting them in videos or installations.

Kunjin’s work extends into research on the subject of “the Society of Spectacle” and looks for human originality and inborn sensitivity. She use videos, installations and performance combined with different surroundings to make an exploration of the significance of contemporary people’s existence in the spectacle of life.
Jay Jae Won Jung
Seoul, South Korea
Manhattan, NY

Jay Jae Won Jung is an artist and writer with a Bachelor of Law degree from Yonsei University, Seoul, S.Korea. After receiving her degree, she moved to New York City to begin her art career and to explores the emotional and philosophical tensions of abstract painting, documentary photography, and experimental filmmaking. Recently, her debut film, 'Shadow' won the Best First Time Director, Best Thriller, and Best Screenplay at various International film festivals. Her years of experience and diverse career background have influenced her deep engagement with human psychology, existentialism and trauma studies.

Kostas Lale
Athens, Greece
Brooklyn, NY
Dulce Lamarca
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Chelsea, NY
Michael Marrella
Colts Neck, NJ
Brooklyn, NY
Jimmy Mezei
London, ON Canada
Brooklyn, NY

Jimmy is a multi-disciplinary artist with a BDES majoring in illustration from OCAD in Toronto. He moved to New York City in 2014 and worked as a graphic designer before deciding to pursue an MFA.

Jimmy uses his background in drawing as a foundation for his entire practice. With a wide range of influences, he employs traditional mediums to create observational studies of everyday moments, as well as abstract compositions that are about discovery within the process. He uses these disparate methods to create images and environments that take joy in the act of making.

Marcelina Pater
Krakow, Poland
Manhattan, NY

Some of my works embrace an architectural and a quasi-geometric character to accomplish individual, immaculate composition; others maintain my interest in abstract and relief forms.

Jennifer Rappaport
Salem, Virginia
New York, New York
Jennifer holds a BFA in Illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design. Her artwork is constant research on the understanding of people and places in all formats.
Tarah Rhoda
Memphis, TN
Brooklyn, NY

Tarah Rhoda received her BFA (2005) from SVA, where she runs the Bio Art Lab, a facility that enables artists working with biotechnology and the natural sciences. She has been featured discussing art and science on CBSNews, CUNY TV, Expresso Futuro and has recently exhibited her work locally in NYC, at the Science Gallery in Detroit, the Biennial of the Americas in Denver, Netherlands, Portugal and Berlin.

Through investigations of the body as a miniature world, her work yanks at the scale of self in nature’s reflection. She often harnesses biological synchronicities in order to calibrate the body’s array of landscapes, weather patterns and systems of self maintenance that produce a spectrum of artifacts. Literally ‘mining’ herself as an archeological site, she adapts such extractions into poetic reflections and devices, often utilizing laboratory protocols to set the stage. 

Carlos Rosales-Silva
El Paso, Texas
New York, NY

Carlos Rosales-Silva was born in El Paso, Texas and has lived throughout Texas. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin but considers oral histories from Mexican and Indigenous peoples, post-colonial historical texts, and spaces that are safe and inclusive for people of color the foundation and central cosmology of his work. His most recent output reclaims the colors and forms that have long been (ab)used to create oppressive stereotypes of Mexican and Indigenous peoples. Draining direct references, symbols, and figures allow him to study the color and form of his identity while withholding easily exploitable imagery. Rosales-Silva’s central intellectual and artistic project is de-centering his white, hetero, Euro-centric western education. He has exhibited throughout Texas, and in Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, Chicago, Kansas City, and Brooklyn and was most recently an artist in residence at Artpace in San Antonio, Texas and at Pioneer Works in Brooklyn, NY. 

Carra Seals
Cincinnati, OH
Manhattan, NY

I graduated from the Art Academy of Cincinnati with my BFA (major: drawing) in 2016. I am a sculptor and installation artist.

Mengxia Shi
Taiyuan, China
Long Island City, New York

Mengxia has BA in Oil Painting from the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Art and she has explored other media such as video, sculpture, installation, and performance to express her ideas.

Mengxia makes art inspired by her everyday lived experience and concern for social issues, specifically, women's rights in China which have been affected by poor access to education, and sexual and physical abuse. She is also pays close attention to human individuality and the body, both of which are themes in her work. 

Amanda Smith
Pukekohe, Aotearoa/New Zealand
When I was 18 months old, I was diagnosed with strabismus and amblyopia, major sight disorders. Once my little self was finally given glasses, colours, textures and shapes suddenly exploded! I still feel that joy in seeing through the odd landscape of my slightly hopeless eyes. But now I’m learning to celebrate the blur, eschewing a lifetime of embarrassment, as I realize I have a unique perspective.
 
My current work is an exploration of identity. I’m compelled to examine who I am at this point of my life.. My daily practice is a visual diary – people, things, emotions that exhaust me.  Other work is more narrative and autobiographical.
 
I often paint and draw ‘blind’ (without glasses) to be guided by shape and feel and impression. It’s important at this moment of my life to relinquish control, to totter on the edge and back again.
 
Making my living as a florist widened my sense of depth and appreciation of temporary beauty, like the ever-changing inspiration and stimulation that is New York. 
Linda Streicher
Glen Rock, NJ
Medham, NJ
Ana Paula Tizzi
São Paulo, Brazil
Brooklyn, NY

Ana Paula Tizzi is a Brazilian Visual Artist with a Master Degree in Digital Photography from the School Of Visual Arts in New York City. Her Work is heavily based on Street Photography and Conceptual Photography where she tends to capture the most pure human behavior and raw emotions. The aim is to enable pure impromptu reactions, moments, and feelings with a touch of humor of our everyday life. 

Keno Tung
Taipei, Taiwan
Brooklyn, NY
Keno has a BFA in Motion Pictures from the National Taiwan University of Art. In the past, she devoted herself to filmmaking and studio recording. Now she focuses on making live performance art about the value of human life and spiritual topics using integrated art materials.
Lynn Wang
China
Long Island City, New York

Wang recieved her BFA from the China Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing in 2016.

Tao Wei
Shanxi, China
New York City, New York
YiJun Esther Xu
Shanghai, China
Manhattan, NY
Esther has a BFA in oil painting from the China Academy of Art and in the past has made paintings and illustrations with handmade materials. She is interested in BioArt and Physics.
Esther is an environmentalist. She would like to study different kinds of creatures and science fiction. Her works are based on the language of painting and she creates metaphors combining physical elements and social topics. She wants audiences to experience her interactive projects in public spaces.

Class of 2019

Ferguson Amo
Ghana, Koforidua
New York, NY

Born in Ghana in 1993 moved to Philadelphia, USA at the age of 12. I have a B.S in Accounting, and Digital Art from Manhattan College, 2016. Former Division 1 Track and field Athlete. I’ve always had passion for Art, Music and Sports. I really enjoy cooking.  All these are like therapy to me.

 

 
My work explores the cultural conditions of the contemporary Ghanaian identity in the African diaspora. It examines the intricate details of the history and experiences of African cultural diffusion and its assimilation. It investigates the importance of African cultural representation even when the system of culture classification becomes objects of power disposition. It provokes the question of whether the depiction of African cultural identity is an accurate or distorted reflection. This is achieved by employing the use of variety mediums including hyper-realism drawing, installations, and mixed media.
 
My work draws from my cultural experiences from childhood, growing up in my native country, Ghana, to my culture experiences now in the United States. The drawings are made with fine line pen on watercolor paper resulting in a uniquely intimate interaction between the works and the viewer. The works incorporates layers on top of layers of precise scribblings lines to result in the presentation of an alternate reality and illusion of realism. Visual communication have real and strong effects on representation of African culture. I want to take a role in re-representing African culture identity because the current representations are simplified or distorted. Such representations contribute to imbalances in power. Representation is always connected with the way power operates in any society. 

 

Eliza Boyer
Chatham, NJ
New York, NY

Somewhere between subway rat and space queen.

Elsewhere.

 

Juan Leonardo Bravo
Brooklyn, NY
Brooklyn, NY

Juan Leonardo Bravo is a Multi-Media artist. He attended the High School of Art and Design, and Parsons The New School for Design.

 

My oil paintings and videos capture “The Rise To The Top”  in power, success and dominance over one's field. In order to communicate my message I use references found in popular culture. Many hip-hop artist and athletes have managed to climb to the TOP by constantly asserting themselves through words and symbols.These reference primarily include lyrics found in rap songs but often include other content such as text from world literature and images from athletes etc. Aesthetics that reference graphic design and commercial art are incorporated into my work, magnifying today’s visual codes. 

 

Min Ding
Shandong, China
New York, NY
Latefy Dolley
Memphis, TN
Sadia Fakih
Antigonish, Nova Scotia
Brooklyn, NY

In my paintings, I manipulate traditional patterning to reveal the interstitial, liminal and in-between spaces that open up when imposed identities collide.

Michelle Girardello
Florida
Sherman, CT
Michelle Girardello was born in 1984; she received her BFA in Studio Art with a Concentration in Photography from Florida Atlantic University in 2008.  From 2010-2017, Michelle was the Director of the Creative Photography program at a competitive arts high school in Miami, Florida.  

Our memories play a vital role in how we connect to the world.  We tend to remember fragments of events and these fragments come together to form an interpretation of these experiences. I am attracted to how memories are made; I want to understand how they connect with our actual experiences, and the role that imagination has in their creation.  Just like the construction of memory, my work makes connections between multiple layers to form the overall imagery.  Working with a variety of media allows me to work in the appropriate medium for that memory or piece.  

Jihyun Han
Seoul, South Korea
New York, NY

Jihyun explores an uncertainty that she felt in her everyday life through her works. In there, she seeks to find reasons and alternatives about the anxiety and confusion of everyday life through uncertainty. 

Pei-ling Ho
Taipei, Taiwan
New York, NY

For me, art is the only common language of the humanity. I have travelled to thirteen countries. My traveler’s experience draws me to ponder deeply about the quality and awareness of “being human” across cultural and geographical boundaries. I aim to make art that helps people make connections by “sharing their emotional bitterness.” Majoring in advertising in college, I extended my study of consumer behavior to examine a variety of issues of human behaviors and social phenomena from an objective position. The themes of my artistic creation have undergone several changes, beginning with an exploration of myself to the issues of family and gender.

 

For the family issues, I am very intrigued by the possibility of expressing the “forbidden” emotions, such as anger and depression, in a family. Unlike the “normal” familial themes of order, respect, and dignity, for me, the forbidden emotions are the unspeakable undertone of everyday family life. Gender is another major theme of my artworks that is so closely intertwined with the issues of primitive desire, sex, love, and marriage. I bravely embrace all the emotions and pain that occur to me as a woman and take them as the nutrition of my artistic creation. Focusing on mixed media, such as photography, video, collage and performing art.

Markus Holtby
Toronto, Canada
New York, NY
Bayin Jiang
Beijing, China
Jersey City, NJ
Owen Keogh
New York, NY
Brooklyn, NY

Owen was born in New York City and raised in New Jersey. He received his B.A. in Studio Art and English Literature from Colgate University in Hamilton, New York. 

 

Owen is an interdisciplinary artist working with photography, sculpture, book-making, and digital media. 

Hera HaeSoo Kim
Seoul, South Korea
New York, NY

HaeSoo Kim is a visual artist in sculpture, installation, and two-dimensional drawing. She received her MFA degree in Sculpture from Hong-ik University in South Korea. 

Jieun Kim
Seoul, South Korea
Queens, NY

SookMyung Women's University, MFA,2015, Seoul, Korea
SookMyung Women's University, BFA, 2013, Seoul, Korea

 

Young Min Koh
Seoul, South Korea
New York, NY

Young Min has a BA in Painting from Ewha Womans University and MFA in Printmaking from Seoul National University. She has had two solo exhibitions in USA and Korea.

 

Recently, Young Min has worked on portrait painting. She also has painted Korea traditional themes such as Korea traditional houses, gardens and Dalhangari (Korean Moon Jar).

 

Oxana Kovalchuk
Kazakhstan
Edgewater, NJ
I love to use multimedia materials such as watercolors, pastels, gouache, colored pencils and ink. It is important for me to go beyond my own limits, to see situations which I draw from an unusual perspective, and to draw attention to important issues.
Acna Lani
Philadelphia, PA
New York, NY

Growing up in the suburbs of Philadelphia, Anca Lani was interjected with various races and cultures, and began her quest in the question, “Is race really important?”  Lani’s paintings explores the importance of race through the fracturing of the reality through the use of color and juxtaposing shapes throughout the portrait’s she creates.  Her artwork has been exhibited in Future Relica, Art Unleashed, Philadelphia Open Studio Tours, Junior Projects Discourse, I Know What You Did Last Summer and Thesis.

 

My artwork questions the importance of racial identity. I use personal family photos from my childhood/ current photos that fills me with the feelings of distance and past, as my source material for my paintings. It is my intention to invoke a sense of uneasiness, despair, and anguish within the viewer. My art is often associated with the German expression and fauvism era due the colors, mood, and feelings in my paintings. Outside of the fine arts realm, other inspiration comes from filmography such as, Tim Burton, the Brothers Quay, and vintage 1920's silent films and German Expressionist Films.

 

Sarah Malekzadeh
Niagara Falls, NY
Manhattan, NY

Sarah has a BFA in Drawing and Painting from OCAD University in Toronto, and has also studied at Ryerson University and McGill. Sarah is a painter whose work often references her mixed Iranian, Canadian and American background. In the summer of 2018 Sarah opened Seven Gardens artist residency in Kerman, Iran, which focuses on Persian food and handicraft.

Ridhima Mukim
Delhi, India
New York, NY

Ridhima is a multi-media artist with a BFA in Painting from College of Art, Delhi before SVA. She is a part-time Bollywood geek with a strong passion for dancing, singing, eating...and creating art, obviously.

I strongly believe in automatism and how it plays an eminent role in the creation of the overall structure and forms, that are mostly manifested in the configuration of lines, in my case. My work draws on my roots in Hindustani Classical music and dance. The process is performative and instinctive, and the result of bodily acts are intended to be cathartic and transformative.

 

Yam Chew Oh
Singapore
New York, NY
William Patterson
Marlboro, NJ
Queens, NY

William Patterson has a BFA from SVA in Visual and Critical Studies. When not painting, he can regularly be found making comics or reading philosophy. 

I am a painter whose practice synthesizes the elements of culture I find most of interest. These include but are not limited to: pastoral idylls, early 8 and 16-bit video games, Ukiyo-e prints, Quattrocento Tuscan painting, Kafka, and Anime.  My aim is to build a visual language that recasts reality in paint -- to give my paintings their own breathing room and sense of place, their own weight and depth and color. I want them to be like the world without being beholden to it, to hover and exist without exertion or exhaustion, for themselves.

Marianna Peragallo
Sao Paulo, Brazil
New York, NY

Marianna is a New York based Brazilian-American artist making works on paper, videos, and photographs. She earned a BFA in Sculpture from University of the Arts, Philadelphia.

 

Marianna's recent drawing projects use representational imagery to consider agency of the body, memory, and identity. She is interested in the duality of drawing as a permanent and ephemeral medium, creating a parallel between drawing and the function of memory. Drawings on paper are delicate and can tear or be smudged with ease, yet they can also withstand hundreds of years with integrity. Similarly, memory can fade, become colored, be manipulated, etc. Ultimately the drawings aim to simultaneously solidify a moment and emphasize the transience of time and memory.

Dana Robinson
Brooklyn, NY
Brooklyn, NY

Dana Robinson is a multimedia artist from Florida who works predominantly with fiber and paint. She has shown in at Display, Gallery : /protocol/, and Treat Gallery. Upon graduating with a BFA from Florida State University, Robinson worked at Elsewhere Artist Collaborative, lived in Baltimore where she began her brand Hot Dog Paradise and moved to Gainesville where she worked to curate art shows and provide resources for artists. She is currently branching out into more digital platforms, and selling her leather goods as Hot Dog Paradise in Williamsburg.

 

Through Robinson illustrates the ability to be youthful regardless of age and the endless freedom that is embroiled in that prospect. Her ability to combine and recombine the everyday objects that blend into the background of our lives allows the intended purpose of these them to be broken, realigned and set into new meanings. By allowing the original structures of her materials to fragment into draping folds, fibers and lines, the surface of these pieces are given the ability to come alive with interweaving patterns and the intimacy of home and self. 

 

Arantxa X. Rodríguez
Mexico City
New York, NY

Arantxa Ximena Rodríguez (AXR) had been inspired by fractals in her early work. She had a self taught practice before 2017 when she decided to take a step outside the acquired knowledge and expand her horizons by pursuing an MFA at SVA. Her work took a radical turn and now she has been exploring the art of performance and installation. Producing “architectural moments” such as string sculptures as well as creating and incarnating three characters which she uses to explore three main aspects of her life: her physical self and the emotions that come with it, her spiritual quest and her exploration through art itself. AXR is delving into her newfound creative path with the same goal with which she started: to evolve in her spiritual practice and inspire to help others through her art practice.

 

Jiayun Shi
Chongqing, China
Brooklyn, NY

Shi graduated from the Sichuan Fine Art Institute.

 

I’m trying my best to deal with the relationships existing in each painting itself by using these abstract painting languages. Each traces, each colors and each lines need to be constantly, and sometimes could be toughly, judged during the whole creative process, thus, to achieve the ultimately accuracy of my perception.

 

Ahree Song
Seoul, South Korea
Queens, NY

Ahree Song is a South Korean sculptor with focus on installations and projections. She received her bachelor’s and Master’s degree in sculpting from Seoul National University. Since 2009, her works have been exhibited at various art museums and galleries, including the Seoul National University’s president’s office, the Kim Chong Yung Museum and the Sejong Center for the Performing Arts. She has been creating work that studies the characteristics of changes in consciousness or materials by pausing a certain moment. 

 

I have been creating work that studies the characteristics of changes in consciousness or materials by pausing a certain moment. It can be observed in our surroundings from various perspectives. For example, taxidermy represents a moment of a real animal’s life as if they are alive. Since it has, however, lost its liveness as an animal, it is a preservation and simultaneously an incomplete reproduction, revealing double meaning. It is an outcome that shows both incompleteness of the idea of a moment and its contradictions; it is a desire to convert incompleteness into a complete status.

 

Shannon Stovall
San Diego, CA
New York, NY

Shannon has a BFA in Painting from the San Francisco Art Institute. She thinks the perfect gift is a cup of coffee or a bar of dark chocolate. She's doesn't eat mammals and Christina Aguilera's Stripped was her most played album from the ages of 12-15 (maybe longer). 

 

Shannon Stovall is interested in exploring our projected ideal personas and their deeply rooted history in the performance of gender, sexuality, and the societal norms that control them. She would describe her style as narrative realism, with a touch of the surreal. Lately, she has been interested in the conversation between inanimate objects and the animate body. 

Zachary Thompson
Colorado Springs, CO
Brooklyn, NY

Zac most recently lived and worked in Los Angeles before relocating to NYC to pursue his MFA. He has a BFA in drawing from the University of Florida. In his free time he can often be found inside museums or attending drag shows. 

 

 

Primarily working with found photographs, collaged houses, and charcoal on paper, Zac Thompson invents queer new worlds, often using the history of photography as a renewable resource for his creative practice. His work is a reimagining of historical artifacts, taking what he needs from a hegemonic culture to construct his own lineage, family, and history.

Collette Tompkins
New Jersey
Brooklyn, NY
Wushuang Tong
Chengdu, China
New York, NY

Wushuang is an interdisciplinary artist who has a BA degree in literature from Wuhan University and a BFA degree in Fine Arts from School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She holds the persistent belief of the firm connection between literature and fine arts.  She is also a cellist. Studying music for sixteen years vests rhythm with all her paintings, sculptures and ceramics. 

Three passions have governed my creation: the devotion to literature because of the immersive experience of reading, the perception of music because of searching the parallel soul of mine, and unquenchable pity for the humankind because of the awareness of their suffering. The three passions are enough to draw me out of my silent exile. The first gives me the consistent enthusiasm to discover the world’s abundance; the second grants me the ability to receive the most delicate quivering of spirit; the last affords me the indestructible courage to hear the pain all around me and seek to heal the wound.

Megan E. Wirick
Newville, PA
New York, NY

Megan’s work consists of large-scaled oil paintings and small intricate watercolors that explore femininity and queer sexuality. Paint, like sexuality is fluid and has so many possibilities that a person is required to have an open mind to be accompanied by the sensations that are provided.

LeeHo Yoo
Seoul, South Korea
New York, NY
Heming Zhang
Chengdu, China
New York, NY

I have my BS in applied chemistry from the Beijing University of Chemistry Technology. Before that, I had done many experiments in my loft lab since junior high. I started my work formally in the sophomore year, after making piles of which I called “material collage.” Relics are always the source of my inspirations and materials. It not only gives me a quiet place to think alone, but also reminds me of the time and space I stay in and used to be.

 

I am re-thinking my complex of natural materials, sometimes, preference will take control of the authority during compositing. Recently I have focused on the spots or positions that the observer stands during a process. The question does not go straightly, it turns out as different specific questions in different situations. Interactive projects, installations, time-based works are my main media in this pace, but questions go back from nature to myself, which retrospect to time, personal space and memory.

 

Zitong Zhu
Kunshan, China
New York, NY