The Studios at MASS MoCA Artists-in-Residence
Stay tuned to meet more visiting artists in the coming weeks and months.
Blake Brasher, based in Cambridge, MA, is a robotics engineer and a painter who works primarily in abstract forms. Blake explores the physical and spiritual nature of life through color and movement.
Donna Cleary is an artist from New York City. Donna works sculpturally, incorporating found objects from her environment into her crocheted fetish objects and fertility sculptures. During her residency, Donna has spent her time researching non-toxic, plant-based dyes and using them to dye virgin wool (which she taught herself to spin into yarn!). Donna’s work has been evolving as a result of her Assets for Artists residency, taking on the more organic vibe of the Berkshires.
Nayda A. Cuevas is a painter from Puerto Rico now residing in Arlington, MA. She creates portraits that represent a journey in her continuous search to make connections with the people around her and in the place she lives. Exploring her identity produces a visceral exchange of personal and political identity while cultivating an awareness of “otherness.” During her residency she has worked diligently on a new series entitled “Reclaiming the Latina tag” appropriating selfies, from the Tumblr blog with above name, and repainting them the size of a cell phone.
AM DeBrincat is a Brooklyn-based artist, curator, and the founding editor of ArtFile Magazine. Her work combines painting, photography, and printmaking, incorporating text and found imagery. During her residency she worked on her latest series of paintings in which she blends printmaking (specifically xerox transfer printing) and oil painting into works that grapple with the legacy of portraiture in contemporary culture, and specifically with the influence of social media and the internet on the way we perceive self-presentation.
Kate Fauvell is a visual artist born and raised in New York City. Primarily a painter, Kate uses a combination of paint, photography, old letters and recycled objects to explore how to capture and re-enact memory through visual forms. She takes objects, photos, letters; cards that would otherwise be forgotten, stored or thrown away and repurposes them into something new in an attempt to keep memories alive.
Brian Gillis is a visual artist who lives, works, and teaches in Eugene, Oregon! While in residence at MASS MoCA, Brian worked on a series of gilded drawings depicting burial sites of people who in some way catalyzed social progress. He has begun this project with a focus on the graves of American labor organizers, tribal leaders, and revolutionaries as a way to sanctify and draw power from their legacies.
Rachel Sussman is a visual artist and writer living and working in New York City. Her transdisciplinary art practice explores deep time and space, beauty, and the environment. During her residency, she further developed her “Poetics of Space” project, including “Dead Stars,” a large scale installation of light from stars that no longer exist, and concepts for a site-specific permanent installation at CERN embodying all of the time in the history of the universe. She also did her first tests for a new outdoor work entitled “Sidewalk Kintsukuroi.”
Lauren Smith is an emerging Brooklyn-based artist who exhibits throughout New York. Lauren makes drawings cataloging variations in identity and limitations of human understanding. During her time at the Studios, Lauren worked at our local makerspace, Makers’ Mill, in order to create relief and linoprints. These prints served as the initial layer for a series of drawings, and will ultimately become sensory based journals recording smell and breath or fluctuations in social and physical identity.
Katya Grokhovsky is an interdisciplinary artist who works and lives in New York City. Her practice combines painting, drawing, collage, sculpture, installation, performance, photography, and video to explore issues of gender, culture, and the self, often employing the body as a tool to weave together the personal and political. During the residency Katya worked on a multidisciplinary project, involving installation, drawing and performance for video. The project re-mixes DADA and pays tribute to the under-represented and often overlooked female artists of that time. The project is part of series of works which explore the legacy of female artists throughout history, via staged and constructed sets, acts and re-enactments.
Lanie is a visual artist joining us from New York City. Lanie’s artwork has evolved from making mixed-medium sculptures/boxes and paintings to works on paper and artist books. Right now, Lanie is working on paper to create a series of collages and accordion books. Using graphite, watercolors, and gouache, she creates patterns of calligraphic markings, which are then collaged with different materials and images. The collage process allows Lanie to freely investigate and develop her personal iconography.
Babs Owen is a painter and mixed media artist whose practice currently involves installation. She works in series in order to explore how color, shape, material and paint itself develop and change one’s experience of each piece, while consistently exploring her subject matter. Currently she is painting paper that she modifies and uses to create abstract shapes (later using them in installations directly on a wall). This series involves the repetition of action and emphasizes the small components that make up larger systems.
Linda Stillman is a visual artist from New York City and Hillsdale, NY. Linda uses diverse media – drawing, collage, painting, photography and installation – to investigate concepts of time, memory and our interaction with nature. During this residency she researched the history of New York’s Central Park and developed her drawings with plants in support of her upcoming show for the New York City Parks Department. She also continued her series of daily paintings of the sky.
Elizabeth Knowles is a visual artist living and working in New York City. Elizabeth creates paintings and installations inspired by natural patterns (biological patterns on the cellular level of organisms, and geological patterns of the earth’s natural landscapes). Her work derives from a fascination with the fractal aspect of life forms as patterns replicate on differing scales. During this residency she concentrated on a new series of works on paper inspired by the poetry of Mark Dow.
Eugenia Yu is a visual artist living and working in Brooklyn, New York. Having studied architecture and fashion design, Eugenia works closely with materials, space and the human form. Her work examines relationships between materials and people, between people and people, and between materials and materials. Captivated by her previous work in printmaking and film, she created new work focused on the art of the moving image during this residency.
Ana Dos Santos is a jewelry and metalsmith artist living and working in Peabody, Massachusetts. During this residency Ana worked on the branding for her jewelry studio, Garnetgirl Studio. This included creating a logo, creating clear and concise and clear presentation in the packaging and updating her online presence. She also worked to design and illustrate a collection of essential everyday jewelry pieces that will complement her other works.
Cynthia Groya is a visual artist living and working in Princeton, New Jersey. Deeply inspired by Anselm Keifer, Cynthia is excited to spend time with MASS MoCA’s Anselm Keifer exhibit to inform her work in new ways. She strives to create work that mirrors personal struggle, invites reflection, and offers grasps of fleeting light. During this residency she further explored the effects of integrating light and shadows in video formats with her work, dancing furtive light through layers of painted, scratched, scraped and manipulated surfaces.
Frank Zadlo is a multimedia artist living and working in Brooklyn, NY. His practice includes sculpture, drawing, and video. During this residency, Frank worked on pieces for an upcoming solo exhibition this January in Brooklyn at Victori + Mo. He used the uninterrupted studio time and space to complete video editing for his installation, in addition to testing out unique exhibition set-ups in the studio by utilizing iPads, shelves, projectors, and/or other objects.
Kimberly Convery is Portland, Maine-based artist primarily focused on implied landscapes and non-narratives. Primarily her work is made to evoke the viewers concept of falsity and reality; This theme has been a continuing force in her work. Kimberly uses traditional pen, ink and gouache on paper. The quantity of drawings can be overwhelming — like swimming in diamonds.
Margot Stage is a visual artist based in Lowell, Massachusetts whose work explores memory and legacy. While fiber has been her primary medium for the past decade, she used her residency to play with new directions and materials. Margot surrounded her studio walls with paper and created large line drawings. She also worked on the construction of iconostasis (small spirit houses) and did monoprinting with gelli plates.
Bo Kim is a visual artist from South Korea who currently works and lives in New York City. She is primarily an oil painter and interested in structuring emotions toward memories. Bo creates visual atmospheres that express how memories are often modified, exaggerated or deleted over a period of time. During her residency, Bo researched forgotten historic sites that were related to mass murders and she used them to develop her drawings for a new series of works.
Raul Martinez is a visual from Madrid, Spain who currently lives and works in New York City. He received his M.A. in visual arts and museum studies from New York University in 2010. Raul is interested in the intersection of language and ideology as he explores the possibilities of using the enormous textual output of our society. His current project, FLAGS, is a series of hand-woven rugs each made with bullet casings gathered from a different country. During his time at MASS MoCA, he completed a new hand-woven rug made of .40 caliber bullet casings from the United States. These pieces function as a type of geopolitical cartography that Raul first developed during his residencies in Guatemala and Colombia.
Pat Falco is an “artist” from Boston, Massachusetts. He spent his residency making some small paintings, and also some medium sized paintings. He also spent some time researching some stuff. He also went walking around in the woods and looked at some trees.
Marion Belanger is a photographer whose work is interested in the concepts of persistence and change, and in the way that boundaries demarcate difference, particularly in regards to the land. She has been the recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, a John Anson Kittredge Award, an American Scandinavian Fellowship, and multiple Connecticut Commission on the Arts Fellowships. The artist earned a MFA from the Yale University School of Art. Her current work investigates the shifting edges of the North American Continental Plate in Iceland and California.
Nava Atlas is an visual artist and writer living in New Paltz, New York. Her multi-media work deals with themes of class, social justice and women’s issues, and is heavily tinged with irony and dark humor. During her residency, Nava has explored ways to expand the imagery in her artist’s books into larger-scale installations, creating new works as well as digital mock-ups of proposed environments.
Sue Huang is an artist living and working in Northampton, MA. Her work deals with issues of the perceptual and sensorial, the interactive and participatory, the relational and social, the performative and cinematic, and the architectural and site-specific. During this residency she worked on two projects: a series of kites based on color-swatches taken from sky gradients and a sound installation using bird song mnemonics.
Yu Rim Chung is a Korean-American, Brooklyn-based visual artist. Although her work primarily consists of highly detailed, textural intaglio prints and drawings, her recent work as a metalworking fabricator has imbued her practice with an interest in sculpture and translate her abstract, densely textural work to complex, three-dimensional forms comprised of smaller, basic units. During her residency at MASS MoCA, she took time to reflect upon her creative practice and experiment with paper prototypes for future sculptures, pushing her interest in intuitive, repetitive methods to evoke a sense of compression, fragmentation, and absorption in her work.
Erik Dalzen is a Brooklyn based artist. His work combines absence and presence, physicality and virtuality, to create photographs, sculptures, drawings and videos concerned with human experience and the unknown. He received an M.F.A. from Hunter College and a B.F.A. from Brigham Young University. Dalzen has recently exhibited at New Holland, St. Petersburg, Russia; hpgrp gallery, NY; Aviary Gallery, MA; Humble Arts Foundation, MA; and Ugly Art Room, NY. He has published several books: Horrible Bodies (2013), Sixty-Fifth Street and Columbus Avenue (2011) and One Hundred Lies and One Truth (2011).
Nina Ruelle is a visual artist based in Providence, RI. She predominantly works with textiles and collected objects to create sculptural tapestries of meticulously crafted crap. During her residency, she played with sequins, sewed some things, and gold-leafed a couple hubcaps for her upcoming show at the T.F. Green airport in Rhode Island.
Immy Humes is a documentary filmmaker who spent her time at MASS MoCA working on a film about the late great radical filmmaker Shirley Clarke (pictured left). She reviewed hundreds of hours of footage, including fresh interviews, home movies from the 1930’s, and experimental video from the 1980’s. Immy’s previous film subjects have ranged from pit bulls to Lizzie Borden to her late father, the novelist and general troublemaker HL Humes.
Huckleberry Elling is a textile artist originally from Los Angeles, living in Western Massachusetts where she crochets large furry creatures with wearable heads. Colorful, textural, playful and creepy, Huck invites people to touch, try on, and bring to life these storybook-like,life sized characters.
Katrina Majkut (My’kut) is an artist living in Brooklyn, New York but hails from Boston. She is dedicated to understanding and exploring feminine narratives in textile and media art. During her residency she continued to develop her cross-stitch series, In Control where she is meticulously embroidering every medical, biological and family planning product related to women’s reproductive health. She also utilized Maker’s Mill to screenprint modernized versions of early 20th-century illustrations of girls by placing them in settings and environments where women are seldom ever represented.
Jakob Steensen is a Danish artist currently residing in New York City. In his work, Jakob explores relationships between imagination, technology and ecology. He develops video installations that function as cartographies of fictional and futuristic worlds. These fictional worlds are based on Jakob’s real world explorations of landscapes transformed by infrastructural transformations. During his residency, Jakob explored the history of large scale industries in the local area. At abandoned mines and factories, he built scenes while performing in a futuristic DIY survival suit. He combined the scenes that he filmed on-location with recordings from the inside of his film studio that he filled with mylar to make it seem both trashy and futuristic simultaneously.
Daniel Kukla is from Brooklyn, NY and has exhibited in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Asia and Central America. He is a 2008 graduate of the International Center of Photography where he studied documentary photography and photojournalism. During his undergraduate studies he focused on evolutionary ecology, biology, and evolutionary human anatomy, and received a B.S. from the University of Toronto. Daniel utilizes both these disciplines when creating his images, sculptures and installations that comment on humankind’s ever changing relationship with the natural world. Daniel’s work has been published in the New York Times, Time Magazine and National Geographic.