Amita Bhatt

Raised in India, Amita Bhatt received her BFA from the M S University, Vadodara and an MFA (painting) from the Maryland Institute College of Art. She borrows from traditional Tantric imagery and fuses it with Western social theory to create a new visual language that explores the classic themes of desire, conflict, struggle and transcendence. Bhatt’s work has been recently exhibited at the Museo Pedro de Osma (Peru), Walters Art Museum (USA), Die Monchskirche Museum (Germany), and The Station Museum of Contemporary Art (USA). She was a semi-finalist for the Janet & Walter Sondheim Award (2010) as well as the Joan Mitchell Award (2009). Her works are included in the collections of Marilyn Oshman, Sharon and Gus Kopriva, John and Berthe Ford, Nancy Kienholz and The Ogden Museum of Southern Art among others.

“My figures exist undeterred in abundant, primordial and potent fields of space. They oscillate between the ambivalent edges of insatiable desire and aversion, between wisdom, insanity and catastrophe, between monumentality and sacrifice, and between passion and destruction. They experience and exist within suspense-filled public/private spaces and are often armed with the indefatigable resilience of the human spirit, safe in the knowledge that there exist powerful possibilities between the illusions of wisdom and phantasmagoria. The lines continue to remain simple.” —a.b.

www.amitabhatt.net

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Charles Clary

Charles Clary was born in 1980 in Morristown, Tennessee and lives and works in Murfreesboro, TN. He received his BFA in painting with honors from Middle Tennessee State University and MFA in painting from the Savannah College of Art and Design. He recently had a solo exhibition at Galerie EVOLUTION-Pierre Cardin in Paris, France, a three week residency in Lacoste France, a painting assistantship with Joe Amrhein of Pierogi Gallery in Brooklyn NYC, and work acquired by fashion designer Pierre Cardin and gallery owner James Cohan. Charles is featured in WIRED (US and UK), Hifructose.com, Beautifuldecay.com, Bluecanvas, “Papercraft 2” published by Gestalten and “PUSH Paper” published by Lark Books. He is represented by The Rymer Galery in Nashville, TN, the Diana Lowenstein Gallery in Miami, FL.

http://charlesclary.wordpress.com/

Michaela Gleave

Michaela Gleave is an artist currently based in Sydney, Australia.  Working across a range of media including installation, performance, photography and video,  Michaela’s practice centers on the physicality of perception and the ways in which we understand and engage with the world around us.  Executed as a series of experiments, her often-temporal works question our relationship to space, matter and time, involving natural phenomena and tricks of perception within the context of the systems and structures that shape contemporary existence.

Her recent exhibitions include: ‘Our Frozen Moment’ at Performance Space, Sydney (2012); ‘We Are Made of Stardust‘ as part of Art Futures at the 2012 Hong Kong Art Fair  (2011); ‘Octopus 11: The Matter of Air’ at Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne (2011); ‘A Perfect Day to Chase Tornadoes (White)’ at the Kunstquartier Bethanien, Berlin (2011); and ‘Primavera 09’ at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney (2009).

Alan Reid

Alan Reid (b. 1976) lives and works in New York. Recent solo exhibitions include The Chameleon, A Palazzo Gallery, Brescia, With, Lisa Cooley, NY; Boudoir Concrete, Mary Mary, Glasgow; as well as group shows with Galerie Jacky Strenz, Frankfurt; Talbot Rice, Edinburgh; Barriera, Torino; A Palazzo Gallery, Brescia; Patricia Low, Geneva; Lisa Cooley, NY.

Alan at Lisa Cooley

Frank Saliani

Frank Saliani lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. He obtained a MFA in Ceramics from Ohio University and BFA from Syracuse University. Believing that the whole should be greater than the sum of its parts, Frank creates both sculptural works that not only speak of function, but also are indeed functional, providing a tangible example of the connection between the larger themes and patterns that make up our lives, and the smaller moments, actions, and experiences that combine to create them.  He has exhibited his work internationally and featured in several publications.

http://www.franksaliani.com

Jay Shinn

Jay Shinn was born in Magnolia, AR and lives and works in New York City and Dallas, TX. Recent exhibitions include: Jay Shinn: Illuminations, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, Gallery of Contemporary Art (Opening October 5th), Colorado Springs, CO; Jay Shinn and Axel Anklam: Luxplus, Kunstverein Neukölln, Berlin, Germany; Jay Shinn and Jens Hanke: A Twisted Mind Was Left Alone, Stunden 48, Neukölln, Berlin, Germany; Centerfolds, Marty Walker Gallery, Dallas, TX (solo exhibition)

http://www.jayshinn.com/

Jessica Stoller

Jessica Stoller was born in 1981 in Michigan. She is presently an Artist in Residence at the Museum of Arts and Design’s Open Studio Program in New York. Stoller’s work has been widely reviewed, in such publications as The New York Times, Ceramics: Art and Perception, and N. Pandora Feminist Journal, among others. Recent U.S. exhibitions include Bronx Calling: AIM Biennale, The Bronx Museum, NY; Fresh Figurines: A New Look at a Historic Art Form, Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA; New Work: Jessica Stoller, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA; and Reconstruct/Deconstruct History, Like the Spice Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

http://jessicamstoller.com/

Ari Tabei

Born and raised in Tokyo, Ari Tabei received her BA from Sophia University, attended the Post-baccalaureate Program in Studio Art at Brandies University, and received her MFA from the University of Connecticut in sculpture and video performance art. She has participated in the Vermont Studio Center and LMCC’s Swing Space in 2008 and was awarded the A.I.R. Gallery Fellowship 2008-2009. She has recently completed Smack Mellon Artist Studio Program for 2009-2010.

“I make garments and bags to create nests that are like my own home, my own world. These function as cocoons for me, to heal and nourish myself so that I regain strength to survive when I emerge from them. Interacting with the garments and bags, I invent ritualistic play that revives my childhood experiences and interprets the influences of my culture. In my current series, I use different materials and processes to explore specific meanings. With these materials, I package my body to disconnect myself from reality, but also to tie myself to it.” —a.t.

http://www.aricoco.com/

Lars Van Dooren

Lars van Dooren was born in Tacoma, Washington and lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. He attended Eastern Washington University earning a B.A. in Fine Arts and Interdisciplinary Studies and an MFA in Fine Arts from Parsons The New School for Design in 2009.

“Formica clad structures slouch upright against the wall suspending ramshackle elements of abstract notations, concrete plans, and an iconography of searching religious agnosticism. Low tables or platforms prompt questions of utility and purpose. Signs, symbols, and glyphs bear the traces of personal religious history but are filtered by advances into language, abstraction, and the ornamental. Generous propositions are put forward while leaving certainty and intention at arms length; concerns that are underpinned by an embrace of craftsmanship.” —l.vd.

http://www.larsvandooren.com/

Eileen Cubbage

Eileen Cubbage (b. 1976) lives and works on her computer. MFA from MICA, BFA from Syracuse. She has shown her work at Syracuse, the New York Studio School, MICA, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts,  Takt Kunstprojektraum, Delaware Center for the Creative Arts, soft-spot.net and the Creative Project. She has just returned to the U.S. after 4 months living and making work in a tiny desert cliff community of Zuqim, and learned about self, survival and communal collaboration. She started s&o to showcase this new perspective.

www.eileencubbage.com