December Artists

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The UMW Media Wall artists for the month of December are Eliane Lima, Rui Hu, Eden Mitsenmacher, Aaron Bowles, Shelley Jordon, and S/N.

Eliane Lima is a Brazilian emerging artist. She immigrated to the U.S. in 1999, and received a BA in Cinema from Binghamton University, State University of New York and a Master of Fine Arts in Film from San Francisco Art Institute. Currently, she is working on her second Master’s degree at the California Institute of The Arts. Lima’s work has been shown at Liverpool Biennial, SFMOMA, Anthology Film Archives, Pacific Film Archives, Brazil, Cuba, Canada, and elsewhere. She was awarded the SF Weekly Mastermind 2012 prize and featured an installation in homage to George Kuchar at the SF Art Pad 2012.

Eden Mitsenmacher – Born 1987 in the USA; works in London and Tel Aviv. Combines performance, video and installation to take a critical yet engaging view of social, political and cultural issues. Holds a BFA from Goldsmiths College University of London and an MFA from the Dutch Art Institute. Her work has been exhibited in spaces such as Istanbul Biennial, the Van Abbe Museum in the Netherlands, Holon Design Museum, Liverpool Biennial, Arebyte Gallery London and ACRE TV.

Aaron Bowles’ artistic practice is one that moves between mediums, incorporating elements from all disciplines of art-making, such as painting and video, or architecture and performance.  He has exhibited at numerous venues across the U.S. including Columbia University’s M.W. Offit Gallery in New York, NY, Parrish Art Museum in Watermill, NY, Rogue Video and Performance in Brooklyn, NY, and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C.

Shelley Jordon is a Portland, Oregon-based painter and moving-image artist who explores interior and exterior worlds and connections between past and present experiences. Using traditional drawing and painting media applied to two dimensional artwork, animation and installation, she expresses the complex nature of memory; physical and emotional, collective and personal.  Daily life, relationships and every day objects are investigated and informed by perceptions of previous experiences that reveal emotional and psychological resonance and reflect the passage of time. She has had over fifty solo exhibitions, including the Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, OH, the Whitebox Gallery Portland, OR and the Frye Museum, in Seattle, WA. Her work has been exhibited at t the Portland Art Museum, the Tacoma Art Museum, the Portland Museum of Art and at international venues in Italy, Israel, Great Britain, and Germany. Her projects have been supported by the Ford Family Foundation, artist residencies at the American Academy in Rome, Lucas Artist Residency at Montalvo, the Regional Arts and Culture Council, a Visual Arts Fellowship for the American Academy in Jerusalem two Oregon Arts Commission Individual Fellowship Awards and a Fulbright-Hayes Group Travel Research Grant.  Jordon holds an MFA from Brooklyn College and a BFA from The School of Visual Arts in NYC, and is a Professor of Art at Oregon State University.

S/N is a transdisciplinary art group, which works extensively with, but not limited to, video, sound, animation, photography and mobile media. The exhibitions often include performative elements and mediated footage, pushing both experimental and conceptual ideas around media.

S/N members include Jennida Chase and Hassan Pitts who crossed paths in 2007 while attending graduate school at Virginia Commonwealth University. The similar interest in documenting elements of their community resulted in working within similar environments and, thus a natural friendship and collaborative working relationship formed. They have been creating collaborative work since 2008.  Their works have been exhibited and screened in North America, Europe and Asia in various festivals, galleries and museums including Hong Kong Art Fair, Pekin Fine Arts, DAS Weekend and the Freies Museum in Berlin.

November Artists – Casilda Sánchez and Simon Tarr

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The UMW Media Wall artists for the month of November are Casilda Sánchez and Simon Tarr.

Born in Madrid, Spain, Casilda Sánchez holds a Masters Degree in Film, Video and New Media by the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She lives and works in Brooklyn. Her work has been shown in museums, art centers and galleries such as La Panera (Spain), Ground Floor Biennial at Hyde Park Art Center (Chicago), Aspect Ratio Gallery (Chicago), Videonale13 at Kunstmuseum Bonn, or Frac Corse among others.

Simon Tarr is an artist, researcher, and educator in South Carolina. In addition to his films that have been screened in hundreds of film festivals on every continent (yes, even Antarctica), he creates live video shows and immersive environments that he has performed at Carnegie Hall, LaMaMa and around the world from Tokyo to Cairo. His work is available on DVD from Netflix and Amazon. Tarr is an associate professor of art at the University of South Carolina where he is the coordinator of the Media Arts degree program in the School of Visual Art and Design. He received the 2010 University Film and Video Association Teaching Award for achievements in pedagogy that contribute to the field of film and video education.
http://quarknova.com

Simon Tarr

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The Long Way Down
(8m45s loop/silent/BW/single-channel)
A ghostly image of woman climbs endlessly to—somewhere. The loop evolves mathematically as more and more of her ascends and ascends.

Stop. Wait. Wait. Observe. Absorb. Partake. This is the simple, but attention-demanding process that underlies my practice. I explore video as a way of expanding space through time, transforming movement into choreography and gesture into narrative. Through the use of large-scale projections I examine the territories of absorption and desire as forces to transcend what is in front of us, incorporating looking as my main tool and vehicle to achieve intimacy with the portrayed subject. Through sustained and detailed close-ups, what would have normally been overlooked becomes visible, unlocking a fleeting moment into a vast space of micro narratives. Within this new immersive environment, everyday experience is reduced to a minimum, serving to highlight the moment when human becomes animal and natural elements a breathing being.

Casilda Sánchez

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High Tide
HD video, 19’27”, loop, 2013

High Tide is a close-up view of a gypsum-based material soaking water, cracking and transforming from powder to liquid state. It is the pre-process of the material changing from a mineral to a liquid with the necessary consistency to be able to function as modeling material for a new body.

The close and quiet view of such material and its changes becomes the view of an abstract landscape that has lost a reference to scale, becoming either a micro space, or the sight of a wide geological formation crumbling.

 

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Y el mar se negó a ser tierra (and the sea refused to be land)
8 channel video and audio installation, dimensions variable, 2014

 

Christine Lucy Latimer

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Fraction Refrain (for Loeser, Evans and Snow)

An auto-mechanized directive for mapping a microcosmic landscape.
Using cut-glass filters on a broken VHS camera, I traverse the terrain of a vintage pinball machine using mechanical movements reminiscent of Michael Snow’s La Region Centrale. (Dedicated to Mark Loeser, Justin Evans and Michael Snow).

A special commission for Graphical Recordings, with selected moving-image artists responding to POEM (1957) by Michael Snow (full text provided below)

POEM, 1957
It stayed
Where I saw it
Then it moved a fraction
To the left and then twice that
Distance again further and further

It
disappeared
Then just faintly
A corner of it just a fraction
Was visible if you peered
Very very closely
And just as
quietly
it was
gone

– Michael Snow

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Still Feeling Blue About Colour Separation

This film rephotographs over 200 internet-sourced images of ‘Macbeth ColorChecker’ cards on to super-8mm cyanotype emulsion. Macbeth Cards (precision tools in colour film processing), were a popular accessory for small-gauge Kodachrome filmmakers in the 1970’s. They have since been re-adopted by contemporary digital photographers, who use them to compare lighting scenarios on internet blogs and forums.

Tracing the history of the colour calibration card through many lenses, I effectively remove all colours, save one.

Cory Dahn

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Parallel (January-May)

The place of childhood,
of maturity.
Hearing, moving,
thinking, doing.
Act of nothing,
seeing,
listening.
And with light,
time travels parallel.

“Parallel” was shot and recorded between January and March of 2014. The film acts as a personal document of time spent between Ithaca, NY and South Orange, NJ.

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Occurrences of Light

A memory.
Present, passing,
Lucid, opaque,
Reflections, recollections,
Occurrences of Light.

 

October Artists – Christine Lucy Latimer and Cory Dahn

During the month of October, the Media Wall will  feature four new works on video and film by Christine Lucy Latimer and Cory Dahn.

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Christine Lucy Latimer is an avant-garde filmmaker and photographer. Her work in the past decade has been featured across 5 continents in over 200 film festivals and gallery exhibitions. She currently lives and works in Toronto, Canada.
https://vimeo.com/christinelucylatimer

Cory Dahn studied cinema at Ithaca College, graduating in 2014 with decent grades. His interests include jazz music, 60s psychadelica, rock & roll, hockey, art deco, analog photography, anime, vaporwave, camping, hiking, memphis milano, CRT TVs, art house cinema, laying in grass, sleeping well, Mad Men, and the Fast & Furious series.
corydahn@gmail.com

Thank you for your submissions

Submissions are closed for the 2015-2016 academic year. We are absolutely overwhelmed by the level of interest and quality of work that we received . Selections for the season are being finalized and all artists will be notified very soon. Submissions will reopen in the Spring.