Chitra Ganesh was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, where she currently lives and works. Her drawing, installation, text-based work, and collaborations seek to excavate and circulate buried narratives typically excluded from official canons of history, literature, and art. Ganesh’s work has been exhibited widely at venues including the Brooklyn Museum, the Queens Museum of Art, the Asia Society, Bronx Museum of Art, Exit Art, and White Columns in New York. International venues include the Gawngju Art Museum in Korea, Fondazione Sandretto in Italy, Nature Morte in New Dehli, Montehermoso Center in Spain, ZKM in Germany, and the Royal College of Art in London. Ganesh graduated from Brown University magna cum laude with a BA in Comparative Literature and Art Semiotics in1996. In 2001 she attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, and received her MFA from Columbia University in 2002.
Stephen Vitiello is an electronic musician and media artist. His sound installations have been presented internationally including recent exhibitions on the High Line, NYC and for John Kaldor Public Art Projects, Sydney, Australia, as well as the 2002 Whitney Biennial, the 2006 Biennial of Sydney (in collaboration with Julie Mehretu) and the Marfa Sessions (with Steve Roden). CD releases include Bright and Dusty Things (New Albion), Listening to Donald Judd (Sub Rosa) and The Gorilla Variations (12k). Originally from NY, Stephen is now based in Richmond, VA where he is an Associate Professor of Kinetic Imaging at Virginia Commonwealth University. www.stephenvitiello.com
Paul Sacaridiz (b.1970, Brooklyn, NY, lives and works in Madison, WI) earned an MFA (1998) from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and a BFA from Alfred University (1993). He is currently an Associate Professor and head of Ceramics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has been active in solo exhibitions, collaborative projects and group shows at a diverse number of venues including: The Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, The Dubuque Museum of Art (IA), The Icheon World Ceramic Center, Icheon, Korea and The Alfedena Gallery, Chicago. His work has been the subject of reviews and articles in Ceramics: Art andt Perception, The New Art Examiner and Art Papers among others. Sacaridiz has been the recipient of residencies at the Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, The Ragdale Foundation, The Vermont Studio Center and the Art/Industry Program at Kohler Company.
Andrea Zittel received a BFA in painting and sculpture (1988) from San Diego State University, and an MFA (1990) in sculpture from the Rhode Island School of Design. In the early 1990s she established her practice in New York, where one of her most visible projects was “A-Z East”, a small row house in Brooklyn which she turned into a showroom testing grounds for her prototypes for living. In 2008 she moved back to the West Coast, eventually settling in the High Desert region next to Joshua Tree National Park where she founded A-Z West, as well as organized the “Smockshop,” an artist-run enterprise, and High Desert Test Sites, a series of experimental art sites.
Her work has been included in group exhibitions such as the Venice Bienalle, Doccumenta X, Skulptur Projetke in Munster, and the 1995 and 2004 Whitney Biennials. She has had solo exhibitions at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Carnegie Museum in Pittsburgh, The Diechtorhallen in Hamburg, The Whitney Museum of American Art at Altria in NY, The Museum for Gegenwartskunst in Basel, and The Louisiana Museum in Denmark. Her traveling survey show “Critical Space” has exhibited in several locations in the US, and her work was recently highlighted in the exhibition 1:1 at the Schaulager in Basel, Switzerland.
Diana Al-Hadid was born in Aleppo, Syria, raised in Ohio, and now lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. She holds an MFA in sculpture from Virginia Commonwealth University, as well as a BFA in sculpture and a BA in Art History from Kent State University. She has been the focus of several solo exhibitions in Philadelphia, Indiana, and Washington DC, amongst others. She has also taken part in numerous group exhibitions across the US, including New York, Los Angeles, Washington DC, Richmond (VA), and Cleveland (OH). She has recently completed several residencies such as AIM 26 at the Bronx Museum and the Sculpture Space residency in Utica.
Digital Arts and the Department of Art are proud to present HUNG Keung. HUNG graduated from the Swire School of Design, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and the Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design (MA in Film + Video), UK. He was a visiting scholar at the Centre for Art and Media (ZKM), Germany (2001-02). Currently, he is a PhD candidate at The Planetary Collegium, the University of the Arts in Zurich, Switzerland.
In recognition of his international achievement in new media art, HUNG was awarded a prestigious President's Award (2002); Deutscher Akademicscher Austausch Dienst Scholarship, Germany (2002) and Asian Cultural Council Fellowship, US (2005). In 2004, HUNG founded innov+media lab, focusing on new media art + design research in relation to Chinese philosophy and interactivity.
Liz Collins is an artist and designer, recognized internationally for her use of machine knitting to create ground-breaking clothing, textiles, and 3-D installations. After five years as an independent designer of seasonal ready-to-wear collections in New York City, Collins returned to her alma mater, Rhode Island School of Design, as an Associate Professor in the Textile Department. In the spring of 2005, a new facet of Collins’ work emerged: a series of performance-based installations called “KNITTING NATION”, that employ uniformed machine knitters to create a multi-sensory experience that examines the relationship of humans to manufacturing and the process of machine knitting. Collins is a 2006 United States Artists Target Fellow in Crafts and Traditional Arts and a 2010 Rhode Island Council for the Humanities McColl Johnson Fellow.
Portland-based Akihiko Miyoshi explores the intersection between art and technology, most frequently dealing with issues surrounding photographic representation. His works often reveal the conventions of perception and representation through tensions created by the use of computers and traditional art media. Born in Japan, he received an MFA in photography in 2004 from the Rochester Institute of Technology, after taking a leave of absence as a PhD student in computer engineering at Carnegie Mellon University to pursue art. Miyoshi teaches photography and digital media at Reed College.
Roy McMakin is a designer, architect, and furniture maker, and his art, which draws on his knowledge of and experience in these disciplines, demonstrates a deep engagement with the artistic potential of domestic objects and environments. In sculpture that looks like furniture or mundane household fixtures (a nonfunctioning toilet made of wood, for example) and furniture that is detailed or decorated to emphasize its sculptural aspects (such as a wooden writing desk painted bright pink). McMakin tests the cultural distinctions that separate the two classes of objects, which occupy the same physical space.
McMakin (born 1956) first brought his work to the public through Domestic Furniture, his Los Angeles show room (closed in 1994). He has continued to engage with the public through Domestic Architecture, his Seattle-based design firm whose portfolio has expanded from remodeling to ground-up home designs. MOCA Pacific Design Center, West Hollywood, California, exhibited a survey of McMakin’s art and design work in 2003, and sculptures by McMakin are permanently installed at the University of California, San Francisco’s Mission Bay campus and the Olympic Sculpture Park, Seattle. McMakin lives and works in Seattle.
Cannon Hudson is a painter and sculptor who lives in Los Angeles, and Joshua Tree, California. In addition to art-making he has an architectural design practice started in 1999. He has shown his work nationally and internationally and was a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2003.
Interested in the built structures that surround us, Hudson’s paintings depict domestic interiors, which in turn contain representations of paintings and sculptures. The sculptures, as if emerging from the paintings, are made of steel, wood, plexiglass, polymer coating, and composite materials. The paintings construct actual and fictitious interiors as contextual setting for the sculptural work, which projects past experiences into the future by reassembling the past. The more tangible aspects of their subject matter tend to erode into simple forms that float in mercurial and reflective spaces, which might be seen as stylistic stand-ins for the original thing.