December Readings & Open Studios
Thursday, December 20
Miguel Arzabe – San Francisco, CA
San Francisco-based artist Miguel Arzabe holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, with an MS in Environmental Fluid Dynamics from Arizona State University and an MFA from University of California Berkeley. Arzabe’s work was selected for Hors Pistes 2011 and 2012 at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, The More Things Change at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and Lightness and Dark at the Headlands Center for the Arts in Sausalito. He was commissioned for a site-specific installation at the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History for LAND/ART New Mexico. Arzabe’s work is held in private and public collections, nationally and internationally.
Fidencio Duran – Austin, TX
Fidencio Duran tells visual stories that honor the history of his family and community. These stories sprang from recollections of his father’s storytelling. “My dad used to tell us small parables about the consequences of being greedy or other moral lessons. He also wanted us to know where we came from, and all those folk stories stuck with me.”
Duran’s artwork appears in public and private art collections in the United States and abroad. His works have been exhibited by institutions from Museo El Centenario in Nuevo Leon, Mexico, National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago, IL, Amarillo Art Museum, Mexic-Arte Museum in Austin, TX, Millicent Rogers Museum in Taos, NM to Smithsonian Latino Center/Fundacion Osde in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
One of Duran’s most prominent works, The Visit, graces the length of the ticket counter at the Austin Bergstrom International Airport.
Loren Erdrich – Brooklyn, NY
Loren Erdrich is a Brooklyn based mixed-media visual artist working primarily in drawing, sculpture, performance and video. She has exhibited nationally and internationally, both individually and as part of CultureLab Collective. A 2011 show in San Marcos, TX featured her work alongside that of Louise Bourgeois, Kiki Smith and Félix González-Torres. In May 2011 she was featured in a Vogue Italia photo essay of female artists to watch in NYC by photographer Francesco Carrozzini. Together with poet Sierra Nelson she co-founded Invisible Seeing Machine, a collaborative art group, which in 2010 won the NYU Washington Square Review Prize for Collaboration for their lyrical choose-choose-your-own-adventure book I Take Back the Spongecake, combining drawings, poems, and collaboratively written poetry (forthcoming publication by Rose Metal Press, Spring 2012). Her work has been featured in Carol Novak’s ‘Giraffes In Hiding: the mythical memoirs of Carol Novak’ (Spuyten Duyvil, 2010), ALARM Press Magazine, the album covers of Taperecorder, and many poetry and art blogs. She has been awarded residencies at Art Farm Nebraska in 2010 and 2011, Sculpture Space in 2010, and the Vermont Studio Center in 2008.
Denise Kumani Gantt – Baltimore, MD
Kumani Gantt’s performance and literary work has been described as a “thoughtful, evocation of love and loss” by the Baltimore Sun. Her plays and performance pieces include meditations/from the ash, winner of the Artscape 1997 Best Play Contest and voted Best New Play by the Baltimore Alternative; Three Stories to the Ground, written with Gabriel Shanks and winner of the Theatre Project Outstanding Vision In Theatre award; anatomy/lessons selected as part of Penumbra Theater’s Cornerstone Project; and Communion written with actress Vanessa Thomas for Washington, DC’s Horizons Theater, and Testament, a play inspired by Antigone performed by the Village of Arts and Humanities in 2006. In 2003, her collection of poetry, conjuring the dead, was awarded the Maryland Emerging Writers Award by poet, Afaa Michael Weaver. She holds a MFA in Theatre Performance from Towson University. Her new play in progress, The Gift, received a staged-reading at Seattle’s, ACT in June 2011.
David Groff – New York, NY
David Groff’s new book of poems Clay was chosen for the Louise Bogan Award by Michael Waters and is forthcoming from Trio House Press. His previous collection, Theory of Devolution,was selected by Mark Doty for the National Poetry Series and was nominated for the Lambda Literary and Publishing Triangle awards. He is coeditor of the anthologies Persistent Voices: Poetry by Writers Lost to AIDS and the just-published Who’s Yer Daddy? Gay Writers Celebrate Their Mentors and Forerunners. An independent book editor, he teaches in the M.F.A. in Creative Writing Program at The City College of New York.
Cynthia Hooper – Eureka, CA
Cynthia Hooper’s videos, paintings, and interdisciplinary projects investigate landscapes transfigured by social and environmental contingency. Her work is meditative and poetic, but also takes a generously observational and generally factual approach toward the places she examines. She has worked with Tijuana’s complex urban environment and infrastructure, as well as contested and politicized water issues along the U.S./Mexico border. Her recent projects include an investigation of the artificial wetlands of Mexico’’s Colorado River Delta, and these wetlands’ complicated relationship with U.S. political and environmental policy. Her recent exhibits include the Center for Land Use Interpretation in Los Angeles, the Museum of Modern Art in Mexico City, The Centro Cultural Tijuana, Intersection for the Arts in San Francisco, and MASS MoCA. Cynthia has also been awarded residencies at the Headlands Center for the Arts and the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, as well as a Gunk Foundation grant. cynthiahooper.com/
Hugh Pocock – Baltimore, MD
Born in New Zealand and raised in the United States, Hugh Pocock’s work seeks to integrate the dynamics of natural and cultural phenomena. The intersections of labor, industry and organic materials, such as water, air, salt, wood and earth are the sites on which Pocock’s work is built. The history and metaphor of the human relationship to natural resources, space, time, consumerism, art, energy and language are among the issues Pocock investigates in his sculptures, installations, performances and videos. Over the past two decades, he has shown his work in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York and San Antonio as well as internationally in the former Soviet Union, Germany and China. His work has been exhibited in galleries and museums including Portikus Museum in Frankfurt, Germany, the Wexner Museum, the Santa Monica Museum of Art and the Baltimore Museum of Art. Pocock’s work has also been built for “non-art sites” such as private homes, movie theatres and farms. He received his BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and then completed his MFA at UCLA in New Genres. He is living and working in Baltimore, Maryland and is teaching Sculpture, Video and Social Practice courses that focus on the impact of Climate Change and issues of Sustainability at Maryland Institute College of Art.
Hugh Pocock’s work can be seen at his website: www.hughpocock.net
Brenna K. Murphy – Philadelphia, PA
Brenna K. Murphy is a Philadelphia based artist and educator of preschool-aged children. Working primarily with her own hair, she creates works on paper and site-specific installations. As the product of a nomadic upbringing, moving eight times and living in six states by the age of eighteen, she is interested in the relationship between the ideal of Home and the body. Her work explores the possibility that the body can be a surrogate Home for those that don’t have one as is traditionally defined in our culture, while also acknowledging the temporality of the body and our collective cultural notion of what Home means.
Murphy holds a B.F.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and completed a two-year Career Development Fellowship at The Center for Emerging Visual Artists in Philadelphia from 2009 to 2011. Her work has been exhibited widely in Philadelphia venues, including the Fleisher Art Memorial, the Painted Bride Art Center, and Moore College of Art & Design. She has also exhibited work nationally and internationally at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, the State Museum of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg, the Hunter Museum of American Art in Chattanooga, and the International Art Camp in Beijing, China.
She has received numerous awards and recognitions, most recently the Center for Emerging Visual Artists’ Travel Grant Fellowship. In 2007 she received the Second Prize in Photography at the Art of the State exhibition at The State Museum of Pennsylvania, and in 2010, she was the recipient of the Fleisher Memorial Wind Challenge Award. Her work has been acquired by the West Collection, and she was included on their Short List for the international $10,000 West Prize in 2011. She recently completed artist residencies at the CAMAC Centre d’Art in Marnay-sur-Seine, France, and the Kasthamandap Art Studio in Kathmandu, Nepal. In addition to these and her residency at SFAI, she will complete a residency at the Cite Internationale des Arts in Paris this Spring.
Faith Purvey – Los Angeles, CA
Faith Purvey’s work centers on public engagement, specifically site-responsive temporary installation in community, and a studio practice that involves sculpture, painting, photography, and video. Her projects deal with issues of habitation, urban infrastructure, transience, and nature, often employing collaborative sculpture-building processes with youth, civic and community leaders, and artists. Originally from Minneapolis and currently based in Los Angeles, Purvey received a BS in Art from University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2003, and an MFA from Otis College of Art, LA in 2010, where she studied Public Practice with Suzanne Lacy. She has worked on the City-sponsored Refoundation project, a collaboration with multiple entities including Milwaukee Public Theatre, for 2 consecutive summers, and her Fort Hauser project in Los Angeles was a finalist for a Creative Capital visual arts grant in 2011.