October Open Studios
Thursday, October 27
Hafeez Lakhani – New York, NY
Hafeez Lakhani was born in India and grew up in Suburban South Florida. A graduate of Yale University, he has worked as a non-profit field worker, commodities trader, and high school teacher. He has studied at The Gotham Writers Workshop and is hard at work on his memoir, The New-American Dream, a story about roots, acculturation, and mobility. He has been awarded fellowships from The Vermont Studio Center and The Virginia Center for Creative Arts, and in 2011 he was named a PEN Emerging Voices Fellow.
Sarah Jane Lapp – Seattle, WA/Boston, MA
Sarah Jane Lapp has worked with film and visual art for the last two decades. Her experimental non-fiction films and hand-drawn animations often connect labor, comic personae, and the religious imagination including “Chronicles of a Professional Eulogist” and “Chronicles of an Asthmatic Stripper.” Her work has been supported by Fulbright Commission, Rockefeller Foundation, MacDowell Colony, Artslink, Jerome Foundation, Alpert Award in the Arts, Ucross, Washington State, and the City of Seattle.
Sarah Jane is currently creating visual content for a telematic concert with her long-time collaborator, the virtuoso contrabassist, Mark Dresser. She most recently resided in Boston where she taught at Wellesley and Harvard while simultaneously finishing a 16mm film that evolved from her production of 1,000 sugar packets by hand.
Mathilde Jensen – Copenhagen, Denmark
Mathilde Fiona Jensen was born on the island Funen, Denmark in 1979. She received her Bachelor in Fine Art from Kerteminde, Denmark in 2005. Soon after her graduation, she was accepted into several competitions for emerging artists, the most important being, Charlottenborg Spring exhibition in Copenhagen, which is the most highly respected competition in Denmark. Soon after this debut she was selected by different galleries in Copenhagen for group shows. In 2009, she graduated from Central St. Martins College of Art and Design in London with an MA in Fine Art. Today she lives and works in Copenhagen.
Liza Buzytsky – Bronx, NY
Liza Buzytsky is primarily a Bronx-based writer and artist. A graduate of Pratt Institute, her work appeared most recently in “Personal, Private, Public” at PPOW Young Curators III exhibition. She is the publisher of the artist’s book, “We Love Our Customers,” a collection of writing and photography, which was released in March 2010, and creates mixed media sculpture from industrial materials and found objects.
Lauren Davies – San Francisco, CA
Lauren Davies mixed media sculpture and installations explore our often-troubled relationship to the natural world. Her work employs a wide range of unusual materials combined with a labor-intensive “do-it-yourself” craft aesthetic that is underscored by an ironic dark humor.
Davies’ work has been presented at the Oakland Museum, De Saisset Museum, Triton Museum, Islip Museum, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Gallery 16 and ampersand international arts. She has been an artist-in-residence at Djerassi, California Academy of Sciences, and La Porte Peinte Centre pour les Arts, Noyers, France. Davies received her MFA in sculpture from the San Francisco Art Institute. In addition to her studio practice, Davies is also a curator and serves as Director of Exhibitions and Public Programs at Kala Art Institute in Berkeley, a residency program that supports new works in photography, video, digital media, sculpture/installation and print media.
Daniel Kyong – Seoul, Korea
Daniel was born in Seoul Korea and received a BFA from Chung-Ang University in Seoul, and graduated from Joe Blasco Special Make-up Effect Center in Los Angeles. She worked as a character designer at Samsung Everland from 2005-2006. Her work comes from her interest and admiration of imaginary entities. There is a process of self recognition, a search for meaning, a way of understanding thoughts and emotions, and reflection of life that comes out in the characters she creates. She has shown in Japan, China, and extensively in Seoul Korea.
Charlotte Dupont – Brussels, Belgium
Charlotte Dupont was born in Paris and moved to Brussels in 2003. She started as an actress at the age of 17 with director Nicolas Klotz, played in the movie En la Ciudad de Sylvia by Jose Luis Guerin (64th Official Mostra selection ) and in The Swing by Christophe Hermans (Official Magritte selection, 2010).
She also works as a writer for several European directors. Acting and Writing led her to film direction. She shot her first short fiction La peau claire in 2007. While She was living in Taos, NM USA between 2009 and 2010, she developed autofiction videos in which she filmed herself living the ‘American Dream’ in a wild deserted landscape that became an experimental short movie named Everywhere you go. http://charlottedupont.tumblr.com/