All but two of the artists & writers who were here in March are still here! Come to the April Open Studio on Thursday, April 29th, and see what they’ve done in the last month!
April Open Studio
Thursday, April 29th
5:30pm @ SFAI
Admission is Free!
April Artists & Writers
Wesley Berg – Brooklyn, NY
Wesley Berg received his MFA in 2007 from the University of Florida where he was given an Alumni Fellowhip. His BFA is from Miami University in Oxford, OH. He has been awarded residencies at the Vermont Studio Center and the Santa Fe Art Institute, and has an upcoming two-month stay at the Nelimarkka Museum in Alajarvi, Finland in the fall of this year. He has lived and worked in Brooklyn for the past three years. Some of his exhibitions around the US and the world include: the Jacksonville Museum of Contemporary Art; 3rd Ward, Brooklyn; Rabbithole Studio, Brooklyn; Hun Gallery, NY; Gallery Ho, Seoul, South Korea; Redsaw Gallery, Newark; Nonstop Liberal Arts Institute, Yellow Springs, OH; and 18 Rabbit Gallery in Ft. Lauderdale.
Tia Blassingame – Woodbridge, CT
Tia Blassingame is a writer and printmaker exploring the history of African American architects, and the intersection of architecture, race, and perception. She studied Architectural Design at Princeton and UC Berkeley, and Letterpress Printing at the New York Center for Book Arts. This fall, she will attend the M.A. program in the Art of the Book at the Corcoran College of Art & Design in Washington, DC. The former Architecture Editor for New York Arts Magazine, Tia has also published artist interviews and pieces exploring race and architecture in The Brooklyn Rail and Espace among other publications. She recently started Primrose Press, an environmentally-friendly stationery company whose name is taken from both an ornamental border and a nineteenth century song-and-dance team that performed regularly in blackface. She has been a writer-in-residence at the MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, New Hampshire and the Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in Red Wing, Minnesota.
Karen Cantor – Falls Church, VA
Karen Cantor, a filmmaker, describes her background as eclectic. Hailing from a suburb of New York City, she received a BA cum laude from Goucher College and an MBA from Wake Forest University. During her 20 years in North Carolina she became well known for her industrial and artistic photographs. In addition, she has been a marketing director and consultant for high-tech firms and taught photography and entrepreneurship on the college level. The year she became a grandmother was when she began her career as a documentary filmmaker. Ms. Cantor co-produced and co-directed The Danish Solution, a documentary about the 1943 rescue of the Danish Jews (released in 2003). Her recently released documentary, Last Rites, produced in association with Mississippi Public Broadcasting, is a compelling and deeply personal exploration of four families and their terminally-ill loved ones as they face death.
Carrie Dickason – Deer Isle, ME
Carrie Dickason was born and raised in Indiana. She holds an MFA in Fiber from Cranbrook Academy of Art, and a BFA in Textiles from Indiana University, Bloomington. Her work has been exhibited in Columbus, OH; Detroit, MI; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Jackson, WY; St.
Petersburg, FL; and Deer Isle, ME. Her work combines traditional ideas of textiles with post-consumer materials and interests in contemporary culture. She has had residencies at the Corporation of Yaddo, Saratoga Springs, NY; the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts in Nebraska City, NE; as well as at the Vermont Studio Center, in Johnson, VT. For the past three years she has worked seasonally in Deer Isle, ME at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts. Her solo exhibit titled Cultivating Culture, was recently shown at the Sculpture Center, in Cleveland, OH March 5–April 12.
Pierre Giquel – Nantes, France
Born in 1954, Pierre works in collaboration with publications which alternate his activities as a critic with those of a writer without concerning himself with the hierarchies of these roles. He is published in various reviews, including Art Press, as well as numerous artists’ catalogues. He has also produced a certain number of artist’s books, thus making possible the meetings between mediums. In conjunction to this, he is regularly involved with artistic and musical pieces, across poetic texts and micro-fictions. In June 2008, he was invited to the MAC/VAL, Vitry, to develop [/uncover] these established relationships between critical analysis and song. He teaches at the School of Fine Art in Nantes, France.
Cécile Paris – Paris, France
Cécile Paris is an artist who has lived and worked in France since 1970. Her gaze sweeps the fields of our daily spaces: a country road, a building facade, a town and all sorts of other seemingly innocuous objects. Her films, photographs and drawings provide us with a plethora of ways of reading them, most often resulting in a feeling of hypnotic strangeness. There are no autobiographical readings, nor auto-fictional forms; no editing, no effects, no stories, but, like a song, a tune made of images, through which she offers a personal vision of a world where a smell of regret (a perfume), something romantic, mingles with a masked rebellion. While Mac Val the new contemporary Art museum in Vitry sur Seine is currently running her videos, she continues to show in New York, Italy, and all over the world.
Rebecca Silus – Minneapolis, MN
Working from personal photographs and found images, Rebecca Silus’ paintings are a mixture of realism and abstracted spaces. She is interested in how physical places are thought about and transformed by memory, history, culture and myth. Her work has been shown in Minneapolis and San Francisco and published in New American Paintings. In 2008 she received her MFA in Visual Studies from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Originally from Minneapolis, she currently lives and works in Berlin.
Hoyun Son – Chicago, IL
Hoyun Son is a conceptual artist working in various media includes text, performance, multi-media installation, and interactive installations. Her practice is mainly focused on generating new ideas/ways of quality life in this globalized, technology oriented society through open conversations and subtle but intentionally selective encounters arts can provide. Born in Korea, Has background in Social Welfare and Information and Library Science. Hoyun Son moved to USA in 2001 to attend School of Art Institute of Chicago where she earned her BFA and MFA. She has performed in various public venues in Chicago, Boston, Dallas and Seoul, Korea. Exhibited her works in Chicago, Houston, Romania, Boston and Korea. Also she is recipient of various awards and fellowships include Illinois Art Council, Skowhegan Painting and Sculpture, MacDowell Colony in USA, and Sandness Kommune of Norway.