Deana Haggag is the President & CEO of United States Artists, a national arts funding organization based in Chicago, IL. Before joining USA in February 2017, she was the Executive Director of The Contemporary, a nomadic and non-collecting art museum in Baltimore, MD, for four years. In addition to her leadership roles, Deana lectures extensively, consults on various art initiatives, contributes to cultural publications, and has taught at institutions such as Towson University and Johns Hopkins University. She is on the Board of the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance and council of Common Field, and has served as a member of the Affiliates Board for the Museums and Society Program at Johns Hopkins University and StageOne/FANS council at the Baltimore School for the Arts. She received her MFA in Curatorial Practice from the Maryland Institute College of Art and a BA from Rutgers University in Art History and Philosophy. She currently lives between Chicago and Baltimore.
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Hayden Dunham (b.1988) Creates complex visible and invisible systems, as well as discrete objects––often byproducts of her systems––she investigates the exchange of information between the hard and soft architectures of building and body. Using silicon, rubber, metal, glass, paints, and minerals as augmentation devices, Dunham’s works embody ideas of transformation and a process of facilitation, where objects are conditioned and supported through their individual internal transformations. Like her manifestations, processes of transformation are also embedded within her parallel creative processes, where conditioning systems enable her own internal conversions and development of identities and domains.
Ivana Bašić (b.1986) is a Serbian artist based in New York. Upcoming exhibitions include solo shows at Marlborough Chelsea New York and Signal Gallery Brooklyn, as well as group shows at Hessel Museum of Art. Recent exhibitions including her work have been held at Whitney Museum, New York; Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York; Annka Kultys Gallery, London; Nina Johnson, Miami; Gillmeier&Rech, Berlin; Nogueras Blanchard, Barcelona; Martos Gallery, Los Angeles; Rod Barton, London; Kunsthalle Wichita, Kansas and 820 Plaza, Montreal, Canada.
Ivana Basic renders the body as a dense and finite space of confinement and examines the conditions and consequences of that space, its boundaries, its matter, its durability and its weight.
By fusing synthetic materials such as silicone and glass and living materials such as wax and oil paint, Basic enfleshes hollow and bruised forms that are at once bodies and habitats. Residing in the liminal space between life and death these sculptural forms test the boundaries of “human minimality” while examining what constitutes the notion of “wholeness”. For the viewer, Basic’s work evokes both the repulsion and the beauty inherent to the pain and fragility of corporeality. Through the duality of her practice, Basic negotiates the complex conditions of mortality and speculates on scenarios beyond death and singularity.
Alisa Baremboym (b.1982 in Moscow) lives and works in New York City. She received a BFA from the School of Visual Art in 2004, and an MFA from Bard College in 2009. Recent solo and two person exhibitions include You be Frank,and I’ll be Earnest, Glasgow Sculpture Studios, 2016; Conflict (process), 47 Canal, New York, 2015; Contact, Fireplace Projects, New York, 2014; shape sweat: detox vision, The Vanity, Los Angeles, 2013; and Abundant Delicacy, 47 Canal, New York, 2012.Recent group exhibitions include the 2016 Liverpool Biennial; the 2014 Taipei Biennial; THEM at Schinkel Pavillon, Berlin,2015; That Obscure Object of Desire, Luxembourg and Dayan, New York, 2014; Speculations on Anonymous Materials, Fridericianum, Kassel, 2013; A Disagreeable Object, Sculpture Center, New York, 2012; and Probio, MoMA PS1, New York, 2013. Her work is included in the Rubell Family Collection. Alisa Baremboym is represented by 47 Canal, New York.
Photo by Timo Ohler. Courtesy of Schinkel Pavillon
Lena Henke (born 1982 in Warburg (GER)) lives and works in New York City since 2011. Henke has studied at the Städelschule under Professor Michael Krebber (2004-2010).My work explores the intersection of urban space and the depiction and abstraction of the female body. Over the last several years I have created a diverse oeuvre that defies formal categorization. Many
of my large-scale installations are developed in response to the social and architectural context of a given exhibition space. As a result, my works penetrates deep into the personal space of the viewer. I’d like to repeatedly address the structural organization of urban and rural outdoor space, using my own biography and subjective experiences as part of my exploration.
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Elizabeth Orr (b. 1984, Los Angeles, CA) is a filmmaker and artist. She has recently completed a near-future science-fiction film MT RUSH and is working towards her second solo show in September 2017 at Bodega in NYC. Her work has been shown internationally, including Artists Space Books and Talks, Anthology Film Archive, Recess, ICA Philadelphia, and she has been commissioned by MOCAtv and the Carpenter Center at Harvard University. She holds an MFA with Honors from Bard College Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts. and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
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Christine Navin (b. 1986, New York) is a Brooklyn-based Cuban American artist. She holds a B.F.A. from Pratt Institute and M.F.A. from the Virginia Commonwealth University. Her recent solo exhibitions include Madam I’m Adam, 315 Gallery, and Septillion, Flowerbox Projects, Miami, FL. The Last Brucennial curated by Vito Schnabel and The Bruce High Quality Foundation, New York, NY (2014), Emerge, Page Bond Gallery, Richmond, VA (2014), High Lure Image Content, curated by Julie Grosche, Kappa Theta Phi Gallery, Richmond, VA (2014), Live Amateurs, curated by Craig Drennan, Mint Gallery, Atlanta, GA, and New Waves, MOCA: Museum of Contemporary Art, Virginia Beach, VA (2013). She is the recipient of The Vermont Studio Center fellowship with publications including Fjord’s Review Vol. 2 Issue 4 (2014), and New American Painting: MFA Issue #111 (2014).
Julie Grosche (b.1986, France) lives and works in Brooklyn, NY, and is a graduate of Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Art in Dijon, France. Her work has appeared internationally and has recently shown at Galerie Escougnou Cetraro, Paris; Favorite Goods, Los Angeles, CA; Kappa Theta Phi, Richmond, VA; Emerson-Dorsch, Miami, FL; L’Atelier KSR, Berlin, Germany; Era VI VII VI, New York, NY; SPACES, Cleveland, OH. As a curator she has produced exhibitions internationally: based in Berlin, Berlin, Germany; Reference Gallery, Richmond, VA; and Oslo10, Basel, Switzerland. She co-founded PMgalerie in Berlin, Bcc an itinerant curatorial platform and ASMBLY based in NYC. She teaches and is the director of the Summer Studio Program at Virginia Commonwealth University.