Elise Thompson

Sometimes you have to paint a whole tube of Pringles to know it’s a bad idea.

“I identify as a painter, but not all of my works are wall based and within the conventional rectangle. I don’t think this necessarily means that I’m not making a painting, however.  I view the work that I make being rooted in the vocabulary and history painting resides in, but I see the medium more as a means than an end, which is why I like to explore painting through sculpture and installation as well. I make a variation of objects that differ in display, but still are in dialogue with each other.  This, as a first impression, can come through formally via color palette, mark making, materials, etc.  I make paintings on translucent materials employing marks that range from ethereal and ghostly, to thick and skin-like.  Freestanding, human scale sculptural objects are also considered in the same body of work.  Often, I feel my objects garner strength in collections and groupings to suggest relationships when it comes to how they are perceived.”

Elise Thompson is a painter, sculptor, and installation artist that works primarily with paint, fiber, wood and plastic. She has a wide variety of influences including Arte povera, provisional painting, process art, The Bay Area School, Mitzi Pederson, Claire Ashley, Pam Lins, Sarah Braman, Rachel Harrison, Eva Hesse, Amy Sillman, Molly Zuckerman-Hartung, Karla Black, Katharina Grosse, Vincent Fecteau, Lisa Sigal, Jacqueline Humphries, Richard Tuttle, Phillip Guston and more.

Check out more of her work at www.elisethompson.com

Mary Chong

“I am exploring to depict ideas of internal struggles, external spiritual forces and our direct relation to the superior being. Because I am dealing with intangible and invisible ideas, I use abstraction and abstract art. I use materials such as cardboard, foil, discarded drawings to emphasize the idea of finding new purpose and meaning within this world.”

Mary Chong is a painter that combines painting and drawing into mixed media collages. She is influenced by Anselm Kiefer, Wassily Kandinsky, and Julie Mehretu.

Christina Klein

“My current body of work is inspired by industrial structures and abandoned rural spaces. I have spent a great amount of time traveling to abandoned barns, houses and factories throughout the Midwest to collect the reference material for my work. The initial inspiration for this series came following the construction of a natural gas transfer station on my family’s farm. Almost a decade ago, in what used to be open farmground, a small factory was built to transfer crude oil from a North/South line to an East/West pipeline. For three years it was illuminated at night by four pink-fluorescent stadium lights that could be seen for miles in what was normally dark countryside. Eventually, the lights went out because it was no longer needed and it now sits useless in the middle of a cornfield.

Now that time has passed, I have turned my frustration with the abandoned transfer station into something positive that informs my artistic practice. It has opened my eyes to other social issues that plague rural communities, such as big businesses shutting their doors and population decline. It is my hope that my work can inspire others, and hopefully shed light on subjects that are often overlooked.”

Christina Klein is a painter that works primarily with acrylics. Check out more of her work at www.ChristinaKlein.com



 

Noah Z. Brock

Quote by Susan Welsh about Vitruvian Reflexion:
“As artists, we must push the limitations of technique, media, and message – innovating, always — if we are to engage viewers on multiple levels. Wonder junkies will delight in Noah Brock’s stunning sculptural work “Vitruvian Reflexion,” the winner of this year’s competition. While appearing to bend the laws of physics and awe with its balance of strength and vulnerability, both the reflexion and the reflection captivate the viewer from the approach. But, the viewer must enter and engage to complete Brock’s vision. Interacting with this masterwork is truly an immersive experience, which ignites curiosity – and that is exactly where art must be today.”
Noah Z. Brock is a sculpture artist who works primarily with metal.
“My work is based in mathematics in an attempt to describe the world around us. This concept is manifested in sculptural form to high precision, but often represents seemingly imprecise organic shapes. This clash of structure and nature is frequently perceived as a juxtaposition, but in reality, one is used to describe the other. Calculated geometry can often times show us another perspective on the natural world.”
“The Ultimate Truth” is in Tuscawilla Park in Ocala, FL until September 2015 http://www.ocalafl.org/outdoorsculpture/
“Icarus Wings” is installed permanently in Innovation Park at 2003 Levy Ave, Tallahassee, FL 32310
“Entropy” will be on display at Digitech 2015 on April 1st http://digitech.fsu.edu/2015/
Check out more of his work at noahzbrock.com and facebook.com/nzbsculpt

 

Adrian Errico

I utilize electronic media to create moments that defy time and space, moments which make the everyday world foreign and exciting again. Video is comprised of pixels that I am able to manipulate as matter no different from a painter or sculptor with their respective materials, and with these pixels I disrupt perceptions of linear time. Through visual and aural cues, I have the ability to take the viewer into virtual headspaces that feel as real as they are intangible. I am not interested in answers, but rather in the mystery to be defined by each individual who encounters the work.

Adrian Errico is a Digital Video artist that works with video, audio, text and photography and draws influence from Miranda July, Karen Finley, Tabaimo, Jan Svankmajer, Michel Gondry. Check out some of her video work below and on her website at http://adrianerrico.tumblr.com

Sarita Guillory

“I am intrigued by the unusual, the hidden, the mysterious, the forgotten, and ultimately, the undiscovered. The intricacy of the mind, the mystery of the soul, and how these two concepts harmonize is of interest to me. My images search to create a space where the obscurity and undiscovered beauty of both ideas coexist. I construct these spaces with discarded and/or altered man-made materials. Botanicals or natural earth elements are juxtaposed within the scene. The combination of materials and the layering of the scene silently comments on the complexity and symmetry of both the mind and the soul. It secretly reflects energy alignment within self and worldly influence causing transformation to the character.”

Sarita Guillory is a photographer that draws inspiration from Romanticism, Landscape art, Baroque art, Kim Keever, Margriet Smulders, Jacob Fellander, and Carlos Tarrats.

See more of her work at www.saritaguillory.com.

Annie Donovan

 “The art I create is inspired by my fascination with the world and my obsession to share my experience exploring it.”

Annie Donovan is a multimedia artist that works predominantly with Photography to create nature-inspired works of art. You can see more of her work at Oranbeg Press, Pryme Magazine, The Impossible Project Blog, and her website, www.anniedonovan.com.

 

Gaelin Craighead

“Working with textiles and meditative sewing techniques allows me to explore domesticity and my personal history. “

Gaelin Craighead is an interdisciplinary fiber artist that creates embroideries and assemblages.

See more of her work at http://gaelincraighead.com

Amanda French

“Archaeologist of the Self”

Amanda French is a painter whose work is a “resolution to be an archeologist of the self.” She works mainly with charcoal, Indian ink, oil, pastel, and watercolor.

She cites her father, George Baselitz, Sue Coe, Neil Jenny, William Kentridge, Mark Rothko, Cy Twombly, and Mel Brooks as her biggest influences.

See more of her work on Facebook

Tenee’ Hart

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“I am attempting to attract my viewers with formal aesthetics by beautifying the grotesque, unjust, and bizarre. I believe this visual attractiveness of my work lulls the audience into a false sense of security so that they can then be informed by the work.”

Tenee’ Hart is an interdisciplinary sculpture artist that pairs aesthetic beauty with topics that shock, entice, or disturb. The woman as creator, woman as the oppressed and the self perception of woman are just some of the themes she explores in her work. She was recently published in International Contemporary Artists Vol. IX.

See more of her work at www.teneehart.com