We are Pleased to Introduce our 2017 Artists in Residence !
Mel Nguyen – April 2017 resident
I’m Mel Nguyen, born in Minnesota, USA from Vietnamese immigrant parents, who were among the wave of “boat people” shortly after the Vietnam War. Through lifelong disorientation between cultures and a suburban upbringing, I am increasingly searching for ways to identify solidarity in a community of people of color who have similar second generation experiences, but also to form a sense of solidarity in myself as a mental state; to cultivate a sense of belonging and to understand my process of identity formation under Western consumer capitalism.
I went to the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in Minneapolis, MN for graphic design and sculpture, and took a semester abroad at the Bauhaus-Universität in Weimar, DE. Previous projects include a live performance for Dream Girls, organized by CCOOLL at The Silent Barn, Brooklyn, NY, and a video for the Waabizipinikaan-Zibi Filmmaking Residency in rural Wisconsin. Currently I reside in Brooklyn, NY working as a graphic designer and maintaining a personal sculpture practice.
Tomas Moniz – May 2017 resident
TOMAS MONIZ is the founder, editor, and writer for the award winning Rad Dad which produced two literary anthologies: Rad Dad and Rad Families: A Celebration. His novella Bellies and Buffalos is a tender, chaotic road trip about friendship, family and Flamin’ Hot Cheetos. He’s the recipient of the SF Literary Arts Foundation’s 2016 Mary Tanenbaum Award, the 2016 International Can Serrat Artist Residency and the 2017 Caldera International Artist Residency. He’s been making zines since the late nineties, and his most current zine tendril wild is available, but you have to write him a postcard:
PO Box 3555, Berkeley CA 94703. He promises to write back.
Cole Lu – June 2017 resident
Cole Lu is an artist and curator. She received her MFA from the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Art at Washington University in St. Louis. She holds a B.A. in linguistic from Ming Chuan University, Taipei Taiwan and A.A. in Japanese in Jinwen University in Taipei, Taiwan. Lu is known for her varied, multimedia practice, which articulates the subject of a contemporary, fragmented identity. She uses text, installation, sculpture, and video to explore the complex layers of what is lost in the era of digital communication.
Christine Wong Yap- June 2017 resident
Christine Wong Yap holds a BFA and MFA from the California College of the Arts. Her work has been exhibited in the San Francisco Bay Area, as well as in New York,Los Angeles, Manila, Manchester U.K., Poland, and more. Recent solo exhibitions include Make Things (Happen)(Interface Gallery, Oakland, CA) and The Eve Of… (Portland’Pataphysical Society / PDX Contemporary, Portland, OR). Reviews of her work have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and Art Practical.
Lisa Solomon and Lea Redmond – August 2017 resident
During their LPP residency Lisa Solomon and Lea Redmond will endeavor to explore the intersectionality of food, art, culture and play through a series of works that will result in carefully designed edible parcels to carry out to your favorite park bench or mountaintop. They will manufacture a series of creative twists on the infinitely enjoyable activity of picnicking. The napkins might double as a game. The blanket might spark a conversation. And the sandwich might be a play on words. They invite you to picnic and partake of art in new ways this summer.
Shushan Tesfuzigta – September 2017 resident
Shushan Tesfuzigta is an interdisciplinary artist & designer based in Oakland, CA. She completed her B.F.A in the Individualized Program at California College of the Arts in 2015 with honors. She has participated in group shows around the Bay Area at venues such as Alter Space & Joyce Gordon Gallery and was a student artist at Recology SF Artist in Residence program in the Summer of 2014. Recently she has been teaching art classes at the Richmond Art Center and making zines about black girl magic. She is looking forward to expanding and developing her seating series Dowilileh Habibi, completing a fellowship at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and continuing to redefine feminist badass design.
Sylvia Arthur – October 2017 resident
Sylvia Arthur is a writer whose work explores themes of identity, diaspora, and place. After graduating with a Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism from the University of Westminster, she worked as a runner for Sky News before becoming a reporter at News Africa magazine. She freelanced for The Guardian, the BBC, and the British Journalism Review and worked as a senior researcher/assistant producer for the BBC, ITV, and Sky. She holds an MA in Narrative Non-Fiction Writing and is currently working on her first narrative nonfiction book. Her one-woman show, Obama & Me, opened Etcetera Theatre’s 2017 Black Box Festival in London on 4-5 January.
Hillary Wiedemann – November 2017 resident
Hillary Wiedemann is a Chicago based multi-media artist. Using glass, light,
reflective/refractive materials, and audio, her work explores the subtle differencesbetween passive and active states of perception, and the translation of light intoobject and experience. She received an MFA in sculpture from California College ofthe Arts, and a BFA in glass from Rhode Island School of Design. She has exhibitedher work in Chicago, the San Francisco Bay Area; Los Angeles, Brooklyn, Belgiumand Iceland. A current resident at Hatch Projects at the Chicago Artists Coalition, she has also been a resident at ACRE (Chicago/Wisconsin) and SÍM (Iceland).
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