Monday, May 19, 2008

Karen Yasinsky




Karen Yasinsky

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[Interview conducted by Cyrus Smith]

Karen Yasinsky is an artist working primarily with animation. Her video installations and drawings have been shown in many venues internationally including the Mori Art Musuem, Tokyo, P.S. 1 Contemporary Art, NY, UCLA Hammer Museum, L.A., Kunst Werke, Berlin, the Sculpture Center, NY and at the Wexner Center in Columbus Ohio. Her animations have been screened worldwide at various venues and film festivals including MoMA Film at the Grammercy Theater and the International Film Festival Rotterdam. Her work can be found in several books including No. 1: First works by 363 Artists, Armpit of the Mole and >>fast forward: Media Art Sammlung Goetz. She is the recipient of a 2002 Guggenheim Foundation grant and teaches at Johns Hopkins University in Film/Media Studies. Recently she had solo shows at Mireille Mosler, Ltd., NY and Sprueth Magers Projekte, Munich. She is also a founding board member of the Gunk Foundation, a private foundation for public art.

Monday, May 12, 2008

HOCK E AYE VI, Edgar Heap of Birds



Edgar Heap of Birds

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[Interview conducted by Cyrus Smith]

The artworks of HOCK E AYE VI EDGAR HEAP OF BIRDS include multi-disciplinary forms of public art messages, large scale drawings, Neuf Series acrylic paintings, prints and monumental porcelain enamel on steel outdoor sculpture.

Heap of Birds received his Master of Fine Arts from Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (1979), his Bachelor of Fine Arts from The University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas (1976) and has undertaken graduate studies at The Royal College of Art, London, England.

The artist has exhibited his works at The Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution, New York, New York, The National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia, Documenta, Kassal, Germany, Orchard Gallery, Derry, Northern Ireland, University Art Museum, Berkeley, California, Association for Visual Arts Museum, Cape Town, South Africa, Lewallen Contemporary Art, Santa Fe, New Mexico, Hong Kong Art Center, China and Bandung Institute of Technology, Bandung, Indonesia.

He has served as visiting lecturer in London, England, Western Samoa, Chiang Mai and Bangkok, Thailand, Johannesburg, South Africa, Barcelona, Spain, Belfast, Northern Ireland, Norrkoping, Sweden, Hararre, Zimbabwe and Adelaide, Australia.

Heap of Birds has taught as Visiting Professor at Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Rhode Island and Michaelis School of Art, University of Cape Town, South Africa. At the University of Oklahoma, Professor Heap of Birds teaches in Native American Studies and Fine Arts. His seminars explore issues of the contemporary artist on local, national and international bases.

He has received grants and awards from The National Endowment for the Arts, Rockefeller Foundation, Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, Lila Wallace Foundation, Bonfil Stanton Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trust.

In June 2005, Heap of Birds completed the fifty-foot signature, outdoor sculpture titled Wheel. The circular porcelain enamel on steel work was commissioned by The Denver Art Museum and is inspired by the traditional Medicine Wheel of the Big Horn Mountains of Wyoming.

Heap of Birds' art work was chosen by the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian as their entry towards the competition for the United States Pavilion at the 52nd Venice Biennale. He represented NMAI with a major collateral public art project in Venice, June 2007.

Monday, May 5, 2008

Rebecca Ripple



Rebecca Ripple

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[Interview conducted by Cyrus Smith]

Rebecca Ripple received her MFA in Sculpture from Yale University in 1995. Her work has been exhibited at the Brewery Project in Los Angles, Rosamund Felsen Gallery in Santa Monica, and Ludwig Drum Factory in Chicago, among others. Her work has been reviewed in the LA Weekly, ArtScence, the Chicago Tribune, and American Craft. Ripple attended the prestigious Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture where she received a full scholarship, and was awarded a Fellowship and Artist Residency at the Bemis Foundation in Omaha. She is currently a faculty member at California State University, Northridge.