Cudra Clover - Summer 2016 Residency
Cudra Clover is a silk painter, multimedia, and installation artist. She studied at Columbia College in Chicago and now lives in Hawaii and creates in her jungle studio on Maui. Her art is in the permanent collection of the Hawaii State Museum of Art and can be seen in various other public spaces. She has exhibited in Chicago, Denver, Japan, China, Black Rock City, Honolulu, and Maui.
This collection is a meditation on living things, both real and imagined. In my studio (laboratory) the canvases serve as petri dishes for new beginnings, intended to contribute to the healing of our planet's imbalances. I seek to draw attention to the urgent need to respect and protect nature. These biomorphic abstracts are original works on silk. I employ various techniques with traditional and experimental mediums including Serti, Rozome, batik and painterly styles. During these exchanges I explore subjects such as: ocean-life, viruses, botany, genetics, water issues, gmo's, the body, over-population, etc. I often use cells, amoebas, algae and other microscopic life to inform my work and then recreate them macro. Reproductions of these original works are also available as custom prints on canvas, archival paper, metal and glass.
Zach Whitford - Fall 2015 ResidencySteven Tyler soulfully playing the piano, Joe Perry buskingin front of Red Square in Moscow, a vibrant young monk inBhutan, horses galloping gracefully in sunlight and a sootsmearedgirl holding up a Turkish sign in protest. All of these images compose the artistic vision of emerging photographer Zack Whitford.Whitford's latest collection features photographs taken on the road with Aerosmith in the United States and various countries, including Russia, Turkey, Lebanon, Peru and Bhutan. One portrait of StevenTyler, lead singer for Aerosmith, shows him surrounded by young fans taking "selfies" with their iPhones. Titled, "These Are Our Times," the photo a commentary on the digital obsessed culture of today. From the stage to the streets, Whitford navigates his way seamlessly into the lives of hissubjects. His latest exhibition "CONTRAST" features images of Johnny Depp on stage with Aerosmith, Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Brad Whitford, Tom Hamilton and Joey Kramer. In contrast, Whitford presents us with a man playing a guitar who is missing a hand. He presents us with the cycle of life, a little girl and an aging woman from the Quechua tribe in Peru, and Syrian children in refugee camps in the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon. He travels the back roads of America and rivers in Africa, allowing us a lens into worlds we may or may not know.Zack Whitford is a documentary photographer based in Los Angeles. Before coming to California, he spent his early years in Massachusetts, as well as 'on the road' with his father, a member of the rock group Aerosmith. His career as a photographer beganwhen a hobby for the craft quickly transitioned into a full time job. His early work was purely freelance, focusing mainly on commissions and events. Eventually, he made his way into the music business where his work caught the attention of the member's of Aerosmith and their management. Whitford was reintroduced to the road-life butnow as Aerosmith's official photographer.His work can be seen in Rolling Stone, Esquire, Crain's Chicago Business, HuffingtonPost, The Red Bulletin, The Hollywood Reporter, Fox News, WGN Radio and New City.
Arica Hilton “I Flow Like Water” - Summer/Fall 2015 Residency
Arica Hilton is a Chicago based multi-media artist and poet. Born on the Mediterranean coast of Turkey, many of her collaborations are with a variety of international artists, where inner and outer landscapes, light, sounds and ultimately, words transmit the artist's expression. Much like the Luminists, the poetic art movement that captured light as it moved across the American Landscape, Hilton's works are inspired by the European Romanticists, who depicted cool waterscapes reflecting nuanced skies. Hilton's paintings and installations are intricately woven with her poetry and three-dimensional materials, which transports them to the present while still capturing a timeless quality that is ever present in her works.
Her latest series, I FLOW LIKE WATER, is a commentary on the lack of consciousness of human beings discarding plastic without thought to where it will eventually end up. States Hilton, "One thing artists have in common is their propensity to alert people to pay attention to what is right and more often, what is wrong in the world. Having said that, I realized I am guilty of not being as conscious of the environment as I should be. I wanted to know where our discarded water bottles, containers, toys and wrappers disappear to after they have been removed from our site." In exploration of this topic, Hilton decided to take matters into her own hands. With the fear that her own discarded plastic would end up in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, she searched for months to find a recycling center in Chicago that would recycle her plastic water bottles. The recycled plastic would then be infused into her paintings and become the "water" on her canvasses.
Hilton's works have been seen in Astronomy Magazine, Michigan Avenue Magazine, Huffington Post, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun Times, Crain's Chicago Business, DNA Info, The Examiner, Art World News, Fine Art Magazine, Windy City Times. Until recently, she was the president of the board of the Poetry Center of Chicago. Hilton was also invited to participate in a solo exhibition of her paintings and poetry at EUROPALIA, a biennial held in Brussels in the fall of 2015. Her works are in major collections throughout the United States, Europe and Asia.
Lisa Goesling - Winter/Spring 2015 Residency
At twelve years old, Lisa Goesling began taking classes at the Art Institute of Chicago. She always made time to visit her favorite part of the museum, the ancient art of Asia. Their 'stories' of nature had a huge impact on her art making. She continues to create art following the age-old practice of Gong-bi, (Chinese for meticulous). Magnifying glass in one hand, X-Acto knife in the other, Lisa concentrates on nature's minute details, which compels everyone who views her art to do the same. Her complex compositions evolve into exquisite renditions of contemporary art.
Scratchbords are hard boards covered in a layer of dark Kaolin Clay (used to make Porcelain) and then India Ink. "When I etch away at the ink with an X-Acto knife, the image appears in the clay. If I like, I can paint with colored inks or paint at the end of the process. It is a slow, precise path, layering line over line, and color over color. I always tell people that it takes a lot of artistic courage to approach a medium like this, since I do not sketch or erase. Unlike traditional etchings where prints are made, each one of these creations are an original piece of art."
Susan Aurinko - Summer/Fall 2014 Residency
In a photographic quest driven by a sense of connection to the remarkable heroine, Joan of Arc, Susan Aurinko has sought statues and figurines and shot them as portraits, each one expressing a different mood, but all unified by strength. Aurinko communicates that strength by shooting the representations of Joan's face, which always has an iron determination, whether she is meditative and pensive, prayerful, stoical or even innocent.
The photographic work takes on a uniform sensibility by the digital move of putting the straight shots of Joan's image into backgrounds from the places where she stayed in her war of liberation and through emphasizing the bronze and burnished tonality of the original shots. Aurinko is one of Chicago's more important photographers and here she has produced her masterwork. She has studied Joan's life deeply and intensely, has traveled to the places where she lived, and has lived imaginatively as a visual method actor. Therese images are infused by the admiration, reverence and gratitude that Aurinko feels towards Joan, a great figure of female power and righteousness. – An excerpt from the review by Michael Weinstein.