JANAYE BROWN • HARLAN CRICHTON • MILTON MELVIN CROISSANT III • BJÖRN MEYER-EBRECHT • CHRISTINE ROGERS • JENNIFER SULLIVAN • BENJAMIN TIVEN
SEPTEMBER 19 – OCTOBER 25, 2015
Video Archipelago is a collection of videos dealing with the details of life that reveal our world in ways both spectacular and banal. The works in the show delve into politics, technology, social interactions, and the sublime, not to mention an absurdist exploration of the mind of a house cat. All in hopes of giving some love and support to a medium that can sometimes feel neglected in the Bushwick art world.
Video Archipelago will also feature the work of Björn Meyer-Ebrecht, functioning simultaneously as sculpture and as seating on which you are invited to sit back and watch some videos.
Janaye Brown's video work explores perception of time and fragmented narratives. Brown has exhibited at venues and film festivals including New York City’s Studio Museum Harlem, the Dallas Video Fest and The Banff Centre in Alberta, Canada. In the summer of 2015, she participated in a residency at the Bruce High Quality Foundation University, New York City. Brown received her MFA in Studio Art from the University of Texas at Austin in 2013 and her BA in Cinematic Arts and Technology from California State University Monterey Bay in 2010. She currently lives and works in Brooklyn.
Harlan Crichton received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Maine College of Art in 2012. A native New Englander Crichton now resides in North Idaho. His current work focus on small, forgotten towns in the American West.
Milton Melvin Croissant III is a multimedia artist and musician from Denver. In 2005, Milton co-founded Rhinoceropolis, an all ages, internationally known performance & arts venue. After receiving a BFA in Digital Art from MSUD, Milton moved to Baltimore Maryland to join Openspace, a collectively run gallery and arts organization. Milton works primarily in open source, 3D modeling software, using the free nature of the digital environment to build and explore worlds layered against our own. He currently lives and works in Brooklyn.
Björn Meyer-Ebrecht was born in Hamburg, Germany, and since 2000 has been based in NYC. After studying at the University for the Arts in Berlin, he received his MFA from Hunter College in 2002. His work has been included in group shows in a variety of venues in New York and beyond - among them Lesley Heller Workspace, Storefront Bushwick, Maxwell Davidson Gallery, Pocket Utopia, New Jersey Visual Arts Center, and Galeria Casa Triangulo in Sao Paulo, Brazil. In April 2013 he had a solo show at the Matteawan Gallery in Beacon, and a two-person show at Storefront Ten Eyck in February 2014.
Christine Rogers is an artist from Nashville, Tennessee. She received her BA in Anthropology from Oberlin College in 2004 and her MFA in Studio Art from Tufts University in 2008. She has exhibited widely across the United States and was in a two-person show at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Santiago, Chile in the fall of 2012. She was a Visiting Lecturer of Photography at Wellesley College outside of Boston, Massachusetts from 2008-2011 and has lectured on her work across at various institutions such as Vanderbilt University, Watkins College and Cooper Union in New York. From 2012-2103 Christine was a Fulbright-Nehru Senior Research Scholar completing research for her project, "Photographing Imagined Landscapes: The Switzerland of India" and her first solo show in India was in the spring of 2013 at 1 Shanthi Road Gallery in Bangalore, Karnataka. She has since shown again in Mumbai in group shows at Clark House Initiative, Project 88 and Chemould Prescott. Her work has been written about in Time Out Bengaluru, The Bangalore Mirror, The Hindu, New Landscape Photography, Hyperallergic, Dazed Digital, Burnaway, The Tennessean and the Nashville Scene. She is an Assistant Professor of Photography at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee.
Jennifer Sullivan is an interdisciplinary artist who lives and works in Ridgewood, NY (Queens). Solo exhibitions include House Cat, Arts + Leisure, New York City (2015), Big Girl Paintings, Emma Gray HQ at 5 Car Garage, Los Angeles, CA (2014), Adult Movie, Las Cienegas Projects, Los Angeles, CA (2011), and One-Week Walden, Freight + Volume, New York City (2010). Sullivan has also exhibited and performed in exhibitions at the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, David Lewis Gallery, Essex Flowers, Pablo's Birthday, 247365, Klaus Von Nichtsaggend, and Arthouse. Awards include fellowships at the Lighthouse Works and the Fine Arts Work Center, and residencies at Skowhegan, Ox-Bow, and Yaddo. Her work has been reviewed in the NY Times, Artforum.com, and Art Papers, and her videos are included in the Geisel Library collection at the University of California in San Diego. This summer, she will be a fellow at the Lighthouse Works residency on Fishers Island, NY. She is represented by Emma Gray / 5 Car Garage in Los Angeles, CA.
Benjamin Tiven is an American filmmaker and writer. Recent and/or forthcoming exhibitions at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia; Delfina Foundation, London; 1/9unosunove gallery, Rome; Fotografisk Centre, Copenhagen, and the Westfälischer Kunstverein, Münster. Films screened at the Viennale, FIDMarseille, Rotterdam, Oberhausen, Courtisane, the Museum of the Moving Image, and Arsenale Cinema, Berlin. Tiven has made contributions to the journals Triple Canopy, Bidoun, Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art, and Bulletins of the Serving Library. He completed the Whitney Independent Study Program in 2012, and was recently a visiting faculty member at Temple University and the School of Visual Arts. In 2015, he co-edited the book Scrim Sinews (Cura Books, Rome).
above image: Janaye Brown, Cocktail Party (still), 2014
With the back room featuring:
World is New
curated by Yin Ho and Andrew Prayzner for TSA
Artists: Lawrence Mesich, Nicholas O'Brien, Andrea Wolf, Brian Zegeer
In this show, four artists show four distinct takes on place through random memory, politics, the banking system, and landscape. The results are of moving images lived directly through sculptural video, projection, and screen-based experience.
Lawrence Mesich was born in Nashville, TN and raised in Chattanooga, TN. His fascination with and exploration of the spaces created by Chattanooga's rapid development and abandoned industrial infrastructure formed a life-long interest in the dialogue between bodies, behavior, and architecture. He received his BFA with a concentration in Video and Performance from SUNY Purchase in 1999, and received his MFA in Digital Media and Performance from Stony Brook University in 2005. Lawrence currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY and Queens, NY, respectively. His piece, Distributed Risk, was made possible in part by the Queens Art Fund from the Queens Council on the Arts.
Nicholas O’Brien is a net-based artist, curator, and writer. His work has exhibited in Mexico City, Berlin, London, Dublin, Italy, Prague, as well as throughout the US. He has been the recipient of a Turbulence Commission funded by the NEA and has curated exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, 319 Scholes, and Eyebeam Center for Art and Technology. As a contributor to Rhizome at the New Museum, SFAQ, and Bad at Sports, he has been recently recognized as a leading voice within contemporary art by Art F City, PULSE art fair, and Artsy. His work has also appeared or featured in ARTINFO, The Brooklyn Rail, DIS magazine, Frieze d/e, The Atlantic, and The New York Times. He currently lives in Brooklyn and is Assistant Professor in 3D Design and Game Development at Stevens Institute of Technology.
Andrea Wolf is a Brooklyn-based interdisciplinary artist from Chile. Her work consists of ongoing research on the relation between personal memory and cultural practices of remembering. Andrea creates multimedia installations that explore our mediated process of remembering and forgetting.
Wolf holds MFAs in Documentary Filmmaking (Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona) and Digital Arts (Universidad Pompeu Fabra), and a MPA in Interactive Telecommunications (NYU). She was a resident of the AIM Program at the Bronx Museum in 2013, an artist in residency at the IFP New York Media Center in 2015, and is currently a full-time member of New Inc at the New Museum. Wolf has shown her work and given lectures and workshops widely in NY and internationally. Andrea is also founder and director of REVERSE, a non-profit workspace and art gallery in Brooklyn.
Brian Zegeer makes mixed-media animations. He is currently an artist-in-residence at the Queens Museum, where he is staging the Little Syria Archive, a collection of historical artifacts, stereoscopic 3D animations, and public encounters transcribing the history and notable luminaries of New York’s first Arabic enclave. Zegeer received his MFA from the University of Pennsylvania, attended Skowhegan School of Sculpture and Painting in 2010, and has recently shown at The Queens Museum, The Bronx Museum of Art, The Delaware Art Museum, The Jersey City Museum, Louis V. ESP, Regina Rex, Elga Wimmer Gallery, andStephan Stoyanov Gallery.
Transmitter is a collaborative curatorial initiative, focusing on programming that is multidisciplinary, international and experimental, founded in 2014 by Rob de Oude, Carl Gunhouse, Sara Jones, Rod Malin, Tom Marquet and Mel Prest.