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Hillel O’Leary is a New York based sculptor and installation artist whose work deals with ideas surrounding place, time, and belonging.
Kristyna and Marek Milde are Brooklyn-based interdisciplinary artists and curators, originally from Prague, Czech Republic, working together as a collaborative tandem since 2011.
Laura Krasnow is a New York- based artist whose work blurs the lines between art, science and technology. Via the medium of photography she constructs recollections of time and placeforcing the viewer…
Maria de Los Angeles is a New York-based artist who was born in Mexico and immigrated to Santa Rosa California in 2000. Her work is inspired by both personal experience and the the larger political conversations surrounding migration.
Melani De Guzman is an LA-born, Brooklyn-based professional dance artist. She holds a BFA in Performing Arts and Sociology from  Loyola Marymount University where she studied under Lillian…
Delilah Jones is a mixed media collage artist, photographer and poet from Queens, New York. Delilah received a BFA in Photography in 2009 from the State University of New York at New Paltz. Since…
Vicki Khuzami is a New York-based artist whose work explores socio-psychological taboos from a veuyeristic perspective by use of the dollhouse. Vicki received her BFA from SUNY New Paltz and has…
Meryl Meisler is a New York-based documentary photographer whose work has been exhibited at the Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn Historical Society, Dia Art Foundation, MASS MoCA, the New Museum for…
Zac Hacmon is an Israeli-born artist whose sculptures represent structures that explores the relationship between the human body and architecture. Zac studied at Bezalel Academy of Art and Design…
Carlie Trosclair a Missouri-based  installation artist whose site sensitive installations create new topographies and narratives that highlight structural and decorative shifts that evolve over a…
Becky Davis is a Rhode Island-based interdisciplinary artist whose practice incorporates the collecting of images, documents and oral narratives. Becky earned her BFA from Columbus State university in 2006 and her MFA from Lesley university in 2017. She has exhibited work across the nation and attended art programs at Haystack Mountain School of Craft in Maine, UC Davis in California and a paper making workshop with Master Hoshino in Japan. All videos courtesy of the artist  
Christina Massey a NY-based mixed media artist whose work explores her interest in the preservation of our planet.
Jessica Angel is a New York-based artist whose large scale installations are inspired by astronomy, architecture and the underlying structural patterns between these varying fields.
Bat-Ami Rivlin is an Israeli-born multi-media artist who lives and works in New York City. Bat-Ami’s politically-charged work “scrutinizes the pivotal moments when barriers between bodies, things, and spaces break down or intersect in unexpected ways.”
Jeannette LaPointe is a New York-based artist who lives and works in New York’s Hudson Valley. She received her BFA in photography from the State University of New York at New Paltz in 2017. Her series of work titled Heart Street, a photographic exploration of the residents of a rehabilitation home in Kingston, NY, was recently exhibited at the Samual Dorsky Museum of Art. She has also shown at the Troy Center of Photography outside of Albany and Artbar in Kingston, New York. She is a recipient of the Traverso scholarship grant from SUNY New Paltz in 2017. All images courtesy of the artist       
Alison Kudlow is a New York-based artist whose multi-displinary practice explores how materiality impacts our experience of light.
Resa Blatman is an interdisciplinary Massachusetts-based artist whose work considers issues of climate change and its effect on our landscape and natural resources. She stated that her work “inhabits the terrain between the poetry of art and nature, and the future of climate dystopia.” Resa received her MFA from Boston University in 2006 and her BFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 1995. She has had solo exhibitions at the Wright Art Center Gallery at the Delta State University in Mississippi, the Museum of Arts and Sciences in Georgia and the Hollister Gallery at Babson College in Massachusetts. And she has also participated in group shows at Spartanburg Art Museum in South Carolina, Chen Art Gallery at Central Connecticut State University and Gauntlet Gallery in San Fransisco. And she has upcoming shows at the Dorsky Gallery in Long Island City, the University of New Hampshire Museum of Art and the University Gallery at Western Illinois University. She was an artist in resident at the Vermont Studio Center and the Arctic Circle Residency in Svalbard Norway. All images courtesy of the artist Bleached Coral 1, 2017. Arylic, colored pencil and pen on board. 20 in x 30 in Bleached Coral 3, 2017. Arylic, colored pencil and pen on board. 15 in x 20 in Fading Reef, 2017. Acrylic, colored pencil, and pen on Mylar. 96 in x 101.25 in Dispersant, 2017. Oil on hand-cut Mylar. 112 in x 96 in x 8in Dispersant, 2017. Oil on hand-cut Mylar. 112 in x 96 in x 8in Tempest (detail), 2013. Oil and glitter on layered, laser-cut panels. 42 in x 100 in x 3 in The Fall, 2012. Oil, beads, glitter, glue, and graphite on DiBond aluminum panels. 72 in x 156 in
Furen Dai is a Chinese born artist who currently lives and works in Boston. She spent years as a professional translator before deciding to pursue an art career that is inspired by cultural history and linguistics. She explores these disciplines via the medium of video, sound, sculpture, painting and collaboration. Dai received a Bachelor in Russian Language studies from Beijing Foreign Studies University in 2010. She also holds a Graduate Diploma in Entrepreneurial Management from Boston University. Since then she has received her Masters of Fine Arts from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and Tufts University in 2016. Past exhibitions include the 13th Athens Digital Arts Festival (Athens, Greece), The Feminist Opposition curated by Jessica Hong at Hera Gallery (Wakefield, RI), Now & After ’16 International Video Art Festival (Moscow, Russia), Intangible Threads at The Front Space (Rollinsford, NH), Edinburgh Artists’ Moving Image Festival at Talbot Rice Gallery (Edinburgh, Scotland) and Up/Rooted curated by María Magdalena Campos Pons at Brookline Arts Center (Brookline, MA). She has an upcoming show next month Gallery@Spencer Lofts (Chelsea, MA) and a residency at Elsewhere Museum (Greensboro, NC). Furen Dai was a recipient of the Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation Fellowship for her OMI Art Residency in upstate New York in 2017. All videos courtesy of Furen Dai
Bob Marley. Michael Jackson. Jason Mraz. We heard it all this weekend during our search for the most fun, funky and soulful New York City subway performers. Below are the stories and images of our featured underground artists. Mikaiel Troxler “I’m poverty stricken. I perform in subways because it allows me to make money while spending time with my incredible kids,” says Traxler, seen below with his children   Stylez Enuff Dance Crew “It’s more challenging to be a subway performer. For larger venues, people buy tickets, so there is an expectation that they will stay and watch the whole performance. Underground, you have to listen to people’s energy and improvise in order to hold their attention,” says D’amini, seen below (in gray and black) with his Stylez Enuff partner Jerry (green and red) at the Delancey/Essex subway station.   Dennis Roberson “I started performing original guitar music down here about three years ago, after my industry (advertising) switched to computer ads. I hit a crossroad and decided to pursue my art through music. It has been the best decision of my life,” said Roberson, seen below at the 14th St/Union Square subway station.   Manuelson “I perform in the subway in order to promote my teaching business. I teach guitar to Spanish kids and adults,” said Manuelson, an immigrant from El Salvador seen here playing Incan Pan Pipes at the Delancey/Essex subway station.   Yi Zhuo Yu Yi Zhuo Yu, a member of the Street Musical Club, is seen performing below at the Grand Street subway station.Yu plays the er-hu, a two-stringed Chinese instrument commonly known in the west as the “Chinese Violin.”   Mystic One and Prince Usula “I know when the trains are coming and going. I can feel it. That is how I control the energy of the people around me. This power of my mind is where my name, Mystic One, comes from,” said Mystic One, pictured on the left below alongside Prince Usula as the duo performs Bob Marley’s “Three Little Birds” at the West 4th Street subway station.
Jaanika Peerna is an Estonian-born artist living and working primarily in New York since 1998 as well as in Berlin and Tallinn. Her work encompasses drawing, video, installation and performance, often dealing with the theme of transitions in light, air, water and other natural phenomena. She is often involved in collaborative projects working with dancers and musicians. She has exhibited her work extensively in the entire New York metropolitan area as well as in Berlin, Paris, Tallinn, Helsinki, Venice, Moscow, Dubai, Sydney, and Cologne. Her work is in numerous private collections in the US and Europe and has been acquired by French National Art collection in Paris. Her work is represented in the United States by ARC Fine Art in Connecticut, and Galerie Ulf Larsson in Cologne. She is a member artist at Artist Pension Trust and was awarded the FID Grand Prize in 2016 for her work in drawing. All images courtesy of the artist  
Ben Godward is a NY-based artist who works primarily in sculpture and public works of art. He received his MFA in sculpture from the university at Albany in 2007 and his BFA in sculpture at Alfred University in 2004. He has exhibited nationally and internationally at spaces such as The Front in New Orleans, Reservoir Art Space in Queens, Slag Gallery in Brooklyn, Volta 11 in Basel Switzerland and Socrates Sculpture Park in New York. He was a resident at the Socrates Sculpture Park and received a fellowship from the International Sculpture Center, I-Park and Jerome Foundation. He has permanent sculptures installed at the Stevens Institute of Technology and the Hyperallergic headquarters in Brooklyn. All images courtesy of the artist  
Yesterday’s festival was a celebration of the poet’s story as well as the broader Asian culture with musical performances, storytelling and games.
Aryana Londir is a Pheonix-based abstract artist who uses textiles, found objects and paint to explore the relationship between urban life and its implications on humanity. Her work has been exhibited in numerous spaces across the country, such as: Schweinfurth Art Center in New York, Contemporary Art Quilts in MA, Nicolet Art Gallery in Wisconsin, the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum in Colorado, North Bank Artists Gallery in Washington, Stanford Art Spaces at Stanford University in California, and the Shemer Art Center in Phoenix. And she is a recipient of the AZ Commission On the Arts Grant and the Pilchuck Glass School Grant. All images courtesy of the artist
As a way to celebrate the end of last week’s hot, humid and wet weather, BTRtoday indulged in the food of Smorgasburg in Williamsburg.
Gretchen Schere is New York-based artist whose work with paint and collage re-creates interior spaces that speak to our subconscious dreams. She received her MFA from Hunter College in 2006 and her BFA at the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2003. Her work has been included in exhibitions in the following New York galleries: Art 3, Equity, Firework, the Joan Mitchell Foundation. She has been an artist in resident at the Vermont Studio Center, Governor’s Island Art Fair and Skowhegan. Her work has reviewed in publications such as: the New York TImes, Art F City and XLR8R Magazine. All images courtesy of the artist Middleton, IN, 2013 oil on canvas 18 x 14 inches Chicago Interior, 2013 oil on canvas 18 x 14 inches Untitled, Light Blue Interior, 2013 oil on canvas 16 x 20 inches Drawing Room, 2013 oil on canvas 16 x 20 inches Untitled, Mint Green Interior, 2013 oil on canvas 16 x 20 inches Untitled, Music Room, 2013 oil on canvas 12 x 16 inches Manderley Library, 2014 oil on canvas 14 x 12 inches What the Mirror Sees, 2014 oil on panel 16 x 20 inches Keeping Time, 2014 oil on panel 16 x 20 inches Still Life with Porters Dress, 2013 oil on canvas 16 x 20 inchesStill Life with Coffee Cup and Duck Foot, 2013 oil on canvas 24 x 20 inches Still Life with Clown Nose, 2013 oil on canvas 18 x 14 inches
Builders at the Rockaway’s sandcastle competition put their creativity to the test.
Daniel Lanzilotta is an environmental artist who repurposes plastic waste, detritus, rubbish, fragments of litter, trash, flotsam and jetsam into works of art. Daniel is also a private chef who advocates for naturally grown foods. He received his BFA from Carnegie Mellon in 1984 and has been interviewed across the media, including by networks such as Channel 12 News, Fox 61 and the Norwalk Daily Voice. He has recently had exhibitions at spaces such as  Green County Art Council in the Catskills, Creativity Caravan in Montclair NJ, Scrap Gallery in Cathedral City. And he currently has work up at Compass Realty in Brooklyn and the Westport Library. All images courtesy of the artist
Danilda Izquierdo is a New York-based photographer and artist who explores ideas related to social perception and feminity. Danilda received a Bachelor’s Degree in International Marketing from Baruch College and an Associates Degree in Commercial Photography from LaGuardia Collage. All images courtesy of the artist  
Ventiko is a conceptual artist who constructs photographic narratives and public interventions that speak to the idea of performed identity. Venitko’s works have been exhibited and experienced internationally including at the Korean International Art Fair (Seoul, Korea), Sluice London, Busan (Seoul, Korea), Photo L.A., UNTLD BCN (Barcelona, SP), Select Art Fair (Miami and NYC), Satellite Art Fair (Miami), Coohaus (Chelsea, NY), Shirin Gallery (Chelsea, NY), Casa Quien (Santo Domingo, DR), Performatorio (DR), Project for Empty Space, (NJ), the M.O.M.A. (NY) and TATE Modern (London, UK). She has been featured in Interview Magazine, Quiet Lunch, Korea Monthly Photo, Hyperallergic, The New York Times, Vulture, Gothamist, T Magazine, Frieze Magazine, The Creator’s Project, The L Magazine, Artnet News, Beautiful Decay, Vogue Italia and most recently on NBC Channel 4. All images courtesy of the artist
BTR celebrated America’s independence at Jones Beach yesterday, followed by a firework show at MetLife Stadium. Click the video at the bottom of the page to watch the firework finale!      
Mary Elizabeth Peterson is an American abstract artist based between North Carolina and Connecticut, whose work is inspired largely by plant and marine life, and water and ecological circumstances. Mary Elization is a graduate of The University of Connecticut and The Corcoran College of Art + Design in Washington DC. She is a juried member of the elite Silvermine Art Guild and has received an artist residency grant from The Vermont Studio Center. Her work has been written about widely in print and digital publications and is held in private and corporate collections worldwide. All images courtesy of the artist           
Margaret-Inga Urías is a New York based artist who works across the disciplines of drawing, photography, installation and sculpture. Her work—which is rooted in scientific research—considers how entire worlds come from and return to dust, a substance that she believes could tell the story of everything that has ever existed. Margaret received her BA from Columbia University in 2001 and an MS from Pratt Institute in 2004. She has exhibited at the Bronx Museum of Art, String Room Gallery in Aurora, NY, City Without Walls Gallery and Visual Arts Center, which were both in New Jersey. She has been an artist in residence at Saltonstal Foundation for the Arts in Ithaca, NY and the Artist in the Marketplace Program at the Bronx Museum.  She is a recipient of the Ruth and Harold Chenven Foundation Grant, the Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant and a New York Foundation of the Arts Fellowship. And her most recent of work titled “Return to Me” is now on view at the Equity Gallery in NYC. All images courtesy of the artist Equity Gallery, Installation View Ink on Paper Drawings 30×22” each, unframed Return to Me: Section 07, Part 01, 2015 30” x 22” ink on paper Return to Me: Section 09, Part 01, 2015 30” x 22” Ink on paper Return to Me: Section 10, Part 01.02, 2016 19.75” x 19.75” Ink on paper Return to Me: Section 10, Part 01.01, 2017 19.75” x 19.75” Ink on paper Return to Me: Section 10, Part 01.01, 2017 19.75” x 19.75” Ink on paper Return to Me: Section 10, Part 01, 2015 30” x 22” Ink on paper Return to Me: Section 10, Part 03, 2015 30” x 22” Ink on paper Return To Me, Ghosts of Catastrophe: No.05, 2016 22.047˝ x 14.173˝ Engraving on Clear Glass Return to Me: From Rock and Cloud, 2016 6” x 6” ea. Ink on paper Return To Me, Untitled Wall Drawing, 2016 223” x 89” Acrylic on wall Return To Me, Untitled Wall Drawing, Installation view through gallery, 2016 223” x 89” Acrylic on wall Return To Me, Untitled Wall Drawing, Installation view through gallery, 2016 397” x 121” Acrylic on wall Return To Me, Untitled Wall Drawing,Gallery installation view, 2017 148” x 102.75” Laser CAD-Cut Vinyl Return To Me, Untitled Wall Drawing,Gallery installation view, 2017 148” x 102.75” Laser CAD-Cut Vinyl Reminders & Remainders No.02, 2014 24×48” Hand-engraved Acrylic panel, mirror, plexiglass, glass Reminders & Remainders No.03, 2015 72×48”x14” Hand-engraved Acrylic panels, glass, charcoal dust, rock fragments Return to Me, Ghosts of Catastrophe: No.02 (A History of Everything That Ever Existed), 2017 (7) 4.3˝ x 2.4˝ x .75˝ ea. Engravings on Clear Glass Return to Me, Ghosts of Catastrophe: No.02 (A History of Everything That Ever Existed), 2017 (7) 4.3˝ x 2.4˝ x .75˝ ea. Engravings on Clear Glass Return to Me, Ghosts of Catastrophe: No.03, 2016 23.62” x 15.75” Engraving on Black Glass Return to Me, Ghosts of Catastrophe: No.06, 2017 23.62” x 15.75” Engraving on White Glass
Tens of thousands lined the streets of Manhattan on Sunday for the 48th NYC LGBT Pride March. The first march was held in 1970 and has since become an annual civil rights demonstration. Over the years, its purpose has broadened to include recognition of the fight against AIDS and to remember those lost to illness, violence and neglect.  
Social gatherings used to make me ill. I’d rather sit for an hour in traffic than make small talk. Yes, alcohol helped. But after college I knew I had to find a better way to deal with my introverted personality and the social anxiety that seemed to naturally come with it. My yogi friend Sarah suggested I try meditation to help ease my feelings of stress and insecurity. “You will see a decrease in fear, loneliness and depression,” she said with a confident, soft-spoken tone. “You will view the world through a new lens.” Shortly after, I signed up for a week-long silent meditation retreat. My first night, I felt a peacefulness and a calm wash over me. The smell of incense, the dimmed lights and the lack of speech was like heaven. It made me wonder, though, if staying in a quiet space would help me become more comfortable in social situations. After all, my goal was to balance myself away from my introverted tendencies. Psychologist Stephen A. Diamonds wrote about risks that introverts face while practicing meditation in his article “Why Extraverts Hate Meditation and Introverts Love It.” “People who are too far towards the introvert side of the personality spectrum should avoid meditation because added time in your head can result in becoming pathologically detached from outer reality,” says Diamonds. Fortunately, I am not a good case study for Diamonds’ claim. To be honest, I think he would have a hard time finding people who can prove his argument. . Within weeks I saw the benefits of meditation. I felt a slowness that I had never experienced before. When I became sad or stressed, I was able to identify it and then let it go, including my fears of judgment. When you sit down in still silence for a designated amount of time every day (15 minutes is suggested for beginners), you train yourself to become aware of your thoughts. This awareness then gives you the freedom to be able to dismiss the thoughts that make you feel stressed or insecure or any other negative emotion that rises, even in everyday life. Lesley Taylor, author of “The Dynamic Introvert,” agrees that meditation can help introverts. In a response to Diamonds’ article, she said: “Introverts tend to think too much. We like to spend time in our heads and when this activity is combined with the excess dopamine that naturally occurs in our introverted brains we are in danger of being over stimulated. This is what saps our energy and is why we need to meditate. It helps us to calm down and function better.” It’s been two years since I started a dedicated meditation practice and I am proud to say my face no longer turns red in casual conversations. I also don’t feel as though I need to mentally prepare before a social gathering or indulge in rest afterward. I even accepted a job as a radio talk show host, a job that would never have fit in my once small comfort zone.
Seldon Yuan is a NY-based artist who received his BHA from Carnegie Mellon University and his MFA from Hunter College. He has published a book of poetry entitled “morning, afternoon, evenings” and performed his poetry across the US and Paris. His art has been exhibited nationally and internationally in various galleries and venues including the Museum of Modern Art, International Center of Photography, Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, Arario Gallery, Rare Gallery, La Generale in Paris, Gallerie 69 in Oslo, Norway, Around Space in Shanghai and the Museum of New Art in Detroit. He has completed residencies at Chashama North, Bowery Poetry Club, and Naropa University. He has completed a commission for Socrates Sculpture Park in New York for their Emerging Artist Fellowship and was included in the 2013 Bronx Museum of Art AIM Biennial. All images courtesy of the artist Untitled (yes), 2016, Ink on paper. 50×38 inches. Untitled (so sorry), 2016, Ink on paper. 50×38 inches. Untitled (everything is fine), 2016, Ink on paper. 50×38 inches. Behind the brush 2006, mirror and cut paper, 35 x 35 x 4 inches Text reads: behind the brush  we could not have seen one another  then was only sky we had to leave  wondering among other things  where birds came from  where birds go to camouflaged by our leaving thoughts  we saw only ourselves alone  envying stones  we were saddened by logs as arms cradled down back  until our branches touched by chance  there was never chance we are trees  we have always been together Untitled (clock, towel) 2015, embroidered towel. 78 years, the average American Life Untitled (plant, clock) 2012, live plant, dimensions variable Conceived as a meditation on time and its linear and non-linear aspects, the numbers one through twelve are cut into a live plant in a circle to resemble a clock while the two flowering stems resemble a clock’s hour and minute hands. As the leaves move in accordance to the position of the sun, so does the order of the hours. Untitled (plant, clock) 2012, live plant, dimensions variable Untitled (plant, clock) 2012, live plant, dimensions variable
BTR visited Coney Island for the 35th annual Mermaid Parade Saturday. Unlike most parades, this one has no ethnic, religious or commercial aims. Its goals are to bring mythology to life for local residents, create self-esteem in a district that is often disregarded as “entertainment” and give artistic New Yorkers a public venue for self-expression. Despite the rain,  over 3,000 creative individuals participated in this year’s festivities.
For Father’s Day, we present stories of four fathers along with pictures and memories of the children they left behind.
Nick Mehedin is a New York based photographer whose work explores ideas of home, patriotism, travel, space and labor. Nick received his BFA in photography from the State University of New York at New Paltz in 2015 and has since had work published in Aint Bad Magazine, Fraction Magazine, Obscura Land, Fotografia Magazine, Business Insider and Juxtapoz Magazine. His photographs have been shown in exhibitions at Aesthesia Studios in Los Angeles, Philadelphia Photo Arts Center and the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art. All images courtesy of artist Nick Mehedin, Halfway Home Nick Mehedin, Halfway Home Nick Mehedin, Halfway Home Nick Mehedin, Halfway Home Nick Mehedin, Isla Mujeres Nick Mehedin, Isla Mujeres Nick Mehedin, Isla Mujeres Nick Mehedin, Isla Mujeres Nick Mehedin, Isla Mujeres Nick Mehedin, Of Nothing Nick Mehedin, Of Nothing Nick Mehedin, Of Nothing Nick Mehedin, Of Nothing Nick Mehedin, Of Nothing Nick Mehedin, Of Nothing
This week BTR visits barbershops in the Lower East Side of New York City. Barbershops, which were once places of social interaction and public discourse, have declined in social importance due to social media and competition with full-service salons. BTR honors their social importance by featuring portraits of some of the profession’s trained workers. Nao, Massimo Salon, 179 Orchard St. Chi, Bianchi Salon, 151 Allen St. Salon Orchard, 189 Orchard St. Allen St. Cut and Shave, 127 Allen St. José, Well Connected, 66 Rivington St. Massimo, Massimo Salon, 179 Orchard St.  
Rachael Dunville is a Missouri-based fine art photographer whose work explores the photographic encounter as a serious, seductive, and often complicated human exchange. Rachael received her BFA from Missouri State University and her MFA from School of Visual Artst in New York. Her work has been widely exhibited, including a solo exhibition of the Show Me State series at Michael Mazzeo Gallery in New York City. All images courtesy of the artist Rachael Dunville, Carolyn Rachael Dunville, Carolyn Rachael Dunville, Carolyn Rachael Dunville, Carolyn Rachael Dunville, Carolyn Rachael Dunville, Show Me State Rachael Dunville, Show Me State Rachael Dunville, Show Me State Rachael Dunville, Show Me State Rachael Dunville, Show Me State Rachael Dunville, Show Me State Rachael Dunville, Show Me State Rachael Dunville, Show Me State Rachael Dunville, Show Me State
Mixing Yoga with the ego-freeing buzz from beer, makes the practice transformative and fun—but maybe a little messy.
This week BTR visited Bryant Park for the Scooper Bowl World Tour: New York, where attendees and volunteers enjoyed sunny, 78 degree weather and unlimited ice cream from the nation’s leading companies and craft creameries. 100 percent of the proceeds went to Jimmy Fund, an organization that supports cancer care and research at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and pediatric care at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital. Entrance fee is $25 and is open to the public until June 3 (12PM-9PM).
Gyms are germ factories. Luckily, simple cleanliness guidelines can make sure you burn calories and build muscle without getting sick.
Aaron Schraeter is a New York-based artist whose work with found materials explores narratives that are part diary and part metaphor. He received his BFA from Tyler School of Art at Temple University in 2009 and an MFA from Queens College in 2012. He has recently shown at The Gallery at Gamine, Klapper Hall Gallery, Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, David & Schweitzer Contemporary and the Greenpoint Gallery. He currently has a public sculpture on view at the 1st Avenue Green Park in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. All images courtesy of the artist
This week New York saw its 29th Annual Fleet Week, a celebration that brings together over 3,700 sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen.
Karen is a recipient of the Instituto Sacatar Fellowship (Brazil), the MacDowell Colony Artist Fellowship, Canada Council for the Arts Grants, the Duke and Duchess of York Prize in Photography from the Canada Council, and a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship. Her work has been exhibited in museums, galleries and festivals throughout North America and Europe, including the Liverpool Biennial, the Bring to Light Festival on the Brooklyn waterfront. All images courtesy of the artist Installation at MOCCA in Toronto for the CONTACT Photography Festival in 2007. Big Game, 2005. Installation view of West Wall, 5 x 65 feet.  
It took two years—and writing this series to understand the totality of the experience and my family’s dynamic.
Daniel Cooney, founder of Daniel Cooney Fine Art, is a gallerist, curator and auction specialist. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the State University of New York at New Paltz and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Illinois. He has held adjunct faculty positions at the University of Illinois, the Fashion Institute of Technology, The New School, the School of Visual Arts and has lectured widely on contemporary and historical photography. Daniel began his gallery career at the James Danziger Gallery and continued as Associate Director of the Julie Saul Gallery. He was also the Director of Online Photographs at Sothebys.com. All photographs courtesy of Daniel Cooney  
This week, BTR features citizens of the Oneida Indian Nation in New York and the Ramapough Lenape Nation in New Jersey. Oneida is a federally recognized tribe, which makes them eligible for funding and services from the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA). Despite tax and educational benefits awarded to some of the tribes (about two thirds are federally funded according to the BIA), American Indians have the highest rates of poverty, unemployment and disease of any ethnic group in America. Another struggle includes the difficulty of maintaining a cultural identity due to the loss of native languages, which many young American Indians are no longer taught.    
(Read Pt. 1 here.) Jeffrey Hamm signed his mother’s name, Marilyn Arlin, without her approval on a  $4500 check made out to “Jeffrey Hamm.” It wasn’t a surprise. He’d done things like this before. For years, he’s stolen TVs, DVD players and jewelry from the modest Boynton Beach home he shared with her. “The pawn shop owners knew Marilyn by name. She brought them receipts Jeff left around the house. One time she had to buy her own wedding ring back,” said Richard Ruth, Jeffrey’s brother-in-law. Marilyn learned of the account withdrawal while lying in a hospice bed, which she was admitted to days before Jeff withdrew the funds. Her daughter and sister, who had flown from New York for their final goodbye, spent the last few days of Marilyn’s life comparing documents, checks, letters and lists that contained her signature with hopes that they could get some of the money returned. “He is good, I’ll give him that,” said Marilyn’s sister, referring to her nephew’s forging abilities. Jeffrey abused drugs since he was a teenager, starting with pot in high school and escalating to crack cocaine. “I’ve heard many people say that once you start, you can’t grow past the age that you began using… It’s like Jeffrey is still 16,” said Donald Hamm, Jeffrey’s older brother. Jeffrey’s addiction caused him to miss out on skills average people learn in their young adulthood, according to Donald. “He lacks social skills, relationship skills, working skills, coping skills—basically life skills,” he said. This is why, his family agreed, Jeffrey never had a lot to talk about and why he always resorted to talking about cats or his computer. It’s why he never had a girlfriend or a job or a home of his own. It’s why he was unable to cope when Marilyn got sick. His solution was to get high at any cost. Shortly after hearing about the $4500 check, Donald kicked Jeffrey out of their mother’s house. “We didn’t know what else he would take, or what he would do if he were left alone,” he said. That night Jeffrey slept in the empty hospital bed next to his mother, his scrappy brown hair shielding his eyes from the parking lot lights that shone through the window that Marilyn kept open. Before Marilyn died she requested that Donald administer the money she planned to leave for Jeffrey, with strict instructions not to give it to him all at one time. “She was worried that he would spend it on drugs and get himself killed,” said his brother-in-law. Marilyn never got to say goodbye to Jeffrey. The day after he spent the night next to her in the maroon hospice room with parted curtains, he went on a binge. “Jeffrey entered hospice high,” said Donald, “and he ran into our youngest brother, James, who just walked out of Mom’s room.” The two brothers argued and Jeffrey stormed out. Two days later, Marilyn died. “Jeffrey’s addiction affects not only one person, but the whole family. All of our roles have changed,” said Donald. He said that his sister, who he described as being nourishing and filled with love and forgiveness, turned into his mother figure. “I turned into the father. I give him advice and deal with his money. Our father isn’t able to. He just can’t,” said Donald, as though it were an undeniable fact. “Dad was never there. He’d rather have a drink and not think about it,” said James Hamm, Donald and Jeffrey’s younger brother. “And James remains the angry brother,” said Donald. For years, Donald honored his mother’s wishes, giving Jeffrey money only when he saw fit. “It’s hard, though. He knows how to maneuver me,” said Donald. At a time when he thought Jeffrey was looking for work, he wired the halfway house he was staying at  $1500 so he can buy a used car. Within days, the money was gone and so was Jeffrey. He knew how to maneuver his sister, too. They had a weekly routine, even when he was on the streets. Every Wednesday, Jeffrey would call Lorri’s house phone and let it ring three times before hanging up. Lorri would then use the caller ID so she could call the pay phone back at no expense to Jeffrey. On a number of occasions when he was living on the streets, she mailed boxes of clothes that she purchased at TJ Maxx, Marilyn’s favorite store, to a local convenient store that she knew he was squatting behind; the owner knew her. It was he who called Lorri to tell her that Jeffrey was found dead on an old mattress behind the store. The third and final part of this story will run next week at BTRtoday.com
A mama’s boy’s tragic downfall. The first in a series.
Jaynie Gillman Crimmins is a Brooklyn-based artist who uses re-purposed material, such as shredded financial statements and junk mail, in order to make elaborate textural pieces that interweave narratives about her own beliefs and behaviors, and consumer culture. Crimmins’ work has been exhibited at 2016’s SPRING/BREAK Art Show, the 8th Annual Governor’s Island Art Fair and her new project in process, Building a Blue Wall, was recently installed at the John Doe Gallery in Brooklyn. She will be showing work at 470 Vanderbilt Avenue in Brooklyn, which opens June 2nd. All images courtesy of the artist  
BTR attends the Holi Hai festival, a festival of color that celebrates diversity and the arrival of spring.
And even cooler if you’re 87, according to some. It takes a certain type of personality to be able to handle the chaos of confined living, loud noises and unreliable transportation schedules that make up city living, and it is not one that can be learned with years of therapy, or so I’ve been told. The ambiguity with which I source my claims is intentional, as the topics of both coolness and preference for city living are as provable as the existence of God. Through various interviews with people who lived (or live) in cities—and have a strong opinion on the matter—I found a few common threads that help to give insight as to why some people get the high and others get the hell out: People who were born and raised in a city don’t get bothered by the close proximity, lack of transportation control and noise because it’s their norm; they don’t even notice it. Living with roommates in tight quarters is difficult for many, a fact that most city-dwellers—especially those who are still early in their careers—have to face, due to the rising price of rent. (In New York City, the average cost of a 1-bedroom apartment is $3,100/month. In San Francisco, the most expensive city in the United States, is $3,400/month). The multitude of cultures and languages stimulates some and frustrates others. Of the people I interviewed, though, the multiculturalism was a pro for city living across the board. The lack of yard space—and small living in general—is not ideal for raising children. The city is a great place to make career connections. Annie Corenthal: BTRtoday: Why do you think one may want to leave NYC after a certain age? AC: I grew up in New York City. My parents grew up in New York City. My grandparents grew up in New York City. All I know about where to live and thrive and raise babies is here in New York City. I have aunts and other family members that moved away to the country and I have seen other people come here to live for a year or two and then go back upstate. What I have noticed is that most people who leave New York—or are really miserable when they visit—is that their anxiety levels are super high while in the city. They can’t stand being so physically close to other people all of the time, the lack of control with public transportation schedules, the lack of privacy and quiet while living in an apartment building, and other things that I don’t even notice since I grew up here. BTR: What do you love about the city? AC: I love taking the subway. The fact that I have no control over when the next train is coming or how fast it’s going gives me some time to relax. Also it gives me time to read or play games on my phone. It forces me to have about 30 minutes a day to not do any thing productive and just chill. I am terrified of houses. There are too many ways to get in. I grew up in an apartment on the 7th floor with no fire escape. The only way in was the front door which had two locks and a deadbolt. I get nervous in quiet places. My dad always taught me in order to stay safe just stay in places “where there are witnesses.” I don’t listen to headphones when I walk about. I try to stay aware of my surroundings. I think some people find it exhausting to be aware all of the time. I tend to work well under pressure. The bustle of the city might keep my stress levels to ideal productive levels. BTR: What do you love about your city specifically? AC: I love so many things about my city! I love that you can find pretty much any cuisine you can think of, including crappy chain restaurants. You can also find every culture here. In my building, on my floor, there is a lady from Georgia who is constantly screaming in Russian and a family of conservative Muslims with the black headscarves. My neighborhood is a nice mix of Bengali, Russian, Hassidic Jewish, and some old school Irish Brooklynites. I love that there are so many 24 hour establishments. I love that the subway is 24 hours. I love there is something to do every night if you are so inclined. Currently I live near a big green park, the beach, and several trendy neighborhoods for bars and restaurants. I can do whatever I feel like doing! I love that there are so many inside jokes when you live here. I love that some people can’t handle living here; I’m quite the city snob. Kate Kosek: BTR: Can you explain what your relationship is with New York City? KK: I’ve lived in Brooklyn for 6 years and don’t want to be here much longer.  I gave myself a 10-year timeline when I first moved, so I’ll hopefully be out within the next four years. I wanted to be here for a good chunk of time in order to make connections and advance my art career while being immersed in a culturally rich environment. I grew up in the suburbs and was intrigued by the energy of urban life.   BTR: I recently read an article in Time Magazine saying that city living affects the brain and increases emotions such as anxiety and fear. Do you agree? KK: I completely agree, which is why I’m looking to escape sooner rather than later.  A couple years ago I started suffering from anxiety attacks; I thought I was dying because I had never experienced anything like it. No major events set my anxiety off, I think it was a lot of pent up negative energy from daily life.  Once I realized what they were, I started focusing on managing my stress. I’m lucky enough to have a car so I can escape upstate frequently to visit family and friends.   Also been living on my own for the past two years, which has really relaxed me.  I think roommate dynamics in small living quarters attribute to a lot of city life stress.  In regards to whether I think this brain change is a positive or negative thing, I think both.  Positive because I feel like a lot of city people are empathetic to human differences, city people are more open to race, culture and sexuality.  Negative because a lot of people dealing with the stress will turn to drug or alcohol abuse, or some people snap and end up harming themselves or others.   BTR: Do you think you are going to miss the city once you leave? KK: I have loved my time in Brooklyn but am looking forward to retreating to a more reclusive area.  I’ll miss living in a close distance to my friends, as well as all of the amazing art, music and food you can find on a daily basis in a close radius.  Oh the conveniences!  On the other hand, traffic and large crowds have become really stressful to me as I’ve become older.  I look forward to living somewhere that doesn’t smell like piss and garbage 24/7! Andriy Dyachenko: BTR: What cities have you lived in? AD: Kiev, Chicago, Boston, New York. I’m a big city boy since birth, but I’m not sure I like cities too much. Then again, I don’t think I’d make it in the countryside. BTR: What do you not like about city living? AD: I love nature and I hate noise when I sleep, but I love all kinds of ethnic foods and that is something you can only get in big cities. I also like yoga and tai chi, which is much more prevalent in big cities. Sometimes I wish I could live next to a big nature preserve on Long Island or even somewhere in Maine. Central Park is a joke and is always overcrowded. So it is a love/hate relationship with cities. BTR: Why do you think you would not make it in the countryside? AD: Country people would probably think I am huge weirdo because I am not from the country; I am an outsider and a foreigner with a lot of strange interests, such as vegetarianism. In my imagination, country people tend to be more conservative and focused on their established communities. BTR: Have you ever had an encounter with a country person that made you feel uncomfortable? Or is it more assumption? AD: Actually, I do have a lot of country relatives in Eastern Europe and I really love them (They are hardcore peasants!) When I was working with more remote communities in western Massachusetts, though, I did feel some hostility sometimes. It seems that there was some reservations towards “Boston people.” Also, I feel that the countryside in New England feels more cultured, organized and richer than, let’s say, the Midwest. BTR: It seems as though the racism came more from your being from a city as opposed to being from another country. And you are from Ukraine, correct? AD: Yes. I am Ukrainian. BTR: Do you think their cities are culturally different than ours in the US? AD: These days everything is global. I grew up during a different era. The younger generation is much more connected to the broader trends now: They eat falafel, became hipsters, hang out in Berlin, speak English, etc. Obviously, the older generation is still there as well, including people who grew up in the USSR when the country was isolated, but city living has the same traits everywhere.  There is always a degree of anonymity, of being lost in the crowd and that is nice!  
Joe Joe Orangias is a visual artist, activist and writer based between New York City and Geneva. His projects, often collaborative and site-specific, focus on monuments, public space, queerness, decolonization and sustainable development.
The Boba Room is a temporary pop-up theme park in NYC for bubble tea lovers!
This week’s photoblog is the first in a series of work in which I try to re-claim my inspiration for a city that needs less to be saved, and more to be understood.
I wondered if I did some internal damage in my multiple attempts to insert cotton pickles into my vagina.
Amanda Heidel is an MFA candidate at the State University of New York at New Paltz. She uses reclaimed, recycled and waste materials in her sculptures, installations and performances as a way to blur the line between art and life. She has had solo exhibitions at Chasma Gallery in New York and Change is Vintage Gallery in Belmar, NJ and has been included in group shows at Greenkill Gallery in Kingston NY, 3rd Street Gallery in Philadelphia, Rutgers University in Camden, NJ, Diggi Palace in India, Weaving Hand Gallery in Brooklyn, NY and Greenpoint Gallery, also in Brooklyn. All images courtesy of artist
A photo series of real NYC life.
BTRtoday staff writer Kimberly Ruth discusses her memories of keeping up with the manhunt following the Boston Bombing, and how tragedy and death can trigger feelings we may not expect.
Sky Pape is a Canadian-born, culture-hound and nature enthusiast, who lives and works in NYC. Sky’s work is in prominent museum and corporate collections. She is a two-time recipient of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant to Individual artists and a residency fellowship at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center. She is participating in the annual uptown art stroll open-studios on June 17th from 1-6PM. And she has a solo show in September at the June Kelly Gallery located at 166 Mercer St. in NYC. All images courtesy of the artist.
The truth is, I don’t want the marriage or the white picket fence or even the stability that most people associate with the happiness and success of adulthood.
Ea Domke is a Boston transplant by way of Iowa; they received their BFA with an emphasis in painting and a minor in art history from the University of South Dakota in 2014. They are currently an MFA candidate at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts. Their current practice is interdisciplinary; incorporating painting and sculpture into hybrids works, and creating installations that are often site-specific and experiential. They are a 2017 nominee for the Dedalus MFA Fellowship in Painting and Sculpture, recipient of the Dean’s Scholarship Award, CURCS Grant, Gunderson Art Scholarship, and their latest solo show, Pedagogy of the Self: The Phenomenological Truths, was on display at Tufts University this past February. All photos courtesy of artist
A first-hand experience at the Digital Publishing Innovation Summit, where industry leading companies such as Condé Nast, CNN, PBS, Bitly, and Vanity Fair discussed common challenges and media-related strategies, revealed artificial intelligence may be closer than we think.
Patricia Silva is a Lisbon-born, New York-based artist working with photography, video, and words. Her video “Self and Others,” a study of bisexual culture as captured through the lens of film history, recently screened at New York’s First Feminist Film Week. She has also exhibited and screened at the Anthology Film Archives, the  Phoenix Museum of Art, Flux Factory, the British Film Institute,  MoMA Ps1, IFC, Tengis Cinema in Mongolia, the Berlin Biennale and others. All images courtesy of the artist.    
This spring break I did a road trip down the coast of California with my Mamiya RZ67, a medium format film camera that was given to me by my dad this past February.
The lack of female occupations in the emoji-sphere transports us back to a time where we were seen as adjuncts and hoes to this movement of progress. Or does it?
Phaan Howng  is an American-born Taiwanese multi-media artist living and working in Baltimore, MD. She uses the media of painting, sculpture and and installation to stage the sublime and formidable beauty of an Earth post-humanity. Phaan received her MFA from the Mount Royal School of Art At MICA in 2015, and she had her first solo show titled Bioloigical Controls: If It Bleeds We Can Kill It at School 33 Project Space in Baltimore. She has also exhibited at Randall Scott Project and, ArtScape in Baltimore, the  Arlington Arts Center in Arlington, VA and the RE Art show in Brooklyn. She received a silver medal for her work in the show Color at the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition in Redhook, BK. And she has had reviews in publications such as Hyperallergic, Art F City, Washington Post and the Baltimore City Paper. All images courtesy of Phaan Howng. Eulogies of the Present Past was for the public programming portion Howng’s  installation, Biological Controls; If It Bleeds, We Can Kill It at School 33 Art Center in Baltimore, MD. For the first portion of the event, attendees were invited to write and recite a poem about our descent into the Anthropocene epoch while wearing a custom matching suit in the installation. For the second portion, attendees were also invited to karaoke to a sad song of their choice. Both portions were live streamed via the web to the audience from the installation to their room.
Does artist intent really matter? And what should we think about social media becoming an accepted artistic medium?
Joe Bochynski is a Brooklyn-based artist whose multi-disciplinary work explores ideas surrounding symbolism, archeology and power.
Jonathon Keats was stated as being a “poet of ideas” by The New Yorker and a “multimedia philosopher-prophet” by The Atlantic. Jonathon Keats is an artist, writer and experimental philosopher based in San Francisco and Northern Italy. His conceptually-driven interdisciplinary projects explore all aspects of society through science and technology. He has installed a camera with a thousand-year-long exposure – documenting the long-term effects of climate change – at Arizona State University; opened a photosynthetic restaurant serving gourmet sunlight to plants at the Crocker Art Museum;  and attempted to genetically engineer God in collaboration with scientists at the UC Berkeley. Exhibited internationally, Keats’s projects have been documented by PBS, Reuters, and the BBC World Service, garnering favorable attention in periodicals ranging from Science to Flash Art to The Economist. In recent years, he has lectured at institutions including UC Berkeley, Stanford University and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), which recently awarded him a 2015-16 Art + Technology Lab Grant. All photos courtesy of Jonathon Keats. Birds use Earth’s magnetic field to guide their flight path. However geomagnetism is relatively weak, and easily overridden by other sources of magnetism at close proximity. Research has shown that magnets can affect birds’ internal compasses. In this experimental prototype, a magnet has been attached to a toy airplane, influencing the compass needles beneath it, providing an alternate north-south orientation for birds to follow. Large cities on migratory flyways may imperil birds. Light and electromagnetic pollution can be disorienting, and urbanization may deprives them of habitat for roosting. By electromagnetically manipulating compass directions, air traffic control towers can steer birds around cities or even entire regions. This satellite map of the United States at night reveals where urbanization is most pronounced by showing where artificial light is most concentrated. The superimposed compasses show potential alterations to the geomagnetic field that will reorient flyways around human developments. Base Map Courtesy of NASA Earth Observatory Micro-vibrators titillate flowers that have to be artificially pollinated as colony collapse disorder afflicts honeybee populations. These botanical sex toys can be battery- or solar powered. This model shows several sex toys attached to a plant. A dismantled micro-vibrator is also displayed. Micro-vibrators titillate flowers that have to be artificially pollinated as colony collapse disorder afflicts honeybee populations. These botanical sex toys can be battery- or solar powered. This model shows several sex toys attached to a plant. A dismantled micro-vibrator is also displayed. Fiber optics facilitate photosynthesis in corals, providing an alternate energy source when turbid or polluted oceans prevent adequate sunlight from passing through the water. This conceptual model shows how the fiber optics cables might be illuminated by LEDs that are powered by photovoltaics on the ocean surface. The LEDs could alternately be powered by wave energy, or the fiber optics could be illuminated directly with a solar concentrator. Military camouflage designed for urban combat allows reptiles to elude detection in cities as urbanization overtakes their natural habitats. In this model, a turtle wears a camouflage fabric shell covering.    
The underdog aura of SPRING/BREAK is what characterizes this playful (and downright fun) art fair; unlike the parent shows of yesteryear, which are dealer and market-driven, SPRING/BREAK is artist and curator-driven, resulting in work that is more participatory and ephemeral than it is sell-able.
This week Art Uncovered hits the Spring Break Art Show, a curator-driven art fair that showcases over 150 curators who premiere new artworks created by over 400 artists. The selected curators were chosen based on their proposals that deal with the theme of “Black Mirror,” which is not a reference to the popular Netflix series, but, rather, a concept that includes ideas such as self-reflexivity, especially in the digital age. Photos courtesy of Kimberly Ruth Future Past News, Andrea Wolf and Karolina Ziulkoski Cate Giordano, TV Guide  Tamara Santibañez, Thinking About Everything, But Then Again, I Was Thinking About Nothing. Curated by Justin De Demko It Was A Pleasure To Burn, curated by Vanessa Albury  Sean Fader, 365 Profile Pics Greg Haberny, The Elephant In The Room (or Stanley Kubrick Isn’t Dead He Just Looks Funny) Personal Tesserac, curated by Anne Spalter
Anthony Friedkin (born 1949) is an American photographer whose works have chronicled California’s landscapes, cities and people. His topics include phenomena such as surf culture, prisons, cinema, and gay culture. Friedkin’s photographs have been exhibited at institutions such as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art,  J. Paul Getty Museum and New York’s Museum of Modern Art. He is also represented in numerous private collections and his pictures have been published in Japan, Russia, Europe, and many Fine Art magazines in America. All images courtesy of the artist
Irena Azovsky is an LA-based artist who works primarily in the medium of collage. She creates multidimensional, interwoven pieces that bring forth her fondness of 80’s culture and imagery. She received her BFA from the Maryland Institute Collage of Art and has recently shown at Tiger Strikes Asteroid in Brooklyn, NY, Paper Plane gallery in Atlanta, Georgia, Treat Gallery in Manhattan, New York and Green line studios in Grand Rapids, MI.
With President Trump pressing for even less privacy restrictions than was previously imposed during the Obama administration, a world of private searching and private communication is becoming as small as the possibility of finding that infamous needle in the piling haystack. Thankfully, there are still ways to browse anonymously.
Ekaterina Abramova is multi media artist whose paintings are a hybrid of 21st century Neo-Expressionism and Spiritual Ornamental paintings, drawn mostly from the symbolic art of Russian and Indian mythology. She received her MFA from the I.E. Repin State Academy of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg, Russia. She has attended multiple residencies such as the International Artist Residency in Hyderabad, India and a 3- month residency at the Eileen S. Kaminsky Family Foundation located in Mana Contemporary Art Complex in Jersey City, NJ.
protest signs existed long before Trump became the 45th president of the United States
Rosary Solimanto is an artist who lives and works in Jersey City.  She is best known for her interdisciplinary activist based work which explores the objectification she faces battling multiple sclerosis. She encourages discourse on disability identity to unfold to empower the disabled. Solimanto is an emerging artist who has exhibited in New York City, New Jersey, North Carolina, Seattle, Pittsburgh, Hudson Valley, Toronto and Spain. She has performed in the O + Festival in Kingston, NY, the Itinerant Festival at the Bronx Museum and did a 12 hour durational performance at the Nuit Blanche Festival in Toronto. A site specific outdoor performance filmed on the boardwalk of Rondout Creek located in Kingston, New York. Waking. Performance encompassing how disability affects not only the afflicted, but the caregiver as well. This piece inspired by previous memoirs when my son assisted with alleviating spasticity, by being carried and or moved. At the time I felt incarcerated by my corporeal body, biomedical treatments and my mind. I derived the movements from times of caregiving, in which I re-created an endless loop of contemporary dance between the role of the caretaker and the disabled. Since I felt no performer could re-enact these times, my son James Conklin became the performer in this piece.
Many studies have proven that voyeurs who have spent a significant amount of time with a character (whether TV watchers or readers of literature), can actually lose themselves in their character, and that scares me.
Arlene Rush is a New York based conceptual artist whose diverse work deals with issues of gender, identity, and socio economic issues and politics. Her work asks viewers to look at the balance and place and meaning of what is occurring in our contemporary world.   Rebirth, 2016.
Reflecting on a spontaneous journey abroad that conjured feelings of awe, creativity, and a desire for change.
Dylan McManus is a US-based Post-Digital Printmaker who explores contradictions he finds in contemporary society. His work offers a visual starting point for critical discourse and debate among what he views as a politically disinterested populace.
Cindy Hinant is a New York based artist who utilizes video, audio, internet and digital technologies, as well as performance and traditional art mediums in works that reflect on popular representations of femininity. She has had solo and two person exhibitions at the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art, Interstitial, Joe Sheftel Gallery, and Miguel Abreu Gallery.  Her work has been included in group exhibitions and screenings at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, the Egyptian Modern Art Museum, the Palais de Tokyo, the North Miami Museum of Contemporary Art, the Museo de Arte El Salvador and the Lehnbachhaus Munich.  She is the recipient of the Robert D. Beckman Jr. Emerging Artist Fellowship, the Edward Albee Visual Artist-in-Residence Fellowship, and the Sheffield International Artist Book Prize.  Her work will be featured in the forthcoming book “New York, New Wave: The Legacy of Feminist Artists in Emerging Practices” by Kathy Battista.  This January she will take part in the exhibition “Escape Attempts” at Shulamit Nazarian in Los Angeles and will have a solo exhibition at Museum of America Books in Brooklyn. Upcoming Show Dates: Shulamit Nazarian: Los Angeles, CA: Feb. 18 – April 1 Musuem of America Books: Brooklyn, NY: Opening, Jan. 30th
Richard Haines is an artist and fashion illustrator living and working in New York. He moved here in 1975 from Washington, D.C. to pursue illustration and instead found a successful career as a fashion designer. Through his work with brands such as Calvin Klein, Perry Ellis and Bill Blass, he developed a keen eye for the often overlooked details of form, fabric and how a garment falls on the body, which laid a foundation for his illustration work. After years in the world of fashion design, his career has now come full circle allowing him to emerge as one of today’s most sought after fashion illustrators.
Jodie Mim Goodnough is a Providence, Rhode Island-based artist whose work revolves around the use of images in psychology and psychiatry, and includes photography, sculpture, performance, video and sound.
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