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Mount Royal School of Art (Multidisciplinary MFA)

Fall 2016 Mount Royal Visiting Artists

Beom Kim

Beom Kim’s works have been in solo shows at the Contemporary Art Gallery (Vancouver, Canada), Hayward Gallery (London, UK), REDCAT Gallery (Los Angeles), the Cleveland Museum of Art (OH), Artsonje Center (Seoul, Korea), Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporaneo (Mexico City, Mexico), and in group shows including the Gwangju Biennale (1997 and 2012), Taipei Biennial (1998), Istanbul Biennial (2003), Venice Biennale (2005), Media City Seoul (2010), and Sharjah Biennial (2015).

Yu Yeon Kim

Yu Yeon Kim 김유연 - born, South Korea) is an independent curator based in New York City, USA and Seoul, Korea. She has curated, co-curated, and/or been a commissioner of many distinguished international exhibitions of contemporary art, including the 2nd Johannesburg Biennal (1997), the 3rd Gwuangju Biennial (2000), the 3rd Liverpool Biennial (2004) among many others.

Yu Yeon Kim’s recent curatorial projects include: New Conjunctions and Intersections, United Nations Headquarters, New York (2015), Fluid Form II–Arab Contemporary Art at Blue Square, Seoul and Busan Museum of Art, Busan, South Korea (2014), Gauguin and After; Idyllic Synthesis at the Seoul Museum of Art, South Korea (2013).

Ei Arakawa

Ei Arakawa (b.1977 in Fukushima, Japan) has developed an extensive and international performance practice involving friends, random passersby, and other artists. His performances often use existing artworks (such as paintings and sculpture) as "scenario," creating dynamics between different media, receptions, and meanings. Arakawa arrived to USA in 1998, studied at the School of Visual Arts (New York), Bard College MFA (Annandale on-Hudson), and completed the Whitney Independent Study Program (New York). Arakawa’s work has been shown in many international institutions, including the Museum Ludwig, Cologne (2016); Berlin Biennale (2016); Gwangju Biennale (2014); Whitney Biennale (2014); Carnegie International (2013); Georgian Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennial (2013); Museum of Modern Art, New York (2012); Tate Modern, London (2012). His next project will be shown at Sculpture Project Münster, Germany, in June 2017.

Jon Kessler

Jon Kessler (New York) was best known for his kinetic sculpture combining analog and digital technology, addressing tensions between Orient and Occident. Since 2001 his work has been examining themes of surveillance and isolationism. He has exhibited his work widely in Europe, Asia, and the United States. He had solo shows at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, PS1 MoMA in New York, Contemporary Art Museum in Houston, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago and other institutions.

His sculptures are in the permanent collections of many institutions, including MoMA in New York, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Walker Art Center, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. He has received two NEA grants, a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Foundation for the Performing Arts Fellowship. He is a professor at Columbia University School of the Arts.

Sabine Flach

Prof. Dr. Sabine Flach is an art historian focusing on modern and contemporary art, art theory aesthetic theory and critical theory, including interdisciplinary approaches to biology, psychology, sciences of cognition, sociology, and environmental sciences. Since 2014 she is Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art and Chair of the Institute for Art History at the University of Graz, Austria. From 2000 to 2010, she was head of the research department “WissensKünste – Art of Knowledge and Knowledge of Art” at the Center of Literary and Cultural Studies in Berlin. Her recently published books include Naturally Hypernatural I, II, and III –(2011 to 2016, Peter Lang Verlag, Bern, Berlin, New York); The Glass Veil. Seven Adventures in Wonderland (together with Suzanne Anker, 2015, Peter Lang Verlag, Bern, Berlin, New York); Warburg’s Denkraum - Formen, Motive, Materialien, München (2014, Wihelm Fink); Habitus in Habitat I, II, and III (2011-2013, Peter Lang Verlag, Bern, Berlin, New York). Her current research projects include new concepts of performance, sculpture, and space since 1960.

She worked on the Documenta X organization team and curated 22 international exhibitions including artists such as Vanessa Beecroft, Mariko Mori, Stelarc, Dan Graham, Aziz & Cucher, and others.

Liz Dechenes

Liz Deschenes is a contemporary visual artist who lives in New York City. Her work and art practice can be understood in relation to post-conceptual photography and minimalism.

Since the early 1990s, Liz Deschenes has produced a singular and influential body of work that has done much to advance photography’s material potential and critical scope. Making use of the medium’s most elemental aspects, namely paper, light, and chemicals, she has recently worked without a camera to produce mirrored photograms that reflect our movements in time and space.

Her solo shows include the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston (2016), The Walker Art Center in Minneapolis (2014), the Secession in Vienna, Austria (2012). Her work is in many international collections, including the Guggenheim Museum, MoMA, the Metropolitan Museum, and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, the Art Institute in Chicago, and Centre Pompidou in Paris.

Stephanie Barber

Stephanie Barber’s films and videos have has been screened in solo and group shows at MoMA, NY; The Tate Modern, London; The Whitney Museum of American Art, NY; The Paris Cinematheque and MOCA Los Angeles among other art spaces. Her books Night Moves and These Here Separated to See How They Standing Alone were published by Publishing Genius Press in 2013 and 2010 respectively. Her recent collection of very short stories All The People was published by Ink Press Productions in 2015.

Dario Robleto

Dario Robleto (Houston, TX) is an artist whose multifaceted practice links careful research with romantic earnestness and conceptual precision with unorthodox fabrication. His sculptures, prints, and wall works combine esoteric materials and processes to explore forgotten, little-known, or as-yet unfamiliar corners of history, art, and science. Robleto has had over 30 solo exhibitions since 1997, at institutions including the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Denver Museum of Contemporary Art, The Contemporary Art Museum in Houston, TX, The Whitney Museum of American Art at Altria, and most recently the Menil Collection in Houston, TX. He has been a Research Fellow at the Smithsonian Museum of American History and is currently an artist-in-residence at the SETI Institute.

Eva and Franco Mattes

Eva and Franco Mattes (1976) are an artist duo originally from Italy, working in New York. Their medium is a combination of Internet and video. Their work explores the ethical and moral issues arising when people interact remotely, especially through social media, creating situations where it is difficult to distinguish reality from a simulation. They are also founders and co-directors of the international festival The Influencers, held annually at the CCCB, Barcelona, Spain (2004-ongoing).

Eva and Franco Mattes’ work has been exhibited at the Biennale of Sydney (2016); Whitechapel Gallery, London (2016); Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2016); Minneapolis Institute of Arts (2013); Site Santa Fe (2012); Sundance Film Festival (2012); PS1, New York (2009); Performa, New York (2009, 2007); National Art Museum of China, Beijing (2008); The New Museum, New York (2005) and Manifesta 4, Frankfurt (2002). In 2001 they were among the youngest artists ever included in the Venice Biennale. The Mattes have received grants from the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Roskilde; ICC, Tokyo, and were awarded the New York Prize 2006 from the Italian Academy at Columbia University. In 2016, they were recipients of the Creative Capital Award. Their work has also been written about in Artforum, Frieze Magazine, e-flux Journal, The New York Times and The Guardian.

Xaviera Simmons

Xaviera Simmons' work spans photography, performance, video, sound, sculpture, and installation, as she works in a cyclical manner. Simmons received her BFA from Bard College (2004) after spending two years on a walking pilgrimage retracing the Trans Atlantic Slave Trade with Buddhist Monks. She completed the Whitney Museum’s Independent Study Program in Studio Art (2005) while simultaneously completing a two-year actor-training conservatory with The Maggie Flanigan Studio. In 2015, Simmons was awarded the Foundation for Contemporary Arts (Robert Rauschenberg) grant. Simmons has exhibited nationally and internationally where major exhibitions and performances include: The Museum of Modern Art, MoMA PS1, The Studio Museum In Harlem, The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, The Public Art Fund, and The Sculpture Center, among others.

Claudia Joskowicz

Claudia Joskowicz’s practice centers on history, its narrative and its impact on the physical and symbolic landscape. In her videos and installations, the viewer’s gaze is directed to the physical movement of the camera through a cinematic space where historic events and personal stories with a historical dimension are revisited and anchored in the Latin American landscape. On the whole, her work addresses the way technology mediates and redefines concepts like history and memory.

Joskowicz lives and works between New York and Santa Cruz, Bolivia. She is a recipient of a Guggenheim and a New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) fellowship in film and video, prizes from Videobrasil and Fundación Simón I. Patiño, a Fulbright Scholar award and was a resident fellow at Sacatar Institute (Brazil), the LMCC’s Workspace Residency and AIM at the Bronx Museum of the Arts (NY). Recent museum and institutional exhibitions include the Albright-Knox Gallery in Buffalo; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in NY; Fondation Cartier pour l'Art Contemporain in Paris; Museo Amparo in Puebla, Mexico; Museum of Contemporary Art in Roskilde, Denmark; the Tenth Sharjah Biennial; the 29th São Paulo Biennial, Museo Nacional de Arte in La Paz, Centro Cultural Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz (Bolivia), and Lawndale Art Center in Houston. Other group exhibitions at the Tenth Habana Biennial, Slought Foundation in Philadelphia, the Videobrasil Festival in São Paulo, LABoral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial in Asturias, Spain, Center for Book Arts, Socrates Sculpture Park, Artists Space, Exit Art, El Museo del Barrio and The Bronx Museum of the Arts, all in New York, the McDonough Museum of Art in Cleveland, Dukwon Gallery in Seoul, the Soap Factory in Minneapolis and the Dallas Contemporary. Her work is part of the collections at the Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation, the Kadist Art Foundation, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and Asiaciti Trust LARA Project Collection.

Alison Saar

Alison Saar was born in Los Angeles, California. She studied art and art history at Scripps College and received an MFA from the Otis Art Institute. She received the United States Artist Fellowship in 2012 and has also been awarded the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship and two National Endowment Fellowships. She has exhibited at many galleries and museums, including The Contemporary, the Hirshhorn Museum, and Watts Towers Arts Center. Her art is represented in the collections of the Whitney Museum, Baltimore Art Museum, Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum.

Andrea Zittel 

Andrea Zittel was born in Escondido, California, in 1965. She received a BFA in painting and sculpture in 1988 from San Diego State University and an MFA in sculpture in 1990 from the Rhode Island School of Design. Zittel’s sculptures and installations transform everything necessary for life—such as eating, sleeping, bathing, and socializing—into artful experiments in living. Blurring the lines between life and art, Zittel’s projects extend to her own home and wardrobe. Wearing a single outfit every day for an entire season, and constantly remodeling her home to suit changing demands and interests, Zittel continually reinvents her relationship to her domestic and social environment. Influenced by Modernist design and architecture from the early twentieth century, the artist’s one-woman mock organization, A–Z Administrative Services, develops furniture, homes, and vehicles for contemporary consumers with a similar simplicity and attention to order. Seeking to attain a sense of freedom through structure, Zittel is more interested in revealing the human need for order than in prescribing a single unifying design principle or style. “People say my work is all about control, but it’s not, really,” she remarks. “I am always looking for the gray area between freedom—which can sometimes feel too open-ended and vast—and security—which may easily turn into confinement.” Her "A–Z Pocket Property," a forty-four-ton floating fantasy island off the coast of Denmark, commissioned by the Danish government, contrasts the extremes of a creative escape with the isolation that occurs when a person is removed from society. Altering and examining aspects of life that are for the most part taken for granted, Zittel makes hand-crafted solutions that respond to the day-to-day rhythms of the body, and the creative need of people to match their surroundings to the changing appearance of life. Zittel lives in California and New York.

Alex Klein

Alex Klein is an artist and the Dorothy and Stephen R. Weber Curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania where she recently organized the exhibition Barbara Kasten: Stages (2015), the first major survey of the artist's work. She also recently served as an agent in the Carnegie Museum of Art's Hillman Photography Initiative where she co-organized with Tina Kukielski the exhibition Antoine Catala: Distant Feel (2015) and publication Shannon Ebner: Auto Body Collision (CMOA, 2015). Her writing has been published in collections including Public Servants (New Museum/MIT Press, forthcoming) and The Human Snapshot (Sternberg Press / CCS Bard, 2013), and she is the editor of the critical volume on photography, Words Without Pictures (LACMA/Aperture, 2010). Previously she held positions in the Wallis Annenberg Photography Department at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Roski School of Fine Arts at the University of Southern California, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. She is a co-founder with Mark Owens of the editorial project and publishing imprint Oslo Editions. Her forthcoming exhibition, organized in collaboration with curator Milena Hoegsberg at the Henie Onstad Kunstsenter in Norway, considers the material and political conditions of the virtual within contemporary art.

Anicka Yi

Anicka Yi's work operates around a series of connections between materials and materialism, states of perishability and their relationship to meaning and value, consumerist digestion and cultural metabolism, stomachs as a biological metaphor for both the individual and society, scent and the fragrance industry as memory machine and post-humanist theory with it's sociopolitical implications for the body and the senses.

Her interest in the sensorial stems from a desire to reorder and reconfigure the spatial and experiential terms of a predominately visual art world. Scent and tactility are two recurring themes in her work. As a result, the dichotomy between the archival, permanent, agelessness of art and the perishable, transient, contemporary plays a role in Yi's work. The perishability of her materials exposes an uneasy relationship to the “value” often associated with art.

Anicka Yi lives and works in New York. Her work has been exhibited in group exhibitions at White Columns, NY; Bortolomi, NY; The Artist’s Institute, NY; Karma International, Zurich; Gavin Brown’s enterprise, NY; The X-Initiative, NY as well as two-person shows at 179 Canal, NY; and solo shows at Rüdiger Schöttle Gallery, Munich; The Green Gallery, Milwaukee; and 47 Canal, NY. She is also the recipient of the 2016 Hugo Boss Award.