Artists & Groups

2015 Artists & Arts Organization

Lady K Fever, Dejen Tesfagiorgis, Louise Eberle, Kiki Williams, Rachel Goldstein, Theresa Elwell, Tessa Anton, Amy Larson, Marion Spencer, Alissa Lazaro, Ellen Maynard, Steven Subotnick, Andres Prince Gonzalez, Pete Rogina, Eileen Cohen, Dennis Hylnsky, Cythnia Beth Rudin, Sarah Cameron, Dianne Smith, Debra Swack, Charlie Reynoso, Rafia Santana, Mary Madsen, Caceres, Billy Clark, Anna Hayman, Jesse Ricke, Will Vaultz, photographer

Culturehub, Waterfront Alliance, Bike NYC, City College DIAP Program,Pratt Digital Media Arts, Inwood Canoe Club, Movement Playdates, DockNYC, The Uni Project, NYC Department of Parks & Recreation, NYC Police Department, Manhattan Community Board 9, Office of State Senator Adriano Espaillat, Office of Councilman Mark Levine, Office of the Manhattan Borough President

Special thanks to Rita Dove, former US Poet Laureate

Funding made possible by West Harlem Development Corporation

2014 Artists & Arts Organization

CYNTHIA BETH RUDIN is a new media artist whose works frequently evoke cultural memories and the imagined past by intertwining photographic elements in complex layers of representation and abstraction. Recently, Rubin’s work has shifted from explorations of the vestiges human history into conversation with Nature. She is interested in how Nature affects our built environment, and how both the microscopic plankton and the macroscopic landscape are part of our world. Rubin began experimenting with digital media in the early 1980’s. The transition from painting to the electronic arts prompted new experimentation in both subject and formats of presentation of her imagery. Working in still images, moving images, and with inter-activity, Rubin now works independently and in collaboration.

Rubin’s work has been exhibited and screened in such diverse venues as the Jewish Museum in Prague, and opening night of the both the San Francisco and the Boston Jewish Film Festivals, the Pandemonium Festival at the ICA in London, the Lavall Gallery in Novosibirsk, the DeLeon White Gallery in Toronto, and numerous editions of ISEA, ArCade and SIGGRAPH. Winner of the first award in New Media from the Connecticut Commission on the Arts, she has been awarded this grant three times. Other awards and residencies include the New England Foundation for the Arts, Videochroniques in Marseilles, CYPRES in Aix-en-Provence, and the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture. As believer in artist-organized-art, Rubin also organized the Cultural Heritage Artists Project for the Orchard Street Shul in New Haven, Connecticut. Rubin is a native of Rochester, NY and holds degrees from Antioch College and the Maryland Institute, College of Art (BA and MFA). She has been on the faculty of Frostburg State College, Connecticut College, and the University of Vermont, and currently is affiliated with the Rhode Island School of Design. An active member of the Digital Arts community, she Chaired the Committee to develop the Award for Lifetime Achievement in Digital Art for ACM-SIGGRAPH, and is also a member of the SIGGRAPH Digital Art Committee. She has served as vice-president of ISEA, the Inter-Society for the Electronic Arts, and was a member for the CAA Committee of Electronic Information, as well as co-author of the CAA Guidelines for Faculty in New Media.

D. CARLTON BRIGHT is a self-taught visual artist who has been working out of New York City for the past 27 years. He has found his artistic direction has been influenced by many things, including his eclectic history of activities needed for basic financial income and other various experiences.

DENNIS HLYNSKY is a US-based artist and designer. With an insatiable desire to consider technology and its place in the arts, he came early to video and has more than 30 years of experience in the medium. He was among the first students in the RISD video program and is now a devoted teacher. Since 1983 he has committed himself to the study of digital processes. A skilled 3D artist, his most recent work was cited by the Black Maria Film Festival.

Hlynsky was a co-founder of Electron Movers, a regional media center and performance space, and a principal in the Video Analysis Project for ten years, using video as an intervention for people with life-threatening problems. The project garnered the attention of international media. His interest in celebration as an art form resulted in his designing the fireworks celebration for Providence for five years and has been central to several longstanding community arts events. Most recently, he and Daniel Peltz co-designed the Lepton, a true-non-linear editor for social web-based media.

DIANNE SMITH is an abstract painter, sculptor, and installation artist. Her work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in New York City’s Soho and Chelsea art districts as well as, numerous galleries and institutions throughout the United States. She is an educator in the field of Aesthetic Education at Lincoln Center Institute (LCI), which is part of New York City’s Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. Since the invitation to join the Institute over six years ago she has taught k-12 in public schools throughout the Tri-State area. Her work as a teaching artist also extends to undergraduate and graduate courses in various colleges and universities such as: Lehman College, Brooklyn College, Columbia University Teachers College, City College, and St. John’s University. Dianne is a Bronx native of Belizean descent. She attended LaGuardia High School of Music and Art, the Otis Parsons School of Design and the Fashion Institute of Technology. Smith recently completed her MFA at Transart Institute in Berlin. She currently lives and works in Harlem, New York.

EILEEN COHEN is an accomplished artist, video editor, animator, and colorist. She is a long-time member of “The Space”, a Long Island City-based not-for-profit events group and Arts Collective. Her work has been seen regularly on networks such as HBO (VICE), BET (Master of the Mix), MTV (VMA’s, InBetweeners), and others. She has also worked in film and has had screenings at numerous film festivals as well as in music videos. She graduated from the Massachusetts College of Art where she received Departmental Honors in Film/Video. She is an active alumnus who has also taught at the NY Film Academy. Most recently, she collaborated with Peter Rogina in Light Photo animations for the Holocenter Gallery Farewell Extravaganza in April 2014.

EVA OLSSON is a Swedish artist who works with contemporary art where moving image is her major way of expression. She reconstructs familiar situations to create new insights in short animations, by working with reflections on everyday life. Eva completed her MFA degree at Norwich School of Art & Design in the UK. Her works are represented at:

– ArtFem.TV an online television programming presenting Art and Feminism.

– FemLink. The International Video-Artists Collective.

– Northern Video Art Network, NOVA a web-based platform for artists working with video, media art and experimental cinema.

She is also a member of the artist association Smålands Konstnärsförbund. Together with Jonas Nilsson, the co-founded and curate Art:screen, which is a platform for new media art. They also run Art Temple 1:85, which is an art space for contemporary arts with a focus on emerging and experimental arts on research and development practices.

HENRY GWIAZDA is a new media artist/composer whose artistic trajectory has taken him from sampling, sound effects, and immersive technologies to his current work with new media. This new work is a comprehensive artistic approach that has resulted in work that is multimedia in nature and focused on movement. Gwiazda’s works are regularly screened in festivals and galleries throughout the world including New York, Paris, Madrid, Cairo, Amsterdam, Beijing, Berlin, Sao Paolo, Naples, Marseilles, Seoul, Damascus, Athens, Istanbul, Moscow and many others. He won First Prize at Abstracta Cinema (Rome, Italy), Magmart Video Festival (Naples, Italy), Festival InOut (Gdansk, Poland), Second Prize at the Crosstalk Video Art Festival (Budapest,Hungary), Third Prize at the GIGUK Video Art Festival (Giessen, Germany), and the Grand Prize for Best Audio at the 2008 DIGit Media Exposition (Narrowsburg, NY). His work is available on Innova Recordings. “His work suggests how to achieve a meaningful, fulfilling life through the simplest and most direct means of fine tuning your sensory awareness. It’s a lot of philosophy, and a lot about life, to come out of such seemingly simple, undramatic images.” David Finkelstein, review Film of the impossibility of stillness…i’m thinking.

JONAS NILSSON is an artist who works with contemporary art where moving image is my major way of expression. He was born in Sweden where Jonas first went to a couple of art schools before completing his MFA degree year in 2000 at Norwich University College of the Arts in the UK. His work often deals with issues surrounding the western way of life where he likes to make comments on, and relate his work to, a dark dystopian and/or melancholic places or landscapes, both in an inner-world and outer-world. Jonas’s work has been shown at video screenings and video art festivals through-out Europe, north America and Asia, and he represented at Northern Video Art Network, NOVAis a web-based platform for artists working with video, media art and experimental cinema. He is also a member of the artist association Smålands Konstnärsförbund. Jonas is the co-founder and curator with Eva Olsson of art:screen which is an international platform for new media art. We are also running Art Temple 1:85, Art Temple 1:85 is an art space for contemporary arts with a focus on emerging and experimental arts on research and development practices.

LADY K-FEVER (b. Canada) is a New York based inter-disciplinary artist and curator working with painting, installation, photography, performance and public art projects. She began her career in Vancouver the early 1990’s when she was invited to create an installation with Riot Grrlz for Artropolis 93. In 2003, she became the first Canadian woman to paint at the legendary Graffiti Hall of Fame in East Harlem, New York and to be put down with NYC graffiti crews KD & TDS.

Her work has been exhibited in Bronx Lab Style Wars Bronx Museum, Graffiti Research lab MOMA, Figure8 El Museo del Barrio, Born again: Eight Artist Respond Longwood Art gallery, B-girl Be Intermedia Arts, This side of Paradise NoLonger Empty and Figment 2012 New York and published in the New York Times, New York Post, Daily News and in the magazines: Studio (Harlem), Mass Appeal (Brooklyn), Backspin (Germany), and Trace (international) among others, and in the books Graffiti Women: Street Art from Five Continents, and Burning New York: Graffiti NYC, and We B Girlz (New York). In 2013,her graffiti/street art has been presented at The Graffiti Hall Of Fame 2013, New York, Rooftop Legends 2013, New York, and The New York Walls Wynwood, Miami.

PETER ROGINA is an artist with roots in holography. He started making holograms with friend, Nick Pollara, in 1987.Their works have been sold internationally, been on display in Santa Fe, NM, the Center for the Holographic Arts in NYC, and numerous schools where Mr. Rogina speaks on the physics of holography. He quickly became interested in 3D Photography and has shown works at the National Stereoscopic Association convention in Buffalo, NY, in Los Alamos, NM, and at the Museum of Natural History in NYC, where his most recent showing was entitled, “3D China”. He has been a speaker on 3D at B&H Photo in NYC and has spoken at or chaired numerous 3D panels at conferences ranging from the Santa Fe Film Festival to the 3D Entertainment Summits in NYC and Hollywood. In 2010, he gave the keynote address at the largest 3D conference in Europe entitled “Beyond 3D, The Next Medium”. He holds six patents in the field of immersive imaging and is a co-founder of Enchanted Glass Entertainment. Mr. Rogina’s light photos have been featured in Peta Pixel and shown at multiple Global Online Art Exhibits, including galleries on light in Transmission and Reflection and Manipulated light. He has collaborated with Emmy Award winning artist/animator, Neil Epstein, and renowned abstract painter, Peter Smolenski. His most recent collaboration is with Eileen Cohen, who he met at the Flux Factory in Long Island City. Their works were recently shown at the Holocenter Closing Extravaganza in April 2014.

RUPERT NESBITT graduated from The Cooper Union with a BFA in 1991 and received his MFA from Vermont College in 2007. In the early 1990’s his work involved documenting the performative and exploratory practice of climbing New York City’s numerous bridges. That roving sensibility resulted in extensive international travel in the developing world. This included nine summers spent in Egypt as an illustrator on archaeological digs. That experience resulted in illustration work in the field of toy design, ultimately resulting in multiple trips to Hong Kong and China as a designer and animator of robotic toys. During this time, Nesbitt co-founded a public art organization in Newport, Rhode Island and produced, curated and participated in numerous temporary outdoor exhibitions. Currently his practice interrogates issues of power and representation through the medium of digital animation.

STEVE PAVLOVSKY and Liquid Light Lab are based out of NYC. It is the work of Steve Pavlovsky, a Czech born; US raised artist, musician, and philosopher. LLL performs in NYC, and travels throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions. It works with international, national, and local musicians, music festivals, film makers, art galleries, corporate events, community events, and private parties. Liquid Light Lab has accompanied notable musicians such as: Roky Erickson (13th Floor Elevators), The Black Angels, Yonder Mountain String Band, The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Chali 2na of Jurassic 5, The New Riders of the Purple Sage, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, Melvin Seals & JGB, Break Science, Max Creek, Rubblebucket, Devon Allman (Gregg Allman’s son), Davisson Brothers Band, Kofi Baker (son of Cream drummer Ginger Baker.), Lucid, Twiddle, Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds and The Manhattan Project.

HISPANIC SOCIETY OF AMERICA is a museum and reference library for the study of the arts and cultures of Spain, Portugal and Latin America. Founded in 1904 byArcher M. Huntington, the institution is free and open to the public at its original location in a Beaux Arts building on Audubon Terrace on the border of West Harlem and Washington Heights (at 155th Street and Broadway) in New York City.

Exterior sculpture at the Society includes work byAnna Hyatt Huntington and nine major reliefs by the Swiss-American sculptor Berthold Nebel, a commission that took ten years to complete.

CENTER FOR THE HOLOGRAPHIC ARTS (Holocenter) is an organization dedicated to promoting and developing holographic artwork. Holography is unique in its capacity to bring virtual understandings into contemporary dialogues around media participation, technology and visuo-spatial information. The Holocenter has four main objectives: production, exhibition, research and education.

The Holocenter was founded by respected holographic artists Ana Maria Nicholson and Dan Schweitzer in 1998. The current Director, Dr. Martina Mrongovius, works with artists and holography studios around the world as a technical and artistic consultant. As one of the only independent holographic arts organizations in existence, our mission is to ensure that holography continues to be a creative practice. The Holocenter is based in New York City.

HARLEM BIOSPACE (Hb) is a new biotech incubator, the first of its kind in New York City, to offer affordable shared wet-lab space for competitively-selected entrants. Situated at the heart of three academic campuses (Columbia University, City College of New York, and future Columbia Manhattanville campus), with easy access to other major universities and the vibrancy of New York City via the A, B, C, D and 1 trains, eight bus lines, and only three blocks from the Hudson River bike trail and West Side Highway. Located in the old Factory District of Harlem, an exciting new development attracting technology companies and start-ups, Hb will be housed in the Sweets Building, a former laboratory for confectionery research located at 423 West 127th Street.

SOUND ARTS/COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF THE ARTS has been at the helm of sound innovation for over fifty years with faculty specializing in composition, improvisation, music theory, musicology, installation, sculpture, instrument building, acoustics, music cognition, and software development. Faculty from the Computer Music Center, along with colleagues from Composition, Visual Arts, and Engineering, led the development of the new interdisciplinary area in Sound Arts that leads to the Master of Fine Arts degree awarded by the School of the Arts.

NYU Interactive Telecommunications Program ( ITP)  is a two-year graduate program located in the Tisch School of the Arts whose mission is to explore the imaginative use of communications technologies — how they might augment, improve, and bring delight and art into people’s lives.

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