Forman began making yarn paintings in 1969 while still in high school. He thought he had invented the technique. In college at The Cooper Union Forman kept his yarn painting to himself. His professors preferred his drawings to his paintings. Jack Whitten, Forman’s painting professor, asked his class what they did during vacation. Forman volunteered that he was working on a project that wasn't exactly painting. After visiting his studio Whitten told Forman to stick to yarn and that he would consider them paintings. Seeing a yarn painting at a Greenwich Village flea market Forman discovered that yarn painting was a traditional art form among the Wixarika (Huichol) people of Mexico. A Fulbright Fellowship enabled Forman to travel to Mexico and meet fellow yarn painters. Forman has maintained his relationship with fellow yarn painters both by returning to Mexico regularly and by hosting Wixarika artists in his home.
WhiteFeather Hunter is an internationally recognized Canadian artist and scholar. She is currently a SSHRC Doctoral Fellow, Australian Government International RTP Scholar and Postgraduate Scholar at the University of Western Australia, situated between the School of Human Sciences (SymbioticA) and the UWA School of Design. WhiteFeather's practice investigates vital materiality through biotechnological protocols, witch/craft, performance and new media. She publishes and presents work internationally, recently at Ars Electronica (AT), New Zealand Centre for Human-Animal Studies (NZ), University of the Arts Helsinki (FI) and in numerous North American cities.
“Ground Glass” 15" x 17.5" Oil on primed paper. Image courtesy of the artist. This work is the most recent addition to this series, named after a condition that causes abnormalities in the lungs which result in hazy, opaque X-rays. Ground-glass patterns in the lungs are seen more and more often these days, being symptomatic of Covid-19 infection.
Laura Murray was born and raised in Oklahoma City, OK. She received her BFA from the School of Visual Arts in 2012. She has completed two residencies: the Oklahoma Summer Art Institute Residency in Oklahoma City, and the Snug Harbor Artist Residency Program in Staten Island. Her work has been exhibited internationally, including at Postmasters Gallery (New York, NY), Arc Gallery (San Francisco, CA), the Oklahoma City Museum of Art (OKC, OK), and Galerist (Istanbul). She has been featured in New York Magazine, Dazed Magazine, The Nation, and Vice’s The Creators Project.
Eva Davidova is a Spanish/ Bulgarian interdisciplinary artist with focus on new media(s), information, and their socio-political implications. Disrupting and challenging a singular narrative, she combines influences from ancient mythology with the current technological moment and the impending ecological catastrophe. Davidova has exhibited at the Bronx Museum, the Everson Museum, the Albright Knox Museum, MACBA Barcelona, CAAC Sevilla, Instituto Cervantes and La Regenta among others. Recent exhibitions include "The Sound of One Computer Thinking" at the IMPAKT Festival (Netherlands), "Intentions: Who Owns Our Emotions" at EdgeCut series at NEW INC and "Global Mode > Narcissus and Drowning Animals" at the Circulo de Bellas Artes in Madrid. She was a fellow of the first Technology Immersion Program for Artists (TIP) by Harvestworks, and is currently a member of NEW INC, the New Museum’s Incubator program. Her upcoming participatory online performance Global Mode > was commissioned by ISSUE Project Room.
Rian Hotton is a full-time artist, born in Jersey, now based in London. Producing works in varying mediums that are inspired by the built and natural environment, nostalgia, and more recently bridging the gap between art and science. Rian believes that our experience and memories along with our imaginations should be the guiding force to answer the questions of the future. As an artist he has a duty to his art and to himself and that in collaboration with other fields the resulting work should serve a higher purpose.
John Paul Kesling
John Paul Kesling was born and raised on the banks of the Ohio River, spending much of his time outdoors. He attended Morehead State University in Morehead, KY for his BFA in Arts and spent a semester in Europe studying art history. Kesling went on to receive his MFA in Painting from The Savannah College of Art and Design in 2010. He spent the next six years in Brooklyn, NY, immersed in the NYC art scene. In March of 2016, he attended a month-long residency at The Vermont Studio Center. While there, he realized how integral time, space, and nature were to his studio practice and in July, 2016 he relocated to Madison, TN. He has recently had solo shows at The Red Arrow Gallery (Nashville, TN), Oz Arts (Nashville,TN) and Tim Faulkner Gallery (Louisville, KY). He is represented by The Red Arrow Gallery. He now owns a dog.
Born in Japan, multimedia Artist Ibuki Kurmochi specializes in artworks for exhibition (paintings, movies, and digital works), and also specializes in live performances combining her live painting with her Japanese Butoh dance. From 2012, Ibuki started exhibiting works in major cities in Japan, the U.S.,Taiwan, France, Italy, and Australia. She studied Butoh dance at the world renown Kazuo Ohno Butoh Dance Studio in Yokohama in 2016. Through her work, she pursues the physicality of Butoh’s poetic choreography and the pursuit of the human body in anatomy. She visualizes her performance and body movements as two-dimensional works and video works. Ibuki explores concepts of the body, thought and physical resonance, metamorphosis and fetishism. In 2019, Ibuki received a USA O-1 artist visa. She currently resides in Los Angeles.