AS | CONARTIST Presenting New York and International artists who participated in a studio residency at ConArtist, NY made possible by AS | Artists Studios.
Marina Andrijčić-Ojeda is a New York-based artist of Croatian and Peruvian descent. She was raised in a number of American states, which she attributes to a keen observation of the landscape morphing around her along with a curiosity of what lies beyond. Andrijčić-Ojeda is the co-founder and co-director of The Penitentiary, a collaborative site-specific exhibition series that takes place in abandoned war-era prisons throughout Eastern Europe.
The first of the series titled The Battery Project opened during the Summer of 2014 in Tallinn, Estonia. The Battery Project was on view for three months as a single exhibition that featured a rotating curation of art made by herself as well as a dozen artists worldwide. This multi-faceted project also featured a permanent, interactive outdoor installation for the promotion of cultural connectivity among visitors.
In artistic practice, Marina Andrijčić-Ojeda’s work stems from a heritage-based context that fluctuates with her own compulsion to describe and embody a spiritual closeness to her surroundings. The artist most often works in new materials, unintentionally conspiring with the obsessive nature that characterizes her style of working. Andrijčić-Ojeda’s multi-media installations remain calculated so as to capture a lost desire. Along with the process of documentation, the artist has captured a series of ephemeral moments that point to a sense of harmony. The artist is motivated by the connectivity she encounters in certain corners of the world. Her energy to create is contingent upon the shifts in setting landscape in circumstance. Marina Andrijčić-Ojeda received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the School of Visual Arts in 2011. She is also a recipient of the Silas H. Rhodes Award for Excellence in Fine Arts.
Flávia Berindoague is an artist who lives and works in Brazil. Berindoague’s art is strongly influenced by the history and social instability of her home country and addresses collective memory, violence and oblivion. The artist creates objects that construct a metaphysical narrative as a way to visualize the tensions of postmodern society.
Berindoague constructs sculptural installations that are made of yarn, institutional blankets and found objects. Memorial for Missing Children features wound and sewn textiles the form of colorful dreadlocks. The different visual rythms and overall tension reflects the interconnected memory of missing people. The artist’s photographs also appear as empty templates of lives once lived. Through her investigations of violent and traumatic events that have occurred in Brazil, Berindoague lends the feeling of trauma through the representation of figurative absence.
Flávia Berindoague received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Escola Guignard in Brazil. She also received a Post Baccalaureate in Contemporary Art from the Universidade do Estado de Minas Gerais in Brazil and then received her Master in Fine Arts degree from Montclair State University. In 2012 Berindoague received the Individual Artist Grant from Lei Municipal de Incentivo a Cultura in Brazil.
Hannah Layden is an artist who lives and works in New York City. Layden creates large-scale figurative coal drawings that dwarf the viewer and emphasize the significance of Otherness. The artist’s choice of subject matter seeks to jar but not sensationalize, calling attention to the misunderstanding and disregard of others’ personal vulnerabilities.
Layden’s figures initially appear monstrous and somewhat incomplete. However the suggestion of the unfinished form is central to the artist’s aesthetic. Figures struggle and float beneath a haze of gray and black lines that blur and dissipate into the expansive surface of white paper. The artist’s minimal use of color further accentuates the resonance of each piece, which submerges viewers into a precarious moment.
Since 2008 Hannah Layden’s work has been exhibited in group shows that appeared in Madison, Wisconsin, Brooklyn, New York and New York, New York. Her first solo show took place in 2009 at the 734 Gallery in Madison, WI. In 2012 Hannah Layden presented a new collection of drawings in a solo show titled Oh My Dear, She Will Never Ever Be Normal, But She Will Be Just Fine Because This Is The Only Thing She Knows. Layden continues to set her figurative work within large-scale dimensions but has expanded to play with space by insinuating the illusion of landscape while weaving in color.
Aimee Hertog is a sculptor who combines lavish amounts of textiles with paint and constructs large-scale suspended objects that critique social and political juxtapositions found throughout society. Based in East Orange, New Jersery, Hertog’s use of translucent materials creates a mesmerizing depth and volume that appears both flowery and gothic. This tension between the ideal and the real is the underlying characteristic that transforms the artist’s work into an abstract, multi-layered experience.
Strung Along (2011) is a vast installation of ropes, synthetic baskets, scarves, plastic flowers and light fixtures that are scattered haphazardly on the floor and suspended from the ceiling above. The artist’s use of light colors and domestic, found object begin to suggest a measure of harmony. However, the material disarray seen throughout the installation is iconic of inward frustration. Bluebeard the Sociopath’s Closet (2011) takes advantage of vertical space and features a white bride’s gown that hangs from above and suddenly disappears into an array of nets and trapping devices that extend to the walls nearby. A noose appears in the upper right corner, affirming the gravity that underscores this installation.
Chashama Gallery hosted a solo show of Aimee Hertog’s work titled Digital Universe in May 2011. In March 2011, the artist received the Best In Show Award for work exhibited in the Brooklyn Waterfront Artist’s Coalition, juried by Nathan Trotman, Curator of the Guggenheim Museum. In 2011 Hertog received her Master of Fine Arts from Montclair State University in New Jersey. The artist is currently curating a three-person show at the Brooklyn Artists Space for November 2012, and she will have a solo show at the VAE Cube Space in Raleigh, North Carolina during early 2013.
Antje Rieck is an artist from Ulm, Germany who currently lives and works in Berlin. Rieck creates sculptures that capture stages of transformation. Through the artist’s mastery in organic materials, such as marble, wood, and stone, her work investigates the structures that extend through social fabric that points to transcendence.
Rieck’s primary focus is process, experience and awareness regardless of medium. Since 2008 the artist has grown large-scale crystal forms that reflect the light within the surrounding environments. By creating a model of reflective consciousness, Antje Rieck creates a series of ‘Spiel’, which means either ‘game’ or ‘drama’ in German, in order to suggest layers of perception as experimental fields.
Antje Rieck’s art has been exhibited internationally in both solo and group exhibitions. The Foundation Mario Merz, located in Turin, hosted a solo show of her work and in 2006 Rieck was commissioned for a public installation in Memory to the Martyrs of the Fosse Ardeatine, located in Rome. In 2011 the artist participated in GLASSTRESS that took place at the 54th International Venice Biennale in Venice, Italy. Antje Rieck’s art is featured in private collections throughout Germany, Italy, France, Switzerland, Russia and the USA. She received her Master of Fine Arts in Turin, Italy.
Claus Georg Stabe
Claus Georg Stabe is an artist who currently lives and works in Leipzig. Stabe moves between points of the sacred, transcendent, demonic and nondescript through the media of painting, drawing, installation and performance. The artist unites the ideas of the collective and individual biography while locating the dissimilar that emerges through the process of repetition.
Tabula shows the ascent of a black eagle from a candle-lit desk, suggesting the animation of a trophy – in this case, Germany’s imperial eagle. Das Unfertige claims to be unfinished but appears quite complete as a dark landscape saturated with painted contrasts and texture. Illusion appears more pronounced in Grau Roter Abend that focuses on two pink thistles growing in front of large house, seen burning in the background. Collider shows only a closed wooden box against a black background that suggests contemporary, wooden sarcophagi. Each of these paintings reveal a metamorphosis between the inner and outer world such as fiction finding place within presence and the process of history. Stabe’s paintings are then futuristic relics.
Claus Georg Stabe was born in 1984 in Lauchhamer, Germany. From 2004 to 2009 Stabe studied painting at the Academy of Visual Arts in Leipzig with Neo Rauch. From 2009 to 2010 he also studied at the Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow, Poland and again at Leipzig’s Academy of Visual Arts with Heribert C. Ottersbach. He completed art school in 2014. During the past year Stabe’s art was included in a two-person show title Das törichte Feuer that took place at the Kunstverein Plauen. His art also appeared in i am a numeral that took place at the GFZK in Leipzig. Stabe participated in the 21st Leipziger Annual Exhibition that was hosted by the Kunst- and Kulturverein at Hohenaschau.
Gérard Staron is a self-taught photographer who lives and works in France. Staron seeks simplicity and creates a visual metaphor for metaphysical symmetry. Through the constraint of familiar forms such as trees, sky scrapers or beach emphemera, the artist utilizes images as descriptive contexts that evoke nostalgia.
One Tree in Winter portrays an isolated, cold-deadened tree in the middle of a vast field of untouched snow, evoking an array of Proustian associations – most particularly the desire for the new. Lost is equally overwhelming and shows a several people far off in the distance, wandering beneath a vast swirl of clouds. Fuzzy Cityblurs the familiar, taking one away from both location and site while Waiting for Swimmers presents an isolated oasis of sand that lines the ocean.
Gérard Staron has presented his work in six exhibitions: “L’Alpe d’Huez otherwise” (2006), “Light on the Mountain” at the International Fair at Bièvres (2007), “Portraits of Animals” (2008), “Panorama of the Coast” (2011), “Summer/Winter” (2013) and Collective Exhibition of Urban Photography at the Le Marché-Gare in Lyon (2014). Staron has participated in the 11th International Photographic Art Pessac show that took place in 2013 as well as the 43rd Marine Painters show and the 7th Biennieal of Photography at Maisons-Laffitte. The artist will exhibit new work at Presence(s) Photography in Montelimar as well as Art en capital and the Salon des Beaux Arts, both in Paris.