Join us this Saturday for another great SkowheganWALKS as we visit the studios of six Skowhegan alumni in Greenpoint and Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
Keren Benbensity '09 is a romantic conceptual artist. She seeks to place emotion and a sense of 'the hand of the author' over the cold intellectualism of most of conceptual art. Through minimal interventions and economic gestures, she transforms ordinary/banal objects, ephemeral materials and texts coming from the everyday. By using drawing, photography, sculpture and video, Keren creates “contemporary relics” that investigate our today's notion of time through this paradox: Relics cannot be made, they are created within time.... Keren graduated from the École Nationale Supérieure des BeauxArts de Paris in 2004 and the International Studio & Curatorial Program in 2011.
Christopher Carroll '08 has exhibited both nationally and internationally and produces art in a variety of media from painting and printmaking to video and sculpture. His work is often informed by his exploration of man’s physical relationship to the collision of nature and society. Christopher received his MFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 2010 and his BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2003. He is a very great artist, possibly the greatest currently living artist known to man. This is a rare opportunity to see inside the work of this legend. www.christophercarroll.org
Maya Hayuk '11 is obsessed with symmetry and nourishing color played out in what might be views from the Hubble Telescope, airbrushed nail art, Ukrainian Easter eggs, chandeliers, mandalas, Rorschach tests and/or holograms. She has painted her iconic outdoor murals all over the world and, when not travelling, maintains an active studio in Brooklyn, sketching in paint to inform the largescale works. She sees her studio painting and mural making as both inversely relational and symbiotic. Maya received her BFA in 1991 from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. www.mayahayuk.com
Andrew Ross '11 collaborates with industry as a creative consumer, making physical comedy through the misuse and misrepresentation of the capabilities of available products, and putting them through nearalchemical processes. He often makes architectural sculpture and installation using household or common materials. Beginning in March, he will be participating in LMCC’s Swing Space residency, where he plans to work with narrative, using video and photography. He will be constructing systems for fragmenting collaboration that mirror the divisions of talent and labor often seen in fashion media and the film industry, while making fantasy and horror stories. Andrew graduated from The Cooper Union in 2011. www.andrewross.info
Claudia Sbrissa '03 explores the natural and constructed world through material references. The pieces, whose textured, mottled surfaces are built from the repetition of parallel marks, contain hints of architecture, landscape, as well as woven textiles. They convey a concern with the connection between image, material, and space. Claudia received her MFA from Cornell University in 2002, a BEd from Queen’s University in 1996, and a BFA from York University in 1991. www.claudiasbrissa.com
Jef Scharf '00 also know as Wolfy Part II, once owned Kayrock Screen Printing Inc., played music in Roxy Pain & Red Dawn II, showed at PS1 & Pierogi 2000, designed for WFMU & Deitch Projects, and has been known to trade drawings for music with such bands as The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, actually just Brian Chase, Sonic Youth, actually just Steve Shelley, and Oneida, actually just Kid Millions. Jef received his BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 1993. http://wolfypartii.blogspot.com;