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Announcing Smack Mellon's selected 2012 Studio Artists and Hot Picks Artists!
We are pleased to announce the 2012 Smack Mellon Studio Artists:
Golnar Adili Scott Andresen Blane de St. Croix Ghost of a Dream Shana Moulton Monika Sziladi
ABOUT THE ARTISTS: Golnar Adili's art investigates and decodes the ways in which growing up as an Iranian in post 1979 Iran have marked her. Her different mediums and influences include Persian poetry, minimalism, and a love for pattern and the body. Scott Andresen's collage and mixed media based works explore themes of repair and the joining of the unlikely, applying traditional craft techniques to humble found materials. Blane De St. Croix's work explores the geopolitical landscape through sculptural installation and work on paper. Ghost of a Dream (artists Lauren Was and Adam Eckstrom) make installation, sculpture, and collage about people's hopes and dreams out of the detritus people have left behind trying to obtain these aspirations. Shana Moulton uses video, performance, and installation to create hybridized worlds that are humorous, uncanny, and serve as somber reflections on the deeply poetic nature of people's inner lives. Monika Sziladi 's digital photo collages investigate how society and human behavior are becoming simultaneously tribalized and atomized amidst the ever-increasing noise of mass (over) communication, digital media, and self-broadcasting.
The new group of artists will move in to their studios on Smack Mellon's lower level in May 2012. Duration of the program is May 1, 2012 - March 31, 2013. Please check back in May to see the new artists' complete bios and work samples on our website.
SELECTION PANELISTS: The 2012 selection panelists were: Elizabeth Ferrer, Director of Contemporary Art, BRIC Arts Media; Janice Guy, Director, Murray Guy Gallery; and Daniel Kunitz, Executive Editor, Modern Painters magazine. Preliminary panelists were: George Boorujy, Tali Hinkis, Esperanza Mayobre, and Jeanine Oleson, artists.
ABOUT THE ARTIST STUDIO PROGRAM: The Artist Studio Program was launched in 2000 in response to the crisis in availability of affordable workspace for artists living and working in New York City. The program provides artists working in all visual arts media a free private studio space accessible 24/7 and a $5,000 fellowship (dependent upon funding). The program does not provide living space. Artists also have access to three shared common areas: a state-of-the-art digital production lab; a fabrication shop; and a kitchen/lounge area. Each year, Smack Mellon convenes a panel of arts professionals to select the artists from over 500 applicants. Smack Mellon hosts two Open Studios events annually, as well as sponsored visits from curators, critics and gallerists, which provide significant exposure and invaluable career building opportunities. See more information about the program and our current artists here.