OBSTACLE / BIOS{0}

Steven and  William
Steven and William Ladd are brothers born in St. Louis, Missouri in 1977 and 1978.  Steven studied at Rockhurst University where he explored theatre, fashion, performance and art.  William travelled the world as a model and started fine tuning his interest in beadwork.  They reunited in Brooklyn, New York and have been collaborating for the past ten years. Together they have forged a body of work that exists in a nexus of text, drawing, sculpture, installation, performance, design, and fashion.  They have combined a range of techniques, forms, and practices, forging something which is uniquely theirs.  The values guiding their collaboration are: Spend your life doing what you love, Be focused and disciplined, and Collaborate.  The brothers work has been included in exhibitions at The Smithsonian Institution: Cooper Hewitt, National Design Museum, The Decorative Arts Museum at the Louvre, The Museum of Art and Design, and The Contemporary Museum Hawaii.

Ethan Long               
Born in California to hippie parents I was left alone to play, build and create amongst the trees
and rocks of the Sierra Nevada foothills. After attending art school in the Bay Area (CCAC and SFAI). I was off  for a summer at the Hangzhou Academy of Art in China followed by New York and the NY Studio Program. Having fallen in love with New York I returned to  reside in Brooklyn. My artwork has its roots in the nature found in my childhood filtered through an eye for science and technology.

Robin Kang                
Born in Kerrville, Texas, Robin discovered a love for investigation of lost cultures at an early age while accompanying her grandfather on his photo investigations of the Texas landscape and wildlife.  Together they shared adventures searching for arrowheads and exploring old mining and ranch towns.  The aura of places, rich with history continues to captivate her today.  After receiving a BFA in Photographic Arts, she acquired a traveling job as a choreographer, and began documenting abandoned industrial architecture across the Southwest.  Soon a position with a creative non-profit organization lead to a New York City migration where she began curating exhibitions and art events.  While in the Northeast, she extensively photographed and traveled to sites of early American industrial development.  Her most recent studies of post industrialization collide with anthropological investigations of southwestern Native American cultures.  She is currently exploring this subject matter while in the MFA program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Aaron Padilla            
Aaron Padilla is an artist and educator with ten years of experience in creating and teaching. He works out of Honolulu, Hawaii, where he was born and raised.  Padilla received a B.F.A. in printmaking and painting from Pacific Lutheran University and an M.F.A. in ceramics at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.  His work can be found in numerous public and private collections in Hawaii, and currently holds the position of Curator of Education at the Contemporary Museum in Honolulu Hawaii.

Ian Trask                
Ian Trask is a Brooklyn based emerging artist making the career transition from science to art. As a sculptor who explores the inherent aesthetics of material waste and found objects, Ian found a temporary home at The Invisible Dog as the art center’s first artist-in-residence. Future opportunities to see his work include the Figment Art Festival on Governor’s Island this June, as well as a summer-long group show at The Wassaic Project, an art residency in Wassaic, NY.  To learn more about the artist visit his website at www.forkartist.mosaicglobe.com

Chris Astley                
Christopher Astley was born in East Lansing, Michigan; he received a BGS degree from The University of Michigan.  He lives and works in New York City with his wife Amy and daughters Edie and Ingrid.  Christopher’s work has been exhibited in the following institutions: The Margulies Collection , Miami, Florida; Art Production Fund’s LAB space, New York, New York;  Bravin Lee Programs, New York, New York; Salomon Contemporary, East Hampton, New York; Michael Stienberg Fine Arts, New York, New York; Kathleen Cullen Fine Arts, New York, New York; Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida; Fisher Gallery, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California; H&R Block Artspace at Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, Missouri; Contemporary Art Museum, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida.

Evan Ryer                
Born in Philadelphia in 1983 Evan Reehl Ryer lives and works in Bushwick, Brooklyn. He received his BFA in Painting from Tyler School of Art where he spent a year of his studies in the Tyler Rome studio program. Evan grew up surrounded by a family of artists and has traveled to Europe to collaborate with artists there including Otto-Prod collective.

Suzanne Sattler            
b.1979; White Plains, NY
Born and raised in New York, Suzanne Sattler has been involved in the fine art world since graduating from the Hartford Art School.  Upon graduation she began work as a lithographers assistant in Chelsea. Taking the experience and knowledge gained from working closely with both emerging and established artists, Suzanne left the print world to pursue her own work and quickly began showing her intricately bittersweet drawings in galleries in Brooklyn,  Manhattan and Los Angeles.  More recently her work has been exhibited across the country and internationally. She currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

Antonia Wright
Antonia Wright is a Miami-born artist who has lived and traveled all over the world. Her work employs photography, poetry, performance, video art, installation, sculpture, and the interaction between these forms to question the world around her.  She received an M.F.A. in poetry from the New School University in New York City and is a graduate from the International Center of Photography’s General Studies Program. She has worked for Clyde Butcher, Patrick Demarchelier among others and she was featured in New York Magazine’s article, “The New Talent Show: Pot-Luck Culture”, on upcoming artists. Rated in Miami’s New Times as one of the most creative in Miami in 2010, Wright recently had a solo show at Spinello Projects in Miami and her work has been in many exhibitions including The Frost Museum at FIU, ‘Heart Happening’ at The Margulies Collection, Envoy Gallery in New York City, “Slideluck Potshow” in McCaren Park Pool and Barcelona, The DUMBO Art Center’s “Down Under the Bridge Festival” in Brooklyn, and Amnesty International’s exposé on Cuban-American Artists at A+D Museum in Los Angeles. Wright is currently an artist in residence at the ArtCenter South Florida and the guest curator of The Wynwood Art Fair.

Reuben Manuel Millares            
Reuben Manuel Millares is a 1st generation Cuban American musician, composer and visual artist born in Miami, Florida.  He began playing drums at the age of 3 ½ and soon moved on to guitar which has remained his passion ever since.  With his band Smiling Gums, he has performed around the country for the past 10 years incorporating afro Cuban rhythms and improvisation into rock n roll.  As a visual artist he explores an array of mediums including Sumi Ink drawing, sculpture, installation, performance and video in an attempt to define balance as a concept in everyday life.  Ruben’s work has been included in two shows at The Margulies Collection at the Warehouse, “Hope Blossoms” and “Heart Happenings”, and he is an invited artist for this year’s Wynwood Art Fair in October.  He has also shown at galleries including Spinello Projects during Art Basel and Hardcore Art Contemporary Space.  His office design for the family’s CPA and Asset Management firm was awarded the 2008 Outstanding Interior Office Space Award by the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce.
www.rubenmillares.com  www.smilinggums.com

Wayne Adams            
Wayne Adams is a Brooklyn-based artist who received his B.F.A. from Calvin College and M.F.A. from Washington University in St. Louis in 2000.  Adams has exhibited throughout the Midwest, New York and Vienna, Austria.  Recent shows include, “Wayne Adams: New Work” Union University Art Gallery (2011), “Adams | Miracle” STOREFRONT Gallery, NY(2010), “Portable Caves” HKJB, Long Island City, NY (2010), “The Strange Place” Alogon Gallery, Chicago (2008).

Sally French                
Sally French was born in Stockton, CA, majored in fine arts at the University of Colorado, Stephens College and studied illustration at San Francisco Academy of Art. She moved to Hawaii in 1975 and currently lives and maintains a studio in Kalaheo, Kauai.  French’s work has exhibited in galleries and museums including The Center for Contemporary Arts, NO LA; The Hammer Museum, LA CA,  The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, HI and the Hawaii State Art Museum. She has been a visiting artist, taught workshops and lectured at The Art Institute of Chicago, Penland School of Crafts, University of N.TX, University of E.IL and widely in her home State of Hawaii. Awards and Grants include: Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award Nominee 2009, Hawaii State Foundation on Culture & the Arts Fellowship in Painting 1999, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibition (LAce) Artists Project Grant, 1992 and ten SFCA Purchase Awards for the Hawaii Art in Public Places Collection, most currently 2009.

Stephen Freedman            
Stephen Freedman is a second generation ceramicist, progeny of a potter mother and evolutionary biologist father. Over four decades his works have melded an artist’s vision with a scientist’s intellectual concerns, in models of self, mind, and society. His works have been exhibited extensively in solo museum exhibitions  and been collected publicly and privately on several continents. Currently he writes and makes sculpture on the Big Island of Hawaii.

Deborah Gottheil Nehmad            
Deborah Gottheil Nehmad is an award winning Honolulu-based artist. Born and raised on Long Island , NY, she received a B.A. from Smith College in 1974 and a JD from Georgetown University in 1982. Following a career in politics and law and a move to Hawaii, an accident precipitated a series of life altering events. By 1998, she had earned her MFA in printmaking from the University of Hawaii – Manoa.  Her works on paper can be found in many public and private collections including the New York Museum of Modern Art, the Fine Art Museums of San Francisco, Yale University Art Gallery, the Davis Museum and Cultural Center at Wellesley College, Smith College Museum of Art, Hood Museum at Dartmouth College, the Hammer Museum of UCLA, the Honolulu Academy of Arts, the Hawaii State Art Museum, and the Contemporary Museum in Honolulu.

Michael Joaquin Grey        
b. 1961, United States. lives New York and San Francisco For the past twenty years, Michael Joaquin Grey has been creating work that extends and plays with the boundaries of art, science, and media. His investigations revolve around the development and the origins of life, language, and form—as related to natural and complex systems. Critical moments in natural phenomena and culture are objects in his work, as are the prepositional states of change between matter, energy, behavior, and meaning. Grey’s dialogue engages epistemological and pedagogical limitations of the creative tools and processes we use to observe, learn, and play in our world.  Michael Joaquin Grey’s work has been exhibited and collected internationally: Museum of Modern Art, New York; Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art; Whitney Museum of American Art; The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York; Walker Art Center; Serpentine Gallery, London; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center, New York; Fundación Privada Sorigué, Spain; Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami; Milwaukee Art Museum; Philbrook Museum of Art; Tel Aviv Museum of Art; Norrtalje Konsthall, Sweden; Nordic Art Center, Helsinki; Kunsthalle Loppem, Belgium; Kunstverein Hannover; Berkeley Art Museum; California. He has also exhibited at Metro Pictures; Margo Levin Gallery; Gagosian Gallery; Jack Tilton Gallery, New York; Galerie Max Hetzler, Köln; and the Sundance Film Festival. Grey’s work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at Petersburg Gallery; Lisson Gallery, London; Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York; Regen Projects, Los Angeles; Brooke Alexander Editions, New York and bitforms gallery, New York and P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center.

Project Lab                
Project Lab at PS 58 helps students realize their potential through the use of project based learning. Created and developed by Bee Ladd, Project Lab uses innovative lessons linking art and technology to promote student interest and achievement. Her teaching focuses on tackling curriculum through completion of exciting projects, and the belief that all students can learn challenging concepts when they are presented in a super cool way.

John Silvis                
John Silvis is a Brooklyn-based artist and curator. His work has been shown in Italy, New York, Austria, Japan, Germany, and Minneapolis. Silvis has curated art exhibitions in New York, Berlin, and Vienna. He has received numerous grants and awards, including a photography commission from the Essl Collection in Vienna in 2002. He is a graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. Based primarily in photography, Silvis’ work addresses the image of the automobile in contemporary art.

Anne Austin Pearce                
Works on paper by Anne Austin Pearce illustrate those moments for which there is no distinct emotional adjective to employ – that ambiguous moment that occurs exclusively in one’s head or often between two people at an intersection of communication. It happens when we are grappling with a dream deferred or an expectation not met. It is the time passed shifting sensibilities, wavering between resolution and avoidance, teetering at the threshold of debilitating anxiety or liberating submission, deciding what, when and how to speak, what to distill, and whether to scream. Pearce succeeds in drawing us, the bystanders, into this undefined space through distorted figures that are comprised of the very same matter that coats the background. Translucent cell-like shapes give way to torsos, arched spines, and double heads. Ink mixes with acrylic to suggest neurological synapses, fluids, or thoughts, while an iridescent glimmer in places alludes to transformation or growth. Anne Austin Pearce was born in Lawrence, Kansas and studied at the Kansas City Art Institute and Brighton Polytechnic. In 1993, Pearce received a full scholarship to James Madison University, where she received her MFA with an emphasis in drawing and painting in 1996. Currently she is a Professor at Rockhurst University and Director of Greenlease Gallery. Recent exhibitions of her work include; 2010- Anne Austin Pearce, Emporia State University, Emporia, KS; Body Image, Gallery 31 at Corcoran School of Art and Design, Washington, DC;  2009- Drawing a Line, Cara and Cabezas Contemporary, Kansas City, MO; 2008- Humours, Unit 5 Gallery, Kansas City, MO; Drawbridge, WORK, New York, NY; KC in LA, Milo Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; Viewing Program, The Drawing Center, New York, NY; Locate Navigate, La Esquina, Kansas City, MO; 2007- Rhetorical Black Holes, Frankfurt, Germany, Genetic Confetti, Emory, Virginia. Pearce is represented by Cara and Cabezas Contemporary in Kansas City, MO.

Andrew Zuckerman            
Noted filmmaker and photographer, Andrew Zuckerman, utilizes a multitude of platforms to produce work that is systematically executed, conceptually based, and democratically presented. Minimalist in nature, Zuckerman aims to create atmospheres of clarity and neutrality to facilitate the viewer’s access to the material. He has employed this distinctive approach in four critically acclaimed multi-media projects – CREATURE (2007), WISDOM (2008), BIRD (2009), and MUSIC (2010) – which have been realized as books, films, and traveling exhibitions. His books have been translated into numerous languages and published in 18 international editions. Zuckerman’s 2007 short film, “High Falls,” premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and was selected as Best Short Film at the Woodstock Film Festival. His work has been exhibited extensively worldwide, and has been collected in and commissioned for public and private collections. He lives with his family in New York City.

Jennifer Mills             
Jennifer Mills recently received her MFA from the performance department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she currently lives and works.  Mills explores art world conventions through parody, blurring the languages of high and low art, using small scale monetary transactions to model the art market.