MING's Studio Space: Call for Local Artists
In an effort to support local artists during the COVID-19 pandemic, MING Studios began offering its space for studio usage and experimentation. Local artists who will benefit from working in a large space, or who would simply like a change of scenery are invited to propose a project or series that they would like to develop over a 1-8 week time period. We welcome all art forms.
Selected artists will be requested to provide regular documentation of their `studio´ and development of work at MING, and create at least one online presentation. This call to local artists will remain open until further notice, and after proposal review will be offered to successful applicants based on scheduling. We look forward to your proposals.
MING's STUDIO SPACE: Previous Artists
Sophie has spent her youth evolving as a visual artist around multiple mediums. From canvas to clay, Sophie continues to expand her creative abilities in order to address subjects of the human form and true expressions of self.
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As a dancer, Mady Thorquest has experienced years of self reflection, from mind to body, and has morphed this awareness into a deeper process of self-ethnography, as she puts it. Understanding the limits and potential of extending their potential within a blank canvas allows for “moments of (re)starting” and reminds themself “that there are no beginnings, really...even in stillness, I am breathing, and thus I am moving. The movement never left, the flame was just turned down for awhile…”
(August 17-Sept 7)
A professional dancer of 7 years, Meaghan Novoa has traveled across the country, compiling years of experience that have contributed to her recent film project; Fortress. This queer/womxn, collaborative dance film is “...a meditation on childhood wonder, solitude and memories forgotten. Who are we when we allow ourselves to embrace our inner child? What happens when we choose to preserve the multitudes of histories etched inside ourselves? Find sanctuary, build your Fortress.”
Hallie Maxwell is a mixed media sculptor that has created artworks about connection and healing during this time of isolation. One of Maxwell’s main sculpting philosophies is to capture the hidden figures that exist in the air. “Air is often see as the void that separates us, but I see air as what connects us and nurtures us.” The studio space at MING inspired Maxwell to create the site specific installation “I Was Here”. “The pandemic has turned the studio into a liminal space that reminded me of a cave. Much like the prehistoric cave painters, I was compelled to leave my mark upon the space.” “I Was Here” was only on display for two days, created with the intention of having no physical audience thus existing only as a memory of this shared isolation.
Becka Watkins’ abstract and patterned artwork is a visual exploration of her own silent, human struggle. Her art blossomed following a 25-year battle with debilitating, physical and mental health disorders. It was through her art that she was not only able to document her journey but also come to a place where she could share, heal, and re-write the narrative of feeling like she was not enough. Working with acrylic and mixed media, a final piece often contains 2-3 layered paintings underneath; each one a different story, emotion or interaction with the world that she is trying to process. Each piece reflects her own story of reassessing life, changing it, tearing it apart, then putting it back together and in the end, accepting that the reward is in the process of creation and knowing the outcome is ok, exactly as it is.
Jes Vesconte's Machined Trends uses artificial intelligence to visualize algorithmic trading's environmental impact. Using the Paris Agreement Capital Transition Tool, multi-billion dollar portfolios for three of the world's largest asset management corporations (BlackRock, Renaissance Technologies, Vanguard Group) were analyzed via FEC records. Machine learning generated holographic data sculptures embody algorithmic trading's ethereal material impact through orange orbs denoting "climate relevant" holdings like oil, auto, and airlines - rendering visible the invisible forces of surveillance capitalism that drive catastrophic trends of environmental crisis. Since merely 100 corporations account for 71% of emissions, it's imperative to divest and sanction corporations so they foot the bill to restore earth's resilience and reach net-zero carbon. Vesconte is a CalArts alum and 2021-22 Fulbright Semi-Finalist