Current Artists in Residency

Selection of artists in residency currently with our online program.

ALEXANDRA CICORSCHI

Alexandra Cicorschi lives and works in San Francisco, California. She graduated from the Bauhaus University in Weimar, Germany, where she focused on etching, a traditional graphics technique. Her interest in wood as a medium emerged from her passion for making furniture, which became non-functional as her pieces evolved into more organic compositions.

In her artwork, strips of wood become her brushstrokes. Small movements inside wood grains influence large movements in interwoven flat sculptures. Open angles guide the fluidity of lines telling a story of perpetual movement and transformation. Continuity is at the base of creation because everything evolves from something. Where we decide to start our story is just the act of deciding what segment to focus on.

Alexandra finds inspiration in elements of nature, such as tree knots, clusters of leaves and rock formations. Her interest in contemporary dance echoes in her artwork, in the dialog between large gestures, broken movements and repetition.

Hanne Carrington Reay

Originally from the UK, Hanne was graduated by Glasgow School of Art in Scotland with a degree in painting. During her third year at GSA she completed an exchange with Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia. She has curated group shows in Philadelphia and New York City most notably, “Wrote for Luck” at Kouros Galleries in NYC in 2006. Her work has been shown in both solo and group exhibitions in the UK, the US and Mexico. She has published articles, reviews and critiques and most recently she has written about her experiences as a trans woman. Hanne lives and works in Mexico City.

John Bishop

I was born in Houston, but have spent much of my life traveling.  I graduated from St. Thomas University in Houston, did graduate work at the University of Houston, and obtained my Master’s degree from the University of Texas.  I have been involved in photography, creative writing and fine art since college, though I spent 30 years working as a librarian in Texas, New Mexico, California, Romania, The Emirates, New Zealand, and Russia.  I returned to Houston in 2016 to help out with my aging parents, and my husband and I now work full-time on our creative business in fine art, video and commercial photography.  Since then, I have returned to my passion for creative writing and painting.  My art attempts to connect disparate elements, binding them into new vocabularies, new stories, that are both fresh and archetypal at the same time.

Gil Narro Garcia

Gil Narro Garcia is CEO and head sculptor at Dinner and Nature. Since he was a little boy, Gil has loved gardening. He used to compete with his older brother to see who could create the most engaging flower beds in different parts of their yard. It was an even heat, and the garden was the envy of the neighborhood. This love of nature planted the seeds for his future passion for creating unique plates.

When Gil moved with his spouse to Arlington, Virginia, and later to Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, he continued his landscaping endeavors. He also started to collect objects that he would find on his walks with his Great Danes and other pets. Eventually, he decided to start creating sculptures from the cache of feathers, nests, branches, mushrooms, vines, and whatever else caught his eye. He would embellish them with acrylic paints, beads, copper wire, and other materials to create and transform them into whimsical representations and vignettes. His dinner plates are an extension of his drive to create. Please visit Sculptures from Nature to view more of Gil’s art.

Moth Moth

Hello darlings,

To expand on that question a little more, I am an inter-dimensional insectoid witch princess from another planet who mystically destroyed my own existence in the original universe I was born in – *breath* – so that I could circumvent the destruction of my home planet from a World Eater thus effectively wiping the memory of me in that universe forever oh no that so sad I’ll never see…whatever – now I am telecasting my message of joy through the conduit body of a tall skinny gay white art teacher living in Tennessee. I seek to build a nation of joy in the sky of the collective imagination.

Will you become one of my Star Soldiers in the fight for joy in every timeline?

*My name is Moth Moth Moth because on my planet we do everything in threes.

**The real answer is that when I was first starting out in clubs I would introduce myself to people over the rumble of clunky speaker systems in tiny spaces. No one. Not a single person. Ever. Has heard my name and gotten it right in that setting – I even tried ASL. So the whole yelling my name three times just kinda stuck.

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Paul Lorenz

With an education in Bauhaus architecture, fine art, and music composition, Paul Lorenz has carved an intriguing niche in the international art world: bridging the immediacy of drawing, sound performance, music, and digital collage with the logic and detail of architecture. All media are a balance of physical structure (wood, canvas, paper, mylar); visual structure (brush strokes, scrapes, photographs, lines); and color, whether overt or atmospheric, allowing the creative process to be the final subject. The recent work in digital collage is a direct response to his recent relocation to Arizona. The daily need to create has made digital exploration a necessity. By pouring through a cache of photographs, decades in the making, new compositions and personal definitions are realized. The combination of imagery and geometry evoke architectural elevations and renderings, something that has always been the essence of Paul’s work, while also being personal reflections of life, location and circumstance. Paul was born in Chicago, but has lived and worked globally through personal moves and residency opportunities. After graduating from the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, he went on to study oil painting at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the International School of Art in Italy (under Nicolas Carone and Irving Petlin) and the University of California, Berkeley. Paul recently completed his MFA in Music Composition from the Vermont College of Fine Arts in February 2019 Paul exhibits regularly with galleries in the USA and Europe. As a member of Pintura Fresca, an international group of abstract artists, he has exhibited worldwide, with past exhibitions in Australia, Singapore, Austria, England and Sweden. Paul had his first solo exhibition in Europe in 2009 at Galerie Daniel Vignal in Toulouse, France, and was the only US resident artist to participate in the historic Realites Nouvelles exhibition in Paris in 2012 and 2013. While artist-in- residence at the Shangyuan Art Museum near Beijing in 2014, numerous paintings and music scores were created. His latest European exhibition was with the Accessible Art Fair in Brussels, Belgium in 2018. As a performance artist, Paul’s durational pieces, ‘untitled:LINE’ (2016) and ‘Linear Stream’ (2018), performed with his sound ensemble Perception Project, explored interior space and amplified/manipulated line drawing with graphite sticks, microphones and live musicians. His 2019 solo exhibition at Modified Arts in Phoenix, Arizona, combined acoustic sounds of drawing and trumpet. Stay curious, distill ideas down to their essence, and push personal boundaries…always.


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Nicolas
Vander Biest

I was born in Belgium out of parents passionate about art. As far as I can remember I have been a ‘maker’ since very young age. It was logic to go and study art. Few time after finishing the art academy I ended up working in tv, film and advertisement industry. All though that was a less ‘arty’ environment I increased my skills a lot which gave me the possibility to express myself in different artforms. I worked on sculptures, installations, paintings, drawings, graphic arts and photography. My job was nevertheless very consuming and it’s only since january 2018 (when I moved to Mexico) that I finally focus on art only.

About my work:

Art has to speak for itself, and as far as I’m concerned, conceptual art is THE artform to establish this. Each piece I make explains itself. Besides that I try to accomplish a certain beauty, although that has become almost a dirty word when it comes to art. Beauty lies within the right amount and combination of imperfections and preferably simplicity should rule. Although I don’t consider myself as a writer, all my work starts with the text. Those lines wander around, ripping till the graphic solution strikes me. It can happen within a day or can take months. Due to my background in publicity I often compare my work to copywriting. A search for that seemingly simple tagline which brings a message not to misunderstand, even when it has a double meaning. My main focus is on questioning established theories, language, art and myself  

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Melissa McCabe

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Evelyn Contreras

Evelyn Contreras is a Southern California Native. She received a BFA in printmaking at California State University, Long Beach and her MFA from the University of Texas at Austin. Through printmaking and fabrication techniques, she creates an optical experience that makes the viewer look at space and materials differently, creating a cinematic experience through color, light, and form. She incorporates Chicano cultural lexicons and references highbrow and lowbrow art movements. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. Her work is in collections like Mexic- Arte Museum, Bernard A. Zuckerman Museum of Art, El Minia University, and Santa Barbara City College. She has been invited to lecture and perform workshops in New York, Texas, and California. She has been a recipient of grants from the Los Angeles Print Society and Material Library.

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Francisco
Del Mar

Experience as an art director in TV has had a strong influence in my work. As common witness of what’s happening in this country and the world, I see immense social change with such stresses as the COVID-19 epidemic, system-manifested racial inequality through police brutality, immigration injustice, environmental destruction etc. It’s a chaos in a kind of feedback loop of fragmentation, formed from the deepening divides in politics and ideology, man versus nature, and social, economic inequality. 

 I’ve been exploring these ideas through collage, recycling a variety of discarded print media from billboard vinyl and books, to old poster bills and magazines, as well as incorporating enlarged photos. A number of learning explorations have influenced latest work, including fossil and evolutionary science, archaeology, petroglyphs and Mayan glyphs. I’m interested in how meaning is gleaned or processed from a world backdrop, more fragmented and embattled by scattered sound bites, memes, and fake news. The compact beauty of a Mayan glyph, producing a singular phrase or word from a formatted assembly of pictograms – each significantly distinct imagery of an animal, plant or phonetic – is alluring. 

My work has been exploring the possibility of constructing new meaning from such an assembly of disparate parts, imagery that seems random next to each other. Latest pieces use words and phrases, not in an effort to instruct but, to be presented initially as an opportunity to deconstruct and perhaps inspire new directions of thought and meaning. The words, themselves are a kind of ’empty space’, some are familiar cliches like ‘believe me’ or suggest other hackneyed phrases. 

I’m investigating notions of archaeology in countering the additive tendency of traditional collage by a varied process of ‘excavation’. Hand and machine tools are used to rip, scrape, carve into collage to reveal previous layers, sometimes giving way to interesting juxtapositions of imagery and text. It’s an investigation that’s added a new outlet in the evolution of latest work, as an emulation of ‘glyphs’. The current work also continues a fascination with abandoned, graffitied city walls and tattered billboards, what I call urban ‘fossils’, indicative of the endless cycle of the life and death of pop trends, commerce, politics, memes and news. One example is a photo (above) taken recently in Los Angeles of a boarded-up store front on Melrose Avenue.