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ROWAN RENEE

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ROWAN RENEE

Rowan Renee Hasty creates work that is drawn to liminal spaces, marginal communities, people and places whose identities are largely self-made. In these, she finds evidence of a deeply exercised freedom of imagination that is as much a tool for survival as it is an embodiment of the resourcefulness and resilience of creative force.  In Rowan's words:

"My work acts as the antithesis to estrangement --a symptom of late capitalist society and the systemic fragmentation of our minds and bodies-- through the cultivation of intimacy. Through it we transcend the chasm built by a society that disconnects us from one another and our own inner-dialogue".

Rowan had solo shows in New York city at PioneerWorks (2015), Kesting/Ray (2012) and Weldon Arts (2012). To mention a few, her work has been featured at The Philadelphia Art Alliance (2011), Los Angeles Thinkspace Gallery (2010) and Addict Gallery in Paris (2010). 

During her stay at the residency Rowan had a very reflective time. She focused on finding inspirational sources in the local environment and the beauty of the water. She used her time at the houseboat to decompress and rest from her busy city lifestyle. The self portraits she captured in film during her stay in California were featured at Peninsula Art Space (2016) in New York.

 

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THANE LUND

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THANE LUND

Thane Lund is an American artist who works in the visual arts including painting, ceramics, motion pictures, installation and photography.
After studying abroad at Burren College of Art in Ireland, he got his BFA at the Montana State University School of Art. His work has been exhibited in Japan, Ireland, Germany, and across the United States of America.


Thane's art practice derives much of its context from landscape both in the timeless nature surrounding civilization and in the relationship that people develop with place through their architecture and customs. Specifically he has been working with motifs inspired by volcanic and tectonic forces.

During his stay Thane enjoyed working with direct influence from the natural surroundings of the Bay Area.  

Here is a collection of the photos he took while at Varda Artists Residency Program. 

To learn more about Thane please visit his page: http://www.thanelund.com/ 

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YOUSUKE FUYAMA

 

Yousuke Fuyama was born in Nagano, Japan in 1983. He is an artist, composer, programmer, visual and graphic designer, and VJ. He has been studying musical research and sound art and completed Master’s Degree in Media Science at Tokyo University of Technology Graduate School of Bionics, Computer and Media Sciences.

 Yousuke Fuyama at Gray Area 

Yousuke Fuyama at Gray Area 

During his stay at VAR Yousuke had a live show at The Lab (SF) and gave a technical presentation at Gray Area (SF). Yousuke also collaborated with Sam Norton (VAR's AiR) on an EP. 

 

 

Yousuke was invited by CreariveJdea to play a series of live sets in LA. Yousuke Fuyama also made a video for Tanroh in collaboration with Mushi and CreativeJdea. 

To learn more about Yousuke please visit his page: http://yousukefuyama.com/ 

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AIGERIM AKENOVA

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AIGERIM AKENOVA

Born in Kazakhstan Aigerim Akenova has achieved remarkable education in Fashion & Textile Design in Italy and United States. It allowed her to build a broad network of contacts and deepen vision in fashion industry.

Her talents and creativity were recognized by Milano Network Design and were awarded with a scholarship for MA in New Tech.style Design. Throughout her Master Degree she has participated in research of innovative and sustainable design solutions in collaboration with most leading manufactures of Italian and International Textile Industries.

In 2011 Aigerim has been invited as a visiting lecturer at Kazakh National University of Arts. Her enthusiasm has led to create first textile library as well as to subscribe to WGSN by becoming the first educational Institution in Kazakhstan to work with global trend-forecasters. With her help and supervision there was established a Memorandum with Istituto Marangoni.

While actively traveling and participating in global events she always keeps developing herself. Today Aigerim is enjoying diversity of cultures and experiences. 

She is an author of concept design of National Pavilion at Expo 2017 and currently consults content design with local and international art + design suppliers.

Aigerim spent most of her time in the Bay Area investigating how museums and galleries in the Bay Area display art and provide visitor's experience. Aigerim plans to incorporate these findings to her current project: the curation and development of Kazakh identity for the upcoming Expo 2017 in Astana. Aigerim also developed Texpire while at Varda Artists Residency.

   2017 FUTURE ENERGY   Expo, Astana

 2017 FUTURE ENERGY Expo, Astana

During her stay at VAR, Aigerim spent most of her time investigating how museums and galleries in the Bay Area display art and share information. Aigerim plans to incorporate these findings to her current project: the curation and development of Kazakh identity for the upcoming Expo 2017 in Astana. Aigerim also developed Texpire while at VAR, here is her exit survey.

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AGUSTIN RIVALDO

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AGUSTIN RIVALDO

Agustín Rivaldo is a recording artist from Buenos Aires, Argentina. He developed an interest in folk music from Colombia and Argentina as a child, and started playing the guitar from a very young age. After finishing high school, he began teaching himself how to make folk instruments indigenous to the Andean region. Agustín then spent six years learning with prestigious Latin American luthiers, mainly specialising in string instruments. 

Now, Agustín creates music under the pseudonym Barrio Lindo. Influenced by the three years he spent in Colombia, Barrio Lindo combines traditional Colombian music with electronic.

At the residency, Agus worked in a new album called Kayak inspired by the houseboat life and the surrounding marine life. He also performed in private shows in Berkeley and at VAR, as well as public shows in LA at Creative JDEA and Dublab. Agustín also collaborated with other VAR's artists in residence such as Yousuke Fuyama and Mushi. Read about his experience here.


Translated by Carla Paloma
Edited by Laura Suzuki

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SAM NORTON

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SAM NORTON

Sam Norton is a New Zealand born artist whose work examines sexuality and the intersection between her internal world with the external. Using herself as subject, Norton works across several disciplines - including video, audio, text, photography, collage and painting - blurring the line between public and private, reality and fiction. 

 

Her initial process relies on intuition, environment, and personal circumstance; later to be curated into a world she makes sense of, supporting an underlying theme of the need for control. Her work acts as a platform in which to project her physiological fears and desires, while allowing the viewer to become a voyeur into moments of exposure and uncertainty.

During her stay at Varda Artists Residency, Sam worked on a series of collages, a short film and an EP.

She took part in a group show at Alter Space Gallery (SF) and exhibited a new video work in Tokyo, alongside a collaboration project with past VAR's AiR , Yousuke Fuyama

More work can be viewed here

http://samnorton.co.nz/  

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MAI UEDA

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MAI UEDA

Inspired by a dream to capture the ‘moment’ of stillness as well as movement using the body and water. 

There are moments throughout life in activities of high concentration and engagement when we cannot understand how time ‘went so quickly’ or ‘flew’ by. Such perplexing moments, which seem to move in contradistinction to the normal everyday experience of living in time as generalized by western forms of historcism, have been characterised by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi as the ‘flow experience’ (Csikszentmihalyi 1988). This experiential state is specified as both psychic negentropy and optimal experience in which “all the contents of consciousness are in harmony with each other"(ibid:24).

This state of ‘flow’ exemplifies the moments of happiness and pleasure (psychic negentropy) when we feel as though we are in the right place at the right time. It is the state of ‘being’ where time is one continuing force, deconstructing the common notion of the past, present, and future as separate temporal states.

Words by Mushi 

We would like to thank The Composing Rooms  for introducing us to Mai Ueda. 

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ZACKARY STEINER-FOX BABY

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ZACKARY STEINER-FOX BABY

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Zackary Steiner-Fox (b.1991, Auckland, New Zealand) graduated from Elam School of Fine Arts with a BFA (Hons) in 2013. Their work focuses on a queer phenomenology, explored through sculptural objects and environments that exemplify a kind of narrated subjectivity highlighting aspects of queer identities that are used to dismiss and discredit queer experience. Recent exhibitions include 'trustno123456' at Projectspace B431 (group, 2013), 'New Graduate Works' at The Gus Fisher Gallery (group, 2013), ‘Latent Cosmic Power’ at Gloria Knight (solo, 2014) and ‘Queering Ecologies’ (group, 2015).

 i-d Vice interview screenshot 

i-d Vice interview screenshot 

ZSF Baby's art practice and stay at the houseboat has been described in ID magazine and THE COMMISSION.

Zack worked on a horror film made entirely inside the houseboat which was presented at The Bill: For Collective Unconscious (group, 2016). 

Popular Glory (2016) ARTSPACE, Auckland, New Zealand. Photo taken by Sam Hartnett.

You can read ZSFbaby's exit survey here. These days Baby lives in New York a glamourous life in New York: https://www.instagram.com/zksfbaby/

Popular Glory (2016) by Zackary Steiner-Fox 

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LELA JACOBS

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LELA JACOBS

Lela Jacobs is a fashion designer from Auckland, New Zealand. She works with high quality fabrics from all over the world. 

During her residency, Lela worked on her upcoming collection called THE SITUATIONIST ZERO, and made a video in collaboration with Mushi. She also created several clay sculptures and paper mache figures. 

 Lela Jacob's clay sculptures made at Mill Valley Pottery Studio in Sausalito, California.

Lela Jacob's clay sculptures made at Mill Valley Pottery Studio in Sausalito, California.

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MUSHI

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MUSHI

Mushi is the endeavors of a young, Eurasian artist, so far focusing primarily on videography. With an eye on the relationship between form and content, Mushi’s work is at its heart reflexive and dialogic. His video projects explore various art forms with the intention of perpetuating a broader, more inclusive understanding of what it is to be an artist.

Here is his experience at the houseboat in his own words.

Learn more about Mushi here: 
http://mushimushimushi.com/

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