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JODIE HOLLANDER

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JODIE HOLLANDER

Jodie Hollander was raised in a family of classical musicians. She studied poetry in England and has published her work in journals such as The Poetry Review, The Dark Horse, The Rialto, Verse Daily, The Warwick Review, Agenda, Australia’s Best Poems, 2011, and Australia’s Best Poems of 2015. Her debut publication, The Humane Society, was released with Tall-Lighthouse (London) in 2012. She is the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship in South Africa, and was awarded a MacDowell Colony fellowship in 2015. She is currently the poetry editor for GARO, the new online journal for the Rocky Mountain Land Library.

During her stay at Varda Artists Residency, Jodie worked on a collection of poems that respond to the work of the French symbolist poet, Arthur Rimbaud. 

She also gave readings at the Sausalito Public Library, Adobe Books in San Francisco, and Book Passage in Corte Madera.

More information is available at www.Jodiehollander.com

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CHIARA GIOVANDO

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CHIARA GIOVANDO

Three Scores for Silent Film Stills, Chiara Giovando  2014, ^ = Sharp and fast. + = Low, very low. ~ = A melodic moment. * = Chaotic interruption.                                           

Three Scores for Silent Film Stills, Chiara Giovando 2014, ^ = Sharp and fast. + = Low, very low. ~ = A melodic moment. * = Chaotic interruption.                                           

Chiara Giovando is a Los Angeles-based artist and curator. She studied at the San Francisco Art Institute and received her MFA from California Institute of the Arts. She was Curator in Residence at Disjecta Contemporary Art Center in Portland OR, where she presented a series of exhibitions and programing titled Sound is Matter. Giovando has a diverse portfolio; she curated Sound Structures in San Francisco, a series that recreated indeterminacy scores ranging from early Japanese Fluxus works to Steve Reich's Pendulum Music. This spring she curated In Search of an Author at the Unge Kunstneres Samfund in Oslo, Norway. Other recent projects include The Third Ear, an exhibition of new sound art curated as part of the Fellows of Contemporary Art Curators Lab Award, and Thousand Points of Light, a site-works and residency program founded by Giovando in Joshua Tree, CA. Prior to accepting the Curator-in-Residence position at Disjecta, Giovando was Co-Director and Curator at Human Resources L.A. for two years. In 2013 she was invited to arrange a score for the Calder Quartet at the Barbican in London based on Christian Wolff’s work Edges 1969, this work, Edges Adaptation, recently played at the L.A. Philharmonic is 2015. In 2012 she was awarded a research fellowship with German collector and curator René Block that culminated in Hammer Without a Master: Henning Christiansen’s Archive, an exhibition that included fourteen artists and composers as well as archival material. 

While at the residency, Chiara composed Puncture Tones, a composition for strings, voice and subwoofers; which she performed at The Lab.  

 

 

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GRACE ROSARIO PERKIN

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GRACE ROSARIO PERKIN

"An Idea that Moves," by Grace Rosario Perkins. Photo Credit: CA Greenlee.

"An Idea that Moves," by Grace Rosario Perkins. Photo Credit: CA Greenlee.

Grace Rosario Perkins is an artist based in Oakland CA. Originally from Santa Fe, New Mexico, she has spent a significant amount of time moving between city centers, the Navajo Nation, and the Gila River Indian Community. 

Grace went to school for video at Mills College but upon finishing she preferred to do more hand-heavy work such as drawing, painting, and making sculpture out of paper mache and plaster. Grace is most interested in disassembling her personal narrative and reassembling it as one that layers words, objects, faces, and signifiers built from cultural dissonance, language, and history. 

She is also a member of Black Salt Collective, an all women of color art collective that received an Alternative Exposure grant in 2013, has had their collaborative work screened in six countries, and recently curated a 30+ artist show titled "Visions into Infinite Archives" at SOMArts in SF that was covered by the SFChronicle, Bad at Sports, KQED, and more.

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WEI LI

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WEI LI

Wei Li is a visual artist and designer currently based in San Francisco (and soon moving to Shanghai). She is also one film from being a filmmaker.

Wei explores themes of desire, fantasy and fetishism using visual, visceral and whimsical language. She manipulates the familiar and creates objects/scenarios that are “intriguingly uncomfortable”. Her works are thought experiments as well as “pranks”.

Wei holds a MFA degree from Stanford University. Her work has been featured on Wired, PSFK, The Creators ProjectDesignboom, Smithsonian, to name a few.

In the houseboat, Wei continued her research regarding the connections between machine and sexuality, and produced sketches for a new body of work. She utilized her time on the boat to expand the conceptual frameworks of her works by reading and reflecting.

Wei's website: weiiiii.com

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BETTY NGUYEN

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BETTY NGUYEN

Betty Nguyen (Lives and works in Los Angeles)

She is a book editor (First Person Magazine), a curator, a conceptual artist and a DJ. 

In her own words: 

The day I arrived at Varda Artists Residency, I went to lunch with my college professor who taught me set design and his wife answered the door yelling upwards to his studio, "Betty's an artist now!" And descending the stairs to meet me, he replied,"Well, it's about time." Eric Sinkkonen taught me not only how to build architectural models to scale, render in watercolor and to interpret text visually to create a world, but also to sail in the Sausalito bay. Being on the water at the residency, holds a special place for me. It is the backdrop of where my mentor would take out his assistants on his sailboat (he grew up competitively sailing) and educate us about the strength of the current, the wind, the shore. It was this life lesson, like surfing that taught me how to be aware of my surroundings enabling me to maneuver through life and with nature symbiotically, respectfully. Cutting through the water with just the right leaning and pulling and team communication is very meditative work.
I have come full circle taking my training as set designer, curator and DJ to make work at Varda Artists Residency. The sources I am currently referencing here explore psychedelic culture, the Vietnam identity in film and the iconography of underground bands as cultural signifiers. I've been making sculptures, constructing my book piece and will be conducting site specific visits with artists for my curatorial practice. If time allows, I would also like to return to edit my footage of Vietnam into an art piece and possible film and finish a painting. This will all come together as a solo exhibition. 

My work changes medium and content constantly. The photographs below are samples of works that will be published in the German / French magazine Fairytale in 2016. The series "THE STONE RETURNS" includes original works and photographs; a clay work called, "Uninterrupted Listening" that I used experimenting with recycled glass as form and glaze with excavated clay from a dry riverbed in Arizona, the book, "My Life Story", my interest in shibari, the art of tying knots in Japan, and my obsession with rock formations beginning with the what has been theorized as the first abstract art, the Chinese Scholar Rock
 

The Blackouts is Betty's latest project in collaboration with Marcos Lopez. The images and improvisation tactics of the band are part of Betty's arts and curatorial practice. 

 

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