Demetrius Oliver (born 1975, Brooklyn, NY) is everywhere and nowhere in his artwork, which consists of photography, video, sculpture, and drawing. Counter to our identity-driven cultural moment, his work is anti-autobiographical and reveals little about the artist. Despite the absence of biographical particularities, however, the work is permitted with authorial intelligence. This presence-absence dichotomy is achieved in part through Oliver’s process and choice of media. Drawing, photography, and performance effortlessly commingle, causing his artworks to defy categorization, and the omission of his hand through the use of digital photography and aerosol spray make his remove physical. Like geographical formations and natural phenomena, his work appears to have happened rather than to have been made.
Eileen has been making art for over 45 years with a decade in downtown and DUMBO, Brooklyn.
Eileen's artistic practice intersects both expressive realism and abstraction in the pursuit of a multi-perspective narrative. This narrative is informed by observation, lived experiences and my imagination. As an artist, I primarily draw and paint representational works in series that investigate autobiographical subject matter. These works, often landscapes, continue to push towards an abstracted view by adopting a Neo-Cubist, multi-perspective approach.
Intellectually, her curiosity lies in visually interpreting social constructs of power. This has manifested in recent bodies of work with compositions exploring monumental structures in the built environment and contrasting them with their natural surroundings. Drawings and paintings are built in layers of vibrant colors in wet, immediate painterly brushstrokes. Compositions are built up over time from various paints, inks, graphite, pastels, and crayon. These layers of line and color in a range of materials form a nexus between imagination and representation, allowing the viewer’s own experiences and memories to inhabit the space and allowing interpretation of the artworks and realizing their meaning.
Mark Tribe is an artist who believes in the power of aesthetic experience to forge new pathways of understanding. Since 2012, he has made landscape pictures that explore American ideas about nature and land, from Manifest Destiny to contemporary environmentalism. He is also known for his early contributions to the field of new media art, as well as his socially-engaged performances and installations.
Tribe’s paintings, photographs, video recordings and installations have been featured in solo exhibitions at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.; Momenta Art in New York; Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions; the Queen Victoria Museum in Launceston, Australia; and DiverseWorks in Houston. His work has also been included in group exhibitions at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris; the Menil Collection in Houston; Centre Pompidou in Paris; the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York; the National Center for Contemporary Arts in Moscow; MUAC in Mexico City; SITE Santa Fe; the San Diego Museum of Art; Museo de Antioquia in Medellín; Blanton Museum of Art in Austin; Telfair Museum of Art in Savannah; Montclair Museum of Art in New Jersey; the DeCordova Museum in Lincoln, Massachusetts; the Contemporary Museum in Baltimore; Ronald Feldman Gallery in New York; and Yossi Milo Gallery in New York. He has received grants from Creative Capital, the New York Foundation for the Arts, National Performance Network, ArtsLink, and the Experimental Television Center. He is the author of two books, The Port Huron Project: Reenactments of New Left Protest Speeches (Charta, 2010) and New Media Art (Taschen, 2006), and numerous articles. Tribe’s work has been reviewed or discussed in Artforum, Art in America, Artnews, Art Papers, the Boston Globe, the Brooklyn Rail, the Daily Beast, Die Welt, El Pais, Flash Art, Frieze, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Hyperallergic, the Los Angeles Times, Modern Painters, Newsweek, the New York Times, the Village Voice, and many other publications.
Tribe has served as Chair of the MFA Fine Arts Department at School of Visual Arts in New York City since 2013. Previously, he was an Assistant Professor of Modern Culture and Media Studies at Brown University, Director of Art and Technology at the Columbia University School of the Arts, and Visiting Assistant Professor of Art and Artist in Residence at Williams College. In 1996, he founded Rhizome, a nonprofit arts organization that supports the creation, presentation, preservation, and critique of emerging artistic practices that engage technology.
He received an MFA in Visual Art from the University of California, San Diego in 1994 and a BA in Visual Art from Brown University in 1990. Born in San Francisco, California in 1996, he lives and works in New York City.