Jessica Bruah

Artist Biography

Jessica Bruah is a photographer born and raised in Illinois.  Her work revolves around surreal narratives and is influenced by short fiction.  She received her MFA from the School of Visual Arts in 2009 and her BFA from Columbia College Chicago in 2004.  She has exhibited work both nationally and internationally, including shows at Jen Bekman Gallery in New York City, Catherine Edelman Gallery in Chicago, and Photo-Eye Gallery in Santa Fe.  In 2008 Bruah was chosen for Humble Arts Foundation’s “31 Under 31: Young Women in Art Photography.”  Her work is currently featured on Photo-Eye’s online Photographer’s Showcase and in the Humble Arts publication The Collector’s Guide to Emerging Art Photography.  Jessica currently works and lives in Brooklyn.

Artist Contact Info

Website: http://jessicabruah.com/

Email: jessicabruah@gmail.com

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Artist Biography

Rachel Barrett (b.1981) was raised in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She began taking pictures as soon as she was old enough to take the device into her own hands, and has rarely put one down since. Barrett received her BFA in Photography & Imaging from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in 2003 and her MFA in Photography from the School of Visual Arts in 2008. Driven by an overwhelming sense of nostalgia, much of her work is an investigation into the everyday, an effort to connect with and memorialize the world she encounters, and to reconcile the sense of loss and confusion that exists between the past, present and future. Her photographs have been widely exhibited, featured in the New York Times and acquired into several private collections. She is based out of New York City.

Artist Contact Info

Website: http://rachelbarrett.net

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Artist Biography

Sigurjon is born in Iceland in 1983. He became interested in photography at early age and started a professional career only 20 years old. In 2006, Sigurjon moved to New York to study photography at School of Visual Arts and is scheduled to graduate in year 2010.

Artist Statement

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Iceland experienced the deepest and most rapid financial crisis recorded during peacetime when its three major banks all collapsed in the same week of fall 2008. The crisis had serious consequences for Iceland; the national currency has free fallen in value, some heavy restrictions are on all foreign currency transactions, and the stock market has dropped by more than 90%. The list is endless. Relative to the size of the economy, Iceland’s banking collapse is the largest by any country in history. The full cost of the crisis cannot yet be determined, but it already exceeds Iceland’s gross domestic product per a year, many years over, and it is an unknown as to when it will relent.

Ultimately, these photographs represent a sort of loss of innocence, as in one day the national mood turned from optimistic to pessimistic. The pictures demonstrate the potential that once existed, in the places in which they were taken, but now no longer does.

Artist Contact Info

Website: http://www.sigurjon.com

Email: sigurjon@sigurjon.com

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Artist Biography

Katherine Finkelstein grew up in Los Angeles and received her BA in photography from Bard College in 2007. She lives and works as a photographer in New York City, freelancing for The Daily News.

Artist Statement

My photography is an ode to my cravings. Saturated colors, sexy flowers, sunlit flesh. An attempt to satiate all those desperate yearnings for the other: to touch, to feel, to capture. Youth expressed in lethargic ecstasy, a small sliver of lazy sensuality.

Artist Contact Info

Website: http://katherinefinkelstein.com, http://katherinefinkelstein.blogspot.com

Email: katherine.finkelstein@gmail.com

by Lexi

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Artist Biography

Lexi Adams lives in Brooklyn, NY and is originally from the New Hampshire seacoast.  Her photographs have been featured on Nerve, i heart photograph, and in Humble Arts Foundation’s Group Show.

Artist Statement

What Comes After Utopia

Utopian visions transgress genres and ideologies: they can be post-apocalyptic, feminist, xenophobic, or ecological—peace-loving paradises or darker dystopias.  They can be sweepingly communal or personal and hermitic in scope.

This photo project explores ideas of utopia and dystopia through a lens aimed at the preservation of personal history and the projected fears and hopes for the future.  What tools might we need to tell our stories in utopia?  What symbols should we actively preserve—to sustain us, to comfort us, and to instruct a future society about our personal mythologies?

I am interested in the creation of identity and mythos through record-keeping, retold fables and future-based fantasies, and personal totems.

These images keep a visual diary of symbols, places, and objects that have been preserved for a dreamed-of utopia—and the darker fear of what comes after or instead of it. They are records to see us through a revolution and to the other side, offering scraps of stories for the rebuilding efforts.

Artist Contact Info

Website: http://lexiphoto.org/

by ivy finkelstein

Artist Biography

Ivy Finkelstein, originally from California, is an artist living in Brooklyn. Ivy is currently studying photography at SVA. She is a polaroid photographer who often references film and a wonderment of the past in her work. Ivy began experimenting with polaroids during her junior high years and found the polaroid to be full of possibilities. She uses polaroids and photography in general as a diary for the history, knowledge and inspirations she’s acquired over the years.

Artist Statement

In this work, “Untitled”, I used the relationship between life and film as a reference point. The lives that we live and the films that we watch are inextricable. Films mirror our lives and our lives are sources for film.  With this idea, I have assembled polaroids that I’ve taken, film stills that I have taken from existing films, stamped quotes and found footage to create a new family album of the past, present and imaginary.
I believe that family photos are a collection of trips and memories that people have had that can seem completely unrelated except for the fact that they’re side by side on the wall, in an album or in a scrapbook. It doesn’t matter if you don’t know what film it’s from or which quote is from what movie. The work that I’ve put up will hopefully speak to the viewer personally, and relate to their lives through a feeling they get when looking at it rather than focusing on a film or single image.

Artist Contact Info

Website: http://www.polaroidandroid.com

Email: ivy@polaroidandroid.com

by William Knipscher

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Artist Biography

William Knipscher (b.1977) is a color photographer currently living in Washington, DC.  In 2008 he was awarded second place in the fine art category of the International Color Awards.  He holds a BFA from the Corcoran College of Art and Design, and has exhibited in New York and Washington, DC.

Artist Statement

“Ground Truth”
The series is essentially a group of landscapes. Landscapes that convey the interaction of man and nature, they contain relatively little information and yet hold a sense of narrative. Each image is a careful deliberation, meditation on the moment when nothing becomes something. Nature slowly chips away at any landscape, no matter how small or imaginary, although we don’t often notice because the process is so slow. “Ground Truth” seeks to prolong a moment in time and linger over something that was, but which will not remain the same.

Artist Contact Info

Website: http://www.williamknipscher.com
Email: william@williamknipscher.com