Fiona Banner (b. 1966) was born in Merseyside, North West England. She lives and works in London. Banner studied at Kingston University and completed her MA at Goldsmith College in 1993. Banner is part of the group known as YBA or Young British Artists and is a sculptor and conceptual artist. Her work centers on the problems and possibilities of language, both written and metaphorical. She juxtaposes the brutal and the sensual, performing a complete cycle of intimacy, attraction and alienation. In 1977, she started working under the title ‘The Vanity Press,’ and under this imprint has published books, objects and performances. She was shortlisted for the Turner Prize in 2002. In 2012, she worked with David Kohn Architects to make the Roi des Belges, a one-bedroom building modeled after the boat that Joseph Conrad captained up the Congo in 1980. Here, Banner staged the world premiere performance of Orson Wells' unrealised film script, 'Heart of Darkness.' The room is now installed atop the Queen Elizabeth Hall at London’s Southbank.
Recent solo exhibitions include: Wp Wp Wp, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield, UK (2014); Mistah Kurtz - He Not Dead, PEER, London, UK (2014); The Vanity Press, Summerhall, Edinburgh (Catalogue) (2013); Unboxing, The Greatest Film Never Made, 1301PE, Los Angeles (2012); The Naked Ear, Frith Street Gallery, London (2010); and Harrier and Jaguar, Tate Britain Duveens Commission 2010, Tate Britain, London. Selected group exhibitons include: Mirror, Frith Street Gallery, London (2014); Building Site, Hardwick Hall, Chesterfield (2014); Postscript: Writing after Conceptual Art, Broad Art Museum, Michigan, USA (2014); This Page Intentionally Left Blank, Akbank Art Center, Istanbul (2014); Exploding Utopia, Laure Genillard, London, (2013); Word.Image.Space, Gesellschaft für Kunst und Gestaltung, Bonn, Germany (2013); Tracing the Century: Drawing as a Catalyst for Change, Tate Liverpool, Liverpool (2012); Graphology, The Drawing Room, London (2012); and I Am Still Alive: Politics and Everyday Life in Contemporary Drawing, MoMA, New York (2011). Her work is represented in many collections in the UK and abroad including the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Art’s Council of England, Tate Gallery, London and Walker Art Gallery, Minneapolis.
Anna Barham (b.1974, UK) lives and works in London. Studied at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge and the Slade School of Art. Barham works in a variety of media including video, text, sculpture, live events and drawing. Select commissions include Playground Festival, Museum M, Leuven (2016); Art Sheffield (2016); Centre Pompidou, Paris (2015); fig-2, ICA London (2015); Hayward Gallery (2014); Site Gallery, Sheffield (2013); and Art on the Underground, London (2012). Select exhibitions include Kunst-Werke, Berlin (2016); the Wellcome Collection, London (2016); KM- Graz ( 2015); Eastside Projects, Birmingham (2015); Open Source Festival, London ( 2015); Rotterdam Film Festival (2015); Turner Contemporary, Margate; FRAC Lorraine, Metz; MARCO, Vigo; MHKA, Antwerp; Le Plateau/Frac Ile de France, Paris; STUK, Leuven; ICA, London; and Tate Modern London. Her work is held in public collections including the Tate; V&A (UK); SFMOMA, (USA); and CGAC (ES).
Brian O’Doherty (b. 1928, Ballaghaderreen, Ireland) lives and works in the United States. He studied medicine at University College Dublin, and did post-graduate work at Cambridge University and at the Harvard School of Public Health. He left Ireland for New York in 1957 and emerged as one of the most influential artists in the American art scene of the 1960s. O'Doherty began using the pseudonym 'Patrick Ireland' in reaction to the Bloody Sunday killings in Derry in 1972. He was an art critic for the New York Times, an editor of Art in America, and an on-air art critic for NBC. He was director of the Visual Arts Program and, subsequently, Director of the Media Arts Program, National Endowment for the Arts, where he was responsible for the creation of such major public television series as American Masters and Great Performances. He is the author of numerous works of art criticism, including American Masters and the profoundly influential book Inside the White Cube: Ideologies of the Gallery Space. He has also written novels The Strange Case of Mademoiselle P. (1992) and the 2000 Booker Prize-nominated The Deposition of Father McGreevey (1999). He had a retrospective at Dublin's Hugh Lane Municipal Gallery of Modern Art in 2005.
In 2008, in recognition of the progress for peace in Ireland, O'Doherty ceremoniously buried his alter ego at the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin and resumed use of his birth name.
Paul Jeffrey Sharits (b. 1943, d. 1993) was born in Denver, Colorado to Paul Edward Sharits and Florence Romeo. Paul Edward and Florence had one more child, Jeffrey Leigh, a few years later. Having had demonstrated tremendous artistic abilities in art, Paul was awarded a full scholarship to The University of Denver’s prestigious School of the Arts. Once he completed his Undergraduate studies, Paul married Frances Trujillo and began his master’s studies at The University of Indiana in Bloomington where he had his only child, Christopher in 1965. Shortly after Christopher was born, Paul’s mother, who was being treated for manic-depression, more commonly known as Bipolar Disorder, committed suicide. Paul was already fascinated with 16mm film by 1960 and had established a mentorship and friendship with filmmaker Stan Brakhage. Already known for his Structuralist Film Exploration, Paul taught at Maryland’s Art Institute and Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio before being recruited by Gerry O’Grady to teach at The University of Buffalo’s Media Studies Department in Buffalo, New York where he remained a popular professor until his death. He divorced Frances in 1969. Paul’s younger brother Jeffrey, an accomplished filmmaker in his own rights, suffered from Bipolar Disorder, tragically committed suicide in Berkley, California in 1980. Paul, who was also Bipolar, committed suicide in Buffalo, New York on July 8, 1993. His son Christopher writes about his affliction with Bipolar Disorder in Denver, Colorado with his family. More information about Pauls's life and work can be found at http://paulsharits.com/
Tony Conrad (b. 1940, Concord, NH, USA) is an artist, musician/composer, and media maker based in Buffalo, NY. He is currently Distinguished Professor, Department of Media Study at the State University New York (SUNY). He was involved in the early underground cinema and minimal music, and is known for his 1966 film The Flicker, a key early structuralist film, and for his minimalist violin playing. His early work is the subject of Branden W. Joseph’s Beyond the Dream Syndicate: Tony Conrad and the arts after Cage (2008). Beginning in 1972 with his Yellow Movies, Conrad produced “paracinema” works, using cooking, electrocution, hammering, and weaving. In 1976, he joined the Department of Media Study in the University at Buffalo, where he still teaches. In the 1990's Conrad was an activist supporter of community media, working with Buffalo media collectives and co-producing several hundred public access television programs. Tony Conrad’s music performances, films, videos, and other works are heard and seen in the US and internationally. He has released many CDs on the Table of the Elements label. He works in New York and exhibits at Greene Naftali Gallery (New York) and Galerie Buchholz (Berlin / Cologne).
Mekhitar Garabedian (b. 1977 Aleppo, Syria) is an Armenian artist currently living and working in Belgium. He studied at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts (KASK), University College Ghent, and at Sint-Lukas Brussels, University College of Art and Design. Garabedian interrogates the formation of the self and the place of the individual in a contemporary world shaped and disrupted by migration. Just as his personal diasporic history is layered, his work echoes with a multiplicity of references to literature, music, philosophy and visual arts. Selected solo exhibitons include: I love you, but I don’t know, Albert Baronian Gallery, Brussels, Belgium (2014); without even leaving, we are already no longer there, S.M.A.K., Ghent, Belgium (2011/12); Young Man Blues, KIOSK, Ghent, Belgium (2010); The End, Again, Hoet Bekaert Gallery, Ghent, Belgium (2009/10); Something about today, Beurschouwburg, Brussels, Belgium (2008); and Intimacy is being angry..., ArtBrussels, Hoet Bekaert Gallery, Belgium (2008). Selected group exhibitions include: Here and Elsewhere, New Museum, New York (2014); Art Basel, Albert Baronian Gallery, Basel, Switzerland (2014); The Ever Changing Body III, cc Strombeek (Museumcultuur Strombeek/Gent), Belgium (2014); ArtBrussels, Albert Baronian Gallery, Brussels, Belgium (2014); Le Faux Soir, a project by KIOSK (Ghent) for Art Brussels, Belgium (2014); The Sky is Blue in Some Other Way, Elba Benitez Gallery, Madrid (2014); Bande à part, Albert Baronian Gallery, CAB, Brussels, Belgium (2014); Long ago, and not true anyway, waterside contemporary, London (2013); ArtBrussels, Albert Baronian Gallery, Brussels, Belgium (2013); Inside Out, Kunsthaus Dresden, Germany (2012); TRACK, S.M.A.K., Ghent, Belgium (2012); and Graphology, Drawing Room, London (2012). Garadedian is represented by Albert Baronian Gallery, Brussels.
Dean Hughes (b.1974 Manchester, UK) studied at Chelsea College of Art and Design, London between 1993-96. He was included in the British Art Show 5 in 2000 and his work was featured in Phaidon's 2005 book Vitamin D New Perspectives in Drawing. Recent group exhibitions include Big Minis at CAPC Bordeaux; Lonely at the Top, MUHKA Antwerp, and Newspeak: British Art now, Saatchi Gallery. Recent Solo exhibitions include Maria Stenfors (2014) and Cairn, Pittenweem (2014), and in June 2014 he curated Ideas in things at Maria Stenfors. Dean Hughes is represented by Maria Stenfors and he is currently Head of the School of Art at Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh.
Wim Janssen (b. Kapellen, Belgium) lives and works in Antwerp, Belgium. He studied at Master Audiovisuele Kunsten Sint-Lukas Brussel. Janssen's work revolves around the meaning and aesthetics of media and the impact they have on our personal lives. This finds a form in sculptural and kinetic installations, films, and videos, often of a very minimal aesthetic. He was Artist-in-residence at Werktank, Leuven, België (2010/13) and won the Public Choice Award, New Technological Art Award, Liedts Meesen Foundation, Ghent in 2012. Selected solo exhibitions include: Continuization Loop, Weltecho, Chemnitz, Germany (2012); Static, 5mm, Eindhoven, Netherlands (2011); Mali Inventar Efekata, Dom Omladine Beograd, Belgrade, Serbia (2010); and Mountain, DKSG, Belgrade, Serbia (2009). Selected group exhibitoons include: Blijven Kijken, Museum M, Leuven, Belgium (2013); Lab30, Augsburg, Germany (2013); Input-Output, cc de bond, Brugge (2013); Brisani Prostor, Geozavod, Belgrade (2013); Graphology, Art Exchange, Essex (2013); Exit, Maison des Arts de Creteil, Paris (2012); Graphology, The Drawing Room, London (2012); Crossing Europe, Offenes Kulturhaus, Linz, Austria (2012); Werktank, de Beursschouwburg, Brussels (2012); Artefact-festival, Stuk, Leuven, Belgium (2011); IFFR, Rotterdam, Netherlands (2011); Graphology #3, #4, MUHKA, Antwerp, Belgium (2011); Multiple Solitudes, De Garage, Mechelen,Belgium (2010); Qui Vive, 2nd Moscow Biennial for Young Art, Moscow (2010); The Eye-Kea project, Basement Project Space, Cork City, Ireland (2010); A Video Serenade, EFA project space, New York (2010); and Time Is Love.2, Studio1.1 Gallery, London (2010).
Anthony McCall (b.1940, UK) lives and works in New York, US. Studied graphic design at Ravensbourne College of Art and Design, Kent, UK. Occupying a space between sculpture, cinema and drawing, his work’s historical importance has been internationally recognised. Select solo exhibitions include Anthony McCall: Swell, Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, Nevada (2016-2017); Anthony McCall: Solid Light, Performance and Public Works, Fundacio Gaspar, Barcelona, Spain (2016); Solid Light Works, LAC Lugano Arte e Cultura, Lugano, Switzerland (2016); Night Ship, MONA/Dark MoFo Festival, Hobart, Tasmania (2015); and Notebooks & Duration Drawings 1972 – 2013, Sean Kelly Gallery, New York, (2015). Select group exhibitions include Dreamlands: Immersive Cinema and Art, 1905-2016, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2016-2017); About Time: Photography in a Moment of Change, SFMOMA, San Francisco, CA, (2016); Sensory Systems, Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool, UK (2015); The Event Sculpture, Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, UK (2015); Formes Simple, Centre Pompidou-Metz (2014); Tracing the Century: Drawing as a Catalyst for Change, Tate Liverpool, UK (2012-13).