The Uprise Grant supports BIPOC artists whose careers and creative development have been harmed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Month: July 2021
London Williams is a multidisciplinary artist that navigates intersections of blackness through masculinity and sexuality within paintings, drawings, photographs, and mixed media. The work approaches documentation of the domestic interior as a reproach of a history that has yet to be lived.
The film won awards at the San Francisco Documentary Festival, the Indy Film Fest and at ImageOut Rochester Spring Festival.
The artists in this panel will discuss the space in their work that attempts to wrestle with the tension between figure and abstract object, between foreground and background, between density and weightlessness
Steve Alexis is an artist whose work focuses on framing and conveying emotive transference through abstraction. He employs mark making, bold color, and large-scale to create works that speak to the idea of connecting to beauty. He works across the modalities of jewelry, painting, sculpture, performance, and ceramics.
Inbar Hagai works largely in long-term projects, combining video, VR and sculpture, as well as experimental art films verging on the documentary. She focuses mainly on human-animal power relations, the way the feminine image is constructed through kitshi fantasies and the ethical ambivalence of art.
Julianna Johnston’s work begins with human interaction. Co-opting the mechanisms of the surveillance state and the visual lexicon of data collection, they analyze workshops and participatory experiments. Re-presenting them in time-based works and performances that call into question the limits, inaccuracies, and biases inherent in contemporary interfaces and digitally mediated experiences.
Sobia Ahmad’s interdisciplinary practice investigates how our deeply intimate struggles of belonging can inform larger conversations about national identity, notions of home, cultural memory, and gender. By weaving personal and communal narratives with current and historical socio-political contexts, she highlights the inseparability of the self and larger power structures.