Carol Es is a self taught artist whose work bears dark, yet childlike humor that interweaves throughout her paintings, drawings, installations, and books making these narratives dearly accessible.. She is a two-time recipient of the ARC Grant from the Durfee Foundation and was recently awarded the prestigious Pollock-Krasner Fellowship. Her works are featured in numerous private and public collections, including the Getty Museum, Brooklyn Museum, UCLA Special Collections, the Jaffe Collection, and Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris.
Gul Cagin is a Los Angeles-based installation, mixed media and performance artist whose work examines representation in relation to “sameness” and “difference” and tries to explore exclusionary effects of representation in relation to bodies and places. Her projects focus on how established values, codes that internalized by a part of society as ‘normal’ becomes subject to contestation, negotiation and alteration by other part of a society.Cagin received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from University of Southern California (1999) and Master of Fine Arts degree from Claremont Graduate University (2001). Her works have exhibited in venues such as Istanbul Sanat Limani, Museum of New Mexico, Highways Performance Space (LA), Raid Projects (LA), Centre Civic-Barcelona, Occidental College (LA), San Diego Art Institute, Crazy Space (Santa Monica), LACMA, The Armory Center for The Arts (Pasadena) and private residencies.
Marcie Kaufman earned her MFA in Painting and Photography at Claremont Graduate University and BA in Art History at USC. Her work responds to the landscape and creates connections with the human body. Her mixed-media artwork was recently featured in New American Paintings, a highly competitive juried exhibition-in-print, and has been included in numerous exhibitions in Los Angeles including Couturier Gallery, Gallery 825, American Jewish University, and Zimmer Children's Museum.
Arzu Arda Kosar
Arzu Arda Kosar graduated from the University of Southern California with an MFA and earned a BFA in Studio Arts and Art History from the University of Pittsburgh. Her work that focuses on topics related to inter-group relationships and balkanization has been featured numerous exhibitions in Los Angeles, New York and Istanbul. She has published on architecture and sociology at Doxa magazine. As part of the Gul & Arzu collective, Kosar conducted a two-year social engagement project for the Istanbul 2010 Cultural Capital events. In 1999-2000 she organized the International Survey of Alternative Artscene: a series of art exhibitions, workshops and lectures in New Zealand, Thailand, Turkey, New York and California in the USA. Currently, she is a resident artist at the 18th Street Arts Center in Santa Monica, CA.
Blair Townsend has degrees in economicis, art and design from Princeton, CalArts and Otis College of Art and Design. She creates custom interiors and makes custom design furniture that reflects on the memories, thoughts and possessions of the individual that inspired them. The rug she created by flattening a heap of plastic toys that has been accumulated over the years under a 9 ton steamroller was inspired by her son and his discarded toys.
Insel Inal was born in 1969, Canberra, Australia, lives in İstanbul and works as an assistant professor in the Faculty of Fine Arts, Kocaeli University where he heads the Ceramics Department. İnal organized the “Performance Days” among other interdiciplinary panels and events and chaired the “Association of Interdisciplinary Young Artists”. He founded the Keramos Art Gallery and organized exhibitions and actvities which questioned the relations between the arts and other disciplines. İnal's ceramic work is featured on many architectural structures and collections. His performances, videos, installations, sculptures and other work have been exhibited internationally.
Saliha Kasap received holds a degree in Arts Administration from Yıldız Technical University in Istanbul and has completed graduate work in Photograhy at Mimar Sinan University. Her photo collages that resemble insects derive from her observations on Istanbul cityscape and the omnipresent construction sites, giant cranes and incomplete skyscrapers that dominate the skyline.
Ozan Oganer received his BFA in Sculpture from Dokuz Eylul Universitesi Fine Art Department in Izmir, Turkey. His sculptures explore topics as wide as Aztec & Mayan culture and personal memories. Following a six month residency at Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris at the invitation of SIMIT' and under the sponsorship of Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (IKSV), Oganer was featured in a two person show entitled “Secret Garden” with Bahar Oganer at AlanIstanbul Tunel in Istanbul and is having his second solo show at Ilayda Art Gallery in Istanbul in May 2011. His work collected by private and public institutions such as Istanbul Modern Museum of Art.
Elif Oner was born in 1980 in Istanbul. She studied painting and multimedia arts Marmara University in Istanbul, where she's currently an MFA candidate for 2011. Her work has been shown at Mars Gallery, Siemens Art, Borusan Music House, Manzara Perspektif Art Gallery, Harfiyat, Moda Project Room in Istanbul and in exhibitions and video festivals in France, Germany, Bulgaria and South Korea. She is currently an artist in residence at the Borusan Arts Center in Istanbul, Turkey.
Alper Sen was born in 1977 in Ankara. He graduated from Political Science Dept. of METU and studied in Radio, TV and Cinema Dept. graduate program of Ankara University. Since 2000, he joined different video collectives as a director or artist in Turkey and Europe like VideA, Cinema for Peace, Film Collective, Kozavisual, NisaMasa, Karahaber. In 2007, he completed his video-documentary "Scavengers from Hakkari to Ankara", which screened in various film festivals and video exhibitions in Turkey and abroad. In 2009, he directed two documentaries on football in Germany and France for NTVSPOR. In 2010 he worked as an editor of Antoni Muntadas' video "On Translation: Açık Radyo". Currently he is working as coordinator of "artıkişler" a visual art platform established by independent visual artists.