My name is Aleksander Kazimierz Betko. I was born in Katowice, Poland in 1976. To say that I was born into a tumultuous environment would be an understatement. Poland was in a state of turmoil; it’s political climate lead to a chain of events that brought my family here. We started over.
I arrived in New York City, lovely JFK, in the beginning of winter 1980 soon to be 1981. We got a Polish Pope who supported Solidarity and now the world was watching. Ronald Reagan was elected, sworn in, shot soon after and I learned English from Sesame Street.
Born in Australia, Andrew Chan has a B.A. in Architecture and an M.A. from New York University. He now lives in New York since 1999 and has received grants from the Pollock Krasner Foundation, the New York Foundation for the Arts and a residency at The Lower East Side Print Shop. His work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times and CNN. He has exhibited at the Bronx Museum’s AIM 30 Biennial and at Randall’s Island Sports Center.
Angie Brklyn is a visual artist, born & raised in Brooklyn, New York. She has been dabbling in many different art forms from early in life. A complex collage of a person she is grateful for art an outlet for emotion.
I am a human first I happen to be a painter and japanese born To display life, and to develop a Big heart are the most important techniques and goals for me. I believe that my paintings follow me and grow with me …just because painting is the voice of my soul.
Caroline Wayne uses meticulous hand-sewn beadwork to illustrate autobiographical stories of trauma, sexuality, intimacy, and growth, in an attempt to communicate through craftsmanship. Detailed beading and cyclical patterning emphasize the consistent labor in the repetitive motion of hand-sewing, that which mirrors the emotional and psychic labor expended in order to manage the suffering a body can accumulate over time. Whether illustrating symbols of childhood abuse, its resultant patterns of thought and behavior, or the process of healing, Wayne’s sculptures translate the life experience of a survivor of complex trauma through the lens of glittering beadwork, rendering a harrowing reality easier to digest.
Jane Sangerman lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. She has a BFA from the University of New Mexico and an MFA from SUNY Buffalo. She has had one and two person shows in many cities including New York City and Chicago and has exhibited nationally and internationally. In addition to teaching art at Ramapo College, her experience also comprises various visiting artist and guest lecture opportunities including the Parsons School of Design at The American School in Paris, The Glasgow School of Art, The University at Buffalo Anderson Gallery and The University of Northern Arizona. Jane received Fellowships at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, The Ucross Foundation, and The Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts. In addition, she has received The Jerome Foundation Fellowship and the Illinois Painters Three Award. Her artwork is part of more than 25 public collections including the New York City Public Library and The Brooklyn Museum.
Katie Schuessler seeks to examine the impact of self-expression on healing from trauma. Her art centers on two paths: her personal journey as she explores intuition and healing through meditation and art-making, and the path of working with others to discover their own inner worlds through the creative process.
La Femme is an illustrator and street artist from Staten Island NYC. She’s been drawing since she was a child and painting street murals for 4 years. La Femme hopes to put more focus into making music, animations, and experimenting with augmented reality in the coming years. La Femme is an official Arts In Bushwick hub resident.
Lydia McCarthy’s work has been exhibited at 106 Green, Essex Flowers, Sardine and the Scandinavia House in New York, NAU Gallery and Galerie Verkligheten in Sweden and A-DASH in Athens. She has been reviewed and published in The New Yorker, Art F City, The Wall Street Journal, Dossier and the Huffington Post. Lydia received a yearlong American-Scandinavian Foundation Fellowship in 2011. Her book Vision 5: The Vibratory Waves of External Unity was released with Silent Face Projects at the New York Art Book Fair at MoMA PS1 in 2017. Lydia is an Associate Professor of Photography in the School of Art and Design at Alfred University.
Lynnette Therese Sauer is a visual artist and arts administrator who lives in Brooklyn, NY and works in her Ridgewood studio, both located on Lenape land. She received her BFA in painting from the Herron School of Art + Design in Indianapolis, IN. Her paintings and drawings use observation of patterns to consider attention, embodiment, and communion.
Luz Angélica Fernández is a multidisciplinary artist and native New Yorker whose work bridges the intersections between art, design, and technology. As a co-founder of the brand HECHA / 做, Fernández focuses in design and production management, as well as paints the fabric used for the garments. In her personal body of work, Fernández’s paintings draw on the origins of abstract expressionism and the semiotics of the internet age. She incorporates neon-like lighting in some of her pieces, highlighting her contemplative mark-making to reflect the physical residue of the passage of time in a post-industrial city. Through her works Fernández channels memory and emotion by creating metaphor and building textural and sculptural color worlds from her immediate experiences.
Mallory Sm and Zoe Elefterin are both multidisciplinary artists based in Ridgewood, New York. Their project “What if I just;” came about through their mutual interest in how movement affects social behavior. Elefterin’s personal work constructs narratives that explore the nature of a body translated and reimagined as an image. Through using both found commercial imagery and self portraits, Elefterin is able to explore the idiosyncrasies of her own image through photographing herself in conjunction with both analog and digital photo manipulation. Mallory’s work considers the idea of relationships both visually and conceptually. Her work across mediums includes text, work on paper, textile and clothing design, writing and video that together address the personal and political through their relationships. This project takes place on social media to study and demonstrate the role of the body in virtual spaces; private and public. We are wondering if you are comfortable like that
Samantha Veneros is a contemporary painter of Latinx background based in New York. Using primarily oil or acrylic paints on canvas as well as occasionally mixed media pieces. Samantha was born and raised in the Bay Area of California, she studied in San Francisco gaining her Bachelor’s in Fine Arts degree at the Academy of Art University.
Encouraged by her mother to appreciate and explore art Samantha demonstrated an interest since childhood. Growing up as the awkward middle child of three; born to busy, blue-collar, immigrant parents living in mostly quiet suburbs, left a lot of room for introspection and living in an inner world. Creating art became a necessary extension of this inner world, serving as both an escape from the simultaneous monotony and instability, and as a method to externally process the strong complicated relationships within her home life.
Santina Amato is a Brooklyn based multidisciplinary artist who was born in Australia to Italian immigrants. Her work incorporates photography, sculpture, site specific installations, performance and painting using ephemeral domestic materials such as bread dough, fresh fruit and vegetables, and bed sheets to create work that seem familiar yet uncannily dissociated from their original context and use. She is a Graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and has held the position of artist in residence at MOCA Tucson in Arizona, MASS MoCA in Massachusetts, Crosstown Arts in Memphis and CharNorth in Pine Plaines, New York. Amato has exhibited her work both nationally and internationally and has been supported by the Illinois Arts Council Agency, the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events and the Australian Council for the Arts.
Tansy Xiao is an independent curator, artist, critic, poetry translator and founder of Raincoat Society: a non-profit media platform that promotes artists with multiple cultural background and interdisciplinary practice. Her curatorial projects have been shown locally and internationally at SPRING/BREAK Art Show, NARS Foundation, Radiator Gallery, Chazan Family Gallery, Areté Gallery among many others. She also hosted the Multilingual Poetry Reading events at Brooklyn Art Library, as well as Game of Love x 3, a crowd-sourced satellite project for Queerskins at Tribeca Film Festival. Considering her work a contribution to the archiving of globalization, Xiao has also published widely on the multicultural and cross-disciplinary practice of art. In the meantime, she is working on an experimental opera based on Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta and José Saramago’s post-apocalyptic fiction Blindness in the structure of Hieronymus Bosch’s triptych The Garden of Earthly Delights.
Victoria Hurst in an oil painter and creative designer whose work focuses on large scale oil paintings, but ventures into other territories that include fashion and curation. A dual degree in science and studio art helped to influence a unique signature style that attempts to not only describe, but also make sense of the world, both seen and unseen, and her own subconscious. Victoria has been showcased both locally and internationally; she recently had her “How Did We Get Here?” series highlighted at Art Vancouver in 2019 and was selected as a highlighted artist for her work shown at Art Spectrum in Miami in 2018. Victoria has been shown in galleries throughout the New York metropolitan area; most notably numerous solo exhibits in Brooklyn and Manhattan. She has also ventured into curation at her own personal studio/exhibit space, Tornadothings, in Bushwick, Brooklyn where she recently curated solo shows for Hudson Valley’s Dylan Walsh “Wooden Blood” and Lebanon’s Yasmina Nysten “Live! From the Crying Room.” Victoria has continued to push herself through collaborations with other artists; most recently, she has worked with Hong Kong’s Reggy Liu on a performance and multimedia piece, “Nirvana,” and continues her work as a selected artist with the mysterious collective known as the Five Fingers, headed by Taos, New Mexico’s surreal artist Everest Hall. Victoria is currently completing her next series, titled “The Rediscovery of Human Consciousness.”
While strongly believing that the key to social change is compassionate relationships that lead to genuine support, Shannon Finnell’s work attempts to embody that lesson through exploration and deconstruction of supportive gestures. Pulling from her BA in Studio Art and Peace Studies from Goucher College, the marriage of visual art and questioning oppressive social structures is where Finnell finds inspiration for her work. She received an MFA in Fine Art Photography from the Parsons School of Design in 2018 and continues to engage with concepts of support through experimental video, installation and photography in collaboration with dance.