Dylan Rheingold

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Dylan Rheingold

Age: 24
Location: NYC
@drr_drr_ (IG)
www.dylanroserheingold.com/

Dylan Rheingold is an illustrator based out of New York City. She has a heavy interest in the areas of social realism, diversity & gender equality. She tends to work on a large scale as she draws connections between these elements through an abstraction of color, shape and line density. She received her BFA in Illustration from Syracuse University in 2019. 

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Coming from a home filled with contrasting ethnicities, cultures, sexualities and religions, she was lucky enough to be exposed to many differences from a very young age. Dylan Rose is very aware of the unfortunate truth that many are not blessed with this same luxury. As a result, she attempts to create works that subconsciously force these ironic narratives of contrast & acceptance on the viewer. Shining a positive light on those who stray from society’s guidelines of cookie cutter glamour and perfection. 

She is especially fascinated by the little details embedded within everyday lifestyles. These little details include how one dresses, what one eats, where one lives and other recreational activities or ways one may spend their free time. She enjoys creating paintings and drawings that expose and combine various everyday notions in order to produce an unconventional perspective. She has also conducted a great deal of socio-geographic, psychological and financial research regarding how people become or are born into their cultural and social class settings. From being born in New York City, to move to a small provincial suburban town in Long Island, to attending University in one of the most poverty stricken cities in America, exploring the degrees of contrast she has been to exposed came as second nature.

Specifically, the fluidity of relationships between those adored in modern day society and those straying from these idealist molds. Her paintings are non traditional as they are all mixed media; balancing layers of paint drawn over with ink, conte crayon & china marker. A great deal of inspiration for her paintings also come from raiding old bookstores with found photographs, antique postcards, newspapers and magazines.

After purchasing the remains of an anonymous family photo album, she began painting and drawing over these strangers. Throughout her collecting process she was fascinated by the degree of difference she had acquired within her subjects. These many images found in both popular and unpopular media exposed varying degrees of setting, social class, race, sexual orientations, age and expression.

More than anything she aims to connect these separated groups/figures and recreate the sense of contrast co-existing between them. Regardless of the way one was born, raised or physically appears either if it’s by nature or choice, we are all people.

Daniela Ruiz de Esparza

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Daniela Ruiz de Esparza

Age: 26
Guadalajara, Mexico
@venusdormida (IG)

Published on ArtPremium Magazine Winter 2020, page 103.

Daniela Ruiz de Esparza  is a 24 year old visual artist based in Guadalajara, Mexico. Her work is dynamic and revolves around representations of herself and other women as a means of catharsis. She uses photography to depict her reality and her reflections on it.  

STATEMENT

As I change, so does the definition of my work. If I had to define my work two years ago, I would have written a completely different thing. At this moment in my life, I would say that it expresses the extraordinary in people and places, that I come across on a daily basis. I’ve found that my safe place is within me and around other women, and I truly think they are the source of inspiration for most of my work.

Everything works as a cycle; I started photographing silly stuff and my daily routine, then I started capturing women around me, and when I moved to a place that I didn’t know anyone, I went back to photographing my routine and myself. Analog photography has helped me in the process of becoming; I’m in love with the ritual, the unexpected, improvisation and uniqueness of each shot. I live in Mexico, and as any other country, it has it’s pretty and ugly side, unfortunately the bad side is becoming more and more prominent and thus it’s difficult to exist as a woman here, I’m obligated to see the pretty in the ugly and right now the personal seems more political than ever. 

I am afraid of the oblivious, I feel like everything vanishes and I need to be there to see it and capture it. Photography has helped me to have another perception of life and to become closer to those who I place in front of the camera; I’ve learnt to fall in love with strangers, objects and nature. My work is a self-exploration of my definition of beauty, catharsis and uniqueness. 

 

Justin Keene

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Justin Keene

Age: 29
London, UK
@justinkeene_ (IG)

Published on ArtPremium Magazine Winter 2020, page 109.

Justin Keene is a fine art photographer based in London.  His photographic work explores the relationship between identity and a sense of belonging in South Africa. He has been highlighted in various platforms, festivals, and publications. 

STATEMENT

Justin’s independent projects reframe the documentary approach as a collaborative process with the people he photographs. His work reviews the ethics of photographic practice and its impact on contemporary art in South Africa. Justin reflects on concepts of self in relation to cultural identity and belonging as a way of interpreting the country’s political history. 

Justin explores South Africa as a post-colony – working under the backdrop of the country’s colonial legacy, his work challenges the viewer to position themselves in relation to history, creating a renewed vision for the future. By focusing on youth, Justin’s work forms part of contemporary photographic consciousness in South Africa to reformulate the gaze of photography in Africa. His projects seek to create a renewed visual economy for the country; drawing on the significance of photography for identity in South Africa; departing from associations of documentary realism in providing a critique of historic media representation. 

His work constitutes a collaboration between the artist and the South African people after a historic, nonautonomous representation of the country’s people. Moving forward he intends to produce a book of his current work that explores his own family history in South Africa; focusing on research methods as a way of providing contextual meaning to his narrative.

Lynn Chang

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Lynn Chang

Age: 23
Seoul, South Korea
@lynntheappetitartist (IG)

Published on ArtPremium Magazine Winter 2020, page 109.

Lynn Chang is a 23 year old (b. 1996) sculpture artist based in Seoul, South Korea. Chang is interested in fantasy and form and how these two interact. She recently graduated with a degree from Goldsmiths, University of London. 

STATEMENT

My sculptures play with the idea of both the beauty of different casting materials and my personal sweet fantasy. It all begins with the curiosity of how humans can crave something just by looking at it. Using their own subconscious imaginative world somehow can work through sensual stimulations from optical experiences. Especially, I get inspired by decorated desserts on the online platform – Instagram – where people update posts relying on the aesthetic material. As a contemporary artist, I believe it is important to sense the flow of the era and make good use of it. 

Working with the idea, I choose inedible materials, or perhaps even harmful for humans, like crystal resin, Jesmonite, and plaster. Then go through the casting process that has a lot of similarities with baking. To gain the seductive outcome on each piece, I always go through a long process that also requires a high level of labor: creating positive molds, using silicone for building up the main molds, mixing the materials and pouring & tapping the air bubbles out, waiting to set and the finishing – wet & dry hand sanding and polishing. As I always go through this process by myself, I think it is extra important that sculptures need to be created by artists. 

Sarah Shecker

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Sarah Shecker

Age: 22
New York City, NY, USA
@scheckersarah (IG)

Published on ArtPremium Magazine Winter 2020, page 112.

Sarah Shecker is a 22 year old documentary photography in New York City. Her work revolves around youth skate culture. She is currently pursuing a degree at the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU.

STATEMENT

Under the Bridge is an ongoing series that explores the intersection between street fashion and skate culture. These photographs capture the essence of New York City’s skaters and their interaction with their surroundings. These images serve as an additional perspective and documentation of one of the most quintessential subjects of urban youth culture. 

Monica Ikegwu

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Monica Ikegwu

Age: 21
Baltimore, MD, USA
@monica165 (IG)

Published on ArtPremium Magazine Winter 2020, page 132.

Monika Ikegwu is a painter based in Baltimore, Maryland. Her work explores the perceptions individuals and their stories, specifically African-Americans. She is currently a student at MICA in Baltimore. 

STATEMENT

“The main purpose of my work is to capture people. I use portraiture as a way of focusing on the perception of individual people. Perception in the way that people are viewed and how they want to appear as. Along with the external image of a person, I brings to focus the attitude of people as well. Through the use of individualized gesture, pose, and gaze– the people come to life. The personalized clothing and pose combined create an image that is definitive of the specific person. It is more real. The work sets in time the trends that different people follow in terms of their appearance as well as analyzes the way in which color, texture, and form can come together in the figure presented. I aim to produce work that is a culmination of people, not as subjects to paint, but, as people with their own sense of self.”

Allison Dickermen

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Allison Dickermen

Age: 20
New York, USA
@a_dick (IG)

Published on ArtPremium Magazine Winter 2020, page 113.

Allison Dickermen is an interdisciplinary artist based in New York. She works primarily in photography and collage in hopes of uncovering a common essence. Her work seeks to find uncomfortable and disorienting. She is currently pursuing her BFA in Studio Arts at Syracuse University.

STATEMENT

Since beginning my journey at Syracuse University’s Studio Arts program, I have gained a knowledge and love for all aspects of creating. My focus is on multi-media work as I find that I don’t want to be limited to any one medium. Though I mostly use collage, sculpture, photography, and film to bring my ideas to fruition, as a student I find it important to learn and experiment as much as I possibly can by using all of the facilities available to us. 

I find comfort in discomfort as being uncomfortable sustains growth. My collage work aims to perpetuate this principle for the audience. I want to assist those who view my work in seeing a new perspective by turning the mundane and ordinary imagery we may come across every day on its head. No matter the medium, there is always a sense of the unknown within something very recognizable created by merging images, materials, and motifs that otherwise may not usually be seen together. Confusion, curiosity, and questions are encouraged. 

Differing from my practice of collage, I view photography as a way to capture a true moment without distortion or disruption. Most of my photography practice focuses on the subject of people, more specifically women. The genuine emotion we are able to capture through photography allows others to empathize and connect with the work and the subject. There is nothing more authentic than photographing my friends or strangers as each individual is unlike the next. What the subjects are wearing, what they’re facial features are communicating, and the way they interact with the environment around them becomes art in itself. My camera is a way of capturing, sharing, and celebrating as much of this individuality as possible. 

Allison Morris

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Allison Morris

Age: 26
Montreal, QC
@allymorr (IG)

Published on ArtPremium Magazine Winter 2020, page 103.

Allison Morris is a  fine art photographer based in Montreal, Quebec. She has exhibited internationally in Florence, Rome, Belgrade, and Sardinia. Allison’s artistic practice explores themes of female representation, the construction of gender, beauty, youth, identity, and performance from a feminist perspective. She uses self-portraiture and traditionally feminine materials to challenge our perceptions of the body and the boundaries it creates. 

STATEMENT

“What Is Hidden By What We See” is a body of work exploring the norms and expectations that construct and constrain the feminine body. This series of self-portraits presents the artist’s body in monstrous, amorphic, and covered forms that blur the line between woman and object, challenging the boundaries of the feminine body and what it represents. Taking inspiration from historical, mythological, and religious representations of women, these forms aim to create a sense of voyeuristic intrigue as well as repulsion in its audience, drawing attention to the fear surrounding feminine nature, sexuality and strength. They raise the question of what these concealed figures reveal about what lies beneath.

Haley Manchon

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Haley Manchon

Age: 21
New York, USA
@oscyhou (IG)

Published on ArtPremium Magazine Winter 2020, page 113.

Haley Manchon grew up in a small town outside of Philadelphia and received her BFA at the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2018. She now shares a studio and gallery space with Kelly Sullivan, a fine artist based in Lambertville, NJ. The two co-own a collaborative art web application called Paint.Team, and Haley acts as the lead designer. Haley just had her solo exhibition, Exposed!, at Sussex County Community College in October. Additionally, her work has recently exhibited at The Peninsula Gallery’s Figuratively Speaking in Lewes, DE;CLIP: An International Exhibition of Works on Paper in Lubbock, TX; the Offscreen Art Show at Ground Floor Gallery in Brooklyn, NY; Raritan ValleyCommunity College’s More Than A Feeling in Branchburg, NJ; the Strathmore Hall Foundation’s Annual Juried Exhibition Night in Bethesda, MD; and the Colored Pencil Society of America’s 26th Annual International Exhibition in Chicago, Illinois. She has been a resident artist at the Gilbertsville Expressive Movement (2019) and at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art’s Currents summer program (2017).

STATEMENT

Since 2016, my work has been concerned with the overwhelming influx of information available today through technology, and more specifically, the frustration associated with navigating this information to find truth within a mass of fiction and bias. As my work develops, I still apply distortion to the figure in search of truth; however, my interest has shifted into an exploration of process and distorted imagery as a way to maintain agency over the work I create. This shift in mindset is less about imitating computerized errors, and more about creating a dialog between digital and analog methods in order to create a visual language that is uniquely my own.

The heart of my work lies in the use of labor-intensive media like colored pencil. It holds unique qualities of layering and precision that creates an intimate relationship with the drawings. Over time, the process of developing the work has become more important than the result. Images have been created by embellishing mistakes, manipulating drawing scans, screen printing, utilizing dura-lar’s transparency, and working from memory. The computer’s role is demoted from the primary source material into a tool for inspiration, as I embrace my own ability to construct distorted imagery.

As my work creates layers of physical disruptions through figures and portraits, I hope the viewer will reflect on how technology’s lens allows misperceptions of others and themselves to be created.

 

Oscar Yi Hou

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Oscar Yi Hou

Age: 21
New York, USA
@oscyhou (IG)

Published on ArtPremium Magazine Winter 2020, page 90.

Oscar yi Hou is a 21 year old visual artist based in New York City. His work is first and foremost driven by a desire to paint humanness, and is rooted in the human condition. He deploys a visual language of hybridity through his paintings. Influenced heavily by his own diasporic upbringing, his paintings express a certain hybridity of Occident and Orient, though he refuses a clear answer or categorisation. He is currently a student at Columbia University.

STATEMENT

In what ways can we cross, intervene into, or burn the very border depicted by the  “/ ” of “this/that”? yi Hou attempts to refuse the either/or, opting instead to embody a neither-here-nor-there. Within the tension of his perpetual inbetweenness, yi Hou opts to deploy a syncretic iconography and set-of-symbols that disrupts and remixes traditional relations of meanings between the binarism of East/West.

How can we go beyond formal representationalism in painting as a politics? Attempting to go beyond an uncomplicated queer representational politics, yi Hou questions attempts at the implied containment, foreclosure, and typification done unto represented subjects, particularly those in the margins. To this end, he maintains the relationality of his works, positing that their past, present, and futures are not foreclosed by the boundary of the canvas, opting to create his own arbitrary boundaries to show the contingency of any material border. Suggesting fabulation or imagination as recourse to the confinement of realism, yi Hou invents symbols, artefacts, and scenes within his paintings. Through these interventions of imagination, yi Hou formulates new possibilities for queerness, Yellowness, and diasporic becoming.

 

Ohemaa Dixon

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Ohemaa Dixon

Age: 21
New York, USA
@obscuralibra (IG)

Published on ArtPremium Magazine Winter 2020, page 90.

Ohemaa Dixon (1998) is a fine art photographer located in New York. Art is an important part of Ohemaa’s purpose and as a minority artist, she wants to work to create opportunities for other minority artists to gain recognition and access in the art world through social activism and community outreach and avid support of artists of color. Ohemaa is currently a senior at Syracuse University pursuing a BFA in Art Photography.

STATEMENT

Ohemaa constantly seeks to push the boundaries of the print medium and the installation space. She also experiments with alternative mediums of photography and print such as silkscreen, as well as incorporating sculpture and form in her installations.

Besides her active work as an artist, she also works on discussions on how to avidly include art by people of color in the discussion of what is considered “important” in art history dialogues and catalogs. In the past, she worked on a group curation of Asian Art on Hiroshima at the Everson Art Museum in Syracuse, NY. More recently she was commissioned by Syracuse University to do art research called The Effect of French Republic Mentality on Black Art Collections in France.

 

Caleb Stein

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Caleb Stein

Age: 25
Hanoi, Vietnam
@cjbstein (IG)

Published on ArtPremium Magazine Winter 2020, page 94.

Caleb Stein (b. 1994, England) is a multi-media artist who focuses on photography and its relationship to memory. His work explores community and the interactions that take place within it. Stein graduated from Vassar with a degree in art history in 2017.

STATEMENT

‘Down by the Hudson’ (2016-2019) is my ode to Poughkeepsie, a small town in upstate New York. For years I walked obsessively throughout Poughkeepsie, in particular along a three-mile stretch of its Main Street. I grew up in big cities and my conception of small American towns came from things like Norman Rockwell illustrations, so I wanted to see how my photographs matched up with those inherited, almost mythologized ideas of Americanness.

Poughkeepsie used to be home to one of IBM’s main headquarters, but in the early 1990’s they downsized and left thousands of people unemployed. Today there are still several buildings which remain abandoned. In this way Poughkeepsie is like countless other small American towns that have struggled with deindustrialization and outsourcing. After the 2016 elections, there was a palpable tension as I walked along Main Street. The elections were almost neck and neck in Dutchess County, to the point where you could have practically fit the difference into a crowded bar on a Saturday night. This heated political moment marked a turning point for this project. It wasn’t only about understanding this mythologized conception of America, but it was also about grappling with this conflict through photography.

It was during this time that I started going to the watering hole, an Eden tucked away behind the local drive-in movie theater on the outskirts of town. The watering hole became a central component of the project because it represented an idyllic space where people from all walks of life came together and let their guard down. The more time I spent at the watering hole, the more I wanted to convey the struggles and beauties of this town with care and tenderness.