Lei Han (U.S.A) together with her couple.
Residency from 14th May – 30th June
Lei Han is a new media artist, educator and designer. Fascinated by the influences of eastern philosophy in western art, especially in modern and contemporary art, her recent work aim for creating the cohesion between spirituality and creativity, and as well as making new connections between artist, viewer and object/subject. Lei’s current work, in experimental video, digital animation, video art and interactive video installation, has been exhibited at galleries, museums, and film festivals nationally and internationally. Including Krannert Art Museum, the Arts Center, St. Petersburg, Asheville Fine Arts Theater, North Carolina Visions, and Shenzhen & Hongkong Bi-City Biennial, China.
Lei received her BA in fashion design from Shenzhen University in China and her MFA in computer arts from Memphis College of Art. She is currently an Associate Professor and Director of New Media at the University of North Carolina at Asheville.
‘As a digital media artist my experimental video reflects the marriage of technology and visual art based on the traditional art practices. The visual language of my work is often poetic, like moving paintings. I have been working on an experimental video series name: “Ephemera.” Ephemera explores tensions between visual and sound. For my time in the residency, I would like to take footage and record audio from the trip: landscape, cityscape and urban space, etc., and edit them into a site‐specific audiovisual installation’.
Jonathan Monaghan (U.S.A)
Residency from 19th May – 30th June
American artist Jonathan Monaghan (born 1986, New York) creates sculpture and animated video installations that challenge the boundaries between the real, the imagined, and virtual. Pulling from wide-ranging sources such as science fiction and baroque architecture, he creates bizarre, yet compelling, 3D environments and stories with the same highend technology used by Hollywood and video games. Jonathan received his BFA from the New York Institute of Technology in 2008 and his MFA from the University of Maryland in 2011. His work has been exhibited worldwide in venues such as Bitforms Gallery, BFI Southbank London, The Hirshhorn Museum, and the Moving Image Art Fair. He has given lectures and workshops at the Glasgow School of Art, the University of Denver, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. His work has been featured by the Washington Post, Metropolis M, The Huffington Post, TimeOut NY, the Colbert Report, ArtInfo and NYC TV. Monaghan is represented by Curator’s Office in Washington D.C
‘During my time at CeRCCa I intend to begin production on a computer-animated film dealing with popular culture and Western history. Like much of my work, I intend the animation to draw from a wide range of sources, from mythology to baroque architecture to science fiction. I’ll combine these references into fantastical scenes seemingly from an alternate reality, where elements from contemporary culture coexist with an antiquated past. Both familiar and alien, the work plays with our desires, dreams and anxiety’.
Susan Olij (Singapore)
Residency from the 1st till the 30th June
Susan Olij is an Indonesian visual artist based in Singapore, and also teaches drawing and illustration at LaSalle College of the Arts part time.Living and working in the United Kingdom, New York and Singapore over the past 20 years has infused a multi-cultural perspective into her work. Her work in the fashion industry in New York City led to a position in Singapore where she received a scholarship to earn her MA in Fine Arts. With a Fine Arts degree, Susan shifted her focus to art production and academia.
In comparison to her previous works of pure abstraction, her current work traverses the borders of fine art and design: a return to her fashion roots combined with her love of illustration.
As Susan says:
The East-West divide informs a lot of my work: I was conditioned as a child to consider the West to be the primary source of sophistication and the East to be somehow “backwards” or “primitive”, but have since reprogrammed that belief. I have spent time exploring my heritage through my work with textiles and, more recently, with portraits of the people around me, and would now like to investigate further and examine more of The West – not just the West of childhood holidays or university, but from the perspective of a multicultural adult.
In a similar vein as Catalan artist Antoni Tapies, my practice tends to be styled like that of a sociologist, where the work thrives on discovering personal stories through intuitive conversations. Tapies’s work speaks volumes to me because the material manages to transfer a multitude of non-verbal communications. My works are primarily done on paper, although I am open to working on other surfaces.
My interest in drawing uses the right-left brain argument to engage much more intensely with thoughts then pure painting. The results can be surprisingly tactile, even when they are two-dimensional.
Bajaly Suso (Gambia)
During the residency we are also hoping to host the Kora artists Bajaly Suso and Ebrima Jabbie from Gambia. We are now working on their VISA application to make their residency happen.