Name: Jesse Draxler
Website: Jesse DraxlerB. 1983. BFA, Fine Arts - College of Visual Arts, St Paul. Draxler’s pieces are enigmatic explorations of existentialism. The artist tackles ideas of beauty, nihilism, sexuality, and absurdity through deconstructed images that incorporate found photos, abstract painting, and design, and the resulting pieces are dark, monochromatic, and visually challenging. Jesse Draxler lives and works in Los Angeles.
Website: Paul WeinerB. 1993. BFA, Painting - Syracuse University. Paul Weiner is a conceptual artist from Aurora, Colorado.His work seeks to convey the tragedy and psychological trauma of the 2012 theater massacre in Aurora, Colorado, which resulted in 12 fatalities and 70 injuries. Spanning multiple mediums, the artist's canvases, sculptures and installations, provide a lens through which to examine the brutal incident, bringing to the fore issues of violence and morality, loss and retribution, desire and disaster.
Name: Daniel Arango
Website: Daniel ArangoB. 1982 in Barranquilla, Colombia. Daniel Arango is a Scandinavia-based artist. At age three his family fled Colombia’s civil war and moved permanently to Miami where he lived till he was eighteen. Arango studied Interior Design at the School of Visual Arts in New York City and then attended graduate school for painting at the Rhode Island School of Design, receiving a master’s degree with honors in 2010.
Name: Jenny Sharaf
Website: Jenny SharafJenny Sharaf is a multidisciplinary artist living and working in San Francisco, CA. Her paintings, installations, videos and works on paper celebrate process, while reflecting on art history, feminism and abstraction. Sharaf is strongly influenced by the Hollywood vernacular, in part because of her family's legacy in the film and television business and growing up in Los Angeles. The mythology of the California girl leads the way to tell a complex and fragmented narrative of art making in the 21st century.
Name: John Knuth
Website: John KnuthB. 1978. MFA, Painting - University of Southern California. John Knuth’s multifaceted work explores themes of transcendence through material manipulation. Through his alchemical process, he transforms seemingly mundane materials into extraordinary objects. His investigative process bridges the disciplines of aesthetics and chemistry to reveal new avenues of perception. John Knuth lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.
Name: Jay Stuckey
Website: Anat Ebgi GalleryB. 1968. MFA, Painting - Art Institute of Chicago. Humor and accessibility abound in Jay Stuckey's paintings and collages, betraying the hidden intricacy and purpose instilled in his work. Using both representational and abstract elements, Stuckey engages his audience in a unique way by re-contextualizing familiar images in order to ask questions of the viewer instead of imposing ideas or positions. Stuckey desires his images to reveal themselves in a subtle and durative manner, rewarding the same qualities he hones within himself and his students: perseverance.