Grant Singer is a filmmaker who has quickly become one of today’s most in demand music video directors. In July 2015 Stereogum named him "the best music video director in the world." He has directed numerous music videos for The Weeknd, Skrillex, Future, Ariana Grande, Rae Sremmurd, J. Balvin & Pharrell, Vic Mensa & Kanye West, Sky Ferreira, Ariel Pink, Travis Scott, Young Thug, Phantogram, Tobias Jesso Jr., and Foxygen among others.
In 2016 Grant was selected in the prestigious Saatchi & Saatchi New Directors' Showcase at the Cannes Lions. Grant was nominated for best music video director at Berlin’s VMA 2015 for "Dazed Inn Daydreams” and was recently included in an exhibit at The Photographer's Gallery in London, which featured the most visionary music video directors working today.
WIFE, A trinity of illusory performance makers, is an all sensory theatrical experience born of three Los Angeles based artists, Jasmine Albuquerque, Kristen Leahy, and Nina McNeely. Her creations combine surrealist animations via projection mapping, sculpture, original music and costumes, using movement and dance as the vehicle for storytelling. WIFE harnesses old and new technology to illuminate enduring mystical phenomena and ancient archetypes that resonate throughout humankind’s collective unconscious. She is a magician of picture and light, of movement and sound, reflecting rescued dreams and the subtleties of human behavior. She is the daughter, sister and mother of all people set apart.
Derek DelGaudio is a writer, performance artist, and two-time Academy of Magical Arts Award winning magician. He wrote and starred in the show, Nothing To Hide. He was selected to be the Artist in Residence for Walt Disney Imagineering. Derek co-founded, along with Glenn Kaino, the performance-art collective, A.BANDIT. He has staged works at LA><ART, Art L.A. Contemporary, SoHo House Hollywood, Art Basel Miami, and The Kitchen in New York City, as well as, site-specific performances for Grand Arts, The Ball of Artists and LACMA.
Glenn Kaino is a conceptual artist based in Los Angeles. In 2012 he was selected by the U.S. Department of State to represent the country in the 13th International Cairo Biennale, and he has had additional solo exhibitions at The Andy Warhol Museum, The Studio Museum in Harlem, Grand Arts, The Modern Ft. Worth, The Whitney Museum, MOCA San Diego, and REDCAT among others. He has also been included in numerous group exhibitions such as the 12th Lyon Biennial, Whitney Biennial, Performa 09, and Prospect.3.
IN & OF ITSELF is a show constructed as a metaphoric labyrinth, filled with allegorical illusions, and centered around a single paradoxical truth.
Matt Skiba is an American musician, singer and songwriter known for his role as the co-lead vocalist and guitarist of the bands Alkaline Trio and Blink-182. Skiba began performing with Blink-182 in March 2015. He appears of the band's seventh album, California, released on July 1st, 2016.
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Artist filmmaker Andrew Thomas Huang lives and works in Los Angeles. He studied Fine Art and Animation at the University of Southern California, graduating in 2007.
Huang's film and video work have been exhibited at the MoMA, NYC; MoMA PS1; The Barbican Centre, London; Potmasters Gallery, NYC; and the MoCA, Los Angeles.
As an experimental filmmaker whose work bridges the gap between video art and film, he has developed a strong reputation for his collaborative practice, having worked extensively with Icelandic artist Bjork, as well as Radiohead's Thom Yorke, the Icelandic band Sigur Ros among others.
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Tim Barber (b. Feb. 5th 1979) grew up in Amherst Massachusetts, lived for a few years in the mountains of Northern Vermont, studied photography in Vancouver B.C. and now lives in New York City. A photographer, curator and designer, Barber worked as the photo editor for Vice Magazine (2003-2005) and founded the online gallery and image archive tinyvices.com (2005-2012), which was released as a free App (2010) and evolved into time-and-space.tv (2013-2016), a curated community platform for artists. Barber co-curated the inaugural New York Photo Festival (2008), curated / edited a series of five monographs published by the Aperture Foundation (2008) and launched the independent publishing house TV Books (2008-2010).
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Yuna is a Malaysian pop vocalist and guitarist. Yuna talks about her newest album "Chapters".
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Isamaya Ffrench is a makeup <slash> interdisciplinary artist whose clients included Junya Wantanabe, YSL Beauty, Chanel, Selfridges, Nike, and Camper. She works with magazines / publications such as Vogue, Love, Dazed and Novembre. She is the UK Brand Ambassador of YSL Beaute. She splits her time between London and Paris.
A special episode featuring Artist Decoded's host, Yoshino, interviewed by Noah Lampert.
Topics discussed: confidence, breaking down limiting beliefs and mental barriers, being of service and creating value, the intersection of art and consciousness, starting Artist Decoded, his work as a photographer... Etc.
After many years in front of the camera acting for the likes of Brian DePalma, Quentin Tarantino, Wes Craven, Robert Rodriguez, among many others, Rose McGowan has turned her eye to directing. She premiered her directorial debut, the short film, Dawn at the Sundance Film Festival. It garnered not only critical praise, but a Grand Jury Prize nomination and qualified for the Academy Awards. McGowan is now preparing for her feature length debut.
Rose continues to evolve with explorations into music, she released her first single in the Fall after many years recording under different names, and virtual reality which she is currently creating several projects around this medium.
Today is a new era for McGowan - who seeks to create meaningful, artful work that inspires.
Born in Germany in 1979, Daniel Sannwald is emerging as one of the true original voices in contemporary photography. In a landscape dominated by referential and repetitive imagery, Daniel is establishing a strong and recognizable signature that is already catching the attention of some of the most influential trendsetters in the fashion and photography industries. His surrealistic and hauntingly beautiful images speak of a world where Fashion and Art meet to reveal a unique narrative. Daniel studied at the Royal Academy in Antwerp (MA Honours) and is now based in London.
Timothy Wilson is a painter based in Maine. He works from direct painting on location and expounds upon his studies in larger studio paintings. Both a meditative ritual and obsessive dedication, his daily outings in stormy, serene, and inclement weather to coastal Atlantic locations help inform an experiential vocabulary and expressionist mark making. After years of portrait and figurative work, Timothy merged his holistic concepts of the ocean, landscape, and figure; aiming to find a more abstract and resonate image through the natural deconstruction of imagery.
Timothy keeps a permanent studio on the coast of Maine. He teaches (occasionally) at the Maine College of Art. He received his BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2008.
"After receiving my BFA in photography from Art Center College of Design I spent a year shooting professionally. From there I moved on to producing, first in magazines, then in advertising where I have worked for the past 9 years. As a senior art producer, I'm continuously surrounded by inspiring artists whose work I feel should be enjoyed by everyone. I've created atinyspace.com to share the work of the many talented artists I am moved by everyday." - Sabrina Bajaj
Vanessa Prager is an America artist, born and raised in Los Angeles, CA.
Known mainly for her large-scale, abstract oil paintings, Prager's main subject is the face. Perception, perspective and information flow are all central themes to her work, which became more widely recognized after her exhibition, Dreamers - a series of "imagined" portraits which cross the border between the figurative and the abstract - opened and sold out completely, in Spring 2015.
In January 2016, Prager's first solo exhibition in NYC, Voyeur, opened with favorable reviews. The Huffington Post described the works as "densely layered paintings, with pigment applied so thickly it forms its own topography", elaborating that, "various strokes of color - a ribbon of white like a squirt of toothpaste, a sharp silver of green like a fish darting by - come together to form different visual narratives."
Currently Vanessa Prager is represented by Richard Heller, Los Angeles and The Hole, NYC.
Joshua Hagler has worked for over a decade in the San Francisco Bay Area until recently relocating to Los Angeles. Known mainly for his large-scale semi-figurative canvases, the work has followed a natural evolution in the artists's personal exploration and anxiety around religious thought and its history. Since 2006, he has exhibited his paintings and multi-media installations through North America and Europe, including several solo exhibitions.
Working for over a decade in the San Francisco Bay Area, Joshua Hagler recently relocated to Los Angeles. The work has followed a natural evolution in the artists’s personal exploration and anxiety around religious thought and its history. Currently, research and work looks toward Westward Expansion in 19th-century United States as a means of exhuming a kind of poetry of amnesia and redemptive yearning in colonists, settlers and their descendents.
Since 2006, he has exhibited his paintings, videos, and multi-media installations throughout North America and Europe, including several solo exhibitions. “Between Winds,” submitted here for the Transart Triennale is currently a part of Hagler’s traveling solo exhibition “The Adopted” first appearing at La Sierra University in Riverside, California and now at JAUS Gallery in Los Angeles.
In 2013, Hagler traveled for three months with collaborator Maja Ruznic through Eastern and Western Europe and the Middle East making art with war refugees, orphans, and the terminally ill while creating the art book DRIFT. 2013 also included guest lecturing at the Krannert Art Museum at the University of Illinois, and solo show The Unsurrendered at the university gallery.
In 2012, his animated video projection “The Evangelists” was based on interviews with four middle-aged men dealing with psychological trauma and included Hagler’s former neighbor who burned down their mutual San Francisco apartment building in 2007. The piece was later selected to exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami and the Royal Institute in Adelaide, Australia.
American photographer Chadwick Tyler has an eccentric savant-like approach to the still image. He has an instinctive ability to relate to his subject. His images are often labeled as evocative. (Source: Cartel And CO)
Michael Donovan is a prolific multi-disciplined creative visionary born in Spokane, WA.
Seamus Conley is a Los Angeles native now living and working in San Francisco, CA. A recipient of the Pollock Krasner Foundation Award his paintings have been exhibited in galleries throughout the US, including a solo Museum exhibit at The Lancaster, CA Museum of Art and History. His work has been featured in publications such as Hi Fructose, Art ltd, SF Examiner, SF Weekly, Empty Mag, and American Art Collector.
John Wentz is a contemporary painter whose process resides in an area between rigid technicality and honest expression. Working within the classical idiom of the human figure, his goal is to reduce and simplify the image to it's core fundamentals: composition, color, and paint application. Paint application and brush strokes are broad and simplified as a means to connect and convey these ideas to the viewer in a way that only painting can.
John was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. His interest in art began at the age of 6 when he first discovered Batman and Spiderman comic books. After years of copying comics panel by panel he worked in the commercial arts as a muralist, billboard creator and freelance illustrator. After learning to paint by doing airbrushed billboards, he decided to pursue Fine Art and work in oils. Since then, he has had 3 solo exhibitions in San Francisco and numerous group exhibitions both nationally and internationally. His works have appeared in many publications and have won multiple awards.
Danish photographer Asger Carlsen began his career at 16 when he sold a photo he took of the police yelling at him and his friends for burning a picket fence to the local paper. For the next ten years Asger worked as a crime photographer before moving on to shooting ads for magazines. Then one day while messing around on his computer he created an image of a face with a bunch of eyes that led him to the distorted photographs he has become known for. His eerie and often humorous work makes you question what is human, and has been exhibited and published internationally. (Source: Milene Larsson for Vice)
Benjamin Bjorklund is a painter based in Uppsala, Sweden.
Spending the majority of his time in Sweden, Ben enjoys a simple life based in a small rustic 19th century wooden farm house shared with his Great Dane and muse, Solomon, and a menagerie of pets including rabbits, guinea pigs, mice and rats.
Finding inspiration in everyday life, Ben regularly seeks to interpret through his paintings the emotions and characters of the beings that surround him. He keeps his compositions and focal points simplistic, ensuring his subjects remain within reach. Subjects such as Solomon, both wild and domestic animals and family members feature predominately, though he also works from old photos and memories as references.
Ben's figurative and portraiture work can, at times, depict scenes bordering on the surreal with characters influenced by those around him existing in various physical or emotional situations. These are usually emphasised through the use of abstracted light and darts of colour. These, Ben refers to as 'happy mistakes' being borne from spontaneous actions and serving to focus the viewer's attention whilst adding to the emotional impact on the viewer.
Blake Paul Neubert is a Colorado artist that focuses of figurative painting. He references themes from his experiences working in the Criminall Justice field with substance abuse and mental illness. He is the Co-Founder of Death of a Coworker.
Phil Hale was born in 1963 and raised in Kenya and Massachusetts. He was apprenticed to painter Rick Berry when he was sixteen, and moved to London when he was twenty-one. His early career is strongly associated with the books he illustrated for Stephen King. In the 90s he produced work for Warner Bros, Playboy, DC, Sony, Penguin and others. By 1999 he had transitioned to portraiture, and commissions included Muttiah Muralitharan for Lords Cricket Grounds (MCC), Thomas Ades of the National Portrait Gallery, and Tony Blair's official portrait for the Houses of Westminster. His fine art has been show throughout Europe and the US at numerous galleries and institutions. His most recent show was Life Wants to Live at the Jonathan Levine Gallery in NYC. Published collections of his work included Mockingbirds / Relaxeder, Urge Ourselves Under, Record Separator, Empire, and Black Crack.
Julius Onah is a Nigerian-American filmmaker, who was raised in Arlington, VA and Washington D.C. after having lived in the Philippines, Nigeria, Togo, and the United Kingdom. He currently resides in Los Angeles, CA. In the summer of 2010 he was selected as one of Filmmaker Magazine's 25 New Faces of Independent Film and in 2013 as one of Studio System's 10 Up and Up Feature Directors. Onah's films include "The Girl is in Trouble" with executive producer Spike Lee. He is currently in development on "The God Particle" with producer J.J. Abrams and Paramount Pictures.
Greg Puciato is most well known for his explosive and unpredictable recorded and live performance work with The Dillinger Escape Plan, the critically acclaimed experimental technical hardcore/metal band that he has been a member of since 2001. Their most recent full length release was 2013's "One of Us is the Killer."
In 2012, he, along with Joshua Eustis (Telefon Tel Aviv, Sons of Magdalene, ex-NIN) and Steve Alexander (former Dillinger and NIN tech) formed The Black Queen, an electronic based art-pop trio. Their first full length "Fever Daydream" is released on January 29th 2016.
Born in Baltimore, MD, Greg currently resides in Los Angeles, CA.
Jesse Draxler is a fine artist, illustrator, art director and designer currently working out of Los Angeles, CA.
His works are representations of the feelings he has been working through all his life. Feelings that arise while confronted with a past that is relatively unknown, a future that seems as daunting and horrifying as it does exciting, and a present in which he often feels stale and out of touch with himself. All with the undercurrent of death forever lurking subtly under the surface of everything he creates.
A Southern California native, Emilio Villalba received his BFA from the Art Institute of California in 2006, and his MFA in Painting from the Academy of Art University in 2011. He currently lives in San Francisco where he teaches at the Art Institute of California and Cogswell College.
"My portraits are inspired by master works, as well as the contemporary human condition. They explore the dissonance created when the familiar is fractured and distorted by outside influence." - Emilio Villalba
BRTHR is a director duo, known for their euphoric, speed ramped music videos and creative content.
Tokyo born Alex Lee, and New York native Kyle Wightman became quick friends while attending The School of Visual Arts in NYC, and went on to launch BRTHR in the fall of 2012. Both Alex and Kyle are well versed in the realms of editing, photography and their bold graphic style utilizes VFX frequently.
"I was born in cozy Madison, WI, but ever since that day I have not set foot on Wisconsin again. In all honesty, I haven’t really been actively avoiding this generous land of cheese and beer. Given the very attractive winters that this icebox of a state has to offer, I was happy that my parents decided to return to Colombia before my first birthday. I spent my first 17 years in Bogotá and after finishing High School I went to New York to study Illustration in SVA. After graduating I worked at Evergreene Painting Studios, a mural painting studio, and at The Studio, an illustration studio where I did animatics, storyboards, print jobs, together with some illustration jobs (paperbacks, jackets, etc). After two years of constant and diligently supervised drawing, I decided to go back home to Colombia and be free to paint full time. What was a hard decision at first, turned into the best career move. I have been able to paint what I love, and be surrounded by friends and family. Today, I am happily married and live with my beautiful wife Claudia in Bogotá who just gave birth to our first baby, Samuel. He quickly became the reason I work." - Nicolas Uribe