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Current Residence - New Jersey
Sol Studio Grant Recipient
I am a jersey city-based artist interested in combining my narrative paintings with different textile production techniques. In my most recent works, you can see my handmade textile pieces whether it be crochet, weaving, or knitting with painted figures incorporated. As most artists know, the time and money it takes to create a single piece could be astoundingly high. As a young artist receiving the money to do what you love is the greatest dream come true. Not only does my grant pay for my textbooks for the university, but it also pays for a lot of my supplies, such as paints, brushes, yarn, and anything else I need. I am granted access to studio spaces for a couple of months out of the year which gives me the perfect environment to experiment with my craft. But most importantly just to have someone who believes in my artwork as much as I do I a big motivator to me and my work, I am beyond grateful.
Lee Russell Holin
Shortly after graduating the New York Academy of Art in 2002 with a degree in figurative drawing Lee embarked on a journey of self discovery by taking his art to the streets. On the street art scene, working with the varying terrains as well as meeting and collaborating with different artists and their diverse ways of manipulating art on urban landscape, he learned avant-garde ways to create art not taught yet in schools. There was a freedom of expression with no immediate need for validation. Experimentation was as important as the art that was being displayed.
Some examples of this experimentation with uncommissioned art installations consist of Bolt-ups (the act of bolting premade signs to traffic poles), tearing and manipulating pervasive street ads or simply creating his own street ads, to fabricating a self sustained working video game on a news box or a functional pinwheel catching the wind with deconstructed development signs.
Placing art on the street comes with an understanding that the work will be met with destruction. Whether slowly or immediately the pieces will be eroded and decayed by the environment be it weather or others making their own marks. It is this feel of decay and ephemerality that he is now working with in a studio practice.
During a time of 24 hour news cycles, conspiracy theories, social media and the “influencers” that follow, the overabundance of information whether important or trivial has echoed into a wall of noise. Incorporating the destructive elements, materials, and tools learned from his days working with street art into a studio practice to realize a new body of work that is focused on dealing with fear, anxiety, and confusion that comes with the age of information we find ourselves treading in.
Lee Russell Holin (b. 1976) is based in New York City. He received a B.F.A. in drawing and painting from L.I.U. and an M.F.A. from the New York Academy of Art with a drawing concentration. After graduating the academy he spent a decade working with art on the street under the moniker Russell King. He is a featured artist in the book Outdoor Gallery New York City (2014), “15 street art terms you should know” complex (2012), New York Times “East Village Guerilla Art” (2015). Select shows include Red Bull Curates (2012), Tehran to NYC/NYC to Tehran (2014), and Combined Talents at Florida State University Museum of Fine Arts (2019).
Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Cheryl Gross is an illustrator, painter, writer, and motion graphic artist living and working in the New York/New Jersey area. She is a professor at Pratt Institute and Bloomfield College.
Cheryl received her MFA from Pratt Institute. Her work has appeared in numerous films, TV shows, publications, and graces the walls of many corporate and museum collections including Zebra Poetry Film Festival, Berlin, New York Times, 100 New York Painters, Schiffler Publishing, Riverside Museum, Riverside, Cal., USA, The Museum of The City of New York, Mississippi Museum of Art, The New York Times, Comedynet.com, Associatedcontent.com, Current TV, Laforet Harajuku Museum, Tokyo, Japan, and Artist-In-Residency, Kunstlerhaus, Saarbrucken, Germany. Finalist Elizabeth Hulings Foundation, 2014, Artist-In-Residency Program, Dilsberg, Germany, 2015, 4- time recipient Eileen Kaminsky Family Foundation Artist Residency (ESKAFF), Jersey City, 2018-2019
When asked about her work:
“I equate my work with creating and building an environment, transforming my inner thoughts into reality. Beginning with the physical process, I work in layers. I am involved in solving visual and verbal complexities such as design and narrative. My urban influence has indeed added an ‘edge’ to my work.”
Vikki Michalios is a visual artist in the New York City and Newark Metro areas. Her work deals with environmental systems using painting, drawing, printmaking, and installation. She has exhibited at Art Fair 14C, Monmouth Museum, Hunterdon Museum, Brooklyn Museum, Jersey City Museum, Portland Art Museum, Blackburn 20/20, Center for Contemporary Arts, Contemporary Artists Center Woodside, AIR Gallery, The Walsh Gallery at Seton Hall University, and Denise Bibro. She has been published in The Star Ledger, New York Arts Magazine, and Steven Zevitas, Studio Visit Magazine. Michalios was awarded residencies at Millay Colony of Art, CWOW ArtReach, and Chautauqua Institution. Vikki was a recipient of Emerge 11, a Creative Capital fellowship at Aljira and is currently a resident artist at the ESKFF (The Eileen S. Kaminsky Family Foundation) at MANA Contemporary.