Tevin’s practices incorporates drawing, photography, coding and writing. Weaving together these technological tools to create artwork that provides social commentary, unpopular opinions, and a view of real-life concepts from his perspective. Through the use of escapism and realism, his work inspires conversations to take place around topics that go undiscussed. He confronts and examines ideas of inequality in any and all forms of discrimination by creating artwork which encourages others to look inside themselves to see what they can change about their own default biases.
This video consists of historic paintings of African men to illustrate slavery and inequality faced years ago juxtaposing the injustices of police brutality and discrimination African American men face today. These paintings are from 600 A.D to the 1700’s. As ancient as these paintings and figures may be, Tevin still chose to reference them as they elicit issues that relates to modern day society. While the issue is addressed from an American lens, these paintings were from France, Denmark and the Middle East. Regardless of the geographical distance between the paintings they all convey the same message. This message is an urgent one, as the artist implies that police brutality is becoming more frequent while society stands idly by as witnesses.
Cameron Bevans is an artist working with mediums in fields such as print making, painting, drawing, and animation. Inspired by skateboarding culture and the exponential development of technology he often mixes multiple mediums to create a piece relevant or deriving from the sub cultures.
Piece “technological loop” – Technology can be an overwhelming addictive power in people’s lives. It is easy to feel like the use of technological devices becomes an endless loop in ones’ routine. Using a microcontroller and LED pixel panel intended for storefront advertisement, this piece visually shows how the overbearing nature of technology impacts people.
Marwa Mouaki’s art practice is based on her life. She is a multimedia artist working in video and animation. The central characters of her narrative work are her family and herself. While her art practice is inspired by her own life and family, she is telling other people’s stories as well. You can most likely find yourself in one or more of her characters and find yourself laughing at situations you have been in as well.
Everyone sleeps. What happens when we do? Some have nightmares, some constantly dream and some simply fade into darkness for the night. Here’s what happens to me. This animation bridges the fiction and reality of my slumber while attempting to visualize segments of a one year dream diary.
/ dAHl – sEE – mIR /
1997, Bronx, Dominican
Merging her passions for psychology and art, Dolcimer incorporates tactics of visual manipulation in order to alter the audience’s perception. Dolcimer’s works play heavily with juxtapositions. In her piece Field of Vision, she integrates nostalgia with new media, she created an interactive digital viewfinder inspired by the classic View-master. With this piece, she uses a mix of photos and videos to capture the disparities of social constructs. Dolcimer looks to break down those social disparities and how they are implemented into mental illness, contamination, homelessness and etc. Going further into the manipulation, she literally and figuratively goes deeper into the piece making the pixelation as a metaphor for the social constructs within our communities.
I consider my body of work as an organic individual with a mind of its own. Each sole piece is a fragment of thought consisting of objects, photographs, or film. When creating a piece, I consider what most strongly compels me. I feel most inspired by my personal anxieties, pleasures, and fascinations. What makes it organic is that I can start at a thought and never really know where it will take me, almost as if the work is creating itself. Most times, the piece is not what I expected and instead just became what it is.
The work thus far is a further exploration of myself helping me make sense of my curiosities. I have found film and fashion to be useful tools in being able to adequately communicate my work. The films I create are rather sporadic and often layered in order to show my process.
“Attire” represents my curiosity of luxury fashion. Tulle is a relatively cheap fabric that one can acquire for as cheap as $2 a yard. Despite so, most luxury tulle dresses can cost as much as $1,000. For me to better understand the cost of such a dress, I set out to make my own. Considering my relatively amateur skill, it took 10 yards of tulle, probably miles of thread, and over a month of time to complete.
Fabian Doris is a storyteller. Through the use of video, collages, and animations starring both fictional characters and his talented friends, Fabian hopes to explore discontentment, isolation, identity, and his love for fried chicken. He believes that no work is ever finished because there is always room for growth and revision. Consequently, each of his pieces are temporary answers to questions or ideas sparked by the collision of memes, current problems in society, his curiosity, and Christian, Caribbean upbringing, as well as his black experience in America.
The Faces of Me explores my train of thought that believes people change how they present themselves based on their setting in an attempt to avoid as much conflict as possible. Sometimes the norms of the different settings clash and people end up taking actions that contradict themselves. When this happens, which persona represents the true character of the individual? Does the individual know what their real character is after having so many different personas for so long? The subject in The Faces of Me investigates this question and battles to find an answer.
Teddy Eliades is a 1st generation American, born and raised in Queens. Teddy works in video by superimposing the world of social media into his digital recordings. A large part of his practice explores sound effects and music in multiple dimensions. He publishes his work on YouTube and Instagram platforms through posts and vertical stories. These address issues of daily work life, relationships and social media. Lately, Teddy’s work homogenizes the travel-video style of effects/transitions, with more intimate topics for discussion. In-camera transitions, tracked text and screen recorded images help him push the boundaries of social media’s inclusion in daily life.
Title: today, daily.
This short film addresses the daily struggles one faces with a tedious job, and the many responsibilities it presents. The main character is seen stuck in an unfortunate world of monotony and repetition.
Tony Huang’s art is a reflection of his indifferent attitude towards the world of art. Huang was never able to understand why still images of water towers or splattered paint, meant so much to the people of the art community. In response to this confusion, Huang sets out to answer the age-old question: what is art? To answer that question, Huang creates his work through digital means such as manipulated photography and videos. Often the work is a commentary on subjects that lack a clear meaning to him. Huang attempts to answer questions he does not understand, regardless of the validity of his answer.
Tony Huang puts on a mask, resembling Joaquin Phoenix’s character in Joker (2019), and dances around in various public spaces. The mask with the smile represents the facade that Huang puts on when facing the world of art.
Daniel Kirijenko (1997, Vilnius, Lithuania) creates video, media art and graphic work. By looking at the ambiguity and origination via retakes and variations, Daniel uses references and ideas that are often related to his experiences in a particular space.His works rarely show complete structure. In this way, the artist is free to interpret his visions without being bounded by historical reality. Through a singular approach (video), Daniel creates intense personal moments crafted through means of visual emptiness, crowdedness and mistrust of graphical elements, while simultaneously attempting to align the viewer with personal familiarities.The results are deconstructed to the extent that meaning is shifted and possible interpretation becomes intricate. With audio, Daniel guides the viewer through emotional clashes. Daniel’s works are a reflection upon video work itself: thoroughly self-referential yet aesthetically pleasing. He is currently a student at Baruch College and lives in New York.
A film showcasing paranoia through visual and auditory descriptions in the themes of isolation, persecution, and uncertainty.
David Araujo is an Ecuadorian New Yorker artist based in Westchester focusing on racial and undocumented issues that are prevalent in 21st century America. He is a multidisciplinary artist working in painting, drawing, sculpting, digital collage, and video. His latest work focuses on immigration issues having been undocumented himself for most of his life he believes this is something which America needs to pay more attention. His work is described as audacious as he demonstrates what makes people feel uncomfortable. He believes that if people do not see the problem and try to find a resolution through communication, then nothing will change.
After growing up with his grandparents for four years, David was informed by his grandmother that he will be moving to a new country where his parents immigrated for a better life. During his 7th birthday party his grandma gave him a balloon which she told him to let go because the balloon needed to guide the way to America. In October 2005, his two-week journey started with his grandfather where he would travel to Mexico to cross the border illegally after being denied a Visa on five different occasions. The process of coming into America can be an expensive and long affair. After waiting for years to be approved legally and being denied time and time again David’s father could no longer have David not be with him. David’s journey was better than most children who cross the border. His biggest struggle was being separated from his grandfather in Mexico and being held for ransom. He was drugged to get across the border and only remembers fragments of the journey until he arrived in Brooklyn where he saw his parents. His journey is one that many kids experience coming to the United States but are often punished for doing. America wants to hold kids responsible for only doing what they are told and sends them back to a country which they did not grow up in. A country where they do not consider home, a country in which the people see them as outsiders. These kids do not have somewhere to call home since their place of birth is unfamiliar and their current home is racist.
Elysa Marie Rivera is a writer and performance artist born and raised in The Bronx, NY. Her work is influenced by the Caribbean-Latinx diaspora, and explores the meaning of culture and home through the lens of a Second Generation American. Through recorded and live performances written and directed by Rivera, she dissects the stereotypes perpetuated about Puerto Ricans and in Puerto Rican households, and questions what culture and home mean when you are far removed from the “motherland”.
Cooking with Mama, 2019 [Video]
Elysa Rivera recreates the sounds of her mother cooking using unlikely items, illustrating the way perceptions of “home” differ depending on where/who you are.
Elise Ryan’s practice incorporates video, performance and audio remixes. Using her outgoing personality and adventurous imagination she transforms how we think about social media by confronting and unpacking dialogues, stereotypes, and enlisting a deeper audience engagement through humor and personal narrative. Living in Brooklyn , a community of vast cultural diversity has given her the inspiration to focus on how people are stuck pigeonholing others. Through her work she forces us to peer not just at her experience but to reflect on ourselves as well.
Elise’s video is a remix of videos that she personally recorded, her friends who went to Africa, and from social media to bring awareness of societies assumptions on the African culture being in poverty, having huts as houses. when in truly Africa is greater than you can imagine once you travel to see it or any other country.
Edward Ao uses digital photography and video to capture important personal memories and to showcase the imperfection of the world. Using a range of editing techniques, archived footage from mass media, and a splash of comedy to shine a light on his spontaneous imagination. Edward Ao was born in 1998 In New York City, New York. He is currently studying Accountancy. His works has been presented on Vimeo numerous times.
Perry Chen’s work integrates photography, videography, and virtual reality. Currently, he is exploring the alarming issues surrounding climate change and pollution across the city. Through his experience of New York’s culture, time, identity and social issues he noticed the lack of concern towards the health of the environment.
“Your Future” goes hand in hand with the impact of climate change and the lack of effort that goes a long in regard to the issue. We investigate the effects of climate change through the use of humor and appropriation. This piece uses content derived from news articles, social media along with performative re-enactment.
Brandon Wu raised on the edge of Queens and Long Island. Growing up as an Asian American, he had to balance both Eastern and Western cultures. Being between things is a common theme within his life. Primarily working with photography and videography, his artwork tackles current themes of isolation and division within society. Taking inspiration from pop culture and daily news, he explores communication and conversations happening.
By aggregating clips from pop culture, this work looks to evoke my frustrations towards society. These frustrations stem from how people don’t listen or care about each other. Visuals and sounds elicit a sense of frustration, isolation, and division. After interning in a predominantly white city, along with my time in a diversity program in advertising, I became more cognizant of representation. This deeply influenced my work where I strived to have more people of color in my video, digging into a more authentic representation of who they are and their issues through my image juxtaposition. My goal is for my work to elicit meaningful conversations and more empathic understanding of people from different walks of life.
Marisa works primarily with digital photography, video and audio. She is continually informed by her younger sister who was born with a developmental disorder. Her past works bring an awareness to perceptions, accessibility, and sensory experiences that differ between groups of people.
This piece investigates how audio descriptions in film interface with audiences. This commentary and narration guides the listener through the soundtrack by describing important visual details that cannot be understood from the main soundtrack alone. In her piece, Marisa uses audio accompanied by visual deprivation as a strategy to more deeply engage the viewer in a way that forces them to stray from their typical sensory experience.