Colleen Asper is an artist based in Brooklyn, NY. In her paintings she creates invaginated forms in which her body presents the rectangle. Like the empty mirror in vampire narratives or the mime as an acrobat of mimesis, Asper’s paintings play with voiding and doubling in order to understand the body as a technology for reproduction. She is also a writer and performer, writing narratives in which her painting’s mise en abymes become stages for performances of the body’s relationship to language, gender, and its own representation.
Asper has had solo and two person exhibitions at venues that include 17ESSEX, New York, NY (2019); Stellar Projects, New York, NY (2018); On Stellar Rays, New York, NY (2016); P!, New York, NY (2015); Art Production Fund Lab, New York, NY (2010); and Steven Wolf Fine Arts, San Francisco, CA (2007). Her work has been included in numerous group exhibitions in the United States and abroad, including Galeria Anita Schwartz, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2018); The Luminary, St. Louis, Missouri (2017); Art in General, New York, NY (2016); The Drawing Center, New York, NY (2015); Queens Museum, Queens, NY (2015); The Noyes Museum of Art of Stockton College, Oceanville, NJ (2015); and Anahita Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran (2015). Her work has been reviewed in publications that include Artforum, frieze, Art in America, The New York Times, and The New Yorker. Additionally, she has contributed writing to publications such as Art Practical, The Brooklyn Rail, Lacanian Ink, and Paper Monument. Asper is a Lecturer in Visual Arts at Princeton University and a Critic in Painting at Yale University.
Originally from Argentina now based in Berlin, Dolores Zinny and
Juan Maidagan are an artist duo whose body of work references
the cultural and political undertones of the public sites in which
they work. Their work has been featured internationally in venues
as the 50th Venice Biennial, the 2nd Sevilla Biennial, the 5th Berlin
Biennial, the 8th Gwangju Biennial, 1st Cartagena Biennial and in
institutions as MIT, The Generali Foundation, Haus der Kulturen der
Welt, with solo exhibitions at The New Museum of Contemporary
Art New York, Moderna Museet Stockholm, Museo Rufino Tamayo
Mexico City, Lunds Kunsthall, DAAD Galerie-Berlin, MMK Museum
für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt, among others. Dolores Zinny and
Juan Maidagan were fellows of the Whitney Museum ISP and recipients of the prestigious DAAD Berlin Artist Program Award, John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship Award and Pollock Krasner Fellowship Award.
Mireille Perron is a visual artist, a writer and a teacher. Born in Montréal, she has been living and working in Calgary since 1990. Since 1982, her installations have appeared in solo and group exhibitions in Canada, Europe and the United States. She is the founder of the Laboratory of Feminist Pataphysics (LFP). LFP promotes social experiments that masquerade as artworks/events. She has also written and published extensively on a variety of subjects related to representation. Most recent examples of the range of her work include, solo exhibition "The Anatomy of a Glass Menagerie, AltaGlass" at the Nickle Gallery, the University of Calgary, 2019; "The Laboratory of Feminist Pataphysics presents Ateliers of the Near Future," a collaborative exhibition, Stride Gallery, Calgary, 2010, "Utopic Impulses: Contemporary Ceramics Practice," Ronsdale Press, 2008, an anthology co-edited with Ruth Chambers and Amy Gogarty, and "Medical Tabulae: Visual Arts and Medical Representation," co-edited with Dr. Allister Neher, a thematic issue for RACAR vol.XXXlll, 1-2, 2008. She now lives and works in an old converted dépanneur (grocery store) in Calgary, Alberta, where she recently retired from teaching at the Alberta College of Art + Design.
Rose B. Simpson was born in 1983 and raised in an Arts and Permaculture environment at Santa Clara Pueblo, New Mexico. She is a mixed-media artist working in ceramic sculpture, metal, fashion, painting, performance, installation, and most recently; custom cars. In 2007 she graduated with a BFA in Studio Arts from the Institute of American Indian Arts. In 2011 she graduated with an Honors MFA in Ceramics from the Rhode Island School of Design. Her work has been exhibited widely nationally and internationally, including at the Wheelwright Museum in Santa Fe, on view till October, 2019; at SITE Santa Fe (2008, 2015); the Heard Museum (2009, 2010); the Museum of Contemporary Native Art, Santa Fe (2010); the National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian (2008); and the Denver Art Museum in conjunction with the Native Artists Residency (2013). Her work is in many collections - including the Denver Art Museum, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Clay Art Center, Heard Museum, Pomona College Museum of Art, and the Peabody Essex Museum. She is a member of the board of directors of Flowering Tree Permaculture Institute, located at the Santa Clara Pueblo. Living and working in Santa Clara, Simpson is a caretaker of one of the Institute’s sites—a classroom space and future model for sustainable living systems.
Maren Hassinger was born in Los Angeles in 1947. After studying dance and sculpture at Bennington College, she completed her MFA in Fiber Structure at UCLA. Now based in New York City, Hassinger uses everyday disposable and recycled materials—plastic bags, paper, and cardboard—to consider our relationship to nature and each other. We live in a time of inequality and vanishing resources, so Hassinger considers the precarious fate of people and nature. These issues inspire her work, which includes video, performance, installation, and objects. Hassinger has exhibited widely in the United States and abroad. She is the recipient of many awards including grants from the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Gottlieb Foundation, Anonymous was a Woman and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Women’s Caucus for the Arts. In 2015, she had a major retrospective at Spelman College Museum of Art in Atlanta, Georgia with a catalog featuring 20 works that were recreated for the exhibition. In 2016, she and her daughter Ava Hassinger presented an exhibition at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia as “Matriarch”. Hassinger’s work was included in a major exhibition of feminist artwork at the Brooklyn Museum of Art in 2017. In 2018, Hassinger participated in 3 solo exhibitions at Art & Practice in Los Angeles, the Baltimore Museum of Art and the Susan Inglett Gallery in New York. Maren's yearlong outdoor exhibition with the Studio Museum in Harlem, titled "Monuments" is currently on view in Harlem's Marcus Garvey Park until June 2019. Now Director Emeritus of the Rinehart School of Sculpture at MICA, Maren directed the program for more than twenty years.