Lauren Altman (b. 1988, Minnetonka, Minnesota), works in video, photography, and text. Her projects explore sites, materials, images, and personal archives of memory. Lauren received her BFA in Communication Design from Parsons The New School For Design in 2010, and her MA in Contemporary Art from Sotheby’s Institute of Art in 2011. She is currently pursuing her MFA in Interdisciplinary Studio Art at the University of Pennsylvania.
Danièle Dennis's experiences as a Jamaican-Canadian woman inform her practice and prompt her investigation of racial and cultural issues through the use of time-based media, material exploration, and installation. She attempts to disrupt and dismantle social norms and constructs by employing repetition and process-based experimentation to the use of everyday and often abject elements. Performance situates her body as sculptural material to confront her own discomfort and tensions. Her practice remains fluid in expression and embraces absurdity.
Junyuan (Julian) Feng (b. 1991) is an artist working in video, film and new media. He is interested in memories, places, narratives, history of science/architecture/socialism and things that are haunting us. How moving image is possible is always an interesting question to him. He did his undergrad study in physics and is currently pursuing an MFA degree.
Adrienne Hall (b. 1990 Guelph, Canada) is a Philadelphia-based artist who works between sculpture, installation and time-based media. Drawing on acts of "passing" between different visible identities in different spaces, Adrienne’s work is concerned with cultural dislocation, ambiguity, and the power dynamics of visibility and display. Adrienne is an Interdisciplinary MFA candidate at the University of Pennsylvania, holds a BLA in Landscape Architecture from the University of Guelph, and has exhibited works in Toronto and Philadelphia.
Jiayi Liu was born in Tianjin, China. She received her BFA in Film, Photography and Video Studies from Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts. She is currently pursuing her MFA at the University of Pennsylvania. The intimacy of spaces and the stillness of objects often draws her attention. She is interested in the idea of home, memory, and the uncanny.
Jiaqi (Chi) Pan was born and raised in China. She received her BA from the University of Alabama and is currently an MFA candidate at the University of Pennsylvania. Working primarily with photography, she is interested in exploring her relationship to strangers, time, and herself.
James Allister Sprang
James Allister Sprang is a visual artist currently based in Philadelphia. Sprang works across mediums—photography, performance, installation—to formulate work that mines the intersections and historical webs of abstraction, poetry, theater, black music, and the politics of their documentation. Sprang’s work is a rigorous parallax of what may be conceived as high and low-brow culture, resulting in a mirage of new media storytelling.
Raised in Miami, Florida James Allister Sprang is a first-generation Caribbean-American. Sprang attended the Cooper Union where he received his BFA in 2013. He then continued on to complete a fellowship with The Wooster Group and insert himself into the downtown New York experimental theater scene under the guise of GAZR (pronounced “gazer”)—a poet-turned-rapper that uses hip-hop and the constructs of theater to explore the latency of language. Currently an MFA candidate at the University of Pennsylvania, Sprang has shown and performed at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, The Abrons Center, Apollo Theater, the Brooklyn Museum, Knockdown Center, Pioneer Works, and The Kitchen.
Heryk Tomassini was born in 1974 in Puerto Rico. The rhetorical emphasis of his work is on the politics of Puerto Rico, coupled with an interest in structures and objects that appeal to the masses. His work aims to expose the contradictions and ambiguities of colonialism, while navigating the socio-economic layers of the past and present in relation to Puerto Rican culture. However, in Tomassini’s reality, there is little space for speculation: his upbringing in Las Vegas, Cataño, and Bayamón has been integral to his work and continues to inform the way he presents materials in his installations, which are often site-specific. As a child, the artist gathered materials to make furniture and other objects of necessity. Today, he selects objects from his surroundings, creating installations from discarded materials. Tomassini also spent four years studying architecture in The New School of Architecture at Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico, contributing to his precise, clean lines amidst the collection of recycled objects.
He is currently pursuing his MFA at the University of Pennsylvania, where is the recipient of the Dean’s Diversity Scholarship from PennDesign. Tomassini’s recent solo shows include Atrincherados (2017; Diagonal, PR), My Sweatshop Bitch (2015; ArtLab, PR), Bronx Calling: The Fourth AIM Biennial (2017; Bronx Museum, NY), Pound of Flesh (2017; San Juan, PR), New Perspectives (2015; Concepto Hudson, NY), among others. Awards include the Award for Excellence at the 9th Semi-Annual Competition of Dave Bown Projects.
Monika Uchiyama (b. 1987, Tokyo) is an artist working primarily in video. She is interested in personal narratives and investigating the ways in which coping strategies linked to physical, social, and generational trauma reveal themselves through storytelling. She received a BA from CUNY City College, attended the Yale Norfolk Summer School of Art, and is currently an MFA candidate at the University of Pennsylvania.
Eric Yue was born and raised in Flushing, New York. He received his BFA in filmmaking from New York University and is a MFA Candidate at University of Pennsylvania. His work draws from his background in film production as a director and cinematographer, exploring the relationship of the screen, light, and space.