Darlings, are you all set for the premiere of “Work of Art” on Bravo at 9/8c tonight? Well fear not. T Lo is here once again to give you the rundown on this year’s collection of attention whores and sensitive types. Make your predictions now: who’s going to be the biggest asshole? The most pretentious? The naive babe in the woods? The Nice Guy? The Nice Girl? The one you want to see naked?
Oh, sorry. We didn’t mean that last one. It’s just… helloooo, French guy!
Hit it, wannabes!
34, Hometown: New York, NY
Bayeté is an artist, photographer, and arts educator living in New York City. He began his career as a photojournalist for the Knight Ridder Newspaper Corporation, and has exhibited with The San Francisco Arts Commission, the Oakland Museum of California, MoMA P.S.1, the New Museum, the Zacheta National Gallery of Art (Warsaw, Poland) and the Goethe Institute (Accra, Ghana), to name a few. His collaborative film with the Cause Collective was screened at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. With accolades including FSP/Jerome Fellowship, fellowships and residencies the McColl Center for Visual Art and Can Serrat International Art Center, Bayeté’s artistic reach is growing. He is very involved in public arts projects with organizations such as The International Center of Photography, Alternate Roots and The Laundromat Project. His photographs have been published in numerous books and magazines, such as “Dis:Integration: The Splintering of Black America” by Eugene Robinson, “Posing Beauty” by Dr. Deborah Willis and “The Spirit of Family” by Al and Tipper Gore.
32, Hometown: Mountain View, Ark.
Dusty earned a B.F.A. in sculpture and a degree in Art Education from Arkansas State University in 2001. In 2004 he graduated with an MFA in sculpture form Michigan State, with a year of studying art abroad under his belt. Dusty currently lives in Arkansas and teaches art at a public elementary school, as well as college courses in the evenings and throughout the summers. His passion for art is apparent in his teaching, as well as through the dedication he commits to his craft. Dusty’s sculptural/installation works have been exhibited in spaces such as the Brooks Museum of Art in Memphis, the Mobile Museum of Art in Mobile, AL, and the Arkansas Arts Center in Little Rock, in addition to others. In 2003, Dusty had his first solo exhibition at the Urban Institute of Contemporary Art in Grand Rapids, MI. Supported by his wife and family, Dusty dedicates his participation in “Work of Art” to his daughter Cora, who was born in 2010.
32, Hometown: New York, NY
With a M.F.A. from California State University, Long Beach and a BFA from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, Jazz-Minh is a full-time artist who is known for her swift painting skills. She has received numerous grants and scholarships including a NYFA fellowship and an Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant. Her work focuses on the human psyche and is often infused with organic elements. Jazz-Minh has had solo shows in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Paris, and has been featured in various publications including Interview Magazine, Whitehot Magazine and American Art Collector, among others. In 2009, she co-founded the NYC based art collective, Gutbox, which garnered press for their show at Y Gallery the following year, and their first permanent art installation at the Magoski Arts Colony. Jazz-Minh’s work is represented by Lyons Wier Gallery NYC, with whom she is currently producing a solo show to debut early next year.
29, Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Kathryn earned a B.F.A. in Photography from MassArt and a M.F.A. in Photography from Yale University. While at Yale, she was awarded the Schickle-Collingwood Prize, and upon receiving her MFA, was the recipient of the Alice Kimball English Traveling Fellowship to conduct research on the history of anatomical dissection in Italy. Her work has been published in “25 Under 25 Up-and-Coming American Photographers,” Photo District News and Metropolis, to name a few. She has created art on commission basis for New York Magazine, TIME Magazine, Details magazine and Culture+Travel magazine, among others. Kathryn’s work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in New York, Boston, Chicago, Miami, and Philadelphia. Her photographs deal with themes of the human condition and body, often drawing ideas from the medical world. In her most recent work, Kathryn has been constructing and photographing visceral tableaux, which incorporate surrogate organs that she makes out of dough, jelly, berries, fruit juices and other material.
30, Hometown: New York, NY
Kymia graduated with a BFA from East Carolina University in 2003 and went on to study at the University of Florida. After receiving her MFA in 2006, Kymia moved to New York City to pursue her passion of the arts. She has since earned several prestigious residencies and awards for her work including Swing Space with LMCC (2009, 2007), Nominee and Fellowship with the Aljira Emerge 10 Program (2008), NYFA Grant and Fellowship (2009), as well as visiting artist and lecturer at Westchester Community College (2010). Kymia was recently invited to be a panelist for the 2011 NYFA fellowships for printmaking, drawing and book arts. With works that have been showcased in prestigious spaces including the Brooklyn Art Library and the Queens Museum International Biennale, Kymia is proving to be an ambitious and determined young artist. She currently works as a waitress to make ends meet, but seeks to engage herself in art full-time.
31, Hometown: Kedah, Malaysia
Born in Kedah, Malaysia, Leon has been profoundly and proudly deaf since birth. His first language was American Sign Language and as a child, he drew and painted incessantly, inspired by the colorful covers of music cassettes. Instinctively, his deafness has served as motivation to examine ways of telling a story through his artwork without speaking, reading or writing. He built his world without the need to hear sound or music by living alone at 14. After graduating from Rochester Institute of Technology and De Montfort University in the United Kingdom, Leon settled in New York City to explore his passion. Leon dabbles in a wide range of art forms, including painting, photography, multimedia, installations, and performance objects. His art has been exhibited in galleries, museums and major festivals including the Total Museum of Contemporary Art in Seoul, the CAFA Art Museum in Beijing, and the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Recently, Leon’s transformative portrait work of Julian Assange was featured in the 2010 TIME Magazine’s “Person of the Year” issue. Leon has worked tirelessly to make a name for himself by demonstrating the real meaning of being an artist without ability to hear. He seeks to explore the dispositions and aftereffects of creation, evolution and abstraction, working with the elements of fire, water and sunlight.
24, Hometown: Los Angeles, Calif.
A young artist of 24, Lola was born in Studio City, California. She grew up between Sydney, New York and LA, where she is currently based. Lola studied sculpture at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and received her BFA from OTIS college of Art and Design, where she won the Jurors Prize at their 2010 BFA show. Sculptor Robert Graham, whom she assisted till his death in 2008, was a major inspiration to Lola. Today she works with a wide variety of forms including sculpture, installation, drawing, and performance. A lover of literature and history, her work often employs metaphor, simile, metonymy, and other literary devices to create conceptual proximity between disparate things. She is influenced by investigative journalism, headlines, the editorializing of popular culture, magic, medicine, science, and the new age. Lola enjoys snake charming and boating with her family.
29, Hometown: Bridgewater, N.J.
A graduate of the School of Visual Arts in New York City, Michelle excels at taking risks and experimenting with various types of materials in sculpture. She currently lives in Brooklyn, NY. Being in New York has provided Michelle with opportunities to work for esteemed galleries including Zach Feuer Gallery and Elizabeth Dee Gallery, as well as assisting prominent artists including Marilyn Minter and Josephine Meckseper. Over the past few years, Michelle has participated in multiple group shows including exhibitions at Postmasters, Kravets Wehby Gallery, Stux Gallery and Zach Feuer’s Project Space. She has an upcoming solo exhibit at the project space “Youth Group Gallery” in Brooklyn. Ready to break out on her own, Michelle is driven to shake up the art world with her unusual creations.
26, Hometown: New York, NY
Upon completion of her BA from the University of Toronto, Sara moved to New York City where she cultivated a signature style of painting through the use of unusual mediums. Sara has dabbled in installation work, such as her participation in Thom Sokoloski’s “The Encampment,” on Roosevelt Island in 2007. She has displayed pieces in various shows at prominent locations including the Space Womb in 2010, The Puzzle Project (Osaka, Japan) and Salon, a show she participated in and acted as co-curator. Sara initiated and developed “MUSE: Movement to Uncover Self-Expression,” a non-profit workshop for women in the Lower East Side in 2010. As evident in her paintings, Sara explores and deconstructs concepts in womanhood, identity, spirituality and the subconscious in her unique works of art.
34, Hometown: Cleveland, OH
Sarah was born in Royal Oak, Michigan. The visually repetitive environment of suburban architecture continues to inform and influence her work. Sarah focuses on installations and sculptures, which she believes are inspired by quotidian objects and spaces, copying, mirroring, and amplifying the chosen structures, creating tension between the original and the intervention. Sarah graduated with a BFA from the University of Michigan and continued her art education by earning a MFA at Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan. She has had a number of group exhibitions in New York including shows at the Drawing Center, Mixed Greens and Smack Mellonand. She most recently had a solo show at the Akron Art Museum and is currently an art professor at the Cleveland Institute of Art.
31, Hometown: Chicago, Ill.
Tewz studied printmaking at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and is known internationally for his graffiti and street art. His work can be found on the walls of New York, San Francisco & Chicago, and as far away as Prague, Sao Paulo, and Tokyo. He is the winner of the Cut & Paste Digital Design Tournament for Chicago in 2007 and more recently, the Mary Koga Award from the Japan America Society of Chicago. Tewz believes that art can be serious and fun. He focuses on subversive, street oriented works that are accessible to the masses, while juxtaposing the themes of “play” vs. “art.” Working across mediums, Tewz is multidisciplinary; fluent in serigraphy, painting, sound, graphic design, photography and many others. Tewz is passionate about his community and teaches at the South Chicago Art Center.
41, Hometown: New York, NY
The Sucklord is the creator of SUCKADELIC ENTERPRISES, an evil arts organization based in Chinatown NYC. Specializing in bootleg action figures, illicit remix records, and low-budget sci-fi movies, The Sucklord seamlessly blends geeky nerd obsessions with street-level hipster cool. A master of media manipulation, The Sucklord is both an entrepreneur, and an artist. Running his art-racket as a legitimate business keeps him safe from the horrors of a “day job.” Known for his “art toys,” The Sucklord has been in designer toy world business since 2004 and revels in his self-proclaimed “art world outsider” status.
34, Hometown: Paris, France
Ugo was born and raised in Paris before moving to Chicago as a foreign exchange student, and later spending a few years in New York City. Today he resides in Venice Beach, CA where he has participated in group shows at the Happening and Chalk galleries. He is currently preparing for his first solo show at the SnP gallery in Echo Park, CA. Ugo’s foray in the art world started only six years ago when he took his skills in motion graphics beyond the computer world to explore creating art. As an art director and designer, he works across mediums, including drawing, painting, creating videos, and photography. Focused and driven, Ugo seeks to further engage himself in the art community.
28, Hometown: Morton Grove, Ill.
As a global citizen, Young has studied at Goldsmiths College, London and is a graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Young received a government grant to study new media art in Germany for a year in 2007. He then moved to New Zealand where he curated over 25 exhibitions while running a gallery. He was named one of the country’s top ten emerging artists to watch by the New Zealand Herald’s Canvas magazine. Young’s work has been exhibited and sold around the world from France to Australia, as well as in the United States. Accomplished in photography, installation, and performance art, his style is known to shift with each project. He considers himself as much a philosopher as an artist, and uses art as a way to visually demonstrate his beliefs. Prepared to showcase his skills to a vast audience, Young brings both a conceptual and heartfelt approach to the competition.
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