Avery Forbes creates work that explores what we lose when we mediate social interactions through our devices, and aims to make visible and unignorable the pressing social issues that we often prefer to distract ourselves from. Consumer culture has a way of inspiring ennui rather than unrest. Avery's work aims to make the small indignities and injustices more visible, and inspire action
I am a multidisciplinary artist working in performance, sculpture, installation, collage, theater and photography. My work addresses concerns of bodily autonomy, human rights, transnational feminisms, and transformations of the flesh through imaginary, literary and practical means. For the past 15 years I have designed and performed for Broadway shows, in a 1000-gallon aquarium and the Pacific Ocean, internationally, in living rooms and everything in between. I am currently a 2nd year MFA Candidate in Studio Art at University of Massachusetts Amherst. Originally from San Francisco, I received my BA from NYU with a focus on Political Science and Community Organizing. The values communicated to me through a mixed-race, women-led, working class family are present in all my work: written, visual and performed. I am now based in Amherst, MA and New York City.
Amanda works in the mediums of performance, video and installation. She is trained in embodied practices (modern dance, yoga, physical theater, gymnastics, and varsity athletics), in visual arts (photography, film, and video), Eastern Philosophy, and ten years as an Off-Broadway performer in the harness-based aerial show De La Guarda. Her background in aerial practices have given her a unique, kinesthetic understanding of the world on both horizontal and vertical planes. In her work, she explores concepts of identity and human connection through experimentation with drone technology and embodied practices.
Bibiana is a cross-disciplinary artist who uses installation and new media to interrogate ideas of democracy and globalization. Their work has been shown at Benaki Museum, Athens Greece (2015) and the Satellite Art Show, Miami FL (2016 & 2017); their work has been included in projects that have been exhibited at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York NY (2017), MoMA PS1, Queens NY (2015) and Petzel Gallery, New York NY (2017) and has been reviewed in the Hyperallergic, ArtFCity and Feature Shoot. Bibiana is an MFA candidate at University of Massachusetts - Amherst, founder of Pickled Press and co-editor of Fotofobia.
Kenneth Murphy is a descendant of pioneering Americans, the Mormons, was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, grew up in multi-cultural Northern California and is a painter. His research is focusing on the intersection between Men's and Postcolonial Studies resulting in paintings and performance-based videos that directly address the artist's demography as a blue-eyed white man, critique ideas around transparency and privacy, and incite a simultaneous effect of inclusion and exclusion.
Kenneth Murphy earned his BFA from the School of Visual Arts in 2011.
Althea Keaton primarily creates drawings, etchings, and comics. Her work explores a variety of topics including gender, time, space, identity, and emotion. Much of her work is autobiographical to some extent.
Emily is compelled by the ideal conditions individuals and communities need to make, learn, be curious and engage meaningfully in/with the world. Her work often takes the forms of workshops, gatherings, meals, events and writing, enacting practices in sustainability, well-being and lifelong learning.
Ethan Kiermaier makes videos and performances and installations and situations. He is a DJ, a carpenter, a shade tree mechanic, a producer and a karaoke host. His work is magical realism in the round with relational tendencies.
My work explores media culture through tactics of intervention and misuse. The ways in which a baseball game can feel like a distantly familiar dream; how we might find ourselves empathizing with an actor in an ad; reclaiming noise as cultural artifact—I am interested in the psychological underpinnings of the mediated experience. Projects resolve as installations, site-specific displays, and collaborative events, and are designed malleably to fit different kinds of environments.
Classically trained as a commercial photographer and instructor for 27 years, Paul Teeling is using his time here to focus on multimedia art, exploring light, space, and the human condition.