Laura Owens and Edgar Bryan, 2012 Fine Arts Distinguished Visiting Artists in Painting
Edgar Bryan, born in Alabama, received a BFA from the School of the Art Inst of Chicago and MFA from UCLA. He has shown his work internationally and in L.A. at Regen Projects. He was an illustrator in the United States Air Force for five years, and his work is influenced by classical portraiture and still-life. In his paintings, he reinterprets these genres with a casual approach, using reoccurring motifs of vinyl records, bicycles, and other details of everyday life.
Like Bryan, Owens had a rigorous training in drawing, including copying master works. Her large-scale layered paintings combine thin washes with thick impasto. A recent solo show was at Bonn’s Kunstmsueum, and she has exhibited widely internationally. She shows her work at Gavin Brown’s enterprise, N.Y.
Sohrab Mohebbi, 2012 Distinguished Visiting Curator in Fine Arts
Mohebbi is a writer and curator currently based in L.A. He has curated projects for the Queens Museum of Art; Cabinet, N.Y.; Center for Curatorial Studies, N.Y.; and Bidoun Projects. He received the 2011 Creative Capital/Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant. His writings have been published in Bidoun Magazine, where he is a contributing editor, as well as e-flux journal, Modern Painters, Universe-in-Universe, and La Vanguarida. Mohebbi was the 2010 curatorial fellow at Queens Museum of Art, and received an MA in curatorial studies from Bard College, and a BFA in photography from Tehran University.
Nader Tehrani and Sharon Johnston, 2011 Donghia Designers in Residence
Nader Tehrani of Office dA and Sharon Johnston of JohnstonMarklee led a week-long master class in Architecture/Landscape/Interiors and presented a public lecture. The Angelo Donghia Foundation supports this program annually. Past designers include Eva Maddox, LTL Architects, Xavier Vendrell, and Shashi Caan.
Helios House, a joint project by Office dA and JohnstonMarklee, is a sustainable gas station in L.A,, with roof solar panels and recycled glass mixed into its concrete floor. Within the site, water, heat, energy, lighting, and material systems are all built to maximize sustainability and energy efficiency.
Ruby Neri and Adam Silverman, 2010-11 Boardman Artists in Residence
Adam Silverman, Studio Director of Heath Ceramics, L.A., studied architecture, art and design at RISD. After moving to L.A.,he practiced architecture, started a clothing company, and in 2003 became a professional potter. His ceramics company is Atwater pottery. www.atwaterppttery.com
Ruby Neri comes from a long line of traditional figurative sculptors. As founding member of the Mission School, she collaborated with notable San Francisco graffiti artists. In the late 1990s, she moved to Los Angeles, and concentrated on sculpture.