2016 Individual Support Grant Recipients
Mixed media and collage on canvas
49 x 59 x 4"
Javier Balda is a self-taught Spanish artist who started his artistic career in 1981 after graduating from the University of Navarra, Pamplona with a degree in Engineering and Architectural Studies. His work has been exhibited in Europe and America, and collected by private and public institutions in Spain. He is a recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Grant in 2010.
Balda describes his art as a “fascination with geometry. Fascination with the simplicity of the visual impact and for the brilliant, constructive possibilities of a line or a circle.” He muses that the end result is “a labyrinth in which the builder can hardly orient himself. Still, he can rest in his maze’s corridors.”
12 x 10 x 6"
In his late 20's, Dron started studying Kabbalah/Jewish mysticism connected with Madi, the '50s Argentinian art movement that proposed pure invention. From 1995-96 he thoroughly studied its theory and worked closely with its founder, the artist Gyula Kosice. In 1996, Dron came to New York to pursue a Masters in Fine Arts MFA/ Computer Art at School of Visual Arts thanks to a Visual Arts Grant from the Fulbright Commission.
Dron was born in La Plata, Argentina in 1962. He currently lives in Jersey City, New Jersey, and works at Mana Contemporary.
Oil on canvas
48 x 40"
William Hudders has been creating his paintings professionally for roughly the last thirty years and is currently an adjunct professor of art at Northampton Community College in Bethlehem, PA.
His work has been seen in over twenty solo shows in New York city and throughout the country. He has been represented by the Tatischeff Gallery in New York and is currently showing his work at Schmidtberger Fine Art in Frenchtown, N.J. and at Beauregard Fine Art in Rumson, N.J.
In his own words he describes his work as “…painted from direct observation, using only the sensations and stimulus of the human eye, interacting and collaborating with the subject of concentration. The imagery that I use is primarily chosen as a reflection of the surrounding environment and the inner responses that these images generate.
The end result is then for me a collaboration of an inner psychology combined with exterior visual stimulus, with the painting then becoming a record of the combination of these two states and a living symbol of this interaction”.
Hudders is a recipient of a Pollack Krasner Grant in 2007 and also a Franz and Virginia Bader Fund grant in 2012. His work is included in the collection of Citibank, N.Y., the Allentown Art Museum and the Philadelphia Stock Exchange as well as in many private collections throughout the United States.
Mixed media on paper
43 x 52"
Born in Lebanon, attended schools in London and New York and received his B.A. and M.A. from New York University. Kanso held his first solo in New York in 1971, and since the mid-seventies, his work has dealt with contemporary and historical themes responding to violence and war, and is done with large-format figural compositions evoking expressions on human brutality, destruction and suffering.
In 1979-80 he took his work on a road show touring several cities in the South. In Atlanta, he acquired a studio and held several exhibitions at various art centers and galleries. In 1984, he went to Venezuela and began a series of exhibitions traveling to different cities through Central and South America and Mexico.
The impact of the exhibitions spurred conferences and shows held under the auspices of art and cultural institutions and traveling to various countries for a considerable period of time.
Among his works are the series Vietnam (1973-74), Lebanon (1975-92), Faust (1976-79), Sixty- Seconds (1978-79), South Africa (1980), Apocalypse (1980-84), the Split of Life (1976-85), Othello (1985), Leaves from the Theatre of War (1980s), The Cluster Paintings (1986-87), Living Memory (1989-94), Dance of Salome (1987-88), America 500 Years (1989-92), Sandstorm (1991), Iraq (2004-6), Mass Incarceration (2014-15).
CELIE, I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry
Oil and twine on stitched burlap and linen
58 x 95"
Born in 1957 in Cape Town, South Africa, Vivienne Koorland began painting at an early age. She studied Fine Art at the University of Cape Town. After graduating in 1978, Vivienne was awarded grants to study at the Universität der Künste Berlin, the École des Beaux-Arts Paris (Médaille de la Ville de Paris ), Columbia University in New York and the Skowhegan School in Maine.
Growing up under Apartheid in South Africa informed Koorland’s practice: her large-scale hand- hewn paintings of children’s drawings, maps, poems and songs explore constructions of history and collective experience as mediated through images and text. Her work has been discussed in terms of its relationship to history and growing up in South Africa and then leaving.
Her paintings have been the subject of solo and group exhibitions, including the Jewish Museum, New York, Felix-Nussbaum-Haus Osnabrueck, Germany, Williams College Museum of Art, Massachusetts, the Freud Museum, London, and the South African National Gallery of Art, Cape Town, and she is represented in public and private collections all over the world. In 2016 she will show at the Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh.
Vivienne Koorland currently lives and works in New York City.
Oil on canvas
William MacKendree is an American-born painter who has worked and exhibited throughout Europe since the beginning of his career in 1987.
MacKendree’s earliest works are marked by the integration of powerful linear configurations into vast expanses of painterly surface. These works served as the germinating ground for the subsequent appearance of elemental sign-like forms and objects, and as a basis for the development of pictorial motifs from the urban environment and the natural world. His emblematic paintings can be regarded as the development of a vocabulary of signs derived from everyday life, nature, and individual and collective memory. The varied images of his pictorial language are always founded on the abstract fundamentals: the artist’s urge to render the painting as a psychologically resonant object through the physicality of gesture and the material properties inherent in the process. William MacKendree’s American roots become apparent through his body of work that reflects traces of the same sources that inspired his 20th century precedents such as Edward Hopper and Philip Guston.
Having worked extensively in varied settings since the 80’s (Paris, New York, Brest, Morocco and Greece), MacKendree’s work has been shown in over 40 european museums and galleries. He has been awarded the Prix de Peinture of the Salon International de Montrouge in 1985, and has received Artist Support Grants from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation.
He is represented in the collections of the Centre Pompidou, Neue Galerie der Stadt (Linz), Musée d’art Contemporain de Toulouse, the City of Paris, La Grande Arche de la Défense, and other public institutions.
12 x 14 x 9"
Laura Moriarty makes process-driven sculptural paintings and works on paper whose forms, colors, textures and patterns result from the same processes that shape and reshape the earth: heating and cooling, erosion, subduction, friction, enfolding, weathering, slippage.
Laura’s honors include a residency at the Baer Art Center in Iceland (2016), a Vermont Studio Center Fellowship (2015), two Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grants (2007, 1997), a Frans Masereel Center Residency, Belgium (2004, 2000), and Ucross Foundation Residency (1996). Her work is exhibited widely and featured in several books and publications, including 'Making the Geologic Now: Responses to Material Conditions of Contemporary Life', edited by Elizabeth Ellsworth and Jamie Kruse, and published by Punctum Books (2013). Her work has been reviewed and featured in The New York Times, Beautiful Decay Magazine, Artillery Magazine, New Art Examiner and The Plain Dealer, among others. She is the author of an artist’s book, 'Table of Contents', self-published in 2012.
Acrylic on aluminum
27 x 24"
Through strategies that pursue the intersections of experience, memory and the invented image, Razauskas considers the vagaries of perception and the intangible nature of human experience. Her drawings, paintings and interdisciplinary work have been exhibited widely, and recognized through awards from the Maryland State Arts Council, the Contemporary Museum, Baltimore, the Mayors Committee on Art and Culture, Baltimore, the Vermont Studio Center and the Santa Fe Art Institute. Her work has appeared in Artpapers, Temprary Art Services, New American Paintings, and B’more Art, and is included in private collections nationwide. She currently lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Tara Sabharwal was born in India, studied painting at MS University, Baroda, and the Royal College of Art, London, on a British Council scholarship.
On returning to India, she had solo shows at Art Heritage and Cymroza galleries and in three years, went back to UK on the Meehan fellowship followed by the Durham Cathedral AIR, shows at the Laing Art gallery, DLI Museum, and the Darlington Art Center.
In 1990, Tara visited New York and since then has lived between India, the UK and New York, making paintings and prints and continuing to show internationally. She has had solo shows at Christopher Hull, Harewood House, Mercury, La Monte, East West, Rebecca Hossack and Idler galleries in London; Galerie Scherer, Michael Oess, Galerie Schwerpunkt, Martina Janzen and Arts Karlsruhe in Germany; Henry Street settlement, John Jay, Stephen Harris, Gallery 678 and Manhattan Graphics Center in New York and Art Heritage, Cymroza, Nazar, Sakshi, Art Alive, MS University and Sumukha galleries in India.
She received the International Cultural Collaborations, Joan Mitchell CALL, Henry Street, Cooper union, Hishio international exchange (Japan), Conversazioni Sponganno (Italy) and Women’s Studio workshop (Rosedale, NY) residencies. She has taught at the Guggenheim Museum, Cooper Union, Studio in a school, City University and the Rubin Museum of Art in NYC.
Her work is in the collection of the British Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum and DLI Museum in UK: and in the Peabody Essex Museum, New York Public Library and the Library of Congress in USA.