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Burlington City Arts

Rob Swainston

The basic print on paper remains the core of Rob Swainston’s practice, even as he mixes printmaking with installation, sculpture, painting, drawing and video. Rob reconfigures old prints and woodblocks in a constantly evolving process analogous the building up and tearing down of the social world. At The Barn, he worked on a handmade book and a large-scale woodblock print installation. The book collapsed images from recent exhibitions into a unified form and the installation was a labyrinth like maze created from steam roller prints on fabric.

 

Hannah Walsh

Hannah Walsh is a filmmaker from the flat fields of Indiana. A primary theme in her work is the landscape and the relationship people construct with it. She shot hours of video in the woods, waterfalls and mountains throughout Vermont, and she captured footage for “Widowmakers” in the forest near The Barn that she edited into a looping video in her studio. The video shows a surreal scene: a pair of identical widowmakers swaying slightly out of sync over the course of a minute and a half.

 

Jonathan Monaghan

Jonathan Monaghan uses commercial computer graphic techniques to create short animations. He appropriates icons from video games and pop culture and inserts them into historical narratives. He is also interested in imposing architecture and the empires that build it, and he spent much of his time at The Barn modeling a Vanderbilt estate as a blackened monument.

 

Alison Wilder

Alison Wilder’s background is in textiles, performance and installation. While in residence, Alison installed “evolving colorway” on a landing near The Barn. The installation/performance was a system to mass-produce paintings from recycled fabric, recycled house paint and handmade equipment. Designed to resemble an assembly line, the system generated close to a hundred three foot by four foot paintings using a regular process, yet each painting was unique in its color scheme and patterning and manifested a tension between personal expression and systemized control.

 

Dominic Mangila

Dominic Mangila lives and works in New York. Recent solo exhibitions of his work were held at Artist Proof Gallery Alberta Printmakers Society in Canada, Utterly Art in Singapore and Chashama in New York. Mangila’s works have been featured in group exhibitions at Marvelli Gallery, Yace Gallery, Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts and Neiman Gallery at Columbia University in New York, GSK Contemporary in London, Manila Contemporary in the Philippines, Valentine Willie Fine Art in Malaysia and HT Contemporary Space in Singapore.

 

Jennifer Lauren Smith

Jennifer Lauren Smith was born in Portland, Maine and spent her childhood on the serene Gulf Coast of Florida. Using performance and video, her work explores the psychology of landscapes, generating experiential mise en scènes based on imagined sound, historical research, and hard circumstance. While at the Barn, she will create a video piece loosely based on an analogy used by Ray Bradbury in his short story, “All Summer in a Day.”

 

Nicholas Des Cognets

Nicholas des Cognets was raised in western Massachusetts. He received an MFA in sculpture from the Virginia Commonwealth University and recently was a fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown Massachusetts. Giving physical form to the relationship between nature and human perception is the core concern of his practice. 

 

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