ART + ARCHITECTURE 2010 ARTISTS

The Objectionists
The Objectionists are a interdisciplinary collective out of Brooklyn NY. Working in the realms of Architecture, installation, film, drawing and other mediums. Founded by Serban Ionescu, Jim Dreitlein and Justin Smith in 2008. Working with themes such as community and identity of spaces, supplied by found objects and salvaged materials. The Objectionists were featured in the 2010 Art + Architecture show and will be returning to the Gowanus Ballroom for the Art + Architecture 2011 show. The Objectionists will exhibit a large suspended installation dealing with the theme and proposal of a fleeting City type, and how fears, smiles and windows can tell us about ourselves. This is all part of the ongoing installations ‘Full City, Migrant City and Object City’, where large zeppelins clash, air raids are common, carriages stall, and chairs give us no rest. You can see more at serbanionescu.com and jimdreitlein.com

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Shannon Gillen
Shannon Gillen received her BFA from The Juilliard School where her choreography was produced at Alice Tully Hall, the Peter J. Sharp Theater, and the Clark Studio Theater. Upon graduating, Gillen studied Meisner acting at the Maggie Flanigan Studio and served as choreographer to theater company Sintroca on Lasanta, a multi-disciplinary work, premiering at the Ontological-Hysterics Theater. She went on to present original work at the International Dance Festival, Oltre Passo in Lecce, Italy. In 2008, Gillen was awarded an artist in residency at Dance New Amsterdam, where she founded Shannon Gillen & Guests. Vested in site specific works, the company utilizes different physical and contextual standpoints within a space to construct layered feeling states. These feeling states are rooted in questioning the emotional life embedded in form, content and location.

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Liz Rodda is a multimedia artist working primarily with video, sound and sculpture. In 2006, she received an MFA in Studio for Interrelated Media from Massachusetts College of Art. Liz’s work has been exhibited internationally at venues like Video Dumbo, Brooklyn, NY, Boston Young Contemporaries, 808 Gallery, MA and Independents Liverpool Biennial, UK. 

Included in the 2010 Art + Architecture Show was Portraits of Strangers. The project is the video documentation of individuals asked to stand alone in public for several minutes at a time. The videos reveal the individual subjects’ sense of awkwardness as well as their involvement in their representation. More of Liz’s work can be seen at www.lizrodda.com

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Katie Commodore’s parents could have told you when she was a toddler that she would grow up to be an artist, despite years of her insisting that she was going to be an astronaut and them sending her to Space Camp twice. Never giving up her dreams of painting Martian landscapes and testing low gravity pastels, she went to art school, which surprisingly lacked the rigorous science background NASA required, although she did buy a car once from someone who worked for NASA. But what art school lacks in science and math they make up in spades when it comes to teaching art, which is what she was good at anyway. Commodore now resides in Brooklyn, with all the other artists, where she spends her days painting incredibly detailed pattern based portraits of her exhibitionist friends and longing for the day when the space program starts an artist’s residency.

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