LES Studio Program Artists – Spring 2012

Liene Bosquê

Liene Bosquê received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2011. Liene was born in Brazil, where she completed her BFA at São Paulo Estate University in 2004 and a baccalaureate in Architecture from Mackenzie University in 2005. While living in Lisbon, Portugal, she received in 2007 the “Anteciparte” award and in 2008 completed and Advanced Course at Centro de Arte e Comunicação Visual (Ar.Co.). Her installations, objects and site-specifics works have been exhibited internationally at locations such as the Museu de História Natural in Lisbon, the Museu de Arte de Ribeirão Preto in Brazil, and non-profit galleries and public spaces in Brazil, Portugal, Chicago and New York.

Image: Liene Bosquê, Impossible Cities, plastic and MDF, 2012

Carrie Elston Tunick

Carrie Elston Tunick is an artist who lives and works in New York. She received her BA from Yale in 2003, and then went on to receive her MFA from Hunter in 2010. After graduating she started curating at The IMC Lab + Gallery in New York City, which is a technology research lab and a multi-media art gallery with a focus on creative technology development and participative new art forms. Carrie was a recent recipient of the NY Art Marathon First Prize. Her works explores the collision of emotional states and the body’s erratic manifestation of what is felt.

Image: Carrie Elston Tunick, “Game Face”, Single channel video, 15:29min, 2012

Naoko Ito

Born in Tokyo, Japan, Naoko Ito is a New York based artist working in sculpture, installation and video. She received a BA in Science of Design with a concentration in Museum Studies from Musashino Art University in Tokyo in 2001 and an MFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York in 2010. Ito has had a solo exhibition at CAM-Contemporary Art Museum in Raleigh, NC in 2011. Her work has been exhibited in the U.S. and Japan including Perry Rubenstein Gallery in NY, White Box in NY and Ozone Gallery in Tokyo. She has had residencies at Soho20 Chelsea Gallery, Chashama and Yaddo, and in 2012, she participates in the Artist in the Marketplace Program at the Bronx Museum of the Arts.

Image: Naoko Ito, “Counting Dollys”, Music (arranged by Indrajit Roy-Chowdhury), still image, iPad, speaker, wood, corner brace, 2012

David Kagan

David Kagan is a multimedia performance artist who uses pop cultural formats to explore issues of identity and iconography. In 2011, he was awarded an Art Matters grant funding a collaborative art/music project in Ghana, and is currently a resident at the Artist Alliance Inc. rotating studio program on the LES. Kagan received a BFA in film and television from NYU, and an MFA from Hunter College in combined media. At Hunter, he participated in invitational workshops with Shirin Neshat and Paul Pfeiffer, and was awarded the Graf Travel Grant to develop his thesis in Los Angeles. Group exhibitions include New Insight at Art Chicago; the North American Graduate Art Survey at the Nash Gallery, Minneapolis; IMC Lab + Gallery, New York; Chashama Gallery, New York; Crane Arts Center, Philadephia; The Project Space at The Royal College of Art, London; Invisible Dog Art Center, Brooklyn, NY; and Flux Factory, Long Island City, NY. Selected film screenings include Art Video International Film Festival 2011, Cannes, France; El Lugar Sin Limites: Festival De Cine, Ecuador; Galerie Ré, Marrakech, Morocco; LESGAICINEMAD: 13th International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, Madrid, Spain; NewFest: The 19th New York Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender Film Festival, New York; Mix NYC 19th Annual Lesbian & Gay Experimental Film Festival, New York; and Anthology Film Archives, New York. Kagan lives and works in New York City.

Image: David Kagan, “Year in Review (Album Cover)”, Vinyl Record, 12.5″ x 12.5″, 2012