Misty Keasler (b. 1978) is a Dallas based photographer whose work has been exhibited internationally and appeared in publications such as Harpers, the New York Times Magazine, the London Daily Telegraph, Time, Dwell, Esquire, D Magazine and Texas Monthly among many others. Her first monograph Love Hotels was accompanied by a solo museum show at the Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College. Her upcoming monograph HAUNT released in September of 2017 and is accompanied by a solo museum show at The Museum of Modern Art in Fort Worth (through November 26, 2017). Her work is included in the permanent collections of eight museums including the Museum of Modern Art in Fort Worth, The Amon Carter, the Museum of Fine Art, Houston, The Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, The Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Art, Japan and the Dallas Museum of Art.
Manik Raj Nakra
The paintings, drawings, and installations of Manik Raj Nakra take on the possibility of addressing the ancient world as his own. A world where four headed leopards perch on old world ruins and silver teethed monkeys pray for our salvation. With imagery consisting of teeming tropical jungles, exotic Asiatic animals, mythical kings, and ancient architecture, Nakra’s work applies a contemporary lens onto post-colonial anachronisms, Indian iconography, artifacts from early civilizations, and religious myths and folklore in order to explore themes such as egoism, lust, and self-doubt. These themes, handled with wild colors, stark compositions, and "pop" sensibilities, illuminate the historically rooted, but contemporarily relevant narratives, paranoia, and dreams of his time and place.
Manik is a 33-year-old artist living and working and in Austin, Texas.
Brent Ozaeta is a Dallas-based painter/printmaker. His work is known for its flat graphic style influenced heavily by Japanese animation and pop culture. He collages various imagery and fragmented patterns together to produce his paintings and works on paper. He works also on a variety of other projects including zines, gig-posters, and t-shirt designs. Ozaeta was a recipient of the DMA Degoyler artist award, has been featured in New American Paintings and was included in the Texas Biennial.
Kasumi Chow and Desiree Espada
In the collaborative photographs of Kasumi Chow and Desiree Espada, the artists construct single colorful frames of common objects juxtaposed by portraits of young women, teetering between anxiety and euphoria. The photographs are glazed with mild angst, impulse, and deliberately awkward situations. There is a vanitas-laden visual syntax at work. However, these contemporary still lifes are more visually succinct in their delivery than their predecessors. A lopped off pony tail stands on its own upon a bright yellow backdrop, chola-style nails offer fist-fulls of lifeless gelatinous gummy worms, a ring pop is cast off into a glass of champagne. These works are not about eternal preservation or nature morte, but rather about unapologetically living in the moment, where humor and sorrow intersect all in the same square.
Kyle Confehr is an artist living and working in Philadelphia, PA. Confehr's studio practice is influenced by the observation of daily life and the constant cultural shifts caused by the internet and social media. In addition to his studio practice, Kyle has collaborated with brands such as Zoo York, Nutcase Helmets, Whole Foods and numerous independent label bands and editorial publications.
Taking inspiration from her environment, illustration, ceramics, friends, nostalgia, and her own multicultural upbringing, Mylan works in multiple mediums to express her own unique personal experiences and dialogues.
Taro-Kun fills the page with comical drawings brimming with expressive lines and mischievous phrases that are an attempt by the artist to translate the underbelly of contemporary society. Fragments of conversations had or overheard often lay the foundation for the artist's observational drawings which at first glance seem very sardonic, however this is counter balanced by the artist's honest portrayal of his own insecurities and the often self-deprecating manner in which he depicts himself in the work.
Shelter Serra is a New York based artist whose work explores notions of mass consumption and cultural identity. Serra’s multidisciplinary practice transforms the most mundane objects alongside highly recognizable branded products into objects of aesthetic contemplation. “Refining an aesthetic and making beautiful objects, whether that be a dress, bag, or sculpture," says Serra, "is a celebration of pure creativity and personal vision.” Serra, who is the nephew of minimalist master Richard Serra, has collaborated with the Art Production Fund, Helmut Lang, Converse, and Chanel among others. Solo exhibitions of his work have been presented at BTW Gallery in Geneva, Anonymous Gallery in Mexico City, Beams B Gallery in Tokyo, and Marlborough Gallery in New York, among others. His work has been included in group exhibitions at institutions such as Philadelphia’s ICA, Maryland Institute of Art in Baltimore, and Urbis Art Centre in Manchester.