Meet the Artists & their work

Jennifer & Kevin McCoy

Kevin and Jennifer: Husband and wife team exhibited at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, P.S.1, The Museum of Modern Art, The New Museum, the Pompidou Center, the British Film Institute, ZKM, the Hanover Kunstverien, and the Bonn Kunstverein.

Creators of the first NFT in 2014, sold at Sotheby's for $1.4M

Imo Nse Imeh

2022 MASS MoCA ValleyCreates Grantee
Recent exhibitions: Fine Arts Center, Bowling State, OH; University Museum of Contemporary Art, U Mass Amherst, MA
PhD, Art History, Yale University, 2009

Emerald Rose Whipple

Solo shows at VOLTA NY, and Galerie Jan Dhaese, Brussels. Currently featured artist for World of McIntosh's House of Sound townhouse in New York City. Featured in The New York Times, Black Book, i-D Magazine, Women's Wear Daily and The Last Magazine.

Servane Mary

Recent exhibitions: Greater New York, MoMA PS1; JOAN, Los Angeles; Kayne Griffin Corcoran, Los Angeles; MECA Puerto Rico; Triple V Gallery, Paris; Swiss Institute, New York.

Exhibits with A Palazzo, Brescia Italy.

Ecole Nationale Superieure des Arts Decoratifs (ENSAD), Paris, France, 1998, BFA; Ecole des Beaux-Arts (ENSBA), Atelier de la Glaciere, Lithographic Department, Paris, France, 2000

Wilfred Ukpong

Wilfred Ukpong is French Nigerian interdisciplinary artist and researcher. Ukpong’s works have been exhibited at Alliance Française/Mike Adenuga Centre (Nigeria), FotoFest, Houston (USA), MARKK Museum Hamburg (Germany), Royal Society of Arts, London (UK), Welt Museum Vienna (Austria) amongst others.  Ukpong received his BA/MA in Fine Arts from Ecole Supérieure d'Art Lorient, France and his PhD from Oxford Brookes University (UK). He lives and works between Oxford (UK), Clermont-Ferrand (France), and Eket (Nigeria).

Maria Gaspar

2022 Latinx Artist Fellowship; 2022 Guggenheim Fellowship; 2021 United States Artists Fellowship; 2022 Frieze Impact Prize
Recent exhibitions: National Museum of Mexican Art, IL; MIT List Visual Arts Center, MA; El Museo del Barrio, NY; MoMA PS1, NY
MFA Univ. of Illinois at Chicago; BFA Pratt

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Edward Joseph Ruscha IV (born 16 December 1937) is an American artist and key figure of the Pop Art movement. He has worked in the media of painting, printmaking, drawing, photography, and film, and is also noted for creating numerous artist’s books. Ruscha achieved recognition for textual, flat paintings incorporating words and phrases that were influenced by the “deadpan irreverence” of both the Pop Art and Beat Generation movements. (1)10990 Wilshire Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90024

Ruscha was born to Roman Catholic parents in Omaha, Nebraska and grew up in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. In 1956, he moved to Los Angeles to attend the Chouinard Art Institute (now California Institute of the Arts).After graduating, he worked as a layout artist for the Carson-Roberts advertising agency in Los Angeles, painting signs and creating graphic designs. In the early 1960s, Ruscha began producing works that reflected his interest in the vernacular of American culture. His paintings and photographs often featured images of gas stations, billboards, and other roadside attractions. During this same time period, he also began experimenting with text, incorporating words and phrases into his work.

His work was quickly recognized by critics and curators, and Ruscha was soon considered one of the leading figures of the Pop Art movement. In 1962, he had his first solo exhibition at the Ferus Gallery in Los Angeles. In the same year, his work was included, along with Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, Robert Dowd and others, in the historically groundbreaking exhibition “New Painting of Common Objects” at the Pasadena Art Museum, considered one of America’s first Pop Art exhibitions. (2) Ruscha also participated in several important group exhibitions, including “The American Supermarket” at the Paul Bianchini Gallery in New York (1964) and “Pop Art” at the Tate Gallery in London (1966).

The artist’s expansive oeuvre defies easy categorization, although it is infused with a dispassionate California cool. Since the 1960s,Ruscha has made paintings, drawings, photographic books, and tongue-in-cheek photo collages that demonstrate a keen interest in language and the idiosyncrasies of life in Los Angeles. In his most famous works, he places words and phrases from the colloquial and consumerist vernacular atop photographic images or fields of color – a strategy that situates him within a larger Pop Art lineage. He often paints and draws with unusual materials such as gunpowder, blood, and Pepto Bismol, drawing attention to the deterioration of language and the pervasive clichés in American culture.

 In addition to his work as an artist, Ruscha is a successful author and publisher. He has written and published over twenty artist’s books, including Twenty six Gasoline Stations (1963), Every Building on the Sunset Strip (1966), and A Few Palm Trees (1971).

The artist’s work has been exhibited across the globe, and he has enjoyed solo shows at the Los Angeles Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, and Moderna Museet, in addition to the Venice Biennale, where here presented the United States in 2005. Ruscha has also produced many large-scale public works, including the Hollywood Sign Walk of Fame (1985) and the LAX Airport Way entrance sign (2010). He is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the Guggenheim Fellowship, the MacArthur Fellowship, and the National Medal of Arts. In 2013, Ruscha was named in Time’s annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. At auction, his work has sold for eight figures, with a high auction record of 52,485,000 USD for Hurting the Word Radio no.2, sold at Christie’s New York in 2019. (3)

Ed Ruscha lives and works in Culver City, California.