Ashely Peifer (b.1986) is a St. Paul, Minnesota-based artist whose paintings and collages feature a recurring vocabulary of floating forms and vibrant colors. Drawn to unknowable mysteries on earth and in space, Ashely’s work is a commitment to exploring life's existential questions through paint. Despite the spontaneity of her arrangements, each individual element in Ashely’s work is purposefully organized, allowing each piece to function individually while existing harmoniously within the constellation of her practice as a whole.
Uprise art collaborated with AphroChic to curate their micro-loft at BKLYN Designs in May 2016. Works across a variety of media highlighted muted, geometric design, including pieces from Katrine Hildebrandt-Hussey, Evan Venegas, Dana Bechert, Andrew Molleur, Rebeca Raney, Matthew Ward, Ben Skinner, and Britt Bass Turner. Photos by Patrick Cline.
- Ashely PeiferSt. Paul, MNArtist Page
- Ben SkinnerVancouver, CanadaArtist Page
Ben Skinner (b.1977) is a Canadian artist who explores the nature of language through the use of text and materiality. His works often combine mechanical production methods common in sign making with traditional materials and techniques, such as hand-applied gold leaf and silk marbling. The phrases within the works seamlessly weave together humor and pain to explore the incongruities of daily life. He graduated with a BFA in Interdisciplinary Fine Art from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax in 2000, and with an MFA in Art and Technology from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2003.
- Britt Bass TurnerRoswell, GAArtist Page
Britt Bass Turner (b.1989) is an abstract painter living and working in Roswell, Georgia. Britt’s paintings value an economy of line with succinct and graphic marks interlaced among expressive washes. Her paintings nod to the natural world with enclosed shapes resembling both the botanical and the cosmic. The illusion of movement and atmosphere is achieved by combining areas of small, dense marks with large swaths of gestural paint application, creating moments of tension and release.
- Dana BechertNottingham, PAArtist Page
Dana Bechert (b. 1990) is a Nottingham Pennsylvania-based ceramicist who creates functional art objects. Her hand thrown pottery is often adorned with sgraffito pictographs etched into the object’s pigmented surface before firing to reveal a contrasting layer of white porcelain underneath. Becher’s graphic patterns reference nature, Native American pottery, and Japanese textiles. The resulting designs range from geometrically complex patterns to playful, improvisational doodles.
- Evan VenegasQueens, NYArtist Page
Evan Venegas (b. 1975) is a Queens, New York-based artist channeling the complexities of his surroundings through painting. Evan deconstructs visual stimuli into luminescent orbs of translucent pigment that appear to be suspended in space. Meditative and transportive, Evan’s work offers simultaneous reflection and escape from the everyday.
- Katrine Hildebrandt-HusseyBoston, MAArtist Page
Katrine Hildebrandt-Hussey (b. 1982) is a Boston-based visual artist whose work is inspired by sacred geometry and the metaphysical mapping of space and time. Katrine achieves the geometric patterns in her work by burning her paper surface, allowing for chance to influence her ordered forms. Marked with intentionality and meticulous detail, Katrine’s work investigates the correlation between chaos and order, permanence and transience, and the interconnectivity of the universe.
- Matthew WardSanta Fe, NMArtist Page
Matthew Ward (b.1976) approaches pottery through a multi-disciplinary lens. Trained as a painter, he brings techniques traditionally reserved for two dimensional work into the realm of ceramics, incorporating techniques such as stamping and incising, as well as art historical concepts from the mid-20th century and postwar art. Ward is based in Santa Fe, NM and has been featured in publications such as Metropolis and Dwell.
- Rebeca RaneyNew York, NYArtist Page
New York-based artist Rebeca Raney’s (b. 1980) illustrations, sculptures, and paintings on silk evoke a whimsical, unpretentious expressiveness that appeals to wide audiences. Drawing mostly from her own memories, the artist creates quirky characters, which seemingly belong in an eternally happy world. In addition to her fine art practice, Rebeca teaches art to women on the Autism spectrum through Felicity House – a constant source of joy and inspiration. She is also the founder of Ray's Beret, a creative endeavor that aims to inspire the world of children and their imaginations. Rebeca holds a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), and an MFA from the School of Visual Arts (SVA) in New York, NY. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally in New York, Denmark, Switzerland, Japan, and Miami, and she has been featured in numerous publications including The New York Times, Miami Art Guide, and Brooklyn Magazine.