Reimagining their programming for their 13th year on Governors Island - as the ability to provide an in-person Art Fair is on pause - with input from those most in need and based on the excellence of their work, 4heads has offered select artists expanded, socially distanced studio space on the Island. 4heads will be back to producing Portal: Governors Island in 2021.
2020 Artists in Residence:
Miggy Buck’s practice spans media and scale. Her diverse range of works are linked by an interest in the uncanny, humor, and the inherent language of materials. The physical act of making is apparent, and her process draws from both traditional arts making methods and techniques developed for manufacturing industries.
Miggy has exhibited work on Governors Island, NY, East River State Park, Brooklyn Bridge Park, City of Chattanooga, Adelphi University, and Summit Art Park, NJ. Among others. Her work has been seen in Artnet, The New York Times, Sculpture Magazine, the Daily News, Brooklyn Free Press, and featured on CBS network. Her residencies include the MacDowell Colony, Triangle Arts France, Socrates Sculpture Park, Islip Art Museum, and the Bronx Museum. She has a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA from Columbia University and is a Professor at Parsons School of Design.
Ethan Cornell (Pictured, twelfth image: Cups in Progress (Domestic Pleasures))
Ethan Cornell is an artist living and working in Brooklyn, New York. He received his education at the High School of Art and Design, NYC and the Parsons School of Design. Since graduation he has studied also at the Scuola Internazionale di Grafica in Venice and received a fellowship from the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation. He works professionally as an artist, graphic artist, illustrator, and teacher.
Drawing is the core of his artistic practice, the base of his work in painting, sculpture, video, graphic and digital arts. The central aspects of his work are fictional narrative and working from life: one an act of invention, the other observation of the real.
Much of his recent work is concerned with both the epistemology and constitution of things. In a time of fake news, his art investigates the mediated nature of truth and the questions of “how do we know things.” His lifetime interest in popular science, history, and mythology has provided fertile ground for exploring the malleability of memory and the fuzziness of our shared stories and facts.
In the last decade he has exhibited his work primarily in New York and California, including shows at Saddleback College, Gaia Gallery, Kentler International Drawing Space and, most recently, the Art Fair on Governors Island.
Rina AC Dweck (Pictured, eighth image: untitled work in progress)
Rina AC Dweck is a sculpture artist born and raised in Manhattan Beach, Brooklyn. Dweck received the Paula Rhodes award upon her graduation from The School of Visual Arts MFA Fine Arts program in 2018. She earned her BS in Studio Art from New York University in 1998. In 2019 Ms. Dweck was awarded the ChaNorth 2018 Alumni solo show which was exhibited at Chashama’s space to present in Brooklyn Bridge Park. She has exhibited work in numerous group exhibitions including; Collar Works (Troy, NY), Wheaton College Biennial (Norton, MA), 4Heads Governors Island Art Fair (NY), Paradice Palase (Brooklyn, NY) and Microscope Gallery (Brooklyn, NY). Dweck has been an artist in residence at several institutions including Millay Colony, Austerlitz, NY (2019), Chanorth (Chashama) Pine Plains, NY (2018), Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT (2013, 2014, 2016), and MASS MoCa (forthcoming 2021). She is a founding member of The Rule of 3, a collective that focuses on materiality and the feminine.
Gregg Emery (Pictured, seventh image: Holding pattern)
Gregg Emery was born and raised in Bombay, NY, a small rural community alongside the Mohawk reserve that straddles the border of the U.S. and Canada. After completing an apprenticeship at the Fabric Workshop in Philadelphia and completing graduate work at the Maryland Institute, College of Art, Emery worked in the mountains of Japan to assist in the construction of a house and art studios for a residence program there.
For the past 20 years, Emery has called New York City his home. He maintains a studio in Bushwick, Brooklyn while living and teaching on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. He is the Head of Visual Arts & Art History at the Trinity School, a prestigious K-12 independent school where he also teaches painting and drawing.
Emery continues a practice of drawing people for himself and for several venues around the New York and abroad. Most notably, for the Poetry Brothel, an interactive, immersive theater experience that started in New York and is now featured in 26 cities worldwide. He has been the ‘official painter’ in New York since 2014 (which tours up and down the east coast) and has appeared in shows in Amsterdam, Barcelona, Rejkyavik, LA, Austin and San Diego. He is also a member of the Board of Directors for the Poetry Society of New York.
The past couple of years have been particularly strong for Emery as he has received critical acclaim for exhibits around the globe. From Brussels to Beijing and back again. Emery has traveled extensively for inspiration and to exhibit his work, most notably a residency and a solo show in Beijing in 2017. Since that time, Emery was commissioned and completed an 8,000 sq ft mural around a pool on Roosevelt Island that was featured in Time Out NY, the Gothamist and was listed by The New York Post as one of the top ‘instragrammable places of the summer.’ Notably, Emery was selected to exhibit in the 10th Annual Governors Island Art Fair, dubbed by the New York Times as the Art Fair of the 99%. From there it was off to Brussels and the Cube Art Fair, where his paintings could be viewed alongside the work of Chuck Close and other American greats. This past year Emery’s work was featured with Contemporary Art Projects, USA at Scope Art Fair during Miami Art Basel week and was also shown in Art New York at Pier 94 in the previous spring. Lastly, they also appeared prominently in Season 2 of the widely acclaimed TV Show, ‘The Last O.G.’ His work is a part of numerous public and private collections including White & Case LLP, The American Copper Building, Brickyard Retreat at Mutianyu Great Wall, The Fabric Workshop & Museum and the Baltimore Museum of Art.
Tim Fite (Pictured, fifth image: I heart NY)
Tim Fite - called a “cultural gadfly” by the New York Times and “ferally original” by the New Yorker - used to be an artsy rapper. Now he’s just artsy. He doesn’t drink. He doesn’t do drugs. He prefers solitude/contemplation to hobnobbing/affectation. This preference affords Fite the time/freedom to make large scale, compositionally complex, allegorical, black and white drawings that occasionally have a musical or performative component. Fite believes creativity, communication, compassion, and hard work are the keys to fostering a more benevolent and inclusive society, and hopes his art can contribute to that end.
Jean Foos (Pictured, sixth image: studio interior view)
Jean Foos is an abstract artist based in NYC. She works in painting, relief sculpture and installation. Exhibitions of her work favor offbeat, ad hoc urban settings: crumbling piers, abandoned military housing and community gardens. Her pieces engage grid structures and found materials. Using a varied and reductive visual language she transforms mundane objects with painted veils of lines and colors. During the 70s and 80s she lived in the East Village. For over 40 years she has conducted a dedicated painting practice and helped foster alternative art communities—organizing open studios, designing artist publications, and showing in numerous artist-run venues. Two historical shows curated by Jonathan Weinberg highlighted her early paintings: “Something Possible Everywhere: Pier 34, NYC 1983” and “Painting to Survive: 1985–1995”.
Eric Hagan (Pictured, eleventh image: Wall Animation 1)
Eric Hagan is an interactive, mixed media, and kinetic artist based in Astoria, NY. Eric’s work explores communication methods, visual vocabulary, and fleeting observation with an eye for the absurd. He holds an MPS in Interactive Telecommunications from NYU and a BA in Philosophy from Duke University. Eric has exhibited works at Laboratory Spokane, WA, the Knockdown Center, Governors Island Art Fair, and Greenpoint Gallery. Eric is an Assistant Professor of Sculpture in the Visual Arts department at SUNY Old Westbury.
Kerry Lessard (Pictured, second image: work in progress)
Kerry Lessard’s work is a meditation on the vernacular ritual. Children’s birthday parties, family portraits and scenes of domestic life figure largely into her paintings. These works are sourced from found photographs, encoding two points of dislocation: the removal of the photograph from its source archive and the translation of the images onto canvas. Meaning accrues in these gaps, begging to ask us certain questions: What happened to these people and what could they mean to us?
Sizhu Li (Pictured, fourth image: What is WATT)
Sizhu Li is a Chinese-born multi-disciplinary artist based in New York. Educated in two different continents, Li has developed a unique visual language of immersive kinetic installations to illustrate her understanding of the universe, society, and nature which was influenced by both Eastern wisdom and Western philosophy. In 2018, she graduated from MICA with the Toby Devan Lewis Fellowship, an annual national award granted to only ten students chosen from Top 10 art schools in the US. Li’s installation works have exhibited at Spring/Break, Flux Factory, the Governors Island Art Fair, Chashama Gallery and the Baltimore–Washington International Airport among other local and international group shows. Her upcoming shows include a two-person show at Maryland Howard County Center for the Arts (2020) and a solo show at Amerasia Bank Art Gallery (2020).
Shiri Mordechay (Pictured, third image: untitled)
Shiri Mordechay was born in Israel and raised in Nigeria. She received her BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and an MFA from School of Visual Arts in New York, where she now lives. Solo exhibitions have occurred in San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York and Italy. In 2013, she was named as one of “25 Artists to Watch & Collect” by Artvoices Magazine. Mordechay describes her paintings as if the ideas arrive from outside- yet anyone with an eye for the grotesque and sardonic can spot the humor that could only be her own. Imagery seems to arrive by chance and move about within a pre-moral realm and conjure what Julia Kristeva calls an “oceanic feeling.”
Motomichi Nakamura, Japanese born and graduate from Parsons School of Design in New York, is an award-winning Projection Artist and Animator based in Brooklyn, NY.
His work is known for the use of black, white, and red and he creates monsters with minimalistic graphic elements inspired by Cryptozoology. He has exhibited globally in numerous museums and galleries including the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York, Winzavod - Moscow Contemporary Art Center, MARCO in Monterrey Mexico, Olympia Park Munich among others. His animated films have been screened at Sundance Film Festival, Onedotzero Festival, and Edinburgh International Film Festival and his recent experimental film “Okami” won in The Leeds International Film Festival.
Commercially he has worked on projects for clients such as EA, MTV, USA Networks, and Sony and produced music videos for artists including Nicola Cruz and the Swedish band The Knife which earned him international recognition.
Educated as an architect in Germany Matthias Neumann moved to New York following graduation in 2000, where he founded the interdisciplinary practice normaldesign in 2004. His work has since been fluctuating between architecture and a wide range of artistic media, with a particular focus on public art and installations in the public sphere. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally including venues such as Manifesta 8, Murcia, Spain, the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest, Romania, the former Public Museum, Grand Rapids, Michigan, the Queens Museum, Montalvo Art Center, Saratoga, CA, Jule Collins Museum, Auburn, AL, and the Cape Cod Museum of Art, among others. He is the recipient of the Kaplan Director’s Award from the Cape Cod Museum of Art, and a fellow at Mac Dowell Colony, I-Park Foundation, and a recipient of the Think Swiss Fellowship. He currently teaches as adjunct faculty at City College, New York.
Lauren Petty / Shaun Irons (Pictured, tenth image: All Over Everywhere)
Shaun Irons and Lauren Petty are Brooklyn based artists who make multidisciplinary performances, multi-channel installations, experimental films, documentaries, as well as interactive video scores to accompany live performance.
Currently, they are developing All Over Everywhere, a trans-disciplinary, media and performance installation, which engages connections and confrontations between human beings, technology and the environment. They are also working to complete Bye For Now, an elegiac documentary that offers a meditation on loss, mortality, and location, using water as a metaphor for the variable flow of time and memory.
Recently, they premiered their live cine-performance Why Why Always at Abrons Arts Center in fall 2017. Drawing on a variety of sources, including Jean-Luc Godard’s prescient 1965 film Alphaville, Why Why Always explores the rapidly evolving relationship between man and machine, considering the multifarious effects of technology on our collective consciousness.
Shaun and Lauren’s hybrid work has been has been exhibited in diverse locations in New York and internationally including BAM’s Next Wave Festival, The Brooklyn Museum, Abrons Arts Center, The Chocolate Factory, Anthology Film Archives, REDCAT (Los Angeles), Z Space (San Francisco), CURRENTS New Media Festival (Santa Fe), Rencontres Paris/Berlin, The Venice Biennale, and the Museo Nacional Havana (Havana, Cuba).
They have received numerous awards in support of their work including two NYFA Fellowships, multiple grants from the NEA, NYSCA, Jerome Foundation, Greenwall Foundation, Experimental Television Center, the Asian Cultural Council, Bel Geddes Design Fund, Mertz Gilmore Foundation, as well as creative residencies from The MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, Harvestworks, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Signal Culture, BAU Institute at The Camargo Foundation, the Bogliasco Foundation, and the Tokyo Wonder Site. Their video design work has been seen at venues such as St. Ann’s Warehouse, The Public Theater, The Kitchen, HERE, PS 122, EMPAC, REDCAT, Pompidou Center, Prototype Festival, Holland Dance Festival, the Venice Biennale, and the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
Scott Pfaffman is a folk polymath who has been exhibiting sculpture and drawings for more than 40 years.Originally from Savannah GA, he and his mother moved to Alabama in 1964.After meeting the sculptor Lyman Kipp he moved to NYC to attend hunter college in 1977. There he studied with Tony Smith and Rosalind Krauss. He is the co-founder of the Kentler International Drawing Space in Red Hook. There is an exhibition of his recent drawings at peninsulaartspace.com..
Jiwon Rhie (Pictured, first image: Three Flower Dogs)
Jiwon Rhie (based in Brooklyn, NY) is a multidisciplinary artist who works with sculpture, video, and installation to share her ideas. Her work deals with diverse subject matters to explore ideas of boundaries, human relationships, identity, and communication. She has participated in residency programs and group exhibitions in 4Heads at Governors Island, Korean Cultural Center NY, Vermont Studio Center, Tropical Contemporary Space. Rhie is a fellow of The Bronx Museum 2020 AIM Fellowship and NARS Foundation Partial Residential Fellowships.
She holds a BFA from Hongik University(10’ Visual Communication Design), Hannam University (14’ Fine Arts), and an MFA at Pratt Institute.
Sam Sundius (Pictured, thirteenth image: Untitled (“No Trees in Paradise”))
Sam Sundius is an interdisciplinary artist and poet in Queens working primarily in fiber and installation art. She earned a BA in Studio Art from Hunter College and has studied at the Beaux-Arts (ENSBA) in Paris and at the Art Students League in NY. Her work has been shown around NY, including at the Governors Island Art Fair, Hudson Valley Museum of Contemporary Art, with Vega Artists Collective, and at protest rallies. She is currently an artist in residency at 4heads Governors Island.
Sundius uses embroidery to investigate experiences and reality shaped by intergenerational trauma and toxic family relationships. Her practice often looks to the silence in intimate relationships—silence around abuse, alienation, mental health, family history. The kind of manic, contradictory nature of her work is aimed at showing the hypocrisy and damage of normalizing pain and trauma. Sewing is integral to her practice, providing a contradictory relationship itself: the needle destroys while the thread connects. A kind of unspoken collateral damage.
Sam Sundius lives and works in New York.
Erin Turner (Pictured, ninth image: Ephemeral Streams and Waters of the US)
Erin Turner is a site-specific installation artist who is interested in land-based practices, preservation, and collaboration. Through symbolic narratives, her work questions place, public and private usage of land, and the ephemeral qualities of communication. Her most recent projects questions the implication of energy and mineral extraction methods, and what the conversation is between the land and the people associated. She often collaborates with musicians and dancers to create interdisciplinary and interactive works.
Recent work has been seen in the Queens Museum, CODA Apeldoorn, the Netherlands, Sideshow Gallery Brooklyn, and Arts and Humanities Council of Tulsa Hardesty Arts Center. She is currently working on a long-term project restoring the Ed Galloway Totem Pole Park in rural NE Oklahoma. She has installed her sculptural installations in both rural and urban settings throughout the United States such as the Grand Canyon, the Cahokia Mounds, Chicago, Kansas City, San Francisco, Oak Flat, Arizona, Oklahoma, Upstate New York, and NYC. Internationally her work has been installed in India, Thailand, France, Argentina, and The Netherlands.
Erin has attended Pratt Institute, La LLOYTA in Barcelona, the University of Tulsa, and La UMSA (Universidad de Museo Social Argentino) Buenos Aires, receiving her BA in Fine Arts with emphasis in Painting in 2007. She has guest lectured at the Tulsa Community College. She resides between the Rockaways, NYC, and Upstate New York, and is an MFA candidate in Social Practice at Queens College.