Azim Al Ghussein (b. 1989, UAE)
Azim's work investigates the role of hospitality and trade in relation to belonging and displacement.
Azim received BFAs from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and the American University of Dubai.
Azim has exhibited at Warehouse 421, Tashkeel, Dubai Design Week, SIKKA and Art Dubai (UAE).
Azim was a fellow in the Sheikha Salama Emerging Artist Fellowship in Abu Dhabi, UAE.
Liang Luscombe completed her BFA at Australian National University, School of Art & Design.
Recent solo exhibitions include: Table Talk, Box Copy, Brisbane, 2016; A Tall Painter, Yarra Flats, Melbourne, 2016; Three Sailors, Sutton Project Space, Melbourne, 2014; Non in Casa, 157 Blyth St, Melbourne, 2013; Bauhaus Fisher Price, TCB art inc., Melbourne, 2012.
Selected group exhibitions include: Footnotes, The 3rd Ural Industrial Biennial of Contemporary Art, Yekaterinburg, 2015; No fond return of love, I.C.A.N., Sydney, 2014; Dear Masato, all at once, Margaret Lawrence Gallery, Melbourne, 2014; brimming dissolution, buoyant expenditure, RM, Auckland, 2014; Synonyms for Sincerity, Alaska Projects, Sydney, 2013; Please be quiet, The British School at Rome, Rome, 2013; Navel Gazing, Utopian Slumps, Melbourne, 2013; Fresh Paint, Sutton Projects, Melbourne, 2012; Ménage a Trois, XYZ Gallery Tokyo, 2012.
Luscombe was the recipient of an Australia Council of the Arts JUMP Mentorship; New Work Grant, Australia Council of the Arts; Dame Joan Sutherland Fund Grant; Ian Potter Cultural Trust Grant; Banyule Art Grant, City of Banyule. She has also held residencies at the Australia Council Studio, British School at Rome in 2013 and Perth Institute of Contemporary Studio Residency in 2011.
Lauren Hensens’ (b. 1991, Denton, Texas) work explores environmental ethics and experience with the landscape in tumultuous, contemporary times through video, outdoor installation and painting. Hensens received a BFA from the University of North Texas. Hensens has exhibited at Page Bond Gallery, John Marshall, and 500x Gallery.
Isa Gagarin is a visual artist whose practice investigates a relationship between abstract painting and notions of the personal. Emphasizing the haptic qualities of color, Gagarin’s work conveys her process via painting, installation, books, durational media, and written text. Gagarin’s practice is rooted in creating relationships between her abstract work and her biography, the function of the artist’s studio, and vitality and mortality in nature and human experience.
Born in Guam and raised in Hawai’i, Isa Gagarin (b. 1986) is a visual artist based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She is currently an MFA Candidate in Painting + Printmaking at Virginia Commonwealth University (2018), and holds a BFA in Painting from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (2008). Gagarin recently presented Sundial at Midnight in a two-person exhibition at Page Bond Gallery in Richmond, VA (2017). Her solo exhibitions include Midway Contemporary Art (Minneapolis), Rochester Art Center (MN), and Kiehle Gallery at St. Cloud University (MN). She has participated in group exhibitions in Minneapolis, Chicago, Los Angeles, Richmond (VA), and Amsterdam (Netherlands). Her work is published in several artist books.