Camera Obscura Art Lab Artists in Residence Archive

Ron Squared at COAST, 2017 / Photo by Jason Abraham


  • Chinwe Okona

    Jan 20 – April 28, 2021

    Chinwe Okona is a multidisciplinary artist, actor, and writer. Her work investigates the palpability of sentiment, nostalgia, and forgiveness, and centers self-documentation as the implement of memory creation. In exploring mediums including, but not limited to, paint, collage, and videography, she acts as a conduit for tales of lineage and existence while centering the perspectives of often delegitimized storytellers. She has exhibited works at The Armory Center for the Arts, Charlie James Gallery, Residency Art Gallery, Guerrero Gallery, and NAVEL, among others. Additionally her art and writing has been featured in The Atlantic, LESTE Magazine, The Fader, The Creator's Project, and The Nation. Currently she resides in Los Angeles, California.

  • Sichong Xie

    Jan 20 – April 28, 2021

    Sichong Xie combines movement and material in body-based sculptural forms, including masks, costumes, and other objects. By placing traditional sculptural forms within new sites, materials, and social constructs, Xie investigates these forms and movements within global communities to re-consider and re-envision shared spaces and performative practices. She raises questions about identity, politics, cross-culturalism, and the surreal characteristics of her body in the ever-changing environment. Xie received her MFA from the California Institute of the Arts, CA. Her most recent multi-media multi- channel installation “Do Donkeys Know Politics, Scaffold Series I” is currently on view at USC Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena, CA. She was a fellowship artist at The Studios at MASS MoCA, The Watermill  Center and Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture. In 2017, Xie was chosen to participate at Hauser & Wirth Somerset exchange residency in Bath, UK where she created a four-hour durational performance/installation “Walking With The Disappeared”. Recent exhibitions include the Wende Museum, Los Angeles, USC Pacific Asia Museum, Los Angeles, Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles, OCAT Art Museum in Xi’An, China, LACE Gallery, Los Angeles, Night Gallery, Los Angeles, Automata Arts, Los Angeles, Chashama Gallery, New York, Eli Klein Gallery, New York, and The Watermill Center, New York.


  • Jenny Ziomek

    March 26 – May 14, 2021

    Jenny Ziomek is an artist and illustrator whose paintings, artist books, and comics have been exhibited across North America. She has done artwork and illustration for a wide range of projects, including graphic novels, children’s books, magazines, fashion and film. A former teacher, Jenny is now a Teaching Artist at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

  • Laura Davis

    September 4 - December 30, 2020

    Laura Davis uses natural dyes on textiles, paper, and leather to create both functional and decorative pieces. Her practice includes researching historic and contemporary methods of making dyes from natural materials like plants and insects. She feel that dyeing is not only a connection to nature, which provides us with a brilliant selection of materials and colors but also a connection to our own ancestors and to past generations of people around the world. 

  • Matt Reynolds

    May 27 – August 27, 2020

    Matt Reynolds is primarily recognized as an animated filmmaker and sculptor. His films (Hot Dog Hands, Sport in the Land of Plenty, Bottom Feeders) have won awards at The San Francisco International Film Festival, The Anim'est International Film Festival in Romania, and the Ann Arbor Film Festival, and have screened at such festivals as SXSW, AFI Fest, and the Annecy International Animation Film Festival. He has also designed and directed commissioned work for various clients such as The Atlantic, Adult Swim, TED Ed, and Fox Sports. As a teaching artist he has taught experimental animation techniques and the principles of "World Building" to a diverse age range of learners (from 4th graders to graduate students at CalArts) around the greater Los Angeles area.

    Final Exhibit

  • Chuck Hohng

    May 27 - August 27, 2020

    Korean American Artist Chuck Hohng was born in Long Beach, California, but spent most of his early life growing up in his family's native home in South Korea. He received his undergraduate degree in Fine Art from the University of Southern California, and received his Master of Fine Arts from acclaimed Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. His work has been exhibited both domestically and internationally including Los Angeles, City of Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach, San Francisco, Paris, London, Dubai, Osaka, Gwangju, and Busan. Not willing to settle on just one form of media, his art pieces run the gambit from incredibly intricate reductive linoleum prints, to giant 10 foot bears composed of drop clothes canvas and balloons, to hauntingly beautiful video imageries. His recent ongoing project Knoxon Dahl, which phonetically means 'Rusted Moon' in Korean, creates objects that reflects his lifestyle aesthetics. From his teddy bears, seeds for garden, to bespoke Hanbok, traditional Korean attire, Knoxon Dahl spotlights curiosity toward nature, multiculturalism where aspects of different cultures are presented in parallel existence with respect to each elements, without hierarchy.

    Final Exhibit


  • Max King Cap

    January 9 – April 17, 2019

    Multidisciplinary artist Max King Cap continues his Broadsides series of  politically radical text statements and creates new paintings for his Exonerated series, which memorializes the experience of incarcerated people. He will also work on a play about power and powerlessness titled 59 Inches, and lead flash playwriting, manifesto writing, and painting workshops.

    Public Workshops, final event, and interview

  • DaEun Jung

    January 9 – April 17, 2019

    Choreographer DaEun Jung is composing an “Earthian Folk Dance,” conceived as a vernacular dance for all residents of the planet. As a bi-cultural Korean American choreographer, she draws upon traditional Korean dance and contemporary movement practices in her work, which challenges notions of authorship. She also combines a deep investigation into traditional movement forms and aleatory practices. Jung presents workshops in drumming, mask making, and traditional and contemporary dance. 

    Public Workshopsfinal event, and interview

  • Dahn Gim

    April 24 – July 31, 2019

    Sculptor Dahn Gim creates a series of sound/kinetic sculptures made of collected seaside waste and plastic remnants from 3D printers, with a focus on transforming and recontextualizing notions of trash and debris.

    Public Workshopsfinal event and interview

  • Alex Wand

    April 24 – July 31, 2019

    Composer Alex Wand works on a  sound collage  that interprets the ocean views as seen from the Camera Obscura. Sonification is one focus of his practice, which also includes investigations into just intonation, folk music, sound art, and music for performance.

    Public Workshopsfinal event, and interview

  • Natalja Kent

    August 7 – November 13, 2019

    Photographer Natalja Kent continues a project called Movement Artifact, and will utilize the residency as a platform to to engage with the public in both embodiment and generative practices. This will take the form of various group movement and meditation events followed by cyanotype printmaking.

    Upcoming Public Workshopsfinal event and interview

  • Mimi Haddon

    August 7 – November 13, 2019

    Costume Designer and Photographer Mimi Haddon will be working with the idea of adaptations and territories through mask, costume and movement. Haddon will document the archetypes and characters that the participants create, for a book about the newly forged narratives and communities that emerge out of the process.

    Upcoming Public Workshops, final event and interview.