Camera Obscura Announces 2019 Line-up for Artist Residency Program

Line-up features six artists working in dance, painting, mixed media, theater, sound art, and photography

January 29, 2019

Camera Obscura Announces 2019 Line-up for Artist Residency Program

SANTA MONICA, Calif. – Three pairs of artists are in residence at the Camera Obscura in Palisades Park for fourteen weeks each. The residency program offers local artists temporary studio space and opportunity to share their work and process with the public. For more information about Camera Obscura’s Artist Residency program, click here.

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 Exoneratedseries, 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.

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, and combines a deep investigation into traditional movement forms and aleatory practices. Jung presents workshops in drumming, maskmaking, and traditional and contemporary dance. 

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.

Composer Alex Wand works on a sound collage that interprets the ocean views as seen from the 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.

August 7 – November 13, 2019:

Photographer Natalja Kent, continues a project called Movement

Artifact, and will utilize the residency as a platform 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.

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.


Artist Bios: 

Max King Cap is a visual and media artist from Chicago who now lives in Los Angeles. His work has also been seen in galleries and museums in Vienna, New York, Stuttgart and numerous other cities in Europe and the US. Among several awards he is the recipient of Creative Capital and Artadia grants. He earned his MFA from the University of Chicago and his doctorate from USC. A former firefighter and public relations specialist, Dr. Cap is a writer and educator with two decades of collegiate classroom and management experience. He is an experienced academic professional with exceptional writing and public speaking skills, and has supervised projects in collegiate, municipal, and business environments.

Dahn Gim was born in Busan (Republic of Korea), raised in Toronto (Canada) and now lives and works in Los Angeles (United States). Gim explores a wide range of media and techniques to create her work such as sound, video, textile, drawing, digital prints, sculpture, and performance. Gim has received fellowships from University of Cal­ifornia Los Angeles (UCLA) and UC Institute and Research in the Arts (UCIRA). She was awarded 2016 International Emerging Artists Award (Dubai) and 2018-2019 Kala Art In­stitute Fellowship. After completing her MFA in Media Arts at UCLA, she has been exhib­ited internationally including venues such as Steve Turner Gallery, Los Angeles; Currents New Media 2017: El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe, Santa Fe; Nuit Blanche: Art Souterrain 2017, Montreal; Dongdaemoon Design Plaza (DDP), Seoul; Barnsdall Art Gallery, Los Angeles; New Wight Gallery, Los Angeles; Fellowship of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Somerset House; London, and TAG bxl, Brussels.

Mimi Haddon uses fiber sculpture as a tool to explore the themes of archetypes.  She prefers to show her work outside of the gallery walls and in public or unexpected locations and enjoys the freedom of responding to spaces not normally reserved for artistically charged notions.  Through her use of color, light and awkward body references, she infuses a sense of humor into her creature-like sculptures.  She attributes her fascination with combining humor and post-apocalyptic themes to the many thousands of hours watching I Love Lucy and Twilight Zone reruns as a child.  Since graduating with her MFA in Fiber Art in December 2017, she has collaborated with Heidi Duckler Dance Company, creating costumes and soft sculptures for their site-specific performances. She is currently working on a coffee table book about Palace Costume Compnay, one of the largest costume rental houses in Los Angeles.   

DaEun Jung is a dance maker, dancer, and dance teacher. Rooted in her Korean dance/cultural background, DaEun’s work reveals her past and present body memories, and redefines the principles and movement vocabulary of Korean folk dance in inter/multi-cultural settings. Her works have been presented at art and community venues including Electric Lodge, Highways, REDCAT and the Korean Cultural Center in Los Angeles. DaEun has been awarded artist-in-residencies from Dance Resource Center at KYCC Menlo Center, Show Box LA at We Live in Space, and Los Angeles Performance Practice at Automata. She has also worked as a guest choreographer at Santa Monica College. She received an MFA in Dance from the UCLA World Arts and Cultures/Dance Department and the Westfield Emerging Artist Award. DaEun has worked with Victoria Marks (LA), Milka Djordjevich (LA), Ros Warby (Australia), Wilfried Souly (Burkina Faso), Jeanine Durning (New York), Shahar Biniamini (Israel), Melinda Ring (New York), and Won Kim (France). 

Natalja Kent is an artist based in Los Angeles, CA. Her practice investigates embodiment, movement, flaws and materiality through the expanding parameters of photography. This includes video, installation, movement, collaboration, analogue photographic printing, sound and drawing. Research and studio-process experimentation form the foundation of her practice with which she builds from generatively. Collaborative/feminist/social practice output have included her participation in groups such as Mapping Feminist LA/Women’s Center for Creative Work, Assume Vivid Astro Focus, The Dirt Palace and The Good Good. She has shown work and/or performed at; Tate Liverpool; Carpenter Center for The Visual Arts at Harvard; Hiromi Yoshi Gallery, Tokyo, Japan; PS1, MOMA Queens. 

Alex Wand is a Grammy Award-winning musician and composer based in Los Angeles. His music has been described as having “melody lines that can circle through one’s head for days after listening, begging to be rewound and re-listened and timbres and layers that are supremely joyful and poignant and at times absolutely laid bare in their sincerity” (New Classic LA). Alex performs as a solo artist and in Desert Magic and the Partch Ensemble. He often collaborates with filmmakers, dancers, and coders, to create music scores that involve his interests in just intonation, sonification, folk music, and sound art. Originally from Detroit, he studied music composition at the University of Michigan and at CalArts with composers Bright Sheng, Michael Fink, Ulrich Krieger, and Wolfgang von Schweinitz.

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