Based out of New York City, Sean is a practicing interior designer, art collector, and art buyer for private collections. He brings a wealth of non-profit sector experience to May including his most recent experience as Board Chair for Art In General in New York, where he participated as a board member for seven years. Sean found May in October of 2014 while attending a Prospect 3 VIP tour, which included a stop at May; Sean has been following Prospect since Prospect 1. Since last October he has dedicated significant time and attention to helping May develop a stronger, lasting organizational and development foundation for many years to come. He has done extensive foot work to assist May in developing support from potential funders, foundations and buyers based in New York City.
As a native New Orleanian who spent several years trolling amongst the peaks and valleys of the New York art worlds, from Zucotti Park to David Zwirner, I have the privilege of having known the pre- and post-Katrina faces of New Orleans and of having engaged the New York worldview that laps at our shores. Straddling these two scenes allows me to muster both a militant locality and an international openness. Like many New Orleanians, I fear the influx of a capitalist culture that has already commodified and sanitized culture in New York. I am horrified by Mardi Gras Indians marching through the French Quarter and by the process of unresolved displacement that has brought contemporary visual arts to New Orleans. Yet I also recognize the necessity, joy, and strength of sampling international ideas, knowledge, and inspiration. Only by speaking with the world will we discover tactics to allow our survival in a globalized reality. Only by looking at the world will we recognize the beauty of diversity. Act local; think global. Challenge. Question. Explore. Etc.
Stephen Tremaine is a native of Louisiana and an alum of the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts. Stephen is founder and director of the Bard Early College in New Orleans, a tuition-free satellite campus of Bard College embedded within the New Orleans public school system. BECNO offers young people across New Orleans a home for intellectual ambition, critical inquiry, and the pleasure of asking big questions. Stephen also serves as Bard College’s Vice President for Early College Programs, working across a national network of intensive programs in the liberal arts for young people in public high schools. In this spirit, Stephen is interested in what happens when the institutions that aim to push boundaries of new thinking (colleges, art spaces, theater groups) work alongside the public schools charged with preparing young people to be citizens.
Christopher Alfieri came to New Orleans from New York in 1994 and enrolled in the Loyola University Law School where he obtained his J.D. degree in 1999. Chris is a Partner in the New Orleans law firm of Christovich & Kearney, LLP. He practices in the areas of general and commercial defense litigation and in the area of art law, counseling artists, collectors, dealers, arts organizations, institutions, museums and non-profit corporations in Louisiana and elsewhere on a variety of legal matters involving governance, art commerce, artist rights, resale rights and restitution and repatriation.
Chris is a dual U.S. / Italian citizen and currently serves as Legale di Fiducia (general legal counsel) to the Italian General Consulate in Houston, Texas. His work with the Italian Consulate engages him in a wide array of matters involving Italian nationals and corporations operating in the United States.
Chris is a founding Executive Board Member, Officer and General Counsel of U.S. Biennial, Inc., the non-profit entity which produces the Prospect New Orleans Triennial series.
Chris is the current President of the New Orleans Chapter of the Federal Bar Association 2014/15, the largest FBA chapter in the U.S., established in 1937.
Dave Greber was born in Philadelphia in 1982. He studied at the Middle Bucks Institute for Technology, Temple University, Universiteit van Amsterdam, and Tulane University. After a stint as a filmmaker / freelance commercial video producer, he found his calling in the contemporary art resurgence of post-Katrina New Orleans, creating video loops and site-specific multimedia installations. His installations have been featured in museums: Prospect 1.5, The Ogden Museum of Southern Art, the Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans; commercial galleries, Arthur Roger Gallery in New Orleans, C24 Gallery in NYC; and International Media Festivals. His work has been covered by Art in America, Rhizome, Artforum, Artvoices, Hyperallergic, DailyServing, Pelican Bomb, Oxford American, and others.
“100 Drawings” is a 100 page zine capturing MOMO’s sketching explorations which were originally drawn in two fifty page notebooks. Limited print run of 200 copies.
The books are available for purchase on Paypal for $40.
Each sketch is available for sale as an original framed drawing on Paypal for $125.
Bob Snead is a native of Charleston, SC where he graduated Cum Laude in 2002 from the College of Charleston with a BA in Studio Art. Soon after with a group of fellow grads, he formed Redux Contemporary Art Center in Charleston and remained founding director of the organization until 2005 when he left to pursue graduate studies at Yale University School of Art. After receiving his MFA in painting and printmaking in 2007, he helped form the traveling artist collective Transit Antenna and spent the next two years developing community based art projects all over North America. He has exhibited with Jack Tilton Gallery and Deitch Projects in New York, and his work can be seen in New Orleans at the Ogden Museum and Jonathan Ferrara Gallery. In 2011 he was named a distinguished alumnus of the College of Charleston for his extensive work with non-profit arts organizations, and he is currently a board member of the New Orleans literary and visual arts organization, Press Street, as well as an organizing member of Antenna gallery.
The work of Nicolas Sassoon makes use of various computer-based aesthetics to generate fantasized visions of architectures, landscapes and domestic environments. While most of Sassoon’ s work is published online through the format of animated gifs, the artists has in collaboration with other artists, architects, curators, music producers, and fashion designers, materialized this web-based practice in a diverse range of mediums such as sculpture, prints, textiles, and site-specific installations. Sassoon’ s work often explores the material application of immaterial concepts, through a practice that investigates the manner in which virtual spaces and thinking can (or cannot) be inscribed within the physical realm.
Nicolas is a member of the online collective Computers Club. Nicolas has shown in various international venues and events such as the Miami Art Fair (US), the Tokyo Art Fair (JP), Today Art Museum (CN), Portland Art Museum (US), Cincinnati Art Museum (US), 319 Scholes (US), Eyebeam (US), Every Letter in the Alphabet (CA), Charles H.Scott Gallery (CA), Western Front (CA), TINBOX Contemporary Art Gallery (FR), LMD Galerie (FR), the Berlin Fashion Week (DE), and MU Eindhoven (NL). Nicolas lives and works in Vancouver BC, Canada.
Born in San Francisco, MOMO has travelled most of his life, lived in New York for six years and currently keeps a studio in New Orleans. He has collaborated with Marie Lorenz, Melissa Brown, Piet Dieleman, Eltono, and Yohji Yamamoto. In 2008 Rojo published his first monograph “3AM-6AM”, in 2012 Studio Cromie published his second, “In 74 Pieces”. In 2009 Y-3/Adidas produced the “MOMO” shoe after a collaborative F/W Y-3 show on a 5000 sq ft catwalk mural. Arts residency The Studios of Key West hosted his “Public Art in Private Spaces” project in Key West, Florida in 2010. In 2011 the Fountainhead Residency in Miami hosted production of his “Miami Paintings” series.
Alli Miller (b. 1985, New York) is an artist and designer working between Brooklyn and New Orleans. Alli’s work is premised on the investigation of liminal moments to underscore the psychosexual and relational aspects of display and consumerism. As material, she utilizes voices and powers surrounding the artwork: for example, the pedestal, the ad space, the archive. In the ritual of her practice, she invents and draws upon systems of mythology to contextualize production, while employing the faculty of humor to compose material slippage. Alli received a BFA from Cooper Union in 2008 and studied with visiting artist Marjetica Potrč at the Fondazione Antonio Ratti (Como, Italy) in 2006.
Trey Burns (b. 1984, Goldsboro, NC) received an MFA in Painting & New Media from Savannah College of Art & Design in 2008. Interested in reportage and documentation, his work has explored concepts of Americana through video and photography. Trey’s work has been exhibited internationally and is currently working on several multi-media collaborations.
Derek Larson is from Seattle and received his MFA from the Yale School of Art and has exhibited in the US and internationally, recently he presented his Memes project at the Finnish Museum of Photography in Helsinki. He has participated in a number of residencies including the Yale Norfolk Program and Arteles in Finland. His work has been featured in the Seattle Times, NY Arts Magazine and Rhizome @ The New Museum in New York.
Thomas Grill is a Vienna-based media artist and researcher of sound, with particular focus on electroacoustic performance.
Grill’s works range from interactive audiovisual installations to instrumental compositions and improvisations. Grill studied technical physics in Linz, as well as computer music and electronic media in Vienna and Graz and then received his doctorate in composition and music theory at the University for Music and Performing Arts, Graz. He currently develops open-source media software and is a Postdoc researcher at the Austrian Research Institute for Artificial Intelligence (OFAI).
Lotte Geeven (1980) is a multi-media artist from Amsterdam creating tailor-made portraits of sovereign places. These simple portraits with a graphical character aim to envelope the magic of autonomy and explore complex matter & power beyond our control related to a specific place. For example The sound of the earth – a sound recording from the deepest open hole in the planet- is a portrait of the abstract deep earth. Or the work Sovereign – an upside down Jaguar spinning on it’s back in slow motion in an empty parking lot- is an exploration of the ambiguous character of this sovereign location.
www.geeven.nl and www.galeriewest.nl
Susan Bowers described her art as, ‘a monkey on her back.’ Her background is in art history, painting and printmaking. While getting an art history degree at Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana in the 1990’s she started taking ceramic classes. She taught Art History at Tulane and Xavier University before becoming interested in computer art. She worked in computer graphics and animation for sometime before losing interest. She resumed working in ceramics 7 years ago and has renewed her passion for the primordial medium.
Clark Gordon Allen is an artist hailing from the California Bay Area, transplanted to New Orleans in 2011. He works pseudonymously under the name Sink Stuart- a matter indebted entirely to the fact that his proper name presented in any order remains utterly “un-googleable” and that this loathe adjective, a phonetic baby word, commands an awkward modern precedence. His photography and illustrations, generally focus on modern American convenience, sloth, and tendencies toward low moral altitude, blending misanthropy with the absurd. His work has been published in The SF Bay Guardian, The Stranger, and Maximum Rock n Roll, has been exhibited in San Francisco, Seattle, and New York City, and he has fallen into the ever expanding group of artists who have had their designs appropriated by Urban Outfitters.
As an program integral to the mission of May gallery & residency, May books publishes books, zines and other printed matters which bring transparency to the concepts and fabrication processes of artwork produced and shown at May gallery. Formerly also a bookshop project incubated by May, which is now called The Stacks, May books will continue to provide educational materials to help make art more accessible to a broader audience.
As a part of May’s residency program, we preserve the resident-artist’s creative intent by documenting the dialogue between the resident-artist, community members, curator and preparator, as well as the creation of the exhibitions at May.
May books prints its publications primarily in-house on our high speed risograph duplicator, donated by RISO, inc. This helps to keep printing costs minimal and our publications affordable. We also print through either local offset printers and Blurb.com, depending on the needs of the project.