Alex Schweder, works with architecture and performance art. His exhibitions include, “Endless House” at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, “Antarctopia” at the 2014 Venice Biennale, “In Orbit” at the Pierogi Boiler in Brooklyn, “Wall to Wall Floor To Ceiling” at the Tel Aviv Art Museum, “Performance Architecture” at the 2013 Moscow Biennial, “The Real and Other Fictions” at the 2013 Lisbon Architecture Biennial, “Draft Urbanism” at the Biennial of the Americas, “Practise Architecture” at Tate Britain, “A Sac of Rooms All Day Long” at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, “Roomograph” at the deCordova Museum, and “The Rise and fall” in the 2012 Marrakech Biennial. The Pollack Krasner and Graham Foundations have both funded his projects and he has been an artist in residence at the Kohler Company, the Chinati Foundation, and The American Academy in Rome as the 2005-6 Rome Prize Fellow in Architecture.
Jianshi Wu is a designer and digital visual artist with working experience in both New York City and China. He completed his study from Rhode Island School of Design in the US with a dual degree for a Bachelor of Architecture and a B.F.A. in Architecture w/honors. Prior to that, he also had research / study experiences in Yale University, Tsinghua University and BJUT. Jianshi's work has received numerous awards and has been published internationally in numerous publications including The Guardian, Forbes, CNN and Architectural Digest. His recent concept project “New York Horizon”, finished in collaboration with Yitan Sun, reimagines the typical vertical high-rise paradigm and envisions a continuous horizontal skyscraper around the periphery of a sunken Central Park. It was selected as the 1st Place winner for the 2016 eVolo International Skyscraper Competition.
Yitan Sun is an architectural designer and artist currently working in New York City. She holds a Bachelor of Social Science from The Chinese University of Hong Kong, where she graduated with Best Studio Awards and was a recipient of C.F. Hu Postgraduate Memorial Scholarships and Leigh & Orange Travel Scholarship for Design Innovation; and a Master of Architecture from Rhode Island School of Design. During her studies she explored a variety of art forms, creating a series of interconnected artifacts of which scales shift from intimate to vast, from miniature to panoramic. Recently she and Jianshi Wu took 1st place in the eVolo skyscraper competition with the concept design "New York Horizon".
Richard Barnes’ work crosses many disciplines including photography, video, installation and combinations thereof. He is currently exhibiting a body of work titled “State of Exception,” which deals with what undocumented migrants leave behind as they make the difficult journey across the Arizona/Mexico border. This often deadly journey leaves a trail of anonymous artifacts in its wake, creating huge debris fields that mark this cultural exodus. The show opened at the University of Michigan in 2013 and will travel to Parsons/The New School in the winter of 2017.
His images and installations have been exhibited in this country and abroad including solo shows at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, The Carpenter Center at Harvard University, the Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego and the Cranbrook Museum of Art, among others. He was the recipient of the Rome Prize in 2005/06 and his photographs from Rome formed the basis for his book and installation titled “Animal Logic”. His work on the “Unabomber Cabin” was featured in the 2006 Whitney Biennial and was shown recently in the exhibition, “Crime Unseen” at the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago. He received the Eisenstadt Award for Photography for the “Unabomber Cabin” and in 2009 he was the recipient of the Sidman Fellowship for the Arts from the University of Michigan Institute for the Humanities. In 2011 he was received the Julius Shulman Award for Architectural Photography and in 2012 he was awarded a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship.
His photographs are in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, San Francisco MOMA and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, among numerous others. He works on assignment for such publications as the New York Times Magazine, National Geographic and the New Yorker.