Residents & Fellows

Summer 2019 Residents

We are thrilled to announce our Summer 2019 residents: James "Capt." Stovall (Retreat Residency), Lois Keller (Parent and Child Residency), and Stephanie Rose Bird (Retreat Residency)!

Representing three unique aesthetic perspectives, Capt., Keller, and Bird join the Residency Project @ 880 to reconnect with home, reconnect with community, and reconnect with nature. Stay tuned for opportunities to view their work and to visit us here at 880.

About the Artists

Stephanie Rose Bird

Chicago-based artist and author Stephanie Rose Bird joins the Residency Project this September with the hopes of exploring the energies and rhythms of the land, flora and fauna of Pasadena and the San Gabriels. As a shaman and healer, Bird sees nature through a spiritual lens, and she brings this unique perspective to light through her visual work. For Bird who works primarily en plein-air, the diverse landscape surrounding 880 will serve as both her studio and her source material. "Distillation"--or capturing the essence--as well as denoting the boundless energy within nature is the primary goal of her residency retreat.

Bird explains, "I distill my findings into abstract forms, shapes and colors, with an emphasis on line. Light will be a primary route to understanding these formal aspects of natural depiction of the environment in Pasadena." She utilizes a wide array of materials to explore her subjects including oil and chalk pastels, vine and compressed charcoal, a variety of dry and wet pencils, water and vegetable based inks, watercolors, and acrylic.

Capt. James

No one medium or concept defines Capt. James's artistic practice. He flows seamlessly from larger-than-life murals to intimate doodles and off-the-cuff musings, to text-based works with cadences that beg to be read aloud. Regardless of the form his work takes, there seems to be a constant tension between the figurative and the abstract, the flat and the unfolding, the whimsical and the grotesque, the primal and the evolved (...or evolving), the child and the man.

As one half of LZY GENiUS (an artist collaboration with his brother), Capt. James hails from Henderson, Nevada but describes himself as a "Pasadena kid." Capt. hasn't spent more than a few days at a time in his hometown since graduating from Pasadena High School in 2004 but returns for a stint at the Residency Project this June. Don't miss his interactive artwork entitled Capt.’s Big Coloring Book at BoldPas, a one-day-only arts festival in Old Pasadena, on June 8th!

photo by Orit Harpaz for Studio City South magazine

Lois Keller

As a socially engaged artist-activist, Lois Keller takes an unabashed political stance in her visual art and organizing work. As a mother raising two daughters in a media-frenzied environment, she is not only unafraid to take a side; she clearly feels a sense of responsibility to do so. Her series, A Collection of Portraits, started as pictorial musings of women in the media through collage, using recycled grocery bags from under the kitchen sink. The project has since evolved to encompass much more. Like many of us, Keller was deeply affected by the May 2017 white supremacist rally in Charlottesville and the racially-charged fatal attack in the Portland Max. In the wake of these traumatic events, Keller was able to connect with others in her community who were also in shock and struggling to heal, by simply visiting her local grocery store. She collected more grocery bags from them in solidarity and got back to work, feeling compelled to share her anger and her empathy.

“These events that happen to people feel like more than news to me,” Keller says. “The people do not feel like strangers. I feel a connection with them. The ‘news’ is a reflection of me, and this [work] is my way of expressing that. Through the ordinary brown paper grocery bag I have crafted a portrait of extraordinary people that may transform the viewer’s perception of the mundane. The material - hundreds of pieces of hand-torn grocery bags - is integral to this idea. I let the material speak for itself without a single brushstroke or mark of my own, relying only on the print of the bags.”

Summer 2019 Fellows (Parent and Child Program)

Beth Fiedorek (left) and Kira Doutt (right) both earned their MFA in Art from California Institute of the Arts— Beth last year and Kira this May. These two recent grads will work with The Residency Project for our pilot of the Parent & Child Residency Program, assisting artist-in-residence Lois Keller in the studio and working with Education Director Debbie Nodelman to implement a hands-on, arts-based curriculum for Lois’s daughter, Gidget.

“Lois Keller's project, A Collection of Portraits, has the potential to nurture important conversations and spark new ideas about how we perceive and react to power, gender, and social change. I am interested in assisting with her work in solidarity with these aims, which build upon the things I explore and focus on in my own practice.” – Beth Fiedorek

“I’m interested in working with an artist who is so invested in examining and untangling the social political landscapes we exist in. Realizing how affected we all are through media consumption is a way of acknowledging the connective tissue we are all woven into. I believe Lois Keller is working towards using that connectivity as a way to rig together a supportive community; destabilizing notions of fear and isolation. I strive to address subjects that need untangling in my own practice.” – Kira Doutt

Winter 2019 Residents

Hannah Sehl & Samuel Bich

The Residency Project @ 880 and artists Hannah Sehl & Samuel Bich were united through STUSU, a global online resource that matches artists with studio spaces all over the world. On February 16th in an artist talk titled "show/ tell," the artists displayed images of past works and contextualized their conceptual practices for an intimate audience of artists, scholars, and community members. They also each shared textual artifacts: Bich included posters from his most recent installation "Samuel Bich – A Retrospective" and a new work created while in residency at 880, a press release for his newly found press, PRESS. Sehl included her artist book "Hollywood " and a smattering of prints which, when rifled through, would begin to draw together a narrative of a fictional place (or what it a real?), both far away and familiar.

About the Artists

Hannah Sehl

Hannah Sehl (*1992) is a Berlin-based artist. She holds an MFA in Fine Arts from the University of the Arts Berlin, where she studied from 2011-2018, along with the Glasgow School of Arts and the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts Copenhagen. Sehl’s process-oriented body of work circles around the interrelation of fictional, imaginary and actual places, their mutual influence and interdependence.The image of the Home, as a natural starting point of all our stories, as a basic need, a utopia and dream, acts as a central motif in the Sehl’s work. So far, this ongoing research-process has been developed and shown in the format of multi-media installations and exhibitions, as well as books and written texts.

Samuel Bich

Samuel Bich (*1990) is an artist based in Austria where he is currently working on his MFA degree at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. He studied painting and sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts Leipzig (Germany), Glasgow School of Art (United Kingdom). His work evolves around questions and strategies of showing memory, and the topics of creating and finding images. Using existing archives of mostly art institutions, Bich produces new forms and representations and situates and mediates them in different contexts. This practice allows the artist to combine traditional artistic and curatorial strategies, manifesting in exhibitions, artists´ books, paintings, drawings and sculpture.

Summer 2018 Residents

homeLA artists Rebecca Bruno & Alison D'Amato

Through an extended engagement with the space at 880, the work of Los Angeles-based artists Rebecca Bruno and Alison D'Amato culminated in a salon-style event, WHERE DO WE MEET?, which took place on June 24th at the residency space. WHERE DO WE MEET? comprised a series of performances based on a choreographic score by D'Amato, an installation by Bruno entitled "Existential Air," and a discussion on the convergence of their two practices.

About the Artists

Rebecca Bruno

Rebecca Bruno is a dance artist working across performance and visual art. Her work investigates awareness and embodiment in relation to social and environmental change. In 2013, Bruno founded homeLA, a performance project dedicated to dance process in private space partnering with body-based artists and Los Angeles residents. Bruno is half of Objects for Others with artist Mak Kern. Her works have been presented at such venues as The Hammer Museum, The Norton Simon Museum, The Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, REDCAT Theater, the Bootleg Theater, Tin Flats with FLAX, The Pit Gallery, Honor Fraser Gallery, Movement Research NYC, and the LAB, Jerusalem.

Alison D'Amato

Alison D’Amato is a researcher, choreographer, and performer based in Los Angeles. She holds a PhD from UCLA, an MA in European Dance Theater Practice from Trinity Laban (for which she was awarded the Jack Kent Cooke Graduate Scholarship) and a BA in Philosophy from Haverford College. Both her scholarly and choreographic work focus on choreographic scores. D’Amato has taught seminar, lecture, and technique courses at UCLA and the California Institute of the Arts. Her dances and scores have been presented in Los Angeles at Anatomy Riot, Pieter PASD, The Hammer Museum, and homeLA; in New York at Movement Research, the Tank, AUNTS, Waxworks, Dixon Place, and BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange; as well as in Philadelphia, the UK, and Poland. Her collaborative work with dance theater company Dead Genius (2002-2005) has been presented by the Berkshire Fringe Festival, P.S. 122, Chashama, the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival, Brown University, and the University of Pennsylvania.