Amber Ginsburg is an artist who creates site-generated projects and social sculpture that insert historical scenarios into present day situations. Her background in craft orients her projects towards the continuities and ruptures in material, social and utopic histories. Engaging objects as collaborators and narrative instigators, her work positions the audience as participants. Amber received her MFA from School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2009 and is a Lecturer at the University of Chicago, Department of Visual Arts. Her research-based installations have been shown in museums and galleries across the U.S. as well as in Korea, Germany and England. amberginsburg.com
Raewyn Martyn grew up in the South Island of Aotearoa New Zealand and has a BFA from Massey University in Wellington, and an MFA in Painting and Printmaking from VCUArts in Richmond, Virginia. Martyn’s work challenges conventional understanding of the temporality of painting; and the stability of medium, surfaces and sites. She has exhibited most recently at The Physics Room in Christchurch, NZ, City Gallery Wellington, NZ, RAMP Gallery in Waikato, NZ, Whitebox in New York, NY, 1708 Gallery in Richmond, VA. Martyn was recently a visiting assistant professor of visual art at Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio and is currently at the Jan van Eyck Academy residency in Maastricht, Netherlands. walkerfalls.wordpress.com
J Soto is an artist and writer generating work in sculpture, performance and text. His work begins in research with a single project often taking shape through multiple formats, suggesting many modes of working. He has participated in various public programs including Crew Leading in the California Conservation Corps, where he first learned to build within the California State Park System.These projects became an entry point to understanding collaboration and site-specificity and remain a lasting influence on his practice. Soto received his BA at San Francisco State University and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2011. jilliansoto.com
Charlie Vinz practices cultural production with the tools of an architect, designer, and educator. He is most excited by the potential for positive community impact by enabling the agency of community members through a collaborative understanding of the built environment. He has worked with the Chicago Architecture Foundation to develop high school design curriculum, organized loose networks of emerging K-12 design educators, and lead community design/build projects with over 100 Chicago Public School teens. Since January 2011, Charlie has been working with Rebuild Foundation to help transition a series of ambitious art projects to an even more ambitious arts organization in which abandoned or underutilized spaces are used as vehicles for neighborhood transformation. He studied architecture and design at universities in Chicago, Illinois and Weimar, Germany. charlesvinz.net
Hideous Beast is a collaboration between Josh Ippel and Charlie Roderick. Since 2004 they have worked organizing structured participatory events, publishing how-to manuals and most recently creating interactive sculptures and installations that examine survival culture. Currently Hideous Beast operates out of Chicago, IL. Primarily working with non-commercial art spaces, they have exhibited work with a variety of artist-run spaces, galleries, museums and festivals nationally and internationally. hideousbeast.com
David Wolf is a musician and artist located in Chicago. He has exhibited primarily as part of Material Exchange, a Chicago art collaboration, at venues such as Hyde Park Art Center, ThreeWalls, Gallery 400, and more. Gallery 400 was also the site of his 2005 solo exhibition, The Warehouse of Disbelief. David currently plays in the Chicago punk band Daylight Robbery, along with his wife Christine Wolf and the drummer Jeff Rice. He also plays in Endless Column, a recording project also featuring Chicago artist Eric Watts and Providence-based artist Douglas Burns. David Received his MFA in sculpture from the University of Chicago in 2005, and is currently employed there on the administrative staff of the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts.
John Preus is currently interested in themes of belief and transmission, sacrifice and victimology, public space and non-scalable architecture, the realms of transformation and revival, anticipatory grief, loss and nostalgia, philosophy and apocalyptic literature. Preus, in spite of his squandered pastoral pedigree, currently works as an artist, builder, fabricator, amateur writer, collaborator, and occasional curator. He founded Dilettante Studios in 2010 which designs and builds cabinets, furniture, and residential and commercial spaces, relying almost exclusively on 2nd-hand materials. He co-founded the art group Material Exchange in 2005, and until 2010 collaborated with co-founder Sara Black. Preus is currently co-curator with Laura Shaeffer at SHOP, Creative Director for the Rebuild Foundation shop, and lead fabricator for Theaster Gates studios. johnpreus.com