MEET THE WINTER/SPRING 2020 ARTISTS-IN-RESIDENCE

Six new artists-in-residence arrive at McColl Center for Art + Innovation this winter/spring. Their residencies begin on January 6 and end on April 28, 2020.

Come through and say hello to each of them at our Open House on Thursday, January 23, 2020 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.


Franco Fasoli (Barcelona)

From large-format paintings in public spaces to small works in bronze or paper, the fluctuation of contexts and resources has been the fuel of Franco Fasoli’s art. Conceptually and through action, the artist has studied the tension between the global, dominant culture and subcultures as a space of resistance. The multiple forms of individual and collective identity are the backbone of the artist’s sociological influence. Being represented through conflict, confrontation, and discursive juxtaposition, Fasoli does not intend to answer the question, but rather constantly redesigns the proposal to question the questioning—and to go back to questioning himself.


Maya Gurantz (Los Angeles)

In video, performance, and installation, Maya Gurantz excavates the deposits of generational knowledge that secretly live in our bodies, our social imaginaries, and our geographies. This cultural inheritance drives the contradictory ways we view race, power, sex, and progress in our shared myths, public rituals, and private desires. Cycling between intuitive and academic research, the intimately personal and political, Gurantz uses affect, communion, humor, and craft to seduce the viewer into entering charged, often unsettling conceptual terrain. When you encounter her work, she wants you to understand, viscerally, how your most intimately held beliefs—your most private self—belongs to a complex lineage of social construction and image-making.


Holly Keogh (Charlotte)

Holly Keogh’s work investigates the relationship between documentation and memory. She uses photographs from her own family history as well as imagery she takes herself to create paintings that expose the ambivalence of archival practice and supplemental narratives. Keogh is interested in how an archive works in two directions at once: simultaneously wanting to complete itself and yet knowing that completion is impossible because something always escapes. Intuitive and experimental, her work aims to create a sensory experience that brings awareness to how different mediums construct our reality. Keogh is represented by SOCO Gallery and is a collective artist at Goodyear Arts.

Holly Keogh is an artist-in-residence in partnership with Atrium Health.


Azita Moradkhani (New York City + Boston)

Born in Tehran, Azita Moradkhani’s exposure to Persian art, culture and Iranian politics increased her sensitivity to the dynamics of vulnerability and violence that she explores in her work and art-making process. The female body, and the way it’s subjected to different social norms, is central to her work. Unexpected images incorporate with intimate apparel, bringing humor and surprise in the layers beneath her art to reveal stories of shadowy images with the hope of leaving a mark on the audience. Two worlds—her birthplace and her current home—live alongside each other in her work, joining at one point, intimately.


Liz Nielsen (Brooklyn)

Liz Nielsen’s unique and vibrantly colored photograms take photography in a new and unexpected direction. She uses handmade, transparent color gels and filters to create complex and layered compositions. When she makes the work, her studio darkroom becomes a stage for an unseen performance; she skillfully shines lights through blocks of color and whizzes flash bulbs and candles past the light-sensitive photo paper. The resulting works, each unique and ranging in size, teeter playfully between representation and abstraction. Nielsen is represented by SOCO Gallery and has been exhibited extensively in Chicago, New York, and Berlin.


Andrew Wilson (Oakland)

Andrew Wilson’s passion for art started with his grandmother—the nexus of his creative inquiry. She taught him how to sew, knit, and crochet to channel his energy into something productive. As the product of divorced parents, these crafts were the ways he learned to channel his emotions into objects, helping him understand the world as additive or reductive processes. As a craft-based artist working in jewelry, sculpture, textiles, book arts, fiber arts, fashion, photography, poetry, performance, and installation, he makes work that calls the viewer in slowly with its tantalizing beauty and craft until the work reveals itself and its tough underbelly.


Meet each artist-in-residence in their studios, see the new exhibitions—Adorned and Tarmac, enjoy live music from Arts Plus, and more at the winter/spring Open House at McColl Center on Thursday, January 23, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Admission is free and all are welcome.

Top image: Winter/spring 2020 artists-in-residence Franco Fasoli, Liz Nielsen, Azita Moradkhani, Holly Keogh, Maya Gurantz, and Andrew Wilson with visiting curator Jonell Logan. Image courtesy of McColl Center.