Franklin Furnace Fund Recipients 2015-16

Panel Biographies

Monstah Black

Monstah Black is known for his multi-dimensional funk-drenched musical creations (audio/visuals/dance), which blur the lines of genre and gender. His aesthetic reflects pop culture of the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s. He has performed internationally from Art Basel, Miami to Brazil, Scotland, Ireland, Germany, the New Media Performance Festival in Moscow and most recently the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York City. Monstah received his MFA degree in the New Media Art and Performance program at Long Island University, Brooklyn campus. Awards include: The Tom Murrin Performance Award (Dixon Place), Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, American Music Center Live Music for Dance Program, The District of Columbia Commission on The Arts and Humanities, Career Transitions for Dancers, Topaz Arts Center, NYSCA and Franklin Furnace Fund. He holds an MFA from Long Island University New Media Art and Performance Program. He was the 2013 guest mentor for the International Choreographers Residency at Dance Omi in Hudson Valley.

Alina Bliumis

Alina Bliumis is a New York-based artist who has worked collaboratively with Jeff Bliumis since 2000. She received her BFA from the School of Visual Art in 1999 and a diploma from the Advanced Course in Visual Arts in Fondazione Antonio Ratti, Como, Italy in 2005. Alina and Jeff have exhibited internationally at the First, Second, and Third Moscow Biennales of Contemporary Art (Moscow, Russia), Busan Biennale 2006 (Busan, South Korea), Assab One (Milan, Italy), the Bronx Museum of the Arts (New York, US), Galerie Anne de Villepoix (Paris, France), Centre d’art Contemporain (Meymac, France), Museum of Contemporary Art (Cleveland, US), Museums of Bat Yam (Bat-Yam, Israel), the Jewish Museum (New York, US), and the Victoria and Albert Museum (London, UK). Alina and Jeff have been the recipients of a number of grants, fellowships and residencies and their works are in various private and public collections, including the Moscow Museum of Modern Art (Russia), Museums of Bat Yam (Israel), the Saatchi Collection (UK), the Harvard Business School (US), the Museum of Immigration History, Paris (France) and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London (UK).

Brendan Fernandes

Brendan Fernandes is a Canadian artist of Kenyan and Indian descent, currently based in Brooklyn, NY. He completed the Independent Study Program of the Whitney Museum of American Art (2007) and earned his MFA (2005) from The University of Western Ontario and his BFA (2002) from York University in Canada. He has exhibited internationally and nationally including exhibitions at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Museum of Art and Design New York, The National Gallery of Canada, Art in General, Mass MoCA, The Andy Warhol Museum, the Art Gallery of York University, Seattle Art Museum, Brooklyn Museum, Seattle Art Museum, Sculpture Center, Deutsche Guggenheim and the Stedelijk Museum. Fernandes has participated in numerous residency programs including The Canada Council for the Arts International Residency in Trinidad and Tobago (2006), The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Work Space (2008), Swing Space (2009) and Process Space (2014) programs, and invitations to the Gyeonggi Creation Center at the Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art, Korea (2009) and ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany (2011). He was a finalist for the Sobey Art Award (2010), and was on the longlist in 2013 and 2015. He was a recipient of a Robert Rauschenberg Residency Fellowship in 2014. In 2016 he will be artist in residence at Northwestern University, Evanston, IL in the Department of Dance Studies.

Tali Hinkis

Tali Hinkis is one half of LoVid. LoVid is the New York-based artist duo comprised of Tali Hinkis and Kyle Lapidus. LoVid's work includes immersive installations, handmade synthesizers, single channel videos, participatory projects, mobile media cinema, textile-based and on-paper works, and A/V performance. Collaborating since 2001, LoVid has exhibited internationally at SPRING/BREAK Art Show (NY), Daejeon Museum (Korea), Everson Museum (NY), Smack Mellon (NY), Mixed Greens Gallery (NY), CAM Raleigh (NC), Netherland Media Art Institute (Netherlands), The Science Gallery (Ireland), Real Art Ways (CT), Bloomfield Science Museum Jerusalem (Israel), Urbis (UK), The Jewish Museum (NY), The Neuberger Museum (NY), Butler Institute of American Art (OH), The New Museum (NY), and ICA (London), among many others. LoVid has performed and presented works at: Museum of Moving Image (NY), Lampo (Chicago), International Film Festival Rotterdam (Netherlands), MoMA (NY), PS1 (NY), The Kitchen (NY), CCA (Israel), and FACT (Liverpool). LoVid’s interdisciplinary projects have received support from organizations including: The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, Signal Culture, Graham Foundation, Cue Art Foundation, Eyebeam, Harvestworks, Wave Farm, Rhizome, Franklin Furnace, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, Lower Manhattan Cultural Center,, Experimental TV Center, Alfred University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, New York State Council on the Arts, and Greenwall Foundation.

Yoko Inoue

Originally from Kyoto, Japan, Yoko Inoue lives and works in Brooklyn, New York, where she explores the commoditization of culture, assimilation and identity issues in the form of installation and public intervention performance art. Taking an anthropological viewpoint and through academic research and on-site fieldwork, she develops a specific project to engage audience with various issues of cultural merging in the global economy. Using traditional ceramic methods, the underlying theme of her object making is derived from her examinations of economic factors, cultural values, socio-political implications behind products in the context of globalization. Her work has been shown at Brooklyn Museum, Sculpture Center, Von Lintel Gallery, Momenta Art and Art in General in New York and at other international and national venues. She has received Guggenheim Fellowship, The Joan Mitchell Grant, NYFA Fellowship in Craft, Sculpture and Cross Disciplinary/ Performative Work, Lambent Fellowship, Jerome Foundation Travel and Study Grant, Franklin Furnace Fund, GAPS/9-11 Fund and Anonymous Was A Woman Award. Residencies include Skowhegan, LMCC Workspace, Smack Mellon, .ekwc European Ceramic Work Center (The Netherlands), Civitella Ranieri (Italy), Sacatar Foundation (Brazil), LMCC Paris Residency, the Food Justice Residency at Santa Fe Art Institute, and MFA at Hunter College.