Artists Collaborations


Cross Studio has been lined up a number of popular artists from the States in order to bring their artworks and concept to China in different format.

 

STEVEN HARRINGTON

Cited as the leader of a contemporary Californian psychedelic-pop aesthetic, Los Angeles–based artist and designer Steven Harrington is best known for his bright, iconic style that encourages a two-way conversation between the artist and viewer. There’s a timeless quality to his playful yet contemplative work, which is inspired by California’s mystique, vastly diverse landscape, and thriving mix of cultures. Embracing a multimedia approach, Harrington’s portfolio includes large-scale installations made of plaster and stone, handscreened prints, limited-edition books, skateboards, and sculptures. Alongside his commercial work, Harrington has exhibited artwork in Los Angeles, New York, Paris, Berlin, Milan, Barcelona, Tokyo, San Francisco, Chicago, Philadelphia, Montreal, Melbourne, and Dallas.

RYDER RIPPS

A conceptual artist living in New York City. He is the creative director of OKFocus,[a digital marketing and design agency. Adrian Chen of the New York Times called Mr. Ripps "... the consummate Internet cool kid, as fluent in HTML and JavaScript as in the language of conceptual art..."[2] In 2013, Ripps created the branding for Soylent, an open source meal replacement drink.[4] He is also a music producer with recent credits on Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz. Ripps received a BA from The New School. He is an alumnus of City As School, class of 2004.

The conceptual artist Ryder Ripps recently Instagrammed a shot of him and Kanye with the caption, “Most amazing experience of my life,” likely teasing a future visual project between the two. It doesn’t seem like Ripps expected this to happen 2 years ago, when he was involved in the elaborate web-prank WhoDat.biz, which trolled the entire Internet and touted itself as an amusingly Kanye-related (it wasn’t) “FACEBOOK OF WEBSITES.” But because Ripps is known for his concern with honesty in art and online – much like Kanye – there’s more to the WhoDat.biz ruse: Was it a troll? Or was it a demonstration of truth and (its) displacement on the Internet?

Ripps mostly navigates in digital spaces as the creator of sites like dump.fm and the creative director of digital agency OKFocus – with an extensive CV under his belt that involves projects with Nike, Kenzo, Red Bull, Been Trill, Diesel, M.I.A., among others (like the time he was a trippy Sean John model). So it seemed new for him to recently start making oil paintings. Apparently with the help of Jeff Koons’s assistants, the paintings depict digitally warped screenshots from the Instagram of streetwear’s pillar of thirst Adrianne Ho. With figures like Ho and miss new booty Jen Selter making careers out of the successes of their respective Insta-fitness brands, Ripps’s cyber-impressionist paintings seemed to be both a jab and a homage to their precarious realness – their uncertain truths. On a platform where authenticity relies on visual assumption, ”I see her as a true Instagram model,” says Ripps on Ho.

TESSA PERUTZ

Highly influenced by Chicago Imagists such as Ed Paschke, Roger Brown, Barbara Rossi, Brooklyn-based artist Tessa Perutz creates exuberant paintings that incorporate text and simple iconography. The artist says of her work, “My paintings investigate the back-and-forth exchanges made between analog and digital modes of communication. I am fascinated by observing shifts in modern usage of language and symbols; interpreting how ideas are perceived and traded based on common typographical and conversational devices (numbers, letters, hashtags, punctuation marks, arrows, envelopes, etc). The paintings allow me to find a meditative and resolved place between the two ends of the spectrum—I can come to terms with my feelings on the proliferation of digital mass media by exploring and enjoying painting analog-based imagery.”

Perutz has shown her paintings in several group exhibitions throughout the United States and United Kingdom. She is the founder of Brooklyn-based Massif Central, a company that produces 100% silk scarves by contemporary artists.

STEPHEN EICHHORN

Stephen Eichhorn’s process explores his theories about construction and the natural world. Intuitively piecing together found images of flowers and foliage, Eichhorn creates a uniquely hybrid vegetation that exists only within a work’s frame.

By placing these lush microenvironments in otherwise empty spaces of color and texture, Eichhorn isolates them as subjects. As a result, the architecture of each piece becomes more engaging and more dramatic. Furthermore, Eichhorn’s works – especially when reproduced in such large scale as seen in the station – transform into sculptures themselves, further abstracting the physicality of the layered materials and the intricacy of their arrangement.

MIKE REA

Mike Rea has conflated the notions of working hard and playing hard for over a decade with his bombastic wooden sculptures. Replicated and reinvented moments of cinematic horror, science fiction, comedy and drama intermingle with memory to form bizarre personal narratives. Over the years, each uncanny conglomeration of familiar objects and themes has both thrilled and confounded audiences. The delight in the experience of Mike Rea’s vision is the balance between a feeling of understanding that is quickly replaced by new, surprising discoveries. Whether as conventional sculptures standing alone, or as props in interactive installations and performances, these often-massive objects reflect a culture of humor, violence, vulgarity, and sensitivity.

ERIC INKALA

Brooklyn-­based Eric Inkala is a self­-taught artist whose highly visual and ever- evolving style has ripened from graffiti to pop art to contemporary art. His work presents a playful graphic language in the form of a signature character who serves as a vehicle for an autobiographical narrative. It's through this personal storyline that Inkala is able to channel thoughts and emotions into expressions of shape, color and text. His universally approachable concept is amplified through increasingly complex patterns and symmetry, which over the years have reflected both the abstract escapades of his trademark character and Inkala's own artistic journey. Working primarily in acrylic, his paintings vary in size from large-­scale canvas to sculpture, prints and small works on paper.

KENTURAH DAVIS

Kenturah Davis is an artist working between Los Angeles, New Haven and Accra (Ghana). Her work oscillates between various facets of portraiture and design. Using text as a point of departure, she explores the fundamental role that language has in shaping how we understand ourselves and the world around us. This manifests in a variety of forms including drawings, installations, performances and sculpture. Recently she was commissioned by LA Metro to create large-scale, site-specific work that will be permanently installed on the new Crenshaw/LAX rail line. Her work has been included in institutional exhibitions in Africa, Asia, Australia and Europe. Davis earned her BA from Occidental College and is an MFA candidate at Yale University School of Art.