Melanie Griffin

Melanie Griffin is an L.A. based Black queer chronically ill artist and herbalist, who was born in Georgia in 1981. She is deeply invested in collective healing and creative paths that center Black and Brown people. They are able to do work that serves that passion as the Deputy Director of Health and Wellness at Dignity and Power Now, an organization that advocates for incarcerated people, formerly incarcerated people, their families and others targeted by state violence. Through textiles, multimedia works, writing, and performance/ritual/magic, Melanie explores issues around home, self-care/ self affirmation, sickness, healing, race, gender, sexuality, capitalism, liberation and our relationship to this planet. They have held workshops and shown work in different spaces including SOMArts, Human Resources, the Women’s Center for Creative Work, and LACE.

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Melanie Griffin_ Detail from Black Power Quilt for Grief, Healing and Rage_Fabric, thread, sequins, broach_

Justin Olerud

Justin Olerud grew up on a farm outside the small town of Bricelyn, MN. He received his MFA from Columbia University School of the Arts and received his BFA from California College of the Arts in the Bay Area. Most recently he has shown work at Visitor Welcome Center in Los Angeles, Air mattress Gallery in New York and Tom of Finland Foundation in Los Angeles. He currently lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.

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Kirsten Stolle

Kirsten Stolle is a visual artist working in collage, drawing, and installation. Her research-based practice is grounded in the investigation of corporate propaganda, food politics, and biotechnology. Solo exhibitions include NOME (Berlin), Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (NC), Turchin Center for Visual Arts (NC), Winthrop University Art Galleries (SC), Tracey Morgan Gallery (NC) and Dolby Chadwick Gallery (CA). Group exhibitions include Balzer Projects (Basel), Fridman Gallery (NYC), San Jose Museum of Art (CA), and The Billboard Creative (CA). She is a Pollock-Krasner Grant recipient and her work has been published in Photograph, Topic, Poetry, Burnaway, Widewalls, and New American Paintings. She has been awarded residencies at the Ucross Foundation, Millay Colony, Blue Mountain Center, Willapa Bay AiR, Oregon College of Arts & Crafts, Spiro Arts Center, Anderson Center, and Ballinglen Arts Foundation.

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Aerial Farmland collage, archival pigment print 23” x 32” 2018