Joshua Rayner, Diana Ecker, and Kristen Studioso

Joshua Rayner, Diana Ecker, and Kristen Studioso

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

· 765 Washington St, New York, NY 10014

Coworker Projects is pleased to present work Joshua Rayner, Diana Ecker, and Kristen Studioso; they are, respectively, three visual artists. Joshua Rayner is an interdisciplinary artist based in Brooklyn. Much of his work addresses interpersonal exchanges through the lens of economic exchange and various commercial indices; also of interest are themes of public vulnerability, historical reference, performance and authorship. Rayner received a BA in Art History and Studio Art in 2011 and completed a post-baccalaureate fellowship at the New York Center for Art and Media Studies in 2012. He has shown in New York and Pennsylvania. 'Halyomorpha Halys' is a departure from Rayner's typically commerce-based work. Taking its critical cue from the work of Korean video artist Lee Jong Suk, who renders computer-generated transformations of biology to mechanization through mimicry of traditional forms, 'Halyomorpha Halys' explores the beauty of entropy while in awareness of the methods behind the video's creation. Using an iPhone and Apple editing programs, Rayner's subject is the swarming and subsequent dying of a population of the insect commonly known as the stinkbug over several weeks of filming in autumn. The wooded scene and insect life is ordered and distanced by window frame and video frame, yet unified by the Asian origins of both bug and technology.

For more information, please visit www.joshuarayner.com. Diana Ecker is a Brooklyn-based multimedia producer. By day she makes videos for a publishing company. In her free time she serves as art director for Local, a new quarterly chronicling overlooked American towns. Her video 'Without Carbon There Is No Life' is a creative exploration made specifically for this show. Kristen Studioso is a video artist based in New York. After spending her childhood in South Dakota, Kristen Studioso received two BAs from Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota, one in Studio Art, and the second in Philosophy. She went on to study experimental film at Universität der Künst (UDK) in Berlin, and has just completed her MFA from Hunter College (New York). Since 2006, she has shown in a variety of spaces, including Video Screening Night at Envoy Enterprises (New York, NY), Con Artist (New York, NY) UDK (Berlin, Germany), and North American Graduate Art Survey (NAGAS) at the Katherine E. Nash Gallery, Minneapolis, MN. Currently, Studioso is preparing for a couple of upcoming shows in New York City. Krematorium Baumschulenweg: 'Cinematic Mapping'-- tracing architecture through video-- offers a new way to navigate the spaces that surround us. By repurposing the visuals of Krematorium Baumschulenweg, the video works with our tendency to find meaning in the names of things, showing an austere, concrete house for the dead and their ashes in the heart of Berlin, Germany, while at the same time highlighting the whimsy and beauty of the space itself. The text heard throughout the video is excerpted and loosely translated to English from the website of the building's architects, Axel Schultes and Charlotte Frank.

For more information, please visit www.kristenstudioso.com.