Candystore is a non-binary, multidisciplinary artist, poet, and performer from San Jose, CA. Shimher latest writing project, titled CRAY CRAY OO LA LA, is a series of poems each named after a color from a popular North American crayon manufacturer. Candystore’s writing and art have been published in Paper Magazine, Riot of Perfume, Precog, Phile Magazine, RFD, Mesmer, Hand Job Zine, and others. She-he has performed around New York City at Club Cumming, The AC Institute, LaMama Galleria, Dixon Place, Picasso Machinery, POWRPLNT and every time she-he uses a public restroom. She-he is also a 2018-2019 Queer | Art fellow. Candystore lives in Brooklyn, NY in in a pink room.
Alicia Grullón's works have been shown in numerous group exhibitions including The 8th Floor, Columbia University, Center for Book Arts, Franklin Furnace, the Bronx Museum of the Arts, BRIC, School of Visual Arts, El Museo del Barrio, Smack Mellon, Art in Odd Places, Jamaica Flux, and Performa 11. She has received grants from the Puffin Foundation, Bronx Council on the Arts, the Department of Cultural Affairs of the City of New York, and Franklin Furnace Archis and commissioned for the Old Storm Hose and Bronx River Art Center's Immigrant Culture Initiative. Grullón has participated in artists residencies for El Museo del Barrio, Bronx Museum's AIM program, and Korea Arts Council. She has presented at the Creative Time Summit 2015, The Royal College of Art, United States Association for Art Educators, and the Whitney Biennial for Occupy Museum's Debt Fair exhibit. Grullón's project PERCENT FOR GREEN, a functioning green bill created as art with Bronx residents, contributed to her acting as co-lead organizer in the Bronx for the People's Climate March. She is currently an artist in residency at The Center for Book Arts in New York and fellow with the Wallach Art Gallery at Columbia University. Her work has been reviewed in the New York Times, Hyperallergic, Creative Time Reports, Blown Art Blog, Art F City, and Art News. She is a contributing author for the forthcoming publication from Palgrave Macmillian "Rhetoric, Social Value and the Arts: But How Does it Work?" and co-author of City Limits article The Intrinstic Value in Neighborhoods Targeted for Gentrification" with Housing Activist and ED of Mothers on the Move Wanda Salaman. She holds a BFA from NewYork University and an MFA from the State University of NewYork at New Paltz.
Photograph by Alia Al-Sabi
Kavita Kulkarni is a writer, researcher, and educator based in Brooklyn, New York. She is currently a PhD candidate and adjunct professor in the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University, where she is completing a dissertation on race, affect, culture, and the production of space in Fort Greene, Brooklyn from 1945 to 2010. Kavita is also a recent alumnus of the Independent Study Program of the Whitney Museum of American Art as a 2017–2018 Critical Studies participant. Kulkarni holds a BA in Sociology from Emory University and an MA in Individualized Study from New York University. Prior to pursuing her graduate studies, Kulkarni was a community organizer working on various economic and housing justice issues in Atlanta, Georgia and Brooklyn, New York.
New York-based artist Marie Lorenz has been exploring and documenting urban waterfronts for many years. In 2005 she started her Tide and Current Taxi, taking participants through New York City using only the tide, in boats that she designs and builds. Her artwork has been shown nationally and internationally, from Red Cat Gallery in Los Angeles, California, to MoMA PS1, in New York City. She has completed solo projects at Ikon Gallery in Birmingham, England, Jack Hanley Gallery, in New York City, and the Albright Knox in Buffalo, New York, among others. In 2008 she was awarded the Joseph H. Hazen Rome Prize for the American Academy in Rome.
Photograph by Jade Marks
Tourmaline (FKA Reina Gossett) is an artist and filmmaker whose work includes Atlantic is a Sea of Bones, The Personal Things, Lost in the Music, and Happy Birthday, Marsha! She is also an editor of TRAP DOOR, an anthology on trans cultural production published by the New Museum & MIT Press. Tourmaline makes film and installed video that highlights the capacity of black queer/trans social life to impact the world while living what is simultaneously an invisible—and hypervisible—existence. The throughline of her filmmaking focuses on everyday people and their mundane creative acts that blur the lines and liens of what constitutes public. She received a BA from Columbia University and is the recipient of the 2018 Publishing Triangle Award, Special Mention at 2018 Outfest Film Festival, 2017 HBO & Queer/Art Prize and 2016 Art Matters Foundation Grant. She is a 2016-2017 participant in the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Workspace program, and a 2012-2013 Queer/Art/Mentorship fellow. From 2014-2018 she was an activist in residence at the Barnard Center for Research on Women. Her work has been presented across the world including at the Museum of Modern Art, The Kitchen, The Whitney Museum, MOCA LA, Brooklyn Museum, BAM Cinematek and the New Museum.