CONVOKE collaborates with with artists who are redefining the hegemonic as a place of inclusion.
Ansel Easton Adams (February 20, 1902 – April 22, 1984) was an American photographer and environmentalist. Adams began to photograph professionally in 1930, and in 1932 was a founding member of the f/64 group in San Francisco, California. In 1940 he created the photography department at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, New York, along with Beaumont Newhall and David McAlpin. From 1942 to 1944 Adams acted as the photographic adviser to the United States Army and photographed at the Manzanar Relocation Center. In 1944, his work from this project was exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York and published in the book, Born Free and Equal. In 1962 Adams moved to Carmel, California where he founded the Friends of Photography in 1967. He continued to document the landscape of the American West.
Ryker Allen (b. 1997) is a gender nonconforming photographer from San Antonio, currently based in New York City focusing on young queer masculinity and boys they’ve dated. Ryker is the Photo Editor of Hello Mr. and were named by Conde Nast as one of “the most exciting queers to follow in 2018.” Selections of their work have been shown alongside artists like Nan Goldin, Bruce Weber, Jack Pierson, and more at Colette in Paris, photo fair Unseen Amsterdam, and emerging photographer auctions with Dan Cooney Fine Art, New York. Ryker’s work has been featured by publications like Interview, Document Journal, W magazine, OUT, Nylon Japan, VICE, i-D, A Part, Fucking Young. They are currently studying at The School of Visual Arts, working on a BFA in Photo and Video.
Brandon Isralsky’s work is rooted in fashion photography and pin-up art. His practice relies on existing images which he scans, prints out, tears apart and marks upon to prompt a larger conversation around misogyny, media representation, and the male gaze. His signature wheat-pasted tag, a unique re-appropriation of a woman’s cleavage, has become a defining image in his growing body of work, which is showcased, collected, and shared in the age of Instagram.
A military brat of Afro-Peruvian and Polish-Jewish descent, Israksly grew up on Governors Island and became enamored with metropolitan street life from an early age because its close proximity to Manhattan. He studied photography and video in the Master’s program at the School of Visual Arts and has shown his work at the Museum of Sex and 51 Orchard, among others.
Ina Jang graduated with a BFA in Photography in 2010 and completed her studies in the MPS Fashion Photography Program in 2012 from the School of Visual Arts. Her works have been shown in internationally acclaimed galleries and festivals, including the New York Photo Festival, Daegu Photo Biennale Paris Photo, Unseen and Flatland Gallery in Amsterdam.
She was a Foam Talent and a finalist at the Hyeres Festival in 2011. In 2016, Photo District News announced her as one of the PDN 30 Emerging Photographers. Her latest project, Utopia, was shown last year at Musee de beaux-arts Le Locle in Switzerland. Her works have been published in Time Magazine, British Journal of Photography, IMA Magazine, and The New York Times Magazine.
Joseph Maida (American and Italian, born Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an artist based in New York City. He has exhibited in the United States, Europe, Japan and China in solo exhibitions at Daniel Cooney Fine Art, Wallspace, the Nikon Salons, Tokyo and Osaka, and 403 International Art Center, Wuhan, and group exhibitions at the Queens Museum; the Reina Sofia Museum, Madrid; the Kunsthalle Wien; and the Witte de With, Rotterdam, among others. His work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, New York Magazine, W, Wallpaper, and Vice, and his monograph New Natives was published by L’Artiere in 2015. His most recent series, Things R Queer is featured in Aperture’s book on the history of food photography Feast for the Eyes as well as the eponymous forthcoming traveling exhibition. Maida has taught at Yale University, Parsons the New School, SUNY Purchase, and has been on the faculty at the School of Visual Arts (SVA) since 2002, where he recently co-organized the Gender Symposium Untitled including Jennifer Blessing, Zackary Drucker, and Zanele Muholi. Maida earned his BA summa cum laude from Columbia University and his MFA from Yale.
Jack Pierson was born in 1960 in Plymouth, Massachusetts, and graduated from the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston in 1984. He lives and works in New York. Pierson has had recent solo exhibitions at the CAC Malaga, the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin and the Aspen Art Museum. His work is in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, among other museums worldwide. Pierson is represented by Cheim & Read, New York.
Dean Sameshima’s (b. 1971, Torrance, California, US) subject matter deals in the currency of nostalgia, vindication and accumulation, yet his works speak the language of seriality and the subversion of power structures. Sameshima starts with the object, with the capacity of obsession it embodies and its imperative to be possessed. His works represent an existential reflection on the evolution of gay sexuality in the social sphere. Recent exhibitions include the Museu de Arte (MASP), São Paulo; McNamara Art Projects, Hong Kong; and Peres Projects, Berlin.
Studio Hi, New York is a design studio operated by Isaac Haas. The studio works across a range of disciplines – including identity design, design for print and digital, web development and art direction for clients Hillary Rodman Clinton, Leonard A. Lauder, The New Yorker Magazine, Memorial Sloan Kettering, MTVN, Evamere Entertainment, School of Visual Arts, and individual artists.