This June's VERSUS event was such a great experience for all involved; a cross-discipline endeavor that I feel proud to have been a part of.
Our musicians, Laura Giannini and Josuè Pagan wrote pieces of music that drew from the work of the visual artists, and while the musical duo played, dancers from SHIFT collective responded to both the music and visual work. The song written to my work, The Hungarian may be heard below, to which Jordan Anderson did an incredible iprovisation. While this was going on, I set up my canvas and paints to respond to the entire situation.
Many thanks again to Ilaria Bochicchio and Creators Collective for organizing such a memorable event!
Ilaria Bochicchio is a visual artist and performer and a graduate of the European Institute of Design. She’s worked as a writer for Hestetika Magazine and Aware Magazine. Ilaria has had exhibitions in Milan, Miami, and New York. Her work has been included in a number of recent exhibits, including Form and No.Form at TriBeCa’s Salomon Arts Gallery in New York in October 2016 together with the celebrated 1934-born pioneer of Abstract Expressionism, Natvar Bhavsar. In 2017, Ilaria was selected as part of the Young Artists Biennale Mediterranea in Milan, Italy. Ilariabochicchio.com
ANGELICA DE ROSA
Angelica de Rosa was born in Milan, Italy, 12 May 1990 and currently resides and works in Milan. In 2013, Angelica received her Bachelor's Degree in Painting from the Academy of Fine Arts of Brera, Milan and went on to receive her Masters Degree in Painting from her alma mater in 2015. Her thesis, titled “Il corpo come apertura: l’esperienza dell’esserci” (The body as an opening: the experience of “being there”), has been published by Edizioni Accademiche Italiane and is available online in Amazon.it. Angelica also took part in a six month exchange program through Erasmus College from 2013-2014, attending the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Lyon, France.
SYLVAIN & TIPHAINE VAN DE SYPE met in their early twenties while studying fine arts. Tiphaine graduated from La Cambre with a degree in Fashion design. Sylvain graduated from l’ESAT with a degree in Architecture. He later studied photography at the Beaux-Arts of Brussels as well.
They both have seasoned aesthetic tastes and strong artistic eyes developed through studies and professional experiences. They studied arts and applied arts in school. Tiphaine went on to work at renown fashion companies such as Balenciaga and 3.1 Phillip Lim. Sylvain went on to start his own architecture business working with architecture companies and clients such as the Accor hotel group, Evian and Arnaud Lagardère.
In 2013 they moved to New York for work. After two years there, they decided to leave and embark on a year-long journey travelling the world.
They traveled simply and freely, on their own with each other and two backpacks. The purpose was to own their time again meet people by chance and to spend time with them with no agenda. Photography became the way they wanted to document and share this journey. HacheTague Magazine was published on line every month. The photography is here to elicit emotion, a smell, a word, a perspective through a selection of images and stories.
The infinite freedom of expression, art, called for them naturally upon their return to New York. Artistic expression is a necessity for them, a necessity to imagine, to conjure experiences, to create concepts. This is why they decided to dedicate their life to art and open their art studio in Brooklyn, where they can express themselves. bvdsstudio.com
Ko Smith has been an Exhibiting artist since 2003, his first solo show held in a small cafe in Cambridge, Massachusetts a decade ago, in 2007. His work has been exhibited in numerous venues including Spazio TID, Milan Italy; Six Month Space, New York City; Con Artist Collective, New York City; Create Collective, Miami Florida; and the Kentler International Drawing Space, Brooklyn, NY. He has received grants, residencies and awards including a grant and residency from Vermont Studio Center in Johnson Vermont, as well as an Arches printmaking award. In 2016, Smith joined writer and performance Artist Ilaria Bochicchio on a residency that took them from the north to the south of Italy, and back up again to culminate in an exhibition and collaborative performance on the birthday of Caravaggio.
Smith earned a BFA from The Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University with a concentration in Studio Art in 2006. He was raised in New London, Connecticut and currently resides in Brooklyn, NY.
SHIFT DANCE COLLECTIVE / GABRIELLA BRUNO
Gabriella Bruno is a dancer and choreographer from Northern California. Gabriella has studied all genres of dance, including tap, jazz, ballet, modern, hip-hop, contemporary, world dance, and musical theater. In 2014, she received her BFA in Dance Performance from Chapman University. Gabriella graduated Magna Cum Laude. In addition to running SHIFT and performing in other dance companies such as Suku Dance Lab, Abundance with Keomi Tarver, and Psychosomatic Dance, and Tap Overload, Gabriella works as a Teaching Artist and Art Therapy Coordinator in Brooklyn.
Laura Giannini is an Italian-born violinist, an accomplished performer and a recording artist. At age nineteen she was selected by Uto Ughi to perform as soloist and member of his Festival Omaggio a Roma Youth Orchestra. A graduate of the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome and University of the Arts Bremen, Ms Giannini was a student of Felix Ayo and Katrin Scholz, as well as Shmuel Ashkenasi and Daniel Phillips. While living in Europe, Laura was an active chamber musician for several artistic institutions. Her performance as violinist in the Kammerensemble Nordwind was broadcast live on Deutschland Radio Kultur. Laura Giannini is currently based in New York City where she is engaged in various musical projects, including the Symphony Orchestra of the Americas, where she is principal second violinist, and Semplice Players, chamber ensemble performing for Masterworks Series at Bargemusic. lauragianniniviolinist.com
Josué Pagán started playing the guitar at age 15 in Puerto Rico. At 18, one year after moving to New York, and after only 3 months of classical guitar lessons, he competed and tied for first place in a competition for the Ralph Ritchie Memorial Music Scholarship. This scholarship allowed him to study the classical guitar under guitarist and lutenist William Zito and sharpen his skills as a chamber musician with the instruction of pianist and dear friend, Susan Sobolewski.
He attended the Aaron Copland School of Music where he received his Bachelor’s degree in Music Performance. He was invited to perform at Carnegie Hall in 2005 alongside the Queens College Guitar Ensemble, with later performances with other ensembles in 2007 and 2008. In 2013 he toured Japan performing works for solo guitar and chamber music from Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, Spain, Germany, and France.
Danny White is a graphic designer by day and performer by night, pursuing acting and improv comedy in New York City. With his background as a DJ, throwing monthly parties for over a decade in San Francisco, his one-man show brings those worlds together in a DIY punk show kind of way. “Who’s The DJ” debuted in March 2017 at the Annoyance Theater in Brooklyn. soundcloud.com/dannywhite