William E. Jones is an artist and filmmaker based in Los Angeles. He has made the experimental films Massillon (1991) and Finished (1997), the documentary Is It Really So Strange? (2004), videos including The Fall of Communism as Seen in Gay Pornography (1998), and many others. His work has been the subject of retrospectives at Tate Modern, London (2005); Anthology Film Archives, New York (2010); Austrian Film Museum, Vienna, and Oberhausen Short Film Festival (both 2011). He was included in the 1993 and 2008 Biennial Exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of American Art. His work was on view in the Nordic Pavilion at the 53rd Venice Biennale in 2009, in the exhibition “Untitled (Death by Gun)” at the 12th Istanbul Biennial in 2011, and at the 14th Venice Architecture Biennale in 2014. His books include “Killed”: Rejected Images of the Farm Security Administration (2010), Halsted Plays Himself (2011), Imitation of Christ (2013), and Flesh and the Cosmos (2014).
Steve Roden is a visual and sound artist from Los Angeles, living in Pasadena. His work includes painting, drawing, sculpture, film/video, sound installation, text and performance. He received a BFA from the Otis Art Institute of Parsons School of Art in Los Angeles in 1986, and an MFA from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California in 1989. Since the mid 1980′s, his works have been exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions internationally, including: Mercosur Biennial, Porto Alegre, Brazil; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art; UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Museum of Contemporary Art Emst, Athens, Greece; Singuhr-Horgalerie in Parochial Berlin; The Menil Collection, Houston; Berkeley Art Museum; The Kitchen, New York; and others. In 2010, Howard Fox organized the exhibition Steve Roden / In Between: A 20 Year Survey, at the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena. Published writings include: I Listen to the Wind that Obliterates My Traces, published by Dust to Digital; Allan Kaprow Posters, published by Christophe Daviet-Thery and Walther König; and a catalog essay for Concrete Invention at the Museum National Centro de Arte Reina Sofia. From 1979-82, Roden was the lead singer of the Los Angeles punk band Seditionaries. Roden’s works are represented by Susanne Vielmetter LA Projects, and CRG Gallery, New York.
Carolyn Castaño is a Los Angeles-based artist whose work in painting, drawing, video, and mixed-media installations explores the personas and narratives associated with the narco wars and political dramas currently unfolding in Latin America. Exhibited both nationally and internationally, Ms. Castaño’s recent exhibition Mujeres Que Crean/ Women Who Create at the New Americans Museum in San Diego, CA investigates the relationship between the female displaced victims of the Colombian armed-conflict, the environment, and historical representation of both in art. Her work has also been featured in LACMA’s Fútbol: The Beautiful Game and the critically acclaimed exhibition, Phantom Sightings: Art After the Chicano Movement, which traveled to the Museo Del Barrio, New York City and the Museo de Arte Contemporaneo Rufino Tamayo in Mexico City; LA Now: Emerging Artists, Galerie Dominique Fiat, Paris; Liquid Los Angeles: Contemporary Watercolor Painting in Los Angeles at the Pasadena Museum of California Art; Semi-Precious, The Public Art Fund, New York; and International Paper, an exhibition of drawings at the Hammer Museum. Ms. Castaño has had solo exhibitions at Walter Maciel Gallery, Los Angeles; Kontainer Gallery, Los Angeles; and Lombard- Freid Fine Art, New York. She has a Bachelor of Fine Art degree from the San Francisco Art Institute and a Masters in Fine Art from the UCLA School of Art and Architecture.