Liam Fallon was born in 1995 in Stoke on Trent and lives and works in Manchester. He graduated from Manchester School of Art in 2017, winning second place (the Lim Ai Fang prize) in the Woon Foundation Prize 2017 as well as winning the Alumni Prize and the Manchester Academy of Fine Arts prize.
Bradley Kerl is a Houston, TX based painter interested in interpreting and describing the world around him through paint. He received his MFA from The University of Houston, and will be an artist-in-residence at Villa Lena in Italy during October 2018.
“I am more concerned with the final product and the experience the viewer will have standing in from of the pieces. I aim to disrupt how the viewer thinks of the photograph and how the 3D shapes are altered by adding photographs to the surfaces.”
Bethanie Irons is a painter and digital artist living and working in Columbia, Missouri. She earned her MFA from the University of Missouri and is currently pursuing a PhD in art education. She is the curator of PLEAT Gallery, an online gallery space. Interview is between Bethanie Irons and Ty Bishop.
I’m authentically trying to make beautiful things out of these dark topics. I feel that in some ways beauty is subversive. Sentimentality is subversive. It’s so bad and something you don’t do in the art world. I’m interested in those things and try to use them to my benefit to pull the viewer in.
As roles and responsibilities become blended and integrated for artists, galleries, and institutions in the art world, artists are expected to take a more proactive approach to become involved and market themselves. As an artist you are more likely to have interest by making yourself fully accessible; building networks and interacting with your audience is key.
In my series No Unsacred Places, I photographed the backs of strip malls. I was attracted by how these places existed as objects. They have a certain monolithic beauty when viewed from behind, where there is no signage visible