Lita Albuquerque is an internationally renowned installation, environmental artist, painter and sculptor. She has developed a visual language that brings the realities of time and space to a human scale and is acclaimed for her ephemeral and permanent art works executed in the landscape and public sites. litaalbuquerque.com

James Benning has been making films since 1970.

Jennifer Boysen earned her MFA at Hunter College, New York, in 2002. She has participated in numerous exhibitions including shows at Centre d'art contemporain de Pougues-les-Eaux, France, Night Gallery, and Art Platform-Los Angeles with Statler Waldorf Gallery. Most recently she exhibited work in collaboration with Olivier Mosset at LACMA as a part of its Special Projects associated with the Art Rental & Sales Gallery. Boysen lives and works in Sierra Madre, CA.

The Center for Land Use Interpretation is a research and education organization interested in understanding the nature and extent of human interaction with the earth's surface, and in finding new meanings in the intentional and incidental forms that we individually and collectively create. clui.org

Claude Collins-Stracensky was born in Lakewood, Ohio in 1975 and lives in Los Angeles. He received his MFA from the University of Southern California in 2003 and his BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 1997. His solo projects include the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, Galleria Nicoletta Rusconi in Milan, Kantor/Feuer Gallery in Los Angeles, and Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE). In 2003, he had a two-person show at Anna Helwing Gallery in Los Angeles, and has been included in group exhibitions at The Museum of Contemporary Art; LACMA; Cherry & Martin; and Sister Gallery in Los Angeles; Le Magasin, Grenoble, France; and Taxter & Spengemann, New York, among others. Reviews and articles written on the work include Art Forum, Frieze Magazine, Flash Art, among others. Working under the Collective Field he coordinated Spatial Expanse, The Oneness and The Suchness, a performative event at The Hammer Museum in 2009. He has also participated in a number of group performances, including 88 BoaDrum with the Boredoms at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and Into The Vacuum at the Hammer Museum with Jim Shaw. collectivefield.com

Cloud Eye Control is a collaborative performance group from Los Angeles comprised of three members: Chi-wang Yang, Miwa Matreyek, and Anna Oxygen. They create original works that uniquely combine interactive media with live performance. Since its inception in 2004 they have created three original works that have been presented both nationally and internationally. Whether through a re-imagining of Charles Lindbergh's trans-Atlantic flight, the discovery of powerful crystals underground, or one woman's interstellar search for a new home, a common theme in their stories is human adaptation in a technological world. To realize these stories, they project pre-rendered animation and live camera imagery onto various surfaces on the stage, and this imagery functions as scenery and virtual actor. Both high and low tech methods are used to allow the live actor to interact with the media. These methods range from custom-built interactive video software to the physical manipulation of video puppets. cloudeyecontrol.com

Zoe Crosher was born 1975 and currently lives and works in Los Angeles. In addition to her exhibition practice, she has a monograph, Out the Window (LAX), examining space and transience around the Los Angeles airport, and an upcoming publication series of her newest project, The Michelle duBois Project, published by Aperture Ideas. Crosher served as Visiting Professor at UCLA and Art Center, as well was Associate Editor at the journal Afterall after receiving her MFA from CalArts. Recently she was awarded the prestigious Art Here and Now Award by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Her work was included in the 2010 California Biennial at the Orange County Museum of Art, California, and she has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States. She will take part in MoMA's annual New Photography series this fall and is represented by Perry Rubenstein. zoecrosher.com

Russell Crotty Known for paper-coated suspended globes and large-scale books containing a fervent network of ballpoint pen lines and color washes, Crotty's vast body of work challenges the definition of drawing, pushing the genre towards minimal sculptural installation. His practice chronicles an idiosyncratic commentary on the natural and manmade world. Russell received his BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1978, and his MFA from University of California, Irvine in 1980. Select exhibitions include: Museum of Modern Art (NY); Centre Pompidou, Paris; Turner Contemporary, UK (inaugural show). Select Collections: Museum of Modern Art (NY); Whitney Museum of American Art (NY); Centre Pompidou (Paris); Museum of Contemporary Art (LA); Los Angeles County Museum of Art; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Museum of Contemporary Art Miami; High Museum of Art (Atlanta). He lives and works in Ojai and Upper Lake, California. russellcrotty.com

Ben Evans grew up working for his father, sculptor Phill Evans, on various large scale installations and projects around the Western United States. Learning to use a wide variety of both natural and refined materials Ben's early art education is rooted in his father's artistic values, an appreciation for the wonders of nature both as muse and resource. Ben received his B.A. from UCLA in 1997, and has been honored to work for the Art Department there for the last 15 years. In addition to private commissions, Ben has exhibited work in various group exhibitions around California.

Charles Gaines received his BA from Jersey City State University and his MFA from the Rochester Institute of Technology. He taught at California State University, Fresno from 1967-1989;; since 1989, he has been on the faculty of the California Institute of the Arts. Recent exhibitions include: All Of This And Nothing, Hammer Museum Invitational, Los Angeles, January 2011; Now Dig This! Art and Black Los Angeles 1960-1980, Hammer Museum, January 2011; State of Mind/Art from California Circa 1970, Berkeley Art Museum and Orange County Museum of Art, October 2011; Under The Big Black Sun: 1974-1981, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, October 2011. He is in the collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Museum of Modern Art in New York; Whitney Museum, New York; Los Angeles County Museum (LACMA), Studio Museum, New York; San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego & La Jolla, Calif.; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; San Franciso Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco; Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA., Lentos Museum, Linz, Austria; Galerie der Stadt Esslingen, Esslingen, Germany; Villa Merkel, Esslingen, Germany, Lenbachhaus, Munich, Germany. He is represented by Susanne Veilmetter Los Angeles Projects; Kent Fine Arts, New York; Brigitte March Gallery, Stuttgart.

Katie Grinnan lives and works in Los Angeles and received her MFA from UCLA in 1999. She has had solo exhibitions at The Whitney Museum of American Art at Altria in New York, the Aspen Art Museum in Aspen, Colorado, and at the MAK Center in Los Angeles. Grinnan has been included in many group exhibitions, including the 2004 Whitney Biennial at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, Real World: The Dissolving Space of Experience at Modern Art Oxford in Oxford, England, and The Artist Museum at MOCA in Los Angeles. Her work is included in collections at MOCA, the Hammer Museum, and LACMA in Los Angeles, and she has been awarded a Guggenheim and Pollock-Krasner Fellowship. She is represented by Brennan and Griffin gallery in New York. At the heart of Grinnan’s work lies a fundamental interest in the relationship between sight and the kinesthetic and their resulting visual and structural translations.

Mark Hagen is a Los Angeles based artist. Hagen received his MFA from the California Institute of the Arts in 2002. Recent solo exhibitions include TBA at China Art Objects, Los Angeles and TBA de Nouveau at Galerie Almine Rech in Paris, France. His works have exhibited in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Paris, Madrid, Turin, Lisbon and the 2008 California Biennial. This summer he will be included in Made in LA, an exhibition at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles. Reviews of Hagen’s work have been featured in Frieze, Artforum.com, The Los Angeles Times, and the LA Weekly. In 2012 PCP will publish Hagen's book 2013? A Doomsday Day Planner. He is represented by Almine Rech Galllery, Paris, and China Art Objects, Los Angeles.

Emilie Halpern was born in Paris, France and currently lives and works in Los Angeles. She received her BA from UCLA, her MFA from Art Center College of Design and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Recent solo exhibitoins include Jamais Vu and Eclipse at Pepin Moore and Midnight Sun with LAXART’s Billboard Project. Her work has been featured in numerous publications, including Artforum.com, Art Papers and The Los Angeles Times. Her residencies include the MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, New Hampshire, the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vermont, and the Medium, St. Barthelemy, in the French West Indies. emiliehalpern.com

The Harmonica Rascals is a Los Angeles based string band that plays Americana old-time music. The group was formed and produced by artist, David Bunn (guitar and vocals) in collaboration with Donnie Stroud (banjo and vocals) and Heather Bennett (fiddle, spoons and bones). David Bunn is an artist who was born in the Piedmont region of North Carolina. He has lived, worked and taught art in the Los Angeles area for the last 30 years and currently lives in Santa Paula, California. His work has followed an archival impulse and has taken many forms and has been exhibited, published and performed internationally. Heather Bennett was born in Los Angeles and began playing violin at age six. She then went on to play old-time, bluegrass and Texas Swing fiddle, competing in contests nationwide. In 1983, she was a national champion fiddler. She then went to law school and now works as a visual and performing arts copyright, trademark and proprietary rights lawyer in Los Angeles and Mexico City. She is currently working on a documentary on fiddling. Donnie Stroud was born in Midland, Texas, and lives and works in Los Angeles. He is an original member of the Harmonica Rascals. A multi-media raconteur, Stroud has a practice in art, film and music and has been composing, singing and performing in bands for thirty years. He is also lyricist and singer for the alternative country/folk band Hollerboys.

Dave Jurasevich was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1950. He moved west in 1968 to attend the California State Polytechnic University in Pomona, California, earning a Bachelor's Degree in Engineering in 1972. His career spanned over 30 years and included key design and management positions in the detailed planning and construction of processing plants both domestically and worldwide, including the Middle East and Far East. Retiring from the chemical industry in 2004, Dave joined the Mount Wilson Institute in 2005 as Superintendent of the historic Mount Wilson Observatory. Starting at an early age with his first telescope view of Saturn, Dave soon became captivated with astronomy and has pursued it as a lifelong endeavor.  The profound questions posed by our incremental and continuing understanding of the Universe have drawn Dave into an appreciation for the Cosmos, which he has expressed through the artistic medium of astrophotography. His wife, En Lee Lin, a native of Taiwan, is the corporate controller for a large US appliance manufacturer headquartered in Southern California. They have two children, Rachel and Aaron, and reside in Alhambra, California. starimager.com

Norman Klein is a critic, urban and media historian, novelist, and teaches in the School of Critical Studies at California Institute of the Arts. His books include The History of Forgetting: Los Angeles and the Erasure of Memory; Seven Minutes: The Life and Death of the American Animated Cartoon; The Vatican to Vegas: The History of Special Effects; Freud in Coney Island and Other Tales; and the database novel Bleeding Through: Layers of Los Angeles, 1920-86. imaginarytwentiethcentury.com

Emily Lacy is a folk and electronic sound artist generating works in music, film, and other media. She has performed in exhibitions at PS1 MOMA, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Hammer Museum, the Walker Art Center, and LACMA, in addition to various DIY spaces all throughout America. She works very closely with Machine Project. emilylacy.net

Tom Leeser is a digital media artist, educator, curator and writer. He is the Program Director of the Art and Technology Program in the School of Art and the Director of the Center for Integrated Media at the California Institute of the Arts. Tom's moving image work along with his interactive installations and public performances have been shown at MOCA Los Angeles, Telic Arts Exchange, Public School, MassMoca, The Santa Monica Museum of Art, The Kitchen, The Millennium and film and video festivals worldwide. Tom's projects have received support from Art Matters, Creative Time and the Daniel Langlois Foundation. Tom's recent curatorial projects include Radical Cosmologies, ISEA2012, Indirect Intention- A Home and Garden Intervention at the Museum of Jurassic Technology and the Center for Land Use Interpretation, Future Imaginary for the Ben Maltz Gallery at the Otis College of Art and Design, The Lament Project- An Evening at the Manual Archives, Underground Cinemamachine for Machine Project and Object Lessons for Gigantic Artspace (GAS) in New York.

Marilyn Lowey works with light as a material to create phenomenological pieces where light becomes the form and interacts with the viewer's perceptions. She questions the difference between what the eye sees and the brain understands. After many years as a theatrical lighting designer she transitioned her practice into art making, re-contextualizing those experiences into a more critical and rigorous gesture. Her works use a full range of tools from technologically advanced lights, mirrors, haze machines to store-bought lamps and hand made light bulbs. Marilyn's work has shown at 825 Gallery, Flagstop Art, Actual Size, Anderson Ranch, Distributed Gallery/Telic Arts Exchange and Glendale Art Temporary Exhibition. Marilyn is based in Los Angeles. marilynlowey.com

Miwa Matreyek is an internationally recognized animator, designer, and multi-media artist based in Los Angeles. She creates animated short films as well as live works that integrate animation, performance, and video installation. Her work has been shown internationally in animation/film festivals, theatre festivals, performance festival, as well as art galleries, science museums, tech conferences, and more. Matreyek received her MFA (2007) in Experimental Animation and Integrated Media at the California Institute of the Arts. She is one of the founding-member and core-collaborator of the performance media group, Cloud Eye Control, who makes theatrical productions with cleverly integrated animation projections.

Image: Sunspot Drawing, Mount Wilson Observatory Solar Tower, Thursday September 4, 1930, courtesy The Regents of the University of California

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