The Light Grey Residency Program: Team Plover included a diverse team of concept artists, photographers, illustrators, and fine artists from different areas of the globe. The Team Plover residents hail from various areas of the United States, India, Hungary, and beyond.
Throughout the program, the artists will travel through Southern Iceland visiting some of the natural geothermal pools, caves, waterfalls, and basalt beaches -- some of the most secluded and sublime landscapes. We will be equipped with our day packs, binoculars, sketchbooks, and cameras ready for an adventure of a lifetime.
Read more about our 2017 artists-in-residence below:
Team Plover: Adam Hoppus, Aidan Vitti, Alice Yang, Archana Vikram, Ellen Shershow, Elsa Chang, Jared D Weiss, Jon Lau, Judit Neubauer, Junyi Wu, Michael Manomivibul, Sadaf Cameron, and Sasha Jones
Archana Vikram is an Fine Art and Architectural Photographer (b. 1971, Bombay, India). She currently resides in Bangalore, India. She is drawn to the form and function of structures and building endeavors with the intention to capture these as visualised by the architect and often beyond. Her art is interpretative of the theme and tries to present not what can be seen but what should be felt or conveyed. Although she works independently, Archana also enjoys collaborative projects and finds these rich learning and rewarding experience.
Her work will be presented in the Berlin Photo Bienniale in October, 2016. The California Museum of Photography will showcase her new series in 2017 (Mar-Jun). This will be her first solo museum presentation. She has previously exhibited solo in various locations including the Alliance Francaise and Haworth Studios in Bangalore-India. Her work has been included in shows at the Soulcatcher Studios, SantaFe, NM, Davis-Orton Editions, NY and at Highwire ArtsSan Antonio- TX (USA), BUE-Buenos Aires Photo (Argentina), Fotoloft Gallery Moscow (Russia). Her projects are featured in Lensculture, Paris and aCurator, NY.
"I am hoping to add to an ongoing series and would look forward to the time and company of the team to share & learn and perhaps develop new concepts to work on too."
Los Angeles, CA
Elsa Chang studied illustration at Art Center College of Design and graduated with a BFA in 2010. She was a visual development trainee in 2012 for the Walt Disney Animation Studios. She went on to work as a character designer at Sony Animation, Paramount Animation, Nickelodeon and DreamWorks TV Animation.
"I am looking forward to leaving the stuffy city and totally immersing myself in rural nature and the landscape of Iceland. Hoping a change of scenery will unveil some new inspirations."
Los Angeles, CA
Jon Lau graduated from Art Center College of Design in 2011. Through his intricate paintings, he tells whimsical stories that are inspired by nature, animals, and our interactions with them. He is based in Los Angeles.
"I'm so honored and thrilled to be getting the chance to get to know and hang out with such a diverse creative team. I can envision this being the most jam-packed experience, in the best way possible. I am really excited to learn about so many different creative processes and share ideas over hot cocoa, all while exploring Iceland. I am convinced this will be the adventure of a lifetime."
San Francisco, CA
Alice is an illustrator and designer based in San Francisco. She's loved to draw ever since she could wrap her stubby little fingers around a pencil, and has been holding onto it ever since. At the moment she spends her days freelancing, and nights experimenting with inks and paint both physical and digital. When she is not drawing or working Alice can most often be found cuddling her two devastatingly cute cats, Marshmallow and Mochi.
"I'm looking forward to working with and learning from some amazingly talented folks while exploring the wonder that is Iceland!"
Judit Neubauer is a food photographer, chef and writer living in a small village in Northwestern Hungary. She earned a degree in economics but later decided to be a chef and committed herself completely to gastronomy. She got a degree in culinary arts, was trained in France and later opened her own bistro in the heart of Budapest. She had her own gastronomic section in a Hungarian home&lifestyle magazine for three years while she became passionate about food photography and started to learn and practice it. After living in many countries in Europe she decided to go back to her roots and moved to the village where her grandmother was born. Her bilingual blog, Taste of Memories is about life in the Hungarian countryside. While she is bringing new life into the 90 year-old house and orchard of 18 fruit trees she cooks and bakes her family’s old recipes and tries to preserve traditions and old knowledge about how to live in rhythm and harmony with nature.
Using her gastronomic, writing and photography skills she creates complete gastronomic content from the creation of the recipe until the final shoot of the cooked and styled food. Her aim is to create a cosy, warm atmosphere, which gives the sense of arriving at home and a virtual place to relax and switch off. She is passionate about showing the world Hungarian cuisine and countryside which is hardly known outside the country’s border.
"I'm looking forward to getting to know artists from all around the world and being in the middle of the beautiful landscape of Iceland which I can't wait to see! Since I chose being a full-time freelance artist a year ago, I am still in process to find my workflow and daily inspiration and I would love learning about other artist's processes, methods, source of inspiration and how they defeat fear, uncertainty, perfectionism- all things that make it difficult to create."
Ellen holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and a Master of Fine Arts in Photography from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. A Conceptual artist by training, in 2009 Ellen left a decades long career in the arts non-profit sector to pursue her own business. Convinced that one should be able to make a living doing the things that she loves, she combined her passion for fine art photography with her deep love of dogs. Today she runs a thriving pet photography studio in Oakland, California.
Currently, She serves as the President of theSF CameraWork Board of Directors. She previously served as the chair of the SF Camerawork Benefit Auction where she transformed the annual benefit auction and raised over one hundred thousand dollars for this important Bay Area institution. Before joining the crew at SF Camerawork, she served as president of the San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery to support emerging artists and provide expertise and contacts to promote their work.
Ellen’s pet photography captures pure, thoughtful, and spontaneous moments of animals. Working with the consumer and editorial market, Ellen is connected with some of the industry’s best animal trainers, stylists, and producers. Ellen’s savvy, hands on approach remains intact for projects ranging from a single pet to complex sets involving multiple creatures and humans. Ellen believes that our communities are only as good as those who contribute to making it better. To that end she donates over 30 hours every month to photographing the adoptable dogs at Muttville senior dog rescue. She also photographs with the Pet Food Express My Mutt program, providing valuable funds to Bay Area pet shelters and rescues.
Michael is a freelance illustrator whose work thrives on mystery and atmosphere. He’s been known to work on books about spooky beings and grand adventure.
Born in Boston, raised in Bangkok, Michael has a BFA in Illustration from the California College of The Arts. Michael currently resides in Oakland California.
Sasha is an artist and illustrator, focused on developing personal projects which explore the intersections of gender diversity, queerness, fantasy, and nature. He seeks to create emotional narratives in diverse settings, and uses the mediums of illustration, writing, and short comics to convey these stories.
"Iceland is a place that has long fascinated me, with it's powerful landscapes and titled circadian rhythms-- I look forward to exploring a truly fantastical landscape under the midnight sun and to learning more about the culture. Even more than that, I'm excited to be able to experience all of that not just through my own eyes, but to see it through the lens of those I will be sharing the residency with."
Light Grey Residency Alumna
Adam Hoppus is a Product Designer and Illustrator living and working in Minneapolis, MN for Target Corporation. He graduated from Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 2004 with a degree in Animation, Illustration and Graphic Design. After a brief career in animation he switched gears and became Product Designer for Target Corporation working on multiple product categories including apparel, bedding, toys, party décor and even pharmaceuticals. He has won multiple internal design awards, has several design and utility patents and is now one of the lead children’s product designers at the company. Outside of work he participates in gallery shows around the U.S. and is currently working on his first board game for his own game studio.
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Sadaf Rassoul Cameron uses beauty as a means of subversion in photography. Ultimately luring the viewer to confront the complexities of the human experience through use of nuance and tone. Stripped down to basic elements of light, texture, and composition, her work explores themes and tensions related to homogenization and mono-culturalism, othering, impermanence, the aftermath of war, surveillance, industrial and military colonization of land, and gender.
Cameron received her BFA in Photography from the College of Santa Fe and her MA in International Peace Studies from the United Nations University for Peace. Cameron’s early documentary work covered the Afghan refugee camps in Pakistan, North-West Frontier Province, and the 1947 partition of India.
Orange County, California
Junyi Wu is an illustrator and graphic designer based in Orange County, California. As a freelance artist, she has worked for clients in the editorial, advertising, entertainment and publishing industries. She also regularly participates in gallery shows and conventions. Junyi is currently represented by the children's illustration agency, Bright Group International.
"Seeing pictures of the mystical and otherworldly landscapes from Iceland has had me wanting to go there for a while now. I am so excited to be able to explore it with a team of fellow creatives! This is my first residency experience, so I'm really looking forward to meeting everyone and absorbing as much as I can from the trip."
Aidan is a costume designer currently dividing her time between New Orleans, Seattle, and Los Angeles. She enjoys traveling, watercolors, and horror movies (good and bad). When not working on set, she takes costume commissions for Halloween and conventions, and spends her free time working on clothing for children with physical and mental design challenges. She never finishes a video game anymore, but keeps trying anyway.
"I have never been to Iceland and I am very excited to experience this country this way - with a group of fellow artists, exploring and engaging with the environment directly - as opposed to a bus tour or similar. I think it's going to be AMAZING!"
Jared D. Weiss
Los Angeles, CA
Jared D. Weiss is a storyboard artist, animator and designer currently living and working in Los Angeles, having worked for such studios as Disney TV Animation, Warner Bros Animation and Fox ADHD. In addition, Jared is the Art Director for the independent music label, Otherworldly Mystics, which specializes in cassette tape releases. Jared is a graduate of the School of Visual Arts in New York City, where he made his thesis film, Transmission, which screened and competed in over 15 festivals around the world. Jared's latest short, Brazey, will release online this fall.
"For me, the most exciting part of this residency is getting the opportunity to be completely out of my element and seeing a part of the world I may never get to see otherwise; and utilizing that experience and feeling in order to progress myself as an artist and as a person."