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VAEFF 2015 Panel Discussion Highlights

Lyle Rexer

Lyle Rexer

Lyle Rexer is an independent critic, curator and writer. He is the author of numerous books, catalogue essays, and articles on art, architecture, and photography.

Lyle Rexer was born in 1951. He was educated at the University of Michigan, Columbia University, and Merton College, Oxford University, which he attended as a Rhodes Scholar. He holds B.A. and M.A. degrees from Columbia University. He is the author of several books, including Photography’s Antiquarian Avant-Garde: The New Wave in Old Processes (2002); Jonathan Lerman: The Drawings of an Artist with Autism (2002); How to Look at Outsider Art (2005); and The Edge of Vision: The Rise of Abstraction in Photography (2009). In addition to his book projects, Lyle Rexer has published many catalogue essays dealing with contemporary artists and collections and contributes articles on art, architecture, photography and culture to a variety of publications, including The New York Times, Art in America, Modern Painters, Aperture, Metropolis, Parkett, Tate, etc., and Raw Vision. As a curator, he has organized exhibitions in the United States and internationally, including “Fernando Canovas,” a retrospective of the Argentine painter held at the Insitiut Valencia d’Art Modern. For the Aperture Foundation he curated “The Edge of Vision,” an exhibition of contemporary abstract photography, which is traveling through 2013. Lyle Rexer teaches at the School of Visual Arts in New York City and is a columnist for Photograph magazine.


Carla Gannis

Carla Gannis is an artist who lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. She holds a BFA in painting from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and an MFA in painting from Boston University. She is the recipient of several awards, including a New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) Grant in Computer Arts, an Emerge 7 Fellowship from the Aljira Art Center, and a Chashama AREA Visual Arts Studio Award. She has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions both nationally and internationally.

Her 2014 solo exhibitions include “The Garden of Earthly Delights” at Kasia Kay Art Projects in Chicago, IL and “The Non-Facial Recognition Project” at The Center for Digital Arts in Peekskill, NY. In 2013 she collaborated with poet Justin Petropoulos on a transmedia book, installation and net art project entitled <legend> </legend> published by Jaded Ibis Press, Seattle, WA and exhibited at Transfer Gallery, Brooklyn, NY. Features or reviews on Gannis’s work have appeared in The Creators Project, ARTnews, The Wallstreet Journal, The Huffington Post, Hyperallergic, Art F City, Art Critical, The New York Times, The LA Times, The Miami Herald, The Daily News, The Star Ledger, Animal and The Village Voice, among others. Gannis is currently the Assistant Chair of The Department of Digital Arts at Pratt Institute.

Marie Kristiansen

Marie Kristiansen

Marie was born in 1982 in Oslo, Norway. She graduated from Central St Martins in 2007. With several art exhibitions behind her, Marie’s aesthetics and visual storytelling were discovered by the commercial world. Her commercials and fashion films have been screened on websites such as Dazed And Confused, i-D, Wallpaper and AnOther magazines, as well as exhibited at the Centre Pompidou in Paris. In 2010 she directed and photographed her first feature film in LA, ‘EXTERIORS’. It was nominated for best debut feature at the Raindance Film Festival in London. This fall her new TV series “Hæshtag” will premier in Norway on Tv 2.


Mark Alpert (Moderator)

Mark Alpert is the author of the international bestselling novel Final Theory and its sequel, The Omega Theory. A longtime journalist who has worked for newspapers, magazines and television, he focuses his writing on the connections between science and art. He is a graduate of Princeton and Columbia and currently a contributing editor at Scientific American. His books have been published in more than twenty languages. Alpert currently serves as Board Member, Editorial Advisor and panel moderator for VAEFF.

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