Marina Rubin

Marina Rubin was born in the small town of Vinnitsa, Ukraine, in the former Soviet Union. Her family immigrated to United States in 1989 seeking asylum. Her first chapbook Ode to Hotels (2002) was followed by Once (2004) and Logic (2007). Her work had appeared in over seventy magazines and anthologies including 13th Warrior Review, Asheville Poetry Review, Dos Passos Review, 5AM, Nano Fiction, Coal City, Green Hills Literary Lantern, Jewish Currents, Lillith, Pearl, Poet Lore, Skidrow Penthouse, The Portland Review, The Worcester Review and many more. She is an associate editor of Mudfish, the Tribeca literary and art magazine. Her work was nominated for the Pushcart Prize in 2007 and again in 2012. She is a 2013 recipient of the COJECO Blueprint Fellowship. Her fourth book, a collection of flash fiction stories Stealing Cherries was released in October 2013 from Manic D Press and is available on Amazon, B&N and other booksellers nationwide.

POTPOURRI (from Stealing Cherries)
we heard about the beach on the other side of the resort, the sign prohibiting all photographs, the mandate to remove clothing at the gate within thirty seconds, or leave immediately. the nudists, we were not like those people, polite and proper we stayed on the prude beach in our bathing suits, discussing politics and the importance of potpourri. by sundown we knew that there would always be just the two of us on this deserted island, as if in the aftermath of a catastrophe, we were the only remaining humans. somewhere out there, hundreds and hundreds of people sporting nothing but sunscreen, sunglasses, sombreros played volleyball, water badminton, ping pong in pairs, legs, arms, balls, breasts, some silicon, some drooping, swinging in a liberated dance of limbs, a return to ancestral truths. we spat on our principles, we embraced those people, we became those people, for the next eight days we wore nakedness, like a luxurious Burberry coat. when it was over, stranded at the Montego Bay airport it pinched our eyes to see all those fully dressed people, and every inseam, every cross-stitch felt like a cut of a blade, fabric, like sandpaper

THE LEFT LEG (from Logic)
on the stone steps
behind the seaport
where three bridges
converged into one,
he pulled my left leg
in a big black boot
over his knee & said
that he doesn’t care
for poetry, bagels or
scallions, or the rain
in Boston where he wasn’t tonight, or the twelve million years
that needed to be understood in order to understand a minute,
but why would one need a minute when he could have twelve
million years, that none of it ever mattered, he only loved
this left leg in this big black boot

They (from Ode to Hotels)
In every can of fruit cocktail with diced apricots, pears and pineapples, bows of apples and nets of gooseberries soaked in sweet sauce, there is always that one plump crimson cherry with an unexpected robust bone inside, forgotten, frightened, frantic, foolishly in love.


Anya Roz

Anya Roz (aka Anya Rozhdestvenskaya) is an artist and photographer residing in New York on the Spanish side of Harlem. She was born and raised in Moscow in an eclectic family of artists. Studied design at the Pratt Institute in New York, but later focused on painting and photography as the main pursuits. In the past couple of years her work appeared in various New York venues, including the Ico Gallery (Chelsea), Set Gallery (Brooklyn), Art in Flux (Harlem), and 287 Spring.
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Anton Vitkovskiy

I’m a Graphic Designer and Artist living in new York. I moved to US 12 years ago. My fine art style is post-expressionism.

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Andrey Tsers

Artist Statement: Stylization is one of the most exciting aspects of a creative process. It connects one’s first impression of the world around with a subsequent expression about this experience. Results of such an individual interpretation sometimes can be powerful enough to convince the others, and inspire nations to use them for centuries. Concept of the language is a good example of this stylization when various symbols are supposed to represent different meanings. Any given language can express these meanings with numerous medias, such as: sound, color, gesture, line, etc. Each media has its own initially limited number of primary elements; however, their further combinations are infinite. Geometry is another example for concept of stylization which serves the purpose of visualizing a space-time relationship between different events. Geometrical shapes can help one to simplify and organize any complicated perceptions of changing reality.
All my projects are united by the same conceptual subject matter, which is expressed by looking at three primary forms: the square, triangle and circle. Although the concept is general, it is broken into specific series, which are dedicated to certain aspects of relationship between these forms. These primary forms represent three beginnings of a visual language. Their conjunction produces an infinite number of characters. Once selected characters are put together in a certain arrangement, they create unified images, which can be seen as a pure abstraction, or have reference to something more representational. The impression, with which one may be left comparing a likeness of three primary forms, in combination, and letters from alphabet, may elicit an infinite array of visual dramas. Each combination is not simply an intellectual exercise. All of them meant to be calligraphic and poetic.
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Kate Balandina

Kate, a native of Odessa, Ukraine, graduated from the NYU Film Department and is currently a film director and producer. She believes that art brings people together and exposes the beauty of people like nothing else in the world. To foster those beliefs she is dedicating herself to the art of video.


Jenya Spektor

My work is part social statement, part satire and all about just trying to make sense of the crazy, mixed up world around me. If you like it, let me know. If not, same.
My inspirations come from everywhere and everything around me: the streets where I live, the people I meet, the books I read, the movies I see. Mostly, though, I’m influenced by current events and the news of the day. So a lot of my toys reflect the seedier side of social and political issues, like corrupt politicians, school violence, financial greed…
I’m not trying to make political statements with my work; I don’t take sides. I’m just expressing the world as I see it, warts and all.
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Scherer and Ouporov

American-born Suzanne Scherer and Russian-born Pavel Ouporov are a collaborative team who met while studying at the renowned Moscow Surikov State Academy Art Institute—one of Russia’s two institutions of higher arts education and part of the Russian Academy of Arts established in 1757 by Peter the Great. Scherer earned a BFA from Florida State University, an MFA from Brooklyn College, and received an International Research & Exchanges Board Award to be the first American visual artist accepted into the Russian Academy of Arts during the Soviet period. At the age of 11, Ouporov won admittance into the Moscow State Academy Art Lyceum, graduated at 18, and earned a Master of Fine Arts from the Moscow Surikov State Academy Art Institute.

Scherer & Ouporov have received national and international recognition for their collaborative works. Museum exhibitions include the Library of Congress and Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC; Museum of Contemporary Art, Goldman Warehouse and Bass Museum, Miami; Historical Museum of the City of Vienna; World Financial Center, NY; Institute of Contemporary Art, Moscow; Passage de Retz, Paris; Boston Center for the Arts; Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art and Design, Kansas City; and the Frye Art Museum, Seattle. Their works are in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Harvard University Fogg Art Museum, the Library of Congress, New York Public Library, NY, and The State Russian Museum in St. Petersburg, among others. They are one of ten international artists featured in Gustav Klimt: The Ronald S. Lauder and Serge Sabarsky Collections monograph that explores Klimt’s influence among today’s leading contemporary artists. Their work has been reviewed extensively in many publications such as Art In America, ArtNews, The New York Times, The New Yorker, and featured on PBS and Public Affairs Television.  Awards include a NY Artist’s Fellowship, Mid-Atlantic Visual Arts Grant and a South Florida Cultural Consortium Fellowship for Visual and Media Artists. A comprehensive hard cover publication, As Above, So Below: Recent Work by Scherer & Ouporov, was released in conjunction with their solo exhibition at the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art at Auburn University. The artists’ paintings are represented by ACA Galleries in New York and Arden Gallery in Boston.  Their original prints are represented by the Mezzanine Gallery of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

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Sofy Yuditskaya

Sofy Yuditskaya (@horusVacui) is a non-disciplinary researcher and practitioner, examining the nature of human actions in relationship to their fragmented digital representations. Her practice weaves together a variety of performance types, including musical performance with her own transmission based instruments, the uttered word, interactive dance, techno-futuristic occult rituals, and a variety of site specific social experiments.

Color Mapping/Depth Mapping Glitchtopia (2 min)

Perverted Pet Peace (2 min)
Live video performance with with Maria Joao Salema in white gloves and magic wand, pushing toy bugs. Performed at the Bellhouse in Brooklyn as part of Work Hard, Party Harder 2012

Point, Line, Surface (2 min)
Made at Art Hack Day at 319 Scholes. Point Line Surface is an interactive multichannel audio and video installation that allows participants to create a dynamic environment representative of how machines see the world, iteratively through scan lines. This is achieved by distorting both the video and audio using techniques such as granular synthesis and scan line filters.


Sasha Trachishin

Aleksandr Trachishin (aka Sasha Kandimir) was born in Ukraine. Graduated from Minsk Art School and Rhode Island School of Design. Participated in group and solo exhibitions in Minsk (Belarus), Kiev (Ukraine), Boston MA, Old Lime , Mystic, New London CT, Portland OR, Portland MN, Jersey City NJ., Manhattan NY, etc. Works are represented in private collections in Ukraine, Russia, Netherlands, Canada, Italy, USA, etc. Sasha lives in Connecticut.

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Dasha Ziborova

Dasha Ziborova is a Children’s Books Illustrator. She has “Crispin the Terrible” and “In English, of Course” along her list. “The Numbers Dance” book is scheduled for publishing next fall. Dasha’s works has been reviewed in Washington Post, Kirkus Reviews, and it was mentioned in The New York Times Metro Section. Her last book was also on the PBS recommended list.
She have been working with such publishers as Callaway Editions and Gingerbread House.
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