Then as now, I refuse to let go of the idea that to embark on even the most common encounter with art . . . is to think freely about social life, ideally to talk freely, and to summon a human disposition for speech, for disagreement and otherness that is part of aesthetic experience. Rhea Anastas, “Being Opposite,” Tuesday Evenings at the Modern, March 21, 2017
Roberto de Leon and Ross Primmer take a native approach with their practice—no matter the location.
David Sokol, “Locally Sourced,” Cultured Magazine, June/July 2015
Roberto de Leon, FAIA, LEED AP, is partner and co-founder of de Leon & Primmer Architecture Workshop (DPAW), based in Louisville, Kentucky. De Leon was at the Modern for Tuesday Evenings in conjunction with the Fort Worth AIA 2016 Design Awards, for which he was the lead juror.
Ryan McGinness' approach to art and the art world is sardonic yet earnest, a mature version of the rebellious ethos that defined his youth in 90s skate culture. He’s soft-spoken and very tall, a gentle giant from Virgina Beach, long and far away from his current space on the top floor of a six-story former factory in New York's Chinatown.
Benjamin Merris, Maximalism: Phase ll,Being There, performance
Merris’ sensibility is as organic and fluid as it is rigorous, as filled with wonder as it is informed by a sense of scientific reason, and it consistently navigates between such positions, seeing them not as oppositional, but naturally and intimately connected. Dean Daderko, 2014