Max Steven Grossman was born in Barranquilla, Colombia in 1971. He originally studied engineering and graduated from the University of Philadelphia in 1994. Soon after he discovered his passion in life for photography. In 2000, Max Steven graduated from New York University and the International Center of Photography with a Master of Arts specializing in photography. The two diverse studies of engineering and the arts have helped to mold the creative photography of Grossman into a study of reality and imagination. In his photographic series of “Bookscapes” the assembled libraries only exist in his photographs. From photos of different bookshelves, he reorganizes them into a creative digital composition of a new thematic “Bookscape”.
The relationship each viewer experiences is almost immediately personal depending on the theme of the particular assembled library and the viewers relationship to that theme. Some examples of “Bookscape” themes are Film, Rock and Roll, Fashion, Architecture, Art, etc. His series “Seascapes” uses the same beach background, juxtaposed with another photograph to create a totally different physiological affect on the viewer. Some of the beaches have a semi truck located on them while others may have delapidated buildings. Some of the elements like the semi truck contain Grossman’s other personal photographs such as the “Bookscapes” integrated into them.
The final product is a photograph that makes us believe in something that would naturally be preserved as unlikely or impossible to be comprehended to be perfectly normal. It creates an escape from our realities. Max Steven Grossmans photographs have been exhibited around the world including -Beatriz Esguerra art in Bogota, Colombia, -Museum of Modern Art in Cartagena, Colombia, -Museum of Modern Art in Barranquilla, Colombia, -Art Wynwood in Miami. –Art Southampton in Long Island, NY. Palm Springs fine art fair, Palm Springs, CA. –LA Art show in Los Angeles, CA. He has also exhibited extensively in Fairs and Foundations internationally such as in Spain, Hong Kong and Argentina to name a few.
*The shown image is not indicative of the pieces located at Parker Rooftop. Images to come.
William Betts was born and raised in New York City, resided in Houston Texas and is currently based in Miami Florida. In 1991, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts, Studio Art-Cum Laude from Arizona State University, William Betts has exhibited throughout North America and Europe. His artwork has been featured in the group exhibition, Rasterfahndung (Tracing the Grid), Kunstmuseum, in Stuttgart, Germany, in the Arlington Museum of Art, The University of Texas, The Salt Lake City Art Center, The University of Wisconsin, Eau-Claire, and the Albuquerque Museum. His selected Bibliography includes The Creators Project (video interview), June 2016; Politiken, Københagen, Photo Essay, March 28, 2016; Kinetic, Art from Polsinelli Art Collection, Privately Published 2015; Victoria Machmudov, Under övervakningsradarn, Konstperspektiv, Sweden, June, 2014 and Rasterfahndung (Tracing the Grid), Kunstmuseum Stuttgar (Show Catalog). He was named New American Painting Annual Prize winner in 2011 and featured in issues #60, #72, #84, and #96
William Betts had a career in tech industries where he established proficiency in computer language and programing. From this, he uses complex industrial processes to create paintings that reflect the possibilities for an analog medium in a digital age. Betts uses his own source material (photographs/videos) as data sets to be examined, sampled, re-contextualized, manipulated and represented. Typically less interested in content and more concerned with the structural and social aspects of the image.