The Guest

A short art studio residency at Hercules


The current Hercules artists have nominated six artists for six week residencies throughout the year.

Patrick Costello nominated by Madhini Nirmal
Maggie Ellis nominated by Pablo Diaz
Yasi Alipour nominated by Cati Bestard
ray ferreira nominated by Sujung Chang
Leeanne Maxey nominated by Manny Padernos
Jordan Strafer nominated by Phoebe Osborne

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Patrick Costello

Residency Dates: 1/10 - 2/21

Patrick's practice is rooted in the collaborative and the performative, spanning across the disciplines of printmaking, sculpture, puppetry, and theater. Working with ecological and autobiographical stories, his work explores the complexities embedded within site and identity. Originally hailing from the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in Virginia, he has apprenticed with the Bread and Puppet Theater, and the Fabric Workshop and Museum, and has studied Pochinko clown technique with Sue Morrison in Toronto, Ontario. Patrick completed his MFA in Studio Art at Hunter College, and earned a BA from the University of Virginia. Patrick lives and works in a seven-person collective house in Brooklyn, where he maintains a small native wildflower meadow on the roof.

The long Haul, 2017, Acrylic on canvas, 57” x 65”

The long Haul, 2017, Acrylic on canvas, 57” x 65”

Maggie Ellis

Residency Dates: 3/1 - 4/12

Maggie Ellis (b. Loganville, Georgia, 1991) is a New York City-based painter. She received her BFA in Painting from Savannah College of Art and Design in 2014 and her MFA from Hunter College in 2017. In 2016, she received a Kossak Travel Grant where she spent two months camping and plein air painting alone on the Withlacooche River in North Florida. In 2017, she attended Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture.

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Yasi Alipour

Residency Dates: 4/14 - 5/26

YASI ALIPOUR (MFA Columbia 2018) is an Iranian artist/ writer/educator/folder, who currently lives in Brooklyn and wonders through paper, politics, and performance. Her interdisciplinary practice begins by exploring the reminiscence of her nation’s interrupted history and expands into experimentations in writing, book making, paper sculpture, large-scale installation, endurance performances, and workshops aiming to find new audiences, context, and meaning. She is currently working on her first book, “As Dreams Became History: Iran 1979-1989: A Map, A Fortune Telling Fold, A Second Hand Oral History” (March 2019).

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ray ferreira

Residency Dates: 7/1 - 8/12

w h e n a m i blaqlatinx from occupied Lenape lands called New York, N Y: the illegitimate EEUU. An o t the r Corona, Queens a spacetimemattering a materialdiscusive (dis)continuity: [the Caribbean, the Greater Antilles, Hispañola, the Dominican Republic —> Corona, Queens] : history.

ray ferreira   w h e n a m i a performer of sorts aka multidisciplinary artist aka polymath. She stays playin : the dance between materiality<->language through her body w h e n a m i where histories are made and remade. She plays with iridescence, text, rhythms (aka systems), to cruise a quantum poetics. Englishes, Spanishes, and other body languages spiral, dance, and twirl to create a banj criticality: that turnup w/the grls; that swerve past white cishet patriarchy. wh e n ami

Queer to Queer, 2018, egg tempera on panel, 11.75” x 15”

Queer to Queer, 2018, egg tempera on panel, 11.75” x 15”

Leeanne Maxey

Residency Dates: 9/1 - 10/13

Native to Little Rock, Arkansas, Leeanne Maxey lives and works in Brooklyn. Her work addresses American organized religion and fundamentalist Christian beliefs through a queer lens. Raised an evangelical Pentecostal, she returns to these beliefs with a critical stance. Maxey’s work has been exhibited in New York and Hudson, NY; Baltimore, MD; Richmond, VA; Boston, MA; and at the Arkansas Arts Center, and is in the Rare Books Collection at the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center. She is a proud participant of the Fire Island Artist Residency, and awards include the Kahn Career Entry Award, Constantin Alajalov Scholarship, and a merit scholarship from the Boston University CFA. Maxey received her MFA from Boston University in 2016 and her BFA from the University of Central Arkansas in 2011. She currently teaches painting at Brooklyn College.

Jordan Strafer, video still from ‘Cherry’, 2018

Jordan Strafer, video still from ‘Cherry’, 2018

Jordan Strafer

Residency Dates: 11/1 - 12/13

Jordan Strafer’s recent work utilizes mimesis and reenactment to destabilize her own and others’ close to her subjective positions and personal histories. Working primarily in video, her ongoing investigations are of archetypal figures, loss, paranoia, unreliable narration, truth, and ambivalence. A recent selection of group exhibitions and screenings include A Cultivated Life with Rin Johnson and Coco Fitterman at Kings Leap, Brooklyn, New York (2018), Lardess at Bard College, New York (2018), Aloha From Hell, Public Arts, New York (2017), A Step-by-Step Guide to Using Humor as a Coping Mechanism, Public Arts, New York (2017). She received her BA from Eugene Lang and BFA from Parsons School of Design in 2016 and is earning her MFA from Bard College (expected summer 2019).