Charlotte was born under a Mercury retrograde after three days of labor at New York Downtown Hospital in 1992 at 8:32 pm. She is the best April Fool's trick ever played on her mother. She began experimenting with image-editing programs in middle school, taught herself photography in high school and studied Art History at Kenyon College, where she took her first sculpture class. Her digital work, sculptures, and painterly collage/assemblage synthesize an interest in vernacular architecture and medieval church floor patterns with found object, deconstruct structures on personal, corporate and societal levels, and express her tomboy femininity and anxiety about the apocalypse.
Yoshi Coryne is a Brooklyn artist, whose illustrations are inspired by the Classicist, and Northern Renaissance traditions. The work also derives from the rich traditions of his Japanese and Middle Eastern heritage, and rejects an East-West binary. He seeks to expand connections hidden in plain sight, particularly in the decidedly White tropes of Classic and Enlightenment art. The artist’s drawings are sensual, taking the next logical step in the subject matter of the heroic male, underlining the inherent homoerotic nature of the male gaze. However, the dense and macabre works also hope to highlight the fatality and absurdity of the subject through clashing symbolism, anachronisms, and the supernatural. When the artist isn’t getting carpal tunnel, he is usually ruining his eyesight and posture with Netflix or computer games.
Lewie Kloster is a documentary filmmaker and animator. His latest piece, Legal Smuggling with Christine Choy, premiered at New York Film Festival in October 2016 and continued on to compete at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. He predominately collaborates with his brother, Noah Kloster. Together they have made four 2D animated films and one series of animated anti-bullying PSAs. His common themes include a mix of optimism with heavy taboo topics as well as fabricating justifications of the visuals that already exist in plain sight.
Jinhee Kwak is best known for her needle felted erotica creations. She explores themes related to sexuality, desire, queerness, sadomasochism, body image, and femininity. Jinhee falls outside of the confines of any particular artistic movement or period, but she remains within feminist and LGBTQ artistic groups. She would like to revisit political themes in her work through two dimensional mediums.
Jake Beckhard is a theater artist who builds in epic gestures and honeycombs of interstitial ironies, with an aim to exercise the ambiguity muscles of his audiences. As a freelance theater director and one half of the Directorate of Performance at Chinatown Soup, he is attracted to new and developing visions in theater and performance. Things he has put on stage: doppelgangers, knights, stuffed cheetahs, interns, rural disillusionment. 2017 resident artist at the Drama League, and credits with Westport Country Playhouse, Arena Stage, and the New Group. People he has worked with: all the ones you like. He likes plays that are like a rain dance.
Serena Berman is an actress, singer, playwright, producer, improvisor, and general badass maker of theatrestuff. You can often find her pretending to be a teenager onstage or writing plays about femaleness or mopping the floor of the Soup basement. She graduated from NYU Tisch with a BFA in Acting and was a co-founding member of downtown theater company Artilliers. As one of two Directors of Performance at Chinatown Soup, she is thrilled to be able to create theatremaking opportunities for cool and worthwhile humans. She also has a Wikipedia page that she didn't even make herself. Seriously.
Ariel Diaz is an illustrator, animator, and filmmaker: “The core of my practice addresses themes of consumerism, consumption, and advertising. I use my iconography, characters, and logos as a platform to portray a world of overindulgence, misleading advertising, and obsessive branding that arrives at the intersection of exploitation of innocence and tainted adult desire.
Henry Mowgli's work is taken directly from his in the moment surroundings, processed, played, massaged, worried, robbed and loved into its finished state. The wall ball flowers series observes a common New York sport and an idea that there is beauty to be had in places as unassuming as a city park concrete wall. The hand embroidery work is an outlet for exerpts of writing. Each individual piece takes 35 hours to 65 hours to complete presenting a positive challenge for the artist to go against his instant gratification impulses in a fast modern world.
Mangda Sengvanhpheng lives and works in New York City. Her work is rooted in a mystical practice that explores the intertwined motion of evolution and consciousness, the gravity of transcendence, and the raw minerals of emotion.