PKN 3, Kevin Hoth
May 27, 2009, 3:05 am
Filed under: Events, News, Presentations, Presenter Profiles

Kevin Hoth

Kevin Hoth

Kevin Hoth is a multimedia artist, photographer, and photography faculty member at the Art Institute of Charleston. Kevin has also taught design, digital art, photography and multimedia software at The University of Washington, The University of Georgia, and The Citadel.

Kevin has used traditional and digital photographic technologies creatively since 1995 and has exhibited photography, digital images, video, and solo performance work in over 70 exhibitions around the U.S.

After earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Art (long story), Kevin lived, drove and photographed around the American West for several years. Further study in photography led Kevin to the University of Washington in Seattle where he earned his Master of Fine Arts degree in Photography. While attending the UW, Kevin worked as a faculty technology liaison at the Center for Advanced Research Technology in the Arts and Humanities (CARTAH) and became enamored with digital video. After graduate school Kevin worked in digital video for several years and collaborated extensively with modern dance companies, musicians, and other visual artists.

Kevin was born and bred in Wisconsin but has lived in Spain, Utah, Nantucket Island, Georgia, Washington State, Colorado, New Mexico, regular Mexico, and some other lovely places (like Charleston). Kevin enjoys creating art installations with his daughter, surfing, new music, yoga, and making one decent photograph per day.

 



Pecha Kucha Profile – Colin Quashie
November 11, 2008, 6:36 pm
Filed under: News, Presenter Profiles

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Colin Quashie is an artist of this time. The controversy that surrounded the Battle Flag of the Confederacy which flew defiantly above South Carolina’s State Capitol building engenders precisely the form of polemic exchange in which he feels most at ease. Quashie’s wry, ironic, and irreverent art works are especially timely, forcing his audience to consider difficult cultural problems which they may often prefer to avoid. In this Post-modern era, Quashie’s highly political art may be categorized as “conceptual” and “journalistic”. Artistically, and aesthetically, much of his work is closely allied to the ideals of the Pop-Art Movement of the 1960s & 70s. However, the subject matter he presents is radically different from the topics explored in the earlier Pop-Art genre.

Quashie was born in London, England and raised in the West Indies. At age six, his parents emigrated to the States and settled in Daytona Beach. The artist briefly attended the University of Florida on a full academic scholarship, but felt ill at ease in academia and left, eventually joining the Navy as a submarine sonarman. It was there that his lifelong love for art re-emerged. After his discharge in 1987, he made the decision to pursue an art career.

Showing steady growth, his art career ended abruptly in 1995 after an exhibition was censored. Frustrated with the art world, he abandoned art, moved West and landed a job as a comedy sketch writer on Mad-Tv. His love for art re-emerged two years later and since then, in between writing gigs (he has written for five other comedy series and in 2001 received an Emmy award for documentary writing), he continues to produce his unique brand of art.

He lives in Charleston, South Carolina where he paints while continuing to write.



Pecha Kucha Night Profile – Justin Nathanson
November 10, 2008, 11:26 pm
Filed under: News, Presenter Profiles
photo courtesy of Charleston City Paper

photo courtesy of Charleston City Paper

Justin Nathanson is an American Independent Filmmaker living and working in the low country. After winning best student filmmaker 3 years in a row, Justin completed his directorial feature film debut at 19 years old, while still at New York’s prestigious School of Visual Arts.

For the past 15 years, Justin has produced, directed or edited 5 critically acclaimed feature films, more than 10 television shows, many award winning short films, and countless nationally broadcast commercials and industrials.

Justin is Executive Director of ChasDOC, a non-profit organization he founded to create documentary films based on local stories. “Bin Yah: There’s No Place Like Home” is the first feature-length project of ChasDOC, premiering on PBS in June of 2007.

In addition to ChasDOC and running The Cut Company, a full service film & TV production company, Justin and partners are launching a new multi-media commercial advertising company early 2009.



Pecha Kucha Night Profile – Nico Romo
November 7, 2008, 5:02 pm
Filed under: News, Presenter Profiles

Nico Romo, a Lyon, France native, joined Patrick Properties in August 2007 as Executive Chef for Fish Restaurant, Lowndes Grove, The William Aiken House and The American Theater. Today, Fish’s focus is French-Asian. Romo infuses his native French techniques and sensibilities with simple, authentic Asian flavors. Local fish, shrimp, beef, chicken and vegetables are showcased on the menu nightly, and the results are unabashedly delicious.
 
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A 15-year old graduate of The Helene Boucher Culinary Art School in Venissieux, France, Romo honed his skills at two Relais & Chateaux properties: La Pyramide Hotel and Restaurant in Vienne, France, under Master Chef M. Henrioux, and at Restaurant Pierre Orsi in Lyon, France, under Master Chef M. Pierre Orsi. He has held positions at Chez Philippe in the Peabody Hotel in Memphis, Tennessee and Cielo, also in Memphis. Nico was then recruited by The Ritz Carlton, Atlanta where he served as Sous Chef and later became Executive Chef at The Café at East Andrews in Buckhead. Prior to joining Fish, Romo opened the third location of the B.E.D. restaurant concepts in Atlanta.

In his spare time, he is goalie for a local arena soccer team. His favorite team is Olympique Lyonnais.



Pecha Kucha Night Profile – Marcus Amaker
November 6, 2008, 9:22 pm
Filed under: News, Presenter Profiles

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Marcus Amaker is a performance poet, musician, and graphic designer. He is the editor of Preview, a weekly publication that supports the art community. He has published three books and released four albums of electronic music. Marcus has also designed web sites, logos, and artwork for area musicians and non-profit organizations, including LILA, of which he is a founding member. His is currently touring in support of his third book, “the soft paper cut,” a collection of original artwork and poetry. His latest album, 1945, is a concept piece about the atomb bomb, and is available as a free download from his web site.

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Pecha Kucha Night Profile – Brady Waggoner
November 6, 2008, 6:20 pm
Filed under: News, Presenter Profiles

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Often hidden behind his super-sized monitor, Brady works on layouts with the same careful attention to detail as do people who create authentic miniature Civil War soldiers. He sees every project as a chance to make a big statement for clients. Along with excellent design skill, Brady is also a smart strategist who finds the tiny cracks that lead straight to a consumer’s sweet spot.

Prior to Hook, the University of Kansas grad ran DoubleYuji, a shop that merged the worlds of creative, branding and music. He also worked for Rawle Murdy Associates where he worked on Orient Express, CARTA and South Carolina Aquarium.

After dark, Brady spends time as the front-man for Dub Island Soundsystem, a dancehall reggae band and the proud father of his beautiful little girl, Sousa.

Brady’s work has been featured in Print Magazine and Graphis. He’s recorded in Jamaica and performed on bills with artists ranging from Digital Underground to Damian “Junior Gong” Marley.



Final PKN Presenter Line Up
November 6, 2008, 6:09 pm
Filed under: News, Presenter Profiles

A quick recap of November 12 PKN presenter line up:

Jacob Lindsey – Urban Designer/Planner with Keane & Co
Whitney Powers – Owner of Studio A Architecture
Jonathan Sanchez – Writer, Owner of Blue Bicycle Books
Brady Waggoner – Designer/Musician, Partner in Hook
Tim Hussey – Designer/Photographer/Artist
Colin Quashie – Artist/Writer
Marcus Amaker – Poet/Designer
Nico Romo – Executive Chef, Patrick Properties
Justin Nathanson – Film Director/Producer

We have so many other great presenters lining up…so stay tuned for news of Pecha Kucha Night Charleston v2.