John Alexander Holland was born in Interlochen, MI, a small town in between two lakes. He graduated from the Interlochen Arts Academy where his parents taught music and he studied drawing, painting and photography. He went on to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where he studied Installation, sound, drawing, painting, mixed media collage and photography.
In 2006 he formed the group, SALEM with Heather Pineda and Jack Donoghue. The group was known for its innovative sound, combining trap style beats with dark droning guitars and keyboards. SALEM toured Europe, the US, and played shows all over the world.
He is currently living in Traverse City, MI and is putting out a book under the name 2SPIRIT with Heather Pineda of their combined photography. John will share some of his earlier work, recent video work, and the paintings he has been making at Shared Space.
Amanda Jayne Kennedy studied sculpture at Kansas City Art institute, in Kansas City Missouri, and received her BFA from the California College of the Arts and Crafts, in Oakland, California. With experience as an assistant for many large-scale sculptural projects as well as meticulous projects in wood and clay, her work draws on the practice of fine craft. Her careful and skilled hand meet a found-object DIY aesthetic, to make a unique combination in materials from fabric to driftwood to plastic refuse.
In the past year, Amanda has revived an interest in pottery, and is fine-tuning her throwing technique daily at the studio. Part of her creative practice is teaching others, and we are looking forward to learning more from her talk.