There is a rich seam of artistic talent running through our alumni community, reflecting the strong focus on the visual arts that has been present at Ecolint since its earliest days. From November 2016 to January 2017, the inaugural ALUMNI ART EXHIBITION at La Grande Boissière's Centre des arts will present the work of four alumni around a unifying theme around urbanism and living spaces.
The featured artists, covering urban design, printing, contemporary painting and multimedia design, will each visit the school while the exhibition is running. Through workshops and presentations they will provide advice, guidance and inspiration to today's students. By highlighting the work of alumni – and presenting a different group alumni artists each year – the aim is to demonstrate the wide range of possible career paths in the visual arts.
> Thursday 24 November
> Centre des arts, La Grande Boissière
The vernissage will be followed by a concert by the United Strings of Europe, a London-based ensemble led by alumnus Julian Azkoul (LGB '06). Alumni attending the vernissage might also consider buying a ticket to the USE concert. More information here.
> Thursday 24 November 2016 to Friday 13 January 2017
> Weekdays from 08h30 to 18h00 (Opening hours during Christmas holidays to be confirmed)
> Centre des arts, La Grande Boissière
Tyson Skross (LGB '98)
Yellow Anvil, archival pigment print 12"x21" 2013
In 1988 at the age of nine Tyson Skross moved with his family from suburban Texas to Geneva, Switzerland. Living there, wedged between the largest, most mysterious lake in Western Europe and the Swiss Alps with their historical relationship with romanticism, he witnessed many unusual natural phenomenon. His work is as influenced by his childhood experiences in that simultaneously sorrowful and optimistic city as it is by his contemporary American surroundings.
He returned to pursue an education in fine arts receiving his BFA from MICA in 2001. Since then his work has been exhibited nationally and internationally including a 2009 solo show in Berlin as well as in exhibitions in Leipzig, and Dubai. His work has been recognized by several notable institutions including the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, The Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art and as the recipient of a 2009 Efroymson Contemporary Arts Fellowship.
Tyson currently lives and work in Brooklyn, NY.
Matias Echanove (LGB '95)
Tea Carrier created as part of the URBZ Homegrown Things project in Mumbai, 2014.
Matias Echanove is interested in urban culture, participatory planning and information technology among many other things. He has organized workshops, studios, seminars and conferences in various cities. He’s a contributor to airoots.org and a founder of URBZ and Urbanology.
He studied economics & government at the London School of Economics, urban planning at Columbia University in New York and urban information systems at the University of Tokyo.
He now lives in Mumbai.
Natacha Steiner (La Chât '03)
Robert, 2010, Acrylic on MDF (110x140x2cm)
Natacha Steiner studied at ECAL (Ecole cantonale d'art de Lausanne), obtaining a BA in visual artsin 2011 followed by the European Art Ensemble master's in visual art in 2013. Her work has been exhibited in Italy, France and throughout Switzerland, most recently at the FAQ Gallery, Basel, in summer 2016.
Natacha is inspired by natural and industrial landscapes (rocks, mountains, architecture, road signs, etc...), reproducing them through simple and geometrical shapes. Using drawing as a principal medium, she then chooses some of them to become sculptures. Playing with the functionality of brut materials and optical effects, she creates abstract objects that can represent many different things for the spectator.
She lives in Denens, VD.
Tania Grace Knuckey (La Chât '05)
Silk scarves by Tania Grace Knuckey
Tania Grace Knuckey is a multi media designer living and working in Geneva, Switzerland. She graduated from Design Academy Eindhoven in 2009 with a Cum Laude BA in Design and from The Royal College of Art London in 2012 with a MA in mixed media textiles.
Her work has been exhibited in New York, London, Amsterdam, Paris and Geneva.