Residency Wrap Up: Emily Nelms Perez

My time at MANA BSMT has been pivotal for my work. Over the past six months my practice and conceptual interests have developed in unexpected ways, stepping away from figurative sculpture and digital fabrication, toward assemblage, installation, and concept driven sculptures. In the month to come I am looking forward to a studio visit from a gallery director, the opening HER:HERE, and a duo with Katie Hovencamp (OUR BEST SHOW YET). Also, I am speaking at Keystone College for International Sculpture Day 2017, presenting on the full spectrum of practice, digital and sculptural. In addition, I have been accepted to the University of California Los Angeles, where I will be pursing an MFA and helping to grow their digital fabrication facilities. Continue reading

Residency Wrap Up: Katie Hovencamp

Currently I am working on getting everything together for my upcoming two person exhibition at Mana Contemporary with Emily Nelms Perez. Our exhibition is called Her:Here and it will be opening on April 30th on the 5th floor in the International Sculpture Center office. In order to prep for this exhibition I have been compiling and completing several sculptures. Continue reading

Ilan Sandler: Big, Precisely

Ilan Sandler Sculpture

Ilan Sandler, Double Storey, 2003.

I first encountered the work of Canadian artist Ilan Sandler in the summer of 2004. By “encountered,” I mean the experiential thing, not the second-hand meeting of a sculptor’s work – the mere seeing of it – in an image. This is an important distinction at so many levels, but for me it had to do with a meaningful encounter with scale. With big. Continue reading

Kehinde Wiley: Re-Imagining Art History

Kehinde Wiley Sculpture

Kehinde Wiley (American, born 1977), Digital Study for Saint Ursula and the Virgin Martyrs, 2014. © Kehinde Wiley. (Photo courtesy of the artist)

Anthony van Dyck’s Seventeenth Century Portrait of Charles I at the Hunt now hangs reverentially in the Louvre, so it’s easy to overlook the artist’s daring decision to paint an equestrian portrait of the monarch dismounted and dressed in civilian clothing as he makes almost mischievous eye contact with the viewer; to its original audience, this was emphatically contemporary art.  Multimedia artist Kehinde Wiley helps us look at these Old Masters in a new light.  His subjects strike poses straight from Old Master paintings, but wear camouflage and Timberland boots.  Furthermore, he playfully flips the switch on art, giving us a color-inverted pantheon of Who’s Who in art history.  Continue reading

Children of Artists Carrying on their Parent’s Legacy

It is rare that an artist retires, so when sculptor Rob Fisher died suddenly of a massive heart attack at age 67 in 2006, he left five large-scale commissioned projects uncompleted. In most contracts to produce a new work of art, there is a clause to cancel the agreement in the event of the death of the artist, but Fisher’s family looked to maintain and extend his legacy. Over the ensuing six years, his son Brett and daughter Talley took over the process of completing these commissions and even to begin new projects that they themselves designed, however still under the imprimatur of Rob Fisher Sculpture. Continue reading

Hello from Switzerland!

The view from Gertrud and Heinz Aeschlimann’s house.

By being awarded the Art-St-Urban Switzerland Residency, I have the wonderful opportunity to work in Switzerland for two months with Heinz and Gertrud Aeschlimann. It has only been a week, but so much has happened already. This is just the beginning of the residency, so check back for updates in the next two months!  Continue reading

Mirella Musri-Personajes infantiles; historias adultas

Violinista, objeto cerámico 2015

Mirella Musri estudió Diseño Gráfico en la UBA y fue becaria de Fabrica Research Center on Communications (Italia). Su formación incluye estudios con reconocidos artistas plásticos y visuales como Ruben Grau, Diego Perrotta y Juan Doffo en pintura y con Julieta Cosentino en cerámica. También hizo workshops con Marina Abramovic, John Maeda, Stefan Sagmeister, James Victore y Alan Fletcher. Su obra transita distintas técnicas y soportes: pintura, cerámica, dibujo, xilografía; no hay una mejor que otra, no hay favoritismos sino que utiliza cada una de ellas acorde a lo que necesita transmitir y evaluando cuál es la correcta para cada caso. Un universo de personajes que se debaten entre el plano infantil y el mundo adulto, interviniendo los límites, cuestionando permanentemente intentando generar en el espectador un pensamiento crítico y una toma de posición. Continue reading