FEATURED ARTIST: Lesser Gonzalez Alvarez
Baltimore-based artist Lesser Gonzalez Alvarez mitigates the divide between physical and digital studio practices by creating work that straddles the two. Whether its through the experimental use of two-dimensional scanning to arrive at an expressive form of digitally-assisted painting, or using DIY 3D scanning techniques to explore resulting faults and geometries from an archaeological perspective, Gonzalez’ work investigates the artistic practice in the 21st century. Rooted in digital media, his work often takes the forms of traditional & 3D printed sculptures, 3D renderings, videos, and digital illustrations.
Gonzalez was born in Havana, Cuba in 1983. His family emigrated to the United States in 1990, settling in Miami, Fl. where he received a focused art education at Design and Architecture Senior High (DASH). He received his BFA as well as a MFA in Digital Arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art in the early 2000s. His work was featured in a solo exhibition in 2012 at Open Space Gallery in Baltimore, and he has been exhibited at galleries and institutions worldwide, including MoMA PS1, NY; Abteilung Fur Alles Andere, Berlin, Germany; The Deleon White Gallery, Toronto, ON; Emma Thomas Gallery, Sao Paulo, Brazil; and Calle Museo 2 in Valencia, Spain.
Lesser Gonzalez Alvarez, Workflow, 2012. Wood, aluminum, bioboard, spray enamel, sandpaper, cement. Courtesy the artist.
FEATURED ARTIST: Hong Seon Jang
Hong Seon Jang (lives and works in New York City) composes sculptures and installations from common products and found objects. He emphasizes specific aspects of found objects and suggests a potential opening for them in the art context. By incorporating and manipulating the objects, he introduces the idea of distortion and the subversion of traditional meanings while proposing a discussion about the object’s material value, and the subsequent value of the time, history, place, and event that the object is meant to commemorate in everyday life. Hong Seon’s most recent body of work is on view until March 9th at Munch Gallery in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, New York and he will participate in Mediations Biennale in September of 2014.
Hong Seon Jang, Map, 2014. Military ribbons, wood panel. 18 x 24 inches. Courtesy the artist.
FEATURED ARTIST: Shinji Turner-Yamamoto, Constellaria #1, 2014. Ca. 450-million-year-old Ordovician fossil fragments/powder, cultured crystals, 24kt gold leaf, silver leaf, gesso, clay bole, animal glue, tree resin, raw linen canvas, wood panel, 28.3 x 19.7 x 3 in. Photo credit: Shinji Turner-Yamamoto. Courtesy the artist.
FEATURED ARTIST: Shinji Turner-Yamamoto
The Global Tree Project explores a poetic reunion with nature, making visible bonds and similarities between plant life and humanity, emphasizing ecological wisdom and the interconnectedness of all life. They illuminate our mutual destiny and the precarious beauty of this relationship. A monograph Shinji Turner-Yamamoto: Global Tree Projectwas published by DAMIANI, fall 2012, and documents 11 projects realized in a ruined folly on a cliff overlooking the Celtic Sea, an 8th century Kiyomizu Temple Sutra Hall, a garden in New Delhi, the Mongolian Gobi Desert, and abandoned architectural landmarks in the American Midwest.
Shinji Turner-Yamamoto,Global Tree project: Twinned Constellation, 2010. Gold leaf on naturally formed concave granite, Gobi desert. Photo credit: Do Jae-Hong. Courtesy the artist and MONGOLIA 360°, International Land Art Biennial.