Born in Guadalajara, 1974
Lives and works in Guadalajara, MX
The work of Jose Dávila is the result, on one hand, of taking the resistance of both form and material to its limit, and on the other, of the appropriation and recontextualization of poignant works of art throughout history, defining them within a local and contemporary context.
Dávila’s work shows apparently opposed materials where forces and forms are balanced to achieve a harmonious whole that transforms his creations into representations of our doubts and own contradictions. His work is a visual and material aporia, an insoluble logical paradox, where we discover a coexistence of fragility and resistance, calm and tension, geometry and chaos.
His multidisciplinary work often departs from the creation of a visual glossary where all variations are the result of a basic idea; in their arrangement, these basic forms become a language for the totality of the work. Each of the pieces evolve naturally within the specific conditions and characteristics of their format and material.
His sculptures are a reflection of the phenomenon of gravity, the laws of static and dynamic energy, the tractive force used to generate motion and the compression strength, the potential for deformation prior to the rupture of materials, and, above all, of structural intuitions. The assembly of delicately balanced materials highlight the human intervention that transforms the space and re-signifies the object. The structures created by Dávila work within their own logic in the search for the exogenous center of gravity and in the limits of the resistance of the materials, where the form is a consequence of the process.
Jose Dávila studied architecture in the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Occidente in Guadalajara, Mexico, however, he considers himself a self-taught artist, with an intuitive formation.
His work is part of the Getty’s PST LA/LA triennial in Los Angeles and has been exhibited in Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, DE; Marfa Contemporary, Marfa, USA, Savannah College of Art and Design; Gemeentemuseum, Den Haag; Museum Voorlinden, AG Wassenaar, Nederland, Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporáneo MUAC, Mexico City; Caixa Forum, Madrid; MoMA PS1, New York; Kunstwerke, Berlin; San Diego Museum of Art; Museo de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid; MAK, Vienna, Fundación/ Colección JUMEX, Mexico City; Bass Museum of Art, Miami; Museu do Arte Moderna, Sao Paulo; The Moore Space, Miami; NICC, Antwerp, among others; and has been featured in international publications such as Cream 3, ed. Phaidon, 100 Latin-American Artists, ed. Exit and The Feather and The Elephant, ed. Hatje Cantz. Jose Dávila has been awarded with the Baltic Artists’Award along with artists Eric N. Mack, Toni Schmale and Shen Xin.
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Valentin Dommanget (born in 1988 in Châlons-en-Champagne ) is a multidisciplinary French artist. He mainly works in painting, sculpture, digital graphics and video.
His practice combines technologies and traditional artistic techniques around experiments inspired by the codes of contemporary art and internet culture. His influences stem from transhumanist and animist theories as well as the Supports / Surfaces movement. His work is a pre-figuration of a future man-machine around a reflection on the creative act.
After obtaining a degree in Fashion Design from the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Arts Appliques et des métiers d'Art in Paris, he completed his studies with a Master Fine Art at the Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London. Since 2014 he has been represented in France by the Lily Robert gallery in Paris. He is also co-director of State of the Art , Berlin.
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I am Keyezua a storyteller using art as a communication tool that manages to tell more than my words will ever do. Art provokes, educates and empowers without pity. It is a powerful tool and it is in the hands of this generation to create value for our government, organizations and foundations to put artists as an integral component to the further development of culture, economics, feminism, and individual development in Africa.
What makes me uncomfortable in our society is what helps me create an artwork that deserves to exist as I follow the revolution that happens in my mind when I am not satisfied with a situation that affects human rights. Due to technology as a catalyst for change, everybody can educate and market themselves as an artist but is not everybody that is willing to use art to fight a cause or to provoke and insist in intellectual change. For us, women, we can't just make art to make art look pretty and successfully hang on a wall at home or in a museum. It needs to demand respect, debates, confusion and experiment with tradition. I am Keyezua.
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After growing up in Southern California’s Coachella Valley, Phillip K. Smith III received his Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Architecture at the Rhode Island School of Design. From his Palm Desert, CA studio, he creates light-based work that draws upon ideas of space, form, color, light + shadow, environment, and change.
Featured in hundreds of online and print publications, Phillip is known for creating large scaled temporary installations such as Lucid Stead in Joshua Tree, Reflection Field and Portals at the Coachella Music and Arts Festival, ¼ Mile Arc in Laguna Beach, and The Circle of Land and Sky at inaugural 2017 Desert X exhibition. All of these installations are featured in his latest catalog titled Five Installations published by Grand Central Press. His public artworks are sited in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Kansas City, Nashville, Oklahoma City and beyond; and the artist was recently commissioned to create permanent, light-based works for the cities of West Hollywood, CA and Bellevue, WA. The artist's work is also included in the forthcoming exhibition and catalog Unsettled organized by the Nevada Museum of Art and artist Ed Ruscha.
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Georgina is an all rounded makeup artist with a passion in utilising traditional painting and drawing techniques upon a 3D canvas. She branched into makeup and special effects design in 2014, when she completed a Diploma of Cinemagraphic Makeup at the Australian Academy of Cinemagraphic Makeup. Whilst there, she studied under Emmy award winning prosthetics artist, Chad Atkinson and seasoned film professional, Paige Badenoch and also obtained a certification in contact lens fitting and removal. She recently completed an an Advanced Prosthetics workshop at AACM and the Val Garland School of Makeup.
Georgina competed in the IMATS Sydney 2014 Battle of the Brushes and was awarded second place for her piece in the Beauty/Fantasy Category. She has also assisted on various fashion weeks; the most recent being the 2015 Mercedes-Benz Sydney Fashion Week on the Bondi Bather show. Her work has been published in Laud Magazine, Cole Magazine, Make Up Artist Magazine and MX Newspaper and has been featured in Huffington Post, Daily Mail, Allure, Buzzfeed, Yahoo, PopSugar, Mashable, Entertainment Weekly and Cosmpolitan.
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Precious Okoyomon - embodied exorcism of the poetic body. I can be whatever the f*** people want me to be.
Precious Okoyomon is a Brooklyn based poet and artist. She is the author of Ajebota (Bottlecap Press, 2016). Her writing has been performed and exhibited at the Baltic Triennial in Lithuania, the Contemporary Art Center in Cincinnati, Exo Exo in Paris and MoMA PS1 in New York. Her writing has been published in Hobart, Fanzine, New York Tyrant and elsewhere.
She loves her sweet toy poodle rainbow and is a Leo that is very low key evil. She’s currently working on a book or two.
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Cupid Ojala earned his MFA at Parsons The New School for Design where he developed fantasy spaces that mirror masculine identities of desire onto themselves as social critique.
His exhibitions include The Kitchen, Aronson Gallery, Strange Loop Gallery and Upper Manhattan Open Studios in New York City, Fuchs Projects in Brooklyn, The Stamp Gallery at the University of Maryland and The Button Factory in New Jersey.
Cupid grew up in a conservative, Mormon family in rural Bumpass, Virginia, where he also received his BFA in Painting and Printmaking from Virginia Commonwealth University. He transitioned from female to male in 2003 and currently resides in Brooklyn.
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Surfing icon Herbie Fletcher has made notable strides in the art world as a sculptor and painter. His work has been featured across the United States, including at The Hole, New York; Known Gallery, Los Angeles; and Dirt Gallery, New York. Fletcher has also collaborated with legendary artist, Julian Schnabel. The ocean and a great passion for surfing have inspired his work, and many pieces contain large fragments of his personal surfboards. - Tripoli Gallery
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Monira Al Qadiri (b. 1983) is a Kuwaiti visual artist born in Senegal and educated in Japan. In 2010, she received a Ph.D. in inter-media art from Tokyo University of the Arts, where her research was focused on the aesthetics of sadness in the Middle-East stemming from poetry, music, art and religious practices. Her work explores unconventional gender identities, petro-cultures and their possible futures, as well as the legacies of corruption. She is also part of the artist collective GCC.
She has held solo exhibitions at Sursock Museum, Beirut (2017), Gasworks, London (2017), Stroom Den Haag, the Hague (2017), ACUD Macht Neu, Berlin (2017), ATHR Gallery, Jeddah (2017), the Sultan Gallery, Kuwait (2011 & 2014), and Tokyo Wonder Site, Japan (2009). Her participation in collective international exhibitions includes: 20th Contemporary Art Festival Sesc_Videobrasil, Sao Paulo (2017), "Glasstress 2017" Palazzo Franchetti San Marco, Venice (2017), "Lets Talk about the Weather: Art & Ecology in a Time of Crisis" Sursock Museum, Beirut (2016), "Invisible Threads: Technology & its Discontents" NYU Abu Dhabi (2016), "DUST" CCA Warsaw, Poland (2015), "Whose Subject Am I?" Kunstverein Dusseldorf, Germany (2015), "Accented" Maraya Arts Center, Sharjah, UAE (2015), "The Return of Ghosts" Hong-Gah Museum, Taiwan (2014), "Never Never Land" Edge of Arabia Projects, London (2014), "Exposure" Beirut Art Center, Lebanon (2013), “X-Apartments” Home Works 6, Beirut, Lebanon (2013), “50/20” Sultan Gallery Kuwait (2011), “Paradiso” Watermill Center, New York (2010), “Tokyo Wonder Wall” Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo Japan (2008), and “In Transition Russia” Moscow Center of Contemporary Art (2008). Her videos and short films have been screened at: Kunsthalle Schirn (2017), Le Centre Pompidou (2016), Berlinale - Berlin International Film Festival (2014), "Where is My Territory?" Whitechapel Gallery, London (2014), "Parle Pour Toi" Marian Goodman Gallery, Paris (2014), Medrar Cairo Video Festival, Egypt (2014), “Aboveground Animation” New Museum, New York (2012), “Art Screen” Obrero, Sweden (2012), “Arab Shorts” Arsenale, Berlin (2012), and the Gulf Film Festival in Dubai (2008 & 2009) among others.
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Born under water, 360 times turned, studied.
Lives and works better elsewhere and in Vienna.
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