San Jose-based visual artist and graphic designer Samuel Rodriguez depicts the unique cultural landscape via observations of people, their distinctive features and their surrounding environment. With his new exhibition Typefaces: Caras De La Misión, he examines social and cultural hybridity through sampling and remixing visual cues that we use to process identity in faces, typography, fashion, and architecture.
Caras de La Misión includes familiar neighborhood faces—both past and present—with tones reminiscent of the ‘80s and ‘90s-era Bay Area, and is dedicated to the resilient community of the Mission District. At a time of rapid gentrification and displacement, Caras de La Misión helps to forge a cultural bridge across the Bay Area, establishing a creative dialog between Latino communities in San Francisco and San Jose.
Samuel Salcedo was born in Barcelona in 1975, where he lives and works. Bachelor of Fine Arts, he studied at the University of Barcelona and the Manchester Metropolitan University in England. Since 1998 he exhibits in galleries and participates in international Art Fairs with 3 Punts Galeria. Since then he has had numerous exhibitions in 3 Punts Galeria, Galerie Robert Drees from Hannover (Germany), Osnova Gallery in Moscow, Soda Gallery in Istanbul or Can Sisteré Center for Contemporary Art, among others.
Salcedo’s sculptural work is characterized by technical excellence. One can see his mastery in the diversity of the materials he uses (resin, wood, aluminum) and which integrate painting, the discipline with which he began his career. His sculptures and characters always question the viewer with their subtle irony and vulnerability.
Toronto based artist Brian Donnelly (previously featured here) uses turpentine and hand sanitizer to melt the faces of his portraits into rainbow rivers. Inspired by an interest in human identity and vulnerability, Donnelly paints from real life, portraying features of his subjects with realistic precision. These portraits show all kinds of distortions, unsettling mutilations that deny any trace of socially accepted beauty or fragmented facial features that reveal human limitations and speak of vulnerability.
Paolo del Toro‘s (previously featured here) heads he’s making now are sculpted foam with needle felt features, “a painstaking process” that can take months to complete. He’s been working on his biggest piece so far: the head of a woman wearing a crown of flowers covered in insects, with a toad in her mouth. “It’s a goddess figure of life and death, inspired by religious sculptures from traditionally patriarchal religions, but subverts that imagery to address matriarchal themes found in witchcraft and paganism.”
Rome, Italy based Micaela Lattanzio has created a unique artistic identity by exploring the idea of fragmentation and reconstruction, implemented within her photographs. In her series called “Frammentazioni”, she takes photographs, predominately portraits, and then gives them a completely new personality by cutting them up into abstract pieces. She then pins the fragments together onto a new canvas, playing with light and depth, to create original works of art.
She uses different materials to realize her works as paper, aluminium, PVC and they born from a detailed manual photo or painting cropping made by her plots, which she breaks down into small pieces of different form, getting an intricate mosaic through which she deconstructs the image that later reassembles, giving to faces, bodies and natural elements a new logical visual that follows an incredible creative patterns.
Tel-Aviv based illustrator, animator and avid doodler Ori Toor (previously featured here) deals mostly with experimental 2d animation and obsessively drawing heaps of noodly landscapes and shapes. He never sketches or plans ahead, instead he improvises. The slightly darker undertones to Ori’s work are emulated by the shadowy color palette of changeable purples and blues.
Brazil based collective duoUinverso is a collaboration between Nadiuska and Priscila Furtado. The name is a play on the Portuguese words that mean ‘the inverse’ and ‘the universe’. The pair are multidisciplinary designers with experience in editorial and graphic design, and their main output is illustrations and ceramics.
Born in Norwich, Connecticut in 1970, Carter is an internationally known painter, sculptor,
photographer and ﬁlmmaker based in New York. He studied at the Maryland Institute College of Art, earning a BFA degree in 1992. In 1994 he studied at The Skowhegan School of Painting
and Sculpture, and in 1997 received an MFA degree from the University of California, Davis.
Carter’s paintings and photo collages incorporate dissociate facial features, body parts, and landscape elements into cohesive satisfying wholes, however his use of color and connectivity keeps the primary focus on the act of articulation and on the component relations rather than on the complete combined effect.
Japanese sculptor Yoshitoshi Kanemaki carves life-size sculptures from wood, but with a twist of mortality and transience. The disturbing pieces hinge often hinge on grotesque as the combination of the bulging weight and density of wood heightens the certainty of death that looms over all his creations. Each piece, with sizes ranging from life-size to miniature, is first sketched directly onto a large section of camphor wood and then chiseled to match the absurd female form.