New York based artist Anne Vieux works with the idea of mediation and gesture through the lens of the screen, in painting, video, and sculpture. Vieux’s abstract paintings emerge out of real objects captured through a digital process manipulated by hand. Vernacular materials evoke familiarity while computed color fields create an otherworldly aspect.
Nigerian-born, Brooklyn-based artist and designer Olalekan Jeyifous received a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from Cornell University where his focus of study was primarily on investigating the relevant potential for a variety of computer software within the fields of art, design and architecture.
“Not My Business” is named after a poem by Nigerian poet, dramatist, and literary critic, Niyi Osundare. The title of the exhibition references the fact that Jeyifous has not been back to Nigeria since he left when he was 7 years old.
“Using rigorous Cubist geometric shapes, I freely juxtapose recognizable icons of the informal economy- from street vendors, industrial waste or power generators — with those of the post-Colonial Utopia-orderly State and social infrastructure– to create strange constructions in which time and space collide ambiguously.” Olalekan Jeyifous
Argentine sculptor Adrián Villar Rojas produces monumental site-specific works, primarily in clay. The artist first chose the material for its low price and availability, but since then it has come to influence his concept of form. With their crude physicality and cracked surfaces, his sculptures are redolent of ruins, but their forms are more futuristic than antiquated.
Mexico City based artist Francisco Esnayra is concerned with the emotional and revealing character of the face. He selects the features that most strongly depict the protagonist, thus carving a philosophical psychology and sculptural anthropology.
The sculptor penetrates deep within what’s human in the face and the mind. Through the creative process, Esnayra delves into himself- a self portrait in the mind and the face of each sculpture he molds. He incorporated in his figures the intellect and soul in histrionic fashion, hence the variety of facial gestures in his work.
Maryam Ashkanian, with the Sleeping Series collection, entrapped the world of dreams and subconscious sewing the dreamers’ faces, surprised in their inner expressions during the night, on soft pillows. She embroiders individuals deep in sleep onto the surface of her handmade pillows, matching the size of her subjects to the area one would physically occupy if they took a nap on her work.
The stitched sleepers lay sprawled in different configurations on the white background, some with their arms outstretched, whiles others hold them tucked into their bodies. These sculptures are a way to access the wide subject matter of dreams, a place where Ashkanian feels we can observe ourselves in one of the purest forms.
Eva Funderburgh is a sculptor living in Seattle, Washington. While her work ranges from clay to bronze to installation work, the movement and emotional content of her work stand out, regardless of the medium.
Her work deals with the overlap of humanity and the natural world. She uses her simple, emotive animal forms to examine human motives and emotions. Storytelling and the idea of myth plays a very large role in her work, but equally so the notion of biology.
Berlin based Toshihiko Mitsuya‘s main work is sculpture made from Aluminum foil. The first part of the current series consists of 300 small sculptures made from normal kitchen Aluminum foil. Having collaborated with architects testing its durability in various forms of construction, Mitsuya created life-size equestrian or standing statues made of special wide aluminum foil. The motifs of each work is based on the mixture of various countries cultures in this highly-networked information society. It relates to images common all over the world.
He has also produced flat works, composed of reflections from boards of scratched stainless steel with angle grinder, which can be said to stand between a sculpture and a painting. These shining works with light will be a novel challenge against sculpture and the history of painting.
Steve Ferrera received his BFA from UCSC and his MFA from SJSU both with an emphasis in sculpture. His work crosses many disciplines including film, television, stop motion animation, children’s books, and collectible toys. Often inspired by mythology, religion, cartoons, and make believe, his curious and absurd creatures exist in their own cosmic events, lurking on the fringes of fairy tale and folklore. He lives in Berkeley California with his one-eyed cat.
Beijing, China-based Yang Maoyuan is well known for his large and diverse body of work encompassing painting, sculpture, photography and installation. He often explores the shapes and misshapes of human and animal bodies. His spherical horses and other bloated animals are widely known.
Masao Kinoshita draws much of his inspiration from diverse mythologies, religions and folklores from around the globe. Fusing narratives across space and time, the horned maenads of ancient Greece live alongside the Yoga Asura deities of Buddhism in a visceral, animalistic universe where fitness reigns supreme.
Kinoshita’s sculptures stand skinned and erect. Working with materials ranging from wood to resin to bronze, the Japanese sculptor uses an aesthetic we normally associate with natural history museums to render athletic, flexing creatures of the sea and land.