The Joy of Rebellion
Recently graduated from the School of Visual Arts in New York, the Colombian artist Felipe García did an extended residency in ´ace until the end of the year with a project to create a mural for the terrace of the ´ace Foundation.
Through The Joy of Rebellion, Felipe García Salazar explored the socio-cultural contradictions of different cities that he visited, from New York, Bogotá and Buenos Aires. In Buenos Aires, García took photographs of areas that present great urban contrasts, such as the Retiro area. The train route from Retiro to the Colegiales area (where ´ace’s studio is located) shows us, on one side, the financial area of the city and on the other, Villa 31, one of the most emblematic settlements of the city. for its particular location. These photos were deconstructed by García until they were taken to almost warlike structures that lead us to think of tanks or pointing weapons. The color treatment was in a way that simulates the paint by numbers structures (schemes with numbers that indicate what color to include in each sector) that the artist made both in mural, painting and engraving.
The mural was inaugurated on November 30, 2013 at 6.30 pm.
1986 | Bogota Colombia
Lives in Buenos Aires, Argentina
Founder of BROOKLYN STUDIOS, Designer’s Bicycle Boutique.
2009 | Bachelor of Fine Arts. New York, USA
2007 | Certificate in Fine Arts, Nassau Community College, Garden City, USA.
Visual Arts Gallery, New York, USA
Niagara Gallery, New York, USA
Teneleven Gallery, New York, USA
Pyramid Club Gallery, New York, USA
Fire House Gallery, New York, USA
Café Quintero Gallery, Bogotá, Colombia
Pera Museum, Istanbul, Turkey
International Projects, Exhibitions
CROSSOVER @ KCAC, USA
The international project CROSSOVER [KC-Bs As] was exhibited from October 17th until November 14th, 2014 at the Mallin Gallery, Kansas City Artists Coalition, Kansas City, USA. Organized
ALEJANDRO THORNTON I WRITE / I DRAW
PLACE AND MEMORY – Kansas City Art Institute students participated in the Foreign Travel Led Program to Buenos Aires. Upon their return they created a series of works made in response to their experiences in Argentina and Uruguay. These visual sources, or tokens are being adapted and processed around notions of the found print and memory recollection.
CROSSOVER [KC-Bs As] is an in-progress international collaborative printmaking project between artists questioning the established norms of the original production and authorship of artistic works. In this project one’s work, property and egos became irrelevant, as artists have to trust each other allowing themselves and their counterparts to place their hand-marks, images and matrixes on one’s previous works. In April 2015 the project will be received by the Western Gallery at Western Washington University in Washington States, United States, completing a successful project carried out as an initiative of ‘ace in 2013.
Argentina | Alemania | Colombia | Corea | Inglaterra | México | Sudáfrica | USA
Natalio Altube | Gabriela Alcoba | Carla Beretta
Alicia Candiani | Felipe García | Simon Hall
Paz Jovtis | Yoon Kim| Sol Massera
Magui Moavro | Adriana Moracci | Paula Nahmod
Carla Perri | Jennifer Pickering | Maren Preston
Carolina Rogé | Sonia Sánchez Avelar | María José Sánchez Chiappe
Alejandro Scasso | Viviana Sierra | Cristina Solía
Alejandro Thornton | Sara-Aimee Verity | Gabriela Zelentcher
International Projects, Exhibitions
CROSSOVER @ Bs. As.
The work produced during Crossover [KC-Bs As] was exhibited in Fundación ‘ace during three months. 26 artists from different countries participated of this project which took place in ‘ace during the beginning of 2013.
On the exhibition’s opening, May 15th, Buenos Aires public enjoyed and shared an ‘aceNITE not only with many of the Crossover artists, but also with Miguel Rivera (initiator of the project) who came all the way from Kansas City in the USA to join us.
Essay on Crossover (by Daniela Ruiz Moreno)
To work in collaboration means to unite, merge, and contrast diverse ways of seeing and thinking. It implies openness to receive others expressive languages, allowing it to penetrate and challenge our own language.
In Theory of Modern Art, Paul Klee, reflects upon human’s creative strength and states “it is necessary to reveal this strength, its functions, in the same way it reveals in ourselves, this strength together with the matter, should embody, become shape, reality”. Is because of this that I believe that working in collaboration means to reveal and to force the emergence of the creative strength inside the others work. This is only achieved by activating one’s own strength.
Following this it is interesting to note the variety of “crossings” and overlaps, the different levels of permeability explored and revealed by each artist. In some cases each ones images suffered mutations, established dialogs in which each issuer maintains some distance, they relate but avoid infection (Viviana Sierra). Images crush or become flatten with the presence of the other, but at the same time a level of merging is achieved (Natalio Altube, Sol Massera, Paula Nahmod). In other case, both languages relate organically (Alejandro Scasso).
Artists appropriate the original for their own work (Alejandro Thornton), or use it as an impulse or stimulation to explore questionings already present in their search (Cristina Solía). Even chance was present in a piece in which a strong syncretism between Judaism, Muslim and Catholicism was achieved (Gabriela Zelentcher). In other works, the link between the two expressions was documented in a video. This resource allowed registering the randomness and importance of the entailment as one expression was not perceptible without the other (María José Sánchez Chiappe).
The virus, fundamental concept in the previous editions of CROSSOVER was interpreted in multiple ways in this session. In one case, the work focused in rats, essential actors and victims of the experiments to resist and battle viruses (Sonia Sánchez Avelar). In other, the artist was interested in the reproductive capacity of the virus, finding in its embryonic state, formal similarities with other beings (Bárbara Vincenti). The duality life/death that the virus holds was explored (Maren Preston), also the social danger and horror that epidemics produce. Infection, destructive in the case of viruses was founded in other human expressions such as laughter, in this case as something positive and empowering. Infection could be related also with colonial processes, where not only physical destruction is implied but also cultural, social and religious (Jennifer Pickering).
Crossover [KC-Bs.As.] is a project in which each artist had the opportunity to explore in a creative environment. Individual expressions became challenged, stimulated and embraced. Each artist, free to invade and to be infected by others creations, achieved in this way new languages.
A Miguel Rivera and Cara Jaye’s original project
CROSSOVER [KC-Bs As]
Argentina | Canada | Colombia |Korea |Germany | South Africa | UK
Gabriela Alcoba | Natalio Altube | Carla Beretta | Alicia Candiani |Felipe García | Simon Hall |Paz Jovtis | Yoon Kim | Sol Massera | Magui Moavro | Paula Nahmod | Carla Perri | Jennifer Pickering | Maren Preston | Carolina Rogé | Sonia Sánchez Avelar | María José Sánchez Chiappe | Alejandro Scasso | Viviana Sierra (Buenos Aires, Argentina)| Cristina Solía | Alejandro Thornton | Sara-Aimee Verity | Valeria Zamparolo | Gabriela Zelentcher
We open the doors for the first ´aceNITE of the year, in Crossroads artists and very diverse works will meet on this special night. On Wednesday May 15 from 7:00 p.m. the opening of the exhibitions of two artists in residence took place, the first exhibition of the international project Crossover [KS-Bs.As] and an open studio.
In the Sala Políglota we will present 123 | 234 | 345 works that the Greek artist Erini Boutasi made during her residency in May. Her works establish a game between the gestural, the free and the determined.
In the Central Hall we will exhibit the works of the more than 20 international artists who participated in Crossover [KS-Bs.As]. This project explored the possibilities of collaborative work, the artists worked from matrices left by Miguel Rivera (Mexico), the artist who started the project.
Into Gondwana is the project of the South African artist in residence Frederick Clarke, you will be able to know his works that explore the unity, human and geographical, between the African and Latin American continent. In addition, you will be able to interact and learn about the work in progress of Felipe García (Colombia), an artist who is carrying out an intervention residency within which she will paint a mural on the terrace of ´ace as part of her project The Joy of Rebelion.
CROSSOVER [KC-Bs As]
Co-direction and session concept at Buenos Aires
Coordination and asistance
Daniela Ruiz Moreno
Volunteers at Workshop
Germán Sandoval Silva