New Zealand

Gary Silipa

18.04.17 12.05.17

Gary is a member of TMD and identifies with being a Post-Graffiti Pacific artist. He spent 12 years painting graffiti, the last 6 investigating his art outside of it and, more recently, how this can be combined with his experience in the field of Information Technology. In the past two years, he has carried out an art space in an outlying area of ​​Auckland, New Zealand, where, so far, there had been no art exhibition spaces. In that space he also developed workshops for people of all ages. Silipa was in charge of teaching, managing and curating the space. His experience there has made him focus in the different ways of taking the production and appreciation of art to peripheral areas and people who are not specialized in art.


“Interpersonal communication is the process by which people exchange information, feelings, and meaning through verbal and non-verbal messages: it is face-to-face communication.
Interpersonal communication is not just about what is actually said – the language used – but how it is said and the non-verbal messages sent through tone of voice, facial expressions, gestures and body language.”

During his artist residency at ´ace, Gary’s new work investigates interpersonal communication, implied through conversation between different languages, where the lack of interpretation can create a barrier to understanding. Priority to what is being said is replaced fictitiously with how it is being said, and the viewer is invited to imagine these interactions for themselves.

Gary uses a computer algorithm to deconstruct and randomly reassemble the letters in common phrases from the different languages involved in these conversations. The loss of structure and the randomness disassociate the manipulated output from any explanation of the term “language”, which is now defined by removing the theoretical language barrier and opening the door to focus on other methods of non-verbal communication.

As people continue to travel and migrate across the globe, different languages and cultures intersect. Interpersonal communication goes beyond verbal communication alone, and despite any barriers caused by language differences, it is still vital to seek to effectively communicate and positively understand each other.

Gary Silipa
1982 | Auckland, New Zealand
Lives and works in Auckland, New Zealand

2005 | Double major in Information Systems and Computer Science from the University of Auckland, New Zealand.

Post-Graffiti Pacific, The Pah Homestead, Auckland, New Zealand
Dreamscape, Franklin Arts Centre, Auckland, New Zealand
MAURI ORA (WHO ARE WE? WHAT DO WE STAND FOR?), The Good, The Bad, Auckland, New Zealand
Post-Graffiti Pacific, aMBUSH Gallery, Sydney, Australia
OE14, Endemic World, Auckland, New Zealand
For Unto Us A Sport Was Born, Unto Us A Ball Was Given, Otara Cube, Auckland, New Zealand
Not To Speak Is To Speak, Fresh Gallery Otara, Auckland, New Zealand
Space Beams Open Studio, Youkobo ARTSPACE, Tokyo, Japan
The Gang, Studio 40, Auckland, New Zealand
TSFA, The Biz Dojo, Auckland, New Zealand

Artist-in-Residence International Program

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International Airport

Ministro Pistarini- Ezeiza (EZE)
Buenos Aires
45' to 60' trip

Domestic Airport

Aeroparque Jorge Newbery
Buenos Aires


38, 39, 41, 42, 59, 63, 65, 67, 68, 151, 152, 161, 184, 194 and 168 (stop in the front door)


D Line (Green)
Olleros Station (4 blocks, 4')


Mitre Line (either to Leon Suarez or Mitre)
Colegiales Station (1 block, 1')

The Latin America's Paris

Buenos Aires is Argentine Republic's capital city. With 15,000,000 inhabitants, it is one of the largest cities in Latin America and one of the 10 most populous urban centers in the world. Its cosmopolitan and urban character vibrates to the rhythm of a great cultural offer that includes monuments, churches, museums, art galleries, opera, music and theaters; squares, parks and gardens with old groves; characteristic neighborhoods; large shopping centers and fairs. Here we also find a very good lodging facilities, with accommodation ranging from hostels to five-star hotels of the main international chains. Buenos Aires also show off about its variety of restaurants with all the cuisines of the world, as well as to have cafes and flower kiosks on every corner.

A neighborhood founded on the Jesuit farms in the 17th century

We are located in Colegiales neighborhood where the tree-lined streets, some of which still have their original cobblestones, invite you to walk. Although the apartment buildings advance, low houses still predominate. It is a district of the city where about 20 TV production companies, design studios, artist workshops and the Rock&Pop radio have been located. The neighborhood also has six squares, one of which pays homage to Mafalda, the Flea Market, shops, restaurants and cafes like its neighboring Barrios de Palermo and Belgrano, with which it limits.

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