We are pleased to receive Myles Calvert as guest international visiting artist in residence during July and August.
Current work explores the relationships that develop between everyday objects of comfort and popular culture interferences. Influences are heavily drawn from contemporary and modern printmakers such as Richard Hamilton and Paula Rego. Interests lie in the ideals of Romanticism—exploration of unique moments and personal emotion through the use of shape and colour.
Unique surfaces are explored through print—specifically CMYK rip software (screen-print, photopolymer etching, laser woodblock), halftone structures and manipulations of those patterns / angles to achieve controllable photographic to distorted variants. The digital glitch present through Adobe software programs drives forward the question of technologies’ place and developing role in traditional processes. In particular, focus has been on melding traditional woodcut with laser woodcut variants, exploring MDF vs, plywood and plexiglass matrices. TroTech and Epilogue lasers offer different focal lenses that achieve a wide spectrum of refinement with unique surfaces. Environmentally friendly substitutes, photopolymer plates, and the ‘pushing’ of print possibilities through advancements in other mediums, is a constant drive to produce and exhibit.
ABOUT AFFECTIVE SOFAS
Using a mixture of photographic and hand-rendered images (multiple plates) of different sofas / chesterfields / love seats throughout the ages, I intend to shift their colours to suggest a mood, era, and emotion (affect).
This project is about colour theory. I intend to use the time dedicated to keep meticulous records of ink layering, transparencies, and combinations, which will lead to a better understanding of colour harmonies and interaction. I return to the objects which are mundane, constant, and slowly evolving, as to relate to a greater audience.
The objects are recognizable and stable. I reference photography, the landscape, and hint towards advertising when objectifying these household possessions. Showing a collection of the same image, repeated in different (yet intentionally chosen) colours palettes, enforces the purpose and original intention of the medium. Using the same plates in various orders and viscosities, with roll-overs and subtle gradients, I intend to make a new body of work, focusing on a moody but changing atmosphere that develops over time.
Myles Calvert (1983, Ontario, Canada. Lives and works in the USA)
He is currently a Visiting Professor in Expanded Print Media at Alfred University, New York State College of Ceramics and a Sessional Instructor at OCADU (Ontario College of Arts and Design University) in Toronto.
MA – Printmaking – Camberwell College of Arts (London, United Kingdom)
PGCE – University of Brighton (Hastings Campus, United Kingdom)
BAH – Studio Art & Art History – University of Guelph (Ontario, Canada)
He worked for the National Portrait Gallery at Trafalgar Square before moving to Hastings in East Sussex to teach printmaking at Sussex Coast College and become Duty Manager of the newly built Jerwood Gallery (contemporary to modern British art). He also taught in the University of Guelph Advanced and Experimental Printmaking.
Art Print Residence (Barcelona), Arquetopia (Puebla, Mexico), and the Banff Centre for the Arts (Alberta, Canada).
Portraits / Self-Portraits
Artists in dialogue
On October 16th, 2019, the group exhibitions Self-portraits 10 and Portraits/Self-portraits/Self-referentiality were inaugurated together with No Man’s Land (by Kristina Borg) and the finissage of White Noise II (by Constanza Abete).
The international Self-Portraits project opened with the presence of Joseph Scheer, co-director of the Institute of Electronic Arts (IEA) of Alfred University and Aodi Liang, Associate Researcher of the same university. Both traveled to Buenos Aires to carry out different activities, including a conference within the framework of the Master of Electronic Arts at UNTREF (Scheer) and an artistic residency at Proyecto´ace (Liang). The Self-Portraits project is an international collection of graphic work developed under the direction of Alicia Candiani, whose original idea was to bring together artists from different cultures to visually explore the theoretically complex problems of self-representation as an expression of identity.
Through an open call, Fundación´ace invited Argentinean and Latin American artists and creators to submit short video pieces under the theme self-portrait, portrait and self-referentiality to participate in the exhibition PORTRAITS / SELF-PORTRAITS that opened on the 16th October 2019. The curatorship and selection of the works was in charge of Daniela Ruiz Moreno, and the video pieces were exhibited in dialogue with graphic pieces from the 10th edition of the Self-Portraits project.
The residency project for Kristina Borg (Malta): No Man’s Land was also inaugurated. Kristina participated in a Production Residency, during which she produced the graphic pieces that will accompany a book related to her work No Man’s Land, and that she exhibited at the ´aceNITE in October 2019.
During the same event, the exhibition of Constanza Abete’s Ruido Blanco II was closed, consisting of an installation of plaster masks and amplified sound.
Self-Portrait International Project
Joseph Scheer | Andrew Deutsch
Myles Calvert | William Contino | Judy Livingston
Aodi Lang | Matthew Underwood | Polina Arteev
Jennifer Brice | Carolynn Fridley | Sage González-Velázquez
Clare Mattilio | Jennifer Mcnutt |Brittany Winans
Valerie Driscoll (Ireland)
Portraits/ Self-Portraits Open Call
Curator: Daniela Ruiz Moreno
Agustina Lapenda | Alejandro Thornton | Ana Maria Mattioli | Andrea González | Ariel Zajac | Catalina Bunge | Daira Cañete | Gabriel Sasambiarrena | Guillermo Zabaleta | Jose Ulloa Acosta | Juan Pablo Ferlat | Juan Urrutia | Julieta Tarraubella | Laura Focarazzo | Maria Jose Cisneros | Mariana Oliveria | Paulina Soto Cisternas | Silvana Camors
Artists in Dialogue
On October 16, the International Self-Portraits Project was inaugurated at Proyecto´ace’s Políglota Room, with the presence of Joseph Scheer, professor and co-director of the Institute of Electronic Arts (IEA) at Alfred University and Aodi Liang, Associate Researcher at the same university. Both of them traveled to Buenos Aires to carry out different activities, which included giving a lecture within the framework of the MFA- Master of Electronic Arts at UNTREF/University of Tres de Febrero (Scheer) and an production residence at Proyecto´ace (Liang).
The Self-Portraits Project is a collection of international artworks developed under the direction of Argentinean artist Alicia Candiani, whose original idea was to bring together artists from diverse cultures to visually explore the theoretically complex issues of self-representation as a means of identity. After its launch date in 2006, Alicia has been invited by nine art institutions from Argentina, Mallorca and Cuenca in Spain, Brazil, Canada, Sweden as well as Kansas City, Montclair and Anchorage, Alaska in the United States to execute the project.
In 2018, during her stay in the Expanded Media Division of Alfred University in New York, USA, Alicia developed the topic of self-representation during a semester with her students among the Artists’ Multiples course. Joseph Scheer and Andrew Deutsch, a sound artist and Director of the Expanded Media Division, participated as guest artists. Along with them, other teachers from the division such as Judy Livingston (Associate Professor Graphic Design), William Contino (Associate Professor Expanded Media) and Myles Calvert (Visiting Faculty Art & Design) joined the project with their self-representations.
10th Session | Alfred University | EEUU.
An Alicia Candiani´s international project
Joseph Scheer | Andrew Deustch
Michèle Sennesael | Myles Calvert
William Contino | Judy Livingston
Aodi Lang | Matthew Underwood
Polina Arteevj | Jennifer Brice
Carolyn Fridley | Sage González Velázquez
Thomas Logan | Clare Mattilio
Jennifer McNutt | Brittany Winans
International Projects, Exhibitions
The World IN a Handkerchief
The World IS a Handkerchief : El mundo es un pañuelo
A Wandering Genealogy curated by Claudia DeMonte & Cecilia Mandrile
The World IN a Handkerchief : El mundo en un pañuelo
Guest Curator, genealogy Proyecto’ace: Alicia Candiani
Exhibition of pieces
selected from the Fundación´ace´s collection and Alicia Candiani’s personal collection of the participating artists in “The world IN a handkerchief”
For a month and a half, the Políglota Room is hosting three exhibitions on a rotating basis. From March 23 to April 1, “The world IS a handkerchief” and “The world IN a handkerchief: the genealogy of ´ace” were exhibited simultaneously, paying special tribute to the Argentine artist Graciela Sacco. While the original series returned to New York from where it will soon travel to England, the ‘ace genealogy collection was joined by a new exhibition of large format pieces of the participating artists, some belonging to the Fundación’ace collection and others to the private collection of Alicia Candiani.
The World IS a Handkerchief is a travelling exhibition rooted in the Spanish saying ‘el mundo es un pañuelo,’ which translates into English as ‘this is such a small world’. The project traces serendipitous encounters, moments of discovering personal connections in distant places or unexpected contexts. The project began with the meeting of Claudia DeMonte and Cecilia Mandrile as a mentor and student respectively at the University of Maryland, United States in 1995 and has expanded through an international collaborative network between mentors, students and
The World IN a Handkerchief is a new chapter of the project, a graphic, soft and traveling portfolio curated by guests artists from the core genealogy. Artist and curator Alicia Candiani, essential mentor of this genealogy, Founder and Director of Proyecto´ace, has been invited to curate this new collection that reflects her close creative family.
ABOUT THE WORLD IN A HANDKERCHIEF by Cecilia Mandrile
Handkerchiefs have accompanied people in celebrations and farewells in many cultures for centuries, offered bodily protection and coverage, and sustained expressions of political tenets and spiritual beliefs. In this project, handkerchiefs become vessels of memories and itinerant narratives; containers of emotions; translators of wounds, signals of ideological resistance. Each piece epitomizes a soft space that holds disappearing recollections of homeland as well as reflections on displacement and identity that can be carried as a tangible memento. In times when touch appears as a dangerous sense, every single printed handkerchief means a meaningful testament of the continuous nurturing mentorship among artists and educators, reminding us that the soft touch remains both an intimate and universal need of communication.
To celebrate this constant and sustained creative dialogue, in 2019 the curators developed a portable exhibition of 50 handkerchiefs that explored the meaning of belonging and interconnectedness that this Spanish saying so tangibly evokes. In the reconstruction of this alternative family made up of artists and collectives from different latitudes and generations during the last two decades, both printed an edition of 25 handkerchiefs, and sent a printed handkerchief along with a blank handkerchief to 50 invited artists to intervene with their own reflections
on home, identity and belonging. From this exchange a “wandering genealogy” was born, a tribute to the strong threads that have woven this shared territory as itinerant artists and educators.
A limited edition catalogue including the work of 50 invited artists was published by Impact Press, Bristol, UK and includes an essay by Gill Saunders, Senior Curator of Prints, Victoria & Albert Museum, London. Currently, the catalogs of workshops and portfolios remain as digital publications, thus allowing to document the constant growth of this genealogy. Chris Knollmeyer, a sound artist in residence at ´ace at the same time, composed for this exhibition a special piece: “Sound of the Handkerchiefs”. The piece is a piano study made up of 25 melodies. Just as the handkerchiefs are tied to each artist’s history and sense of home, Chris feels a connection to the piano.
March 23, 7PM. Sala Políglota
April 27th, 1PM
The World is a Handkerchief |El mundo es un pañuelo
2019 | London Print Studio Gallery, London, UK
2020 | Galería Blackburn 20|20, Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts,New York, USA
2021 | IMPACT11, Hong Kong, China
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