United States of America
Patricia Villalobos Echeverría
Born in the United States to Salvadoran parents, raised in Nicaragua and currently back in the United States, a Latina and bisexual, Patricia Villalobos Echeverría is able to communicate contemporary experiences from an autobiographical and self-referential vocation.
Being herself the subject and object of her work, the representation of her own naked body allows her to record her way of seeing the world and of perceiving herself as a woman within it. Through different approaches and very subtly, her work shows us how the female body is never naked, even if it lacks clothes. Villalobos dresses herself with a “symbolic cloak” that opposes the meanings that come from the desire of the masculine gaze and from the valuations of contemporary culture. Thus, this “cloak” that invisibly covers her, in turn discovers her, since the symbolic coverage is not that elaborated by others but that expressed by the female artist, giving us a new vision between the body itself and the gaze of others.
Her works move comfortably in a wide rainbow of artistic practices that range from traditional engraving to photography and video that shape her installations, introducing us to the different nuances that underlie the multiplicity, making the multiple work an original experience. The artist places herself in a contemporary context in which she assumes the crisis of the gaze, the alteration of the “representational” methods and the transformation of the visual structures.
The new media, which stripped the image of its dependence on the process and simplified the stages of creation and manipulation as much as possible, help the artist to reveal the different inscriptions and meanings placed on the body, to produce new norms for those who see them. To place herself in a privileged place and re-present herself, now from own self.
Patricia Villalobos Echeverría
1976 | Memphis, Tennessee, USA.
Lives and works in Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA.
Daughter of Salvadoran parents, she grew up in Nicaragua.
Since 1995 | she is a professor with a permanent chair in Visual Arts at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP), USA, where she is in charge of the Graphics Department.
Postgraduate in Italy.
2004 | MFA with a focus on Drawing and Painting, University of Wisconsin. Madison, USA.
1998 | BFA in Religion and Art, Elon University. North Carolina, USA.
2003 | Hoverings, Artist Image Resource. Pittsburgh, USA.
2000 | [Trackings], Pennsylvania State University. Altoona, USA.
1999 | Short Circuit ~ Short-Circuit, Carnegie Mellon University. Pittsburgh, USA.
She has made multiple solo and group exhibitions in various places in USA, Europe and Latin America.
Since 1992 | She develops her artistic career in the USA.
Patricia Villalobos Echeverría
The Alamar (Asea) installation shows us two sculptural forms (referring to moons or cells) suspended in the air on which a video is projected. These sculptures with spherical shapes are made of expanded polystyrene and on them you can see images of two swimmers. The first image is of a man diving into the Pacific Ocean bathing the Nicaraguan coast and the second is the artist herself floating in the waters of the Atlantic Ocean on the northern coast of the United States. The circumference of each sculpture measures approximately 61 cm. (24 ”) and the video loop lasts 6:30 min.
The Alamar installation that is presented in the Políglota room is an intense visual and sound experience in which the artist raises recurring problems in her works: through a post-human, sexless body that tells us about the lost paradise of nature and of identity, while it warns us of the coming of a new era in which men, instead of transforming the world, will be able to transform their own being.
International Projects, Exhibitions
CROSSOVER-Cruce de Vías
From April 06 to May 16, 2015 the works produced in the International Project CROSSOVER [KC – BsAs] were exhibited in the Western Gallery, Western Washington University, Washington State, USA.
Organized by Cara Jaye, one of the creators of the project, CROSSOVER [KC-Bs As] was in this oportunity part of a larger exhibition and event. It included the pieces of all the Crossovers sessions as well as artists Miguel Rivera, Alicia Candiani, Melanie Yazzie and Patricia Villalobos Echeverria’s residencies, lectures scheduled for April 7, 8, 9, 21 and May 5 and 7, in addition to gallery talks with the artists explaining the project.
Created by Cara Jaye (Washington, USA) and Miguel Rivera (Guanajuato, Mexico) in 2004 as a spontaneous collaboration that has now expanded to include the taking and trading of artworks by more than 30 artists from over ten countries, Crossover/Cruce de Vías addresses issues of exchange, borders, authorship, travel and the interplay within collaboration. The diverse body of more than 150 works incorporate drawing, collage, photography, painting and printmaking techniques as artists use layers and multiple viewpoints to form an active and ongoing dialogue on crossing borders and nationalities, bridging differences and expressing commonalities while sending work across actual borders.
International Crossover exhibitions
2015 | Crossover / Crossroads, Western Gallery, Western Washington University. Bellingham, Washington, USA.
2013 | Crossover [KC-BsAs], Proyecto´ace. Buenos Aires, Argentina
2012 | Crossover KC, Kansas City Artists Coalition. Kansas City, Missouri, USA
2006 | Crossover / Cruce de Vias, Shift Gallery. Seattle, Washington, USA and Jesús Garcia Gallery, Guanajuato, Mexico
Organizer Cara Jaye
Curator Amy Chalouptka
Lectures Alicia Candiani | April 7th, Miguel Rivera | April 9th
Amy Chalouptka, Alicia Candiani, Cara Jaye and Miguel Rivera | April 10th
Artists in Crossover [KC-BsAs]
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, Site Specific
Moving Targets [Bs As]
Objetivos Móviles/Moving Targets-Buenos Aires was a co-curatorial project co-organized by the artist John Hitchcock (Director of the Printmaking Department and Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA) and the artist Alicia Candiani (Projecto´ace Director) framed in the residence that Hitchcock made with us from February 15th to March the 6th, 2008.
With the institutional support of the Ministry of Culture of the Municipality of Buenos Aires and Metrovías company partnership, Objetivos Móviles/Moving Targets-Buenos Aires results in an urban artistic action involving Colegiales neighborhood and displayed on the Metrovias Trains System in Argentina on Friday February 29, 2008 (a unique day in a leap-year!). The print action took place between the Federico Lacroze Station in the City of Buenos Aires and Fernández Moreno Station in Buenos Aires Province of the railroad Gral. Urquiza. These two stations united Proyecto’ace in Colegiales, Buenos Aires City and Centro de Edición. Directed by Natalia Giachetta, this is a litho workshop and gallery located in Saénz Peña, Buenos Aires Province. A group of 25 Argentine artists lead by John Hitchcock and Alicia Candiani, carried large banner prints through the train cart system. Each banner had several images of North America, South America and Caribbean artists’ works. 50 young up and coming artists (25 from South America and 25 from North America) and 50 established artists were invited to participate.
The banners, as large flags, were exhibited in two spaces in Argentina: the Proyecto’ace Studios and the platforms of the General Urquiza Train in front of Centro de Edición in Buenos Aires Province. Later they were exhibited in Pyramid Atlantic Art Center´s Main and Kunst Vault galleries from August 1 – October 3, 2009 in the United States.
ABOUT MOVING TARGETS INTERNATIONAL PROJECT
As a concept, Moving Targets involves presenting the print medium in a specific and meaningful way. It ties to the rich tradition that printmaking serves as a vehicle for expression of discontent and critique.
As an international print project reflecting social concerns moving via public transportation across borders, it aims to address on how public transport can become a means of cultural dissemination while emphasizing the historical tradition of graphics as a democratic vehicle for the communication of ideas.
The first action-exhibition was originally presented as Cultural Transport / Moving Target on a train between Berlin (Germany) and Poznan (Poland), co-organized by Keith Christensen and John Hitchcock within the framework of IMPACT IV in Germany. The title Moving Targets, expresses the difficulty in stopping something (shooting down–in military terms) that exists when trying to stop something or destroy it when it is in movement. The project uses trains, means of public transport, to disseminate cultural actions, thus the vehicle is literally the means of expression. Under the metaphor of what is in motion cannot be shot down, actions have been planned on the trains with printed works, also referring to the capacity of prints as agents that promotes reflection and change.
Emerging Argentine artists participating in the performatic action |Buenos Aires Daniela Karol, Magdalena Arnaud, Lucía Miranda, María Julieta Arnaut, Félix Torrez, Carolina Sosa, Josefina Zuain, Federico Signorelli, Juan Natch, Sofía Quirno, Fernanda Castelo, Valeria Zamparolo, Ignacio Luis Ravazzoli, Nicolás Monti, Isabel Gruppo | Córdoba Sergio David Alvarez, Gisele Rodriguez Polich, Maximiliano de los Ríos, Lucia Mendez, Ana Belen Saldias Lopez, Mariana Pavan, Iván Vianello, Micaela Damico Bossio | Santa Fé Javier Cazenave | Tucumán Martín De Negro.
Objetivos Móviles / Moving Targets
A John Hitchcock´s original project
Co-organized and co-curated by Alicia Candiani
in partnership with Centro de Edición Taller Galería
Director Natalia Giachetta
Selected and invited artists
NORTH AMERICA | Kim Ambriz, Plinio Avila, Michael Barnes, Marwin Begaye, Lisa Bulawsky, Keith Christensen, Justin Diggle, Timothy Dooley, David DuBose, Wanda Ewing, Bill Fick, Jill Fitterer, Ruthann Godollei, John Hancock, Dusty Herbig, Mike Houston, Hybrid Press/202c (Hitchcock & Busich), Drew Iwaniw, Anita Jung, Angela Lopez, John Lysak, Barb Madsen, Justin Maes, Nichole Maury, Phyllis McGibbon, Dylan McManus, Dennis McNett, Anna Moisiadis, Traci Molloy, Ayanah Moor, Johanna Mueller, Ashley Nason, Meghan O´Connor, Nancy Palmeri, Miguel A. Pena, David Raine, Curt Readel, Kathryn J Reeves, Derrick Riley, Jason Ruhl and Amy Newell, Humberto Saenz, Jenny Schmid, Neal Ambrose-Smith, Satan’s Camero, David & Kassie Teng, Daryl Vocat, Heather White, Aaron Wilson, Melanie Yazzie, Imin Yeh.
SOUTH AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN | Sergio David Alvarez, Magdalena Arnaud, María Julieta Arnaut, Romina Biglieri, Silvana Blasbalg, Sergio Blatto, María Bonomi, Silvia Brewda, Juan Canavesi, Alicia Candiani, Rimer Cardillo, Fernanda Castelo, Hugo Cava, Javier Cazenave, Mariela Constant, Micaela D´amico Bossio, Maximiliano De los Ríos, Martín De Negro, Sebastián García Huidobro, Isabel Gruppo, Daniela Karol, Ana María McCarthy, Lucía Mendez, Patricia Miani, Ricardo Migliorisi, Lucía Miranda, Nicolás Monti, Adriana Moracci, Juan Natch, Mari Mater O´Neil, Néstor Otero, Mariana Pavan, Sofía Quirno, Ángel Ramírez, Ignacio Luis Ravazzoli, Rafael Rivera Rosa, Gisele Rodriquez Polich, Ana Belén Saldías López, María Mercedes Salgado, Carolina Salinas, Garvin Sierra, Federico Signorelli, Carolina Sosa, Félix Torrez, Rafael Trelles, Julio Valdez, Ivan Vianello, Patricia Villalobos Echeverría, Valeria Zamparolo, Josefina Zuain.
Patricia Villalobos Echeverría
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Patricia Villalobos Echeverría
On October 18th at 3 pm. Patricia Villalobos Echeverría joined us via video-talk as part of the activities programmed for the International Project 150 [cycles]. The video-talk focused on expanded sculpture and printmaking practices. The artist was born in Tennessee to Salvadoran parents and grew up in Managua, Nicaragua. She has a hybrid practice of prints, photos, videos and installations that explore how reproducible forms of representation can alter our notions of singularity and the various states of flux that we enter: some physical, others virtual.
My work is a hybrid practice of prints, photos, videos, multiples and installations. I am primarily interested in how reproducible forms of representation can alter our notions of singularity. My installations play with the tension between the three-dimensional physicality of sculpture and architecture as well as the ephemeral nature of video and sound. I am interested in the nature of power and relationships of dependence; I examine these through the use of sculptural forms as contaminants within architectural spaces as well as videos dealing with the body in a transnational political context. In this way my work questions our sense of stability; I am intrigued by how time can seem to be suspended as we enter and exit spaces in a state of flux – some geographical, others virtual, pointing to a concurrent state of dissolution (dissociation) and hyper-embodiment.
-PATRICIA VILLALOBOS ECHEVERRIA
[Ciclos] Artists talks
Artists in Dialogue
As part of the International Project ” [Cycles] Portfolio exchange, there were four group discussions and theoretical support to the project through video-conferences, where we will be discussing issues that make the practice of the printmaking in the contemporary art world context such as, the practice of printmaking in a wide field, collaborative work: portfolios, international projects, residences, new criteria for the commissioners of the international biennial of printmaking, the construction of the work from multiple graphics in public spaces and actions with the community, among other topics.
Group discussions are used as a tool to stimulate sharing of experiences in an informal environment, combining formats of discussion, public participation, and the used of printed material. Given the vast experience of each of the guests, there will be printed material that will support each discussion group: books, catalogs and other portfolios organized by the guests who are already in the library of the Foundation.
These group discussions (in the format of video-conference) are open to everybody, and they are also part of the [Cycles] Program. The last one will be on Monday January 13, 2014.
VIDEO TALKS SERIES
Richard Noyce (UK) | September 20, 2013
Anne Heyvaert (France/Spain) | October 4, 2013
Michael Schneider (Austria) and Patricia Villalobos Echeverría (Nicaragua/USA)| October 18, 2013
John Hitchcock (USA) | January 13, 2014