United States of America

Roberto Celis

01.02.16 19.02.16

Specialized in Design at VCU in Richmond, USA artist Roberto Celis uses his passion for design and construction of objects to create new ways of provocation that lead him to search into performance and conceptual art.

Thus, his work is placed “in-between” disciplines, creating both impossible objects in which the spectator’s action is essential and transforming his own body in an object to be activated. From this search arises ambiguity which makes him question social relations as people’s desire for social individuation.

The project developed at the ´ace residency involves sound experimentation. Following his passion for invention, the artist created a machine to play vinyl records. Roberto collects old records at markets in Argentina and Uruguay and re-creates them by destroying and assembling different records.

Roberto Celis
1985 | Allendale. New Jersey, USA.

2015 | MFA in Studio Arts from University of Texas at San Antonio, USA.
2010 |  BFA in Crafts/Material design from Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia, USA.
2010 | Bachelor in Science and Psychology, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia, USA.

2015 | The Grove, Houston Baptist University in Houston. Texas, USA.
2015 | I Like Chairs, Terminal 136 in San Antonio. Texas, USA.
2015 | Fresh: New Master Artists, Hammond. Los Angeles, USA.
2014 | 500X Juried Show, Dallas. Texas, USA.
2014 | American Diaries VI. Salzwvedel, Germany.

2016 | Fundación´ace. Buenos Aires, Argentina.
2014 | Hilmsen Art Residency. Germany.
2013 | Windgate Scholarship.
2012 | Bethel College. Indiana, USA.
2010 | Elena Prentice Scholarship.
2010 | Deans International Study Grant.

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During the April , 2016 ´aceNITE, Roberto Celis made ​​a performance in the Central Hall of Fundación´ace‘s studio, while the inauguration of the work of artists-in-residence Andrea Saltini (Italy), Rachel Tanugi Ribas (Brazil) and the inQubarte group took place.

During his Exploration Residency, Celis investigated through various languages: experimental music, engraving, writing and the creation of objects.

The whole process resulted in Letters, a performance in which by writing on a vinyl disc that was inked, the artist alluded to communication, to the difference between listening and hearing and evoked people who are no longer here but whose link is still very present. This writing is embodied not only in the noise produced by the scraping of the vinyl but in a paper on which Celis, after writing the letter, printed his words. It was a cathartic action, an action of calling and meeting.

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