Los Angeles-based artist and activist Carolina Caycedo works primarily in the area of social justice. Her practice spans a variety of media and largely concerns itself with the problematics of river rights in Latin America, where hydroelectric dams are causing hardships for local and indigenous cultures.
Andres Paredes, who was born in Argentina’s Misiones Province and graduated from the Faculty of Arts of the National University of Misiones, has made his home region a distinctive factor in his work. Driven by a systematic search to keep memory active by reworking the past, he creates an intimate imaginary world in works that
Guy Michael Davis and Katie Parker have collaborated as Future Retrieval since 2008. In 1999, after meeting as undergrads in ceramics at the Kansas City Art Institute, the pair earned graduate degrees from Ohio State University; they now lead the ceramics department at the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning (DAAP).
Maarten Vanden Eynde’s work travels back from the future. Fast-forwarding 100 million years or so in the role of a forensic archaeologist, he digs up archaic strata of earth—a smelted stew of plastic, metal, and organic gook cooked by industrial pollution.
“I decided that the whole idea of irony, which is so strong in contemporary art, I didn’t want to do anymore; I wanted to make it all about heart and really open my body up and say, ‘Here I am, I’m revealing myself to you.’ Because that’s what I saw in old art, and it melted me.”
Habiendo incursionado en la pintura, el textil, las instalaciones y la producción de objetos, Hecht encuentra en lo efímero de los “banquetes temáticos” su vehículo de comunicación con el otro, creando situaciones performáticas opulentas y barrocas, para compartir en torno a una mesa.
Alan Constable’s singular sculptures of cameras, telescopes, projectors, and binoculars are imbued with a heightened tactility and inner life. Legally blind and deaf, Constable began constructing replicas of cameras from cereal cartons and glue at the age of eight.
“I am interested in sculpture as the medium that can teach us what space is and why space is important. I come at this because I see each of us as being an awkward, bumbling biological body that is also inscribed by language. This friction between being a physical spatial being and also a thinking, relational spatial being is what generates my work.”
Agricole, the suspended plow form, comes from the French for “agriculture.” Human beings didn’t start out in cities. Cities originated as places of exchange, and now they’ve gotten to the point where something that used to happen once a week or once a month—the trading of goods and services—becomes the dominator.
Pae White’s primary material might well be the history of applied arts. In a new show at the San José Museum of Art (on view through January 19, 2020), she draws on at least 2,000 years of artistic practice, from goldwork to carpet weaving, bookbinding, printmaking, and painting.