• Alan and Michael Fleming

    Alan and Michael Fleming

    New York, NY, United States, b. 1985
    Alan and Michael Fleming’s practice is marked by their desire to merge and condense the physical act with cerebral action. For the brothers, how we engage with our bodies is not separate from how we master ideas and understand the world. Bodily movement is and can be one with our thoughts. Though their practice is notably influenced by Bruce Nauman, the meister of conceptual post-studio practice, the artists distinguish themselves by referencing their unique context of being twins. By going back to their relationship as a foundation, they investigate what it means to look at the world around us as a series of relationships. This turn in perspective rests within the nature of Cartesian dualism and in particular, the mind-body split. Their inquiries operate in gaps created by dualism and make visible bonds between seemingly divorced faculties of human understanding. Within their spatial interventions, these faculties become intermeshed. By combining phenomenological sensibilities with methodical application, they unite the nuances of the physical and cerebral to where they are no longer autonomous but interdependent. Always in a state of curiosity and good humor, these exercises of empathy and support reveal that codependence is not only crucial but also celebrated. While drawing from elements of dance and acrobatics, they use their bodies in a manner that is distinct and separate from the virtuosic styles of these pursuits. The variation lies in the application of these elements to form a series of procedures for experimentation, exercises that test the potential of the body as a medium of examination of our relationship to surrounding architecture. While their interventions start from a set of operations and tasks, it is tempered by their sensitivity to know their surroundings and each other. They balance off, mimic, and interlock with each other; physical feats are not possible without one another. They use their empathy as brothers and collaborators as a tool for investigating where these sensibilities apply. The Flemings’ understanding extends into their sculptures and videos that typically serve as artifacts of these exercises. As a result, they take on role of surrogates wherein each object represents each brother by their execution of a task. This anthropomorphism accounts for inherent differences in conjunction with the way in which they correlate to one another. Through applying empathy as a critical tool, they examine what actually exists between individuals, faculties, or objects. Empathy is where one begins to understand one another and develop the ability to appreciate and respond to complex emotional or aesthetic influences in the world around us. In 2010, Alan and Michael Fleming received their MFAs from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, which they attended together. They have exhibited and performed extensively throughout the United States and in Denmark, Germany, Scotland, the Ukraine, and Brazil. The winner of numerous awards, the twins were awarded fellowships to the NARS Foundation in Brooklyn in 2012, and the Artist in the Marketplace Program at the Bronx Museum of the Arts in 2011. Their last solo show, Studio Audience, was at Cindy Rucker Gallery in New York.

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  • Danh Vo

    Danh Vo

    Bà Rịa, Ba Ria - Vung Tau, Vietnam, b. 1975
    Danh Vō examines how cultural values, conflicts and traumas are constructed and inherited through work inspired both by his own experiences as well as historical and political events. When he was a child, Vo’s family fled Vietnam and settled in Denmark. His family’s assimilation to European culture and the political events that precipitated their flight from Vietnam are intertwined in his artistic practice; pieces illuminate the interwoven strands of private and collective history that shape our sense of self. Vo examines how meaning changes with context, as well as how things accumulate symbolic weight, combining historically rich readymade objects with aspects that touch on his life story. Emerging from a process of research, chance encounters, and delicate personal negotiations, Vo’s installations unearth the latent undertones and memories embedded in familiar forms. Both enigmatic and poetic, his work deftly avoids didacticism as he explores the power structures underlying liberal societies, the fragility of the nation-state; he portrays how objects retain the sublimated desire and sadness of individuals and entire cultures. Danh Vō studied at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Denmark and the Städelschule, Frankfurt. In 2012 he was the winner of the Hugo Boss Prize, New York; in 2007 of the BlauOrange Kunstpreis der Deutschen Volksbanken und Raiffeisenbanken in Berlin, Germany and in 2009 he was a nominee for the Nationalgalerie Prize for Young Art, Berlin, Germany. His most important exhibitions includes: Danh Vo: Banish the faceless / Reward your gracePalacio de Cristal, Madrid, Spain (2015); Ydob eht ni mraw si ti, Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany (2015); Danh Vo: We The People (Detail), Faurschou Foundation, Beijing, China (2014); We The People, Public Art Fund, New York, United States (2014); I M U U R 2, Guggenheim Museum, New York, United States (2013); Chung ga opla, Villa Medici, Rome, Italy (2013); Fabulous Muscles, Museion, Bolzano, Italy (2013); We The People (detail), The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, United States (2012); Vō, Danh, Kunsthaus Bregenz, Bregenz, Austria (2012); JULY, IV, MDCCLXXVI,Kunsthalle Fridericianum, Kassel, Germany (2011); Hip Hip Hurra, National Museum for Art, Copenhagen, Denmark (2010); Les fleurs d’intérieur, Kadist Foundation, Paris, France (2009); Package Tour, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (2008). Moreover, his work has been included in group exhibitions at institutions such as The Menil Collection, Houston, United States (2015); The Barbican, London, United Kingdom (2015); Kunstmuseum Gegenwartskunst Basel, Switzerland (2013); the New Museum, New York, United States (2012); Kunsthaus Bregenz, Bregenz, Austria (2011); GAM Galleria Civica dʼArte Moderna e Contemporanea, Turin, Italy (2011); Kunsthalle Basel, Basel, Switzerland (2010); Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam, The Netherlands (2009); Hamburger Bahnhof, Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin, Germany (2009); Kunstverein München, Munich, Germany (2008); Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (2008); CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco, United States (2007) among others. In 2012 Danh Vō work’s was present at the International Exhibition in the Arsenale of the 55th Venice Biennale and he represented Denmark at the 56th Venice Biennale in 2015 with an exhibition entitled Mothertongue. Danh Vō is currently a resident of Mexico City, Mexico.

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  • CHIHARU SHIOTA

    CHIHARU SHIOTA

    Osaka, Prefectura de Osaka, Japón, b. 1972

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  • Pedro Coronel

    Pedro Coronel

    Zacatecas, México, b. 1923
    Estudió pintura y escultura en La Esmeralda (1940-1945). Durante su estancia en París frecuentó los talleres del pintor Victor Brauner y del escultor Constantin Brâncuşi que influyeron en gran medida su proceso artístico (1945). Su primera exposición individual (1954) fue en la Galería Proteo, Ciudad de México, donde su exposición llamó la atención al Premio Nobel mexicano, Octavio Paz. Más tarde exhibió en Francia, Italia, Japón, Estados Unidos y Brasil. En su último periodo que vivió en París su arte mostró, diferentes facetas (dibujos) subyugando en el erotismo de las formas naturales, de una apreciable madurez estética y artística. En 1984 recibió el Premio Nacional de Ciencias y Artes en el área de Bellas Artes. El 23 de mayo de 1985 a las 18.00 murió a causa de un derrame cerebral a la edad de 62 años. En la nave mayor del Palacio de Bellas Artes, de la Ciudad de México se le rindió homenaje póstumo. Le hicieron la primera guardia de honor, el presidente mexicano Miguel de la Madrid (1982-1988), el secretario de Educación Pública, Miguel González Avelar y el Director General de Bellas Artes Javier Barros. A su cuerpo se le dio cristiana sepultura en el Panteón Francés de San Joaquín. Un año más tarde sus restos fueron trasladados a la ciudad de Zacatecas que le vio nacer, para ser depositados en el patio del museo que lleva su nombre, el día 25 de mayo de 1986.

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