The Identity series is a progression of my work as a culture jammer in NYC. When I came to Barcelona eight years ago I became intrigued with exposed city walls and their special beauty. I found these walls to be the perfect background surface for the faces that I wanted to create as an alternative to the ones we are used to seeing in the cityscape. Instead of a model selling you a product or a politician selling you their caring glance, my icons give importance back to the population. I believe that our identity should come from within and not from the brands that we wear. We should question what forces choose our cultural icons, our role models, our values and aesthetics. The charcoal medium, in this case is chosen specifically as a metaphor for the ephemerality and fragility of our identities. After days of labor the charcoal fades with the weather, slowly returning the site to its original state. These works are performance pieces steeped in reflection.
The URBAN ANALOGIES series allows me to blend peoples faces with the textures of their cities by incorporating restoration transfer methods and the transparent quality of charcoal to echo the harsh beauty and heartfelt visual poetry of the IDENTITY SERIES in a gallery format.
The EXPECTATION PROJECT is an example of the types of projects that I undertake that allow me to explore and push the limits of contemporary portraiture.
Artist Bio / CV
Recent EXHIBITION Selection
2009 MOTA-Museum of Transitory Art, Ljubljana Slovenia.
2009 OBSERVATORI 09, Valencia Spain.
2009 IDENTITY, Andipa Gallery, Knightsbridge London, United Kingdom.
2008 IDENTITY COMPOSITE, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Spain.
2008 EXPECTATION PROJECT , Forum de las Culturas, Barcelona, Spain.
2008 INTERFERENCIA GRANADA, Invitation, Granada, Spain.
2007 VARIACIONES CARTOGRÁFICAS , Centro Cultural Montehermoso, Invitation, Vitoria, Basque Country, Spain.
2007 THE CONQUEST OF SPACE - NEW FORMS OF STREET ART, SESC Pinheiros, Invitation, Sao Paulo, Brazil.
2007 MITGERES - Barcelona de L’oblit al Projecte, Invitation, Drassanes Museum of Barcelona, Spain
2006 BAC - International Contemporary Art Festival, CCCB - Centro de Cultura Contemporanea de Barcelona, Juried Selection. Barcelona, Spain.
2006 THE IDENTITY OF THE COLLECTIVE MEMORY, Palace of the Marqués de San Adrián, Invitation, UNED, Tudela de Navarra, Spain.
2006 MADRID/PROCESOS/REDES, Juried Selection, Sala del Águila, Madrid, Spain.
2006 INTERFERENCIA BARCELONA, Juried Selection, Barcelona, Spain.
2009 MOTA-Museum of Transitory Art, Art production grant, Ljubljana Slovenia.
2009 OBSERVATORI 09, Art production grant,Valencia Spain.
2008 UAB-Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Residency with research and production grant. Barcelona Spain.
2008 INTERFERENCIA GRANADA, Art production grant, Granada, Spain.
2007 SESC PINHEIROS, Art production grant, Sao Paulo, Brazil
2006 INTERFERENCIA BARCELONA, Art production grant. Barcelona, Spain.
2006 MADRID/PROCESOS/REDES, Art production grant, Madrid, Spain.
2003 FUNDACIÓN ARTE y DERECHO, Art production grant, Madrid, Spain.
Recent books that have featured My work:
STREET ART, In The Artists Own Words, by Ric Blackshaw and Liz Farrelly, Published by RotoVision.
MURAL ART, From Graffiti to Trompe l´oeil, by Kiriakos Iosifidis, Published by Publikat.
STREET ART, The Graffiti Revolution, by Cedar Lewisohn (Catalogue for the STREET ART EXHIBITION at the TATE Gallery, London).
STREET RENEGADES, New Underground Art, by Francesca Gavin.