Raul Valverde’s artworks are context specific and respond to the temporal and spatial conditions in which they are displayed. Interested in the construction of art environments and viewer participation, Valverde’s work provides a staged experience of perception. His installations, videos, and computer-generated artworks are situated in the intersection of photography, architecture, and sculpture. Focusing on spatial expectations, his Sunlight Entering Museums, 2030 series simulates how the sunlight will enter diverse art museums on the artist’s future 50th birthday. His Cartagena de Indias project Paisaje Adaptado–another illusionist space–is a Mediterranean landscape placed on the Caribbean coast. Similarly, his digital images DRP translate into chromatic charts the natural evolution of Regent’s Park in London, while reflecting on the multiple variables involved in the process of perceiving our surroundings.
Raul Valverde (born Madrid, 1980) received an MA from Central Saint Martins, London, and an MFA from School of Visual Arts, New York. He is a recipient of the Fulbright Scholarship and an Artist In The Marketplace Fellow at the Bronx Museum of the Arts. Valverde has exhibited at the #1 Cartagena Biennial, Colombia; Bronx Calling: The Second AIM Biennial, New York,; La Casa Encendida, Madrid; NURTUREart, Brooklyn; Tabacalera, Madrid; Artium Museum, Vitoria-Gasteiz; Anthology Film Archives, New York; Instituto Cervantes, Milan; Círculo de Bellas Artes de Madrid; and Royal College of Art, London, among others. Valverde teaches at the Fine Arts Department, School of Visual Arts, New York.valverderaul.com
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Jude Griebel’s work presents sculptures of hybrid bodies, whose anatomy is merged with their surroundings. These figures are compromised by situations of consumption, excess and disregard, played out on their dioramic surfaces. In these works, he is not so much interested in how waste is generated, but rather how we re-digest popular images of accumulation and environmental degradation, weaving them into the fabric of our subconscious. The sculptures embody these internalized and conflicted narratives of want and ruin, reifying them in monstrous and mythological proportions. Though informed by broader cultural desires and anxieties, the works resonate at a more personal level through the use of playful humor and autobiographical reference.
Jude Griebel received an MFA in sculpture and ceramics from Concordia University in 2014 and has worked in residence in institutions including Halle 14 Center for Contemporary Art, Leipzig, and MASS MoCA, North Adams. He has recently exhibited at the Spinnerei Archiv Massiv, Leipzig; Esker Foundation; Calgary; dc3 Art Projects, Edmonton; Galerie Sturm, Nuremberg; The Redpath Museum, Montreal; and presented a major sculptural installation in Future Station: The 2015 Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art at the Art Gallery of Alberta. In April 2017, his public sculpture Plastic Ghost was mounted in the city center of Jyväskylä, Finland. Griebel has recently been awarded grants by the Canada Council for the Arts, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts and he is a three-time recipient of the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation grant for international emerging artists.judegriebel.com
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Simone Couto is a United States-based interdisciplinary artist. Couto’s private and collective practices explore communication and the relationship between place and identity both in nature and urban settings. She is interested in the biographical shifts and speculation of new sites where the body veers and twists, co-habiting. Her performative and community engagement is contingent and situational rather than site-specific. Inperformance as well as in the making of video, drawings, sculptures, and other objects for her final installations, the artist re-orders her social-political and environmental explorations tying them to history, time, philosophy, science, and language, exhausting the multiple possibilities of every single element.
Simone Couto (born in Brazil, 1975) received an MFA from the School of Visual Arts Art Practice Program, New York, a BA in Creative Arts from the University of San Francisco, and studied Theater Arts at The Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. Her work has been shown in the United States and internationally, including Gwacheon National Science Museum, South Korea; and Pioneer Works; Invisible Dog Art Center; Electronic Arts Intermix; El Museo de Los Sures; and Momenta Art, all New York.simonecouto.com