Tobias Dostal works to rid the film medium of the classic canvas by restaging the movie in a space with sculptural elements – rebuilt 16 mm projectors and projection screens made of wood or paper constructions, for example. Addressing the roots of the film and similar artistic approaches in the past is crucial to his work. After extensive experiments in a variety of media, formats and techniques and dealing with artistic approaches such as the “Expanded Cinema” and structural film and the history of film, he found his visual language through the use of celluloid film.
Tobias Dostal (born 1982 in Bad Hersfeld, Germany) studied drawing, film and skuplture at the Braunschweig Universitity of Arts. His Film installations have been shown in group exhibitions at the gallery of La Esmeralda, New Mexico; Kunstschaufenster am Hallenbad, Wolfsburg; End in Nation, Kapitelsaal, Bad Hersfeld; Films about being God, Kreuzberg Pavillion, Berlin; Metamorphosen, Allgemeiner Konsumverein, Braunschweig and the Up and Coming Film Festival, Hannover.
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Residents from Germany
The work of Ramiro Chaves explores various aspects of Latin American modernist architecture, from its ideological positioning to its contradictory transformations within those contexts in which the modernist project never quite fit comfortably. His projectXXXXXXXXXX is an atlas of the use of the letter X in post-revolutionary Mexican architecture. His investigation centers on the use of this form as an architectural resource, be it ornamental or structural. This project is an exercise which is part of an extensive visual archive and documentary project about the evolution of the iconography and content of Mexican modernism. It functions as a cross-sectional exploration of this confused historical legacy through different disciplines using photography as an starting point, but also expanding his practice to video, sculpture, architectural drafting, writing and archiving. Chaves’ work is a personal, methodological approximation that raises questions about memory, history, identity, discourse, and the manner in which those elements produce space and language.
Ramiro Chaves (born 1979, Cordoba) studied Film and Television at the National University of Cordoba and Photography at the School of Arts Lino E. Spillimbergo. He moved to México in 2002. He was selected for the XI Biennial of Photography at the Center for the Image, México City, 2004 and his first solo exhibition Proyecto Canada, at Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil, México City, 2006. Editorial Diamantina published his book Domingos in 2006. Chaves was selected for Descubrimientos (Discoveries) in PhotoEspaña, Spain, 2009. He participated in the Miradas Cruzadas residency exchange program between México and France in 2010, and received Bancomer’s 2012-2014 Contemporary Artist grant in partnership with the Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil, México City. His work is part of the Isabel and Agustin Coppel collection as well as those of the Museo de Arte Moderno and the Centro de la Imagen in México City, plus a number of private collections worldwide. His work has been exhibited in México, France, the United States, Spain, Holland, Turkey, Germany, Austria, Argentina and Japan.
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Residents from Mexico
Bernard Williams embraces a range of formats for the expression of his interests and concerns. The artist investigates the complexities of American history and culture through painting, sculpture, and installation. Within these broad arenas, the work seeks a kind of open-ended dialogue, addressing identity, flattening hierarchies, and questioning who we are collectively. Risk, adventure, conquest, personal status, privilege, and mechanical development are some of the thematic concepts which are pushed into form.
Bernard Williams (born 1964) is a native of Chicago. He holds a BFA from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and an MFA from Northwestern University. He also studied at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Williams has taught at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and has completed numerous residencies around the United States. In 2009, a large temporary outdoor sculpture was mounted at Socrates Sculpture Park in New York. In 2013, Williams designed and installed two large temporary outdoor sculptures at the Laumeier Sculpture Park in St. Louis. A permanent steel sculpture is currently under installation in Chicago.