Alexis Dahan’s work is an examination of the different forms taken by the city’s erosion. He creates public interventions directly on the street by disrupting existing relations we have with common urban elements such as payphones, fire hydrant, pot-holes, fire alarms, news racks or cobblestone roads. He also maintains a studio practice where he creates sculptures that use the manufactured urban object as raw material to give it a new form and a new purpose. Dahan uses charcoal drawing to document some urban phenomenon that he finds particularly engaging aesthetically.
Alexis Dahan is a French artist and writer who has been living in New York since 2005. He completed his master’s degree in Literature and Philosophy in Paris and studied Journalism at New York University in 2007. Dahan had his first solo exhibition at Half Gallery in 2012. In 2013, Dahan’s installation We serve selected texts was installed at the entrance of Dia Art Foundation’s headquarters in Chelsea. Since, Dahan has had several solo shows in the United States and Europe, including a commission by the Art Production Fund and an intervention with the Fire Department New York. He has conducted and published interviews with artists including Joseph Kosuth, Jeff Wall, Gabriel Orozco, Lawrence Weiner, Giuseppe Penone and Barbara Kruger.alexisdahan.com
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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