Past Resident2016: La Fondation pour l'Art Contemporain Claudine et Jean-Marc Salomon
Thomas Tronel-Gauthier’s multifaceted sculptural practice involves both objects and installations. He questions materials, and merges painting, photography, and video. His work focuses on the origins, mutations and variations of form. Tronel-Gauthier captures natural and spontaneous phenomena in his work, while taking a nuanced approach to ephemerality and durability.
Thomas Tronel-Gauthier (born 1982, Paris) lives and works in Paris. His recent solo exhibitions include Le temps d’un sillage (The time it takes a wake to disappear), Bullukian Foundation, Lyon, France, 2016; OFFICIELLE, FIAC–International Contemporary Art Fair, Cité de la mode et du design, Paris, France, 2015; Ce que j’ai vu n’existe plus (What I have seen no longer exist), Gallery 22,48 m², Paris, France, 2015; and AN ECHO, A STONE, Gallery My monkey, Nancy, France, 2016.
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Past Resident2016: Wallace Arts Trust
Visesio Siasau’s creative ambitions are directed towards sculpted wooden Tongan divinity forms, which he re-makes in a range of styles, stances, and materials including perspex, glass, stone, wood, and bronze. His twenty-first century approach to an old form presents a challenge for contemporary Tongan Christian politics because of his negative criticism of the church’s impact on Tongan stories, thinking, and traditional ways of life. Siasau’s sculptures carry a message beyond his politics—they hold and express his personal responsibility for teaching specialized knowledge.
Visesio Siasau, also known as Sio, has completed a Masters degree at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa in New Zealand. He is a cultural practitioner from He Waka Hiringa, the first Masters of Applied Indigenous Knowledge degree program in the Pacific. Sio self-identifies as a tufungaʻi – practitioner and draws on Tongan epistemologies as his pathway to understanding things passed down by traditional knowledge keepers. Sio has represented both Aotearoa, New Zealand and Tonga in an international context, and is the first Tongan recipient to be awarded the prestigious James Wallace Art Award.
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Residents from New Zealand
Esperanza Mayobre’s work addresses failed and idealistic utopias of impossible solutions for absurd situations. She invents stories that question problems that have no answers. Through a variety of visual formats, she explores subjects that are generally ignored by creating fictive laboratory spaces, in which Mayobre plays an active role.
Esperanza Mayobre was born during the Venezuelan oil boom and grew up between the cities of Caracas and Golindano. Mayobre is the recipient of the Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship at the Air and Space Museum, the Jerome Foundation Travel and Study Grant, and has taken part in programs at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, the Smack Mellon Artist Studio Program, and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. She has exhibited at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston; La Caja Centro Cultural Chacao, Caracas; Bronx Museum; MIT Center for Advanced Visual Studies; Art Museum of the Americas, Washington D.C.; MARTE Contemporaro, El Salvador; Incheon Women Artists’ Biennial, Korea; and spaces in New York City including Smack Mellon, Postmasters Gallery, Jack Shainman Gallery, and Momenta Art. Her work has been featured in publications including Bomb, The Brooklyn Rail, The New York Times, Hyperallergic, Creative Time Reports, Arte al Día and Art in America.