Melissa Cruz Garcia

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Disciplines: Beeldhouwer, Installatiekunstenaar, Mixed media/interdisciplinair kunstenaar

Omschrijving werk

Melissa Cruz Garcia: "A recurrent element of my projects and working processes is researching and developing proprietary media. I approach sociological and ecological issues by examining common perspectives. This examination results in objects, installations and interventions characterized by elements of bygone inventions, nomadic cultures, and sustainability. The essential components of my art come from discarded machines that I repurpose into new machines and which are reminiscent of pre-cinematic techniques. This juxtaposition reflects my interest in the differences between what is old and what is new, between reality and fantasy. My oeuvre is in general an analog and artisanal response to the digitalization of our era. One can say this statement has a romantic or melancholic mood towards the past, but that is not all. It is also somehow, a way to rehabilitate discarded technology which has a presence. I recover and re-contextualize a “machine” by means of showing new things without employing any circuit. Purely by using what the possibilities and the circumstances will provide. My work begins in designing new machines that incorporate the use of analog technology with the ideas of craftsmanship. Through this approach, I create contemporary variants of selected stories about events from the past while I tell hypothetical futures. I often take discarded materials attributed to different cultures, taking them out of context and refreshing them by their physical transformation. Optical Illusions and perception are essential in my artistic method. The images I project are often not clear at the beginning. There is the element of confusion; an initial disappointment and finally the possibility to explore amazement or surprise by what one sees. In resume, I am in constant search of unconventional uses of visual technology and other media. Despite the documentary possibilities of media, they can and do deceive".

Werk

Nomad Library
Titel Nomad Library
Jaartal 2014
Omschrijving Participatory art.
Techniek Mixed Media
Formaat varied
House Taken Over-Casa Tomada
Titel House Taken Over-Casa Tomada
Jaartal 2013
Omschrijving Light Projection on a canvas
Techniek Self-made wooden projector
Formaat varied
Narcissus III
Titel Narcissus III
Jaartal 2013
Omschrijving Light Painting/performance
Techniek Experimental video/performance
Formaat varied
Sketch for Portable Home Movies
Titel Sketch for Portable Home Movies
Jaartal 2013
Omschrijving Design of how to make foldable objects
Techniek Drawing and collage
Formaat 20x25cm
Time Machine II
Titel Time Machine II
Jaartal 2012
Omschrijving Light Painting
Techniek Self-made wooden projector and a real cl
Formaat varied
Narcissus II
Titel Narcissus II
Jaartal 2012
Omschrijving Light Painting-performance
Techniek Experimental video-performance
Formaat varied
Claustrophobic Window
Titel Claustrophobic Window
Jaartal 2011
Omschrijving Sculpture-Installation
Techniek Wooden projector
Formaat varied
Echo and Narcissus
Titel Echo and Narcissus
Jaartal 2010
Omschrijving Light painting
Techniek Miniature drawing, mixed media.
Formaat varied
oUt of rAngE
Titel oUt of rAngE
Jaartal 2009
Omschrijving Urban intervention
Techniek Collected paraffin, led light, battery.
Formaat varied
The Order of the Things
Titel The Order of the Things
Jaartal 2008
Omschrijving Sculpture Installation
Techniek Ceramic, slides, mixed media.
Formaat varied

Omschrijving werk

Melissa Cruz Garcia: "A recurrent element of my projects and working processes is researching and developing proprietary media. I approach sociological and ecological issues by examining common perspectives. This examination results in objects, installations and interventions characterized by elements of bygone inventions, nomadic cultures, and sustainability. The essential components of my art come from discarded machines that I repurpose into new machines and which are reminiscent of pre-cinematic techniques. This juxtaposition reflects my interest in the differences between what is old and what is new, between reality and fantasy. My oeuvre is in general an analog and artisanal response to the digitalization of our era. One can say this statement has a romantic or melancholic mood towards the past, but that is not all. It is also somehow, a way to rehabilitate discarded technology which has a presence. I recover and re-contextualize a “machine” by means of showing new things without employing any circuit. Purely by using what the possibilities and the circumstances will provide. My work begins in designing new machines that incorporate the use of analog technology with the ideas of craftsmanship. Through this approach, I create contemporary variants of selected stories about events from the past while I tell hypothetical futures. I often take discarded materials attributed to different cultures, taking them out of context and refreshing them by their physical transformation. Optical Illusions and perception are essential in my artistic method. The images I project are often not clear at the beginning. There is the element of confusion; an initial disappointment and finally the possibility to explore amazement or surprise by what one sees. In resume, I am in constant search of unconventional uses of visual technology and other media. Despite the documentary possibilities of media, they can and do deceive".

Persoonsgegevens

Voorletters M
Kunstenaarsnaam/alias
Samenwerkingsverband
Website www.melissacruzgarcia.com

Opleidingsgegevens

Erkende vakopleiding

Academie / instituut & plaats studierichting / specialisatie periode van / tot diploma
Den Haag, Koninklijke Academie van Beeldende Kunsten ArtScience Master in Music 2008-2010 J

Andere opleiding

Instituut / docent & plaats (studie)richting periode van / tot
KONCON-KABK-Leiden University Master in ArtScience-Music 2008-2010
KABK (The Hague) Bachelor in Fine Arts (Sculpture) 2004-2008
Accademia di Belle Arti (Florence-Italy) Fine Arts-Painting 2003-2004

Cursussen, workshops

Naam instituut & plaats onderwerp periode van / tot
Academia de Artes Guerrero (Bogota-Colombia) Visual Arts 1997-2001
LABA (Florence-Italy) Fine Arts (Painting) 2003-2004
Universidad Nacional de Colombia (Bogota-Colombia) Arts and humanities 1997-2001

Overige gegevens

Lid van Beroeps / Kunstenaarsvereniging
Deelnemer van Kunstenaarsinitiatief

Curriculum vitae

Tentoonstellingen

jaartal naam tentoonstellingsruimte korte omschrijving solo / duo / groep
2014 Gemak Participatory project about intinerancy and re-interpretation of printed knowledge SOLO
2014 Lugar a Dudas. Cali (CO) Proposal for an optical-public intervention. Winning proposal. SOLO
2013 Ethnological Museum of Berlin and Humboldt Lab. Collaborative art piece/competition at the Ethnological Museum in Berlin entitled: Musik Sehen – Visualizing Music. GROEP
2013 Nest. MuseumNacht. Let There be Light. Light Painting of a real miniature diorama. GROEP
2013 Quartair. Duo show organized by The Colombian Embassy in The Netherlands, DUO
2012 Universidad Nacional de Colombia Contextual/Nomad art project during a period as guess teacher and artist in residence. Winning proposal: "About Fictional Homelands". SOLO
2011 Scheltema Complex Leiden: Monumentendag/MuseumNacht. Wooden projectors, site specific installation. Re-invention and fictionalization of historical buildings. SOLO
2010 GRID 2010: International Photo Biennial of Amsterdam. Experimental photoinstallation (Site-specific). GROEP
2010 Polderlicht@home, private addresses in Amsterdam Oosterparkbuurt. Light painting-site specific installation. GROEP
2007 Stedelijk Museum De Lakenhal Leiden in Scheltema Complex, Panorama Zuidvleugel Social sculpture, installation. GROEP

Vertegenwoordiging

naam plaats & land
NADA Bogota (CO)

Projecten

jaartal instelling titel & typering project
2014 Lugar a Dudas "From Window to Voyeurism" A proposal for twooptical situations divided by changes of natural light.
2014 Gemak An itinerant participatory project of re-interpreting printed knowledge.
2013 Studio Loos. Wonderwerp "Narcissus III" Experimental Light Painting and Performance
2011 Leiden MuseumNacht/Momumentendag 2011. "Fictional Space I" Historical fiction. Work in process/Laboratory.
2010 Hoogtij #22 - MuseumNacht 2010 "No De-Composition" Laboratory of experiments with light sensitivity and old lenses.

Internationale uitwisseling

jaartal instelling
2014 Lugar a Dudas. Cali (CO). About nomadism and the way we see things.
2013 Ethnological Museum and Humboldt Lab, Berlin-Germany.
2012 Residencias Artisticas Local Universidad Nacional de Colombia
2011 Scheltema Complex-Leiden.
2008 Artist in residence, Bussanarte Foundation-Italy

Opdrachten

jaartal opdrachtgever plaats / land typering opdracht uitgevoerd
2014 Lugar a Dudas Cali-Colombia Lecture: About medium and meaning N
2014 International Film Festival of Cali and Museum of Modern Art "La Tertulia" Cali-Colombia Workshop: "Reversing the city". Cinematic experience "Narcissus IV" N
2012 Universidad Nacional de Colombia. Bogota-Colombia Lecture: The camera eye, foldable machine, contextuality and sustainability. J
2010 Polderlicht@home Amsterdam-Holland Assignment: Site-specific light sculpture/Installation J
2010 GRID 10: International Photo Biennial of Amsterdam metropolitan area Amsterdam-Holland Art project: Analog photography and utopic architecture. J
2010 Het Nutshuis-Den Haag The Hague-Holland Lecture and workshop about sustainability and resources including artistic talk. J
2010 Atrium City Hall in The Hague The Hague-Holland Conference: “Myth and Ecology”Colombian Embassy in NL. J
2009 Out oF rAnge The Hague-Holland Architectonic interventions: Nomad space, urban intervention J
2007 SKOR, Atelier Zuidvelugel, Province South Holland, Lakenhal in Scheltema Complex Leiden-Holland Commission: New Landscape art J
2006 Korzo Theater Den Haag. The Hague-Holland Commission: Gestalt psychology, visual perception project J

Aankopen / werken in collecties

jaartal naam collectie plaats / land omschrijving aankoop
2014 Herma Minderhoud The Hague Compact cameras obscura
2014 Pim Piët The Hague Compact cameras obscuras
2014 Eduardo Pizarro Leon Gomez The Hague Diptych
2012 Michael van Hoogenhuyze Leiden-The Netherlands Portable camera obscura-Mixed media sculpture-Flipbook.
2012 Ed Jansen The Hague-The Netrherlands Mixed media sculpture-Flipbook, drawings.
2008 Museo Il Cuore di Bussana Bussana Vechia/Italy Paraffin sculpture.

Publicaties

jaartal titel publicatie uitgever / samensteller, plaats typering
2014 Beeld voor Beeld: 90 Haagse 3D kunstenaars The Hague Jubileumboek Stichting HBKK
2014 De Grote Haagse Kunstkalender Trichis Art Calendar 2014
2014 De la Ventana al Voyeurismo Cali-Colombia Interview-Catalog-Publication
2013 Melissa Cruz Garcia: ArtScientist-Sculptor-Lecturer The Hague-Holland Article on Pandora Magazine
2013 “Mysterie en vertroosting”. Over een reeks werken van Melissa Cruz Garcia, by Philip Peters The Hague-Holland Publication
2011 Fictional Space I Leiden-Holland Catalog, booklet
2011 Time machine flipbook Leiden Flipbook animation
2010 Grid, International Photo Biennial of Amsterdam Amsterdam-Holland International Photo Biennial catalog

Prijzen en stipendia

jaartal instantie, plaats omschrijving
2014 Lugar a Dudas, Cali-Colombia Project selected by opencall, "De la Ventana al Voyeurismo"
2013 Ethnological Museum of Berlin, Humboldt Lab Winning proposal, Lichtklangphonogramm. Collaboration
2012 Universidad Nacional de Colombia Winning proposal, A contextual fictional space:
2011 Stroom, Den Haag Stroom PRO invest
2008 Nuffic-Dutch Ministry of Science and Culture Scholarship for top talented students
2007 SKOR, Panorama Zuidvleugel, KABK Winning proposal, Travelling Object

Artistieke nevenactiviteiten

nevenactiviteit van tot
Cameras Obscuras Sonicas: Mutantes de la cultura de la basura 2014 2014
The Reversed City 2014 2014
Nomad Library: A Laboratory of Experimental Theory" 2013 2014
Media Archaelogy. Hands on workshop. "The Eye Camera" lecture 2012 2013
Micro and macrocosmic de-contructivism. 2011 2011
Fictional spaces and the phantom. Contemporary anachronism. 2011 2013
“Rethinking the space; nomad space”: art theory and site specific projects. 2008 2013
The science of low technologies". Workshops. 2008 2013
Workshops on recycling in the public space. 2005 2013
Art projects related to phenomenology of the spaces, utopic architecture in urban and rural environments. 2004 2013