"Current #bitres Artist" Vladimir Mejia+ + + + +
Vladimir Mejia is a multi-media artist based out of Austin, Texas. As a first-generation American, his fascination with pop, internet and political culture leads him to create works which attempt to explore and blur the lines between entertainment, information and how we self-identify within subcultures. Vladimir received his BFA in Studio Arts at The University of Texas in 2014.
Bit Residency: As a means of expanding Co-Lab Project's programming into the digital realm, we select artists to participate in an Instagram hosted month-long residency. Artists are given full control of the @colabprojectstx Instagram account, and all images posted by the artist will be categorized by hashtags representing the show title and the artist name in residency.
Hashtag logic: #bitres + 1st three letters of artist's last name.
"Intuitive Persuasions" Michael Mogavero+ + + + +
N Space (905 Congress) On view during open hours every Wednesday 5:30-8PM and by appointment
Opening Reception: Friday, November 21st, 6-9PM
The paintings were culled from hundreds of small ink drawings. These drawings were created during countless meetings I have attended over the course of many years. Early on, it became clear to me that I was a much better listener while drawing. Many meetings, many drawings!
With hundreds of these small intimate drawings, I recently began to wonder what they might look like if they were scaled up into large canvasses. The results were surprisingly “operatic.” New connotations emerged as the paintings began to reveal what verbal dialogue might look like if it were captured in bold and heroic abstract form.
The new paintings seem to contain similar complexities that are exhibited in most institutional dialogues whether social, political, or academic. Gnarly, unruly forms, struggling to reconcile each other punctuate spatial moments of harmony and equilibrium. The intuitive nature of the paintings reinforce these qualities and allow the viewer direct contact with the visual and musical pulse of language.
Our current culture has certainly borne out that this struggle remains constant and applicable. Chaos gives sway to glimpses of calmness and the discourse begins in earnest!