On July the 27, at 9:00pm, we will carry out our monthly Open Studios night. We invite you to join us at Centro Negra to experience the artworks of Rebecca Gill (Glasgow), Paula Sanchez (San Juan), Javier Garló (Mallorca), Deni Javas (Savannah, Georgia), Leonie Mhari (Edinburgh/Glasgow), and Nora Chuff (New York/Boston), our current artists in residence.
Taking over multiple disciplines and media, their researches reflect upon the ideas of body, territory and spaciality in the rural context of Blanca.
Paula Sanchez (Basel)
Paula Sanchez was born in San Juan, Argentina, where she studied cello and classical music. Very early in her career she began to be interested in the crossover between different artistic media such as photography, video, painting and sound. For many years she developed her artistic and research work with the Ob Caenum artists collective, involved in experimental theater. She has been involved in many artistic projects such as theater pieces and performances. Her work explores the relations between sound, body and spatiality. She is currently living in Switzerland, where she is a masters candidate in free improvisation, experimenting on the performativity of sound.
Rebecca Gill (Glasgow)
Rebecca’s practice spans the fields of moving image, sound, generative electronics, writing, coding, installations and bio-fabrication, but always grows from a concern with the philosophical, political, scientific facets of interdisciplinary research and thought. Earlier this year, she wrote an essay for Art Review Glasgow, and was an invited guest speaker at the first two Art + Ecology Collective’s ‘Biosystems’ reading groups at The Glasgow Zine Library. She has worked collaboratively with scientists, including for Pint of Science 2018 and 2019, and a micro-residency with Edinburgh University’s Not Just Energy Futures Research Group at Dovecot Studios. Recently her long standing collaborative work has taken her to Nottingham to exhibit at 4/4 Collective’s space in Primary for UK Young Artist’s City Takeover, and the same collaborative work was exhibited last year at Tramway in Glasgow. She graduated from GSA in June 2019.
Rebecca’s practice unfolds from a will to synthesise creative sensibilities with scientific research enquiries and procedures in order to understand the role that agencies of the body play in collective experiences of contemporary precarity. This manifests in generative bodies of work that respond to conceptual sites, or research frameworks such as the peripheral methods of interacting with disembodied space, systems thinking, ecology, biology amongst other scientific arenas, and the location of agency within institutions.
Javier Garló (Palma de Mallorca)
Javier Garló is a multidisciplinary artist with a background in illustration from the Escola d’Arts i Superior de Disseny of the Balearic Islands. He began his career in the nineties, taking part in the graffiti scene.
His work is mainly based on the human figure and the objects that talk about it, about its history and timeless stories. The aesthetics of Garló is full of the discrete symbolism of objects and the distinctive dispositions of certain characters, through which he expresses his sentiments towards the 21st century.
In his own words, Garló tries to “step away from a discourse of right and wrong” and, on the contrary, replaces it with a certain rawness that he considers closer to reality.
Currently, Javier researches and experiments with natural materials, tools and techniques of times past, that have defined the work and life of people in rural areas. His pieces refer us to ancestral rituals in an attempt to reconnect with the past and revalue the status of the inhabitants of these lands.
Deni Javas (Savannah, Georgia)
Deni Javas holds a BA from The University of the Arts Philadelphia, Pa. and an MA from the School of Visual Arts NY. She spent twenty years as an illustrator and designer in New York and later in Santa Fe, New Mexico, creating unique lines of packaging and advertising. After four years teaching in Hong Kong, Deni moved back to the US where she teaches at Savannah College of Art and Design. She draws on non-native plants as an exploration of migration and adaptability, as they directly relate to her experience in integrating into new locations. Her intention is to engage with the landscape to explore her work in a setting similar to her New Mexico home. Plants have a sense of being at rest, or of seeming self-contained, yet so much happens underneath the surface. This hidden component references pathways or connections that lead from one place to another much like New Mexico to Spain. With the frequent moving around she has experienced throughout her life, her work beckons to connect to the locations she has lived in, to the person she is, and to the land she lives on. Her present focus is to connect the threads together.
Leonie Mhari (Edinburgh/Glasgow)
Leonie achieved a PhD (2016), in which she investigated the toponymy of Berwickshire,
developing a particular interest in littoral landscapes; since then she has pursued her creative interests in landscape. From her background in language studies, she has expanded her interests in the perception of topographic features to focus on performativity and narratives of landscape. She completed a Master in Landscape Architecture at Edinburgh College of Art (2018), during which she developed experimental fieldwork practices and expanded her analytical approach to investigate the performative relations between human and more-than-human actants. A ‘making with’ approach underpins her methodology. At the 1:1 scale, as well as at the micro and macro scales, she engages with how inter-scalar actants perform in intertwined and successional dynamics. In order to disrupt and distort linear narratives, she draws on feminist and queer theory to imagine sites with feminist, queer, and post-masculinist futures. She is currently working on the performativity of water in landscapes, exploring hydrofeminism and weathering as posited by Neimanis and Hamilton (2018) to continue developing her practice. She is interested in how water influences narratives of place, the relationships of actants, and creates assemblages at a range of scales.
Nora Chuff (New York/Boston)
Nora Chuff is an artist and Master of Landscape Architecture candidate at Harvard Graduate School of Design. Having studied art and art history at New York University, she has worked at Ogilvy Consulting, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Richard Avedon Foundation. Nora grew up in New York City and has also spent a significant amount of time in rural Pennsylvania. The exposure to both lifestyles has inspired her interest in urban landscapes. She is interested in intersections between fine art and architecture, built and natural environments, and between design and neglect. Nora values materials and small-scale details, even on large-scale projects. She endeavors to design with sensitivity to historical and political context, as well as considering both official and unofficial uses.