"I use oil paint and cold wax in a very tactile process building layers where the images take on the life I give them. It is a constant back and forth of adding and erasing on the surface and redrawing the forms with pencils on and through the paint. The title of this body Legato, meaning notes played in one breath in that music mirrors the circle of life."
JUAN MANECHECA italy / the caribbean
...joined us in workshops in Venice, Italy during our GAP VII Residency at Palazzo Ca'Zanardi in 2017 and has observed our development since, joining us at the end of December 2022.
"His work is surreal, complex and embodies the energies of the cultures of both Italy and The Caribbean in color and content."
DISLOCATIONS : Global Art Project Artists’ Books thru September 12th, 2022 at: Lafayette Public Library 3287 Mount Diablo Ct, Lafayette, CA 94549, United States STATEMENT: The Artists’ Book is a portable gallery; an intimate exhibition of personal expression shared or secreted; collaborative; caters slightly to the instinct of destroying to create; an alteration of what has come before resulting in something unique such as graffiti declares “I am here”, “I exist”, “Look what we can do together”. These gestures forward the prospect of the democratization of the art process, a key element of our group aesthetic. DISLOCATIONS is the name that umbrellas all GAP Artists’ Books created individually or collectively. The original design and contextual purpose of many of these books has been diverted and these alterations (dislocations) breathe new life into the materials. GLOBAL ART PROJECT as an international collaborative collective of 70+ members working in 17 countries creates Artists’ Books as a means of group communication, directed interaction and as a prompt for personal practice used in exercises with the books or fragments (frags) delivered through the postal system, in residencies around the world, workshops or when local GAP members gather informally and pass around a discarded book, a crumbling artifact to salvage giving new visual life to a sketchbook, phone book, road map or blank sheets of paper which may be bound together more formally. These mixed media artifacts have been exhibited in numerous galleries and travel with us during residencies in Italy, USA, Mexico and Africa with scheduled exhibitions in Lier, Belgium in 2023 and 2024.
ART OF A COMMUNITY exhibit
Arts Benicia Jan 28 -Feb 26