The exhibition Made & Unmade will present drawings, prints and small models of unrealized public interventions. These are selected projects that include experimental, self-motivated and commissioned works. Manuel Acevedo’s interest in combining drawing, photography and elements of architecture began nearly twenty years ago. Utilizing and mixing the technology of film, digital photography, drawing as well as building 3D visualizations, symbolisms of change and transformation are represented in the photographic imagery. The artist’s ideas are charged by an atmosphere of economic and political challenges coupled by city planning and urban gentrification after the events of 911. The selection of works; ink drawings on gelatin-silver photographs, large-scale digital prints, and models are influenced by the properties of light, movement and their relationship to architectural and structural forms. They personify elements of growth, deformation and destruction against the urban landscape. These works function as “proposals”. Acevedo’s intention is to develop urban interventions that will alter the face of the landscape by virtue of its interplay with optical illusions and deceptive effects. By changing the physical appearance of architectural structures, monuments and public space, the artist challenges the viewer’s memory of the placement and notions of the collective conscious.
Omar Lopez-Chahoud received MFAs from Yale University School of Art in New Haven, CT and from the Royal Academy of Art in London. Curatorial projects include “Intransit,” Moti Hasson Gallery, NY, "Never Never Land," University Gallery, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL and Museum of Contemporary Art, Tampa, FL; "Crossing the Line" Queens Museum of Art, Queens, NY, among numerous others galleries and alternative spaces. He has participated in curatorial panel discussions at Artists' Space; Art in General; P.S.1, and The Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City.
Manuel Acevedo is a recipient of the 2009 Visual Artists Network, New Orleans, LA., Artist in Residence for the project Camera Communis: Knoxville, TN, 2007 Center for Book Arts, NYC, A.I.R Workspace Program, 2007 Visiting Artist at New York University & 2006 Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Residency Program. His numerous prestigious awards include the 2005 Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant & the 2001 Mid-Atlantic Foundation’s Artist as Catalysts Award for the Albizu Project with the Jersey City Museum. Other awards include: 2002 New Jersey State Council on the Arts for works on paper, the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, Baltimore, MD, 1999 The Studio Museum in Harlem, Artist-in-Residence, 1990 The Bronx museum, Artist in the Market Place & the 1989-91 National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, Career Advancement for the Visual Artists Program