Magnan Projects is pleased to present the following group of
distinguished artists for our Summer Group Exhibition which will be on
view from July 16 - August 22, 2009.
Alejandro Almanza Pereda
Bachelor of Fine Arts // University of Texas at El Paso 2005
Materials, objects, connotations, situations, circumstances, conditions. Contingent occurrences.
Cuba 1970. Graduated from the “Instituto Superior de Arte (ISA)” in
Havana in 1994. For twelve years he was a member of the art collective
Los Carpinteros, until he left the group in July of 2003 to continue
his career as a solo artist.
a B.F.A. degree from the Rhode Island School of Design and studied fine
art and theory at Goldsmith’s College at the University of London. She
earned an M.F.A. degree from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.
The recipient of many awards and fellowships, Biewald received a 2004
residency fellowship from the Skowhegan School of Painting &
Sculpture. She has exhibited widely in the Midwest and taught at the
College of Visual Arts in St. Paul, Minnesota. She is an adjunct
professor at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.
with the displacement and manipulation of elements – spaces, words, and
bodies. Dissociating meanings, and playing with visual paradoxes and
unnatural movement, she tries to question the origin and purpose of an
image or an action, to take events out of their routine, and to
confront viewers with their own, not previously digested,
Since the mid-1980s, the subject of Susanna Heller's paintings has most often been her native city of New York. Based on drawings that she makes on her habitual walks in the city, particularly between Manhattan and Brooklyn, her works have the painterly feel of traditional landscapes, though to this she adds a more contemporary, self-referential twist. Heller combines elements from different drawings, and just as often from different views of the same vista, so that each piece is an amalgam that, whether its ostensible subject is Grand Central Station or the bridges over the East River, is also about her perceptions and the process of translating those perceptions in paint.
work is intent on lavishing high-resolution on some definitely low-tech
elements. Reflecting an interest in the behavior of humble materials in
odd situations, it exploits the margins of perception and the
conventions of language. Time can be compressed to uncover otherwise
imperceptible activities, or the small and overlooked might be brought
into view. Working with animation engenders a singular relationship to
time. The experience of it becomes more tactile and non-linear. Time's
discrete units—frames—can be reordered and manipulated creating a
completely artificial event, even if with actual materials in real
locations. The uncanny effectiveness of the technique, despite its
simplicity, points to the limitations of our senses and the myriad
information and activities that lie just beyond them.
an Artist, she admires her country's rural landscapes, along with the
chaos of the city and the abandoned structures within them. During her
undergraduate studies she painted numerous murals, with or without
permission, in abandoned buildings, barrios and indoor spaces as a way
to bring beauty to each site. By creating her own visual language with
bright colors and flowing brush strokes that simulate nature, she
received recognition as a mural painter in her country. Sofia's artwork
is a blend of fashion trends, the Latina female aesthetic and various
street culture elements, such as skateboarding, graffiti, public art,
reggaeton and punk music.
and obtain a Master’s of Fine Art Degree, University of Ulster, Belfast
with honors received his B.A. in Fine & Applied Art, University of
Ulster, Belfast. 1993/96; National Diploma in Art and Design Galway
Received a Master of Fine Arts, Painting Program at the Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York and her Bachelor of Fine Arts, Painting and Drawing Major from California State University-Fullerton (CSUF), CA.
Ariana page Russell
A body becomes an index of passing time. Skin reveals how bones shift,
muscles loosen, freckles and wrinkles form, and bruises appear. I am
interested in this as a fashion of skin, including the way a blush
decorates one’s cheek, freckles form constellations on an arm, or hair
creates sheen on skin’s matte surface. Skin also protects us while
revealing internal emotions, offering a translucent space for adornment.
work addresses the prospect of residual but forgotten unclaimed
frontiers on the edge and inside overdeveloped urban areas, and their
unsuspected autonomy. I am interested in the struggle of marginal
peoples to sustain independent spaces within all-encompassing
societies, the tension between individual and collective behavior, the
conflict with institutional power. I pursue an alternative view of
hidden borderlands and their inhabitants through drawing, printmaking,
mosaic, sculpture, performative interventions, and video structured as
complex multimedia installations.
Born in South Africa, graduated in 2007 at Skowhegan
School of Painting and Sculpture. Has a Masters in Fine Arts from the
Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York. Along with a
Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art with Distinction, University of Cape Town,
Micheal's School of Fine Art, Cape Town in South Africa.