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“My work explores the potential of a diverse range of media including installation, video, sculpture, computer graphics and photography. In my most recent work, I see it is influenced by a strong interest in the concept of “prototype”, understood as a primal idea that shapes the objects and devices that surround us. I am also interested in language as a cultural construction; mainly in terms of how language determines the way we understand the material world by creating categories and mental structures. That is the reason why my practice seeks to find a space where established systems of communication break down and gradually disappear, through the delicate articulation of the invisible. This is achieved by drawing attention to overlooked forms, or by giving shape to the imaginary. Specifically, I use and refer to architectural and design elements, both in a physical and psychological way, in order to create “mental spaces” where the spectator is invited to enter another world configuration.

Such work departs from in depth research and dialogue with the history of art and architecture. My particular approach is related to aesthetic and historical problems. By using architectural models and industrial design prototypes, I am trying to discover the utopian concepts behind the vision of those who project and design the objects that accompany us in our lives. In my most recent project “The penguin that dreamed of an architect”, which was developed through a dialogue between London and Bogota, I focused on the development of 1930’s modernist architecture in both cities. This concentrated on exploring its social memory and the relationship it has with its inhabitants. It is important to state that I have no interest in representing or illustrating the reality from which the material for my creations is being taken. On the contrary, through my work I hope to create new images and spaces that generate a certain level of vertigo and instability. Furthermore, I seek by the creation of “mental spaces” through the exposure of something new, to create a breakage and a disconnection of the spectator with reality.

My work has been strongly related with technology and its effects in terms of the actual configuration and state of the world order. I have been interested in technological tools such as 3D rendering engines in which I found a very potent medium for creation, since virtual reality presents itself as an “ideal” space in which the way we understand the world today is projected. That is one of the main reasons for my permanent use of images and digital processes. On the other hand, I have incorporated sculpture as a point of contact with both virtual and electronic images over the years. In the latest of my installations, I have been particularly interested in the encounter of the two-dimensional image (video, drawing, 3D rendering and photography) with the sculptural materialization of prototypes or model objects that synthesize cultural archetypes.”

 

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Alberto Lezaca
Bogotá, Colombia. Lives and works in Bogotá, Colombia

 

EDUCATION

2013_ MFA. Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogotá, CO

2004_ Bachelor of Fine Arts. Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, CO

 

GRANTS / RESIDENCIES / AWARDS

2014_ Beca movilidad Internacional para Artistas, Ministerio de Cultura, Bogotá, CO

2012_ ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCY at GASWORKS. Gasworks International Artist Residency Programme, London, UK

2004_ Mutimedia Grant. Artrónica II. International Electronic Art Festival. French Embassy of Colombia, Bogotá, CO

2001_ Phillips Art Award for Young Talent. Digital Art Categoty. Latin American Art Award. Marta Traba Gallery.
____ -Memorial de América, São Paulo, BR

____ -Phillips Art Award for Young Talent. Winner in Digital Art Categoty. National Award, Bogotá, CO


INDIVIDUAL EXHIBITIONS AND PROJECTS

2017_ Frequency room, Arróniz Arte Contemporáneo, Ciudad de México, MX

2016_ Abajo y las excepciones, curated by Camilo Chico, La casita - Colección Chehebar, Bogotá, CO

_____ Mercurio frente al sol. Galería Instituto de visión, Bogotá, CO

_____ Vibraciones improbables. (Bis) Oficina de proyectos, Cali, CO

_____ According to the matter. Alejandra von Hartz Gallery, Miami, US

2014_ Image-As-Image. Galería Eduardo Fernandes, São Paulo, BR

____ -Paganini meets NOGRAM. Hackney Wicked Festival at Fish Island, Barbican Labs, London, UK

2012_ Folded Landscape Installation. ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCY at GASWORKS. Gasworks International Artist Residency Programme, London, UK

____ -Estructura sobre estructura, curated by Beatriz Lopez, Galería La Central, Bogotá, CO

2011_ Informe general de correcciones físicas. Galería La Central, Bogotá, CO

2002_ Re-corte. Alianza Francesa, Bogotá; Curated by José Roca, CO

2001_ Nogram. Galería Espacio Vacío, Bogotá, CO

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2017__Arteba 2017, Special projects, (Bis) Oficina de proyectos, Buenos Aires, AR

2016__Aquél que camina delante, curated by Luiza Teixeira de Freitas and Claudia Segura, Galería Travesía Cuatro, Guadalajara, MX

_____ La forma del futuro, curated by Alejandro Martín Maldonado, Museo La Tertulia, Cali, CO

_____ Hacia una nueva orilla, curated by Claudia Segura, NC-arte, Bogotá, CO

_____ Oficio de-constructor, curated by Rodrigo Orrantia, Galería Lokkus, Medellín, CO

_____ ArtBo 2016, Instituto de visión, Bogotá, CO

_____ ArtBo 2016,(Bis) Oficina de proyectos, Bogotá, CO

2015__Conexão, curated by Ricardo Resende, Galería Eduardo Fernandes, São Paulo, BR

____ -SP-ARTE 2015, Galería Eduardo Fernandes, São Paulo, BR

_____ ArtBo 2015, Galería Eduardo Fernandes, Bogotá, CO

2014__Vanishing points, curated by John Angel Rodriguez, Guest projects - Shonibare studio, London, UK

____ -Affective Architectures, curated by Adriana Herrera and Willy Castellanos, Aluna Art Foundation, Miami, US

____ -ArtBo 2015, Galería Eduardo Fernandes

____ -Digital Analogy: Piones of New media, curated by John Angel Rodriguez, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Bogotá, CO

____ -Después de lo anterior, curated by Carolina Ponce De Leon, Galería Santafe, Bogotá, CO

____ -ARTEBA, Galería Instituto de visión, Buenos Aires, AR

2013__Bogotá, A City On The Edge, Curated by Sylwia Krason and John Angel Rodriguez, Laznia Centre for Contemporary Art, Gdansk, PL

____ -Ninguna forma de vida es inevitable, curated by José Roca, FLORA ars+natura, Bogotá, CO

____ -CONCIERTACIENCIA, curated by Deborah Bruel y Santiago Rueda, Espaço das Artes, Curitiba, BR

_____ ArtBo 2013, Galería Eduardo Fernandes, Bogotá, CO

2012__Installation "Folded Landscape" - ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCY at GASWORKS, Gasworks International Artist Residency Programme. London, UK

____ -Open studio - ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCY at GASWORKS. Gasworks International Artist Residency Programme. London, UK

____ -"1 ala mesa dataglove piece", "YIVY - Yogyakarta International Videowork Festival, Yogyakarta, ID

____ -Somnambulant Eve, curated by Anna Andronova and Sylwia Krason, WRONG DOOR PROJECT, London, UK

____ -ArtBo 2012, Galería La central, Bogotá, CO

____ -CONCIERTACIENCIA (Colombia-Brasil), curated by Santiago Rueda and Déborah Bruel, Plataforma, Bogotá, CO

2011__Muestra de Video Enfrentamiento, Laboratorio de arte Espacio-G, Valparaíso, CL

____ -Muestra de vídeo ENFRENTAMIENTO, Ateliê 397, São Paulo, BR

____ -Gran Enciclopedia Acémila, Galería Facultad de Artes ASAB, Bogotá, CO

____ -ArtBo 2011, Galería La central, Bogotá, CO

2006__Bienal Aquí Colombia. Muestra Videoarte colombiano, Ayuntamiento de Zaragoza, Zaragoza, ES

2005__No todo lo que brilla es oro. Polo a tierra, curated by Paula Silva, ArtBo 2005, Bogotá, CO

2004__Artrónica. II Muestra internacional de Artes Electrónicas, Embajada de Francia, Bogotá, CO

____ -ZapPinGpOnK. Muestra de video, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogotá, CO

2002__Conferencia arte electrónico colombiano. Transmediale Salon, Transmediale, Hannover, DE

____ -Encuentro de espacios independientes. New Arenas for the Art, Marsella, FR

____ -Muestra de arte mediático | Interfaces 02. Goethe Institut, Embajada de Francia, Museo Nacional de Artes Visuales, Montevideo, UY
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____ -Muestra de video experimental. XIX Festival de Cine de Bogotá, Bogotá, CO

2001__Wounds & Visions. Festival Up and Coming, Film Festival Hannover, DE
____ -Nuevos Nombres. Doméstica, una mirada cotidiana, curated by José Roca, Biblioteca Luis Ángel Arango, Bogotá, CO

____ -Clausura Nuevos Nombres. Doméstica, una mirada cotidiana, curated by José Roca, Biblioteca Luis Ángel Arango, Bogotá, CO

____ -Festival internacional de video/arte/electrónica, ATA. Alta Tecnología Andina, Lima, PE

____ -Premio Latinoamericano Philips de Arte para Jóvenes Talentos, Philips Brazil, São Paulo, BR

____ -Premio Philips de Arte para Jóvenes Talentos, Philips Colombia, Bogotá, CO

____ -Heimfahrt. Galería Espacio Alterno, curated by José Tomás Giraldo, Universidad de Los Andes, Bogotá, CO

____ -Loop00, Esfera pública, Bogotá, CO

2000__Interferénces. 2e Festival International d´Arts multimédia Urbains, CICV. Centro Internacional de Creación en Video, Belfort, FR
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____ -Chez Navas, Bogotá, CO

1999__Órganos externos, Centro de Transferencia de Tecnología, Bogotá, CO

 
                

LECTURE / PANEL / PRESENTATION

2015_ De la abstracción al hiperrealismo - Procesos y construcción de realidad. Fundación Misol - Escuela de Arte, Bogotá, CO

_____ El tiempo como materia maleable, Fundación Misol, Bogotá, CO

_____ Imagen en movimiento / Todo es animación, Fundación Misol, Bogotá, CO

2014_ Artist Talk. School of Arts, Unicamp, Universidade Estadual de Campinas, BR

____ -Artist Talk. School of Arts. Unicamp, Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Campinas, BR

____ -Concrete Irregularity Project talk, FLORA ars+natura, Bogotá, CO

2013_ Outside the forest Project talk, FLORA ars+natura, Bogotá, CO

2012_ Discussion of artistic practices. Professor John Reardon. MA Art & Politics, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK

____ -TALK: Residency Artists, Gasworks, London, UK

 

PROFFESIONAL AFFILIATIONS

2010 - Present__ Associate professor, School of Film and Television, Faculty of Arts, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogotá, CO

2007-2008_______ Lecture, School of Film and Television, Faculty of Arts, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogotá, CO

2002-2004_______ Lecture, School of Film and Television, Faculty of Arts, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogotá, CO