Ernesto Marenco: The True History of the Objects
Time, poetry and the human condition through the common object as its representative, is the only thing I ever wanted to create. Some people say I make ready-mades, assemblages, sculptures or art objects, but for me, my work is closer to literature, specifically to poetry or short stories. I consider myself a writer or a poet but I don’t write with pencil and paper, I write with abandoned and uncommon materials and create 3-dimensional poetry.
Ernesto Marenco (b. 1960, Mexico City) son of exiled Nicaraguan poet and politician, Marenco was surrounded from childhood by artists, painters, writers and poets, that had been exiled to Mexico from the Spanish Civil War, and countries in Central and South America. Marenco is an artist, or visual poet, who has more than 35 years translating the language of poetry to everyday objects. His objects express a particular and committed manner and a great sense of humor. The artist has exhibited his work in international galleries and museums and produced more than 20 covers for books in Latin America, mainly poetry books, placing him as one of the leading representatives of contemporary Mexican art objects. Marenco currently lives and works in Houston, Texas.
Kamila Szczesna: Spatial Compositions
I am preoccupied by the moments that precede understanding. The space between; neither here nor there; the areas that cannot yet be described by words. My work is about the moment of inquiry, before knowledge sets, stabilizes, and finally transforms.
I am especially drawn to moments of surprise and confusion which often spark discovery... as I examine the nature of this; I attempt to stop time, embalming the fleeting object of change in a saturation of physical material. This work generates dynamic gestural impressions of mass and surface that recreate the sense of urgency on a path to a kind of “knowing”.
The work from the “Spatial Composition” series is my quasi-scientific approach to constructing new entities by repetition, reconfiguration, and manipulation of just a few elements. The inspiration was a human genome that contains about 20,000 protein coding genes but is built with just four types of nucleotides that are “building blocks” of the whole DNA.
The images that make up the works are derived from photos of my creative process. Even though the variety of the photographic shapes I construct my compositions with is very limited, manipulating them in various ways by changing the size, gradient, brightness, multiplication, and placement gives me endless possibilities to construct new configurations.
By constructing my compositions out of two dimensional, see-through elements and employing the depth to preserve characteristics of sculpture, I attempt to push formally sculptural objects to the limits of their corporeality.
Kamila Szczesna (b. 1974) is an interdisciplinary artist working in various media and formats including sculpture, drawing, and installation. In her work she explores the complex interactions between body and mind. Szczesna was born in Poland where she earned MFA degree at the Academy of Art and Design in Wroclaw. Her work has been nationally and internationally exhibited and is held in public collections in Poland, Japan, Spain, Taiwan, Korea, and Germany.
Her most recent exhibitions and projects include: “Peak Shift” for Sculpture Month Houston at SITE Gallery in Houston, “Visual pathology” at Galveston Arts Center, Galveston, “Process 2”, a solo show at Centre of Polish Sculpture in Oronsko, Poland; Gyeonggi International Ceramic Biennale in Korea; European Triennial for Ceramics and Glass, Mons, Belgium, “Objectives”, Artpace in San Antonio.
Her project “Urban Mutations “a series of sculptures created as a result of self-directed residency in Wroclaw, Poland, has been permanently installed in multiple locations within the city.
Szczesna is a recipient of multiple awards, including, Grant Award, “Wroclaw - Backyard Door”, European Capital of Culture Wroclaw 2016; Assistance League Houston Celebrates Texas Art 2014 and 2012, second and first prize; "Contemporary Ceramics CERCO-09" Saragossa, Spain - First Prize; "8th International Ceramics Competition Mino 2008", Tajimi City, Japan; Bronze Award. She participated in artist residencies Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Houston; Centre of Polish Sculpture, Oronsko, Poland, Project New Atelier House Hilmsen, Hilmsen, Germany, XXXIII International Ceramics Symposium "Porcelain Another Way", Porcelain Factory "Krzysztof" in Walbrzych, Poland and Young-Jae Lee's Ceramic Studio "Margaretenhöhe", Essen, Germany.