Best in Show (Traditional) – Lorien Suárez-Kanerva - "Elan Flow #5" – Acrylic
As a geometric abstract artist, Lorien Suárez-Kanerva draws from a practice of creative discovery and attentive contemplation. While working with geometrical arrangements, she finds the “flow,” universal beauty, and symmetry inherent to patterns stemming from laws of growth. These arrangements follow a shared numerical sequence that is found in nature and permeates the arrangement of parts amongst the whole, as can be seen in the leaves and branches of a tree and flower petals. An axial symmetry as circle encompasses circle creates an atmospheric density and the vibrancy that these forms engender inspired the series’ titles of Wheel within a Wheel and Elan Flow. The artwork's intricacy with its prismatic color sensibility springs from an appreciation of nature and its patterns.
Lorien Suárez-Kanerva has exhibited her artwork in curated shows at museums, galleries, International Art Fairs with Curator’s Voice Art Projects (Miami, Florida) Lichtundfire Gallery (NYC,) Art Basel SCOPE (Switzerland and Miami,) and the GAA Foundation at the Venice Biennale. She has exhibited at cultural and educational centers, including the Riverside Art Museum, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton Museum of Art, and UC Berkeley’s Engineering Department. Lorien has a BA High Honors in History from UC Berkeley. Her graduate work in Europe includes an MA (Cum Laude) from the Katholieke Universiteit in Leuven, Belgium, History at the Universidad de Salamanca, and in Business at ESADE in Barcelona.
Best in Show (Photography & Digital) - Anand Swaroop Manchiraju - "Cubism-1” – Digital
I am an artist and photographer by profession and an experimentalist at heart. I love to experiment with art style, medium and the tools I use. For this exhibition, I would like to showcase my unique experimental creation- a painting using photographic chemicals on bromide paper (a light sensitive paper) - which I call photo-paintings. The process involves no camera, no lens, or dark room. Complete work is carried out in room light on a Fogged Photo Bromide paper. In simpler words, the photo bromide paper is my canvas and all the different chemicals are my colors. While I was studying for my diploma in photography at JNTU Hyderabad, India, I accidently came across a piece of bromide sheet with some chemical spillage on it. To my eyes this looked like a great piece of art. This incident inspired me to experiment with various photo chemicals on photo bromide paper, both in black and white, and color.
After experimenting for 5 years with different photo chemicals and techniques, I was able to control the reaction of the image by controlling the strength and the method used to apply the chemical on bromide paper. The most difficult part in this process is, I have to complete the drawing with chemical before the final image appears. The chemical reaction process take around two minutes, within which the drawing needs to be completed. Once the reaction is completed, you can see the final image. Using this process, I started creating my awesome photo-paintings, which are first of its kinds across the globe.
I have exhibited my photo-paintings at many galleries in almost all major art galleries in India. They have been covered by leading dailies in India praising it’s uniqueness and artistry. For this proposed show, I would like to present two themes of my photo-paintings. One theme is photo-painting about ancient indian sculptures and the second theme is photo-paintigs about female form sculptures
Best in Show (3 Dimensional) - Diana Fernández - "Triad" – Fiberglass
Diana Fernandez is a recognized Guatemalan sculptor with 290 national and international exhibitions and 20 solo shows. The International Sculpture Center said she revitalizes alabaster with a contemporary language. She received the National School of Arts Unique Sculptor Award and the Guatemala Biennial Honorable Mention also the Tribute to her Sculptural Work by FUNSILEC, 2016. Also awarded with the Goya Award at the Barcelona Biennial in Spain and the Caravaggio International Award Experience in Rome, Italy. Additionally her sculptures appeared in the Euroairport Mega Screen in Basel, Switzerland. Curator Vittorio Sgarbi recognized her with the Milan International Art Award. In 2018 she participated in ARTROOMS London successfully and in Art projects New York 0.1. Also in MIRADAS INICIALES in Jorge Jurado Art Studio, Bogotá, Colombia and in 2019 she was awarded by ARTAVITA, FUSION ARTS and SAATCHI ART GALLERY and many more.
Artist Statement: To develop lines, shapes & objects cosmic visions in fiberglass, is to create new visions of outer space with inner material, that is why in fiberglass I developed Red Moons and many other possibilities and much more that sculpturally merge with color and shape in a different way of my other sculptures in alabaster and bronze, which also represent the universal shapes & objects that surround us.
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