Who Made Who {the making of} / by dante2

The images below show the development and creation of the work for my second solo show at front room gallery," Who made Who". Press Release

The Front Room gallery is pleased to present “Who Made Who” a solo exhibition of sculptural work and drawings by Erik Guzman.  This September Guzman will unveil an impressive body of new work that is a realization of artifacts and ideas from a self-composed mythology.  Kinetic, light emanating sculptural work paired with delicately detailed etched glass drawings, illustrate Guzman’s mythos of the machine. Featured in this exhibition will be three sculptural works which incorporate dazzling light, polished aluminum and plexiglass; activated by the presence of a viewer, rhythmic light patterns consume the architecture of the gallery as spinning wheels cast long swirling shadows across the floor and onto the walls, that gradually form, take over the space and then subside.

The accompanying etched glass plates exemplify Guzman’s aesthetic, which combines graphic icons, church architecture and components from Japanese patterns and temples. Guzman’s ethereal etched glass panels exist in the minute space fractions of an inch from the wall. The etching is transparent, the glass all but invisible, but the fine lines cast unearthly graphic imagery onto the wall, the drawing is made from the diffusion of light, sharp lines defined from shadow.

Erik Guzman has been active as an artist in Williamsburg, for 9 years. Among many professional accomplishments are his LMCC GAPS grant award, Cue Foundation residency, LMCC space grant, a Joan Mitchell nomination. He has exhibited nationally at Smack Mellon, El Museo Del Barrio (S Files), Front Room Gallery, Soap Factory, Hillwood Museum, Dumbo Art Festival, The Kitchen, Exit Art, St. Marks Church Gallery.  International exposure includes shows at Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, El museo de arte de Caguas, El Museo de Las Americas, Gallery Tezz, Tokyo,  Japan.  Erik Guzman is also a founder of Goliath visual space, a nonprofit artist run organization, which has served as both protagonist and presenter of emerging artist since 1998.

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The thing for the thing.  Very important piece.

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The second prototype

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The art production begins. aka, "time to make the donuts"

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Shell creation

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Profile jig

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First out of five profiles needed to complete the shell.

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The profile knifes

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The not so finished piece.

Then sand, sand, sand, sand..... you get the idea.  Then sand some more.

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Pure chaos.  I can not explain the part of the project.

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Daniel helps me test the shell.  Did not fall on the floor. Good sign.

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Install begins.

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Nicolas helps with install.  Many thanks.

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Shelves by Nils.  Craftsmen extraordinaire.

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