The next installment of our Visiting Artist Lecture Series continues on Wednesday, December 4th - all are welcome to attend!
Visiting artist Graham Guerra will lecture on his current works and practice in Ben Shahn room 146 at 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Alpha and Omega, my most recent series of drawings, mixed-media works, and sculptures/installations are an “a la mode” Genesis seen through a prism of popular science and materialism. Alpha and Omega elevates and merges the tangible fruits of our progressive secular culture with the spiritual ideals and imagery of a previous more pious century.
The post-humanist idea, that the legacy of human intelligence will shape the destiny of the universe is the philosophical point of departure for a contemporary and profane creation fantasy that forms the diffuse narrative arch of my works. Aside from the obvious reference to Catholicism Alpha and Omega also refers to human intelligence and corporeality as the beginning and end of creation. This idea is concisely portrayed in a drawing from the series entitled Entropic Skulls. That piece depicts of two human skulls locked in a Mobius strip of self-reflection, which serves as a kind of seed or egg for the rest of the forms in the series.
These charcoal and graphite miscreations are birthed via a host of digital photographic and 3D rendering technologies, which I employ to generate virtual models. The resulting models or “renders” are the basis for the small and large-scale works that compose the chimerical cosmology of Alpha and Omega.
After graduating with a BFA in painting from R.I.S.D in 1998, Graham spent the next three years in New York City making paintings and working for artists such as Matthew Barney, Tom Sachs, and Mel Bochner. Graham had his first show at Bellwether gallery in 2000. In 2001 Graham entered graduate school at Yale University School of Art in New Haven CT, and graduated with an MFA in painting/printmaking in 2003. In 2004 Graham had his first solo show in New York at Jack the Pelican Presents and has been selected to participate in many national and international shows since that time. Graham’s first curatorial effort, The Hedonistic Imperative, premiered at Jack the Pelican Presents in 2005 and traveled to Deborah Colton Gallery in 2006. Recently Graham was awarded a Wardlow residency in Melbourne, Australia, a Pratt Institute Faculty Development Grant, Frans Masereel Centrum residency in Kasterlee, Belgium, and a RISD Professional Development grant… among other awards. Graham is currently a studio art faculty member at both Pratt Institute and Rhode Island School of Design. He lives and maintains a studio in Brooklyn New York.