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Alva CalyMayor
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Williamsburg



ARTIST STATEMENT: In my work I use humor to examine the issues of everyday life through a practice that includes printmaking, photography and work on paper.  The images I create explore objects and its given uses, figures of speech and symbolisms between the spanish and english language. Most recently I have been working on a series titled Everything is ATM, which refers to the spanish acronym "ATM," Everything Is Awesome. This line of work draws inspiration from extravagant ATM designs, animated door bolts, security systems inserted in home greenery as soft warnings. Experimenting with paper has allowed me to create structures which appear to use construction and broken glass materials I experiment with collagraph, etchings and primarily make compositions of drawings in silk aquatint.
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'the sounds of a seashell' is an on-going recollection of sounds reproduced from a seashell through an iphone [...] Concave and undulating shapes are said to hold the sounds of the ocean when held closely to the ear. This act of mystic obsession seems similar to watching visitors at museums attentively listen to curator or the institution itself explaining, sharing notes, anecdotes, visual keys, etc.. pertaining to the artwork they are standing in front of. I have been using sea shells to amplify sounds that we have grown used to listen during our daily activities. The device used to reproduce the sounds is an iphone. [1] sur-render sound recordings , march 2013 (sounds of printers printing and scanners scanning)


'the sounds of a seashell' is an on-going recollection of sounds reproduced from a seashell through an iphone [...] Concave and undulating shapes are said to hold the sounds of the ocean when held closely to the ear. This act of mystic obsession seems similar to watching visitors at museums attentively listen to curator or the institution itself explaining, sharing notes, anecdotes, visual keys, etc.. pertaining to the artwork they are standing in front of. I have been using sea shells to amplify sounds that we have grown used to listen during our daily activities. The device used to reproduce the sounds is an iphone, a smart phone with hypnotizing effects. [1] sur-render sound recordings , march 2013 (sounds of printers printing and scanners scanning)


 








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