Avery Lawrence. New Orleans, LA
Avery Lawrence is a multimedia artist living in New Orleans, LA. He was born into a loving, supportive family in Charlottesville, VA. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2008 with a degree in Visual Studies. After graduating, He illustrated a fine press edition of the Iliad and Odyssey. His current projects blend video, performance, sculpture, drawing and wallpaper to explore the beauty and relevance of the absurd and surreal.
Avery Lawrence was the Grand Prize winner of See.me’s Art Takes Miami competition. Prize included a featured booth at the SCOPE art fair during Art Week Miami 2012.
AVERY LAWRENCE AT SCOPE MIAMI
Selected from thousands of artist participants in the third annual Art Takes Miami, New Orleans-based artist Avery Lawrence will present an ambitious installation at SCOPE Miami, during Art Basel. Incorporating performance, video, sculpture and drawing into a site-specific installation, Lawrence will transform the See.Me booth into a fully-immersive experience for visitors to the SCOPE Pavilion.
In both his video and performance, the artist plays multiple characters, often seen performing obviously metaphorical tasks like carrying a ridiculous load of suitcases, or playing the mysterious instruments hidden within.
LAUNCHPAD PROGRAM 2012
Miguel Fernández. Hermosillo, SO
Miguel Fernández, born in Hermosillo, Sonora, México in 1986, studied Plastic Arts at the Universidad de Sonora, 2006-2008. He currently lives and works in Tijuana.
Some of Miguel’s collective exhibitions include: Confesiones in Los Angeles, CA, Boundaries: Selections from the MOLAA Permanent Collection, in Los Angeles, CA; The Tierney Fellowship exhibition in New York, NY; des(c)ierto sentido (deserted sense) in Mexico City; distancia relativa (relative distance) in Tijuana, B.C.; Contemporary Art of Sonora, in Culiacán, Sinaloa; and Sobre lo impuro (About impurity) in Hermosillo, Sonora. He also has had two solo exhibitions: Imposturas (Impostures) in Hermosillo, Sonora; and Algo que habiendo empezado bien se ha estropeado (Something that having started off right has gone wrong) in México City.
Fernández’s awards include: Acquisition Prize in the Sonora Creative Photography Concourse in 2008 and Special Jury Mention in 2009. He received an Honorable Mention in the XII Northwest Visual Arts Biennial in 2009 and in the XII Miradas Biennial in 2010. Miguel was honored with a Young Creator Grant from the State Fund for Culture and Arts in 2009. He won a Tierney Fellowship in 2010 in New York and was selected in the 2011 Discoveries-Photoespaña in Madrid. He is currently sponsored by FONCA and is studying philosophy in the Autonomous University of Baja California.
AQUISITION AWARD AT THE BIENAL FEMSA
By Marcela Quiroz Luna
The Bienal FEMSA (FEMSA Biennial) is considered the most prestigious contemporary art biennial in Mexico. In its XXth edition the jury selected Miguel Fernández —Art San Diego 2012 “LaunchPad Artist”— as the sole receiver of the Aquistion Award in the Bidimensional Category. His winning artwork “Fin del camino I (End of the Road I)” is part of an ongoing series of images taken from Google Maps portraying unexplainable road endings in various landscapes, most of them desertic terrains.
LAUNCHPAD PROGRAM 2011
Jonathan Ruiz de la Peña & César Vázquez. Tijuana, BC, MX
NODO is an artist-run gallery established in Tijuana, BC in July 2010. It’s Co-Directors and Founders are by two young and promising local artists, César Vázquez and Jonathan Ruiz de la Peña (both born in Tijuana, BC, in 1986). The idea for establishing NODO derived from an ephemeral exhibition project that took place in Tijuana in the midst of the worst economical-political and cultural crisis the city (country/binational region/world) has yet endured.
“LaunchPad 2011 featured two artists: Jonathan Ruiz de la Peña and César Vázquez – with their own gallery, NODO: an emergent space founded by them in Tijuana. This was a great success for the 2011 Edition. The artists both sold 90% of the work available over the three days. They had a chance to network and get input by numerous gallery dealers and collectors. In addition they had the opportunity to show their work to important local museum directors. Both artists felt this experience helped them professionalize their practice; revalue their own conception about their work; and opened in their minds a whole new set of possibilities to pursue in the light of a very promising artistic future they were able to asses from the high praises received by Fair attendants.” – Marcela Quiroz Luna, Curatorial Director | ART SAN DIEGO