Jul 21, 2014
received a BA in sculpture from Yale University in 1990, and a graduate degree from NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Interactive Telecommunications Program. Recent exhibitions include, a survey show organized by the San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA, which continues to tour several museums in the United States. He has completed many site specific works including, Radiant Pathways, Rice University in Houston, Texas; Mulitverse, The National Gallery of Art, Washington DC; Diagonal Grid, Borusan Center for Culture and Arts, Istanbul, Turkey; Stars, The Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn, New York, and the recently installed Hive, for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority at the Bleecker Street subway station in Manhattan. Among the projects Villareal is currently working on, Bay Lights for the Bay Bridge in San Francisco will spectacularly light the bridge, reflect on the water, and glisten throughout the city. Villareal is a focal point of the James Corner Field Operations design team that will renew Chicago’s Navy Pier, and commissioned installations at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, and The Durst Organization in New York City, will be in visible public spaces. Villareal's work is in the permanent collections of many museums including the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY; The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; Naoshima Contemporary Art Museum, Kagawa, Japan; Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, KS, and the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Jul 21, 2014
’s chance-based art practice is a literal reflection of her peripatetic methodology, a special kind of no-holds-barred urban folk art. The production of her sculptures, paintings, music and poetry revolves around ‘drifts’ taken around the cities in which she will be making the work. Like a scavenger on a mission to extract essential, survival sustenance out of the discarded remains of contemporary culture, Ekblad collects materials on her walks, sifting through piles of rubble from demolished buildings and industrial heaps of metal.' (via Saatchi Gallery
Jul 21, 2014
" Like music, art can create a strong emotional link with its audience, touching all senses at once. And just as an instrument can consume its musician, the canvas can overpower the artist, guiding him to paint what he truly feels deep inside. With each brushstroke, the canvas responds and leads you to the next stroke...each color, as each musical note, working synergistically to create a greater whole..., a final outcome that can profoundly move its audience. And as a symphony, the outcome of an artist's exploration is more than what meets the eyes. Each stroke and each color lay a foundation from which to build upon…, a progression of one feeling to the next. My paintings have colors that play and work together underneath the surface to create an artistic expression of my feelings. There are no shapes, no boundaries...just an outpouring of emotion represented through color attempting to take you to an emotional plateau not yet realized before." - Mojan Vadie