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Tracey Emin
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Born in 1963 in Croydon (United Kingdom)
Lives and works in London (United Kingdom)

Tracey Emin received a Master of Fine Arts from the Royal College of Art, and was awarded an honorary degree from the institution in 2007. Emin’s practice bears testament to her involvement with the Young British Artists group, known for its experimental approach to materials. Emin’s work is inherently autobiographical and provocative in its subject matter; the artist notably presented her own bed as an installation piece at the Tate Gallery in 1999. Everyone I Have Ever Slept With (1995) and My Bed (1998) have marked the history of art for their overt engagement with feminist discourse.  Her body of work holds a secure place in the collections of several prestigious institutions, which include the Museum of Modern Art (New York, United States) and the The Tate Modern (London, United Kingdom) amongst others.

The painted work This is life without you - You made me Feel like This is part of a recent series pursuing the Edvard Munch and Egon Schiele’s figurative and expressive tradition. Emin explores the intrinsic suffering of human experience, from the fraught territory of sexual relationships to the physical trauma of abortion and the recent passing of her mother. In a free and asserted gesture, the artist expresses her emotional turmoil by a tension between the honesty of confession and the use of a stylized aesthetic. The application of a reddish chromatic palette heightens the physicality of the female body and makes an allusion to desire, birth and death.

From the 1990s onward, neon lights become a distinctive element of Emin’s multimedia practice. The British artist considers neon to be a powerful tool to arouse viewers’ emotions. The industrial material allows her to generate highly personal content that places her most intimate desires and thoughts on display. In a stylistic rendering faithful to her first neon artworks, You Made Me Feel Like This expresses in Emin’s own calligraphy a short and revealing sentence that acts on a conceptual level as a missive. The artist’s neon sentences are poignant, yet manifest a certain ambiguity. Born out of her personal experiences, Emin’s vague messages imitate the universal character of exchanges between lovers.

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Tracey Emin, This is life without you - You made me Feel like This, 2018, Acrylic on canvas, 59 3/4" x 72" (151,8 x 182,9 cm). Photo credit: Romain Guilbault

 

Tracey Emin, You Made Me Feel Like This, 2018, Ed. 1/3, Neon (magenta and light red), 28 1/8" x 65 5/8" (71,4 x 166,7 cm). Photo credit: Romain Guilbault

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Sayre Gomez

Born in 1982 in Chicago (Illinois, United States)
Lives and works in Los Angeles (United States)

Sayre Gomez holds a Bachelor of Visual Arts from the Art Institute of Chicago (2005) and a Master of Art from the California Institute of the Arts (2008). His recent solo exhibitions were held in locations such as the François Ghebaly Gallery of Los Angeles and the Rodolphe Janssen Gallery in Brussels. He recently exhibited in group shows at the Yuz Museum in Shanghai and at the Shane Campbell Gallery in Chicago. Some of his artworks are part of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s collection and of the Rubell family’s private collection.

Paintings, sculptures, installations and artists' books, among others, make up the work of Sayre Gomez. His conceptual work is characterized by a formalism inspired by typography and graphic design. In Gomez’s work, particular attention is often paid to storefronts, traces of the passing of time, and details of degradation and obsolescence. This is the case of Hop Louie Doors, a tribute to Hop Louie, the first Chinese restaurant of Los Angeles, opened in 1941. A true icon of L.A.’s Chinatown, the restaurant closed its doors in 2017, after more than 75 years of activity.

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Sayre Gomez, Hop Louie Doors, 2018, Acrylic on canvas, 84" x 120" (213,36 x 304,8 cm). Photo credit: Romain Guilbault

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Graham Caldwell
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Born in 1973 in Philadelphia (Pennsylvania, United States)
Lives and works in Brooklyn (New York, United States)

Predominantly composed of glass and mirrors, Graham Caldwell’s works take shape in various manifestations but always call upon viewers to reconsider their perception of reality. Caldwell has exhibited his work in solo shows at the Martos Gallery in New York as well as at G Fine Art in Washington, DC. 

Caldwell’s sculpture entitled Compound Eye evokes the disturbing feeling of being watched. The mirror’s fixed gazes observe overlapping spaces, not unlike the security cameras that surveil empty streets and deserted passageways. This cluster of eyes composed of countless mirrors watches us while simultaneously distorting the image of passersby, effectively constructing a new visual logic. 


Graham Caldwell, Compound Eye, 2008, Mirrors and steel, 92" x 98" x 50" (234 x 248 x 127 cm). Photo credit: Romain Guilbault

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Alonsa Guevara
Photo credit: James Razko

Photo credit: James Razko

Born in 1986 in Rancagua (Chile)
Lives and works in Brooklyn (New York, United States)

Chilean artist Alonsa Guevara holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile (Santiago) and a Master of Fine Arts from the New York Academy of Art (New York), where she is selected to pursue a fellowship during the year 2014-2015. While attending university, she also receives a grant from the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation (2013). Her work is mentioned in several publications, such as Forbes and VICE, and is part of many private collections, including that of the New York Academy of Art and of The Seavest Collection. 

Working primarily with painting and sculpture, Guevara explores the possibilities of the imaginary through the themes of desire and fertility. Herencia is part of a series of naturalistic works depicting naked bodies surrounded by fruits. The symbolism associated with fruits and flowers is recurrent in Guevara's compositions and testifies to the intimate relationship between nature and the body, especially feminine. The artist considers these canvases as ceremonies where this fundamental relationship to which all relate is put forward, among others by means of an aerial point of view, which allows the observer to feel incorporated into the work and to become actively involved in the spirituality that emerges from it.

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Alonsa Guevara, Herencia, 2018, Oil on canvas, 48" x 48" (121,92 x 121,92 cm). Photo credit: Isabelle Fexa

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