The Art Galleries of Florida Gulf Coast University have announced the opening of a site specific installation exhibition by artist/activist Cesar Cornejo. It will take place in the Main Gallery on Friday, January 18, 2013.
Cesar Cornejo’s work addresses socio-political issues and the way it translates into international contexts through the use of processes he has incorporated through his architectural background and his experience living and working in Japan, London, New York and Peru. His work focuses intensely on integrating social elements in sculpture as a means of communication.
His work can be found in both private collections and the permanent public collections of the Tokyo National University Fine Arts Museum, the North American Peruvian Cultural Institute, and University Ricardo Palma in Lima, Peru. It has also been exhibited at the Museum Lia Bermudez, Maracaibo, Venezuela; Gallery Jun and Gallery Gyokuei, Tokyo; and in exhibitions in England, New York, and Austria.
Cornejo received grants, awards, and residencies from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Kala Arts Institute, New York Foundations for the Arts, Vermont Studio Center, Sculpture Space, and Center for Book Arts NY (US); The British Council, The Arts Council of England, The Henry Moore Institute, Royal British Society of Sculptors, The Art House, and Creative Partnerships Commission (UK); International Symposium Selection and Oficinas do Convento (Portugal); Asahi Art Foundation, Foreign Art Students Prize, Sculpture Biennale Rincon De Ademuz (Spain); and The Tokyo National University Museum of Art, Toride Shou, Public Sculpture Prize, and Japan’s Ministry of Education (Japan).
Lima’s La Primera Newspaper awarded Cornejo The Best of 2005 for La Cantuta, a sculptural homage to victims of Peruvian violence.
Cornejo earned his Bachelor in Architecture from Ricardo Palma University in Peru and his Master of Arts and PhD in Fine Arts (Sculpture) at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music.
The site specific installation he is creating for Florida Gulf Coast University is related to his work in Puno, Peru which Cornejo will discuss in the Gallery Talk preceding the opening exhibition on Friday, January 18th on Florida Gulf Coast University’s main campus.
- includes architectural installations that investigate new models of relations between the individual and the built environment;
- improves living conditions and generates opportunities for financial growth and development through redefining traditional models like the museum, turning it into a community based institution that revitalizes the community, ;
- features anti-architectural installations that reflect on the repressive role that architecture plays in society, from the private spheres to the institutional ones,
- includes sculptures that represent architectural models of larger conceptual models, interactive installations that spatially express and alleviate grief caused by traumatic acts of social injustice, performances that promote communication in unusual circumstances and spaces, and photography that modifies images of buildings to create fictional ones that superpose opposite realities.
Paintings are displayed as part of Cornejo’s installations that represent the spaces where the objects described originally belonged and drawings which are narratives of situations that address the relation of the individual with architecture.
The opening events for the exhibition include live performances from Bower School of Music students native to Peru in Tobe Recital Hall beginning at 3:15. The Gallery Talk, led by WGCU-FM host John Davis will include artist Cesar Cornejo, curator Jade Dellinger (who also curated the recent John Cage birth centenary exhibit at the Bob Rauschenberg Gallery in August), and political science professor Richard Coughlin.
This exhibition is sponsored by WGCU Public Media and the Center for Environmental and Sustainability Education. It runs from January 18 through March 14, 2013.