Summer 2008 Artists’ Dialogue: Marcos Ramírez, Mark Bradford, William Cordova, Lauri Firstenberg

In this video, the Summer 2008 International Artists-in-Residence discuss their Artpace projects with curator Lauri Firstenberg.

Mark Bradford reclaims discarded and forgotten materials from cities where he works, creating paintings, collages, and videos that explore each city’s past. His compositions comment on the social history of various communities, and the effect that the shifting demographics have had on them. In this video, Mark discusses the vernacular and serendipity of residencies, as he replicates/intervenes on the Travis building across the street from Artpace. Learn more about his exhibition, TRAVIS.

William Cordova’s work addresses the metaphysics of space and time and how objects change, and perception changes when we move around in space. During this dialogue, Cordova addresses the benefits of residencies and the insular process of collage. Learn more about his exhibition, Moby Dick(Tracy) (after ishmael, chico de cano y carl hampton).

Marcos Ramírez ERRE works in a constantly evolving lexicon of formats and media to explore the role of history, communication, economics, and militarism in the development of cultural stereotypes, and those stereotypes’ subsequent role in border control policies and conflicts. In this video, Ramírez touches on the violence in Mexico and constructing a drama around an abduction/murder. Learn more about his exhibition, The Body of Crime.