Thursday, 19 May 2011
THREE AMIGOS IN LONDON: THOMAS GLASSFORD, JONATHAS DE ANDRADE, JAMES OLES
texan/mexican artist Thomas Glassford, brasilian artist Jonathas de Andrade, and art historian James Oles outside the Serpentine Gallery during the opening of Mark Leckey's exhibition
Thomas Glassford and New Zeland palms at the afterparty at Charles Asprey's Little Venice house
Thomas Glassford was born in 1963 in Laredo, Texas. Glassford received his BFA from the University of Texas at Austin. In 1990, he moved to Mexico City. Glassford uses everyday materials to create architectural or installation-scale works. Having used diverse objects --from gourds and used broomsticks to mirrors and fluorescent light to most recently used anodized aluminum molded siding.
Jonathas de Andrade was born in Maceió, Brasil in 1982 and lived in Recife. He works with photography, installation, and film to document the shifting terrain of private narratives within larger social spaces, exploring such themes as failed modernity and cultural amnesia. Exploring social and cultural conditions of place, de Andrade employs investigative processes such researching, mapping and surveying - using historical and archaeological documents and found artefacts to gently weave new fictions. De Andrade is currently artist in residence at Gasworks in London.
James Oles was born in Torrington, Connecticut in 1962 and divides his time between Mexico City and Massachusetts. He received a B.A. in Latin American Studies from Yale University in 1984 and a PhD degree in History of Art from Yale University in 1995. Oles is a Professor of Art at Wellesley College, where he teaches Latin American art, focusing on the history of Mexico from the ancient through modern eras. In 2002 he was appointed adjunct curator of Latin American art at the Davis Museum and Cultural Center, where he advises on exhibitions and acquisitions of works of ancient and modern Latin American art. He is author and curator of 'South of the Border: Mexico in the American Imagination, 1914-1947' (Smithsonian Institution Press, 1993). His most recent curatorial projects include 'Shouts from the Archive: Political Prints from the Taller de Gráfica Popular' (CCUT, 2008-09) as well as retrospectives of Mexican artists Agustín Lazo and Pedro Friedeberg.