Marchelo Vera

Marchelo Vera is a recent graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology, famous for its Non Toxic-based program. He’s been doing research involving 4-color Intaglio-Type and photographic techniques pioneered by Keith Howard and David Jay Reed. He’s also been doing some interesting things involving interactive media and intaglio printing. For his thesis exhibition, Remnants: Within an Age of Digitalism, he collaborated with designer/artist Yuya Takeda on an interactive print environment with sound. I asked him about the underlying themes of his current work. He responds, “A lot of my work right now is a continuation of my interests that deal with culture and technology. I explore ideas of illusion and identity that are revealed within abstract visual environments.”

How did the “Digitalism” project develop?

Traditional printmaking and print media have evolved so much in the last few decades. Collaboration is a huge part of my life, everyone has their specialty but working with others allows you to explore new ways of thinking and creating. I have always been into sci-fi movies like minority report, as well as John Cage. Working within a tangible media environment opened up many doors; I met Yuya Takeda while at RIT, an amazingly talented international 3D student. Our varied strengths and interests were very compatible; we would basically spend countless hours in the labs at night eating Skittles. While I was inking, Yuya would translate the prints into sound compositions. He handled the node programing and kinect mapping while I did the drawing and design. We would both work individually and together, meeting somewhere in the middle and eventually mashing everything up. (Which worked out great since everything had a universal theme underneath it all.)

A few more images and a statement by Vera after the jump.

Remnants: Within an Age of Digitalism by Marchelo Vera

21st Century civilization allows a glimpse into the progressive art paradigm that encompasses our constantly transforming technological advancements.

My work is a reaction to my life experiences and reflects my interests in the synthesis of media, history, and technology. I am interested in the global network of our modern times and the interrelated possibilities within it. I produce artwork that utilizes generative elements and formulas found in nature, while being inspired by universal symbolism, conditions of the ruin, and ideas stemming from the realm of unconscious thought.

My current work explores a world of illusion, identity, and an evolving reality within an age of Digitalism. My aim is to place the viewer within a suspended space and time. Through the use of hand drawn and computer generative elements, I can create infinite possibilities. I choose to leave out reference of the figure in order to better connect my Synthesis process to the viewer as a constantly shifting and expanding environment.

The interactive portion of the work is a collaborative effort in using innovative technology that I believe will one day connect the realms of augmented reality and virtual spaces with our everyday surroundings. Being inspired by composers like John Cage, Steve Reich, and Karlheinz Stockhausen. I have worked back and forth between the interpretation of sound and image.

The sound element of this work is composed through the direct use of each final Intaglio print. Using computer software as an aid, the sound is created by reading time from left to right, while converting the visual marks of each unique print into an audible frequency.

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5 Responses to “Marchelo Vera”

  1. Mark Graver says:

    Hi Marchelo,
    Looks really interesting, thanks for sending to through to me.
    If you want to talk about doing something in NZ let me know via my email info@nontoxic-printmaking.co.nz I’m just looking into planning shows here at our space for 2013 onwards. Wouldn’t have the technology for the interactive work but maybe something else? Or perhaps some sort of collaboration project? I’m just about to start work on some video/sound work here.

    Cheers

    Mark

  2. Marchelo, really enjoyed the project. I can’t blame you from moving away from the paper. My personal printmaking practice has somewhat taken a back seat for a while for the same reason.
    Motion and sound is very effective in telling a story even more so if it the work is participatory. Congratulation!

  3. Marchelo says:

    Oh, I haven’t moved away from paper completely, I love the tactile quality of print… I have just been exploring and developing new ways of communicating ideas. My most recent work has included a lot of projections and 3D sculpture, but I am always working in between print and multimedia. Thanks to everyone for all of the support!

  4. Michael Amy says:

    Terrific Marchelo! Keep me posted.

    Michael Amy, Ph.D.
    Professor of the History of Art
    College of Imaging Arts & Sciences
    Rochester Institute of Technology

    International Association of Art Critics (AICA)

  5. Michael Amy says:

    Terrific Marchelo. Keep me posted.

    Michael Amy, Ph.D.
    Professor of the History of Art
    College of Imaging Arts & Sciences
    Rochester Institute of Technology

    International Association of Art Critics (AICA)