D+C FOUNDATION ARTISTS-IN-RESIDENCE PROGRAM
Since the D+C Foundation’s Residency Program started –in 2022–, mid-career artists such as Sandra Monterroso, Jeronimo Villa, Guillermo García Cruz, Youdhisthir Maharjan and Loris Cecchini participated. The 2024 selected residents will be announced soon.
The program was created to support artists in promoting their oeuvre through editions that will contribute to the appreciation and contextualization of their work. Depending on the approved project, it offers a space to live and work for 6 to 12 weeks. The selected artist will have a functional studio according to the type of work, materials, and stipend. The Studio-House is in Coral Gables.
Loris Cecchini (Italy, 1969). Residency: November 4, 2023 – December 12, 2023.
He is one of the most prominent contemporary Italian artists. He is known for his permanent and site-specific installations, particularly at Villa Celle in Pistoia and in the courtyard of Palazzo Strozzi in Florence, at the Boghossian Foundation in Brussels, and for the Cleveland Clinicʼs Arts & Medicine Institute in the United States, at Les Terrasses Du Port in Marseille, and recently at the Shinsegae Hanam Starfield in Seoul and the Cornell Tech Building in New York.
Cecchini said about the complexity of his work: I look at the relationship between aesthetics and science: I stay on the boundary between the natural and the artificial, I draw from nature which I then work with using other forms of knowledge and, in the end, I try to create a shift, a poetic suspension”.
Youdhisthir Maharjan (Nepal, 1984). Residency: September 5, 2023 – October 17, 2023.
The artist works primarily with paper; his exquisite pieces result from manipulating that material by cutting, weaving, and twisting. He also uses text fragments which he works on by erasing some words, highlighting others, or embellishing the pages. Part of his work involves a process that starts with finding the right book, which he often finds in unexpected places. The delicacy of his pieces results from a careful approach, often repetitive and cathartic.
Guillermo García Cruz (Uruguay, 1988). Residency: June 5, 2023 – July 30, 2023.
The artist uses a novel approach to replicating how images are perceived. His work looks like it was a computer error or glitch in its pixeled look. He also uses primary software colors in some of his paintings, reinforcing that idea. He says that his “current body of work seeks to question what happens in a variety of fields during this moment of change, when we all feel a little bit disoriented, anxious, or curious about what is about to occur”.
Jerónimo Villa (Colombia, 1990). Residency: February 12, 2023 – May 12, 2023.
He began with the type of work he currently does through carpentry, making stretchers, frames, and other structures. It was working with wood that he discovered sandpaper, and it transformed from an instrument to an indispensable material. He was intrigued by the fortuitous designs that appeared on the used sandpaper and used them first in collages. After that came the transition between the used sandpaper used to treat wood and the new ones he would use on his pieces. The artist sees this process as life and death, wood as a life allegory, and the sandpaper as its executioner who is finishing it slowly. The original transmuting vehicle to wood is the sandpaper, the initial matter, establishing a dialogue between them. Here he is alluding to the material functionality and time as a conditioning factor.
His work uses all wood variants, from whole parts to sawdust. Conceptually he is close to Buddhism through impermanency, the inherent and constant transformation of change, and accepting that nothing is static.
Sandra Monterroso (Guatemala, 1974). Residency: November 4, 2022 – December 16, 2022.
A known textile artist whose work reflects gender issues and power structures. Inspired by the techniques and aesthetics of indigenous people from her native Guatemala, her work is often presented as installations. She occupied the Studio House until December 16. During that time, she developed the project of the series Corazón delator: recetas para sanar heridas (Telltale Heart: Recipes to Heal Wounds), inspired by a story by Edgar Alan Poe and in indigenous recipes to cure evil eye. At the end of the residency period, the pieces were exhibited.