BIO + ARTIST STATEMENT


I am mostly interested in process, and how through it I can decipher my relationship to space, not just physical, but emotional space...

BIO:
MONIKA BRAVO, born in Bogotá, Colombia in 1964, I had a strong desire to become an astronaut after witnessing the first Moon landing on TV; few years later, I studied and learned several languages wanting to work as a simultaneous interpreter. At age 9, my mom bought me a SRL photographic camera, since I had not shown any promise in art classes, allegedly. At fourteen during a trip I took to Italy, I knew I wanted to study fashion design, and live far, far away from my native Colombia. After many turns and experiences, I spent time studying fashion and photography in Rome, Paris, London. I also lived in Athens until I took a two weeks trip to Colombia that lasted four years, where I taught photography. One day in 1994, I booked a one way ticket to New York City where I relocated to pursue a career in the Arts. I am now a multi-disciplinary artist.


“Weaving_time”, a solo show curated by Beatriz Lopez will open Feb. 1st at NC-arte, in Bogota, Colombia, this work will also be part of “Waterweavers: The River in Contemporary Visual and Material Culture from Colombia”, at Bard Graduate Center, curated by Jose Roca, opening April 10 2014. “So far away yet so close will open on January 31st 2014 as part of “Migrations” curated by Lisa Banner, at the Pelham Art Center. Recent solo shows in 2013. include LABORATORIUM Solo projects at ArtBO curated by Jose Roca, "Recent works" at MAM, Museum of Art, Montclair. NJ, "El objeto de la Percepción" at Centro Colombo Americano, Bogota and "Landscapes of Belief" at BYU Museum of Art (MOA) in Provo, UTAH.

Her work has been shown at Sternesen Museum, Oslo, Museo de Arte, Banco de la Republica, Bogota, Colombia, Borusan Contemporary, Istanbul, Seoul International Biennial of New Media Art, SITE Santa Fe; Centro de Arte Contemporaneo Caja CAB de Burgos, Spain, El Museo del Barrio, and New Museum in NY. Her videos have been screened at MOMA, Anthology Film Archives, Brooklyn Museum, New Museum of Contemporary Art, The Kitchen, Museo di Arte Contemporaneo di Roma, the New York video festival at the Lincoln Center & the Americas Society in NY, L.A MOCA, Tate Britain, Museo Reina Sofia.

Recently commissioned by Spear Capital to create a large installation of still and moving images covering two lobbies for their 315 Park Avenue building in NYC. Bravo was also commissioned by Landmarks Public Art Program to create a video installation for the University of Texas at Austin’s public art collection, also commissioned by Public Art for Public Schools at New York City School Construction Authority to create a series of 13 large glass panels for PS-IS 314. Recent commissions BREATHING_WALL a 58 monitor video strip commissioned by Los Angeles World Airports for the Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX. Corporate commissions include IN-SITU a large photographic commission for Talisman Energy Inc's main office in Bogota, Colombia, H20_ AKA, Boutique Hotels, Central Park NYC, 6 Projections cover a 44 feet of wall at the health club of moving images depicting aquatic sequences in a circular motion. Commissioned by Korman Communities, also commissioned by them, RHAPSODY_AKA Boutique Hotels, Times Square NYC, 3 LCD monitors at the lobby create a panoramic canvas showing the transient architecture and the dynamic of Times Square. HEXAGRAMS, commissioned for COMCAST 2 Light encasements 64 x 64” have been installed inside the walls of the 52nd and 53rd floors in Philadelphia, INTERVALS, Thirty 16 x16’’ photographic tiles illustrating the city of Newark are installed along a 34 feet wall commissioned for Kirpatrick, Lockhart & Gates Law firm Newark, NJ and LIFT_ME_UP_HK, Peninsula Hotel Hong Kong, an interactive video installation with sound, located at the elevator that goes to the SPA.

She has been the recipient of Longwood Digital_Matrix Commission, Bronx Council on the Arts, the Art Scope Miami Emergent Artist awards in 2002 and 2005 and NYSCA’s Electronic Media & Film Award; She has lectured at Santa Fe Art Institute, Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Lannan Foundation and Site Santa Fe among others; she has also been selected to participate in 2001‘s LMCC’s WTC World Views, the Santa Fe Art Institute & 2003 ART OMI Artist-in-Residency Programs. Her work has been reviewed by The New York Times, Art Nexus, Art in America, The New Yorker.

MONIKA BRAVO: ARTIST STATEMENT

Was it because I was born at midnight under a Scorpio full moon that I feel an intense urge to understand life? or was it the impact of losing my father at the age of eight that made me question space on an emotional level deepening this impetus? I examine the notion of perception by questioning whether the world we live in, is but a mental construction; my artistic practice is used as a tool to decipher the laws that govern the world I live in. With this inquiry, I create objects by incorporating still, moving images, sound and interactivity to generate situations where I can materialize and communicate my emotional state. I want to challenge the audience’s own perception of what they consider real by generating a platform where they are induced to connect by exploring, interacting and at times by focusing on an object-place-scene for a duration of time in a manner that is both meditative and investigative.

The photographic medium has evolved since I was trained as a photographer from the traditional film/darkroom processes to zeros and ones, I am also using the computer to process both still and moving images and to generate drawings and paintings. My process is more akin to that of a painter for I am not interested in documenting nor creating a narrative. The absence of tangibility incites me to implement an imaginary practice of simulated cutting, pasting, collaging, superimposing and layering in the production of the works (DOZENFIELDS, 2003). To achieve this I consider the limitless quality of the already formatted screen and see it as material, an endless canvas, if you will. Materiality is crucial in how I transfer them back into tangible forms as I have developed an original way of presenting, mounting and/or projecting onto mirrors, mylar and slabs of sanded plexiglass. These surfaces create environments/objects that express ideas of mental constructions/situations to convey ideas of reality, such as skylines, aquariums, borders, labyrinths, oracles (I Ching), Tangible memory or the idea about time.

The visual approach to landscape and nature in my work ranges from the philosophical (Is our world a mental construction? SYMPHASIS_SIMULTANEOUS APPEARANCES (2000), to the emotional (when does a space become a place? PARALLELS, (2003) - In SO FAR AWAY YET SO CLOSE, (2011), I was challenged to transcend the political meaning of what the US/Mexico border represents and decided to layer it into a more philosophical question; are the political borders none other that lines in our imagination? In LANDSCAPE_OF_BELIEF (2012), I built skylines of cities out of text (Italo Calvino’s Invisible cities), where I question how we construct and limit our lives according to our belief systems. More recently, in WEAVING_TIME, 2013, the idea of weaving as text, as an abstract and ancient language used by all primitive cultures to connect, depict and define their relationship to nature, In which, the thread, the loom, the act of weaving takes form using the immateriality of the time-based footage as material.

Public commissions: I conceive visual interventions within the architecture of a public space, some of these are large walls transformed into moving images, interactive time-based installations with sounds, light encasements and walls composed of photographic tiles. These interventions create mesmerizing experiences that are also painterly in nature providing a space for temporarily abstraction thus subtly transporting the mind elsewhere. These interventions are found in halls, atriums, corridors, train stations, airports, elevators, and hotels. 2013 UTA_AN INTERVAL OF TIME Commissioned by Landmarks Public Art Program to create a video installation for the University of Texas at Austin’s public art collection, The video will be projected from within a six-foot spherical screen located in the Jackson School of Geoscience’s new student center. Using romantic poetry as a connector between nature (landscape) and the mind [charts]. The charts float around the globe mimicking the way thoughts float around our mind. abstractions of water, steam and fire are used as the base (landscape) It is not a struggle between mind and nature, on the contrary, through poetry we can find a connection between being and the urge to understand who we are and what we are made of (science). 2010: BREATHING_WALL_LAX Commissioned by Los Angeles World Airports. 2 video installations, at the arrivals level, 58 LCD monitors form an S shape, at the other end a video wall containing a matrix of 25 LCD monitors. Filmed in the lapse of five years, moving images of crowds in public spaces are distorted through a lens; treated as a canvas, the "video" format is then cut and paste weaving layers of different periods and places resulting in a color field composition of intervals of time within a space. 2014 TIME WILL TELL Queens _PS-IS 314 Commissioned by Public Art for Public Schools at New York City SCA. A series of large panels (13) that will suspend on the Atrium & float outside a hallway, These Panels depict the transformation of space, from landscape to cityscape, shaped first by nature through creeks, hills, marshes and reshaped by migration, language, distance and culture. the visual form is that of layered planes simile of a hologram the layers of information gathered by time, spaces divided by mind, places shaped by emotions and people.

Time: a mental construction and the mind’s ability to move in space.
TIMEPIECE_Be_here_now, (2008) consisting of seven unique electronic sculptures, Each mirrored video boxes presents one philosophical statements about the passage of time such as THE VALUE OF MOVEMENT IS IN TIME or THIS THOUGHT IS ILLUSION. a two-way mirror is placed in front of a moving image that has sentences referring to the passage of time in a loop, the viewer becomes the image and time becomes the medium of engagement.

Space: what is the difference between space and place? is it when we endow it with an emotion?
PARALLELS, (2003) transparent facades from Modern buildings are printed and mounted on large thick Plexiglas which rest on a ledge and tilt on the wall, as light passes through them creating a shadow. In this series I am interested in the idea of emotional space & memory that is represented in the shadows.

Illusion: The perception of reality as an image.
THE_VORTEX , (2007) The object of our perception is not reality in itself, but an illusion of images we have created. A metaphor to the practice of contemplation as a way to understand our distorted reality.

Medium|Materiality: questioning the rigidity and limitation of techniques and methods; running away from definitions, the tangible representation of the mind. Using materials as a metaphor of emotional challenges. Attention to materiality.
LIQUID_WALL, (2013) (time-based circular painting): a moving impressionistic painting of the reflection of water, the residue of oil from the marina, and its surrounding man-made environment simultaneously evoking a beautiful and unsettling image.

Experience: generate a set of systems and guidelines for the viewer to participate and investigate their own personal experience in relation to my work.
A_MAZE, (2001):, I felt both inspired and challenged in creating a multimedia installation that could, like J. L. Borges produce a labyrinthine narrative by using unrelated situations of personal trips previously recorded. These sequences, which average two minutes each, are synchronized with electronic music also recorded beforehand by FLORA & FAUNA. The purpose is to make a territory where the viewer engages in a simulated "video game".


WEAVING_TIME
Version A Version B Version C as seen @ the Bard Graduate Center VERTICAL As seen in NC-ARTE, Bogota My name is K, I was...
STUDIES for WEAVING_TIME [URUMU]
DOWNLOAD PDF My name is K, I was born on the sacred mountain. I have the age that I have. I carry in my mochila bag all that belongs to me, the earth,...
STUDIES for LANDSCAPE OF BELIEF
STUDIES for LANDSCAPE OF BELIEF 2013 12 x 18 x 3" Archival pigment film and mounted on glass, aluminum 20" x 44" cotton rag archival print and...
LANDSCAPE OF BELIEF
LANDSCAPE OF BELIEF, 2012 installation view @ stenersen museum oslo 80 x 30 x 8" (glass) base 24 x 80 x 8" sculptural time-based...
SO FAR AWAY YET SO CLOSE
SO FAR AWAY YET SO CLOSE, Photographic-installation 2011 Archival pigment print on glass, aluminum ledge 12 x 72 x 3. edition of 3 DOWNLOAD...
LIQUID_WALL
LIQUID_WALL, 2013 time-based multiple screens/projections variable sizes computer, software DOWNLOAD PDF - LIQUID_WALL, 2013 (time-based...
TIMEPIECE: BE_HERE_NOW
TIMEPIECE: BE_HERE_NOW Video Box_Installation 2008 Duration: 1 minute Dimension: 18 x 12 x 6 inches 2 way mirror, mac mini. LCD screen, software,...
AN INTERVAL OF TIME_UTA
AN INTERVAL OF TIME_UTA _ COMMISSION 2012-2013 Time-based installation on a 6ft sphere Landmarks Public Art Program, University of Texas at Austin has...
TIME WILL TELL, QUEENS PS IS 314,
TIME WILL TELL, QUEENS PS IS 314, Public Commission Photographic-installation 14 panels 120” x 48” glass murals digital renderings from original...
IN-SITU_[TLM]
IN-SITU_[TLM], Commission 2012 Photographic-installation Dimensions variable from 40h x 150w x 3d inches to 12h x 108w x 3d inches. pigment  on...
BREATHING_WALL_LAX-INT-TERMINAL
BREATHING_WALL_LAX Time-based Commission Installed at the Tom Bradley International Terminal Los Angeles Airport 2010 Film Strip 58 LCD...
PARALLELS
PARALLELS Photographic-installation 2003 Dimensions: 40 x 60 x 1/2 inches & 40 x 40 x 1/2 inches Archival Transparent pigment film mounted on clear...
if I were a painter, I would paint like this!
AMPLIFIED DREAM
AMPLIFIED DREAM Photographic_installation 2011 48 x 96" Archival Pigment print, Acrylic, Dibond, aluminum brace. These images are painterly...
BREATHING_WALL_x2
BREATHING_WALL rendering BREATHING_WALL_x2 Time-based Installation 2011 Edition of 3 LCD Monitors, Mac mini, custom aluminum encasement Duration: 8...
LA ILLA-HA ILLA' LLAH
LA ILLA-HA ILLA' LLAH, parts I.II.II &IV Single Channel Video with sound 2009-2010 Duration: 2:16 minutes Sound: Mike...
BREATHING_WALL [STILLS]
BREATHING_WALL [STILLS] Photographic-installation 2010 Dimensions: variable (48 x 96 inches) Archival pigment print , Gallery Plexi Filmed in the...
BREATHING_WALL_UC
BREATHING_WALL_UC 2010 Urban Canvas Design Competition. In 2010, I was one of the four winners of the Urban Canvas Design Competition. The New York City...
DOZENFIELDS
DOZENFIELDS [ CORRIDOR] Video Box_TS (Installation) 2005 Dimensions: 15 x 17.5 x 5 inches. Edition of six Interactive touch screen with components....
THE_VORTEX
THE_VORTEX Interactive time-based Installation with sound 2007 Dimension of projected image: 9 x 6 feet Edition of 3 LCD Projector, mirror, mini...
NO_NAME: [FREQUENCY&REPETITION]
NO_NAME: [FREQUENCY & REPETITION] Interactive video installation with sound 2005 Dimensions: 48 x 48 inches minimum / dimensions variable Edition of...
A_MAZE
INTERACTIVE TIME-BASED INSTALLATION WITH SOUND 2001 Floor Dimension: 10 ft by 10 ft Edition 1 of 3 DVD, Industrial DVD players, 2 projectors, stamp control,...
SYMPHASIS_simultaneous appearances
SYMPHASIS_SIMULTANEOUS APPEARANCES Time-based Installation with Sound 2000 Duration: 11 minutes Dimensions: 8 x 6 ft each. DVD digital projections, TV...
H20_AKA_CENTRAL PARK NYC
H20_AKA_CENTRAL PARK NYC 2009 Time-based installation, Commission Duration: 5 minute loop LCD multichannel projections, software and custom CPU 4 ft x...
ESSENCE Links your experience to the essence of ingredients directly from local farms, which regenerates and reconnects your perception to an ancient form...
A WINDOW OF TIME {AG_CCS}
A WINDOW OF TIME {AG_CCS} Time -based installation 2009 Digital Rendering 52" LCD Vertical Monitors, software, Mac mini Having the appearance of a...
ON THE VERGE OF....
ON THE VERGE OF.... time-based installation with sound 2009 Duration: 60 seconds Dimensions: each 48 x 72 inches Sound: Mike Hallenbeck ON...
SPLASH DOWNS & LIFT OFFS [LJ6}
SPLASH DOWNS & LIFT OFFS Photographic-installation 2009 Variable Dimensions Polyester film mounted on Aluminum Historical images from the liftoffs and...
TREE OF LIFE
TREE OF LIFE Photographic-installation 2008-2010 Dimensions: 36" x 64" x 3" inches Editions of 3 + 2 A. P. Archival pigment film, glass + aluminum...
HEXAGRAM_COMCAST
HEXAGRAM_COMCAST Photographic Light_Encasements Commission 2008 Dimensions: 64 x 64 x 1/2 inch Digital Duraprint. Aluminum custom light encasement....
AKA_XSQUARE
AKA_XSQUARE [RHAPSODY] Commission time-based installation 2008 Duration: 3 minutes Dimensions: 3 50 inch monitors 3 LCD Monitors, Custom CPU &...
DURING THE LENGTH OF A THOUGHT
DURING THE LENGTH OF A THOUGHT [SUNSET] Video Box 2007 Duration: 9 minutes Dimensions: 12 x 18 x 6 inches Edition of 1 + 1 A.P. Custom Aluminum powder...
LIFTME UP_HK PENINSULA HOTEL_HK
Interactive Video Installation with sound 2005 Commission 2 LCD monitors 32", Mac mini, reflector Interactive, mini beam Sound: Mike...
NO_NAME:[HEXAGRAMS]
NO_NAME:[HEXAGRAMS] Photographic Light_Encasements 2005 Dimensions: 26 x 26 x 4 inches Digital Dura Print. Aluminum custom light encasement Fluorescent...
NEWARK_ITINERARIES
NEWARK_ITINERARIES Commission Photographic-installation 2003 Dimensions: 16 x 16 inches each, 30 pieces Digital Polyester film mounted on...
ITINERARIES: [A_MAZE]
ITINERARIES: [A_MAZE] Photographic-installation 2002-2011 Dimensions: 8 x 8" each, 45 pieces Silver Polyester Film mounted on Aluminum ITINERARIES...
WIND EYE
WIND EYE Single Channel Video 2002 Duration: 1 minute 26 seconds Edition of 3 NTSC DVD color WIND EYE Single Channel Video 2002 Duration: 1...
LIQUIFY
LIQUIFY Single Channel Video with sound 2002 Duration: 4 minutes Edition of 3 NTSC DVD color Sound: Raydial Excerpt Immerse in a meditative...
PLAYING WITH TIME
PLAYING WITH TIME Single Channel Video with sound 2002 Duration: 8 minutes Edition of 3 NTSC DVD color Sound: Fa' Ventilato The fact that the...
SEPTEMBER 10, 2001
SEPTEMBER 10, 2001 UNO NUNCA MUERE LA VISPERA Single Channel Video with sound 2001 Duration: 5 minutes Edition of 100 NTSC DVD color Sound: Flora & Fauna...
MOVINGFRAME
MOVINGFRAME Single Channel Video with Sound 2001 Duration: 1 minute 26 seconds Edition of 3 NTSC DVD color Time is slowed down into an intermittent...
SYMPHASIS_SEQUENCES
SYMPHASIS_SEQUENCES Photographic-installation 2000 Dimensions: 10 x 6.5 x 3/4 inches each Edition of 1 Digital transparent film, silver Mylar mounted on...
IOTA[S]
IOTA[S] Photographic-installation 1999 Dimensions: 30 x 65 inches Digital C-Print mounted on hand sanded Plexiglass Iotas are mounted on 1/2"...
SYNCHRONICITY
Video installation with sound 1999 Duration: 3 minutes Dimensions: 12" x 18" each slab Edition of 3 DVD. LCD projector, Sanded plexiglas screens,...
INTERVAL[S]
Photo_installation 1998-2008 Dimensions: 14.5 x 36 x 1" & 10 x 24 x 1" Digital C-Print mounted on Plexiglass, custom aluminum ledge edition of 3 + 2...
FOR THE TIME BEING
Single channel video with sound 1998 Duration: 28 minutes Edition of 3 + 2 A.P. Digital NTSC DVD restored from Hi8, color excerpt Time appears almost...