Miguel Velit and His Completed Sculpture


 

 

Here’s Miguel Velit, in triumph before the sculpture he completed  at the beginning of August at Josephine Sculpture Park in Frankfort, Kentucky where he was a guest artist.

 

 

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Miguel Velit is a Sculptor from Lima, Peru. His sculptures include a whimsical but powerful exploration of dynamic space. I have known him since our days together at Vermont Studio  in Johnson Vermont and his work has always been a testimonial to the relentless pursuit of art and its ability to influence and alter the world.

 

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This Summer, he was  in residence at the nearby Josephine Sculpture Park in Frankfort, Kentucky as a guest artist where he was working on a variety of large metal sculptures from scrap metal gathered from local metal scrap metal yards. He has completed his sculpture and I have included photos of the results.

 

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Miguel has built sculptures all over the world for a variety of parks, interior and exterior spaces. Countries where his work is on exhibit include China, Poland, the United States, Argentina, Mexico and of course, his beloved hometown Lima, Peru.

 

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Embracing a vigorous investigation of building materials and spatial explorations, Miguel builds sculptures that are arrestingly confident, playful and memorable.

 

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Kentucky was honored to host Miguel as he continues his lifelong  artistic quest.

 

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Collector’s Choice: Miguel Velit of Lima, Peru


Miquel Velit is a Sculptor from Lima, Peru. His sculptures include a whimsical but powerful exploration of dynamic space. I have known him since our days together at Vermont Studio  in Johnson Vermont and his work has always been a testimonial to the relentless pursuit of art and its ability to influence and alter the world.

 

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He is currently in residence at the nearby Josephine Sculpture Park in Frankfort, Kentucky where he is working on a variety of large metal sculptures from scrap metal gathered from local metal scrap metal yards. He has made a tremendous amount of progress this week as shown in the photographs taken at the sculpture park of his sculptures in progress.

Miguel has built sculptures all over the world for a variety of parks, interior and exterior spaces. Countries where his work is on exhibit include China, Poland, the United States, Argentina, Mexico and of course, his beloved hometown Lima, Peru.

Embracing a vigorous investigation of building materials and spatial explorations, Miguel builds sculptures that are arrestingly confident, playful and memorable.

Kentucky is honored to host Miguel as he continues his lifelong  artistic quest.

 

Jan Kirstein

 

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More to come on Miguel as he progresses on his work at the Josephine Sculpture Park, owned and directed by fellow Artist and Sculptor Melanie VanHouten.

 

Miguel’s Process

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Thanks to Miguel Velit and Melanie VanHouten for the photos in this story.

Photographs of Gary A. Bibb


 

 

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Abstract Art

The rich legacy of abstract/non-objective/non-referential art has, at times, been pushed aside, discarded or deemed irrelevant by “cultural dictators” who believe these art forms are antiquated, exhausted or insignificantly decorative. On the contrary, abstract based art is the most universal of all visual languages and the most liberated/liberating artistic expression for both artist and audience.

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Kirk Varnedoe, art historian and former Curator of the Museum of Modern Art, commented in Pictures of Nothing (one of his epic published works) – “Abstract art has been with us in one form or another for almost a century now, and has proved to be not only a long-standing crux of cultural debate, but a self-renewing, vital tradition of creativity.” He continues, “This is one of abstraction’s singular qualities, the form of enrichment and alteration of experience denied to the fixed mimesis of known things.” Furthermore, he adds, “… the development of abstraction in the last fifty years suggests … a tradition of invention and interpretation that has become exceptionally refined and intricate.”

 

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“… painting in general and abstract painting in particular, rather than being exhausted by what has come before, can in fact be nurtured by the astonishing array of references now available. The potential sources of inspiration are myriad, perhaps unfathomable. The complexity, density, and diversity of art give ample reason to understand why abstract painting has not dried up or withered away.” Gary Garrels, Curator of the Hammer Museum.

 

 

In summation, perhaps artist Arshile Gorky said it most succinctly, “Abstraction allows man to see with his mind what he cannot physically see with his eyes…. Abstract art enables the artist to perceive beyond the tangible, to extract the infinite out of the finite. It is the emancipation of the mind … an exploration into unknown areas.”

 

 

 

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Gary A. Bibb was born in Wichita, Kansas and studied architecture at Kansas State University but discovered art to be more compelling. He received his BFA in Visual Art from Emporia State University (Kansas). Most of his artistic career has been lived in Colorado and Southern California. He currently resides in Denver, Colorado.

 

 

 

Collector’s Choice: Diana Mulder


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“I have a steady request for dog portraits and now am expanding my subject list and media to include acrylic and plaster.” Diana Mulder

 

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About Diana Mulder

 

Diana, born and raised in a New Jersey suburb in the shadow of New York City, is a modern day renaissance woman.  She studied Illustration, Graphic Design and Fine Art at Parsons School of Design in NYC.  She started her artistic career with a Southern California commercial design company, eventually forming her own architectural design firm where she worked for many years.  In addition, she continued to pursue her passion in the fine arts.

 

Depending on the day, you might find her preparing architectural designs for a client, working on a textural painting, or toiling on a new project in her art studio where she spends most of her time these days.  Her passion for the fine arts finds it way into everything she does and her attention to detail is obvious in her professional as well as personal projects.

 

Diana enjoys using many different materials in her work such as reclaimed wood, industrial and textural pieces, old books and zinc metal.  She is passionate in her goal of creating that which will inspire her clients, students, and friends alike.  This passion has been a life-long pursuit and her greatest joy is sharing it with others whether professionally or just for fun.

 

Throughout her career, she continued to paint with watercolor and would get requests for dog portraits on a regular basis.    She also exhibited at the Watercolor Society of San Diego gallery and the Good Earth Coffee Shop.  She is  also a member of the National Watercolor Society.

 

After many years painting with watercolor, she decided to let herself explore as an artist, and found a love for other mediums like acrylic and oil along with plaster, papers and texture.

 

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Diana creates dog portraits with remarkable empathy for her subjects. She manages not only to convey the dog, but the spirit and personality of each dog.

 

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Abstract Landscapes

 

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Diana painting a seascape.

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In this closeup of the landscape painting, you can see the wonderful textures found in her work through the use of paint and plaster.

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Diana’s paintings of birds and bird eggs.

Abstract and graphic, you can see the variety of textures from the use of multi media.

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Collector’s Choice: Miguel Angel Velit


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“Here is my last public sculpture located in Lima, in Miraflores.  The title of the sculpture is ‘The New Column Without End’ and is 10 feet in height. The metal color is inspired by a child’s dream of going to heaven.”   Miguel Angel Velit, Lima Peru.

 

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Currently Miguel is working on KITSCH sculptures with social political elements and messages from the Peruvian present reality.  These pieces have been exhibited at the Bienal Nacional de Lima Exhibition with a “Taxi Cholo” riding though Peru’s reality today.

Miguel Velit’s works are in severals museums, private collections, art magazine articles, Sculpture Magazines, Public Parks and Galleries throughout Peru, South America, Europa, USA, Asia, Emiratos Arabes, Bolivia, Chile, Miami and China.
He is also an accomplished painter, executing large stretched canvas acrylics in a brilliant, robust style as bold and direct as his sculptural pieces.


 

ARTISTIC STUDIES

Escuela de Bellas Artes de Lima 1982

Facultad de Bellas Artes Universidad Católica 1983

Facultad de Bellas Artes La Plata, Argentina 1984 – 1989

AWARDS

1º Premium International Saloon of Sculpture. Stuttgart – Germany 1990

1º Premium Concurse of Sculpture Out of the Doors. Universidad Argentina Ernesto de la Carcova, 1989

1º Premium Concurse of Sculpture School of Art´s Manuel Belgrano, 1989 Argentina

2º Premium Saloon, Mariano Moreno 1989, Argentina

2º Premium Winter Salón of Hullgram. 1990 Argentina

1º Premium Revista URBANIA, Lima – Artista del Año 2005

EXHIBITION INDIVIDUALS

-Provincial House Chaco Argentina, Buenos Aires. 1990

-Rogelio Irurtia Museum of Art´s- Buenos Aires, Argentina. 1990

-Recoleta Cultural Center Buenos Aires City. 1990

Retornos Precolombinos

-Goethe Institute (Lima-Perú) 1991. 11 Sculptures.

-Biblioteca de San Isidro. 1993 (Lima-Perú). CAL

MYTHOLOGY  SCULPTURES

-Alianza Francesa (1993-1996) Piura, Trujillo, Cuzco, Chiclayo, Arequipa, Iquitos.

-Bohemia Gallery-Lima. 1997

DIVERSAS ETAPAS

  • Institute Peruvian – Germany – Arequipa – 1997

-Coker Bell Gallery USA South Carolina Spacial Sculptures.

-Obsidiana Gallery – Lima – Experiments.

-Cultural Center Ricardo Palma – Lima 1998

  • Museo Parque Reducto Explosión de Colores – Lima 1999
  • Centro Cultural Recoleta Transparencias móviles y estrellas Buenos Aires, ARG.
  • ICPNA, Lima 2000 Transparencias Móviles y Estrellas. Gallery Juan Pardo Herem.
  • Expirales y territories de colores Lima 2001 Galery Bohemia, Lima
  • Two Artist from Vermont Studio Center Gallery Británico 2002 – Perú
  • Paintings and Sculptures Miguel Velit Gallery Pacific Universitary 2002 Lima
  • Gallery Club Regatas Lima – Paintings and Sculptures 2003. Lima
  • Museum of the Nacion, Five Land Art Installation. Lima – Perú 2003
  • Museum Centro de Artes visuals Chile 2004
  • Gallery Punctum Lima Casas y Castillos de Fuego Lima – Peru 2004
  • Museum Pedro de Osma – Experimentos Inteligentes en Metal – Lima 2005
  • ArtSouth Miami Gallery. Imaginary Maps of Miami 2005.
  • El Doral Convention Center. Imaginary Maps of Miami 2005.
  • O’ Gallery Kentucky Paducah. Imaginary Maps of the World 2005.
  • Imaginary Maps of Lima. Ricardo Palma Cultural Center. Painting, instalation, drawings and video. This exhibition was in Lima, Arequipa, Miami and Fengliang Art College, China 2006
  • Jugando con el metal y el color alrededor de las calles de Lima.

Sculpture in metal, color, paintings, drawings and video. Alianza Francesa, Lima 2006; Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Arequipa, 2007.

  • Galería 80mts2. Barranco – Lima, 2008
  • Galería America 92
  • Club Empresarial Lima Peru 2008
  • Museum Bellas Artes. La Plata, Argentina 2009

ART TEACHING ACTIVITY

-Museum of Art. Lima. 1991-1993

-ATHELIER MIGUEL ANGEL VELIT 1991-2003

-Japanise Cultural Center. 1994

-Promoviendo 1995.

  • ArtSouth Miami Beach Homestead 2005
  • Fengliang Art College, China 2006 – 2007

MONUMENTS

  • Sun Watch 4mts, 3mts, x 2mt. Materials: Cement, marble, wood, acrilic.
  • Punta Hermosa – Lima 1994 Materials: cement, marble, wood
  • Eco Sculpture UNAP. Iquipos 1995, 4mts x 2.50cm 1.5cm
  • Taurus Nº2 Granite La Herradura Chorrillos Lima 2003

3mt x 1.2 x 1.40m. in Marble 1998

  • Superman Nº 1 – 4,20 x 1,70 x 1,50mt Materials: Metal, Color, cinetic, ArtSouth Miami Homestead, FL.2006
  • Yellow House, Stair and Fortune Wheel – 5 x 10 x 10 Mts. Group Sculpture. Fengliang Art College – Wuning China 2006 Materials: Metal, Color, cinetic
  • Olimpic Plasma TV 2008. Metal, color, Fengliang Art College. Wuning Jiangi China 2007, Dim: 5mts x 3 mts x 2 mts
  • Big Yellow Stair to go to the Stars. 15 mts x 2 mts x 3 mts Metal and Color. Museum MAC, Lima – PERU
  • Big Red Stair and Angel. Dim. 20mts x 3 mts x 2 mts. Fengliang Design University. China 2008

WOOD CARVING FESTIVAL

1989 – Festival Sculpture University Carcova. Buenos Aires – Argentina 1er. Prize.

1990 – Concurse of Sculpture in Wood Carwing. El Chaco – Argentina

1991 – Concurse of Sculpture in Wood Carwing Toluca – Mexico

1992 – Simposio Sculpture Camile Claudel. La Bresse – France.

1995 – Simposio Sculpture in Wood Carwing . Hojer Denmark.

2007 – El Bosque Tallado, El Bolsón, Argentina. La Patagonia

INTERNATIONAL SCULPTURE PARKS

  • Europos Parkas, Vilniuis Lithuania – 1996 (Eclipse de Luna) 6mts x 2 1/2mts. Marble. Granit
  • Franconia Sculpture Park. Minneapolis (MN) USA 1997. Installation (Simbols) Land Art 250 x 10 m Stone
  • Sculpture Park Berlin Katzow – 1998 (Simbols of Life)

Group of II Sculpture in metal, colour y cinetic. 8 – 9 – 10 mts x 15 mts.

  • Dunaferr Art Hungria 2000 Blue House, Moon Triangule an Movile (steel) 10mts x 10mts x 7mts in metal, colour y cinetic.
  • Chang Chun Sculpture Park China 2001, Castle of Lights, Granit, Stailess Steel, Cinetic 12 mt x 8mt x 8mts.
  • Valdivia Sculpture Park Chile 2002. Blue house in Valdivia, granit. Metal, color 5mts x 1m x 0.80 cm.
  • Putaendo, Park. Cementerio de las Carretas Chile 2003. Carreta Rayo, Reloj Solar y símbolos primitivos. Installation, metal, stone and wood. 50x50Mt
  • Peatpolis, Emmen Holanda 2003, Sanctuary and Primitive symbols in Peatpolis, Park.
  • Stone Quarry Hill Sculpture Park 2003 New York. Yellow Three House and Santuary.

USA 2003 Wood Metal Colors Cinetic 12mt x 8mt , 8mts.

  • Yuzi Paradise Sculpture Park. Guillin China 2003 – Shangay Sculpture Park Project; Yellow House Star, Flash Swimming Pool and Propeller. Mat.: Metal, Color, Cinetic and Water. Dim.: 15 x 7 x 8 Mts
  • El alto Bolivia 2004 Arco Sur a la Cruz Andina.

(Steel Granit Cinetic Colour) 15mts x 5mt x 4mt.

  • Big Blue Chair to See Over the World. Mat.: Metal, color and cinetic. – Dim: 15 x 7 x 8 Mts – Daguan Park, Kunming – China 2005
  • Valdivia Sculpture Park Chile 2006. Casa, Luna, Escalera al Cielo y 2 Barcos. Metal. Dim: 5x3x4Mts. Five Group Sculpture.

-ArtSouth Miami Homestead – Superman Nº 1 – 4,20 x 1,70 x 1,50mt Materials: Metal, Color, cinetic, , FL.2006

  • Fengliang Art College – Wuning China 2006, Yellow House, Stair and Fortune Wheel – 5 x 10 x 10 Mts. Group Sculpture. Metal, Color, Cinetic.

BIENNALE

-Triennale La Plata 1989 Argentina (Inka – Power)

-Bienal of Cornimont. Nancy – France 1992 (Kontiki)

-Biennal Nacional Perú 1998 (Chicha Sculpture)

-Bienal Nacional Perú 2001 (Taxi Cholo Recorriendo La Realidad del Perú)

-Bienale de Beijing , China 2008 (Sculpture for Olympic Games Park)

INTERNATIONAL RESIDENCY

Vermont Studio Center USA 2001, President Fellowship

Coker college Gallery Universitary 1997

Franconia Sculpture Park Minneapolis

MN 1997. Simbols of life.

Art South Miami Homestead 2005

PRINCIPAL SCULPTURES IN COLECTIONS

1.-Museum Provincial of Art La Plata Argentina

2.-Museum de Bellas Artes La Plata Argentina

3.-Museum of Modern Art México Toluca.

4.-Museum of Modern Art Arequipa Perú

5.-Museum Hispano Latino Americano Lima – Perú

7.-Museum of The Nation Lima – Perú

8.-Merchand Bank, Vermont Johnson.

9.-Museo Centro de Artes Visuales Chile

10.- Museum Frai Angelico La Plata Argentina.

11.- Museum de Arte Contemporaneo San Marcos, Lima.

12.- Museo de la nación, Lima – Perú.

13.- Centro Cultural Ricardo Palma, Lima-Perú.

14.- ArtSouth Miami Homestead. FL

15.- Museo Central del Banco de Reserva, Lima-Perú.

16.- Yuzi Paradise Sculpture Park, China.

17.- Museum MAC. Quilmes, Argentina

18.- Museum Bellas Artes. La Plata, Argentina.

METAL SIMPOSIUMS

Tultepec Mexico, Big House in Tultepec

(Stainless Steel) 4 mts x 1.20 m x 90cm (México, Tultepec, 2004)
 

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WINTER WONDERLAND INSPIRATION


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THOUGHTS FROM ONE CREATIVE MIND TO ANOTHER……

Have you ever tried to imagine that the sky was the ground and the ground was the sky? If you look at the sky in this way, you can begin to see the cloud formations as land masses, and the blue sky as the sea.

 

The feeling you get when you make this mind shift is somewhat disorienting, almost dizzying, but very much like the shift that is occurring on a daily basis all around me, as I try to make sense of world happenings, events, and occurrences.

 

To me, snow falling presents this kind of shift in the way you see everything. As the snow softly sifts down upon everyday objects, a new feeling resonates with the new orientation of a world covered in a blanket of white.

 

Because it is hard to explain this shift in consciousness in words, I have created a collage of my photographs that presents that shift, the shift of moving into perhaps another dimension, or of seeing common everyday reality with a different context, a different orientation.

 

Have you ever experienced what it is like to look at something from one perspective, then reorient the context of that event or object and feel as though you have passed “through the looking glass?”

 

This kind of shift in perception happens all the time in jazz music. The improvisation of most jazz pieces travels a path of ever shifting perspectives though chord progressions,rhythm changes and even tempo variations. If music can show shifting consciousness, then what does that look like in the visual world?

 

Can you think of an experience you may have had that changed the way you look at your everyday life? If so, please share your thoughts. I would love to hear them!

What’s really fun is to imagine this piece in an interior space. This image is created from cutting and pasting the photo collage image into a photograph of an interior space, using Photoshop.