gar Galveston Artist Residency

2012 - 2013 Artists in Residence: Josh Bernstein, Zachary Podgorny & Davide Savorani

2012 - 2013 Artists in Residence: Josh Bernstein, Zachary Podgorny & Davide Savorani

June 1st, 2013 - July 20th, 2013

The Galveston Artist Residency is proud to present its Second Annual Artist in Residency Exhibition in the GAR Gallery. Featuring our 2012 – 2013 artist in residence: Josh Bernstein, Zachary Podgorny, and Davide Savorani. The group exhibition will open on Saturday, June 1st, 2013 and will be on view until July 20th, 2013.

Josh Bernstein is a Houston based artist who inserts his own travels, sculptures and photographs into larger historical narratives. His exhibition at GAR will include the most recent pieces from his ongoing, years-long project centered around the journal of the hapless Spanish explorer Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca. Bernstein recently approximated Cabeza de Vaca's trip across Texas, and his work draws equally from his own experiences and those of his predecessor.

Zachary Zeke Podgorny was born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. He approaches painting as a performance, often synthesizing aspects of writing, cooking, music and motion into his works. While at GAR, Podgorny fully embraced this fluid, experimental approach to painting, creating a new, continually shifting body of work, the final installment of which will be displayed in the GAR Gallery. His installation of painterly structures also serves as a set for performance, seamlessly enmeshing his physical (almost mythical) presence within the work, and acting as a means of documentation of an event.

Davide Savorani (Faenza, 1977) is an Italian visual artist. He creates in a site-specific way, using a variety of different media. At GAR Savorani will present a section from the Can't Get Away Club, an extended project and online platform he has initiated during his residency in Galveston, with the participation of Italian performer Michelangelo Miccolis. A selection of works will be shown in the main gallery while the artist studio will be turned into a site-specific installation. On the occasion of the exhibition, his upcoming publication, Banana Days Are Over (in collaboration with Danish artist Hannah Heilmann), will be also launched as an additional element to the project.

The Galveston Artist Residency is an artist-run initiative established in 2011 as a way to support visual artists and engage the arts in Galveston, Texas. Each year GAR invites three artists, both national and international, to Galveston for a fully funded 11-month residency. The residency is given as a gift of time and is a chance for artists from a variety of backgrounds and working methods to fully immerse themselves in their unique practices.

Josh Bernstein’s work has been exhibited in the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Bryan Miller Gallery (Houston, TX) and the Emergency Room at Rice University. He has had reviews in the Houston Chronicle and the Houston Press, as well as and Art Fag City. Bernstein’s work is included in several private collections and the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. He received his B.A. from Amherst College and his M.F.A. from Mason Gross School of Art at Rutgers University.

Zachary Podgorny received his BFA from Tyler School of Art and his MFA from The Ohio State University. He has exhibited work in Philadelphia, New York, Columbus and Vienna, Austria.

Davide Savorani has participated in several group exhibitions including: Not Just An Image But A Whole World, Kunstraum, Vienna (2012); Lo Inadecuado, The Inadequate, L’Inadeguato, Spanish Pavilion, Venice Biennale (2011); Against Gravity, ICA, London (2010), Eppur Si Muove / And Yet It Moves, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin (2009). Solo shows include Green Room, Careof (2011) and Gallisterna, Brown Project Space (2008) both in Milan, Italy.

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