Fantasma is a bilingual experimental interdisciplinary project that connects the expression of 3 artists, 3 different media, 3 different countries, all created during the pandemic.

Shown through the pictorial work of Justin Earl Grant, the poetry of Micaela Piñero and the sounds of Dani Ev Riquelme, Fantasma guides its viewers through a space where linearity is interrupted by deviations from the unconscious.

The concept behind Fantasma is to reveal the artistic creative process through the integration of poetic expression, sound and painting. This experimental project invites visitors to reconstruct the moment of creative introspection from pictorial traces and auditory poetic interventions.

By these means, the installation proposal is the reflection of a solitary action that becomes collective.

Along with the immersive installation, the project includes the production of a bilingual book which will be offered to visitors of the exhibition.

Funded in part by The City of Houston through Houston Art Alliance
Sponsored by SJ Art and Frames and Arowyn Studios and with the collaboration of Alas Dance Company.

Artists

ARTWORKS

JUSTIN EARL GRANT (USA)

Born and raised on the Gulf Coast of Texas in the 1980s. Visual Artist, Curator, with a Bachelors of Science in Pure Mathematics from the University of Texas in Austin. From an early age he expressed interest in the visual arts, particularly in painting. In 2006 he settled in Buenos Aires where he developed a large part of his career as an «outsider» artist, developing an intense activity with different artistic groups. In 2014 he moved to Santiago de Chile where he is part of the creative leadership of the group Radicales together with the Urbn Santiago collective. In 2016 Grant returned to Houston, Texas, where he continues to produce unique and highly personal works of art. During the last 15 years he has received multiple distinctions and completed a wide range of exhibitions in Argentina, Chile, Uruguay and the United States: Amarillo Museum of Art, Redbud Gallery, Archway Gallery, The Jung Center, Houston Public Library, Galería de Arte Chimkowe, Galería Buenos Aires Sur, Craighead Green Gallery, Institute of Hispanic Culture of Houston, among others.

👉 @justinearlgrant

POETRY
MICAELA PIÑERO (Argentina)

(Province of Buenos Aires, 1990). Artist, writer, goldsmith, teacher and graduate in Visual Arts (National University of La Plata, FBA). In 2001 she began her training in painting with Vasily Tretyakov. In 2015 she studied jewelry with Héctor Ruíz and Juan Carlos Pallarols. Later, she attended a workshop with Marina De Caro and Leila Tschopp. In 2019 she participated in workshops and critiques with Pablo Siquier, Juliana Iriart and Alejandra Aguado. She partook in seminaries with Rosario Bléfari, Diana Aisenberg, Ana Longoni, Silvia Gurfein, Claudia Del Rio, Francisco Garamona, Jose Luis Landet, Kenneth Goldsmith among others. She was a fellow of the Center for Artistic Research Program (2017). She participated in poetry recitals in Argentina, Chile, United States, Mexico, and Germany. She published the fanzines Desde Adentro (2011), Siempre hay un vacio (2011), Ofrenda (2013), Transformaciones (2014) and Abundancia (2016). She founded the poetry collective Las Pibas in 2012. Her poems were published in the anthology Van llegando (Mansalva, 2017), antología de poetas argentinas, australes y peligrosas (Cohuína, CDMX, 2018) and en universidad de la violencia (Mansalva, 2018). She received the scholarship from the Ministry of Culture of the Nation (2017) and the Radar Literature Award (2017 and 2018). In 2017, she participated in the call for writers of Bienal Arte Joven Buenos Aires as well as being selected in the visual arts for her artwork Lucha. In 2019 she was selected in the Bienal Arte Joven Buenos Aires with her project, llévame a conocer el océano. She currently lives and works in Barcelona.

👉 @mic_azul

SOUND DESIGN
DANI EV RIQUELME (Chile)

(Santiago de Chile, 1982) Musician, composer and multimedia artist with a Bachelors in Environment (Ecology) from the Institute of Environment IDMA. He has worked in collaboration with local artists such as Irina la Loca, Eli Neira, among others. Some of his personal projects are: Caballo Quebrado (Performance, 2009) and Oftanova Sigilorum (Installation, 2013). His audiovisual projects include his short films: Crítica al Socialismo (2005), Caballo Quebrado (2011), 18 de Septiembre (2013), Un Dia (2015), No Me Quiero Morir (2020), Dormi, Memoru (2020). Since 2002 he has developed outstanding productions and musical projects: dEVr (2014 – present), dreKu (2001-2014), Virtual Universes (2002-2013), Minute of Silence for Us (1997-2001), WAZKK (2011-2014), ELIKU (2012-2015), DEMONEKU (2013-2018) and Capital Umano (2002-2007). He has musicalized and collaborated in the productions of Dr. Sagga, Demonoave, Yacia Inconciente En La Carretera, Colectivo No, among others.

👉 evriquelme.tumblr.com

Installation Art

Fantasma is an experimental interdisciplinary project that connects the pictorial expression of the artist Justin Earl Grant with the poetry of author Micaela Piñero and the music of Dani Ev Riquelme.
It corresponds to an installation project where linearity is interrupted by deviations from the unconscious.
The installation consists of paintings accompanied with poetry in Spanish, sound and chromatic light effects as well as a printed bilingual book for the visitors.

Photos by Paul R. Davis

Epilogue: Dance Performance

Choreography by Lidice Nuñez