Manuel Acevedo, born 1964 in Newark. His solo and group exhibitions include 2011 Made and Unmade at Cuchifritos in NYC, Maraya Art Centre, UAE, Al-Ghaib, Aesthetics of Disappearance, and Third Steaming, NYC, Planet of the Slums. In 2010 the critically acclaimed exhibition Keys of Light was presented at the Latino Cultural Center (LCC) in Dallas, Texas and the Bronx River Art Center (BRAC). He is a recipient of the 2009 Visual Art Network Residence for the Camera Communis: Knoxville, TN; 2007 Center for Book Arts, AIR Workspace Program, Visiting Artist at NYU and VAN Award for the SPACES’ World Artists Program. His awards include the 2005 Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant; Longwood Arts Project: Digital Matrix Commission; 1999 & 2001 Mid-Atlantic Foundation’s Artist as Catalysts Award & 1998-99 the Studio Museum in Harlem, AIR. Group exhibitions include Museo de la Ciudad, Spain and Arte de Puerto Rico, Real Art Ways, Exit Art, Queens Museum of Art, PS 1, El Museo del Barrio, the Drawing Center, Westfaelischer Kunstverein, Germany with solo exhibitions at Jersey City Museum and the Los Angeles Center for Photographic Studies. Mr. Acevedo is presenting a series of projections for Round 36, Project Row Houses in Houston, Texas, 2012.
During his Swing Space residency at Governors Island, Acevedo will be working on The Alpha-Bits (working title). The Alpha Bits will consist of drawings and small-scale sculpture that focus on strategies and stylized graphic forms exploring the covert and overt nature of military language. Through encoded schemes, this project brings together a hybridity of typography reminiscent of early 1980’s era graffiti ciphers in two/three dimensions, and architectonic forms.
Image credit: courtesy of the artist