Padnos Art-in-Residence to speak on art practices

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Grand Valley State University’s 2014-15 Stuart B. and Barbara H. Padnos Distinguished Artist-in-Residence, Nayda Collazo-Llorens, will give a public lecture about her artistic practices, theories and research on the Pew Grand Rapids Campus October 29.

“Mark Making: Shifts and Strategies”
Wednesday, October 29 from 7-8:30 p.m.
Loosemoore Auditorium, DeVos Center
Pew Grand Rapids Campus

Collazo-Llorens’ presentation will focus on a concept she believes to be at the core of her art practices: mark making. This term is used to describe the different lines, patterns and textures created in artwork.

“I will talk about several recent projects that engage mark making in an expanded way, whether that involves a drawn line, text, projected light or collected data,” said Collazo-Llorens.

While the event may seem to be geared towards artists, Collazo-Llorens hopes the interdisciplinary nature of her practice — specifically her work with literature, linguistics, cognitive psychology and neuroscience ­— will attract and appeal to a broader audience.

“I am looking forward to the lecture, not only as a way to introduce myself and my work to the community, but also as a first step in a multi-way exchange that hopefully will continue beyond this event,” said Collazo-Llorens.

Working in various forms of media including drawings, prints, video, installation works and interventions, Collazo-Llorens strives to examine the way in which information is perceived and processed while dealing with concepts of navigation, language and hyperconnectivity.

“My work invites the viewer to reflect on the complexities of the mind and the fragmented manner in which we perceive what is inside and around us, particularly as we try to cope with a complex world in an age that is as much about data overload and hyperconnectivity as it is about distancing and dissociation,” said Collazo-Llorens.

Collazo-Llorens received a Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art from New York University and Bachelor of Fine Arts in Printmaking/Graphic Design from the Massachusetts College of Art. She has held previous residency positions in New York, Florida and Puerto Rico, and also has teaching experience from Carnegie Mellon University and Indiana University in Pennsylvania.

Endowed by Holland area businessman Stuart Padnos, and his late wife, Barbara, the nine-month Distinguished Artist-in-Residence position offers an opportunity for a selected individual to teach and mentor students in the art and design department as well as speak on campus and to the wider community. The recognition is granted to a working artist or scholar with an established record of promise or achievement in art and teaching.

Collazo-Llorens is also teaching Intermediate Drawing and participates in critiques and reviews of students’ work, specifically junior and senior reviews at the end of each semester.

For more information about Collazo-Llorens’ work, visit www.naydacollazollorens.com.