Rodell Warner is an exciting artist from Trinidad who uses new media art to engage populist ideas.
Rodell will use his residency at New Local Space (NLS) in Kingston, Jamaica to carry out a community photography, fashion and object design project. From images captured in nature he'll produce patterns and printed fabrics. Designers and other artists from Kingston have been invited to help create wearable garments and art objects from these fabrics and patterns, which will be shared publicly in a multimedia live event with a mixture of functional, material and digital art.
The first two weeks of his residency will be used to collect images, create patterns, meet with the designers and makers, upload images and order fabrics. The next five weeks will be used to work with designers on garments and objects, develop animation of patterns and other play with the images as well as making and promoting the event. An exhibition will be mounted for the final two weeks of the residency.
The $3400 being raised will help facilitate Rodell's purchasing of materials and services for the project (such as fabric, and printing of fabric) and cover Rodell's travel expenses and sleeping accommodations for the nine weeks of his residency.
His recent work was selected to open ARC Magazine's New Media programming for the 2013 Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival. He has exhibited regionally and internationally at spaces such as Alice Yard and Medulla Gallery in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, CAG(e) Gallery, Edna Manley College in Kingston, Jamaica, and NIROX Projects in Johannesburg, South Africa. His work was also featured in “Pictures from Paradise: A Survey of Contemporary Caribbean Photography” (Robert and Christopher), 2012.
New Local Space Ltd is a visual art initiative and micro-gallery in Kingston Jamaica that facilitates experimentation and collaboration in visual art, connects artists to each other locally and internationally, and presents their work to the larger public, building wider audiences for their work. NLS is a subsidiary of audio production house Creative Sounds.
Risks and challenges
Rodell's project will rely on overseas shipment of printed fabric and, like all shipping logistics, are subject to delay with severe weather. Due to this NLS will allow up to a 2 week extension on Rodell's residency if necessary.
Finding willing and able designers and artisans to collaborate with Rodell was a potential challenge of his project, however Rodell has drawn on his existing relationships with qualified individuals working in these fields locally.
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