Yucef Merhi

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Yucef Merhi (born February 8, 1977) is a Venezuelan artist, poet and computer programmer, based in New York.[1] He is the pioneer of Digital Art in Venezuela.[2]

Life and work[edit]

Yucef Merhi was born in Caracas, Venezuela. He studied at Universidad Central de Venezuela, New School University,[1] and holds a Master's in Interactive Telecommunications from New York University.[3] His artistic practice began in the mid 80s.[4] He is known as the first artist in exhibiting a work of art that included a video game console, the Atari 2600, back in 1985.[5][6] As the pioneer of Digital Art in Venezuela,[2] Merhi has produced a wide body of works that engage electronic circuits, computers, video game systems, touch screens, and other devices in the presentation of his written words, like the Poetic Clock, a machine that converts time into poetry which generates 86.400 different poems daily.[7] The resulting artworks expand the limitations of language and the traditional context of poetry, proposing a bold new role for the poet in our culture.[8]

Exhibitions[edit]

Merhi's career encompasses a world wide exhibition record in places such as the New Museum of Contemporary Art;[9] Bronx Museum of the Arts;[10] El Museo del Barrio;[11]Eyebeam Art and Technology Center[12] and Exit Art,[13] all located in New York; as well as the Newark Museum[14] (New Jersey); Orange County Museum of Art[4] (California); Los Angeles County Museum of Art[15] (California); De Appel[16] (Amsterdam); Museo Michetti[17] (Rome); Borusan Culture & Art Center[18] (Istanbul); Paço das Artes[19] (São Paulo); Museo del Chopo[20] (Mexico DF); Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Yucatán[21] (Yucatán); Museo de Bellas Artes[22] (Caracas); Museo de Arte Contemporáneo[23] (Caracas); Science World British Columbia[24] (Vancouver); among many others. He also participated in the official selections of the 7th International Festival of New Film,[25] Split, Croatia; the 2007 Bienal de São Paulo – Valencia;,[26] the 10th Istanbul Biennial.,[27] and the 30th Ljubljana Biennial of Graphic Arts.[28]

His work is documented in more than 40 catalogs,[29] encyclopedias, dictionaries, movies,[30] text books, PhD thesis and academic volumes.[31][32] He is currently represented in the collections of the Orange County Museum of Art[4] (California); National Art Gallery (Caracas);[33] Library of Congress[34] (Washington); Whitebox Art Center[35] (New York); Mednarodni Grafični Likovni Center (MGLC)[36] (Ljubljana); Museo Alejandro Otero (Caracas); Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Caracas (Caracas); Museo de Arte Valencia (Valencia); and private collections in New York, Miami, Caracas, Madrid and Tel Aviv.[31][32]

Awards[edit]

Merhi has received several grants and awards including the New York Foundation for the Arts in Digital/Electronic Arts,[31] as well as numerous commissions and residencies from institutions such as the Orange County Museum of Art,[37] Los Angeles County Museum of Art,[38] Bronx Museum of the Arts,[10] and Eyebeam Art and Technology Center,[12] among others.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Carlo Zanni, INTERVIEW WITH YUCEF MERHI, Centre international d'art contemporain de Montréal's online magazine, No.18, 2004.
  2. ^ a b Silvera, Yohana. Yucef Merhi transforma la poesía en objetos.,Tal Cual, octubre 6, 2010.
  3. ^ [1]. Nyu.academia.edu (Jan 15, 2014). Retrieved on Jan 15, 2014.
  4. ^ a b c Orange County Museum of Art; Profile. Ocma.net. Retrieved on November 20, 2011.
  5. ^ Monfront Nick; Bogost, Ian Racing the Beam: The Atari Video Computer System Boston: The MIT Press.
  6. ^ Monfront Nick; Bogost, Ian Racing the Beam: The Atari Video Computer System; Index Boston: The MIT Press.
  7. ^ Boston Cyberarts 2009 Festival. Bostoncyberarts.org (April 24, 2009). Retrieved on November 20, 2011.
  8. ^ E-Flux.com. E-Flux.com (August 28, 2005). Retrieved on November 20, 2011.
  9. ^ New Museum of Contemporary Art. Newmuseum.org. Retrieved on November 20, 2011.
  10. ^ a b Holland Cotter, Latino Art, and Beyond Category, The New York Times, Sept 2, 2005.
  11. ^ El Museo del Barrio. Elmuseo.org. Retrieved on November 20, 2011.
  12. ^ a b Anette Gallo, EYEBEAM ANNUAL ONLINE FORUM The (Re) Structured Screen, Rhizome Digest, October 31, 2002.
  13. ^ Exit Art. Exit Art. Retrieved on November 20, 2011.
  14. ^ Newark Museum NewarkMuseum.org. Retrieved on July 10, 2014.
  15. ^ Los Angeles County Museum of Art LACMA.org. Retrieved on June 16, 2012.
  16. ^ De Appel. Deappel.nl. Retrieved on April 20, 2012.
  17. ^ LVI Premio Michetti – In & Out,ExibArt News, July 23, 2005.
  18. ^ Bütün Haberler,İnsanın tarih boyunca teknoloji ile ilişkisi nasıldı?,Zaman Türk Gazetesi, October 20, 2002.
  19. ^ FILE 2002. File.org.br. Retrieved on November 20, 2011.
  20. ^ Museo Universitario del Chopo. Chopo.unam.mx. Retrieved on November 20, 2011.
  21. ^ Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Yucatán. Macay.org. Retrieved on November 20, 2011.
  22. ^ Felix Suazo, Videohabitats, ArtNexus, February, 2001
  23. ^ Museo de Arte Contemporáneo: Videoarte Venezolano, Museos Nuestros,October, 2006.
  24. ^ Pamela Findling, Science World presents ACM Multimedia 2008, Science World British Columbia, October 27, 2008
  25. ^ Split Film Festival. Splitfilmfestival.hr (September 11, 2001). Retrieved on November 20, 2011.
  26. ^ Bienal São Paulo – Valencia. Encuentroentredosmares.com. Retrieved on November 20, 2011.
  27. ^ 10th Istanbul Biennial[dead link]
  28. ^ THE 30TH BIENNIAL OF GRAPHIC ARTS: INTERRUPTION. Retrieved on October 7, 2013.
  29. ^ José Manuel Briceño Guerrero, Yucef Merhi, Press Dossier: 1985–2010, NY Art Press, April, 2011.
  30. ^ María Gabriela Méndez, La película "Elipsis" es un museo para la obra de Yucef Merhi, El Universal, October 7, 2006
  31. ^ a b c New York Foundation for the Arts. Nyfa.org. Retrieved on November 20, 2011.
  32. ^ a b Yucef Merhi official CV. Cibernetic.com. Retrieved on November 20, 2011.
  33. ^ Ministerio del Poder Popular para la Cultura. Retrieved on December 10, 2012.
  34. ^ Library of Congress. Loc.gov. Retrieved on June 16, 2012.
  35. ^ Paddle8. Paddle8.com. Retrieved on July 10, 2014.
  36. ^ Mednarodni Grafični Likovni Center. Museums.si. Retrieved on July 10, 2014.
  37. ^ Orange County Museum of Art. (PDF) . Retrieved on November 20, 2011.
  38. ^ Los Angeles County Museum of Art Retrieved on June 16, 2012.

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