Studio LGA is creating Visual Art, Archaeological & Paleontological Research
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Lesser Gonzalez Alvarez was born in Havana, Cuba in 1983. He is an interdisciplinary artist, Archaeo/Paleontological researcher, professional illustrator / designer, & a writer of contemporary poetry.

He holds his BFA and Master of Arts in Digital Arts degrees from the Maryland Institute College of Art.

ABOUT THE WORK
The research I employ in my studio practice is constantly shifting in focus, but it remains firmly rooted in the study of objects, customs, and symbolism from prehistory. I am inspired by protolanguages, cuneiform, naturally eroded forms and documents of human presence, the archaic in the context of contemporary culture. It is a study of cultural disambiguation, fragmentation over time, all within the context of modern experience.

While I am informed by ancient symbolism, I am not interested in revisiting primitivism, but rather in presenting a language of mark-making that is familiar, yet indeterminably foreign or disambiguated, devoid of provenance, owing more perhaps to emoji sets or corporate branding than to primitive mark-making; the concept of 'planned obsolescence' pushed to an absurd conclusion, 'planned archaic'.

Self guided archaeological, and paleontological research inspires my studio activity. I am currently in the process of arranging an in depth research project into 'Micro-fossils', and their myriad of forms. Practically, this will involve upgrading my studio set up to include a high powered digital microscope with which to document microscopic findings within fossilized nodules. In addition to beginning this Patreon page, I am actively seeking research grants, am in talks with Polaroid Originals to document the forms using polaroid film, and have reached out to Omax, the microscope manufacturer, in the hopes they might be interested in donating to the practice.

I consider my research a method of examining my own contemporary experience as a living organism historically prone to the instinct of organization and mark-making, in an age of heightened commodification, in which symbols come and go, not in the span of hundreds of years, decades, or months, but days. In an era where materiality itself is increasingly superseded by virtuality and provisional culture, where dialogues have begun to exist largely on a digital and/or symbolic plane, how will our material evidence differ from current stereotypes of antiquity? 

This theoretical space is at the core of my work, which can also be interpreted in purely formal terms.
Lesser Gonzalez Alvarez was born in Havana, Cuba in 1983. He is an interdisciplinary artist, Archaeo/Paleontological researcher, professional illustrator / designer, & a writer of contemporary poetry.

He holds his BFA and Master of Arts in Digital Arts degrees from the Maryland Institute College of Art.

ABOUT THE WORK
The research I employ in my studio practice is constantly shifting in focus, but it remains firmly rooted in the study of objects, customs, and symbolism from prehistory. I am inspired by protolanguages, cuneiform, naturally eroded forms and documents of human presence, the archaic in the context of contemporary culture. It is a study of cultural disambiguation, fragmentation over time, all within the context of modern experience.

While I am informed by ancient symbolism, I am not interested in revisiting primitivism, but rather in presenting a language of mark-making that is familiar, yet indeterminably foreign or disambiguated, devoid of provenance, owing more perhaps to emoji sets or corporate branding than to primitive mark-making; the concept of 'planned obsolescence' pushed to an absurd conclusion, 'planned archaic'.

Self guided archaeological, and paleontological research inspires my studio activity. I am currently in the process of arranging an in depth research project into 'Micro-fossils', and their myriad of forms. Practically, this will involve upgrading my studio set up to include a high powered digital microscope with which to document microscopic findings within fossilized nodules. In addition to beginning this Patreon page, I am actively seeking research grants, am in talks with Polaroid Originals to document the forms using polaroid film, and have reached out to Omax, the microscope manufacturer, in the hopes they might be interested in donating to the practice.

I consider my research a method of examining my own contemporary experience as a living organism historically prone to the instinct of organization and mark-making, in an age of heightened commodification, in which symbols come and go, not in the span of hundreds of years, decades, or months, but days. In an era where materiality itself is increasingly superseded by virtuality and provisional culture, where dialogues have begun to exist largely on a digital and/or symbolic plane, how will our material evidence differ from current stereotypes of antiquity? 

This theoretical space is at the core of my work, which can also be interpreted in purely formal terms.

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