InLiquid presents the work of five artists at Select Fair New York City. The exhibition features the light installations of Warren Muller, the street art ceramics of Roberto Lugo, the beer can portraits of Kim Alsbrooks, the whimsical found-object clocks of Randall Cleaver, and the sculptural personalities of John Y. Wind. Together the pieces tell the story of work originating from the street, where reclaimed materials become the conduit for social and personal evolution.
I grew up in South Carolina. Born in Charleston in 1961. I lived in Arizona for 10 years. Philadelphia has been my home for the last 4 years and 5 years prior, total 9 years. I am currently self employed, primarily contracted by the Mural Arts Program, city of Philadelphia, as an artist.
I was born in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia. Being raised in the 80’s in Philadelphia I was exposed to prevalent drug use and gang activity. My neighborhood gave very little hope for a future outside of that of my families history. My parents were the first generation of Puerto Ricans to raise their children in the United State in my family’s history. My father in an effort to seek the best job he could would drive his bike from Kensington to Cherry Hill, New Jersey every morning. My mother would often work two or three part time jobs at a time while raising three young children. This drive and perseverance has become a driving force in my practice. When I sit at a wheel I often think of my father’s bike tire spinning, and this metaphor has always has me reach for more, because if he could make that sacrifice for my future it is up to me to make something of it.
For over 30 years Warren Muller has taken the mundane and ordinary and seen light in it, literally. Using luminescence as the guide, he has suspended bottles, perfume containers, old hay baling equipment, hubcaps, bowling pins, toy cars, deer antlers, porcelain figurines, candy dishes, metal lunch boxes, bikes, traffic light lenses, and even a retro mini cooper car into explosions of art, light, and atmosphere.
Randall was born in Reading PA in 1959. He graduated from Penn State in 1981 with a BFA in sculpture. He spent twenty-five years living in Philadelphia and is now living in Takoma Park Maryland where he repairs old clocks as well as makes new ones.
John Y. Wind
John Wind studied at the University of Pennsylvania and the Slade School of Art in London. His works are in the collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum of London and the Musée Des Arts Decoratifs in Paris. His jewelry designs for Maximal Art have been praised throughout the world.