This artist profile video, produced by Violet LeVoit for the 2013 Baker Awards announcement, is currently being featured on local and national PBS stations around the country:
I am pleased to be exhibiting new work along side Jenn Figg and Matthew Mccormack in a unique group show focusing on the past, present and future of space exploration through scientific experiences and artistic perspective on Mars.
On View: April 25th - May30th, 2014
Opening: April 25th, 4-7pm
Location: Gallery Q (free and open to the public)
Milton S Eisenhower Library
Johns Hopkins University
3400 N Charles Street Baltimore, MD 21218
Phoenix Rising, 2014
Soil, steel, expanding polyurethane, concrete, adhesive
Jonathan Latiano’s site-specific installations regularly explore elements of the natural sciences, astronomy, biology and geology. In Phoenix Rising, Latiano focuses on the geology of Mars and the current challenges facing astrobiologists in their continued search for life on the red planet. Many scientists believe that if evidence of life does exist on Mars, it lies in the form of microbial fossils incased within the planet’s now baron surface. The challenges of physically bringing a Martian soil sample back to Earth are both technologically and economically daunting. Phoenix Rising consists of three large piles of analogue Martian soil that form ascending spires reaching up to the ceiling of the gallery. Conveying a sense of weightlessness, the three spires idealize the simple desire for a piece of Mars to leave its home and travel the vast distance to Earth to arrive at our own waiting scientists. The work invites the viewer to tilt their head upwards towards the heavens; the same simple act that was the catalyst for our species’ fascination with the universe beyond our own planet and asking that most basic of questions, “Are we alone?” Conclusive evidence to this question would not only be one of the most prolific discoveries in human history but also has the potential to be the motivator to propel us into a new age of scientific exploration and enlightenment.
Click HERE for Museum
BMA press release:
BALTIMORE, MD (February 19, 2014)—The BMA celebrates Baltimore’s arts community with Baker Artist Awards 2013, an annual exhibition showcasing the winners of the prestigious $25,000 Mary Sawyers Baker Prize. On view February 26 through April 6 in the revitalized Contemporary Wing, the exhibition includes a new sculptural installation by Jonathan Latiano, photography by Lynne Parks, and a video of cellist Dariusz Skoraczewski. Since 2008, the Baker Artist Awards have provided financial support and career-changing opportunities to emerging and established artists in Baltimore City and the five surrounding counties.
For the exhibition at the BMA, visual artists Jonathan Latiano and Lynne Parks explore the idea of loss from different conceptual perspectives: Jonathan Latiano taking a more symbolic approach and Lynne Parks capturing real-world consequences. Latiano’s immersive, site-specific installation calls attention to the extinction of the baiji dolphin, an aquatic mammal known as the Goddess of the Yangtze. Suspended driftwood sculptures, carved to mimic the dolphin’s skeleton, gradually take shape and cascade above viewers across an expansive gallery in the Contemporary Wing then slowly revert to the natural form of driftwood. Park’s installation focuses on two parallel bodies of work. The first series of photographs portray deceased birds that were unable to navigate during migration season due to light pollution and buildings without visible glass. This phenomenon of light altering perception is the subject of the second series, which documents the glass structures and spaces that create this disorienting effect for birds and people alike. Dariusz Skoraczewski is the principal cellist for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. A video display in the galleries will provide a sample of his brilliant mastery of the cello. Works performed include Bach’s Suite No. 1 in G major; Hindemith’s Sonata for Cello Solo Op. 25 No. 3; and Lutosławski’s Sacher Variation for Cello solo.
The Baker Artist Awards were established by the William G. Baker, Jr. Memorial Fund and are a program of the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance. A diverse selection of works by nine $1,000 b-grant winners, curated by the Maryland Institute College of Art’s MFA in Curatorial Practice Class of 2015, was presented at D center Baltimore last December.
The BMA exhibition is curated by Helene Grabow, Curatorial Assistant of Contemporary Art, and Benjamin Levy, Curatorial Assistant of Prints, Drawings & Photographs. The exhibition is sponsored by The William G. Baker Memorial Fund.
On Wednesday, March 19th I will be returning to Moravian College in Bethlehem PA where I received my undergraduate degree in Studio Art to give a lecture focused on the last ten years of my artistic career. The lecture will be on Moravian's main campus in the Priscilla Payne Hurd Academic Complex in Lecture Hall 102 from 4:15pm - 5:30pm.
Jonathan Latiano Art is now on Facebook. Click HERE to see the page.
On November 9th, 2013 I will be creating a sight specific installation for the Maryland Art Place's fundraiser Starlight Dinner.
MAP has been promoting the event as "an artistically immersive dining experience at the beautiful Morgan Stanley building located at Harbor Point between Harbor East & Fells Point. During the evening we will showcase the work of a select group of artists we consider our “Art Stars”. Artist testimonials, performances, installations and select works of art will be a focus of the evening’s festivities."
This will truly be a unique evening. For more information and tickets click here.
Two reviews by Cara Ober: School 33's Studio Artist Biennial and The Sondheim Semi-Finalist Exhibition.
bmore-art Blog: Symptomatic Ageism in the Sondheim Semi-Finalist Exhibition?
Baltimore City Paper: SCRAWLS AND WHISPERS
I recently had the pleasure of sitting down with Aaron Henkin from WYPR's program "The Signal" to talk about my work and winning the Baker prize. Click HERE to hear the interview.
Tonight it was announced on Maryland Public Television that I was one of the three recipients of the 2013 Mary Sawyers Baker Prize.
You can watch the announcement HERE
It is an incredible honor to receive the Mary Sawyers Baker Prize. I owe so much to my fellow artists and friends here in the Baltimore art scene, their dedication to their practice and incite into the material and mediums in which they work set a constant bar that I aim to reach in my own studio on a daily basis. Its groups of colleagues like this and awards like the Baker Prize that make Baltimore such an invigorating place to be an artist right now.
I cannot express enough my gratitude to the Baker Board of Trustees, the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance and national jury for selecting me. Congratulations to my fellow winners Lynne Parks and Dariusz Skoacazewshi.
After graduating MICA I established a studio in the unfinished portion of my apartment's basement here in Baltimore. Recently that studio has been featured on the art-blog journal-du-design.fr. Click HERE to see the article. During the six months there I focused on re-establishing drawing into my practice, experimenting with new materials and designing/building proposals for several large-scale installations.
Two weeks ago, I moved into my new studio at the School 33 Art Center. Over the past two years I have had a strong relationship with School 33 and am excited to join the ranks of the other resident artists here.
Below is a quick panorama shot I took with my cell phone camera of the new space. Looking forward to getting down to some seriously business here.
This past May, I had the incredible privilege of giving the commencement speech on behalf of my class for the 2012 graduation ceremony at MICA. It's been almost a year now since leaving MICA and not a day goes by when I don't think back on my time there with awe, gratitude and pride.
In just under a month the class of 2013 will be taking to the same stage, having just seen their thesis this past weekend I am so proud to count so many of them as friends and colleagues. Deana Haggag from the Curatorial Practice MFA will be giving the speech this year, I speak with all confidence when I say that she's gonna hit this one out of the park, I can't wait to hear it.
Below is a link to my speech from last year, botched beginnings and all:
CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE SPEECH
This summer Rene Trevino approached me about being part of School 33's proposal for a national grant from the Robert Rauschenburg Foundation. After months of waiting I am thrilled to announce that we have indeed received one.
The details are still being worked out but I will be collaborating with Baltimore Artist Jennifer Strunge on a year long installation at School 33.
I am so proud and excited to be a part of this project and am sincerely looking forward to working with School 33 and it's staff again.
Here's the Sun's article: School 33 wins $100,000 national grant,
Contemporary art gallery aims to use Robert Rauschenberg Foundation money to transform building, fund projects
Here is an interview with Rene on BmoreArt:
$100,000 to School 33 Art Center from The Rauschenberg Foundation!
And the Rauschenburg Foundation's page with all the other winners this year:
ARTISTIC INNOVATION AND COLLABORATION GRANTS