LESSER GONZALEZ ALVAREZ      
 
BIO
 

Lesser Gonzalez Alvarez was born in Havana, Cuba in 1983. He is an interdisciplinary artist and writer of 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 and symbolism from prehistory. I am inspired by protolanguages, cuneiform, and a study of the archaic in the context of contemporary culture.

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

Self guided paleontological field work and archaeological research via the Department of Archaeology at The University of Texas, at which I've been immersing myself for the last two years, unofficially, are the fountainhead of my work. I lovingly call my artistic practice an archaeological survey of the Anthropocene, our current epoch, though more pointedly, it is a study of cultural disambiguation, fragmentation over time, in the context of modern experience.

I consider my research a means to an end, a way of examining my contemporary experience as an 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 In an era where materiality itself is increasingly superseded by virtuality or provisional representation, our cultural dialogues have begun to exist largely on a digital and/or symbolic plane.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.



BEYOND THE STUDIO PRACTICE
Writing
  Illustration  

Lesser is also a writer of contemporary poetry.

His first major collection of poems, 'Morbid Belly Aching', was published by CARSAREREAL, in the Fall of 2013.

A frequently updated online catalog of his writing can be found here at Daily Posts.

Some recent contributions to ACRES #3, a Baltimore/LA-based publication, can be found at ACRES.

 

Lesser is also a professional illustrator.

His illustration work has been featured in
Metropolis, Esquire, The Believer, Flaunt,
and at Moma PS1.