LESSER GONZALEZ ALVAREZ      
 
BIO
 

Lesser Gonzalez Alvarez was born in Havana, Cuba in 1983. He is an interdisciplinary artist, a professional illustrator / designer, & a 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, 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 field work & 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 setup to include a high powered digital microscope with which to document microscopic findings within fossilized nodules. If you have a scientific research grant that might apply, don't hesitate to get in touch with me, or consider donating to the studio via the studio's Patreon page, It is extremely appreciated.

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 In an era where materiality itself is increasingly superseded by virtuality and provisional culture, where dialogues have begun to exist largely on a digital and/or symbolic plane, how will our material evidence differ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.



BEYOND THE STUDIO PRACTICE



WRITING
  ILLUSTRATION | DESIGN  

His first major collection of poems, 'Morbid Belly Aching', was published by limited-run poetry publisher 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's illustration work has been featured in The New York Times, Metropolis, Esquire, The Believer, Flaunt,
and at Moma PS1.