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Juli Bolaños-Durman Studio
Juli Bolaños-Durman Studio

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Personal Statement

The primary theme within my creative process is the exploration of preciousness and how intuitive play jumpstarts the creation of new ideas within the studio practice. Preciousness is not only the value or quality of the materials themselves but more so the journey of transformation they represent. I find myself favoring and treasuring objects that act as storytellers and constitute experiences that are a link to emotional connections. Therefore, it is essential for the creative process to give the artwork the same significance, disregarding where it came from or how it was constructed. I want to create raw pieces that are put together sensibly through the joyfulness of play, explore the different materials to create new meaning and invite the viewer to become part of the journey.

As an artist from Latin America, my background in Graphic Design, Mixed Media and Glass, give me a fresh outlook and variety of experience from which I can draw in the creative process. I am mesmerized by the extraordinary rhythmic patterns found in nature and architectural cityscapes. I find that simplicity and elegance flow naturally into my practice to transform, embellish and add value to ordinary objects through play.


AWARDS:
New Designers Contemporary Glass Society Associate Prize 2013
Shortlisted in the final 12 for the New Designer of the Year Award- New Designers 2013
The Scottish Glass Society Prize for Best Glass student at Edinburgh College of Art 2013.
Shortlisted in the final 10 for the Jerwood Makers Open 2014
Shortlisted in the final 10 for the PERRIER-JOUËT ARTS SALON PRIZE 2014
COLLECTIONS (Museums/Private), Commissions:
2014 MUDAC- Museum of Design & Contemporary Applied Arts, Lausanne, Switzerland.
2013 Chancellors Fellowship Award Commission presented by the Chancellor of the University Princess Anne, HRH The Princess Royal.
EXHIBITIONS (Museums/Galleries):
2014:
COLLECT with Joanna Bird Contemporary Collections, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK. May 2014
The Coburg Prize for Contemporary Glass 2014, Veste Coburg Art Collections and European Museum of Modern Glass, Coburg, Germany. 2014
Spectrum Exhibition at The Scottish Gallery, The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh, UK. April 2014
2013:
SoFA Chicago 2013 with Joanna Bird Contemporary Collections, Navy Pier. Chicago. USA.
Contemporary Art Exhibition. C.H.A.S.E. Charity Mixed Media Exhibition & Auction. Henry Moore Gallery, Royal College Of Art. London. GB.
Stanislav Libenský Award 2013. Prague Gallery of Czech Glass. Royal Summer Palace at Prague Castle. Prague. Czech Republic. September 20th- December 1st:
New Designers: Part 1. Edinburgh College Of Art @ The Business Design Centre. London. GB. June 26th- 29th:
ECA Degree Show. Edinburgh College Of Art B.A. & M.F.A. Student Exhibition. Edinburgh College Of Art. The University Of Edinburgh. Edinburgh. GB. June 1st- 9th
2012.
Glass In Context: 1st Glass Symposium Of Costa Rica. Kiosko San José, San José. CRC.
Pop Up! @ The Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh”. Mixed Media Event. Royal Botanic Gardens. Edinburgh. GB.
2011.
Combined Media, Assemblage, Art In 3-D, Mixed Media Student Exhibition. Art Students League Of New York. New York (NY). US.
Viridian Artists 22nd. International Juried Exhibition curated by Elisabeth Sussman from Whitney Museum of American Art. Mixed Media Exhibition. New York (NY). US.
2010. Light- Milvia Hotel & Museum. San José. CRC.
2009. Glass and its Virtues- Klaus Steinmetz Gallery. San José. CRC.
2008. Transparent Expressions- Sofía Wanamaker Gallery. San José. CRC.
2007. Vitrocolor School. San José. CRC.
RESIDENCIES
2013-14. Artist in Residence- Glass Department. Edinburgh College of Art. Edinburgh. GB
EDUCATION:
2011-13. M.F.A. Glass (Distinction). Edinburgh College Of Art. Edinburgh. GB.
2013. ECA Mentorship Scheme (under Heather Gillespie) . Edinburgh College Of Art. Edinburgh. GB.
2013. Glass Engraving Masterclass (under Katharine Coleman). West Dean College.West Dean. GB.
2012. 'Perceiving Our Originality' Masterclass (under Michiko Miyake). Pilchuck Glass School. Stanwood (WA). US.
2012. Surface, Texture & Light: A Cross Disciplinary Studio In Design Practice. Edinburgh College Of Art. Edinburgh. GB.
2012. Work Experience, Assistant To Keiko Mukaide In Set Up Of Exhibition. Scottish Fisheries Museum. Anstruther. GB.
2011. Combined Media, Assemblage, Art In 3-D, Mixed Media Course (under BruceDorfman). Art Students League Of New York. New York (NY). US.
2009. Introduction To Glass Sculpture Course. Vitrocolor School. San José. CRC.
2008. Photography & Design Summer Course. Istituto Europeo Di Design. Venice. I.
2004-06. Diploma, Basic Portuguese. Fundação Centro De Estudos Brasileiros. San José. CRC.
2003-06. B.A. Honors Graphic Design. Veritas University. San José. CRC.

Year Established: 2013

Achievements

Part of the Collection of MUDAC- Museum of Design & Contemporary Applied Arts, Lausanne, Switzerland 2014
New Designers Contemporary Glass Society Associate Prize 2013
Shortlisted in the final 12 for the New Designer of the Year Award- New Designers 2013

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