STRADDLING THE “IN-BETWEEN”
The current work explores the “in-between.” The “in-between” as an idea illustrates the relationship of seemingly unrelated objects, meanings, or processes, and the new produced when these are juxtaposed at different scales. The work is a “rational-expressionism;” a synthesis of rational thinking (concept) and action (body, feelings). It is the relationship of well-defined, distinct forms and remnants of being (diary of the daily life).
The “in-between” as process is the unprescribed layering of random images, planes, or lines not necessarily related to one another. This overlapping in combination with the literal definition of the “in-between” generates a perception of three-dimensional space from a two-dimensional plane. This new perceived dimension is generated without the use of the more conventional perspective or rendering of light and shadow. Historically, this is similar to cubism. While cubism focused on collapsing three-dimensional objects and three-dimensional space onto a two-dimensional plane, my intention is the inverse - the extrusion of space through the straddling of the “in-between.”
Javier Suarez, Jr. was born in Santurce, Puerto Rico on August 1, 1972. The son of an architect, Javier has always felt compelled to follow in his father’s footsteps, though art has been his first love. The diversity of his family’s background has inspired a variety of interests and ideas within him. At the age of ten, Javier and his family moved to Florida.
At the University of Florida, Javier’s architectural studies prepared him well for a future as an artist. It did so by teaching him to question everything, and to rely on his own ideas to produce quality work. What will make him a successful artist, though, is his innate passion.
Javier received a Master’s degree in Architecture from the University of California at Los Angeles in June of 1997. While searching for a thesis topic, his interest in improvisation inspired him to look beyond the historical precedents within architecture. Under the teachings of the world famous jazz guitarist Kenny Burrell, Javier focused his thesis work on jazz as a model for architecture. The ideas behind this thesis have influenced the process and concepts of his art.
Javier’s work has been shown at private studios and galleries. It is also displayed in several private and public collections.