Fantasy is the new reality
New York-based Artist Wendell mc Shine
Stitching together illusive dreams, memories and observations into a visual code of enigmatic imagery, McShine´s murals, installations, drawings, animations, and canvases disclose multilevel narratives that haunt the mind and provoke intimacy into self. His group and solo shows span Europe, China, Mexico and the United States: Kunsthal Kade Museum, NL (¨Who´s More Sci-Fi Than Us¨), Liverpool Biennial, UK (“Art Connect- Liverpool”), Real Art Ways, USA (¨Rockstone & Bootheel¨), Museum Of Modern Art, MEX (“Art Auction Mexico Vivo¨), Museo De Bellas Artes, VEN (“In The Kingdom Of Dreams”).
Published in Contemporary Art Books by Gestalten Press Germany ¨Walls & Frames: Fine Art from the Streets¨ and ¨Nuevo Mundo: Latin American Street Art¨. He has Lectured at Royal College of Arts, UK. Recipient of the BELLE Foundation Grant, USA. Recipient of the Liverpool artist in residency at the BLUECOAT, UK. Awarded the prestigious Reuters News foundation fellowship award, UK. Funded by Atlantic LNG, T&T for his ongoing community art project “Art Connect”. His animations have been awarded and screened in several international film festivals such as Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival and Portobello Film Festival, UK. Presented at TEDx Youth Facebook Headquarters, US. Wendell Mc Shine comes by way of Trinidad and Tobago, lived in Mexico City for a number of years, and now resides in the United States.
Artist Statement :
The main drive for creating my work stems from a compulsive need to explore the human condition and its intrinsic dialogue within the realm of fantasy in an attempt to formulate thought-provoking critiques contextualized through the use of social anthropology and current issues. My visual practice takes shape by combining materials and mediums. I use drawings, found objects, wood, sound, printmaking, paintings, and paper cutouts to create animated films. These films are sometimes used in my mixed media installations forming a coherent interplay between the static and the moving image making up the multilayered discipline of my work