Clocktower and Mana Contemporary present focus On Puerto Rico -- a 3-month residency program featuring cutting-edge work by artists living and working in Puerto Rico, as well as Puertorican-born diaspora artists.

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Rafael Vargas Bernard

Born in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico, artist Rafael Vargas Bernard utilizes performance, sound, programming, sculpture, video, painting, humor, and drawing in his creative practice. He employs readily accessible materials and technologies, found objects, and a utilitarian aesthetic. 

His work explores functional and non-functional systems;including power structures, economic systems and generative systems; and societies relationship with these infrastructures. He creates pieces and experiences that are often interactive and require participation with the intention of provoking dialogue and action.

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Rafael Vargas Bernard 
studied computer engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, sculpture at the Escuela de Artes Plásticas de Puerto Rico, and La Práctica at Beta Local.

His work has been exhibited at Exit Art in New York; Peripher in Zürich; and Las Naves in Valencia; and is part of the permanent collection of the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico.

 

Programs

Focus On Puerto Rico

Clocktower is partnering with Mana Miami to launch a residency program for Puerto Rican diaspora artists, and/or artists presently living and working in Puerto Rico.

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Focus On Puerto Rico : Rafael Vargas Bernard

For his Focus Puerto Rico residency project, entitled "Trío Little San Juan", Bernard will explore intergenerational nostalgia resilience, futility, fervor, and introspection, within Wynwood, Miami.

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