Exercises in mark making relate to personal experiences and identities combined to create large murals.
Collaborative project with dance and painting student around a common theme of movement.
This sculpture is a nod to our connections and our community and is a visible offering to our neighbors.
Our Youth Public Art Program make artworks rooted in the dynamics of painting, sculpture and interactive installation. We provide our local community with the means to positively impact their environment and develop a sense of pride and ownership over their public spaces.
made by students at KIPP Connect High School, Sharpstown, Houston, TX, 2020
laying out the biographic drawings
Using exercises in mark making and simple materials like sharpie markers and transparency paper, participants are lead through the process using their personal experiences and identities. The resulting drawings are combined by overlapping and overlaying each unique image to create a mural of collective identity and experience.
The first iteration of Biographic in 2020 was a collaboration between students at multiple secondary and continuing institutions funded by Brigham Young University. New School for the Arts (NMSA) students were virtually led through the exercise using sharpies and transparencies to draw their personal experiences and identities all during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. The resulting drawings were arranged in person at NMSA to create a complete drawing that was 8 ft tall and just over 25 ft long.
The work travelled around the world in an exhibition with work from students from Brigham Young University (UT), Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MA), and Wirral Metropolitan College (Liverpool, England).
The budget was $2000.00 for the NMSA specific student contribution.
The second iteration is a smaller version Andres did with students at KIPP Connect High School in the Bellaire/Sharpstown neighborhood of Houston, TX in 2022.
9 paintings in gallery view and as the set design for dance performance
painting detail, acrylic house paint on canvas
Lost & Found (2018) was a collaboration between Andres Machin and LED Boise dance studio with students at the New Mexico School for the Arts (NMSA). Together they collaborated on source material and introduced students in the dance and visual arts departments to each others disciplines. The exercise brought dance and painting students together to create works in both disciplines both of which told a story based on the theme of movement in painting and dance.
The project culminated in an end of year performance at the Lensic Theatre in Santa Fe, New Mexico where the resulting 9 paintings were used as the set for the dance performance.
9 paintings made of acrylic house paint on canvas
Largest painting 6’x6’, smallest painting 4’x’4
on stage installation at the Lensic Theater approximately 40’x40’20’H
The budget was $1500 for artwork and $4000 for the entire project.
plaster sculpture installed at New Mexico School for the Arts
The Hollow (2020) is a public sculpture created by Andres Machin alongside 3 NMSA alumni. Using plaster as a sculptural and lyrical material, he casts and captures the physical space between the former students. In a time when personal and physical space is so clearly defined and intentionally kept separate, this sculpture speaks to and resists the notion that we are in fact ever apart.
The Hollow relates abstract notions of a community bond and represents growth from the ground up. The building and creation of the sculpture embody the evolution of the student by simultaneously embracing the past, holding the present, and hoping for the future in its form.
The future depends on our ability to see the connections between ourselves, our communities, and our neighbors. In The Hollow, each of us can be ourselves and be together. This sculpture is a nod to our connections and our community and is a visible offering to our neighbors.
The Hollow was commissioned by Windows on at the Future, an effort organized by Vital Spaces (Santa Fe) and Paseo Project (Taos) to showcase artwork in empty store front windows during the height of the COVID-19 Pandemic.
58” x 36” x 28”
The budget was $500.