Island6 Arts Collective // International
The medium-blending style of island6 presents the interaction of character and environment in a incongruent world. An expertly created landscape, delicately amassed through painting and photography, cages graphic cartoonish minstrel who pursue their programming. The aping-around of island6’s little darlings, some of which are actual apes, in fine settings takes a seat at the table for a dialogue about urban renewal. The individual interacts in a space they themselves never made, but in which they are doomed to forever fulfill their programming.
island6’s work feeds off collaboration. That goes for the production team as well as the viewer who moves at the core of their efforts, as a step inside their gallery mined with motion-activated sensors will reveal. The artistic director, Charvériat, received a Bachelor’s of Fine Art and photography from the New York School of Visual Arts and a Masters of Fine Arts and Sculpture from Columbia University. He chiefs a marauding band of artisans, techies, curators, researchers, writers, and one toddler who, at this point, has virtually no say. He is particularly known for his work in LED and video and incursions into the use of SMS messaging in interactive works. Running off the whims of a vanguard of merry pranksters, works are either replications in winding series or utterly apart from anything previously seen from the studio. One thing you can trust: artworks produced by island6 are consistently a spectacle.