Ramjet, 2013. Large format print, wood, styrofoam, acrylic paint, and chalk. Approx 14 feet x 54 feet. Courtesy of the artist.

Milwaukee, WI

Overview

Eddie Villanueva created a site-responsive mural that riffs on the architecture of MMoCA’s Caesar Pelli-designed building. Spanning the museum’s lobby wall, the piece is crafted from the artist’s standard repertoire of utilitarian materials, such as particle board, Styrofoam, carpet scraps, Plexiglas, and photocopies. Villanueva often reuses material salvaged from his past installations; elements are broken apart, recombined, and reconstituted into different settings. New articulations of reused fragments give his work a rich and layered material history. This process also results in materials that reveal a simultaneous accumulation of markings and deterioration of form—a condition that echoes the artist’s interest in the specific venues his installations occupy. Like Villanueva’s recycled materials, the physical spaces he works within are reused for different purposes, but bear traces of past intentions.  

Biography

Eddie Villanueva was born and raised in Milwaukee. He received his MFA from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 2012. He has participated in a number of solo and group exhibitions, most recently at the London Contemporary, and has received commissions for installations and murals in Dallas, Milwaukee, and New York City. He was resident artist in painting and drawing in 2013 for the spring session at Anderson Ranch A.I.R. in Snowmass Village, Colorado. Villanueva is currently serving as an art instructor at UW-Richland Center; he will be the Artist in Residence at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in 2014.

Behind the Scenes

Eddie Villanueva: Nomadic Hunter