Maria Jose Gallo
My art practice is sculptural and installation based. Through the process of conceptualizing and physically fabricating artworks I create links within behavior, history and ancestry. I choose to combine technology and waste materials to recreate this passage of thought into sculpture, this way I can connect technology and nature too. Spatially the installations narrate aesthetic poetry trough structures, sounds and videos. It attends to the complicated relationship between human and culture, exploring internal and external conflicts; the human body, its present (life), beliefs and psychology (imagination). The entirety of my ark works composed of mixed media assemblages including sculptures, sounds, videos, photography, Illustrations, Jewelry and sometimes furniture.
Use of power tools- wood shop machinery, Staple gun, nail gun, lathe, sander drill and band saw.
Foundry and Fabrication- lost wax casting (bronze and aluminum), fabrication in metal and timber, soldering stain glass and pattern making.
Casting and Molding- cast objects with materials including resins, wax and plaster.
Effectively utilize surface finishing such as filing, emery work and polishing to make a range of works.
Ceramic and Pottery- Sculpting, designing and constructing ceramic objects.
Basic knowledge of ceramic kiln or glass kiln such as loading, preparing, firing, unloading, temperature and sizes.
Basic knowledge about different type of clays and application and firing glazes.
Advance use of the bead-loom (Designing, creating and construction of earrings, necklaces, rings and bracelets).
Knowledge and skills required in the making of jewelry and small-scale objects inclusive of the torch, rolling mill, pliers, saw, files and sanding paper.
Knowledge in manipulating metals (gold, silver, copper, brass) and metal processes, metal polishing, molten metal baths (silver-plating, rhodium-plating, chrome- plating, gilding, copper plating).
Drawing, illustration and printmaking
Knowledge in painting mediums inclusive of acrylic, gouache, watercolour, oil, enamel and spray-painting.
Knowledge in drawing mediums inclusive of pens, pencils, colour pencils, markers, charcoal and inks.
Knowledge on relief printing including etching, colour reduction wood and lino cutting, screen-printing, lithograph and mono printing.
Screen printing, including yardage repeats, dye printing, binder printing inclusive of opaques and transparent, flock and foil printing and devore.
Proficient in investigation of ideas and creative interpretations.
Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
Disgraceland Art Space 2017
I co-direct an artist ran space that hosts a diverse group of people working in a range of fields including painting, metal work, wood work, sculpture, architecture, digital fabrication, ceramics, performance, graphic design, jewelry, animation, and photography.
We also have our own Disgraceland Exhibitions, which takes place at -soon to be demolished- houses in Melbourne, Australia. We gather 10 visual artists and motivate them to be as creative as possible in their designated areas, as well as having communal areas. We have an night opening at the end of the week. It’s an ephemeral Gallery and a great exercise for both the brain and the ego.
2018 Jewellery residency, February - april , Medellin, Colombia
2017 Disgraceland. Ephemeral Gallery, 199 Nicholson Street, Cobourg, Melbourne, Australia.
2017 Plastic Coral Panel. The Australasian Waste & Recycling Expo, The Exhibition Centre, Melbourne, Australia.
2016 One Lucid Earth Live Painting. AWRE The Australasian Waste & Recycling Expo, The Sydney Showgrounds Centre, Sydney, Australia.
2013 Ping Pong Exhibition. Colombia-Australia Cultural Connections through Visual Arts conference, RMIT Design hub, Melbourne, Australia.
2013 lunch! Panel for coffee culture exhibition, The exhibition center, Melbourne, Australia.
2013 Close to Two Hundred. RMIT School of Art Graduating Honours and 3rd Year BAFA Exhibition, Melbourne.
2013 Howtoyoutube. First Site Gallery, Melbourne.
2012 Immolaverunt nomen tuum. School House Studios Gallery. Melbourne.
2012 Sacrificado Sea tu Nombre. RMIT Link Arts & Culture ArtSpaces. First Site Gallery, Melbourne. 2011 Geometry in Space. Sanctuary Festival, Uniting Church, Melbourne.
2008 The Pyramid, 4 OJOS Galeria Efimera, Medellin, Colombia.
2007 Suspiro 4 OJOS Galeria Efimera, Medellin, Colombia
2017 host a pop up shop Located at 15A Union Street 3056 Brunswick
2016 phoenix. cover for hideaway headshell vol II mixtape, Melbourne, Australia.
2014 The Wolf. T-shirt illustration for a Band. Hiatus Kaiyote, Melbourne, Australia.
2011-2013 Bachelor of Fine Art in Sculpture and Spatial Practice. RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia.
2009 Bachelor of Industrial Design. ESDI, Barcelona, Spain.
2007- 2008 Bachelor of Industrial Design. Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana, Medellin, Colombia.
fluent in Spanish and English.
medium- high level in Italian.