Biography

AZIZ + CUCHER

Anthony Aziz (B. 1961, USA)

Sammy Cucher (B. 1958, Peru)

Live and work in New York, USA.

Anthony Aziz + Sammy Cucher begun their career together in 1992, and have worked in a variety of media including digital imaging, sculpture, animation, and video-installation. Their new work “Some People”, a complex multi-channel video environment has been commissioned to premiere at the Indianapolis Museum of Art in 2012. Their work has been marked by a distinctive concern regarding technology and its impact on the human body and on consciousness. The “Synaptic Bliss” and “Scenapse” series, produced between 2003 -2008 address the landscape and can be seen as an extension of their work dealing with the body in the previous decade.  In these seemingly classical landscape still-images and videos, diverse forms are superimposed, become intertwined, and slowly emerge from an intensively colored flurry. Kaleidoscopic clouds evolve into trees, branches, meadows, flowers and undergrowth. Each individual shape seems in constant flux, becoming distinguished by a shift in tone, orientation, or size of its colored texture. The works in this series appear like electronic impressionism with almost hallucinatory, disorientating effects. In their work they have held a long conversation between the painterly and the photographic. Not only were their earlier works such as “Dystopia” (1994-95) based on the conventions and traditions of portraiture established in the renaissance, but the actual making of those digitally altered photographs involved a kind of electronic painting where pigment and paint were replaced by pixels and data. This dynamic relationship between these two mediums tipped decisively towards the painterly in later works like the “Nocturnes” and the videos from “Synaptic Bliss”(2003-4), where in an effort to represent a mode of perception signed by digital technology and science, they let go of photographic realism and opted for a complex and multilayered flatness that veered towards abstraction and where color and line were the main expressive elements. In the “Scenapse” series they have reclaimed some elements of photographic representation and its power to capture and maintain the specificity of the world.  Yet this world is modulated by fragmentation, separation, and reconstitution, as markers of a consciousness that can only see the world in pieces but that can achieve a kind of ecstatic hyper-awareness of the interconnectedness of all parts.

Aziz + Cucher are both members of the Faculty at Parsons The New School, New York.

 Solo Exhibitions

2017 Line of Times, MILL6, Hong Kong (3 artist exhibition)

2015 In Some Country under a Sun and Some Clouds, Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art, Herzliya, Israel

2015 Time of the Empress, Pabellon de las Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires, Argentina

2014 Time Of The Empress (Septet #2), Gazelli Art House, London, UK

2013 Time of the Empress (Septet), The Screening Room, Miami, USA

2013 B: Villette, Virginia Commonwealth University/Institute of Contemporary Art, Richmond, VA, USA

2012 Some People, Indianapolis Museum of Art, USA

2012 New Landscapes, Gazelli Art House, Baku, Azerbaijan

2009 Aziz + Cucher, Sultan Gallery, Kuwait

2009 Aziz + Cucher, National Museum of Art, Kaunas, Lithuania

2008 Scenapse: New Photography, ClampArt, New York, USA

2008 Scenapse: New Photography, Galeria Trama, Barcelona, Spain

2008 Scenapse: New Photography, Galeria Trama, Madrid, Spain

2008 Aziz + Cucher, Stiftelsen Art Center, Bergen, Norway

2008 Koopman Award Exhibition, University of Hartford Art Galleries, USA

2006 Synaptic Bliss and Interiors, Artereal, Sydney, Australia

2005 Synaptic Bliss, Galeria Trama, Barcelona and Madrid, Spain

2004 Synaptic Bliss, Villette Numerique

2004 Parc de la Villette, Paris, France

2003 Project Space, 3rd Floor Men’s Store, Bergdorf Goodman, New York, USA

2002 PASSAGE, Herzliya Museum of Art, Israel

2001 RECENT WORK, Henry Urbach Gallery, New York, USA

2001 New Work, Galerie Yvonamor Palix, Paris, France

2000 SERIES 96:00, Museo Alejandro Otero, Caracas, Venezuela

1999 AZIZ + CUCHER, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain

1998 AZIZ + CUCHER, Reali Arte Contemporanea, Brescia, Italy

1998 Unnatural Selection, Wolfson Gallery, Miami/Dade Comm. College, Miami, USA

1997 PLASMORPHICA, Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, USA

1997 Les Rencontres d’Arles, Arles, France

1996 Unnatural Selection, The Photographer’s Gallery, London, UK

1996 New Work, Espace D’Art, Yvonamor Palix, Paris, France

1996 Unnatural Selection, Galleria Photology, Milan, Italy

1996 Aziz + Cucher, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, USA

1995 Venice Biennale, Venezuelan Pavilion, Venice, Italy

1995 Dystopia, Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, USA

1993 Faith, Honor, and Beauty, Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, USA

1993 Faith, Honor, and Beauty, New Langton Arts, San Francisco, USA

Group Exhibitions

2017 Artisterium 10, Tblisi, Georgia

2017 Nature Morte: Contemporary Artist Reinvigorate the Still Life, MOCA London at Guildhall Museum

2017 Visual Notes for an Upside-Down World, PPOW, New York, NY, USA

2017 The Approach, Gazelli Art House, Baku, Azerbaijan

2017 Borderless: In Time, Museum Van Loon, Amsterdam, Netherlands

2016 I, Cyborg, Gazelli Art House, London, UK

2016 Gateway: (Re) Birth, Abu Dhabi Art Fair, Abu Dhabi, UAE

2016 Come as You Are: Art of the 1990’s, Blanton Museum Of Art, University Of Texas, Austin, USA

2016 MoCP at 40, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, USA

2015 Inside Magnolia Editions: Innovation and Collaboration, Art Museum of Sonoma County, CA, USA

2015 The Architectural Impulse, Cristin Tierney Gallery, NY, USA

2015 Nature Morte, Ha Gamle Prestegard, Stavanger, Norway

2015 Recomposed Bodies, Museum of the Manuscripts of Mont-Saint-Michel, Avranches, France

2015 Pixellated, Children’s Museum of the Arts, NY, USA

2015 Come As You Are: Art of the 1990’s, Montclair Museum of Art, Montclair (travelling), USA

2015 Nuit Blanche Toronto 2015, Toronto, Canada

2014 If You Build It…, curated by No Longer Empty (Manon Slome), New York, USA

2014 Monument to Cold War Victory, The Cooper Union, New York, USA

2014 Report on the Construction of a Spaceship Module, Museum as Hub, New Museum, NYC, USA

2014 Tal Amitai-Lavi, Chelouche Gallery for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv, Israel

2014 Teutloff Collection meets Sandra Vasquez de la Horra, Kunsthaus Lempertz, Cologne, Germany

2013 Open Doors, Fundacao De Almeida, Evora, Portugal

2013 To Deny our Nothingness, Curated by the Berlin Collective, Gallery Brooklyn, Brooklyn, NY, USA

2013 Re:Cinema, Sydney College of the Arts, Sydney, Australia

2013 Re:Conceptualizing Vision, Auckland Photo Festival, Auckland, New Zealand

2012 Unnatural, Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach, USA

2012 Fairy Tales, Monsters and the Genetic Imagination, Frist Center for the Arts, Nashville, USA

2012 Do or Die: The Human Condition in Painting and Photography, Deutsches Hygiene-Museum, Dresden, Germany

2011 Paradesign, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA, USA

2011 Cabaret, Ramis Barquet Gallery, New York, USA

2011 PingYao Festival, Ping Yao, China

2011 Beauty Culture, Annenberg Space for Photography, Los Angeles, USA

2011 Art Viff, a selection of video art for the Cannes Film Festival, France

2011 Down to Earth, Gazelli Art House, London, UK

2010 Changing the Focus, Museum of Latin American Art, Los Angeles, USA

2010 SKIN, Wellcome Collection, London, UK

2009 Huesped, MUSAC collection at the MNBA, Buenos Aires, Argentina

2009 Genipulation, Centre PasquArt, Biel, Switzerland

2009 Sensate, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA, USA

2009 Arcadia, ClampArt, New York, USA

2008 246 and Counting: Recent Acquisitions, SFMoMa, San Francisco, USA

2008 Passageworks: Contemporary Art from the Collection, SFMoMa, San Francisco, USA

2007 In the Dermisphere, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA, USA

2007 Double Vision, Deutsche Bank, New York, USA

2007 Digital Portraits, Clampart Gallery, New York, USA

2007 Jump Cuts, CIFO, Cisneros Foundation, Miami, FL, USA

2007 Second Skin, Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei, Taiwan

2007 A Travers le Miroir, Musee d’Art et d’Archeologie, Aurillac, France

2006 A Curator’s Eye: The Visual Legacy of Robert A. Sobieszek, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA, USA

2006 Fata Morgana, Haifa Museum of Art, Israel

2006 Carta de Naturaleza, Photo España, Madrid, Spain

2006 Future Face, Taiwan Museum of Art, Taiwan

2006 Second Skin, Entry 2006 Expo, Essen, Germany, Orgranized by Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, NY, USA

2005 Synaptic Bliss, Eyebeam, New York, USA

2005 ARCO ’05 Project Room, Madrid, Spain

2005 La Peau est ce qu’il y a de plus Profond, Musee de Beaux Arts, Valenciennes, France

2005 Face and Figure, Westport Art Center, Westport, CT, USA

2005 Art + Architecture 1900-2000, Palazzo Ducale, Genova, Italy

2004 Art + Architecture 1900-2000, Palazzo Ducale, Genova, Italy

2004 Future Face, The Science Museum, London, UK

2004 Making Faces, Hayward Gallery, London, UK

2004 Biennale Internationale de L’image de Liege, Belgium

2004 Paradise Now, University of Maryland, Baltimore, USA

2003 Only Skin Deep, International Center of Photography (ICP), New York, USA

2003 Rethinking Photography V, Forum Stadtpark, Graz, Austria

2003 Chimeres, Musee des Beaux Arts, Monaco

2003 Cara a Cara, Culturgest, Lisbon, Portugal

2003 Undomesticated Interiors, Smith College, Northampton, MA, USA

2003 Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered, Migros Museum, Zurich, Switzerland

2002 Body Design, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, USA

2002 Out of Site, New Museum of Contemporary Art, NY, USA

2002 Human Park, Palau de la Virreina, Barcelona, Spain

2002 Latent Space, Netherlands Institute for Architecture, Rotterdam, Netherlands

2002 Skin: Surface, Substance, and Design, Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, New York

2002 The Other Face, Deutsches Museum, Munich, Germany

2001 Organic/Inorganic, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, SF, USA

2001 Photography Biennale, Turin, Italy

2001 Face Off, Aeroplastics Contemporary, Brussels, Belgium

2001 Flesh and Fluid, CCS, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, USA

2001 Brooklyn, Institute of Contemporary Art, Palm Beach, FL, USA

2000 Sharing Exoticism, Biennale de Lyon, France

2000 Paradise Now: Creating the Genetic Revolution, Exit Art, New York, USA

2000 Made in California, 1900 – 2000, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, USA

2000 Salon for the 21st Century, John Weber Gallery, New York, USA

2000 The Anagrammatical Body, ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany

2000 The Century of the Body, Musee de l’Elysee, Lausanne, Switzerland

2000 The Body in Art: 1950 – 2000, Arken Museum of Modern Art, Copenhagen, Denmark

1999 One Hundred Years of Art in Germany, Nationalgalerie, Berlin, Germany

1999 Hamburg Triennale, Deichtorhallen, Hamburg, Germany

1999 Ghost in the Shell — Photography and the Human Soul, 1850 – 2000, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, USA

1999 The Anagrammatical Body,” Kunsthaus Mürzzuschlag, Graz, Austria

1999 Rosso Vivo: Mutation, Transfiguration, and Blood in Contemporary Art, Padiglione d’arte Contemporanea Milan, Italy

1998 Art-Document-Market-Science: Photography’s Multiple Roles, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, USA

1998 Magritte and Contemporary Art, Oostende Museum of Modern Art, Belgium

1998 Interface–Art and Technology in the Bay Area, Duke University, Durham, NC, USA

1998 Art and Genetic Engineering, Galerie Rudof Mangisch, Zurich, Switzerland

1997 LOVE HOTEL, traveling exhibition of the collection of the National Gallery of Australia

1997 THE NEW FACE, Kunstverein Konstanz, Germany

1997 Bay Area Now, Yerba Buena Cultural Center, San Francisco, USA

1996 Double Vie, Double Vue, Fondation Cartier pour L’Art Contemporain, Paris, France

1996 V FotoBienal 1996, Vigo, Spain

1996 Family, Nation, Tribe, Community, SHIFT, Haus der Kulturen der Welt/NGBK, Berlin, Germany

1996 Prospect ’96, An International Survey of Contemporary Art, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt, Germany

1995 Photography After Photography, Siemens Kulturprogramm, Munich, Germany

1995 OBSESSIONS: From WunderKammer to Cyberspace, Rijksmuseum Twenthe, Netherlands

1995 The New Child, University Art Museum, U. C. Berkeley, CA, USA

1994 The Ghost in the Machine, List Visual Arts Center, M.I.T., Cambridge, MA, USA

1994 Second Nature, The Friends of Photography/Ansel Adams Center, San Francisco, USA

1994 VI FOTOBIENIAL 1994, Vigo, Spain

1993 The Final Frontier, The New Museum of Contemporary Art, NY, USA

Public Collections

C-Collection, Principality of Liechtenstein
Coleccion Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, Caracas-New York, USA
Collection Banque et Caisse d’Epargne de l’Etat, Luxembourg
Denver Museum of Art, CO, USA
Galeria de Arte Nacional, Caracas, Venezuela
Fond National d’Art Contemporain, Paris, France
Fond Regional d’Art Contemporain, Auvergne, France
Indianapolis Museum of Art, IN, USA
Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne, Germany
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Lutz Teutloff, Bielefeld, Germany
Maison Europeene de la Photographie, Paris, France
Martin Z. Margulies Collection, Miami, FL, USA
MUSAC, Museum of Contemporary Art, Leon, Spain
Musee de l’Elysee, Laussane, Switzerland
Museo Alejandro Otero, Caracas, Venezuela
Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain
Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL, USA
National Gallery of Australia, Parkes, Australia
Rene and Veronica di Rosa Foundation, Napa, CA, USA
Ruttenberg Foundation, Chicago, IL, USA
Sammlung Berger Foundation, Amorbach, Germany
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA, USA
San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA, USA
The New School University Art Collection, New York, USA

Artist Residencies

2016 Frans Masereel Centrum General Residency Programme, Kasterlee, Belgium
2009 C-Collection Development Grant/ Berlin Residency June-December, Germany
2007 Faculty Development Fund, Parsons The New School for Design, New York, USA

Awards

2017 Pollock Krasner Award
2015 New York Foundation of Arts, New York City, USA
2009 Koopman Distinguished Chair in the Arts, Hartford Art School, University of Hartford, USA

Education

1983 Anthony Aziz – BA, Boston College, USA
1983 Sammy Cucher – BFA, New York University, USA
1992 Sammy Cucher – MFA, San Francisco Art Institute, USA
1990 Anthony Aziz – MFA, San Francisco Art Institute, USA

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