Culture Hour with Rafael Vargas Bernard

Photo Credit: Photo by Dave Sebele on Unsplash

Friday, May 3, 2019 | 6 - 7:30 pm

Admission $7 for adults | Free for Members

Join us over a Moscow Mule as we listen to “Those Bits of Data Will Consume You” and the “Automated Algorithmic Chance Routine” while Rafael Vargas Bernard reads about Brock Pierce’s life and business endeavors, encouraging us to engage with his kinetic sound sculptures. Rafa has been selected to be one of our 2019/2020 solo artists for an exhibition series funded by the Mauer Family Foundation.

About Rafael Vargas Bernard

Born 1979 in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico, Rafael Vargas Bernard is an interdisciplinary visual artist, noise musician, and performer focused on digital art and new media tendencies. Vargas Bernard studied computer engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, sculpture at the Escuela de Artes Plásticas de Puerto Rico, and La Práctica at Beta Local (San Juan, PR). His work explores functional and non-functional systems (including power structures, economic systems, and generative systems) and society’s relationship with these structures. He creates pieces and experiences that are often interactive and require participation with the intention of provoking dialogue and action. Vargas Bernard employs readily accessible materials and technologies, found objects, and a utilitarian aesthetic. Vargas Bernard utilizes performance, sound, programming, sculpture, video, painting, humor, drawing, and digital media in his creative practice. He recently had a solo booth at VOLTA NY 2018, was reviewed in an article for the Art Newspaper, and had a project published in an article for the October 2018 edition of Art in America. Vargas Bernard currently works as Community and Programming Co-manager for Mana Contemporary Miami.