There is a latent potential in every public place and situation to become more than the specific functions it appears to perform.
Public and private experiences are never distinct, but exchange places throughout the day.
My search for a place where desire intersects with our everyday activity is the search for sculptural forms which engage us in the poetry of our own actions and define our personal and social histories.
The necessary facts of our public infrastructure are cause for the possibility of a public expression through the conscious design and integration of art. Sculpture defines our interaction and movement by creating energy between things, generating interest in public activity, reframing our private lives and creating a sense of place within public and private realms.
Cliff Garten is an internationally recognized sculptor and founder of Cliff Garten Studio in Venice, California.
By connecting people to places and infrastructure through sculptural material, social history and ecology, Garten's work locates the latent potential in every public place and situation to become more than the specific functions it appears to perform. Sculpture and landscape, function and form, like public and private experiences are never distinct, but exchange places throughout the day. Sculpture defines our interaction and movement by creating energy between things, generating interest in public activity, reframing our private lives and creating a sense of place within public and private realms.
Garten received a Master of Fine Arts in Sculpture from the Rhode Island School of Design and a Master of Landscape Architecture with Distinction from the Harvard Graduate School of Design.
Coming from a background in carpentry and furniture design, Matthew Gilio-Tenan received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Otis College of Art and Design's Architecture/Landscape/Interiors (A/L/I) program. He furthered his studies at UCLA School of Architecture and Urban Design, earning a Masters degree in Architecture (M-Arch I).
At UCLA, Gilio-Tenan researched formal topologies and emergent materiality, applying digital animation and simulations as calibrated technique to curate sensation in architecture.
Gilio-Tenan is currently associate faculty at Otis College of Art and Design in the A/L/I program.
Gilio-Tenan's curiosities lie within the intersection of social dynamics, architecture, and the environment while looking toward the interaction of the space in the development of design.
A licensed architect in the state of California, as well as a LEED accredited professional, Molly Reid brings over 26 years of professional experience to Cliff Garten Studio. Prior to opening her practice in 1994 and before joining CGS, Reid worked in the offices of Lorcan O'Herlihy in Santa Monica, CA and Naomi Leff and Associates in New York, NY.
Reid holds a Masters of Architecture Degree from SCI-Arc, Southern California Institute of Architects, and a Bachelor of Arts from Barnard College.
Bridget holds an MA in Art History, Theory, and Criticism from School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a BFA from Roski School of Fine Arts, University of Southern California. She has previously worked in art galleries such as Blum & Poe and Kayne Griffin Corcoran in Los Angeles. During this time, she worked closely with internationally recognized artists including Takashi Murakami, Mark Grotjahn, James Turrell, and David Lynch as well as participated in key art fairs.