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Calculations, Abstractions and Silence

TetraPAKMAN (a.k.a. Victor Castro) is a Mexican artist working in social sculpture. His work focuses on questions of sustainability, the environment, educational strategies, and social networks. His community­generated projects are made from thousands of repurposed, often discarded everyday objects that are gathered by people from all walks of life. TetraPAKMAN’s work has been displayed in Mexico, Spain, Peru, and the United States. He currently lives and works in Madison, WI. One of the central aims of TetraPAKMAN's work has been to challenge people’s perceptions about packaging and other disposable materials. The process of involving the community in every stage of the projects gives participants an opportunity to re­imagine the possibilities and potentials of these materials in art, design, construction, and perhaps science. This system also provides an opportunity for everyone to take action; to demonstrate the use of alternatives as viable solutions to our contemporary societal problems.

The USgathering Project, TetraPAKMAN’s unique process, combines participatory workshops, energetic public/collective activities, specific materials gathering initiatives, school and office visits, development of monumental pieces, abstract art, alternative education, and environmental activism. USgathering is constantly exploring local support resources for these practices, as well as the possibilities for collaborative social sculpture projects with institutions, individuals and organizations.


"The goal of my ongoing project, Moving Portraits, was to identify the slightest movement that defines you as a person and capture it through an animation. The style came about with the intent to mix the precise and smooth aesthetic of rotoscope, with the loose and emotional lines of a sketch. Each hyper detailed frame takes anywhere between 10 to 45 minutes and each animation ranges from 13 to 90 frames per movement. Some of these animations have taken over 80 hours to complete. 

There is something relaxing about the art of rotoscope animation. It is not only pleasing to watch, but they are also quite calming to create. And as any animator will tell you, although time consuming, there is nothing more beautiful than seeing the finished product come to life in front of your eyes."

Carli Ihde is a Wisconsin native, currently residing in Madison. As a child her dream was to be an animator for motion pictures, but as she got older her interests steered her towards the art of comic books. After attending the Joe Kubert School of Cartooning and Graphic Art and graduating at the top of her class, Carli was published in Vertigo and Image comics as an illustrator/inker. Then following a short tattoo apprenticeship, Carli got a job at the local production/advertisement company Truscribe, where she currently works as a cartoonist full time.