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Artist Statement

I believe in the freedom to transform. Artists enjoy and embrace this freedom through the manipulation of materials and conditions. A boulder, for instance, might be remade as a hollow form composed of papier-maché. In digital design programs, an artist can use the Free Transform tool to alter the scale and shape of an object thereby creating new relationships to other objects and spaces. These simple but effective shifts and replacements can inspire people to consider what might be changed in the world outside of art, where not all transformations are so easily accomplished. I believe in the freedom to transform oneself, a scenario, or society, but I also believe art equips us with the imagination that is necessary to begin that process of change.

Artist Bio

Ali Osborn (b. 1983) is from Brookline, MA and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. He studied printmaking at Wesleyan University and received his MFA from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. Following graduate school he co-founded a printing concern called The Press which produces small editions using letterpress and offset printing equipment. Ali also works as an educator. He has taught printmaking, graphic design, typography, and drawing courses at Mason Gross School of the Arts and Wesleyan University. He has served as a guest lecturer at Smith College, Pratt Institute, and Columbia University. Ali’s artwork is held in the collections of the University Museum of Contemporary Art at UMASS Amherst and the Davison Art Center at Wesleyan. He has completed residencies at Epicenter in Green River, Utah and the Vermont Studio Center where he was sponsored by the Nadine Goldsmith Fellowship Award.


Freedom to Transform (Libertad para transformar); grabado en madera sobre papel; 2020.
Creo en la libertad para transformar. Los artistas disfrutan y practican esta libertad al manipular materiales y condiciones. Una roca inmensa, por ejemplo, puede representarse en una estructura de papel maché. Con una herramienta digital como Free Transform, un artista puede cambiar la escala y el tamaño de un objeto y crear nuevas relaciones con otros objetos y espacios. Estos cambios y sustituciones, sencillas pero eficaces, pueden inspirar a la gente a considerar lo que podría cambiarse en el mundo, cuando ya no hablamos de arte, donde no todas las transformaciones se logran tan fácilmente. Creo en la libertad para transformarse a sí mismo, una situación o la sociedad; y también creo que el arte nos equipa con la imaginación necesaria para iniciar este proceso de cambio.

Ali Osborn's woodcut on paper, "Freedom to Transform". A large triangular mouse cursor is slightly offcenter, layered on top of a square, "image resize" icon. The icon is a white square outline with smaller white squares in all corners. The background is a dark, almost black color.

Freedom to Transform, 2020
Woodcut on paper

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