Unedited conversations between artist in a productive critique  discovering  thesis and processes behind the work.








September 2016



For September, artists Leo Castaneda, Eric Schoenborn, and Jay Watson discuss their practice with Olivia Ramos.

Leo Castaneda

Items in Varied Renders solo exhibition at IRL Institute in Miami

Mixed Media


Schoenborn in conversation with Ramos

Eric Schoenborn

Screen-shot from website

Virtual Reality Curated Experience.

Watson in conversation with Ramos

Jay Watson

Abu Dhabi Future

76 X 56 in.

Mixed Media on Canvas


Leo Castaneda


Leo Castaneda (born Cali, Colombia 1988) is a multidisciplinary artist based out of Miami and New York. His work plays with ideas of immersion and mixed reality- the merging of real and virtual worlds. Forms enter and exit various mediums to create a constant feedback loop; images and textures seen in virtual simulations may originate from physical pieces, and vice versa. Working primarily with painting and virtual reality, he uses these and other media such as drawing, interactive sculpture, and animation to deconstruct videogame vocabularies and hierarchies. He breaks down the mediums and hierarchies in order to analyze how they relate to other structures such as those in mythologies, philosophies and corporations.


Castaneda received his BFA from Cooper Union in 2010, and in 2014 received his MFA from Hunter College. In 2014 Castaneda received a scholarship from the Cisneros Foundation to attend SOMA Summer in Mexico City, and in 2016 he attended the Of Games III residency on art and gaming at Khoj International Artists Association in New Delhi, India. He has also attended a semester abroad in Universitat de Barcelona, Spain, and studied at the New World School of the Arts in Miami. His work was recently published in the MFA Edition of New American Paintings #123, and currently has a solo exhibition on view at IRL Institute in Miami through August 30th.




Eric Schoenborn


Eric Cade Schoenborn is a Miami-based artist who blends design, technology and media to forge experiences that have engaged millions, online and offline, in a wide spectrum of mediums. Eric is co-founder of the innovative Pickathon Music Festival, in Portland, Oregon, and has built a durable digital art and design practice exploring interactive storytelling, VR and immersive installations. He's a lifelong media artist, developer and designer as well as a pioneer in applying creative communications, online community and digital tools to the needs of nonprofits, cultural institutions, advocacy organizations, musicians, journalists, artists, tastemakers, policy-makers, misfits, entrepreneurs and innovators worldwide.




Jay Watson


Jay Watson is a modern day Utopian who picks up the truth of cities' deepest configurations and generates such through his work. Jay travels in his dreams. Flying over clouds and into different cities for a closer look at the glowing lights that at which point feel welcoming and comfortable. He hears the wind between buildings defining the contours of the masses. Then the vehicles project the sound of the pavement in linear fashion, all of which creating a map in Jay's consciousness overwhelmed his senses. These tangible experiences are the source of his work becoming new reflections of the cities we know so well.