Lionell Guzman
NYC based artist.

May 10th, 2019

Hyperglot Caps, Earth Languages
@ Chromatic Festival, Montréal

Hyperglot Caps, Earth Languages, a PanoptiCorp AI project made with Jake Laffoley mischievously explores startup culture and the tech industry’s ritual of the keynote presentation to instill wonder and disbelief. CCPO (chief cult product officer) Pierre-Axel de la Soie played by Léo Hardt will launch a real-time language translation smart cap and give a lecture on the future of communication.

Pierre-Axel envisions a world in which Homo sapiens wear smart caps and are fluent in all languges. He believes we will soon be able to communicate with newborn children, domesticated animals, and the plantae kingdom. Furthermore, multilingualism is the key to overcome the increasing turn towards nationalism.

Like a magician, he will prove that the toil of learning and practicing languages is unnecessary since the invention of the Hyperglot Cap, Software Fernando 2.0.

For the full length click here. (French vers only)
Curated: by Alice Pouzet and Arthur Gaillard
Actors: Léo Hardt, Christine Comeau, Jake Laffoley, Lionell Guzman.
Videography: Miriam Abrahams
Photography: Miriam Abrahams, Guy Lheureux
Sound: Hublot 51, Étienne Labelle-Sylvestre
Lighting: Massiv Art, Usine C

As Part of Chromatic Festival, Montréal.

"Quezon City 1984"
Solo exhibition @ Sad Gallery NYC 2017

Guzman has been living in the US undocumented for over 20 years. Like many immigrant children who were brought here at a young age, he calls America his home. If he ever leaves the country to explore his past, Guzman faces a 10-year sanction from the US.

In this collection of work, Lionell recollects memories from his early childhood in Manila. Most of what he remembers is vague and fragmented, creating somewhat surreal and curious landscapes.


"Lola's Fireworks Stand"
Acrylic on canvas – 7' X 4'

"Quezon City Smog"
Acrylic on canvas – 7' X 4'

"Everyone Smoked in The 80s"
Acrylic on canvas – 7' X 4'

Oil on large paper

Oil on large paper

Oil on large paper

Vignettes Gallery 2018

A set of paintings that continue the same
dialogue of recollected memories from early
childhoood. These were for Vignettes
Gallery based in Seattle, WA.

"Lola's House"
Acrylic on wood panel – 4' X 3'

"Where are my Mangos?"
Acrylic on wood panel – 4' X 3'

"Light Studies"
Sculptures 2011-12

Studies of light through objects. No projectors...
Circuit boards emitting light and charging motors,
coated glass, paper, and wood.

Skylight Gallery, NYC – 7' x 4'

"Optimography 2"
Unknown Gallery, HK

"Optimography 3"
Hungryman Gallery, CHI