Public Performance Art Intervention Series
April – June, 2011
Official Launch Date: Saturday, April 16, 4:00 PM
TRACE-ABLE is a long-term project initiated by artist Hector Canonge. In collaboration with invited artists, Lawrence Graham-Brown and Antonio Ortuño, the monthly public performance art interventions take place (April through June, 2011) at Manuel de Dios Unanue Triangle Park in Jackson Heights, Queens. The project consists of covering the park’s side walks with a large canvas where the artists perform choreographed tasks, engage the public, and walk barefoot on the canvas leaving footprints to raise awareness about present issues affecting New York City. Upon the completion of the three performances, the 100 ft. painted canvas, ephemera obtained from the events, and new works (multimedia installations, photography, and video) created by the artists around the different themes explored in TRACE-ABLE, will go on display in the exhibition TRACES to open in the Fall 2011. Saturday, April 16, 4 – 9 PM
Trace-Able: VIOLENT - The first performance in the series, it references the violence against immigrants and other minority groups in the streets of New York, and other major urban centers in the United States. The event coincides with Immigrant Heritage Week in New York City. Dressed in white tunics that symbolize anonymity and invisibility, the artists will perform, engage the audience, and leave red foot prints on the canvas around the perimeter of the park.
About the Artists:Hector Canonge, lives and works in New York City, where he studied literature, film and Integrated Media Arts. Featured in Hispanic Magazine Arts & Culture in 2010, Canonge incorporates the use of various media, commercial technologies, physical environments, cinematic, and performative narratives. He is currently an artist in residence at Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, LMCC Swing Space Program 2011 at Governor’s Island, and is a teaching fellow artist for Artistic Noise, NYC. Starting in April, he will launch his monthly Public Art Interventions/Performances «Trace-Able» in Jackson Heights, Queens. Canonge has been awarded scholarships by Harvestworks, fellowships by NJCU, and has participated in residencies at Atlantic Center for the Arts, AIM Program 27 at the Bronx Museum of Art, Newark New Media at City Without Walls, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences at Pace University, and The Wassaic Project. Canonge’s work has been featured at the Queens Museum of Art, Jersey City Museum, Bronx Museum, NY Studio Gallery, Exit Art, Gallery Aferro, Topaz Arts, Y Gallery, and other alternative spaces in the city; Surreal Estate, Panoply Performance Lab, Flux Factory, and abroad. He’s been commissioned by the NYC Department of Transportation, The Queens Council on the Arts, Queens Museum of Art, Artists Unite, Association of Hispanic Arts (AHA), and has received funding awards from NYSCA, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council -MCAF Program, and NoMAA Regrant Program, made possible by the JPMorgan Chase Foundation and the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone Development Corporation. His work has been reviewed by the The New York Times, ART FORUM, New York Daily News, Manhattan Times, Queens Chronicle, and on online publications such as NYRemezcla, Turbulence, and ART CARDS Review among others.
More information about the artist: www.hectorcanonge.netLawrence Graham Brown is a multi-media artist who works in sculpture, painting and performance, among other media. His work explores themes of Black-ness, African-ness, Jamaican-ness, Gay-ness while forging his life experience as a working class immigrant. He describes himself as a “Ras-Pan-Afro-Homo-Sapien” man in the new world, performing a self-denying role. He is currently exhibiting with Galleria Homero Massena, Victoria, Brazil; and his recent solo exhibition “disconnecting, Reconnecting… Disconnected,” curated by Dean Daderko, is presently on view at ALJIRA in Newark, New Jersey. Graham-Brown participated in the 2008 Shanghai Biennal, China, and has exhibited at the Queens Museum of Art, El Museo del Barrio, Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance in New York; Real Artways in Hartford, CT, and at the National Gallery of Jamaica in Kingston, Jamaica. He is the recipient of the Juror’s award in New York University’s small works international show. He’s had solo shows at the University of the West Indies, Jamaica WI and Lutz Rohs Gallery Duren, Germany. His work has been reviewed by the New York Times, Hartford Advocate, Jamaica Gleaner, The Hartford Guardian, Duren Im blick; Duren Germany.
The artistic journey of Antonio Ortuño began in Zaragoza in the Contemporary Art Festival “Conmutaciones-02”, with the video installation “Por Amor/ Deshechos” (“For Love/ejection”). Later came Valencia, where he presented the video “Él, antoñito” (“He, little antonio”) in the space “El almacén del adecuado comportamiento” (“The store of appropriate conduct”), part of the Second Valencia Biennial. Later works include “Despegar” (“Detach”), a video he screened at the “Nabi Center” in Seoul, South Korea; the video “¿Te parece que esto son sólo palabras?” (“Does this seem like just words to you?”) in the International Festival of Video Art in Valencia in the Sala Parpalló; the video installation “Individualities” in Local Project gallery in New York; and his participation in “The Most Curatiorial Biennial of the Universe” at ApexArt gallery in New York and in Animal Gallery in Santiago de Chile with the video “Love=pleasure”. Recently he also participated at “Framing AIDS” in the Queens Museum of Art in New York, Pool Art Fair in New York City and the Spain Art Fest´10 in Times Square. He has lived in New York City for five years now. More information about the artist: www.antonioortuno.com
Artist Initiated Public Performance Art Intervention Series
Manuel de Dios Unanue Triangle Park