Category : XQ Resident Updates
Hello to All,
There are some changes to the upcoming art exhibitions that I am participating in. Some additions and some subtractions:
-Platform Art Fair that was supposed to be in Greenpoint, Brooklyn this week has been cancelled. (Financial backing supporting the fair pulled out)
–Platform Film Festival remains intact.
Location: The venue has shifted to the Anthology Film Archive, 32 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003Date: To be determined – sometime during the first week of October. I will advise when this is nailed down.
My video Sift will be screened as part of the festival. Sift was filmed in Tajikistan during the fall 2016 wheat harvest.
A very talented Taiwanese artist, Yen-Hua, was here in Winter of 2014 as the 360 Xochi Quetzal Resident in Mixed Media. During her residency, Yen-Hua turned out more work than most visual artists complete in 6 months. Her energy and work are formidable. During her residency, she managed to arrange a 1-week exhibition at the Train Station. This month, Yen-Hua has returned to Chapala for a major month-long one-person exhibition at the new cultural center in the center of town.
Featuring wall paintings and installation with string that connected one wall to image on another wall, Yen-Hua continued to amaze her audience by her powerful mural size black and white imagery. Her work continues to resonate with themes about home, homeland, community and disconnection. In addition to the wall installations, we were also treated to two new videos featuring her artist books.
The artist was on hand at the opening to answer questions about her work and very interesting life.
Gallery is open from 10:00-2:00pm and 4:00-6:00pm daily.
One of our resident artists from 2015, Shea Hembrey, is currently an artist in residency at Sculpture Space in Utica, New York. This is a 2-month residency with 24/7 access to huge studio space and a studio assistant.
Shea Hembrey, Newport, AR
Residency: July-August 2017
Shea Hembrey grew up on a dirt road in rural Hickory Grove, Arkansas in a family of farmers, factory workers, hunters, trappers, musicians, and cockfighters. He continues to use that family farm where he grew up as a source for materials in his studio work and as a base for multiple projects.
His creative practice questions reality. He seriously explores our best current understanding of the structure of reality while also often playing trickster. Currently, that exploration questions our contemporary view of the universe as revealed through physics.
Though always focused on developing new technical skills on his own, he has a varied formal art education. His nine years of studying art at university include a year spent studying Maori art in New Zealand and an MFA from Cornell University.
His 2011 release of SEEK, a biennial of art showcasing the work of 100 artists—all of whom he invented and created the artwork for himself, garnered widespread attention. The project was featured in a TED talk, a half-hour NPR interview, and in a six page profile in the New York Times Sunday Magazine. This biennial aimed at a broad, general audience was a compelling exploration of what truly makes art meaningful while slyly questioning the business practices and hype of the contemporary art world.
He is currently represented by Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery in New York and by the Wylie Literary Agency
Allusions includes two-dimensional artworks and multi-dimensional (some interactive) installations presented by eleven uptown artists hailing from vastly different backgrounds and upbringings who share a message of multiculturalism and inclusiveness. The works explore immigration, cross-cultural existence, intersectionality, religion, politics, and current world events with an artistic vision to encourage empathy, understanding and tolerance.
FEATURED ARTISTS: Alice Mizrachi, Aya Rodriguez-Izumi, FEEGZ – Carlos Jesus Martinez Dominguez, Jenevieve Reid, Michael Pribich, MOOSH, Noreen Dean Dresser, Suprina, Tammy Nguyen, Uday K. Dhar and Xavier Roux
OPENING RECEPTION: Wednesday, JAN 4, 6:00 – 9:00 PM
LOCATION: JCC Harlem, 318 West 118th Street
The “Allusions” exhibition runs until April 15, 2017
The show opened last Wednesday, and they kind of featured my video projection. It was a big night for me. City Council members spoke, Borough President Ruth Messenger spoke. (not about me, but for the space). Anyway it was good. First time showing video, first time with a projection. It was real exciting, and it nearly killed me to get it done. So much technology. required between devices that don’t speak to each other! -Michael