Hector Canonge [NYC]
Victoria Gray and Nathan Walker [UK]
Kelly Pinho [Newark]
Victoria Gray and Nathan Walker have come to us from York, England (the original York). Victoria's anagrammatic texts reference the artists Carl Andre and Ana Mendieta, while Nathan creates texts through actions
Hector Canonge explores the traditional Spanish saying �Hombre de pelo en pecho� which refers to the archetypes of the macho man
and Kelly Pinho explores feminininity and deep reactive emotions
Loosely translated as "Hairy Chested Man," HOMBRE DE PELO EN PECHO is Canonge's latest exploration of performative work using his body as a platform for interaction and transformation. The performance & installation treats the grooming obsessions of Hispanic man, the pressures that society puts on them, and the stereotypes that Latin culture has about being a �real male.�
Hector Canonge lives and works in New York City where he studied comparative literature, film and Integrated Media Arts. His work incorporates the use of various media, commercial technologies, physical environments, cinematic, and performative narratives. Currently, Canonge is a resident artist in the Laundromat Project Create Change Residency Program with his project The Inwood Laundromat Language Institute. This past Spring he was a resident artist at LMCC Swing Space Program at Governor�s Island, and in the Fall, he will be launching his three-month initiative, �Escuela Videogr�fica Alternativa (Alternative School for Videomaking)� for Immigrant Movement International. Canonge is the recipient of NoMAA's 2011 Grant Award and of Manhattan Community Art Fund for his project "Hairtalk." His work has been featured by the Queens Museum of Art, Bronx Museum, Jersey City Museum, Exit Art, NY Studio Gallery, Flux Factory, Gallery Aferro, Topaz Arts, Y Gallery, Art for Change, and other art spaces in the city and abroad. His work has been reviewed by the The New York Times, ART FORUM, New York Daily News, Manhattan Times, Hispanic Magazine, El Diario, Timeout NY, and by online publications such as NYRemezcla, Turbulence, and ART CARDS Review among others.
Victoria Gray makes performances that are sculptures and sculptures that are performances. Using minimal materials, primarily the body, her work explores the politics of movement and ways in which sociocultural factors inscribe and exert control over the body. Through performance actions, her work considers how the body might be antagonistic and resistant to dominant techniques of corporeal inscription, silencing and subordination. Victoria has shown work nationally and internationally, including solo performances at: ]Performance S p a c e[ (London), ArtEvict (London), Sideshow 2010, British Art Show 7 (Nottingham), Elevator Gallery (London) and Chisenhale Studios (London). Victoria has developed work on international residencies including Performing Arts Forum (France) and Es.Terni Festival (Italy).Victoria Gray:
His work explores arrangement and organisation, experimental writing practices and the relationship between text and image. Using sculptural arrangements of domestic objects and paper-based materials as language-based experiments often manifesting as action art, poetics and installation.
Nathan Walker makes sculptural work using collage, video and live performance and has shown nationally and internationally. He has shown work in the UK and Europe including Plymouth Arts Center, PSL Project Space Leeds, The Tramway (Glasgow), Spill Festival (London), ]Performance S p a c e[ (London) and Live Art Falmouth (Cornwall).
Victoria & Nathan are co-directors of O U I Performance, a not-for-profit, artist-led organization curating live time-based performance in York, North Yorkshire, UK. Founded in 2010, O U I Performance aims to create a physical and conceptual space for new live work in the city through the curation of regular performance events. O U I Performance commissions new work by local, national and international artists, committed to developing live performance practice on a local level that is represented nationally and internationally.
Responding to a lack of sustainable infrastructure for contemporary time-based practice, O U I Performance supports non-commercial, experimental arts practice. Fostering a culture of criticality and discourse. From October 2011 to June 2012, O U I Performance are presenting the programme Action Art Now including work by over 25 national and international action artists. www.ouiperformance.org.uk
East of the sun west of the I'm sick of this shit is part of a series started last May with the debut of "Tell me a story" that addresses the myths and media manipulation that devalue the female experience in regard to love. In the majority of my work I use a system of repetitive movements and sound installation. I hope that by utilizing the archetypes that are so prevalent in world literature and folklore that I can strike the proverbial cord that all those Jungian scholars are all ways getting so riled up about.Kelly Pinho video:
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