"Spheroid Memories" is a brilliant piece of video art that works like a diary of the mind of one of the most imaginative and radical artists today. The visual narrative follows sculptor Angel Orensanz throughout 2001 and 2002 around the world. It opens in Paris, follows with the Biennale of Venice, moves on to Tokyo, to Manhattan before 9/11 and after, ending the year with the Biennale of Florence. It records the present year with astonishing takes in Reggio Calabria (Italy) to continue with Berlin and ending at Ground Zero in New York. The director and editor have not followed a chronological sequence but a remembrance and reenactment of proustian flare by which the memories and the experiences are rearranged to a mental sequencing of breathtaking rhythms. We are treated to a harrowing narrative bracketed by Central Park. This green expanse of New York operates as a cradle and a burial of the city. In between , there are two other points that move the narrative forward and backwards; those are the building of the Angel Orensanz Foundation and Ground Zero in Lower Manhattan. Throughout those locales "our hearts and minds gallop, contemplate, enjoy, laugh and panic to the point of desperation" (Derek Bentley).
This documentary will premier at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Tuesday the 19th of November.. The public release will be at 11 AM at the Uris Center Auditorium; and is an important feature of the General Meeting of the National Association of Women Artists. This is a 21 minutes documentary, directed by Professor Karl Bardosh, master teacher of film and television at the Tisch School of the Arts of New York University, and edited by Zoi Floros. The music that is equally powerful as the images consists of recordings played live at the Angel Orensanz Foundation over the last five years, and includes segments from Haendel, Rossi, Beethoven, Verdi and many contemporary musicians.
Dusseldorf (Germany). At Midday of Sunday November 2nd, Angel Orensanz entered the Cathedral of Cologne all the way up to the transept, pushing his transparent and ethereal sphere. More than a hundred friends from Dusseldorf and a large mass from Cologne joined the artist at the docks in his way to the most important temple in Northern Europe. During the four hours voyage up the river Rhine, Orensanz spoke with passengers and the German media about his sculpture, his personal peace campaign since the days of the Balkans wars and his links to the Rhineland.
The sphere that Orensanz is moving now through Germany has acquired a mythical, al most metaphysical significance. The national daily Suddeutsche Zeitung (22/10/02) opened an illustrated interview with the Spanish American artist with a quote from Aristotetle: "All things perfect move in circles". Düsseldorf and Cologne are very important points in the life and work of Orensanz. Heinrich Heine, the romantic poet and utopian socialist born there (1800) was one of the inspirers of the German immigrants that erected (1849) the building that houses now the Angel Orensanz Foundation in Manhattan; and the cathedral of Cologne served all the aesthetic elements for the neogothic temple where Angel Orensanz designs all his work in New York.
This voyage over the Rhine is part of his retrospective exhibition in downtown Dusseldorf, that presents his bronzes, large canvasses, engravings, drawings and terracottas. The Black Box cinema near the gallery has presented Orensanz's videos and films to specialized audiences. The exhibition comes accompanied by a 90 page, full color catalogue with texts of German and American art critics. Britta Nitsch, an art critic of the Rheinische
This voyage over the Rhin is part of his retrospective exhibition in downtown Dusseldorf, that presents his bronzes, large canvasses, engravings, drawings and terracottas.
The Black Box cinema near the gallery has presented Orensanz's videos and films to specialized audiences. The exhibition comes accompanied by a 90 page, full color catalogue with texts of German and American art critics. Britta Nitsch, an art critic of the Rheinische Post remarked (12/10/02) the deep breath of Goya that underlies in all the work of Angel Orensanz.
This October 10th will be the opening of a major exhibition of the work of Angel Orensanz in Dusseldorf (Germany). Kunstfabrik Gallery, in downtown Dusseldorf will offer a retrospective of his ceramic and small bronze pieces, as well as his photography, video, works on paper and performance art. Orensanz bronzes and ceramics will be surrounded by large photographs of his fields in Northern Spain art and his sphere interventions throughout the world. The title of the show Skulptur Anzeichen or Sculpture Signs refers to the glow of ultra reality that Orensanz always endows his work with. His videos "Spheroid Memories" (25') and "Orbiting Sphere" (15') will shown in a nearby movie house (Black Box) to special audiences according to a schedule on October 10 and 13th. Orensanz will conduct a performance of his sphere from the Kunstakademie to Heinrich Heine museum house in downtown Dusseldorf and then on a boat trip, on November 3, through the Rhine to Cologne, up to the doors of the Cathedral of Cologne, the building that served the basic aesthetics for the building that today is the Angel Orensanz Foundation in New York.
A book/catalogue with the same title of the exhibition, Angel Orensa:Sculpture Signs, is being published in Germany with texts in German andEnglish by several art critics and will be available at the gallery orthrough the internet at http://angelorensanz.com. This 164 page and 30X 22 cms publication contains essays on Orensanz's work and 85 colorpages organized into four sections: Fields, Spheres, The Shattered Tent and Altered Topolotogies. It price is $6.00. Kunstfabrik Gallery islocated at Benrather Str. 6A, 40213 Dusseldorf, Germany. The show is onview October 10-November 30, 2002.