The art exhibition that motivates this unprecedented clamor in the cultural capital of Russia is a retrospective at the Hermitage Museum titled "Angel Orensanz: Time Split Sculpture". The opening at the Hermitage Museum will be preceded by several public appearances of Angel Orensanz.
The first press conference will be January 7.
It will study the connections between "Russian Avant-garde and the Art of Angel Orensanz" in the Mitiki-Vhutemas Art Center of Saint Petersburg. MITIKI is a cultural movement initiated during the perestroika that has always gone to the forefront of the Russian arts.
On December 8, there will be an open assembly at the University of St. Petersburg together with the Adelante Center. There is as well a surprise presentation scheduled for the 9th of December. Finally the Hermitage itself will be the stage of a symposium celebrated by a group of Russian experts. This ambitious presentation at the Hermitage opens with a three day symposium in which sculptor Orensanz and a panel of specialists in contemporary art will analyze the import of this Spanish American artist for the Hermitage Museum Department of Education Projects. The participating scholars will be Sophia Kudriavtseva, PhD, head of the Youth Education Center, Dr. Alexander Borovski, director of the Contemporary Dept. of the State Russian Museum; Dr. Tatiana Borodina, director of the Repin Museum (St. Petersburg), and Nikolai Blagodatov, member of the St. Petersburg Academy of Contemporary Art.
Angel Orensanz has developed his art practice in Russia since 1987 when he built his installation "Bridges" in Red Square, followed by a performance for the 200 anniversary of the founding of the city of St. Petersburg. Exhibitions followed at the Alexander Pushkin Museum in Moscow, the Rumiantzev Palace in St. Petersburg; the State Russian Museum of St. Petersburg , and now at the Hermitage Museum.
The retrospective exhibition of sculptor Angel Orensanz under the title "Angel Orensanz. Time Split Sculpture" surveys three decades of the work of the Spanish American artist. It will occupy three galleries with a large collection of his sculpture work, paintings, video and film work around an underlying concept: a review of twenty defining moments in which the artist defines and gets defined by the eruption of moments of aesthetic transcendence. Dr. Alexander Borovsky identified this ruptures of energy based on the aleatoric theory.
NEW YORK, NY -Arts for Art, Inc. is pleased to announce the schedule for the 14th annual Vision Festival, New Yorks premier multidisciplinary celebration of avantjazz, poetry, dance and art, running from Tuesday, June 9th through Monday, June 15th at two of Manhattans most vibrant arts spaces: The Abrons Art Center and The Angel Orensanz Foundation. Vision Festival XIV will present more than 50 events, including music and dance performances, poetry readings, film and visual art projections, a site-specific art installation by Jorgo Schäfer and three panel discussions dealing with culturally relevant issues. The final night, June 15 will be a collaboration between Arts for Art and the Angel Orensanz Foundation, featuring a display of art work of Angel Orensanz, interacting with the music and dance of the Vision Festival.
Wednesday, June 10th, the festival will feature a full night of performances celebrating a lifetime of achievement by the great Philadelphia jazz legend Marshall Allen, leader of the Sun Ra Arkestra since and key member since 1958.
A Collaboration between Angel Orensanz Foundation and Arts for Art.
Bringing together Sound, Sculpture, Movement, Color
All within the context of the artwork - projections and sculpture of Angel Orensanz
7:00 Jason Kao Hwang's Spontaneous River
30 String Ensemble
VIOLIN: Henry Grimes, Sam Bardfeld, Sarah Bernstein, Trina Basu, Charles Burnham, Mark Chung,
Rosi Hertlein, Marlene Rice, Eric Salazar, Sonya Robinson, Curtis Stewart Elektra Stewart,
Tom Swafford, Helen Yee, Jason Kao Hwang
VIOLA: Nicole Federici, Stephanie Griffin, Judith Insell, Ron Lawrence, Mazz Swift
CELLO: Kirsten Jermé, Hayang Kim, Daniel Levin, Tomas Ulrich
BASS: Michael Bisio, Ken Filiano, François Grillot, Clifton Jackson, David Moss, Tom Zlabinger
ACOUSTIC GUITAR: Cristian Amigo, Bradley Farberman, James Keepnews, Dom Minasi,
Dave Ross, Tor Snyder, Hans Tammen
DRUMS: Andrew Drury
8:00 Trio X
Joe McPhee - sax and trumpet
Dominic Duval - bass
Jay Rosen - drums
9:00 Dance & Music
Patricia Nicholson - dance
Miriam Parker - dance
Mariko Kumanomido - dance
Jason Jordan - dance
Cooper-Moore - hand-crafted instruments
Jason Kao Hwang - violin
William Parker - bass
9:30 William Parker Quartet + 2
William Parker - bass
Rob Brown - sax
Lewis Barnes - trumpet
Hamid Drake - drums, percussion
+ Special Guests
Bobby Bradford - trumpet
James Spaulding - sax
This Sunday June 14th we invite you all to the Orensanz Summer Museum opening at Governors Island building #11 from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm. We encourage all of you to take the 10 minute ferry departing from South Manhattan and make a pleasant promenade to the Island, where we will offer you some refreshments while you contemplate the drawings, light boxes and external sculptures created specifically for the occasion. The exhibition will be open from June 14th to October 3rd, and together with other cultural activities programmed on the Island, our aim is to make of this tiny island in the heart of New York's Bay a new cultural reference for the city's summer artistic scenario.
Each weekend we will also present workshops and debates covering a wide range of disciplines: On July 3rd and July 24th the Conversations at the Island will be held, featuring lectures by Linnaea Tillet and Noam Elcott respectively. Their generic title, Matter/Light, Approaches to Light as a Creative Substance, refer to a concept developed by Angel Orensanz in his most recent work. Linnaea Tillet is an artist, lighting designer and environmental psychologist with extensive experience in public landscape and architecture, light art, fine art and luxury interiors and has been on the faculty of the Masters in Lighting Design Program at Parsons The New School for Design since 1992. Noam Elcott is an Assistant Professor at Columbia University, where he teaches a range of courses on twentieth-century art and photography, focusing on the historical avant-garde and emergent media, as well as Art Humanities.
The video screenings, titled Ars Sublimis and curated by Blanca de la Torre and Juanli Carrión, will be dealing with the validity of the Schopenhauer's sublime concept in contemporary art. Artists such as Gema Pardo, Susan Collins, Yorgo Alexopoulos and Avelino Sala amongst others will be presenting video-art pieces where the landscape is sometimes seen as a utopic concept or as a medium of creation while in other occasions it is shown as a symbol of destruction or dystopia. Their artwork spans in a remarkable range of styles and interests, but all of them taking into consideration the natural or urban landscape as a canvas suitable for experimenting with it rather than as a sacred and immaculate value impossible to alter with human activity. These video screenings will take place on July 18th and September 12th.
Finally, two consecutive weekends on August 22-23 and 29-30 will be dedicated to workshop activities led by artistic and performance collectives. The Theatre of the Oppressed, an eclectic organization born in Brazil in 1971 that has become international with branches spreading from the Americas to Europe, will present its latest proposals. The Farm Collective will be responsible for a September weekend, which title will be Artivismos and whose goal is to promote Art Activism in two senses: Activism as a promotion of Art as an active fact and concept, more than pure activity or creation and Art as something useful and related to all realms of life; promoting art adapted to everybody - specially anti-elitist - and moreover, art to enjoy.
The exhibition Angel Orensanz, a Little Retrospective, held, as well as the rest of the activities at the island's building #11, will work as the background of the whole program, running throughout all summer, and the screenings, lectures and workshops will emphasize the relationship between Orensanz's artwork with other contemporary artists and cultural tendencies. Orensanz Summer Museum's program is still open to new dates and activities. For any further information, please visit our website www.orensanz.org.
Matter/-Light is an exhibition in which Angel Orensanz addresses the question and the boundaries of light as the prime material as a sculptural idiom.
Light has been the pursuit of numerous contemporary artists in search of luminiscense as the primary shape of their sculptural objects. Main testimony of this is the body of work of our contemporary Dan Flavin.
The week of March 3 through the 6 there will be a public presentation of Matter/Light at the main hall of the Angel Orensanz Foundation (172-176 Norfolk Street, between East Houston and Stanton Sts.) The area is a rectangular room of 54 x 50 feet with 54 ft high ceilings, actually a replica of the Sistine Chapel, built by Berlin Architect Alxander Saeltzer in 1849 in this very location.
For the last couple of decades Spanish/American sculptor Angel Orensanz has captured landscapes seen in motion from a car or from an airplane; and hastransformed them into imprints of light and colored energy. This energy recording process has taken the New York based artist to Wales in Great Britain, Sicily (Italy), The Pyrenees in Southern France and to Moscow. This arresting installation assimilates motion photography of landscapes perceived as sparks and fleeting lines as they fly in front of the camera. The result impressions are all light, projected, trapped, tangible and enveloping the visitors'body and perception. The activated light envelops the visitor's body and consciousness who feels it and enjoys its caresses over his or her extremities while walking on it.
Orensanz does not see light as a device to stress the art piece, or as decoration or as scenography but as an environment and context. The floor operates as an inverted dome. The lines of perception become an immersion and submersion of senses and consciousness into enveloping sculpture waves.
This exhibition is curated and developed by Juanli Carrion and Jaume Marco, directors of the Digital Department of the Angel Orensanz Foundation. They designed as well Angel Orensanz. Weightlessness, a current exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art Moscow, in cooperation with the curators of the museum.
Matter/Light will be open to the public March 3 through 6, 2009, daily from 10 AM to 6 PM. A special reception to mark The Armory Show Soho Night will take place on March 5, from 8 to 10 pm. The exhibition is free and open to the public. For the Soho Night of The Armory Show, RSVP by calling (212) 529-7194 or by e-mail to: email@example.com