Monday, November 8, 2010 at 6:00 PM
As the second installment of The Annual Russian Art Festival the
installation "20 Years of Angel Orensanz in Russia" presents a
collection of videos that synthesize the involvement of the sculptor in
Russia in the last 20 years. The latest Soviet Period, the Perestroika
and the current Russian times are portrayed in his artistic activity.
They show a chronological overview of the latest history of this big
country and Orensanz's contribution to its art scene.
The Aragon Contemporary Art Gallery,
Angel Orensanz Foundation for Contemporary Arts
172 Norfolk Street, New York, NY 10002
On Monday, September 27th, sculptor Angel Orensanz presented to the city of Tokyo a new vision of its landmark: the Marunouchi Building by dressing and lighting it up in vivid colors like an extension of the Sistine Chapel in Rome.
The Marunouchi building is an iconic architectural complex of Tokyo, near the Imperial Palace, with a role similar in it's significance as the Rockefeller Center in New York. It already has become a world reference for its architectural and artistic breath.
The "Floating Sistine Chapel" is a construction /installation piece developed by sculptor Angel Orensanz that extends and revives the aesthetics, the philosophy and the mystique of the Sistine Chapel in Rome. Michelangelo painted the walls and ceilings of the Italian monument, undoubtedly one of the masterpieces in the entire history of art, as the fullest condensation of faith in history, the urban environment and the depth of all human life.
Angel Orensanz's "Floating Sistine Chapel" was premiered in New York in the early Summer of this year at the Angel Orensanz Foundation in Lower Manhattan. This past September 5 it was broadcast live for 15 minutes by NHK (Nippon Hoso Kyokai) from the Angel Orensanz Foundation in Manhattan to the whole of Japan, North Korea and parts of China. It filled the early hours of millions of viewers with a visual experiment of the deepest recesses of the dreams and creativity.
This intervention on the Marunouchi Building will be followed by a retrospective exhibition at the art gallery of the Spanish Embassy from the 13 through the 22 of the month of October; open to everybody.
Angel Orensanz has been active in Japan since the early 1990's with a construction for Heartland, at Roppongi Park, a one year installation sponsored by Kirin Beer. He has exhibited his work as well at Bunka Gakuin and Tarasuka Universities. Orensanz was invited to present a sculpture and performances in the gardens of Senso-ji in Central Tokyo to commemorate the end of World War II. His work has been presented at the Miyazaki Airport, at the Olympic Games of Sapporo and at the Hara Museum of Contemporary Art. The active engagement of Angel Orensanz in Japan also covers a large sculptural contribution to the Paddle Sports International Association of Japan in the Omono River, Akita; the premiere of one of his movies at the Tokyo Film Festival 2009 and, with his participation, another of his movies at the current Tokyo Film Festival.
The exhibition "Orensanz Descends Into The Abyss" opens on August 9, 2010. The groundbreaking compositions while submerged in water are artistic vision to comment on the tragic environmental crisis.
Right when the Gulf of Mexico was being emptied of workers, observers and controllers in view of the encircling hurricanes and tropical storms, Angel Orensanz entered, in a way, its inner chambers. He flew to Barcelona and built his own explorative operation. The Orensanz team picked one of the deepest falls of the Mediterranean coast and during three days surveyed and documented up close the psychological and physical impact of a seabed trashed by two thousand years of commercial and recreational seafaring.
The Gulf of Mexico is everywhere. With the difference that the U.S. South seaboard is not littered by the harmless debris of the Greeks, Romans, Arabs and the tourist ocean liners but by twenty thousand deep sea gas exploration towers.
Angel Orensanz is now back in New York with his findings. Starting August 9, two large galleries of the Angel Orensanz Foundation in Lower Manhattan will display a frightening sub universe of dread and displacement. Nobody knew that down there the mind and the environment float distorted and disembowel, and every seashore borders and harbors the entrance to hell. Now it is not Albert Camus musing about a stifling death but Freud and Nietzsche analyzing the Apocalypse.
On view are fifteen large aluminum murals with powerful narratives. The dedicated staff of the Angel Orensanz Foundation has processed the material and displayed it in two rooms. A catalogue book is in the making and a symposium by artists and art writers will discuss the show.
The exhibition "Angel Orensanz Descends Into the Abyss" will be on view at the Angel Orensanz Foundation from August 9 through November 9, 2010, daily (except weekends) from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm, and is free and open to the public.
You are invited to join us for the exhibition opening on August 9, 2010 between 6:00 and 9:00 pm.
Angel Orensanz Foundation for Contemporary Art
172 Norfolk Street, New York, New York 10002
Tel: 212-780-0175, email contact: orensanz(at)gmail(dot)com
Under the only replica of the Sistine Chapel in the world, here in Manhattan, sculptor Angel Orensanz replays his own version of the architectural experience with this new installation. Hundreds of vibrant colored yards float from wall to wall and cascade from the ceilings to the floor. Fabrics dance and bathe the imagination of the observer in a flight of transcendental desire to overcome the dimension of the space. The visitor is part of the experience of the architecture on a stream flowing from Michelangelo.
Orensanz has been intensely attracted by the magnetism of Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel in Rome. He has visited it endless occasions to see it from the floor as Goethe and Schinkel used to do in the first part of the 19th century.
In a turn of magic, in 1986 Orensanz became the owner of the building at Norfolk Street – a powerful, forgotten synagogue in the Lower East side about to be demolished for redevelopment. The building that today houses the Angel Orensanz Foundation for the Arts in New York, turned out to be the very first synagogue in New York City, built by the German Jewish Reform Movement in 1848. The pioneers of progressiveness brought to New York a well-reputed architect from Germany, Alexander Saeltzer, a disciple of the master Schinkel to build a special building that would carry the dimensions of the Sistine Chapel: its soaring 60 feet high ceilings, its rows of windows, the color of its vaults, the identical dimension... an almost perfect match.
Sculptor Orensanz has developed in the past a number of installations in this historic temple including his "Burning universe" (2002) or his "Descent on Mars" (2008).
"The Floating Sistine Chapel" installation can be seen through various formats, including photographs and video pieces from June 15 till June 23, at the Orensanz Foundation in New York, 172 Norfolk Street.
We hope you can join us for the opening on Tuesday, June 15, between 6:00 and 9:00 pm.-->
Angel Orensanz received this past Saturday the annual award given by the Solera Aragonesa cultural association, recognizing his prestige and international projection as a sculptor. The award also distinguishes Orensanz's contribution to promote the culture and arts of Aragón all over the world.
The presentation of the award will take place at an anniversary dinner organized by said association, tomorrow at 9pm at a hotel in the Spanish city of Zaragoza.
Currently one of the venues of the Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg (Russia) is hosting a retrospective exhibition of Orensanz (Larues, 1951), a summary of twenty years of work by this New York-based Aragonese artist.
A total of three rooms hold the exhibition "Angel Orensanz: Instant Sculpture", which includes installations, drawings, video and large-sized photographs.
A resident of New York city since 1986, Orensanz is the author of a wide range of artwork, exhibited in museums and open spaces in different countries all over the world. Among the awards he has received we can mention the Alexander Pushkin Scuplture Award from the Charles Oulmont Foundation (France), which the artist received in 2005.
The Angel Orensanz short video by John McNelly was shown in the New Frontier section of the Sundance Film Festival 2009.
Sundance's New Frontier highlights work that pushes the boundaries of storytelling and the moving image, New Frontier celebrates the convergence of film, art, and new media technologies as a hotbed for cinematic innovation. New Frontier presents feature films, media installations, multimedia performances, panel discussions, and more.
The Angel Orensanz Foundation starts a new 2010 season with a warm embrace to all the New Yorkers and the thousands of visitors who are coming to New York after the New Year. We offer them a surprising installation of artist Angel Orensanz, Waves of Warmth.
This is an invitation to joy and happiness that we all deserve in these times of economic crisis and to confront with great fearless courage the daily difficulties. The imaginative work of Angel Orensanz shows that color and light are essential elements that shape human sensibility.
The installation of this sea of fabrics is presented in the magical space of this legendary landmark of the Lower East Side (127 Norfolk St.), the oldest in the city, a gothic wonder, recovered for the New York heritage by The Angel Orensanz Foundation for the Arts. The Foundation invites all New Yorkers, and specially the neighbors of the Lower East Side, to this celebration of the new year's hope.
From January 8th through the 15th; 11:00 am to 7:00 pm, daily.
An opening reception will be held on January 9th, 10th and 11th from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. With an open conversation with the artist.
172 Norfolk Street. New York, NY 10002
Subway stop: F line to 2nd Av
Tel. 212.529.7194 Fax 212.529.1864