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Exhibition | Oct 16 - 18 2021

Open Studio with Quisqueya Henríquez

Quisqueya Henríquez, Ripped Painting 9, 2021, Acrylic Paint on canvas, 76” x 76”, Courtesy of the artist and David Castillo Gallery.

Open Studio:
Saturday, October 16 | 11:00am - 6:00 pm
Sunday, October 17 | 2:00pm - 6:00pm
Monday, October 18 | 2:00pm - 6:00pm

Location: 208 E 51st St New York, NY 10022
RSVP: info@residencyunlimited.org

In compliance with the New York City mandate, all visitors over the age of 12 must show proof of a COVID-19 vaccination to enter, and masks are required. Visitors over the age of 18 will also be asked to show a photo ID.

During her two month residency at RU, Quisqueya Henríquez has been working on the ongoing series Ripped Paintings begun in 2019 which is currently on view in her midtown studio. The process of these works consists in sanding the canvas until the warp and the weft are broken, and the surface is no longer smooth. The surface becomes raw and full of accidents. This same process references the medium of painting itself by creating some sort of tautology, where the work alludes to its own language.

An important source for the Ripped Paintings is the narrative of the ripped denims, "The ubiquitous garment", a way to integrate popular culture, fashion, patterns of consumption, and contemporary economy into the language of materiality. These works emphasize the role of the internet and social media in the creation of new cultural identities. They also raise questions about how collective behavior is influenced by the process of cultural commodification.

The integrity of the surface is compromised by adding other mediums like photography and sculpture. Henriquez’s work explores the possibility of adding and removing elements from the picture plane as a way of resisting and renegotiating its surface.

The integrity of the surface is compromised by adding other mediums like photography and sculpture. Henriquez’s work explores the possibility of adding and removing elements from the picture plane as a way of resisting and renegotiating its surface.

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Open Studio with Quisqueya Henríquez

About:
Born in Cuba and raised in the Dominican Republic, Quisqueya Henríquez explores in her work aesthetic politics by combining art and popular culture with design savvy and wit to counter neocolonialist, racist, and gender hierarchies. Henríquez challenges Center/Periphery power dynamics through the crossing of Northern art history with Dominican Street styles and the examination of First and Third World intellectual exchange. Her conceptual approach questions the meaning of aesthetic criteria by a wide range of strategies such as appropriation and ongoing reinvention of materials and processes employed, and experimenting with “art” and “non-art” sources. In her practice the artist collapses vertiginous hierarchies to envision reality beyond dominant social structures. Testing the limits of authorship is realized through ongoing collaboration and participation from the viewers (how to rethink distribution of cultural capital). Henríquez has exhibited in several art institutions in Latin America, United States and Europe. In New York at The Bronx Museum Of The Arts, Artist Space, The Brooklyn Art Museum, Museo Del Barrio. Also at the Perez Art Museum of Miami, Allen Memorial Art Museum AMAM, Oberlin Ohio. RISD Museum, Providence, Rhode Island. Museo Rufino Tamayo and Museo Carrillo Gil, México. Museo Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires, MALBA (Argentina). Espacio Cultural Sergio Porto, Rio de Janeiro. Museo de Arte Moderno, Santo Domingo, RD. IFA Gallerie, and Bonn y Berlín among others.

Henríquez is represented by the David Castillo Gallery, Miami, Florida and Galeria Ana Mas Project, Barcelona, Spain. Her work is in the Public and Private Collections of Bronx Museum of the Arts, NY; Museo del Barrio, NY; PAMM, Perez Art Museum Miami; AMAM Allen Memorial Museum of Arts, Oberlin, Ohio; Fundación Cintas; Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, Venezuela and New York; de la Cruz Collection, Miami; Colección Familia Rizek, República Dominicana; Colección Cortés

 

Quisqueya Henríquez's residency is made possible with support from The Rockefeller Brothers Fund and The Cuban Artists Fund.

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