Sunday, October 7, 2012

Quisqueya Henriquez at David Gallery - posted by FloridaFine Art Blog

From the invitation; 
Quisqueya Henriquez After Some Twisted Lines  
October 11 - November 2, 2012  

Reception Thursday, October 11, 6-10 pm

                                David Castillo Gallery is proud to present After Some Twisted Lines,  Quisqueya Henríquez's third solo show with the gallery. Henríquez  deepens her investigation into appropriation, architectural form and Art  History with new works in collage, fabric, video, and Rorschach  technique.     

After Some Twisted Lines grapples with the  Lacanian condition, which asserts that entrance into language and visual  representation tragically severs humans from the unadulterated real at  birth. Henríquez challenges the impossibility of the real by exploring  how we exist, communicate, and desire after some twisted lines. Rorschach references  the psychological test for which a subject interprets inkblot images.  Henríquez's Rorschach test, bold in scale and ornithological in  aesthetic, invites phenomenological response, affective relationships  and pleasure. The artist builds a menagerie on the foundation of  clinical analysis.     

Darwin's The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals  is a seminal taxonomy of facial expression across species. To browse  its pages is an exercise in the instability between self and other,  originality and appropriation, art and research, procedure and  spontaneity. Henríquez adapts this framework for the post-internet age. After Some Twisted Lines evokes  the process of computer screen-capture that subtly informs the artist's  works in collage. The resulting artworks bear the names of renowned  conceptual artists, from Surrealist Hannah Hoch to fashion, still life  and portrait photographer Irving Penn. Henríquez's collage emotes Dan  Flavin's fluorescent minimalism, Louise Lawler's meta-photographs of  artworks on exhibition, and Gordon Matta-Clark's site-specific  interventions upon abandoned buildings.  The dominance of social media  and virtual exchange has led Olga Goriunova to coin autocreativity,  a methodology for thinking creativity as an assemblage of human,  technical and social. Henríquez works at the forefront of autocreativity  to make salient the continuity between appropriation and network.   

After Some Twisted Lines lays  bare the problematic of making artwork within Art History; locating  materiality within semiotics; inhabiting the intimacy of interior within  architectural countenance; and recognizing beauty within a network  culture that numbers it a scarce resource. Henríquez gives form to what  Arakawa and Gins theorize as "body-wide" modes of sensing, and does so  in full view of convergence culture. Henríquez asks the viewer to defy  the shortcomings of simulation and lust after the real.

Henríquez  was born in Havana, Cuba and lives and works in Santo Domingo,  Dominican Republic.  After graduating from the Instituto Superior de  Arte in Havana, Cuba, Henríquez has exhibited throughout Latin America,  Europe, and the US. Her work is in important private and public  collections including El Museo del Barrio, New York; Museum of  Contemporary Art, North Miami, FL; Miami Art Museum; Cintas Foundation,  NY; Rhode Island School of Design; and Colección Patricia Phelps de  Cisneros, NY, among others. Henríquez had a mid-career retrospective at  the Bronx Museum of the Arts, which later traveled to Miami Art Museum.   The artist's recent solo exhibitions include the McColl Residency in  North Carolina; BARNA and Centro Cultural de España, both in Dominican  Republic.  Among her recent group exhibitions are the Cintas Foundation,  Miami and the Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, FL.

David Castillo Gallery

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