Ronny Quevedo, Critical Mass, 2013, Video Still
EXHIBITION DATES | July 14 – September 23
PERFORMANCE: CRITICAL MASS | Tuesday, August 11 from 7-8:30 PM
ARTIST TALK: RONNY QUEVEDO IN CONVERSATION WITH ABIGAIL DEVILLE |
Friday, September 11from 6-8 PM
ALL PROGRAMS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO EVERYONE
CASITA MARIA CENTER FOR ARTS & EDUCATION | 928 SIMPSON ST. BRONX, NY 10459
6 train to Hunts Point Ave. or 2 / 5 train to Simpson St.
Casita Maria is proud to present Bronx-based artist RONNY QUEVEDO’s solo exhibition HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE, curated by Christine Licata. On view are recent works that explore the psychological and emotional dimensions of time, space and place. His mixed-media drawings and sculptures of public and private sites create a visual language for “lived” experience of geography and architecture, incorporating unexpected, eclectic materials including contact paper and drywall, to rare materials such as gold leaf. Quevedo’s work examines the aesthetics of remembering as well as the physicality and spatial boundaries of memory. A place where time is measured not in months, days or years but in shape, form, construction, reaction, experience, beliefs and emotions.
This merging of the fluidity of time, physical places and psychosocial-emotional formed spaces, is also apparent in Quevedo’s Critical Mass, an interactive, stage surrounded by brightly colored bulbs. The lights, at once both Broadway and bodega- esque, respond to the sound and movement of the performer. For Quevedo, the dance floor acts as a votive or tribute to the iconic stages and fields that held great performers such as Celia Cruz, La Lupe and Tito Puente as well as a platform for emerging artists who intrinsically embody their legacies and practices in their current practice. On August 11, from 7-9 PM Critical Mass will be installed in Casita Maria’s theater for a one-night-only performance with dancers Candace Tabbs and Tyrone Bevans from Movement of the People Dance Company.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
RONNY QUEVEDO is an Ecuadorian-born, Bronx-based interdisciplinary artist. He earned his MFA from Yale University and BFA from The Cooper Union. He has participated in residencies at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Project Row Houses, Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, and Lower East Side Printshop. He has exhibited at the Queens Museum; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Sicardi Gallery (Houston); Rush Arts Gallery (New York); Carol Jazaar Gallery (Miami); El Museo del Barrio; The Bronx River Art Center; Saltworks Gallery (Atlanta); and The Bronx Museum of the Arts. Upcoming projects include Open Sessions at The Drawing Center and Specter Field at Lawndale Arts Center (Houston). www.ronnyquevedo.info
ABOUT CASITA MARIA CENTER FOR ARTS & EDUCATION Casita Maria Center for Arts & Education is an 80-year old South Bronx-based community arts and educational organization that presents diverse, contemporary visual and performing arts and education programming for all ages.
CASITA MARIA is supported by The Ford Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York State Council on the Arts.