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HECTOR CANONGE

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Hector Canonge, Studio Registry, NYC, NY, 2015

April 2016 (New York City, USA) - After completing presentations and portfolio reviews during last month’s NYC Art Fairs, HECTOR CANONGE will be presenting new works at various venues. In New York City, Canonge will feature works at : cloyingparlor (April 8), Panoply Performance Laboratory (April 14), PEN Literary Mews Festival (April 29), and in Chicago at Defibrillator where he will be in residence (April 20 - 29) .  Canonge also continues organizing the independent Performance Art initiative LiVEART.US hosted at the Queens Museum (April 16). The artist is at work with his new Socially Engaged Art project “A Home of Our Own” sponsored as resident artist at Residency Unlimited in Brooklyn, NYC.Residency Unlimited in Brooklyn, NYC.

About the works:

TAUTOLOGY of DREAMS and NIGHTMARES
April 8, 2016, 8:00 PM

cloying PARLOR

309 Jefferson Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

New performance art work explores the contradictions embedded in the subconscious process of creation. Between awareness and unfamiliarity resides the experience of Self and Other of the Here and There of Confinement and Freedom. Created specifically for cloying PARLOR, Canonge's new work is a step into the artist's most inner fears and joys.

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Hector Canonge, SUR, 2013, Copenhagen, Denmark

TALE del SUR

April 14, 8:00 PM

Panoply Performance Laboratory: Performancy Forum

104 Meserole Street in Brooklyn, NY.

Account narrative about Canonge’s emblematic work “SUR.”  The artist reconstruct the experience through a live performative lecture where Self and Identity are questioned and reconstructed in a sequence of episodes that match the original score of the work.

LiVEART.US

April 16, 4:30 PM

Hosted at Queens Museum, Unisphere Gallery

NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park

The new performance art program initiated by Canonge continues this month with guest artist from various countries.  The afternoon presentations will feature works under the theme “Corporeal Boundaries.” Canonge will present a special collaboration piece with Japanese sound artist Nao Nishihara.

 

CHICANERIAS

April 20 - 27, Resident Artist

April 23, 7:00 PM, Performance & Installation: “Makhanas” 

April 25 - 27, Conversations & Workshops

DEFIBRILLATOR

1463 W Chicago Avenue, Chicago

As part of Canonge’s residency program at Chicago’s well known performance space, Defibrillator, the artist will conduct workshops, conversations, and present the durational performance “Makhanas" in the program LIGHT | SOUND | BODY | MACHINE organized by Sara Zalek.  “Makhanas,” from the Greek word for machines, has a universal sound in other languages particularly in Spanish spoken in South America. The word “Macanas” (phonetically the same as makhanas) signifies or alludes to weapons, phalluses, whips, and to things that might be considered nuisance, rubbish, nonsense, a bad job or a boring conversation.  The play of words and the durational actions executed over a period of time at the gallery evoke multiple symbolic transcultural meanings.

 

POLARITIES

April 29,

PEN Literary Mews Festival

New York University, NYC, NY

A multidisciplinary performance that explores human displacement and the traumas inherent in people’s migratory experiences. Hector Canonge’s new work evokes personal accounts and stories related to the assimilation, (de)culturization, and (up​)rootedness faced by migrants over the world.  Through performative narratives, body movement, and texts written by the artist, POLARITIES formulates a rich sensorial experience prompting audiences to reflect on the physical and psychological conditions of transcontinental migrations across borders.

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Hector Canonge, Tautologies, Promotional Photograph, 2016. Photo by A. Norema

Brief Biography:

Hector Canonge is an interdisciplinary artist, curator and cultural entrepreneur based in New York City. His work incorporates the use of new media technologies, cinematic narratives, Live Action Art, and Social Practice to explore and treat issues related to constructions of identity, gender roles, psychogeography, and the politics of migration.  Challenging the white box settings of a gallery or a museum, or intervening directly in public spaces, his performances mediate movement, endurance, and ritualistic processes.  Some of his actions and carefully choreographed performances involve collaborating with other artists and interacting with audiences. His work has been exhibited and presented in the United States, Latin America, Europe and Asia.

As cultural entrepreneur, Canonge created, and organizes independently the annual Performance Art Festival NYC, ITINERANT. He also started projects such as ARTerial Performance Lab (APLAB), an initiative to foster collaboration among performance artists from the Americas, PERFORMEANDO, a program that focuses on featuring Hispanic performance artists living in the USA and Europe, NEXUSURNEXUS a virtual platform for Live Action Art, and PERFORMAXIS, an international residency program in collaboration with galleries and art spaces in Latin America. Canonge is the co-founder of QMAD, Queens Media Arts Development, a non-profit arts organization in Queens, NYC. As curator, he has organized exhibitions at Centro Cultural Santa Cruz, Queens Museum, Space 37 Gallery, and Visual AIDS.  He started the monthly artists’ program A-LAB Forum at Crossing Art Gallery, and created the monthly independent film series CINEMAROSA.  Canonge’s work has been reviewed by The New York Times, ART FORUM, Art in America, New York Daily News, Manhattan Times, Hispanic Magazine; by major networks ABC, NBC, CNN, CBS, UNIVISION, etc., and online by Art Experience NYC, Hyperallergic, Turbulence, Art Card Review, and New York Foundation for the Arts’ bulletin NYFA News.

 

Canonge teaches Media Arts and Technology at City University of New York, and directs his projects, programs and initiatives among them: CONVIVIR, the international residency program at MODULO 715, his new space in Jackson Heights, Queens; TALKaCTIVE: Performance Arte Conversation Series, the monthly program hosted at the Queens Museum; PERFORMEANDO, the performance art program that focuses on featuring works by latino/a artists in the USA, and the new initiative LiVEART.US hosted at the Queens Museum and other local public institutions.

 

February 2016                                                                                                                                             >> enter site

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HECTOR CANONGE

Hector Canonge Arenals Exhibition Arte21 Santa Cruz Bolivia

February  2016 (New York City-USA) - HECTOR CANONGE closes his two solo exhibitions in Bolivia: “Tropologías” at Casa de la Cultura, La Paz (February 20) and “Arenals” at Arte21 Gallery, Santa Cruz de la Sierra  (February 15) with artist talks delivered from his studio in New York City.

 

In the United States: the artist willl launch the new program LiVEART.US at Queens Museum (Feb. 20), and begin working on his Social Practice & Performance Art based project A HOME OF OUR OWN in the Bronx as a RU Residency Unlimited & Casita Maria resident artist. In England: Canonge will be participating as a guest speaker in the Alternative Document Symposium at Lincoln Performing Arts Centre, and will show his video installation in the exhibition for the symposium at Project Space Plus at University of Lincoln.


About the works:

TROPOLOGÍAS

Closing February 22,  Museo Casa de la Cultura, La Paz, Bolivia.

Solo exhibition based on Canonge's trip to his father's homeland in Catalonia where he photographed small found objects, and created narratives using Concrete Poetry. The exhibit also includes video installations that refers to the various territories explored in the region.


ARENALS

Closing February 15, Arte21 Galería, Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia.

Commissioned project by the FCBCB explores the dunes of the Pirai River, one of the largest in the Amazonian region in Bolivia.  The exhibition incorporates footage of Canonge's incursion in the river, photography, in-situ installations, and video documentation.

Hector Canonge Artist In Residence at RU Residence Unlimited and Casita Maria

A HOME OF OUR OWN
February 3 - April 30, 2016
RU Residency Unlimited & Casita Maria Residency Program, USA.
A multidisciplinary arts project where Social Practice and Performance Art converge to create individual introspection, stronger family relations, and understanding of community building.  Canonge will work with participants from Casita Maria's after school program and the community of Hunts Point in the Bronx.  The project is sponsored by RU Residency and Casita Marita. The 3-month residency is made possible with support from the Dedalus Foundation and funding from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).
More information.

Hector Canonge Itinerant Performance Art Festival NYC 2015

LiVEART.US
February - June, 2016
Premiere: Saturday, February 20, 3 PM, Queens Museum, NYC, USA.
A new initiative focusing on Live Art follows and complements the monthly series TALKaCTIVE: performance art conversations initiated by the artist last September. The program's main objective is to further support the creation and presentation of new works in Performance Art and its various manifestations in an environment suitable for reflection and dialogue. Participating artists are selected on an ongoing basis. More information.

 

“WORDS (and) REPETITION (as) DOCUMENTATION (in) PERFORMANCE ART”
Alternative Document Symposium

February 12 - 15, 2016
Lincoln Performing Arts Centre, University of Lincoln, England.
Performative lecture exploring two non-visual practices for documentation:The written word, its use, and appropriation to transcribe actions, and the execution of a performance art piece. And The Repetition of a number of works despite the traditional ‘one time,’ ephemeral consideration that performances are said to have. The lecture/performance contains various examples of the artist’s work supported by written documentation that will be narrated to audiences. In addition, there will be a screening of the performance SUR presented (repeatedly) in various cities in the USA, Europe and Latin America.

 

αφορά (AFORÁ)
February 13 - March 30, 2016
Project Space Plus, University of Lincoln, England.
Video installation that explores the notion of the memento, the memory, the souvenir (recuerdo in Spanish) of the moment(s) created by a performance. The instances created by a performance leave sensory imprints not just for the audience, but also for the artist. On the one hand, the ephemeral actions provoke a reaction (instinctual or reasoned) on part of the observers, and instances of reflection on the part of the creator. The memento that witnesses take from a performance degrades over time due to the very nature of human experience. However, and despite the point of view of the mechanical device recording the action(s), what the performance artist has as testament of the work is not an elusive memory, but an actual image that can be reproduced physically and accessed at any given moment.

 

Fall 2015                                                                                                                                                      >> enter site

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“Transplant”, presented by epitelesis - P. A. F. , Athens, Greece. Photo: Andreas Pashias.  Copyright © Canonge, 2015

September 2015 (NYC - USA) - After working for several months in Europe and Latin America, HECTOR CANONGE, returned to New York City in early September to continue with his artistic projects and launch new initiatives this Fall. Starting in September, the artist will be working on the implementation of “TALKaCTIVE,” a monthly conversation series about performance hosted at the Queens Museum, and as part of QMAD, Queens Media Arts Development, new programing ventures. Beginning in October, Canonge will host “CONVIVIR,” an international arts residency program in his new space in Jackson Heights, Queens. For November, he brings back to the city “ITINERANT,” the annual festival for Live Action Art to take place in the five boroughs among them the Bronx Museum of the Arts (Bronx), Queens Museum (Queens), Momenta Art (Brooklyn), Glasshouse Project (Brooklyn), and 67 Space in Manhattan.

 

For Fall 2015 the artist is also scheduled to travel to Colombia to participate in the International Festival of Cultures representing the United States (November 3 – 10), to Peru for the opening of his solo exhibition “SOMATOPIAS” (December 3 – 30), and to Argentina (December 20 – 23) to meet with Latin American artists, members of his collective ARTerial Performance Lab, in preparation for the Hemispheric Encuentro in 2016.

Hector Canonge European projects 2015

Top left to right: Selected works in Germany, Spain, and Greece. Copyright © Canonge, 2015.

In Europe, the artist organized and presented “PERFORMEANDO” a program that centers on featuring Hispanic, Latin, Latina/o performance artist living outside of their homeland (Berlin, May 2015), he was a guest artist for a special presentation of the international festival Intramurs (Valencia, June 2015), and was invited by the program epitelesis - P. A. F. to introduce “TRANSPLANT,” performed at the Arts Academy and at ASFF BB (Athens, June 2015).  Canonge later moved to Italy where he presented the series “DISENTANGLEMENTS” (Naples) and in collaboration with a street musician found in Piazza del Popolo he created the public intervention “SEMINAL” (Rome).  To conclude his journey, the artist intervened Piazza San Marco with his piece “LUXSAVAGE” (Venice) and was invited for a special presentation program at the American Pavillion during the Venice Biennale.

In South America, Canonge was featured in various programs: In Perú, as guest artist in the Encuentro: espacio abierto a libre performance presenting his work in various cultural centers and independent galleries (Lima, July 2015), as featured artist for Construye Collective to present “DESANUDANDO,” and to give lectures and workshops at Alliance Française (Arequipa, July 2015). In Argentina, Canonge  introduced his work at the Escuela de Bellas Artes de Quilmes (Buenos Aires, August 2015). In Bolivia, he inaugurated his solo exhibition “CORPOREALIDAD,” at La Gallerie, a project sponsored by MACSCZ, CIT Foundation, and Alianza Francesa LP (La Paz, August 2015). Before returning to the United States, the artist organized “AKTIVAGANTE” a regional festival of Live Action Art working with local artists at various cultural art centers sponsored by FSI Patino, CC Oriental, CCF Rodriguez, and Ministerio de Culturas Bolivia (Santa Cruz de la Sierra, August 2015).

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Top left to right: Selected works in Italy, Argentina, Peru, and Bolivia. Copyright © Canonge, 2015.

Upcoming presentations and programs:

 

- September 18: PURGA, durational performance, The Sphynx Returns, Grace Exhibition Space,NYC.

- September 27: TALKaCTIVE, perfomance art conversation series, Queens Museum.

- October 1: CONVIVIR, launching of international residency program, Queens, NYC.

- October 3: TRIANGULATIONS, public intervention at Manuel de Dios Unanue Plaza, JH, Queens.

- October 5 - 10: REVERSIBLE, encuentro de arte acción, Bogota, Colombia.

- October 13: LABOR, discussion group leader, NYC Creative Salon.

- October 17: TALKaCTIVE, perfomance art conversation series, Queens Museum.

- October 27 - 31: ARTICULAT, Festival de Performance, Valencia, Spain.

 

- November 12 - 21: ITINERANT Performance Art Festival NYC, various locations, NYC.

 

- December 3 - 30: SOMATOPIAS, Solo Exhibition, Arequipa, Peru.

 

- December 12: TALKaCTIVE, performance art conversation series, Queens Museum.

 

- December 12: UNWINDING, Diverse Universe Performance Festival, Gowanus Ballroom.

 

Brief Biography:

 

Hector Canonge is an interdisciplinary artist, curator and cultural entrepreneur based in New York City. His work incorporates the use of new media technologies, cinematic narratives, Live Action Art, and Social Practice to explore and treat issues related to constructions of identity, gender roles, psychogeography, and the politics of migration. Challenging the white box settings of a gallery or a museum, or intervening directly in public spaces, his performances mediate movement, endurance, and ritualistic processes. Some of his actions and carefully choreographed performances involve collaborating with other artists and interacting with audiences. His work has been exhibited and presented in the United States, Latin America, Europe and Asia.

 

As cultural entrepreneur, Canonge started projects such as ARTerial Performance Lab (APLAB), an initiative to foster collaboration among performance artists from the Americas, PERFORMEANDO, a program that focuses on featuring Hispanic performance artists living in the USA and Europe, NEXUSURNEXUS a virtual platform for Live Action Art, and PERFORMAXIS, an international residency program in collaboration with galleries and art spaces in Latin America. He created, and organizes independently the annual Performance Art Festival NYC, ITINERANT.

 

Canonge is the co-founder of QMAD, Queens Media Arts Development, a non-profit arts organization in Queens, NYC. As curator, he has organized exhibitions at Centro Cultural Santa Cruz, Queens Museum, Space 37 Gallery, and Visual AIDS. He started the monthly artists’ program A-LAB Forum at Crossing Art Gallery, and created the monthly independent film series CINEMAROSA. Canonge’s work has been reviewed by The New York Times, ART FORUM, Art in America, New York Daily News, Manhattan Times, Hispanic Magazine; by major networks ABC, NBC, CNN, CBS, UNIVISION, etc., and online by Art Experience NYC, Hyperallergic, Turbulence, Art Card Review, and New York Foundation for the Arts’ bulletin NYFA News.

 

Contact:  

email: hector@hectorcanonge.net

cellphone:: +1.917.446.4472

 

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