Penwald Drawings

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© Michael Hart
Penwald: 4: unison symmetry standing, 2009 Permanent Marker On Wall, 4 Hour Installation 80" X 72" © Photo credit: Michael Hart
Penwald Drawings

Bergamot Station
2525 Michigan Ave., B1
Santa Monica, CA 90404
May 28th, 2011 - July 16th, 2011
Opening: May 28th, 2011 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

santa monica/venice
Tue-Fri 10-5; Sat 11-5:30
installation, performance, conceptual


Shoshana Wayne Gallery is pleased to present Tony Orrico’s first solo exhibition with the gallery.

Orrico’s work addresses the relationship between movement and drawing.  The artist plays several roles in his work; he is at once choreographer, performer, and draughtsman.  Formally trained as a dancer, he utilizes his body, and skill in precision of movement as a record keeper of gestures.  Each movement is purposefully willed to create an accompanying mark; which leads to the creation of a cohesive drawing, and almost always symmetry and balance find themselves visually represented.

Thus each drawing has a visual element as well as a performative one; and neither takes precedence over the other.  Each performance is unique and each drawing is unique to a single performance.  Stamina, rigor and a meditative focus are evident in the live drawings, which are sometimes created in front of an audience, as with the main work in this exhibition.  The magic of each drawing lies in the tension between structure and improvisation.   Repetition of movement creates a formal pattern on paper, and the drawing becomes evidence of each particular gesture Orrico articulates.  Seemingly no movement is arbitrary; each work points towards the deep connection between the mind and body.

This exhibition is filled with various drawings; each performed either in his studio or live in front of an audience.  There is one piece performed directly on the gallery walls, which will be erased after the exhibition, only to live in photographic documentation or memory.  This piece speaks to the heart of performance art; with its greatest impact being that on memory.  In addition, Orrico will install a large drawing comprised of 25 panels, each 47” x 47”.  The drawing will be performed live at the gallery prior to the opening.

Tony Orrico has danced with Trisha Brown Dance Company and Shen Wei Dance Arts, both in New York, NY.  He has performed in various places, recently The National Academy of Sciences, Washington D.C.; La Porta ’11 festival; Centre de Cultura Contemporania de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain; Strijp-S, Eindhoven, Netherlands; Dance Theater Workshop, NY.  Orrico was also selected by Marina Abromovic to re perform her work in her recent retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, 2010.

Orrico is creating visual design in collaboration with John Jaspere for an upcoming performance, titled Canyon, which premieres at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn NY, in November 2011.

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