Christening envoy enterprises' new expanded gallery space lo cated on 87 Rivington St.\, artist Desi Santiago will occupy the first floo r and raw basement with an enigmatic environment fluctuating between the re alms of seduction and mourning. Santiago will obscure the notions of a gall ery space with what the artist describes as a 'horrific' yet luring interve ntion comprised of new sculpture\, installation and video.

Santi ago is known for employing theatricality and ceremony into his work transfo rming a typical viewer into a participant of a multi-sensory ritual. In his solo exhibition for envoy enterprises\, the artist will swathe the gallery in a series of sculptural environments featuring miniature robots\, custom -made suits\, worn masks cast from Santiago's face\, and a bomb.

Concurrently with his solo exhibition at 87 Rivington\, Santiago will have a satellite installation on view at envoy enterprises' project space on 13 1 Chrystie St.

A New York City-based Puerto Rican visual and per formance artist\, Desi Santiago's artistic practice spans from 1990 to the present and is heavily influenced by subcultural scenes\, with a strong fou ndation in NYC nightlife\, and cross-over into fashion and art worlds. Sant iago's work draws from\, addresses\, and utilizes the respective vocabulari es and iconography of these worlds to create ceremonial experiences and rel ational performances\, which deal with identity\, exchange\, and the dualit y of mourning/celebration. His practice is that of 'the host'\, wherein the body is the channel and receptor for circumstance\, experience\, and ident ities to pass through resulting in a visual vocabulary of object\, installa tion\, and performance.

Santiago's large-scale installations of ten involve performative and theatrical platforms\, richly layered with phi losophical\, historical and social references. Santiago received a MFA from Bard College. The artist's work has exhibited at 303 Gallery\, Matthew Mar ks Gallery\, D'Amelio Terras Gallery\, Deitch Projects\, MoMA PS1\, Asia So ng Society\, The Metropolitan Museum of Art\, and the MuseƩ des Arts Decora tifs\, Paris. Santiago was recently profiled in the Style section of The Ne w York Times.

LOCATION:envoy enterprises\,87 Rivington Street \nNew York\, NY 10002 SUMMARY:This Pop Is Perfection\, Desi Santiago END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR