Apr 262017
 

Ernesto Oroza
THE TRANSPARENT OBJECT
Cuba, 1995 – 2016

Mmuseumm
Opening:
Thursday May 11
7pm
4 Courtlandt Alley
NYC, NY 10013

Special Period in Times of Peace was how the Cuban government termed the country’s crisis in 1990. The Soviet demise brought bilateral trade to a halt, resulting in a deep economic crisis on the island. Cuba’s international isolation and domestic shortages were made more acute by the longstanding U.S. embargo.

Commercial networks fell apart. There was no fuel to maintain either a public transportation system or the electricity grid. All industry slowed down dramatically due to shortages in primary materials and a lack of access to international markets. Cubans saw their surroundings, from their domestic space to their urban environment, deteriorate at an accelerated pace.

The country’s centralized economy imploded at its inner core: the home. The family became an autonomous economic unit. Workers, musicians, physicians, athletes –all had to confront the severe scarcity of resources with creativity and cooperation.

The transparent object is an early 20th century concept formulated by Boris Arvatov, a Soviet theorist of productivism. In his critique to the object and the capitalist mode of production, he called for a transparent object that would not hide the traces of its production. In absence of a conducive economic context for the production of transparent socialist objects, Arvatov suggested the provisional transformation of capitalist objects, according to the new social demands.

From this perspective, many of the objects created in Cuba during the crisis can be considered transparent objects. They are artifacts that render visible the social and collaborative relations among individuals, confronted with pressing needs and constrained by specific material, technological and intellectual resources. Objects apparently useless were torn apart for repair, reuse and recycling, and the technical knowledge thereby obtained was socialized among friends and neighbors. In many cases, reinvented objects were self-explanatory, and their technological process of production easily replicated.

One more turn around. A vinyl record rotates like the blade of a repaired Soviet fan. They spin, vinyl record and fan, on a rotating commercial display that returns like a tactic productivist display that seeks the passerby’s activation. Another turn around…

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Text by Ernesto Oroza for Mmuseumm, 2017
Color of the display was commissioned to Architect Fabián Martínez
Special thanks to Clara Astiasarán and Ariana Hernández-Reguant

 

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Jan 022017
 

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“Tell me the story of all these things. Beginning wherever you wish, tell even us.”
➡ Opening
January 14th, from 2 to 9 PM
➡ Exhibition until March 18, 2017
Opened from 11 AM to 7 PM

press release: http://villavassilieff.net/IMG/pdf/press-kit_tell-me-the-story_en.pdf

With: Katinka Bock, Vittorio Cavallini, León Ferrari, Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, Sojung Jun, Rose Lowder, Somnath Mukherjee, Ernesto Oroza, Remzi Rasa, Vuth Lyno
* Curators: Mélanie Bouteloup & Victorine Grataloup

“Tell me the story of all these things” borrows its title from “Dictée”, a novel written in 1982 by artist Theresa Hak Kyung Cha. Addressing issues of displacement, migration, and exile, a constellation of texts and artworks revolve around Pernod Ricard Fellow Sojung Jun’s videos. Her work draws micronarratives of marginalized individuals and threatened local traditions.

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Aug 062016
 
Ernesto Oroza, Untitled (Habitat cell made out with euphorbia trigona shrubs and an aluminum door.) From architecture of necessity, 2012

Ernesto Oroza, Untitled (Habitat cell made out with euphorbia trigona shrubs and an aluminum door.) From architecture of necessity, 2012

Curated by William Cordova

Nov. 5, 2016 – Jan. 8, 2017
Opening Reception: Friday, Nov. 4, 2016

“we should want … [our] relationship to space to evoke architecture as it is informed by the humanities, not architecture simply as a technical art.” -LaVerne Wells-Bowie (Art On My Mind: Visual Politics: bell hooks)

The works selected by curator William Cordova represent four generations of South Florida artists whose practice is informed and rooted in the geography, community and multi-cultural diversity of the region. These are artists who have endured and evolved as South Florida has changed, and yet still transcend the boundaries of expectation.

The exhibition offers a glimpse into the prism of South Florida art through sculpture, painting, drawing, audio and film. The works are derived from many different parts of the region and utilize a variety of concepts and scale. Exhibiting artists include the late Purvis Young, the first real home-grown talent whose prolific and complex work gained international critical acclaim well before the 2000s; Karen Rifas, whose expansive site-specific ephemeral installations have been a trademark and influence on the ever-evolving local scene since the 1970s; Robert Thiele, the first Florida artist to be included in the prestigious Whitney Biennial (1975); Juana Valdes, whose work has been included in various biennials, including the Havana and SITE Santa Fe biennials, and yet locally goes unnoticed by major museums; and Onajide Shabaka, visual artist, anthropologist, botanist and writer, a cultural practitioner whose artistic depth and contributions remain unmatched. These are only a few of the many practitioners whose works will be highlighted in this survey of a southern Florida collective.

“those who ain’t got it can’t show it, those who got it can’t hide it” — Zora Neale Hurston

more info here: http://artandculturecenter.org/transphysics-istwa-landscapes-paisajes

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Jul 192016
 

Ernesto Oroza, Tabloid/Wallpaper of Architecture of Necessity essay with photos from the thematic series Architecture of Necessity, Technological Disobedience and Marakka 2000 (detail), 2016, site specific installation, 17 x 41 feet.

Video:
Ernesto Oroza and Magdiel Aspillaga, Marakka 2012, 2012, single channel video (running time 34:49 minutes).

review: http://www.orlandoweekly.com/orlando/this-years-florida-prize-show-at-oma-is-built-on-a-sense-of-longing/Content?mode=print&oid=2507740

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May 082016
 

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2016 ORLANDO MUSEUM OF ART FLORIDA PRIZE IN CONTEMPORARY ART

May 13 – August 14, 2016

The Florida Prize in Contemporary Art is an initiative of the Orlando Museum of Art that brings a new level of recognition to the State’s most progressive artists. Now in its third year, the 2016 exhibition will present ten outstanding artists, with one selected to receive the prize. These artists work in a range of media and artistic practices, often in new and unexpected ways. The challenging nature of their work will offer Museum visitors insight into the complex and exciting world of contemporary art in Florida.

This year’s artists are: Anthea Behm, Gainesville; Adler Guerrier, Miami; María Martínez-Cañas, Miami; Noelle Mason, Tampa; Ernesto Oroza, Aventura; Matt Roberts, Deland; Dawn Roe, Winter Park; Kyle Trowbridge, Coral Gables; Michael Vasquez, Miami; and Sergio Vega, Gainesville.

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Oct 162015
 

Signos. Arte, industria y viceversa
Concebida como una instalación que ocupa toda la galería, esta exposición reúne planos, maquetas, muebles, fotografías, esculturas, publicaciones, dibujos, textiles, vídeos y otros materiales, para llamar la atención sobre zonas históricas y contemporáneas del diseño, en un sentido amplio. Se destacan realizaciones que los comisarios consideran dignas de una revisita en el terreno de las relaciones y los intercambios entre arte, diseño e industria. El conjunto desplegado incluirá también elementos peculiares del ambiente arquitectónico y urbanístico de La Habana, ciudad en donde han cuajado, de manera privilegiada, las experiencias aquí reunidas. Sin énfasis didáctico ni ambición panorámica, el proyecto sugiere conexiones, genealogías, sinergias y experiencias creativas, cual líneas que se cruzan en un entorno sociocultural muy dinámico, caracterizado por la fluidez, las apropiaciones y las improvisaciones.
Curaduría: Antonio Eligio (Tonel) y Concha Fontenla
Carlos José Alfonzo, Juan Carlos Alom, Félix Beltrán, Alberto J. Carol, María Victoria Caignet, Gonzalo Córdoba y EMPROVA, Miguel Díaz, Felipe Dulzaides, Leandro Feal, Mario Gallardo, Mario García Joya (Mayito), Carmelo González, Roberto Gottardi, Arturo Infante y Reinier Quer, Nicolás Landrián, Roberto Matta, Cirenaica Moreira, Ernesto Oroza, Amelia Peláez, Manuel Piña, René Portocarrero, Idelfonso Ramos, Leyden Rodríguez-Casanova, Mariano Rodríguez, Humberto Solás y Héctor Veitía, Lesbia Vent Dumois.
Y los proyectos Ediciones en colores, TELARTE, Arte en la Fábrica, Arte en la Carretera y Arte en el Muro.
Inauguración 13 de octubre a las 8:00pm
O´Reilly 308 e/ Habana y Aguiar. La Habana Vieja

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Sep 162015
 

Inscribing: meditations on time and space
Bridge Red Studios/Project Space
Curated by William Cordova
September 13 – November 1
A project focusing on the evidence or our human presence through photography, painting, drawing and sculpture. Our gestures, stories, recorded moments, building abstract narratives that include geometry, text, the figure and textiles. -william cordova
susan weiss – karen rifas – michiku kurisu – hiram maristany – kristen thiele – yanira collado – robert mcknight – lou anne colodny – alexis sanfield – alejandro valensia – carlos sandoval de leon – ilka hartmann – donald mcknight – ena marrero – onajide shabaka – warren bailey – leslie hewitt – ernesto oroza – rick ulysse – rosemarie chiarlone

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Sep 122015
 
residential properties
Real estate speculation, virtual environments, and developments in technology and fabrication now require a reconsideration of what ‘dwelling’ is. How does the scale of a home adjust in relation to these new, “fluid” elements and forces? Residential Properties explores recent shifts in living spaces through site-specific interventions within an existing house/artist residency in a Miami neighborhood, The Fountainhead Residency. Contributors to this exhibition come from a range of disciplinary backgrounds including visual artists, industrial designers, architects, filmmakers, web designers, and writers.
Residential Properties will generate a positive entanglement between creative disciplines, between The Fountainhead Residency and its surrounding neighborhoods, and between local and global definitions of “dwelling.” The exhibition will widen and deepen critical conversations within the local community about what is possible within the borders of our homes, and will invite viewers to reconsider the nature of these borders.

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Sep 082015
 

time and materials

Time and Materials is a formula that helps one determine the value of one’s labor: it is the cost of the materials and equipment required, plus a rate multiplied by the time it takes to complete the job. While the Time and Materials equation is a way to arrive a specific quantitative value, this project presents artists whose work puts the variables of this equation into play. The exhibition examines the work of six South Florida artists who mix a language of drawing with labor-intensive processes that deconstruct, conflate, and transform ideas about both labor and drawing, and who propose new models through which we may consider the value of one’s labor.

The show will feature the following artists: Nathalie Alfonso, AA.CM.FG, Ernesto Oroza, Frances Trombly, Odalis Valdivieso, and Agustina Woodgate.

*Free and open to the public.

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Jun 282015
 
Untitled. (from archive Enemigo Provisional). 2004

Untitled. (from archive Enemigo Provisional). 2004

Herbert Matthews published the first report on the Cuban Revolution, written during guerrilla warfare in the Sierra Maestra, that reached an international readership in The New York Times in February 1975. It was an article that turned him into a pioneer, as it was the first to voice the West’s fascination with the revolutionary venture and it also launched the revolution’s young leader. Such was the impact of the piece that Anthony Depalma went so far as to describe Matthews as the “man who invented Fidel”. More info here. En castellano aquí

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May 272015
 

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Desobediência Tecnológica – Ernesto Oroza
Caixa Cultural Recife
27/05/2015 a 28/06/2015
Com curadoria de Fernanda Terra – Produção da Museo Museologia e Museografia – Cenotécnica e Iluminação Arts Monta Design.
Curated by Fernanda Terra – Production by Museo Museologia e Museografia – Design, installation and lighting by Arts Monta Design
Curada por Fernanda Terra – Producción de Museo Museología y Museografía –  Diseño, instalación e iluminación de Arts Monta Design.

Laercio Portela para Marco Zero Conteúdo sobre la exposición Desobediencia Tecnológica curada por Fernanda Terra para Caixa Cultural Recife: http://marcozero.org/brasilia-teimosa-periferia-de-havana/

see photos on Brasilia Teimosa/Recife Centro/Pina: HERE

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Apr 102015
 

UJAMAA (diagrams), 2015
text-based seating system

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Aug 152014
 

GPS-PAMM-2014

http://www.pamm.org/exhibitions/global-positioning-systems

Global Positioning Systems is the second iteration of Pérez Art Museum Miami’s Overview Galleries, in which selections from PAMM’s permanent collection are displayed alongside loans from important private collections. Consisting of six interrelated parts (titledHistory PaintingVisual MemoryThe Uses of HistoryUrban ImaginariesThe Contested Present, and Forms of Commemoration), this thematic group presentation explores the intersection between globalization and history. Since the late 1980s, the political and economic forces unleashed at the close of the Cold War have combined with dramatic advances in transportation and digital communications to create an unprecedented degree of interdependency among the nations of the world. As the networks of individuals, institutions, and markets that constitute the international system of art-making and distribution have expanded to include voices from disparate regions and contexts, the field has become a mirror for the cultural effects of this heightened state of global integration. One of the most important of these cultural effects has been the destabilization of any singular understandings of time and world history. The idea that the past may bear different meanings depending on one’s geographic and cultural standpoint has never seemed more incontrovertible. Global Positioning Systems explores this issue by bringing together the productions of an international and intergenerational array of artists who engage diverse histories while raising questions about how the past is recorded and remembered.

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May 262014
 

On view through July 12, 2014
IMPACT & LEGACY: 50 Years of the CINTAS Foundation
As the first large-­scale exhibition of the CINTAS 
Fellows Collection, Impact and Legacy highlights 
CINTAS Fellows from all eras  and includes works 
from the Foundation’s expansive collection. MDC
 Museum of Art + Design, steward of the CINTAS 
Fellows Collection, is composed of works by 
CINTAS Fellows, the Foundation’s renowned annual competition and fellowship award administered by the Museum every October.

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Provisional chairs (from Objects of Necessity), 2005. Founded metal bar chairs, monobloc plastic chairs and clothes. Set of two. Edition of 5.

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May 082014
 
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MIA-BER (group show)
Curated by William Cordova at Verein Berliner Künstler, Berlin; June 19 – July 13, 2014.
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Apr 072014
 

Technological Disobedience at Miami Science Museum. Invited by James Herring

Technological Disobedience at Miami Science Museum

Technological Disobedience at Miami Science Museum

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