Please join the Bronx River Arts Center for a public reception showcasing “For Closure” by Gabriela Salazar that will feature a new choreographed dance performance by the collaborative duo RETTOCAMME. This event is part of “Arts and Culture Day” during Bronx Week 2012 to celebrate Bronx-based art and cultural initiatives.
About the installation:
“For Closure (Outdoors, the Bronx)” by interdisciplinary artist Gabriela Salazar points to the current crisis in the housing sector. The structure is a four-story house of cards assembled from locally salvaged doors. The thin sheet of the door stands in as shorthand for the house, the home, and the occupant. As much an image as it is a corporeal experience, the “house of doors” looks simultaneously precarious and stable. “For Closure” enacts the fallibility of our sense of safety, security, and permanence.
Gabriela Salazar is an artist and writer living and working in Brooklyn and the Bronx, NY. Engaging architecture, text, sculpture, and drawing, her work concerns our relationships and associations with the constructed environment. Salazar received her MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2009, a BA from Yale University in 2003, and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture in 2011. Her work has been included in group shows across the country and her essay, “Another One Bites the Dust!”, was published in the peer-reviewed Journal of Contemporary Aesthetics in October 2010.
About the performance:
Created in response to “For Closure,” the dance group RETTOCAMME will perform short structured sequences at intervals throughout the reception. Each choreographed segment will include elements of improvisation interspersed with repeated unison movement phrases to create unexpected interactions with the site.
RETTOCAMME is a Brooklyn-based dance/art/design company founded by choreographer and visual artist Emma Cotter in 2003. In addition to having produced several evening-length works, they have presented shorter pieces and site-specific works at the Jonathan Shorr Gallery, United Photo Industries, Figment 09, Solar Powered Arts Festival, at various chashama locations, among many others.
BRAC on the Block at West Farms Square Plaza Located at the base of the subway station at West Farms Square/East Tremont Avenue, on the corner of East Tremont Avenue and Boston Road, Bronx, NY 10460