Interplay focuses on four emerging New York-based artists whose work is equally defined in a multiplicity of mediums. For each of these artists, the expression of ideas in different mediums is a necessity. Interplay will explore individual bodies of artwork by these artists, as they strive to master artmaking in numerous distinct mediums, and at the same time, form a comprehensive artistic statement. Painting, sculpture, sound, installation, poetry, photography, drawing, collage and video are among the methods being investigated by these contemporary artists.
ARTISTS: Ernest Concepcion employs his extensive knowledge of video games and science fiction in his paintings, drawings, sound, and film projects. Using materials from his childhood (including Sharpies and playdough) he builds elaborate battle scenes reminiscent of allegorical history paintings. Vlatka Horvat spans a range of media—from performance-based photography and video, to collage, installation and light projects that use text to illustrate dual definitions. Her work is often done in thematic series, and deals with task, action and enactment. Miquel Luciano addresses the colonial relationship between the US and Puerto Rico in his playful and sometimes painful depictions of Puerto Rican culture. His painting, sculpture, installation and photography examine a variety of Puerto Rican stereotypes and expose a history of racist representation. William Villalongo through painting, drawing, installation and sculpture, Villalongo repurposes the languages of Western mythological and romantic painting, kitsch and science fiction in order to reveal visions of a mutating personal and African American identity.