A Performance installation
By Veronica Pena
Curated by Creighton Micheal
Performance is collaboration with Moira Williams and Shizu Homma
December 10 – 31st 2010

The LAB (for installation + performance art) is thrilled to present “Without Name”, a re-incarnation of a performance installation originally created by Veronica Peña in 2008. The show is inspired by her desire to experience the union between the absent and the present, in response her father’s passing in 2007.

For the show’s installation, Peña will cover The LAB with a thin layer of plastic, which will be painted red as part of the performance. Peña will then fill the space with large masses of grouped paper and string, rearranging them until the materials begin to convey a sculptural presence. Covered in a thin skin of plastic and red paint the performer will seek to blend in with the installation creating a living sculpture among the lifeless string and paper shapes. The performer’s eyes will be covered, rendering them blind, able only to hear. “Hearing is the last sense we loose when we are dying” says Peña, ”I will build the space and wait for my father, for the absent, to come join me”.

Verónica Peña is an interdisciplinary artist from Spain, currently living and working in New York City. She received her BFA in Painting from The Polytechnic University of Valencia (Spain) and her MFA from Stony Brook University (New York) with a focus on installation/performance and video. Peña work has been exhibited in Spain, Italy, and the United States. In New York her work has been featured in “Spain In The City” at the Armory Show 2010 (Gabarron Foundation), in “A Book About Death” at the Queens Museum of Art, in the “13th DUMBO Art Under The Bridge Festival” at the DUMBO Arts Center and The Parrish Art Museum (Long Island). In Spain, her work has been exhibited at Casa de America (Madrid), Fundacion Antonio Saura (Cuenca), Museo Orus (Zaragoza), Fundacion Caja Rioja (La Rioja), and The Polytechnic University of Valencia (Valencia). Peña has been a recipient of the Socrates-Erasmus Grant, the Juan Genoves Universidad Complutense de Madrid Fellowship, and a candidate for the Dedalus Foundation Grant. She has recently published The Presence Of The Absent, a thesis about her body of work.

Creighton Michael received his MA in art history from Vanderbilt University and a MFA in painting and multimedia from Washington University in St. Louis. He is a recipient of a Pollack Krasner Foundation grant, a New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship in sculpture and a Golden Foundation for the Arts award in painting. His work is in various public and private collections including the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., Brooklyn Museum, and Denver Art Museum.

Michael has had solo exhibitions at numerous galleries and art centers in New York City and throughout the United States, including The High Museum of Art (Atlanta); Katonah Museum of Art (Katonah NY) and the Queens Museum of Art at Bulova Corporate Center (Queens NY). He has also shown internationally, in Copenhagen, Montreal and Reykjavík. In the November 2010, Tangible Marking: The Dimensional Drawings of Creighton Michael, will be on view at The College of Saint Rose (Albany New York). Michael has been a Visiting Assistant Professor of Art at Hunter College, New York City since 2005 and is a member of American Abstract Artists and the International Sculpture Center, where he was recently elected to the Board of Directors.

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