2014, raw emerald chips, clay, wood
20″L x 28″H x 12″ D
“Infinite Labor of Cosmic Race”
2014, installation, 156″L x 20″W x 120 “H wall, wood ladder, steel wheel, human hair, brown wall paint
My interest in the folk art traditions, art rituals, music and dance of Latin America, The Caribbean and Africa and their continuous and evolving changes are at the core of my sculpture, installations and interventions. I use a wide variety of materials and sculptural methods often in combinations with reworked found objects that are impregnated with cultural symbols that act as sites of memory. These artworks are about individual and collective memory and implements the human body as a symbol and expression of nature, vulnerability and power. My recent work examines the extent to which a consciousness, national or personal, defines itself through the opposing force of a transcultural experience.
Esperanza Cortes is a Colombian born contemporary New York artist who has exhibited in the United States in galleries and museums including The Neuberger Museum of Art, NY, The Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art, NY, The Bronx Museum of Art, NY, Lehman College Art Gallery, NY, The Queens Museum of Art, NY, Socrates Sculpture Park, NY, El Museo del Barrio, NY, Artist Space, NY, The Museum of Contemporary Hispanic Art, NY, P.S.1 MoMA, NY, The Cleveland Art Museum, Ohio, Helen Day Art Center, VT and The Lorenzo Homar Gallery, Philadelphia, PA. She has shown in Germany, Hungary, Slovakia, Poland, Mexico, Japan, Colombia, Dominican Republic and Spain. Esperanza has received awards from the Bronx Museum, New York State Biennial, New York foundation for the Arts and artist residencies at P.S.1 MOMA, Socrates Sculpture Park, Brooklyn’s Children’s Museum and the Fountainhead Residency.
My art practice is informed by social justice issues. I use process oriented methods
that symbolically or conceptually link materials and ideas. I’m interested in the artist role in responding and contributing to society by developing critical ideas that condemn, approve, or question the status quo. The importance of dreams, and desire is emphasized in overcoming obstacles that make every day life seem insurmountable.
Michael Pribich grew up in Northern California and has lived in New York City since 1990. His art work is informed by social justice issues. In addition to his art career he has worked as an art handler, artist in the prisons, logger, forest firefighter and salmon cannery worker. He received an MFA degree from Hunter College, New York, and BA degree from Sacramento State University in California. Pribich was awarded grants from the Pollock Krasner Foundation, a Fulbright Award to former Yugoslavia, public commission from the Sacramento Public Works department, and Woodland Public Works department.His work has been exhibited in Northand South America, Europe and Asia. Projects and exhibitions in 2011-2012 include Mestizo Gallery in Salt Lake City, Tulsa Living Arts in Tulsa, and Project Row Houses in Houston.
ABOUT TALLER BORICUA
All programs are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislator. They are supported in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the New York City Council, the Consejo Grafico, the Puerto Rican Workshop Inc. and contributors
Who we are?
Taller Boricua was established in 1970 in East Harlem as a non-profit arts organization.Taller Boricua/Puerto Rican Workshop Inc. has expanded into a multicultural institution by providing a variety of programs that stimulate the social, cultural, and economic development of the community. El Taller’s workshops offer artists the opportunity to share ideas and inspiration with colleagues and to enhance productivity and collaboration with other non-profit organizations, schools, artists, public service providers, private corporations, and the community. El Taller Boricua/Puerto Rican Workshop has evolved into a highly respected community arts organization that continues to be a proactive resource for the promotion of the arts.
Following the mission of El Taller Boricua, the artist files focus on contemporary art by artists of all ethnicities. El Taller Boricua accepts all unsolicited artist file materials. The majority of its archives and research materials document the history of El Taller Boricua and the Nuyorican artistic community.