Oct, 2008

A public intervention by Nayda Collazo-Llorens
October 25 – November 16, 2008
Viewable from dusk until midnight, Thursdays through Sundays
Opening Reception: Saturday, October 25, 2008, 6PM – 8PM
Artist’s talk: Saturday, November 8, 4:30PM
MediaNoche, 1355 Park Avenue @ 102nd Street, New York, NY
MediaNoche, Manhattan’s Uptown gallery devoted to new media, presents Voiceover, a site-specific public intervention by Nayda Collazo-Llorens. A constant flow of text moving across the storefront windows of MediaNoche engages the public to explore aspects of memory, language and displacement. Viewable at night from the street, nearby buildings and passing trains on the overpass, Voiceover is a non-linear textual piece projected onto the windows of the gallery, located at the Northeast corner of Park Avenue and 102nd Street.

A lyrical, textual composition, Voiceover is based on Collazo-Llorens’ research of the archives and oral histories section of PRdream.com, a web site on the history, culture and politics of Puerto Rico and its diaspora.  Fragments from these oral histories are combined with texts from public spaces, literature, the media, as well as the artist’s own writings. The projected words become transmitted signals, simultaneously truncated and expanded, pointing to multiple narrators while triggering viewers to connect to their own experience. The ephemeral quality of the projected light and the fleeting texts suggests the fragility and transient nature of memory and story telling.


Nayda Collazo-Llorens was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and is a visual artist based in New York City and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She received an MFA from New York University in 2002 and a BFA from Massachusetts College of Art, Boston in 1990. She works in various media, including works on paper and canvas, video, and installations, exploring the way in which the mind processes information.
Recent individual exhibitions include Route/Journal at LMAKprojects (Williamsburg), Brooklyn, NY, 2007; Navigable Zones at Project 4, Washington DC, 2007; Mindscapes at Space Other, Boston, 2006; Roaming, CSV Cultural Center, NYC, 2006; and Configuraciones, Galería Raíces, San Juan, PR, 2005. Notable group shows include the IX International Cuenca Biennial in Ecuador, 2007; 12th International Media Art Biennale, Wroclaw, Poland, 2007; None of the Above: Contemporary Works by Puerto Rican Artists, Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT, 2004, and Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, San Juan, PR, 2005; and Here & There: Six Artists from San Juan, at El Museo del Barrio, NY, 2001 and Blaffer Gallery, University of Houston, TX, 2002. She was an Artist in Residence at Location One, New York, NY, 2004-05, and a 2006 Grant recipient from the Urban Artist Initiative/New York City. Her work has been reviewed in The New York Times, Art Net, Art US, Art Nexus, Art News and NY Arts, among others. More information on the artist’s work can be found at www.naydacollazollorens.com.

Nayda Collazo-Llorens appears courtesy of LMAKprojects, New York.

Other upcoming shows:

Beyond a Memorable Fancy
Print, Perception and the Artist’s Intervention
Curated by Michelle Levy
October 30 – December 13 2008
Opening Reception, November 1, 6-9
Artists: Glen Baldridge, Robert Buck, Benjamin Cohen, Nayda Collazo-Llorens, Ian Cooper, Jenelle Covino, Alex Dodge, Rachel Foullon, David Gatten, Dylan Gauthier, Graffiti Research Lab, Lynne Harlow, Adam Helms, Wennie Huang, Matthew Day Jackson, Heidi Neilson, Evan Roth, Jennifer Schmidt, Peter Simensky, Mary Temple, and Stephan von Muehlen.
EFA Project Space, 323 W 39th Street, New York, NY
212-563-5855, projectspace@efa1.org
Gallery hours: 12-6, Wed- Sat

A public intervention piece viewable after dusk
Oct 30 – Dec 5 2008
Ellipsis consists of a video projection onto Future Tenant’s storefront window in downtown PIttsburgh. A constant flow of text interweaves the narrative of a personal journey with specific references to air travel, weather conditions, technological data, and current news headlines. The work invites the viewers to reflect on the complexities of the mind, language and the fragmented manner in which we perceive and process information.
Future Tenant, 819 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh, PA

10th Havana Biennial
Integration and Resistance in the Global Age
27 March – 30 April 2009
Havana, Cuba
The 10th Havana Biennial will gather artists from Latin America, the Caribbean, Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

Other current shows:

En sus marcas…
Contemporary Puerto Rican Painting
Curated by Rebeca Noriega
Oct 2 – Dec 12 2008
Sala de las Artes, Universidad del Sagrado Corazón, San Juan, PR
Organizador: Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña
Artistas: Osvaldo Budet, Nayda Collazo Llorens, Fernando Colón, Karla Cott, Rabindranat Díaz, Radamés Figueroa, Ivelisse Jiménez, José Lerma, Michael Linares, Miguel Luciano, Héctor Madera, Sofía Maldonado, Melvin Martínez, Javier Martínez, Roberto Márquez, Nora Maité Nieves, Fernando Paes, Enoc Pérez, Fernando Pintado, Isabel Ramírez, Gamaliel Rodríguez, José Jorge Román, Chemi Rosado, Aarón Salabarrías, Miguel Trelles, Frances Gallardo, Nathan Budoff y Eric Schroeder.

La curadora define el proyecto con estas palabras, “Ésta exposición pone de manifiesto algunas características de la nueva pintura realizada por artistas emergentes en Puerto Rico durante las últimas dos décadas”. Continúa explicando y añade “…es una muestra que reconoce la vigencia y la renovación del medio pictórico desde lo técnico hasta lo conceptual”.

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