I am a Caribbean New Yorker; atheist on some days, non-theist agnostic on others; liberal, socialist, agitator, ethical polyamorist, marijuana advocate, high-school dropout, GED-holder, autodidact, educator, debater; white people-fearing, all people-loving, LGBTQ-allying; hip-hop, sneaker, comic and sci-fi passionate; Dominican Puerto Rican interdisciplinary artist born on a military base in North Carolina in 1976. I have exhibited, taught and spoken in dozens of institutions nationally and internationally. I have been a Washington Heights, NYC resident since 1984 and I make stuff at Coronado Print Studio in El Barrio.
My work conveys my anxiety and thrill regarding history, how that history manifests in the present, and present’s implications for the future. While having much respect and pride in my cultures, sometimes I would rather shine a bright light on things some believe we should reanalyze as opposed to play the cheerleader for.
On-site live in Las Galerías from March 8 – April 30, 2017
For the residency I will be throwing together a combination of printing, typography, and Graff with protest / dissent.
I will be collecting people’s thoughts and quotes, and participants will use pencils and Styrofoam sheets to make poster art—sort of an extension of “the people’s wall” currently on display at El Museo. Maybe text could be pulled directly from said wall in some cases.
I will be inviting Rene de los Santos and Pepe Coronado, regular collaborators in my work, to also facilitate in the working of a small press I would like to roll in. In addition, I would like to have students from my partnership classes participate in some way as they will be making similar work through my teaching residency.
You can expect impassioned monologues, conversations, and debates ranging from the history and current state of El Museo, East Harlem, “Latino Art” in NYC, current events—both political and social—and the Caribbean, with a special focus on Dominican Puerto Rican and Haitian history, among other randomness.