In Situ: A Project by Cheryl Wing-Zi Wong and Clifford Owens
Thursday, January 29, 2015 at 7 PM
CP Projects Space
132 W 21st St, 10th floor, New York, New York 10011
IN SITU uses Nine Square Grid (9SG), a pedagogical tool for architectural design problem-solving developed by John Hejduk, as a conceptual point of departure for a 30-minute, audience-sensitive performance. IN SITU utilizes the movable walls in the exhibition space in conjunction with choreographed movements that directly engage with the audience, creating spatial and corporeal relationships.
Clifford Owens’ art has appeared in numerous group and solo exhibitions. His solo exhibitions and projects include, "A Forum for Performance Art" Brooklyn Academy of Music (2014), "Better the Rebel You Know" Home, Manchester, England (2014), “Anthology: Clifford Owens” Museum of Modern Art PS1 (2011-2012), and “Perspectives 173: Clifford Owens” Contemporary Arts Museum Houston (2011). His group exhibitions include, “Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art” Contemporary Arts Museum (2012), “Greater New York 2005” Museum of Modern Art PS1 (2005), “Freestyle” The Studio Museum in Harlem (2001), and the traveling exhibition “Performance Now” (2013-14).
He studied at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Mason Gross School of Visual Arts Rutgers University, and the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program. Clifford was an artist in residence at The Studio Museum in Harlem, and he attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture.
Clifford has received numerous grants and fellowships including the William H. Johnson Prize, Art Matters Grant, a Louis Tiffany Comfort Award, New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, the New York Community Trust, the Lambent Foundation, and the Rutgers University Ralph Bunche Distinguished Graduate Fellowship. Publications, reviews, and interviews about his work include New York Times, Art +Auction, Village Voice, Modern Painters, Art in America, Art Forum, The New Yorker, BOMB, The Wall Street Journal, The Drama Review, Greater New York 2005, Performa: New Visual Art Performance, Rethinking Contemporary Art and Multicultural Education, and Why Art Photography? He has written for exhibition catalogues, the New York Times, Art Forum, and Performing Arts Journal.
Recently, Clifford has completed “Seminar,” a project about the pedagogy of performance art at Pioneer Works in Brooklyn, New York; “Five Night’s Worth,” in conjunction with Performa13 and the traveling group exhibition “Radical Presence: Contemporary Black Performance”; “The Kiss” in collaboration with Legacy Russell at Danspace in New York City; “Photographs with an Audience: Philadelphia” and “Photographs with an Audience: Manchester.”
Clifford was born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1971. He lives and works in New York City.
Cheryl Wing-Zi Wong:
Cheryl Wing-Zi Wong is an artist/chitect working in social practice, architecture and performance. She received her B.A. in art from U.C. Berkeley, studied sculpture at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera in Milan, Italy, and earned a Masters in Architecture from Columbia University GSAPP.
Wong’s practice investigates architecture and performance through interventions of transformative spaces. She explores how spaces can perform on varying scales: smaller scales such as surfaces that accommodate the body, to larger scale spaces that may be entire rooms or environments. Her work merges physical construction of spaces with relational dynamics, where consideration of public is integral. Her creative process is a crossover between drawing (using digital tools such as mapping and 3D digital modeling) and building physical space. Her work has been published in Domus Magazine, Architizer, Design Observer and Interior Design Magazine. Cheryl has taught architecture & design in Macao and in Bangkok, where she was recently an adjunct professor from 2013 - 2014 in the department of architecture at Thailand's oldest and most prestigious university, Chulalongkorn University. She is a 2015 artist-in-residence at Taliesin West, Frank Lloyd Wright’s desert institution.