Schedule of Performances:
May 27th, 12-10pm, prepare the plane
May 28th, 6-9pm, /Vessel for Governing and Conception/
Opening Reception: Thursday, May 29th, 6-8pm,
Accelerated Image: Yvonne Rainer's Hand Movie (1966)
P.P.O.W is pleased to present our first exhibition of performances, artifacts and bilateral drawings by artist, Tony Orrico. Since 2008, he has been exploring his own bodily symmetry, combining his experience as a dancer and visual artist to inform the enduring durations and actions of his work. In Petrified Acts, Orrico uses his body as a vehicle to create work through timed manipulation of graphite, a surface and space; guided by inherent physical impulses that manifest into visible forms. The exhibition will be preceded by two public performances from his CARBON series. On May 27th from noon to 10pm, Orrico will perform prepare the plane, where he will endure an exhausting marathon of imprinting the edge of paper with his teeth. On May 28th from 6 to 9pm he will perform /Vessel for Governing and Conception/, an exploration of the polar aspects of the body Orrico maps out the flow of Yin and Yang using loose graphite. In addition, Orrico will perform with his partner, dancer Melinda Jean Myers, Accelerated Image: Yvonne Rainer's Hand Movie (1966) during the opening of Petrified Acts, May 29th from 6 to 8pm.
Orrico has been presented and exhibited in the US, Australia, France, Germany, Mexico, the Netherlands and Spain. His visual work is in the permanent collections of The National Academy of Sciences (Washington DC) and Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporáneo (MUAC) in Mexico City, as well as prominent private collections. He has been presented at New Museum (NYC) and Poptech 2011: The World Rebalancing. As a former member of Trisha Brown Dance Company and Shen Wei Dance Arts, Orrico has graced such stages as the Sydney Opera House, Teatro La Fenice, New York State Theater, and Théâtre du Palais-Royal.