With the exhibition CARBON, the Polyforum Siqueiros in Mexico City presents Tony Orrico's third solo exhibition. Orrico is a visual artist as well as a performer and choreographer, and is a former member of Trisha Brown Dance Company as well as Shen Wei Dance Arts. He was chosen as one of the performers that re-performed Marina Abramovic's work in her retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
In his work, Orrico combines movement and drawing. His drawings are created by performances that he realizes either in his studio or live in front of an audience. On his website, he writes that his Penwald Drawings are "a series of bilateral drawings in which Tony Orrico explores the use of his body as a tool of measurement to inscribe geometries through movement and course. The master of each drawing is a conceptual score of Orrico's efficacious techniques, imposed variables, and specified durations and/or objectives." Because of the geometric curves that he creates during his performances, he is sometimes called the "human spirograph".
Tony Orrico's three month solo exhibition (curated by MARSO) takes place in a remarkable building that was designed by the Mexican social realist painter David Alfaro Siqueiros in the 1960s. The decagon shaped construction hosts the massive mural work called La Marcha de la Humanidad.
Tony Orrico: Fourths And Quarters (performance). Polyforum Siqueiros, Mexico City, April 19, 2012. Video by Jacinto Astiazarán.
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