We are extremely proud to announce the successful opening and the press coverage of our gallery artist, Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons and Neil Leonard’s exhibition. 

 

 

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Wall Street International

Art Daily

María Magdalena Campos-Pons
and
Neil Leonard
September 8 - October 27, 2013
Opening Reception: September 8, 6 - 8 p.m.
 
 
 
Stephan Stoyanov Gallery is extremely proud to announce the opening of the exhibition by María Magdalena Campos-Pons and Neil Leonard. This will be their first exhibition at the gallery, in conjunction with their widely acclaimed collaborative participation in the Pavilion of Republic of Cuba, 55th International Art Exhibition - la Biennale di Venezia.
 
María Magdalena Campos-Pons is one of the most prominent artists to emerge from post-Revolutionary Cuba and one of the most relevant artists presently working in the US. Her progressive transdisciplinary discourse, which includes performance, photo-graphy, painting, drawing, video, installation art and site- specific interventions, locates her oeuvre at the forefront of contemporary art practices. The exhibition presents Campos-Pons’ newest body of work in the medium of photography and drawing. Contemplative and poetical, the works are deeply invested in important contemporary topics of exilicidentity, individual freedom, cultural heritage and hybridism, and racial and national politics. Starting with her own experiences of an Afro-Cuban woman whose ancestors were displaced from Africa, her exile and memories from Cuba, as well as her experience of living in the United States, Campos-Pons’s oeuvre approaches identity as a fluid, contradictory and unstable rather than firmly fixed entity in today’s globalized world. Her visually striking compositions are often fragmented self- portraits against suggestive abstract backgrounds. They feature the artist’s body in costumes that merge elements and symbols of various cultures. By employing fragments of different traditions, religions and mythologies, in particular the Yoruba, Spanish and Chinese ones, Campos-Pons metaphorically speaks about the possibilities of rebirth, liberation and refinement in relation to the broader geopolitical issues.
 
In correlation with Campos-Pons’ works, the exhibition will also feature Neil Leonard’s newest site-specific multimedia installation Pan Verdadero (True Bread), consisting of videos and sounds collected during his most recent trip to Cuba. The images and chants of Cuban street vendors (pregoneros) create an immersive experience, representing the texture of today’s Cuba; the country evolves, the forms of trade and capitalism are being reinvented, and the basic diversity of discourse changes on the island, as well as in perceptions of the island from abroad. The shifting keynote sounds on the island signify all that has altered in recent months and speak to the upcoming changes in the future.
 
 
 
 
María Magdalena Campos-Pons was born in 1959 in the Matanzas province of Cuba. She was trained at the Escuela Nacional de Arte and the Instituto Superior de Arte in Havana, and she did post graduate studies at Massachusetts College of Art. Campos-Pons was recipient of a Harvard Fellowship 93/94. Campos-Pons’ work was shown at numerous solo and group exhibitions, at the institutions such as the Indianapolis Museum of Art, IN; Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville, TN; Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach, FL; MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, MA; National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Canada; Sackler Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA; Newark Museum, Newark, NJ; TATE Liverpool,Liverpool, England; P.S.1 MoMA, Long Island City; MoMA New York, and Museum Boijmans van Beunigen in Rotterdam, among others. The artist was also featured in the exhibition Authentic/Ex-centric: Africa in and Out of Africa, as a part of the 49th Venice Biennial (2001). Campos-Pons has been the subject of numerous reviews and art publications. It is also included in several public collections, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, The Art Institute of Chicago, the MFA Boston, De Cordova Museum, the Ludwig Forum for International Art in Germany, the Center for the Development of Visual Arts in Havana, Cuba, and The Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK.
 
Neil Leonard is a prolific composer, performer, writer, and innovator in computer music and sound design. He has a long- standing career in working with visual artists, including María Magdalena Campos-Pons, with whom Leonard frequently collaborates since 1988. He has created sound for installations at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; The Kitchen, New York; The Seattle Art Museum; and Boston Museum of Fine Arts. His compositions have been performed at Carnegie Hall, Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Banff Festival for the Arts, and the International Computer Music Convention. Widely recognized as an expert in music for multimedia, Leonard has lectured internationally, at such locations as: Centro para la Difusion de la Musica Contemporanea, Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain; Conservatoria Nacional de Musica, Republica Dominicana; University of Puerto Rico, San Juan; and Theremin Center at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory, Moscow, Russia. He has published more than thirty articles for American National Biography (Oxford University Press), Electronic Musician, Computer Music Journal, Green Linnet, and Sire Records, and he was a contributing author for the History Channel’s documentary on the Smithsonian’s Save Our Sounds project. He has performed with artists including the Boston Ballet, Joanne Brackeen, Don Byron, Robin Eubanks, Uri Caine, Orlando Cachaito Lopez (Buena Vista Social Club), John Medeski, Vijay Iyer and a long list of others. Leonard is the Artistic Director of Berklee College of Music’s Interdisciplinary Arts Institute and Professor of Electronic Production and Design at Berklee. In 2011, Leonard received Berklee’s Distinguished Faculty Award. He is currently on the Fulbright Specialist Roster.
inToAsia: Time-based Art Festival 2013 – MicroCitiesCurated by CHEN Wei-ching, Joanne and LAI Lih-huei (Josiane)Exhibition I  Aug 8 -31Opening reception: THUR. Aug 8, 6 - 8pm@ Stephan Stoyanov Gallery29 Orchard St. New York, NY 10002Opening performance by WANG Chung-kun
InCube Arts is delighted to present the first edition of inToAsia: Time-based Art Festival 2013 – MicroCities, with focus on 33 Asia-based new media artists. Curated by CHEN Wei-ching, Joanne and LAI Lih-huei (Josiane).In recent years, social and economic developments in East Asia have produced drastic changes in its urban landscape and introduced architectural diversity in its many cities. While developments in metropolis are inevitable, economic booms also affect small cities evolving into dense, fast-paced, technology-oriented societies. Changes in culture, ideology, social/economic structures, as well as ecological environment accompany this process of reconstruction. Dramatic changes in city landscape are prominent and obvious, but the collapse of the social system and its metamorphosis are not immediately apparent, and necessitates an in-depth examination of the global trends affecting life in the City.“MicroCities” gathers together a group of time-based art, including videos, shorts, animations, kinetic installations, and real-time sound art performances. Coming from Taiwan, Japan, Korea, China, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines, and India, these artists, with varying cultural and social backgrounds, reflect on their life experiences in relation to the world-wide social issues associated with a global culture, and how this affects the dynamics of the rising East Asian cities as a whole.Participating Artists:CHEN Wan-Jen|CHIANG Chien-Hsin + LIAO Chien-Chiao|Chilai Howard CHENG|Chim↑Pom|Chitra Ganesh|CHOU Yu-Cheng|CHU ChunTeng|DIN Chin-Chung|Gitanjali Rao|HO Tzu Nyen|HSU Che-Yu|HSU Chia-Wei|HU Xiangqian|Junebum PARK|Kenji WONG|LIN Chi-Wei|Linda C.H. LAI|Michelle DIZON|Piyarat PIYAPONGWIWAT|Samson YOUNG|Silas FONG|SU Yu-Hsien|TIAN Xiaolei|Tintin WULIA|TSUI Kuang-Yu|TU Pei-Shih|UJINO|WANG Chung-kun|WANG Fujui|WONG Hoy Cheong|WU Chang-Jung|Yeondoo JUNG|Yukihiro TAGUCHIOther upcoming programsSound PerformanceFRI. Aug 9, 6:30 – 8:30pm@ Residency Unlimited360 Court St. Unit #4, Brooklyn, NY 11231 Exhibition II  Aug 8 -28Opening reception: SAT. Aug 10, 6 - 8pm@ The NARS Foundation38-65 12th St. Long Island City, NY 11101ABOUT CURATORSCHEN Wei-ching, JoanneCHEN is the former Marketing Director of Taiwan Art Gallery Association and organized Art Taipei (Taipei International Art Fair) from 2007 to 2010. Currently, she’s the founder of inCube Arts, a non-profit art organization, in New York City. She is also an independent curator, art consultant and widely published critic. Chen has also curated international exhibitions such as “Jenny Chen: Without End” at ISE Cultural Foundation, New York, “London Calling” a touring exhibition (China/Taiwan), Joshua Balgos’ solo exhibition “Whatever It Takes” at the Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts. She has written and published her articles internationally in Art Investment, ARTCO, Art Collection + Design, ARTITUDE Magazine and the Art Taipei Forum Media.LAI Lih-huei (Josiane)Lives and works in Taipei and New York. Lai Lih-huei (Josiane) has worked for Council for Cultural Affairs in Taiwan, National Museum of Taiwan History, as well as Taipei Cultural Center in New York from 1997 to 2010. Currently Lai is an independent curator and critic. Her articles were published periodically in Artist Magazine, Arts and Collection in Taiwan since 2004.ABOUT inCube ArtsBased in New York City, founded by CHEN Wei-Ching, Joanne and co-founded by LAI Lih-huei (Josiane) and Yumei Yang Durham, inCube Arts is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to fostering new forms of cultural exchange and creative expression through exhibitions, art festival, artist/curator residencies, workshops and public lectures and talks. inCube Arts will launch the first edition of inToAsia: Time-based Art Festival in New York City, an annual public event for New Media Arts. The festival will become the bridge for Asian Time-based Art to connect with the West (Europe and America), providing Asian perspective through multi-disciplinary media including videos, shorts, animations, kinetic installations, and real-time sound art performances. Participating nations include Taiwan, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, India and Southeast Asian countries such as Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand and Malaysia. inCube Arts aims to create a platform for the professionals to  brainstorm their avant-garde and experimental ideas under the auspices of a beyond-institution, trans-disciplinary and cross-continent juncture.Website: http://www.incube-arts.org/pages/programs-intoasia2013.htmlImage: Junebum PARK, To let, 2011, Single Channel, HD, 08’20”Organized by|inCube ArtsCo-organized by|Chew’s Culture Foundation, Hong-Gah MuseumSponsored by|Ministry of Culture, R.O.C. (Taiwan), Taipei Cultural Center of TECO in New York, the Taipei City Department of Cultural Affairs, Cultural Affairs Bureau of Taichung City Government.Exhibition Support|The Queens Museum of Art, Stephan Stoyanov Gallery, the NARS Foundation, Residency Unlimited.Special thanks|Mr. Claude Shumlic SaenzThanks to|Brooklyn Artist Studio, LONG MARCH SPACE, MUJIN-TO Production, OSAGE contemporary art gallery, Project Fulfill Art Space, YAMAMOTO GENDAI Gallery
inToAsia: Time-based Art Festival 2013 – MicroCities
Curated by CHEN Wei-ching, Joanne and LAI Lih-huei (Josiane)
Exhibition I  Aug 8 -31

Opening reception: THUR. Aug 8, 6 - 8pm
@ Stephan Stoyanov Gallery

29 Orchard St. New York, NY 10002
Opening performance by WANG Chung-kun

InCube Arts is delighted to present the first edition of inToAsia: Time-based Art Festival 2013 – MicroCities, with focus on 33 Asia-based new media artists. Curated by CHEN Wei-ching, Joanne and LAI Lih-huei (Josiane).
In recent years, social and economic developments in East Asia have produced drastic changes in its urban landscape and introduced architectural diversity in its many cities. While developments in metropolis are inevitable, economic booms also affect small cities evolving into dense, fast-paced, technology-oriented societies. Changes in culture, ideology, social/economic structures, as well as ecological environment accompany this process of reconstruction. Dramatic changes in city landscape are prominent and obvious, but the collapse of the social system and its metamorphosis are not immediately apparent, and necessitates an in-depth examination of the global trends affecting life in the City.
“MicroCities” gathers together a group of time-based art, including videos, shorts, animations, kinetic installations, and real-time sound art performances. Coming from Taiwan, Japan, Korea, China, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines, and India, these artists, with varying cultural and social backgrounds, reflect on their life experiences in relation to the world-wide social issues associated with a global culture, and how this affects the dynamics of the rising East Asian cities as a whole.



Participating Artists:
CHEN Wan-Jen|CHIANG Chien-Hsin + LIAO Chien-Chiao|Chilai Howard CHENG|Chim↑Pom|Chitra Ganesh|CHOU Yu-Cheng|CHU ChunTeng|DIN Chin-Chung|Gitanjali Rao|HO Tzu Nyen|HSU Che-Yu|HSU Chia-Wei|HU Xiangqian|Junebum PARK|Kenji WONG|LIN Chi-Wei|Linda C.H. LAI|Michelle DIZON|Piyarat PIYAPONGWIWAT|Samson YOUNG|Silas FONG|SU Yu-Hsien|TIAN Xiaolei|Tintin WULIA|TSUI Kuang-Yu|TU Pei-Shih|UJINO|WANG Chung-kun|WANG Fujui|WONG Hoy Cheong|WU Chang-Jung|Yeondoo JUNG|Yukihiro TAGUCHI

Other upcoming programs
Sound Performance
FRI. Aug 9, 6:30 – 8:30pm
@ Residency Unlimited

360 Court St. Unit #4, Brooklyn, NY 11231
 

Exhibition II  Aug 8 -28
Opening reception: SAT. Aug 10, 6 - 8pm
@ The NARS Foundation

38-65 12th St. Long Island City, NY 11101


ABOUT CURATORS
CHEN Wei-ching, Joanne
CHEN is the former Marketing Director of Taiwan Art Gallery Association and organized Art Taipei (Taipei International Art Fair) from 2007 to 2010. Currently, she’s the founder of inCube Arts, a non-profit art organization, in New York City. She is also an independent curator, art consultant and widely published critic. Chen has also curated international exhibitions such as “Jenny Chen: Without End” at ISE Cultural Foundation, New York, “London Calling” a touring exhibition (China/Taiwan), Joshua Balgos’ solo exhibition “Whatever It Takes” at the Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts. She has written and published her articles internationally in Art InvestmentARTCOArt Collection + DesignARTITUDE Magazine and the Art Taipei Forum Media.

LAI Lih-huei (Josiane)
Lives and works in Taipei and New York. Lai Lih-huei (Josiane) has worked for Council for Cultural Affairs in Taiwan, National Museum of Taiwan History, as well as Taipei Cultural Center in New York from 1997 to 2010. Currently Lai is an independent curator and critic. Her articles were published periodically in Artist MagazineArts and Collection in Taiwan since 2004.

ABOUT inCube Arts
Based in New York City, founded by CHEN Wei-Ching, Joanne and co-founded by LAI Lih-huei (Josiane) and Yumei Yang Durham, inCube Arts is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to fostering new forms of cultural exchange and creative expression through exhibitions, art festival, artist/curator residencies, workshops and public lectures and talks. inCube Arts will launch the first edition of inToAsia: Time-based Art Festival in New York City, an annual public event for New Media Arts. The festival will become the bridge for Asian Time-based Art to connect with the West (Europe and America), providing Asian perspective through multi-disciplinary media including videos, shorts, animations, kinetic installations, and real-time sound art performances. Participating nations include Taiwan, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, India and Southeast Asian countries such as Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand and Malaysia. inCube Arts aims to create a platform for the professionals to  brainstorm their avant-garde and experimental ideas under the auspices of a beyond-institution, trans-disciplinary and cross-continent juncture.
Website: 
http://www.incube-arts.org/pages/programs-intoasia2013.html
Image: Junebum PARK, To let, 2011, Single Channel, HD, 08’20”

Organized by|inCube Arts
Co-organized by|Chew’s Culture Foundation, Hong-Gah Museum
Sponsored by|Ministry of Culture, R.O.C. (Taiwan), Taipei Cultural Center of TECO in New York, the Taipei City Department of Cultural Affairs, Cultural Affairs Bureau of Taichung City Government.
Exhibition Support|The Queens Museum of Art, Stephan Stoyanov Gallery, the NARS Foundation, Residency Unlimited.
Special thanks|Mr. Claude Shumlic Saenz
Thanks to|Brooklyn Artist Studio, LONG MARCH SPACE, MUJIN-TO Production, OSAGE contemporary art gallery, Project Fulfill Art Space, YAMAMOTO GENDAI Gallery

We are extremely proud to announce the successful exhibition, Mercury Retrograde in Prague.

All of Me


June 26, - July 27, 2013



...Your goodbye left me with eyes that cry

How can I go on dear without you

You took the part that once was my heart

So why not take all of me...


-from Billie Holiday's All of Me-

We are extremely proud to announce the extraordinary success and press coverage of Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons and Neil Leonard in Cuban Pavilion at 55th Venice Biennale. 

 

ARTNEWS

The New York Times

BBC

La Tundra

 

 

 

Fantastic guerrilla performance by Maria Magdalena Campos- Pons and Neil Leonard took place yesterday at Piazza San Marco, Venice. 
The best Cuban musicians and several dancers accompanied the artists for the procession to the Archeological Museum (the site of Cuban Pavilion at the Venice Biennial), to be joined by Caffe Florian musicians at the end. Truly amazing experience!

María Magdalena Campos-Pons & Neil Leonard

 

 

53+1=54+1=55.Letter of the Year

A multimedia sculptural installation

 

 

55th Venice Biennale

Museum of Archeology, Piazza San Marco, Venice

The Cuba Republic Pavilion, La Perversion de lo Clasico: Anarquia de los Relatos.

 

 

June 1 - Nov 24, 2013

Opening: May 31, 2013, 5:00 pm

 

 

53+1=54+1=55.Letter of the Year is a multimedia installation about home, migration, the necessity of finding and redefining the meaning of permanency and locality. Birdcages were used by emperors and common men to capture beauty and to dream of freedom. From Yoruba deities, to Leonardo da Vinci, to space travel today, men and women have always dreamed of flight as embodying a lightness of being. 

 

The interviews in the birdcages document the reconstruction of dialogue between Cuban residents and their family members who live abroad, and the transformative power of this exchange. The sonic environment is complemented by recordings of street criers, known as pregoneros, a reflection of the increased liberalization of small businesses that exists within a void of corporate control. The voices in the cages elude physical, political and cultural borders in contemporary society. The small videos featured inside the cages were conceived as a performative response to the historical weight of the exhibition site.

 

The installation is a construct of architecture and sound, old and new, evoking a country that is evolving. And, like birds, people keep singing their songs of hope and freedom.

 

 

We are happy to announce that successful Greg Goldberg’s first solo show and Mercury Retrograde have EXTENDED through June 22nd. Don’t miss the chance to see great exhibitions this time!

 We are extremely proud to announce the participation of María Magdalena Campos-Pons & Neil Leonard in the Pavilion of Republic of Cuba, 55th International Art Exhibition - la Biennale di Venezia, which takes place inside The National Archeological Museum located in Piazza San Marco in Venice. The commissioner of the Pavilion Miria Vicini, and international curators Jorge Fernández Torres, Director of Wifredo Lam Center for Contemporary Art in Havana and Giacomo Zaza, included Campos-Pons’ work in the exhibition which examines most important contemporary art practices and poetics by artists from Cuba, and reflects on the country’s past, present and future.

Campos-Pons/ Leonard’s work is a site- specific installation 53+1=54+1=55. Letter of the Year .The work presents a parallel to the grid of architecture and sound, old and new, always in motion, so typical of Cuban cities but also the cities around the world. The artists are using the structure of birdcages as metaphorical vessels to capture dreams. They become a repository of accumulation of facts, data and fragmented narratives captured by fleeting videos and rupture sounds, creating the mixture of both sonic and visual texture of urban Cuba, as the country evolves and the basic diversity of discourse changes in a dramatic and even theatrical way on the island, as well as in perceptions of the island from abroad.

 

Republic of Cuba Pavilion opening: May 31, 2013, 5:00 pm

Open to the public: June 1- November 24, 2013

Venue: National Archeological Museum, Piazza San Marco, Venice

 

 María Magdalena Campos-Pons was born in 1959 in the Matanzas province of Cuba. Her work investigates complex topics of sexuality, race, family ties, exilic identity, colonialism, cultural heritage, and personal and collective memories. She was trained at the Escuela Nacional de Arte and the Instituto Superior de Arte in Havana, and she did post graduate studies at Massachusetts College of Art. Campos-Pons was recipient of a Harvard Fellowship 93/94. Campos-Pons’ work was shown at numerous solo and group exhibitions, at the institutions such as the Indianapolis Museum of Art, IN; Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville, TN; Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach, FL; MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, MA; National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Canada; Sackler Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA; Newark Museum, Newark, NJ; TATE Liverpool, Liverpool, England; P.S.1 MoMA, Long Island City; MoMA New York, and Museum Boijmans van Beunigen in Rotterdam, among others. The artist was also featured in the exhibition Authentic/Ex-centric: Africa in and Out of Africa, as a part of the 49th Venice Biennial (2001). Campos-Pons has been the subject of numerous reviews and art publications. It is also included in several public collections, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, The Art Institute of Chicago, the MFA Boston, De Cordova Museum, the Ludwig Forum for International Art in Germany, the Center for the Development of Visual Arts in Havana, Cuba, and The Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK. 

  Neil Leonard is a prolific composer, performer, writer, and innovator in computer music and sound design. He has a long- standing career in working with visual artists, including María Magdalena Campos-Pons, with whom Leonard frequently collaborates since 1988. He has created sound for installations at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; The Kitchen, New York; The Seattle Art Museum; and Boston Museum of Fine Arts. His compositions have been performed at Carnegie Hall, Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Banff Festival for the Arts, and the International Computer Music Convention. Widely recognized as an expert in music for multimedia, Leonard has lectured internationally, at such locations as: Centro para la Difusion de la Musica Contemporanea, Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain; Conservatoria Nacional de Musica, Republica Dominicana; University of Puerto Rico, San Juan; and Theremin Center at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory, Moscow, Russia. He has published more than thirty articles for American National Biography (Oxford University Press), Electronic Musician, Computer Music Journal, Green Linnet, and Sire Records, and he was a contributing author for the History Channel’s documentary on the Smithsonian’s Save Our Sounds  project. He has performed with artists including the Boston Ballet, Joanne Brackeen, Don Byron, Robin Eubanks, Uri Caine, Orlando Cachaito Lopez (Buena Vista Social Club), John Medeski, Vijay Iyer and a long list of others. Leonard is the Artistic Director of Berklee College of Music’s Interdisciplinary Arts Institute and Professor of Electronic Production and Design at Berklee. In 2011, Leonard received Berklee’s Distinguished Faculty Award. He is currently on the Fulbright Specialist Roster.