May-28-2010 – July-10-2010
Taller Boricua Galleries 1680 Lexington Avenue, NYC, N.Y. 10029
t: 212.831.4333 f: 212.831.6274 e: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hours: Tuesday â€“ Saturday 12-6PM, Thursdayâ€™s 1-7PM, Closed Sunday -Monday
Directions: 6 Train to 103 Street / Free admission
As a part of Taller Boricuaâ€™s 40th anniversary celebration, Christina Massey, Michael Britto, Jessica Lagunas and J. Carpenter will be exhibiting solo shows in the venues galleries.
Taller Boricua / The Puerto Rican Workshop is an artist run non-profit and multidiciplinary space in El Barrio. Their mission is to be a proactive institution for the community in East Harlem by offering programs that stimulate its social, cultural and economic development through the promotion of the arts.
In the installation â€œMeat Market,â€ Christina Massey deconstructs and repurposes previous series of her own paintings, literally â€œbutcheringâ€ them by cutting and tearing them apart and then rebuilding the pieces into three-dimensional flesh-like forms. Resembling animal carcasses and hung from chains and meat hooks, her pieces reflect the objectification and commoditization of art by both the viewer and the art market wherein commercial value competes with aesthetic experience. Her work also references these effects on artistsâ€™ work and their own desire and potential to be â€œmarketable,â€ where the gallery world can at times project the superficial value judgments of singles bars, also referred to as â€œmeat marketsâ€ in popular culture. Massey further explores the concepts of both ownership and authorship as her past works are the medium for future ones, rejecting a linear progression and classification of the traditional definition of a body of work as well as the finality of the finished object of art. â€œMeat Marketâ€ is in constant flux, suspended between painting and sculpture, abstraction and representation as well as the literal and conceptual.