Channels V4 | Canals V5 - NAYDA COLLAZO-LLORENS

Curated by Silvia Karman Cubina, Deborah Cullen and Steven Holmes

The exhibit included work by 15 artists, who live and work in Puerto Rico, on the mainland, and in Europe. While other exhibitions of Puerto Rican art have often focused on nationalism, identity, or geography as unifying themes; This exhibition proposed a new way of seeing and thinking about Puerto Rican art, going beyond the standard curatorial frameworks to identify and embrace critical strains that have not been seen as central to Puerto Rican art practice, and to include artists whose Puerto Rican identity transcends physical location. In conjunction with the exhibition, Real Art Ways published to 200 page illustrated catalog, edited by Deborah Cullen, which examines the relationships between this contemporary generation and its predecessors in the art scene of the 1970s. (Excerpt from press release)

This exhibition included works by 15 artists who live and work in Puerto Rico, the United States and Europe. While other exhibitions of Puerto Rican art have mostly focused on nationalism, identity and geography as unifying themes; This exhibition proposes an alternative way of looking at and analyzing contemporary art in Puerto Rico, surpassing the standard curatorial bases for identifying and embracing critical tendencies that are typically not seen as central to the practice of Puerto Rican art, and to include artists whose Puerto Rican identity transcends the physical place. As part of this exhibition, Real Art Ways published an illustrated 200-page catalog, edited by Deborah Cullen, which examines the relationship between this generation of contemporary artists and their predecessors in the 1970s art scene. / p>

Luquillo Farm Sanctuary | Puerto Rico's Only Organic Children's Farm
This project is expanding into a summer camp where we will all stay and sleep on the farm, the first of its kind in Puerto Rico. Efforts were made to obtain, from the Land Authority, the 80-string hacienda in the community of Villa Angelina in Luquillo.

"Nayda Collazo-Llorens, also interested in coding, cites the temporal physicality of Minimalism as an influence on her work. Both her large-scale abstract paintings and video installations such as V4 Channels and V5 are meant to be experienced as interactive spaces. She comes to video as an abstract artist, not a cinematographer. Channels V4 layers images and sound in a non-linear, non-narrative structure. At times the screens contrast, beach / snow, and at other moments, they flow continuously, water / water. A mixture of Spanish and English, along with sounds of birds, the subway, and water flowing, add to this complex, multidimensional accumulation of sensory perceptions. While accessing both her Island and New York existences, Collazo-Llorens leaves her meaning open to interpretation. "