In this special project exhibition which relies on audience participation, artist Heloisa Escudero presents interactive performances and conceptually based art installations. Focused on interaction, reaction, inclusiveness and participation by the audience in the site-specific installation, the Virginia-based artist imagines devices that can erase our phobias, remove our fears, and transform them into tangible art. During each of two Interactive Performances — to be held Saturday, January 11 (2:00 – 4:00 p.m.) and also on Saturday, February 1 (11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.) — the art byproduct of the interactions become symbols of positive envisioning and meditation, which are vital for the release of the negative barriers irrational fears create. This project exhibition will be as much about the release of irrational fears as it is about transformation, imagination and non-religious prayer. It is about transforming what is inherently negative (fears and phobias) into a positive outlet (art).
About the Artist:
Heloisa Escudero is a multi-disciplinary artist who is interested in conceptually based art that is both tactile and interactive. Her most recent projects focus on art that emphasizes the participation of the viewer. Escudero grew up in São Paulo, Brazil but relocated to the United States in 1987 and holds U.S., Italian and Brazilian citizenship. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1998 from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston, and a Master of Fine Arts in 2004 from the San Francisco Art Institute in California.
Escudero moved to Sweden in 2007 where she worked as a full-time artist, created projects which include the BackPack Gallery Project, and exhibited her work in Sweden at the Uppsala Art Museum and in Spain at the University of Valencia. After relocating to New York City in 2010, she collaborated with DJ Spooky (Paul D. Miller) on the Terra Nova: Sinfonia Antarctica project, which was exhibited at the New York Photo Festival in 2012. Escudero has presented her BackPack Gallery Project exhibitions/performances at The Highline, a popular urban park, and participated numerous times in the annual Governors Island Art Fair, both in New York City.
Since 2013, she has maintained a studio in Arlington, VA. She has exhibited widely in the Washington, DC metropolitan area, in New York, and in Boston. Escudero has presented recent solo exhibitions and performances at VisArts (Rockville, MD), Otis Street Art Gallery (Mt. Ranier); Arlington Arts Center (Arlington, VA); Object Center Gallery (Boston, MA); Govenors Island Art Fair (New York, NY); The New Gallery for Contemporary Art at NOVA (Woodbridge, VA); Dumbo Arts Festival (New York, NY); Supernova Pink Line Festival (Rosslyn, VA); IA&A at Hillyer (Washington, DC); SOMArts Gallery (San Francisco, CA); and The Torpedo Factory (Alexandria, VA).
She is the recipient of numerous grants, to include a “Special Opportunity Grant 2014” form the City of Alexandria, and residencies which include the Artist In Residence Program at Montgomery College in Silver Spring, MD and the Bresler Artist Residency at VisArts in Rockville, MD. When she is not in her studio making art, Escudero works as a Curator at the Lobby Project Gallery for NoMA BID an Exhibit Specialist for the Smithsonian Institution’s Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, DC.
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RELATED GALLERY EVENTS:
MEET THE ARTISTS RECEPTION + INTERACTIVE PERFORMANCES
Saturday, January 11 | 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. | Audience Participation Encouraged | FREE
COMMUNITY ART DAY+ INTERACTIVE PERFORMANCES:
Saturday, February 1 | 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. | Audience Participation Encouraged | FREE