January Arctic, 2016 by Melissa Calderon

The Arctic Meltdown, 1979 Embroidered plywood 15.5 x 15.5 x 68 inches 2016.

The Arctic Meltdown, 1979 Embroidered plywood 15.5 x 15.5 x 68 inches 2016.

The Arctic Meltdown, 2007 Embroidered plywood 15.5 x 15.5 x 68 inches2 016.

The Arctic Meltdown, 2007 Embroidered plywood 15.5 x 15.5 x 68 inches2 016.

The Arctic Meltdown, 1979 | 2000 | 2006 | 2007 | 2015, Installation View,Embroidered Plywood 2016.

The Arctic Meltdown, 1979 | 2000 | 2006 | 2007 | 2015, Installation View,Embroidered Plywood
2016.

The Arctic in Puerto Rico this November by Melissa Calderon

I was happy to be invited to show work at la Galeria de Arte USC in Puerto Rico as part of the Frescos exhibition, curated by Frescos editor Celina Nogueras Cuevas.

Part of my just finished work, The Arctic Extent 1979 - 2035 will be on view. 

The Arctic Meltdown, 1982|2011|2035, Embroidered plywood, 15.5" x 15." x 68" each. 2015

The Arctic Meltdown, 1982|2011|2035, Embroidered plywood, 15.5" x 15." x 68" each. 2015

New Work! No Longer Empty | When You Cut Into the Present the Future Leaks Out by Melissa Calderon

Last week, No Longer Empty's new show opened in the Old Bronx Courthouse. I was happily included in the show and centered my work around the "cost" of Revitalization in The Bronx. Continuing with my new series of embroidered wood, each piece is dedicated to my borough, the place I grew up, where my grandfather helped enact change for the Puerto Rican community, the place I still call home.  I have 3 works in the show: The South Bronx Gold Rush of 2015, 42nd Injustice, & The Bronx River.

The Bronx River, 2105 thread embroidered on plywood. 3 panels, 4ft each

Press links about the show:

ArtFCity article, July, 2015

New York Times article, July 13th, 2015

Hyperallergic article, July 2015

Gothamist Image Gallery

DNAINFO Article - Massive Bronx Art Exhibit Reignites Borough's Gentrification Debate

ABOUT THE SHOW

No Longer Empty is pleased to present When You Cut into the Present the Future Leaks Out at the Old Bronx Borough Courthouse. Built 1905–1914 and attributed to architects Michael John Garvin and Oscar Florianus Bluemner, the Courthouse, once boasting granite floors, lavish stairways, and bronze doors, remains adorned by a statue of Lady Justice. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in Bronx County, the Beaux Arts-style building has been shuttered for 37 years.

The Old Bronx Borough Courthouse is taken as both site and theme: a time capsule, witness, and symbol existing within a plurality of narratives about its future role in the neighborhood. Referencing a quote by Beat generation poet William S. Burroughs, When You Cut into the Present the Future Leaks Out echoes approaches attributed to cut-up poetry, early Hip-Hop, Spoken Word, and the sculptural practice of artist Gordon Matta-Clark, who sliced into urban spaces as social commentary. The exhibition will occupy three floors and include the works of 26 artists and site-specific works commissioned by No Longer Empty. Curated by Regine Basha for No Longer Empty

Viewing hours: April 23–July 19, Thursday–Sunday, 1–7pm

Location: 878 Brook Ave (at East 161 St and Third Ave). Directions: 2 or 5 train to 3 Ave-149 St, walk northeast on Third Ave, left onto Brook Ave.