Latest News - Melanie Gonzalez ART 2018

 

Rodriguez, Gonzalez, Bainbridge perform at
SWING FORWARD WHILE SWAYING BACK Exhibition

Closing Reception + Networking Event
Longwood Gallery @ Hostos, 450 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY
Wednesday, December 5, 2018 5:30-8:30pm

* View Performance and more on Rodriguez, Gonzalez, Bainbridge HERE *

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"We Are Here, Because You Were There" a site specific activation by Bronx Based collaborative Yelaine Rodriguez, Melaine Gonzalez, Benton C Bainbridge.

For the exhibition finissage, Maman Brigitte will come alive in a projected environment of translucent fabrics. The performance is inspired by a quote by cultural theorist Stuart Hall and is a commentary of the existences of a new Black culture created from The New World. Concentrated in Haitian and Dominican roots and traditions this performance looks at Maman Brigitte, the death loa in Voodoo, the protector of cemeteries and graves. She guards spirits in transition from life to their death.

Maman Brigitte is from an ongoing series which celebrates the Loa in costume, dance and events. Rodriguez, Gonzalez, Bainbridge make mixed media, installations, and performances at the intersection of wearable art, performance art, and media art. Conceptual design/sculpture by Yelaine Rodriguez, live video projection visuals by Melanie Gonzalez, and media design by Benton C Bainbridge.


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BLACK IS US photo-graphic series

debuts at the Bienal 27th Concurso de Arte Eduardo Leon Jimenes, Centro de Leon, Santiago, R.D.
25 October 2018

Artists Yelaine Rodriguez and Melanie Gonzalez in front of the  BLACK IS US  installation, Museo Centro de Leon, Santiago, Republica Dominicana.

Artists Yelaine Rodriguez and Melanie Gonzalez in front of the BLACK IS US installation, Museo Centro de Leon, Santiago, Republica Dominicana.

BLACK IS US  premiered at the 27th Concurso de Arte Eduardo Leon Jimenes at the Centro de Leon, Santiago, Republica Dominicana, 25 October 2018.

BLACK IS US premiered at the 27th Concurso de Arte Eduardo Leon Jimenes at the Centro de Leon, Santiago, Republica Dominicana, 25 October 2018.

Graphic design and series by Yelaine Rodriguez. Art Photography by Melanie Gonzalez.
Additional images by Ezequiel Taveras and Jacqui Kuraj. See here for more.


ART ON THE CONCOURSE | 2nd Annual Art Show & Benefit Auction

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Venice on the Concourse triptych for Fordham Bedford Housing Corp’s “Art on the Concourse” Benefit Auction and Photography Show

“Venice on the Concourse”, 2018
Melanie Gonzalez,
framed triptych, 12”x42”


TWIN THE MOTION PICTURE - CHAPTER ONE: THE WOMB, Premieres this Fall 2018

Twin The Motion Picture Chapter 1: The Womb OFFICIAL TRAILER

VIEW HERE

Starring Red Pill and Blue Pill

Director - Stephen Realberg
DP and Editor - Mel the Magic
Cinematographer - Ahmed Ock Films
Editor - Jet the Threat
Editor & Graphics - Mel Phraze
Producer - Ray Mendez


#knowtheledgemedia #emarldtabletsfilms
#twinthemotionpicture #harlem #125themart


Melanie Gonzalez’s “Rock and Shadow” photo series featured in Almost Magazine (Summer 2018)

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ALMOST MAGAZINE Issue 1 (Summer 2018)

Featuring photography by William "Mr. Willie Dynamite" Fratacci, Melanie Gonzalez, Tiffany Williams, and Michael Young.
Available here.


Yelaine Rodriguez + Melanie Gonzalez + Benton C Bainbridge

Ezili Dantor, Freedom and the African Diaspora:
We are here, because you were there


Wave Hill SunroomProjectSpace
West 249th St. and  Independence Ave Bronx, NY 10471

On view September 8 - October 21st, 2018

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Ezili Dantor at Wave Hill

Collaboration by
Yelaine Rodriguez - Concept + Costume Designer
Benton C Bainbridge - Camera + Image Processing
Melanie Gonzalez - Photographer, Cinematographer + Post-Production

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NewYork Community Trust Van Lier Fellow Yelaine Rodriguez creates an installation of wearable art, video and photography-a project developed during Wave Hill’s 2018 Winter Workspace. A Bronx-based, Afro-Dominican-American artist, Rodriguez sources syncretic religious traditions found in African diasporic communities, such as Voodoo and Santeria, to conceptualize wearable art and costume design. These are activated when worn by people whom she imagines to possess the characteristics of specific deities in a performance video. Her project features Ezili Dantor, a figure associated with the Black Madonna, the Infant Jesus and self-liberated African slaves. Rodriguez employs religious symbols to investigate the meaning of freedom, drawing connections between black culture in the Caribbean and the United States.


Group photography exhibition at Longwood Gallery @ Hostos opens this Summer 2018

Installation view, Through a Feminine Lens. Melanie Gonzalez in front of “Highbridge Grand Double Exposure” banner and Rock and Shadow wall.

Installation view, Through a Feminine Lens. Melanie Gonzalez in front of “Highbridge Grand Double Exposure” banner and Rock and Shadow wall.

Group photography exhibition;
Through a Feminine Lens opens from June 27th - August 8th, 2018 at Longwood Gallery @ Hostos.

Featuring black and white photography double exposure series “Rock and Shadow”.