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 *
"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.
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
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
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
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
#twinthemotionpicture #harlem #125themart
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
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.