This fall the High Line will screen a series of films by the Brazilian artist Cinthia Marcelle, on loop as a series of projections at West 14th Street.
The full press release follows:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
HIGH LINE ART PRESENTS
FIVE VIDEOS BY THE ARTIST WILL BE SCREENED
ON HIGH LINE CHANNEL 14
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14 – WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2012
5:00 PM – 11:00 PM
New York, NY (August 29, 2012) – Presented by Friends of the High Line, High Line Art is pleased to announce that five short videos by Brazilian artist Cinthia Marcelle make up the next program to be screened on HIGH LINE CHANNEL 14, a series of outdoor projections of art videos on the High Line at West 14th Street. The five works are Confronto (2005), Fonte 193 (Fountain 193) (2007), 475 Volver (To Come To) (2009), Cruzada (Crusade) (2010), and Leitmotiv (2011), and they will be screened daily on a loop from 5:00 PM to 11:00 PM between Friday, September 14 and Wednesday, October 31, 2012. HIGH LINE CHANNEL 14 was inaugurated in August 2012 with One11 and 103, a dreamlike film-and-sound composition by John Cage.
Cinthia Marcelle is known for using video and photography to document her interventions with ordinary day-to-day activities. She often uses film to explore how experiences in public spaces – a traffic light, an isolated dirt road, a construction site – can turn from everyday occurrences into joyful and poetic events. For HIGH LINE CHANNEL 14, Marcelle will present a selection of videos that challenge our notions of conventional behavior by introducing humorous coincidences and connections.
In the 2005 video Confronto, eight people are seen in the middle of a crosswalk manipulating batons lit on fire, preventing traffic from moving. The trilogy of Fonte 193 (Fountain 193) (2007), 475 Volver (To Come To) (2009), and Cruzada (Crusade) (2010) feature a barren landscape with red dirt and repetitive actions by a fire truck, a bulldozer, and a marching band. Her 2011 video Leitmotiv shows water pouring over a dirt-covered floor and broom sticks manipulating the water and dirt to create intricate patterns in the water.
“We are expanding the scope of HIGH LINE CHANNEL by bringing one of Brazil’s most exciting artists to New York,” said Cecilia Alemani, the Donald R. Mullen Jr. Curator & Director of High Line Art. “Cinthia’s short and ingenious videos teach us to treat the city and industrial life as a playground, so it is particularly fitting to see them on the High Line.”
About Cinthia Marcelle
Cinthia Marcelle (b. 1974, Brazil) lives and works in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Major group exhibitions include the second New Museum Triennial, New York (2012); Tate Level 2 Gallery, London (2012); the XXIX Bienal de São Paulo (2011); the IX Biennale de Lyon (2007); Panorama da Arte Brasileira, São Paulo (2007) and Madrid (2008); and the IX Bienal de la Habana (2006). Major solo exhibitions include Pinchuk Art Center, Kiev, Ukraine (2011); Galeria Vermelho, São Paulo (2011); Camberwell College of Art, London (2009); Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, England (2008); Box 4 Gallery, Rio de Janeiro (2007); Stride Gallery, Calgary (2005); and Museu de Arte da Pampulha, Brazil (2004). Marcelle was awarded the Future Generation Prize from the Victor Pinchuck Foundation in 2011, the TrAIN artist in residency award at Gasworks, London, in 2009, and the International Prize for Performance at Trento, Italy in 2006.
About High Line Art
Presented by Friends of the High Line, High Line Art commissions and produces public art projects on and around the High Line. Founded in 2009, High Line Art presents a wide array of artwork including site-specific commissions, exhibitions, performances, video programs, and a series of billboard interventions. Curated by Cecilia Alemani, the Donald R. Mullen, Jr. Curator & Director of High Line Art, and produced by Friends of the High Line, High Line Art invites artists to think of creative ways to engage with the uniqueness of the architecture, history, and design of the High Line and to foster a productive dialogue with the surrounding neighborhood and urban landscape.
High Line Art is presented by Friends of the High Line and the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation. High Line Art is made possible by Donald R. Mullen, Jr., with additional support from Vital Projects Fund, Inc. High Line Art is supported, in part, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
About the High Line and Friends of the High Line
The High Line is an elevated freight rail line transformed into a public park on Manhattan’s West Side. It is owned by the City of New York, and maintained and operated by Friends of the High Line. Founded in 1999 by community residents, Friends of the High Line fought for the High Line’s preservation and transformation at a time when the historic structure was under the threat of demolition. It is now the non-profit conservancy working with the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation to make sure the High Line is maintained as an extraordinary public space for all visitors to enjoy. In addition to overseeing maintenance, operations, and public programming for the park, Friends of the High Line works to raise the essential private funds to support more than 90 percent of the park’s annual operating budget, and to advocate for the transformation of the High Line at the rail yards, the third and final section of the historic structure, which runs between West 30th and West 34th Streets.