signs and symbols is pleased to present Leveraging sound from sensation with every in and out breath until the heart becomes a tender object, a video exhibition by Tony Orrico as part of the gallery's ongoing series of online-only solo presentations.
Orrico writes, “I am working from a rationale state. Through this synthesis, a composition of my divided attention, appears to be one integrated emotional state. I am locating and isolating sensations in my body to use as leverage to generate sound. I maintain a constant sense of release just beneath what is felt. The sustain sensation builds momentum behind the sound, and the awareness of my breath, softening around the rising tension, regulates the action. Inside, because the experience remains layered and disintegrated, it allows me to control and expand a sense of time and spaciousness within the heights of an extreme state.”
*Please note that Orrico's video will be viewable online from Thursday, May 14 at 6:00pm until Wednesday, May 27 at 6:00pm. Following the end of the exhibition, the video will only be accessible via private link and password. We trust that given our current circumstances, everyone will act in good faith and good will, understanding that these are primary artworks by our artists that are collected and which would otherwise be password protected.
tony orrico’s work has reached mass circulation for its ingenuity within the vernacular of performance and conceptual drawing. A Chicago native, Orrico studied Dance Theatre at Illinois State University, and received his MFA in Choreography at the University of Iowa. As a visual artist, he is interested in how physical impulses manifest into visible forms. His performances often enter territories of infinite reflective and rotational symmetry. He uses his own somatic research, Suspension Practice, as point of entry into his visual work. Orrico has performed/exhibited his work across the US and internationally in Australia, Belgium, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Mexico, the Netherlands, Poland and Spain. His visual work is in the permanent collections of The National Academy of Sciences (Washington DC) and Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporáneo (MUAC, Mexico City) as well as prominent private collections such as Grazyna Kulczyk, Kablanc/Fundación Otazu and Bergmeier/Kunstsaele, among others. He has presented at the CCCB, Centre Pompidou-Metz, The New Museum, and Poptech 2011: The World Rebalancing. As a former member of Trisha Brown Dance Company and Shen Wei Dance Arts, Orrico has graced such staged as the Sydney Opera House, Teatro La Fenice, New York State Theater, and Theatre du Palais-Royal.