In addition to the regular gallery section, Untitled, the new art fair in Miami Beach that took place for the first time during Art Basel Miami Beach week last December, presented special projects with installations and performances by various artists. The Brooklyn-based artist Irvin Morazan is known for his fantasical sculptural headdresses that combine both old tribal aesthetics and urban street style, and that he wears in his performances, photographs and videos. This video documents Irvin Morazan’s performance on the opening night of Untitled 2012.
Irvin Morazan Performance at Untitled Art Fair Miami Beach 2012. Vernissage, December 3, 2012.
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From the press release:
Irvin Morazan creates fantastical sculptural headdresses that he wears during performances, photographs and videos. He intertwines old tribal traditions with urban Street aesthetics to create new personas that blur the boundaries of stereotypes. In consequence the performances are often hybrid rituals that intend to cross the metaphysical space through spectacle and absurdity. The work draws upon multiple associations and meanings while valuing history, theory and their relationship to contemporary culture.
Irvin Morazan was born in El Salvador, San Salvador in 1976. BFA from the School of Visual Arts 2003 and MFA Hunter College. In 2003 received the Robert Mapplethorpe award for Photography. Attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2009. Irvin Morazan has exhibited nationally and abroad including exhibitions in Berlin, Mexico City, El Salvador, Colombia. In New York exhibitions include, Festival of New Ideas (presented by the New Museum), La Mama Gallery, HVCCA Museum, Asya Geisberg Gallery, Art in Odd Places, Exit Art, Rush Arts Gallery, Bronx River arts Center, Jersey City Museum, Sean Kelly Gallery, DCKT Gallery and Jack the Pelican presents. Participated in the El Museo del Barrio S-Files Biennial 2011 which included performances in Time Square, Socrates Sculpture Park and Performa 11. Individual work has been featured on Art in America’s blog, Brooklyn Rail and New York Times. Received a Cisneros grant to attend SOMA residency in Mexico City in 2012. Currently works and lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Performance: Monday, December 3 at 8pm