Installation view at AREA’s project room
Supported in its entirety by business man and collector José Hernández Castrodad, AREA has been now for five consecutive years one of the only artist residency programs and project rooms in Puerto Rico, providing a space for young artists to show their work and develop projects. For its 5th anniversary celebration, artist Norma Vila Rivero organized a collective project titled “Construcciones, instalaciones y ensamblajes” that comprised works by Migdalia Luz Barens Vera, José “Quique” Rivera, Christto Sanz, Manolo Rodríguez, René Sandín, Melissa Raymond, Omar Obdulio Peña Forty and the tinsmith DUA, which comprised Michelle Gratacós-Arill’s conceptual proposal; while artist Abdiel Segarra presented a documentation project of AREA’s history.
Christto Sanz, Los capítulos de mi piel, digital photograph, silicone, latex and acrylic.
AREA opened its doors to the public in July 2005 as a platform for the exchange of ideas and to initiate a critical discussion on contemporary practice. Fending off any strict definition, not even one as an alternative art space, AREA functions more like a public space where anybody can propose a multidisciplinary project, idea or venture. Since its inception, AREA has hosted local and international artist projects with the sole intention of promoting young talent.
Ranging from Christto Sanz’s photographic installation Los capítulos de mi piel, to more conceptual approaches to practice such as Michelle Gratacós Arill’s DUA raw artist show and Manolo Rodríguez’s utopic impossibilities, AREA’s 5th year anniversary exhibition embodied the DIY spirit that has characterized the space for the last 5 years.
Rene Sandín & Melissa Raymond, Dancing on a Dream (The Space in between), video installation
Manolo Rodríguez, Displacement from an arbitrary reference point, polyuethyleno balloon, helium, monitors, c-print, plexiglass
Migdalia Luz Barens Vera, Character #7. Site specific installation, video and performance.