“Broken Homes” features a broken building sculpture made from bricks and materials taken from demolished tenement sites downtown, which are cut and chiseled to create the work. The bricks come from places where so many of the great social movements and art movements of the past 40 years transpired, like the post-dadaist, the outsiders, and durational artists; (whether it be a David Hammons, Teching Hsieh, Martin Wong, Toyo Tsuchiya, or AiWeiWei), and we hope the spirit of those places shines through. The sculpture is considered to have a spirit. a life, and in this way, we feel that buildings serve as a metaphor for our own bodies; this rented apartment which we will have to someday leave, and while we are here the stairs start creaking. And yet, we can use this body to create community, to contribute to culture, to engender the great ideals of humanity. Life is time, and change, and this sculpture endures time, taking on a durational element. Over the course of 2016-2017 we completed 4 installations in which several major sculptures progressed through varying degrees of dilapidation and erosion. In this case, Fire was used in an attempt to “push this sculpture through time” in order to crystallize a symbolic image, which represents that each of us have the unlimited potential to catalyze positive change.
Carlo McCormick is a pop culture critic, curator and Senior Editor of Paper magazine. His numerous books, monographs and catalogs include Beautiful Losers: Contemporary Art and Street Culture, The Downtown Book: The New York Art Scene 1974-1984, and Dondi White: Style Master General. His work has appeared in Art in America, Art News, Artforum and many other publications. McCormick was guest curator of the exhibition The Downtown Show: the New York Art Scene from 1974 to 1984 (in consultation with Lynn Gumpert, and Marvin J. Taylor) that was held at New York University’s Grey Art Gallery and Fales Library. McCormick’s recent curatorial project “Magic City, the art of the street” EU, 2016, with Ethal Seno (deitch projects), features large scale sculptures by Armas & Carino, along with notable artists such as Banksy, Shepard Fairey, Aiko, Dan Witz, Chris Daze Elis, and Roa.
ORI CARINO & BENJAMIN ARMAS
Ori Carino was born in a loft and functioning art gallery on Houston Street in Manhattan, New York, in 1982, and raised among several pivotal artists of the 1980s PostDaDa art movement of the Lower East Side. By 12, Carino was painting murals in the street, notably painting his murals on Mars Bar series from 2002-2011. He went on to study painting and installation at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, producing his first major Brick Sculpture in his Block 421 Project (2003). His work is in several important collections including the Pao Collection in Hong Kong and the Venet Collection in New York. In 2007, Carino met artist Benjamin Armas and began producing collaborative work in sculpture, installation, and painting.
Benjamin Armas was born in Caracas, Venezuela, in 1985 and emigrated to New York in 1996. Armas comes from a family of noted artists, including his grandfather, writer and critic known as the master of the modern fable, Alfredo Armas Alfonzo. He studied Architecture at the Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York and has since worked on building projects, sculpture, photography and installations.
EXHIBITIONS ( 2012-17)
○ “Divine play” 11 w19th Street, NY. January 21 – August 20, 2012.
○ “All of the Above” Church of St. Paul, NY. September 13 - October 25, 2013.
○ “frontline” Lorimoto gallery, NY. September 28 - October 27, 2013.
○ “In formation” 156 Orchard Street, NY. November 8 - December 8, 2013.
○ “Polish” 86 Delancey Street, NY. May 20 - July 26, 2014.
○ “New Voices” Active Space, NY. August 15 - September 7, 2014.
○ “Flawless” 149 Orchard Street, NY. March 13 – March 29, 2015.
○ “The Last Party” White Box 329 Broome Street, NY. June 17 – August 23, 2015.
○ “Urban Development” 98 Orchard Street, NY. October 1 – November 10, 2015.
○ “Structures” 197 East Broadway, NY. December 17 – January 21, 2016.
○ SPRING/BREAK at 421 8th Avenue, NY. February 29 – March 7, 2016.
○ “Misappropriation” 98 Orchard Street, NY. May 5 – June 15, 2016.
○ Swoon’s “Pearly’s Beauty Shop” 739 Kohler Street, LA. May 21, 2016.
○ “Inevitability of Change” Y Gallery 319 Grand Street, NY. June 8 – July 2, 2016.
○ “Magic City: The Art of the Street” Dresden, Germany. Oct. 1 – March 12, 2017.
○ “Art Rules” Bill Cunningham. The New York Times. March 6th, 2016.
○ “Rites of Spring” Linda Yablonsky. Art Forum. March 7th, 2016.
○ “Inside Spring/Break” Beckett Mufson. Vice. March 7th, 2016.
○ “Hope Amidst the Rubble” Abigail Nelson. No.3 Magazine. Spring, 2016.