Guillermo Gómez-Peña & Joan Wyand
Joan Wyand is a local artist living and working in Providence, Rhode Island. “I am a radical performance artist, experienced collaborator, and skilled maker. My creative mission is to share my awareness of our material environment, and inspire simple environmental trends. My main mediums are clay, recycled fabric, trash, installation, and play.” Wyand embodies the spirit of the local arts in Providence. She is part of a multi-disciplinary generation of Rhode Island artists that are in tune with their urban and environmental surroundings, while pushing cultural boundaries of gender and materiality.
International artist Guillermo Gómez-Peña is a Mexican performance artist who creates work that responds to the demographic and cultural transitions reflected in the growing Latin American population. Gómez-Peña’s work resonates with the artistic bravado that composes part of Providence’s attitude and cultural identity, not to mention AS220’s mission to promote creative expression through unjuried and uncensored art. Gómez-Peña works world-wide and currently lives in San Francisco, California.
Free Culture Art
Guillermo Gómez Peña’s “The New Barbarians: To The Lords Of Censorship” Mural
Guillermo Gómez-Peña’s text-based mural is installed on the rear wall of AS220’s Empire Street Complex, facing Providence’s Aborn Street and visible from Washington and Westminster Streets, next to the 2010 Shepard Fairey Free Culture Mural. The chosen text is a fragment from his work The New Barbarians: a Declaration of Poetic Disobedience, entitled “To the Lords of Censorship”. The mural was designed by Aaron Peterman and Director, Umberto Crenca describes the text as a “manifesto validating the work and integrity of the Providence arts community – a stamp on downtown.”
Joan Wyand’s Providence Shade Installation
Joan Wyand’s installation consists of several shade panels on the second floor of AS220’s Empire Street Complex. The art piece features a diverse group of past and present community members, depicting valuable community history and vitality in the City of Providence. It features local artists and musicians, outstanding youth and educational facilitators, as well as many other local people. This innovative project blends the line between functional craft and contemporary public art.
Guillermo Gómez Peña and Joan Wyand collaborated in the design of a Limited Edition Character Box featuring a set of 10 silkscreened prints of the artists’ performance personas packaged in a recycled box. The set of prints is accompanied by a set of ten Postcards from the Geographical and Social Margins (five of GP’s images and five of Wyand’s). This is an edition of 250 sets of prints, out of which 200 editions will be available for purchase. The postcard pack will also be available for purchase individually. Click on the image below to purchase the Prints from the New Border!
Gómez-Peña, joined by a Michele Ceballos Michot, both founding members of La Pocha Nostra performance troop, conducted a three-day performance workshop with 10 local Rhode Island artists during the first week of August. The workshop culminated in a performance art fashion show at 95 Empire on August 10, the night before Foo Fest. Check out a review and photos HERE .