Darlene Charneco: SYMBIOSOME SCHOOLHOUSE
August 28 - October 24, 2021
Opening Reception: Saturday, August 28
The Old Point Schoolhouse, Oysterponds Historical Society. 1555 Village Lane. Orient, NY 11957
Now in its tenth year, Parrish Road Show is the Museum’s off-site project designed to encourage engagement and interaction between artists and the communities outside the Museum’s walls. Each year, selected artists work with the Parrish and partner venues to create new work and to provide unique opportunities for visitors to see and experience art in unexpected places, from public parks and highways to historical sites and community centers.
For the 2021 Parrish Road Show, the Museum has invited the artist Darlene Charneco (American, b. 1971) to create a site-specific exhibition, Symbiosome Schoolhouse, at Oysterponds Historical Society in Orient, NY.
Darlene Charneco is an East End-based, contemporary Latin-American artist who creates mixed-media mapping series to explore and navigate the layered spaces we live in. Charneco explores ways of seeing human settlements, communication networks, and communities through a biological lens and as part of a larger organism’s growth stage. Developing her own tactile language—such as painstakingly hammering nails into wooden panels—the artist builds three-dimensional, patterned Touchmaps to navigate, sense, and express within a world that continually shifts and changes through our expanded communication networks. She is currently artist-in-residence at the William Steeple Davis Trust studying, living, and working in the artist’s former house and studio in Orient, NY.
Charneco’s Parrish Road Show project will consist of an indoor and outdoor exhibition. Inside the Schoolhouse, she will exhibit several of her ongoing wall sculpture weaves and Touchmaps, each created in a meditative process of “renewing determination and hammering out positive hopes for humanity;” a grouping of mixed-media works on paper; a central pedestal sculptural piece which will be a loose aggregate of smaller 3D-printed sculptures; and a video monitor piece which will display visually related experiments with shared spaces collaboratively created within 3D virtual worlds. Outside, in front of the Schoolhouse building entrance, Charneco will create a large free-standing sculpture that will be visible from the main road.
Many of the artworks for the Symbiosome Schoolhouse exhibition will combine and cluster familiar structures (houses, museums, schools, and libraries) in both real and virtual spaces visualized as part of naturally interconnecting growth-forms and adaptive living systems. A play of scale-shifting is involved as viewers will be able to watch a video in which avatars navigate and explore immersive simulations of specific sculptures they see around them.
The art in this exhibition is an ongoing contemplation of symbiosis, self-assembly, evolution, and “Symmathesy”—a new term for “learning together” recently coined by writer and educator Nora Bateson. According to Charneco, it reflects a great hope that within our current phase of collective learning is emerging the individual, national, and planetary resolve for a more harmonious future.
“The precious time and space of the Orient residency during the current global pandemic and challenges to solidarity is allowing me a deep dive into slower paced contemplation of this phase in humanity’s history within longer planetary time-cycles,” says Charneco who will present works inspired by a “continuously unfolding dream vision of co-evolution.” Immersing in what she refers to as “Symbiosis Studies” (a combination of direct nature ‘noticings’ and academic readings regarding symbiosis in evolution), she began to see our species adapting, adjusting, and shifting spaces (symbiosomes) for necessary changes in individual and group life, sensing and learning ways to better connect and support across distance.
Parrish Road Show 2021: Darlene Charneco–Symbiosome Schoolhouse is organized by Corinne Erni, Senior Curator of ArtsReach and Special Projects.
About Darlene Charneco
Darlene Charneco (b. 1971, New York City) attended Stony Brook University for MFA Studies and Long Island University Southampton for her BFA. Exhibiting throughout the U.S. and globally, she participated in PINTA Fair London and the Korean International Art Fair. Charneco’s work is part of Guild Hall Museum’s permanent collection, and was featured in the Princeton Architectural Press book The Map as Art: Contemporary Artists Explore Cartography by Katherine Harmon, and How Architecture Learned to Speculate by Mihall & Serbest through the University of Stuttgart. Charneco was awarded the 2017 Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant.
SELECT SOLO EXHIBITIONS
FutureNurture, PRAXIS Chelsea, NYC (2018)
Self-Assembling Memorypalace, Christina Ray Gallery, NYC (2011)
Islands of Memory, Solar, East Hampton, NY (2011)
Gameland, Morgan Lehman Gallery, NYC (2007)
SELECT GROUP EXHIBITIONS
Warp & Woof: Beyond the Loom; Gold Coast Arts Center; Great Neck, NY (2019)
A Survey of Contemporary L.I. Art; Hale Hall Memorial Gallery; Farmingdale, NY (2019)
On the Grid: Contemporary Explorations; VSOP Projects; Greenport, NY (2019)
Takeover! Artists In Residence; Southampton Arts Center; Southampton, NY (2019)
Reimagining Constructs, Steinberg Museum of Art, Brookville, NY (2018)
Structuring our Habitat, Omni Gallery Public Art Space, Uniondale, NY (2018)
Art, Community, and Collaboration, Parrish Art Museum, Water Mill, NY (2017)
The Structure of Things, Islip Art Museum, Islip, NY (2017)
Get with the Program, Roman Fine Art, East Hampton, NY (2016)
East End Collected, Southampton Arts Center, Southampton, NY (2015)
Art Southampton, Nova’s Ark Project, Water Mill, NY (2015)
Around the Way, organized by El Museo del Barrio, shown at Macy’s Herald Square NYC (2010)
Locate/Navigate: Exercises in Mapping, a citywide exhibition in Kansas City, MO, presented by the Urban Culture Project Foundation (2008)
The House that Sprawl Built, Hunterdon Museum of Art, Clinton, NJ
I love the Burbs, Katonah Museum (2006)