tony orrico: performance drawings tony orrico: performance drawings
may 04, 2011

tony orrico: performance drawings

‘penwald drawings’ tony orrico shoshana wayne gallery santa monica, california from 28 may – 9 july, 2011

‘penwald: 2: 8 circles’ graphite, paper 240” x 240” photo by michael hart

as much of a performance as it is a drawing, the work of american artist tony orrico explores the capacity of the human body as a physical tool for creating art. with a background in dance and choreography, orrico utilizes his own body – sometimes just the wrist, sometimes his whole form – to generate massive drawings that are at once organic and highly precise.

‘I marvel at the composition of nature and cycles,’ says orrico. ‘I am not versed in the convergence of art and mathematics or sciences, but find myself instinctually attracted to this relationship. I try to dilute my efforts and find an experiential point of entrance. I like to experiment with both embodied and cognitive systems that yield beauty. my favorite art is somewhat accidental and overwhelmingly concise.’

whether it be spinning on his torso or pivoting a specific joint, a specific motion is established and repeated throughout the performance. the completion of each piece ranges from 15 minutes to as long as 7 continuous hours.

‘penwald: 6: project, recoil’ (2011) graphite, paper 1.5 hours 60” x 180” photo by bart dykstra

installation view of ‘penwald: 2’ and ‘penwald: 4’ image © peter cox

‘penwald: 4: unison symmetry standing’ (2010) permanent marker on wall 12 hours 80” x 216” photo by michael hart

orrico during a performance photo by michael hart

photo by carlos martin

detail photo by carlos martin

‘penwald: 2: 8 circles’ photo by thomas willemsen

‘penwald: 8: 12 by 12 on knees’ (2011) graphite on paper approximately 6-7 hours 240” x 240”

creating ‘penwald: 3: circle on knees’ photo by efthymia zymvra

orrico during ‘penwald: 5: wrists on walk’ (2011) graphite on paper 60” x 60” photo by bart dykstra

  • lead poisoning?

    keiralx says:
  • … because there’s so much lead in pencils nowadays

    niq says:
  • brilliant moving work!

    waxman says:
  • i like

    Darija S.H. says:
  • training art)

    Mikhail Belyaev says:
  • me fasina!!!

    messunnas says:
  • Did you notice the dance the shadow of his body creates as he draws against the wall when you watch the performance from the 45 degree angle? The project is intriguing on many different levels. Love it!

    Sparky says:
  • Lead Poisoning….

    Keep the mysticism home dude says:
  • He able to make the balance in his movement and artworks.. truly artist!

    NK says:
  • There is no “lead” in lead pencils. That is a common misconception. Its a type of clay that makes up all “Lead” pencils. always has been …read the amazing book “the history of the Pencil”…..wars have been fought over the clay fields.

    This guy is AMAZING…its so meditative to watch him!

    urban woodswalker says:
  • Gimmicky.

    He sure is cute, though (and if he has an accent he should do just fine).

    SpeakingInTongues says:
  • Yoga and Spirograph had a baby, and its name is Tony Orrico.

    Mushi says:
  • at first i was like.. this is not weird at all.

    now.. i think this is hot.

    p.s. mushi + 1

    boo says:

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