Yellow Peril Gallery presents Raquel Paiewonsky at VOLTA NY 2016 during Armory Arts Week

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE > FEBRUARY 8, 2016

RAQUEL PAIEWONSKY, Wall (2016) concrete blocks, hand-embroidered fabrics, dimensions variable

RAQUEL PAIEWONSKY, Wall (2016) concrete blocks, hand-embroidered fabrics, dimensions variable

RAQUEL PAIEWONSKY
VOLTA NY 2016
MARCH 2-6, 2016

YELLOW PERIL GALLERY | BOOTH D11
PIER 90, WEST 50TH STREET AT 12TH AVENUE, NEW YORK, NY 10036 

PREVIEW
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2
Press Conference + Preview | 5PM – 6PM
Guest of Honor Preview | 6PM – 7PM
Public Vernissage free + open to the public | 8PM – 10PM

PUBLIC HOURS
THURSDAY – SATURDAY, MARCH 3-5 | 11AM – 9PM
SUNDAY, March 6 | 12PM – 6PM

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Yellow Peril Gallery is pleased to announce a solo presentation of new work from Raquel Paiewonsky at VOLTA NY 2016 during Armory Arts Week from March 2-6. In 2015, she was artist-in-residence at Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin, supported by The Davidoff Art Initiative. This vibrant series is inspired by her time in Germany’s capital and cultural center. Paiewonsky’s “Interludio”, which was awarded the 24th Concurso de Arte Eduardo León Jimenes in the Dominican Republic for her performance at the Museo de Arte Moderno of Santo Domingo, is one of the featured videos to be screened on VOLTA NY’s 30-foot video wall near the entrance.

Raquel Paiewonsky (b. 1969, Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic) works across a range of media, including painting, sculpture, installation and photography. She has presented at 15 solo exhibitions in the Dominican Republic and the United States, as well as group shows in the US, France, Dominican Republic, Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, Cuba, Ecuador, among others. Paiewonsky has also presented work at the 53rd and 55th Venice Biennale in the Latin American Pavilion.

“The predominantly feminine social body in Raquel Paiewonsky’s work addresses issues of gender politics, couple relationships, sexuality, maternity, ecology and other issues of a general nature, but it also alludes to hot-button issues in the Dominican context, such as prostitution,” notes Gerardo Mosquera, Chief Curator of the San Juan Poly/Graphic Triennial. “The artist uses the body as a kind of tropological platform from which to illuminate these issues in their own complexity and in the imaginal complexity of art, without falling into the prevailing literalness of socially critical art in her country. We are mistaken if we think that her artworks are about the body or sexuality. They are so only indirectly, because here the body is above all else a critical resource that drives the artist’s expression with great power.”

Although seldom conveying violence explicitly, Paiewonsky’s work is very much concerned with the veiled but insidious violence that permeates the personal, social and political systems in which we live. “I am particularly interested in object / subject interventions, often utilizing fabric or collage as a means of taking over a particular space, body or artifact,” she stresses. “In recent years, my work explores the relationship between our essence and our surroundings, the impact of stereotypes and cultural constructions, always taking as a reference our instinctual selves and the ways in which the primal component of our nature is affected by the new and ever changing contexts of contemporary life.”

Paiewonsky’s work is in international collections that include Daros-Latinoamérica, Zürich, Switzerland; The RISD Museum, Rhode Island; Museum of Modern Art, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; Centro León, Santiago, Dominican Republic. She is the recipient the Gran Premio Eduardo León award in 2006, 2008 and 2012, and included in the XX and XXII editions of the National Visual Arts Biennial of Santo Domingo. Paiewonsky holds a BFA from Parsons School of Design and co-founded Quintipata, an internationally recognized art collective from the Dominican Republic that includes Pascal Meccariello, Jorge Pineda, and Belkis Ramirez.

This is Yellow Peril Gallery’s debut at VOLTA NY, the invitational fair of solo artist projects and the American incarnation of the original Basel VOLTA show, which was founded in 2005 by three art dealers as a fair “by galleries, for galleries”. Their presentation of new work from Raquel Paiewonsky will be in Booth D11 at Pier 90 during Armory Arts Week in New York from March 2-6, 2016.

About RAQUEL PAIEWONSKY
Raquel Paiewonsky (b. 1969, Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic) works across a range of media, including painting, sculpture, installation and photography. She has presented at 15 solo exhibitions in the Dominican Republic and the United States, as well as group shows in the US, France, Dominican Republic, Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, Cuba, Ecuador, among others. Paiewonsky has also presented work at the 53rd and 55th Venice Biennale in the Latin American Pavilion. Her work is in international collections that include Daros-Latinoamérica, Zürich, Switzerland; The RISD Museum, Rhode Island; Museum of Modern Art, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; Centro León, Santiago, Dominican Republic. She is the recipient the Gran Premio Eduardo León award in 2006, 2008 and 2012, and included in the XX and XXII editions of the National Visual Arts Biennial of Santo Domingo. In 2015, she was artist-in-residence at Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin, supported by The Davidoff Art Initiative. Paiewonsky holds a BFA from Parsons School of Design and co-founded Quintipata, an internationally recognized art collective from the Dominican Republic that includes Pascal Meccariello, Jorge Pineda, and Belkis Ramirez. For more info, visit raquelpaiewonsky.com.

About VOLTA NY
VOLTA NY is the invitational fair of solo artist projects and is the American incarnation of the original Basel VOLTA show, which was founded in 2005 by three art dealers as a fair “by galleries, for galleries”. Since its debut in New York in 2008, Artistic Director Amanda Coulson re-conceived the format as a rigorously curated, boutique event — along the lines of a sequence of intense studio visits versus a traditional trade show environment. Since then VOLTA NY showcases relevant contemporary art positions from emerging international artists, from cutting-edge trendsetters to next year’s rising stars. Coupled with its approachable solo-booth format, the VOLTA team has created a fair that is both accessible to younger art-lovers and beloved by seasoned collectors alike. By spotlighting artists through primarily solo projects, VOLTA NY refocuses the art fair experience back to its most fundamental point: the artists and their works. A beacon for creative discovery during Armory Arts Week, VOLTA NY is likewise aligned with some of the best and boldest local cuisine and design collaborators in the city. In March 2016, VOLTA NY returns to PIER 90 in the neighborhood of Hell’s Kitchen, New York City, adjacent to The Armory Show, the longtime anchor of Armory Arts Week on Piers 94 and 92. The Armory Show and VOLTA NY are affiliate fairs that provide complementary visions of the international contemporary art world. Both fairs share mutually acknowledged VIP access. For more info, visit ny.voltashow.com.

About Yellow Peril Gallery
Founded in 2011, YELLOW PERIL GALLERY is a contemporary art gallery located at The Plant, a historic mill complex in the Olneyville neighborhood of Providence, Rhode Island. The Gallery fosters art critiques from emerging, mid-career and established artists who have been featured in biennials and museum exhibitions, participated in top tier art fairs and acquired by private collectors worldwide. For more info about future exhibitions, visit www.yellowperilgallery.com.

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If you’d like more information about this press release, or to schedule an interview with RAQUEL PAIEWONSKY, please contact Vanphouthon Souvannasane via e-mail at van@yellowperilgallery.com