8 circles, Edition of 8, 40″ x 26” by Tony Orrico. Photo by Michael Hart
Tony Orrico | Penwald Drawings
Penwald Drawings are a series of bilateral drawings in which Tony Orrico explores the use of his body as a tool of measurement to inscribe geometries through movement and course. His choreographic gestures derive from the limitation of (or spontaneous navigation within) the sphere of his outstretched arms. Line density becomes record of Orrico’s mental and physical sustain as he commits his focus to a greater concept of balance throughout extended durations of drawings. The master of each drawing is a conceptual score of Orrico’s efficacious techniques, imposed variables, and specified durations or objectives.
Unison symmetry standing, Edition of 8, 40″ x 26” by Tony Orrico. Photo by Michael Hart
Tony Orrico developed his own physical symmetry practice as point of entry into his creative work. In his termed “state of readiness” he is interested in the application of a present body to a surface, object, or course. He avows that artists must prepare themselves as they would their mediums. With the notion that creativity is an emergent force, Orrico is fascinated with how physical impulses manifest into visible forms. He finds inherent beauty in what is lost through representation(s) and how ideas in motion may replicate, mutate, or disintegrate. His artifacts and performances often enter infinities of reflective and rotational symmetry. Centralizing on themes of cyclic motion and the generation and regeneration of material, the work draws on the tension between what is fleeting and what is captured.
Tony Orrico. Photo by David Ruano
Tony Orrico (b. 1979) grew up in Chicago, IL and studied painting as a child. He attended Illinois State University where he took his first dance class. He earned his MFA in choreography at University of Iowa in 2003 and moved to New York City to continue his pursuits. Orrico has been presented and exhibited in the US, France, Germany, Mexico, the Netherlands and Spain. His visual work is in collection at several museums as well as prominent private collections. He has recently been presented at New Museum (NYC) and Poptech 2011: The World Rebalancing. As a former member of Trisha Brown Dance Company and Shen Wei Dance Arts, Orrico has graced magnificent stages. He was also one of a select group of artists to re-perform the work of Marina Abramovic during her retrospective at MoMA.