The talk is at the Parrish Art Museum, Friday, October 8, 6 PM

 Darlene Charneco at the opening of Symbiosome Schoolhouse, with Learning Library Landings, 2020-2021. Nails, resin, enamel, acrylic on wood, 36 x 36 inches.


WATER MILL, NY 9/24/2021The Parrish Art Museum presents East End-based Latinx artist Darlene Charneco (American, b. 1971) with Corinne Erni, Senior Curator of ArtsReach and Special Project, in  a conversation about Charneco’s 2021 Parrish Road Show exhibition Symbiosome Schoolhouse, on Friday, October 8 at 6 PM at the Museum in Water Mill. Charneco’s site-specific exhibition (on view through October 24 at Oysterponds Historical Society in Orient) features, sculpture, new works on paper, and video, as well as the artist’s signature wall reliefs which she calls Touchmaps.


Symbiosome Schoolhouse includes new iterations of the artist’s ongoing series Weaves and Touchmaps, which are mixed-media, map-based wall reliefs that explore and navigate the layered spaces that humans and all planetary species inhabit. The large-scale, three-dimensional, patterned Touchmaps are designed to orient, sense, and express a world that shifts and changes through ever-expanding communication networks. Charneco has developed her own tactile language of artmaking—such as hammering nails into wooden panels in a meditative process she describes as “renewing determination and rippling out positive hopes for humanity.” Several Touchmaps, wall-sculpture weaves, and SymbiosisStudies—a group of mixed-media works on paper—will be on view in the SchoolhouseMany of the mixed-media and sculptural works in Symbiosome Schoolhouse combine clusters of familiar structures in both material and virtual worlds. Charneco visualizes these spaces as part of adaptive living systems, what she refers to as a “Self-Assembling MemoryPalace”—memories that are collectively created and more readily accessible. Her immersive virtual-world installation features avatars that move among buildings resembling a library and the Old Point Schoolhouse. The 3-minute and 14-second video loop was developed through the technique of machinima—using real-time, computer graphics animation engines. Finally, in a free-standing sculpture on the Schoolhouse lawn visible from the road, Charneco aggregated small wood and concrete structures—abstracted dwellings, portals, and building blocks that evoke memory, which the artist calls “stored information.”


About Darlene Charneco

Darlene Charneco (b. 1971, New York City) attended Stony Brook University for MFA studies, earned a   BFA at Long Island University, Southampton. Exhibiting throughout the U.S. and globally, she participated in PINTA Fair London and the Korean International Art Fair. Charneco’s work is in 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. She is represented by Praxis International Gallery in New York City and Longview Gallery in Washington, DC.


Parrish Road Show 2021, Darlene Charneco: Symbiosome Schoolhouse, is made possible, in part, by the generous support of Sandy and Stephen Perlbinder; and Jane Wesman and Donald Savelson. Public funding provided by Suffolk County.


Friday Nights are made possible, in part, by Presenting Sponsor Bank of America.

Additional support provided by The Corcoran Group and Sandy and Stephen Perlbinder.


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Parrish Road Show

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.


Parrish Art Museum

Inspired by the natural setting and artistic life of Long Island’s East End, the Parrish Art Museum illuminates the creative process and how art and artists transform our experiences and understanding of the world and how we live in it. The Museum fosters connections among individuals, art, and artists through care and interpretation of the collection, presentation of exhibitions, publications, educational initiatives, programs, and artists-in-residence. The Parrish is a center for cultural engagement, an inspiration and destination for the region, the nation, and the world.


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