American Museum of Natural History is a classic New York City kid experience. Now as an adult, I appreciate the whimsy and mystery of the space even more. The space provides room for questioning, examining and exploring throughout the permanent and temporary exhibitions. Hope you get to visit soon!
1. Tell me about your process as an artist.
The first step of my process, I have an idea and develop it into a concept through brainstorming and thinking. Next, I practice techniques and skills on a surface. This could mean I’m playing around with color combinations using inks, or scribbling in various pens or even testing brushes on scraps of paper or canvas. Once I have practiced, I begin working. I don’t like to work using easels, so I simply lay my paper, canvas or panel flat on floor or table and work. As I’m working, my concept may change and that is perfectly fine. Often times, my work will come out completely different from what I had planned in my mind. If I begin to get frustrated, I will take a break and work on something else. My works of art are never truly finished, and often times I will return to a piece that I had worked on previously.
My process fluctuates between fluid and controlled. I feel as though I have a balance of both
2. Describe your artistic practice in three words.
My artistic practice can be described as therapeutic, fluid, and abstract.
3. Why do you make art?
I make art for several reasons. First, the physical act of making Art for me is at times relaxing and often a way to de-stress. Secondly, art is a way for me to organize my thoughts, or ideas and express them visually.
Like many others, I struggle to explain myself verbally at times and art allows for me to say what I need to say without having to actually say it. Lastly, I make art to stir up conversation. My art allows for an open dialogue between the viewer, myself and the work. I am very open to conversations about my work with anyone.
4. Where do you create art?
I feel most comfortable creating art where I can be alone. If I happen to find myself working around people, to give the illusion that I am alone I will play music as I work.
5. What does it mean to be an artist in the Bronx?
Being an artist in the Bronx and from the Bronx means being a part of the many creative communities here in New York. I feel very honored, and proud to be a practicing artist from the Bronx.
6. How can people get in touch with you and see more of your works?
People are more likely to get in touch with me and see more of my work through my email (Luisacalcano23@gmail.com), my instagram account (@marialuisaart).
7. Who is your greatest inspiration?
My inspiration for the work I do stems from my personal experiences, observations, and books that I have read. However, my greatest inspirations are people such my mentors, family, friends and significant other.
The NYCB Art Series 2017 did not disappoint in color or scale. It was a wonderful night at the ballet in early February! Try not to miss the free, open hours for the general public to view the exhibition Saturday, February 18, through Sunday, February 26 at the following times:
Mon-Fri 10 AM – 5 PM
Sat 10 AM – 12 PM
Sun 10 AM – 1 PM
Check out “harlem is … DANCE // Special Artist Reception” on Eventbrite!
Date: Monday, August 29, 2016
Location: MIST Harlem
The exhibition celebrates the legacy of dance in Harlem and includes work by over 14 artists and conributors that either work or live in Harlem. The celebration will include lots of exciting components! RSVP info below:
RSVP email: firstname.lastname@example.org
RSVP phone: 212-459-1854
Curated experiences throughout the Main Hall (Building C), the Hyphen over Shinbone Alley, the Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art (Building G) and the New York Chinese Scholar’s Garden
June 11 – September 11 2016
Wednesday-Sunday 10AM-5PM $5 Admission
“Eutopia”, derived from the Greek εὖ (‘good’ or ‘well’) and τόπος (‘place’), describes a society with qualities considerably better than ours.
This large-scale, site-responsive exhibition connects artwork and installations by Sabrina Barrios, Sarah E. Brook, Charles Heppner, Carlton Scott Sturgill, TAXIPLASM, TJ Volonis & Dale Williams to the storied past and bucolic present of Staten Island’s historic Snug Harbor — creating a space to present the energy and form of dreams made real.
Curation, lighting & technical design by George Del Barrio.