Angel Nevarez and Valerie Tevere: Touching From A Distance
Touching From A Distance focuses on the fragmentation of public space and the varying uninhibited actors simultaneously occupying the space of Plaza de la Liberación in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico on a particular day; yet touching from a distance in their constituent interests and concerns. As Mariachi Ciudad de Guadalajara interprets and performs Joy Division’s song, Transmission, a protest against the inefficient use of regional public funds transpires. The work looks to Plaza de la Liberación as a stage and locale for enunciative acts and musical contravention.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Angel Nevarez and Valerie Tevere are multidisciplinary artists whose projects and research investigate contemporary music and sound, the electromagnetic spectrum, dissent and public fora. Their interests lie in the formation of itinerant, performative, and discursive-based social spaces with works that move between the spatial simultaneity of performance and enunciation, reflecting upon political agency through lyrics, audio, and transmission.
Their work has been exhibited at international venues including MoMA, The Guggenheim Museum, Creative Time, and New Museum in New York; Manifesta 8/ Spain; Museo de Arte Raúl Anguiano, Guadalajara, Mexico; Casino Luxembourg, LU; Henie Onstad Art Centre, Høvikodden/Oslo, Norway; Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) Philadelphia, and elsewhere. Nevarez and Tevere have received fellowships and grants from Creative Capital, Art Matters, the NEA, and Franklin Furnace. Both were Studio Fellows at The Whitney Museum’s Independent Study Program, and artists-in-residence at the International Artists Studio Program in Sweden (IASPIS) and recently at Pioneer Works, Brooklyn.
Nevarez is a musician and Faculty in the MFA Fine Arts Program at the School of Visual Arts, New York. Tevere is Professor of Media Culture at the College of Staten Island, City University of New York.
Nevarez and Tevere are current artists-in-residence at Grand Central Art Center developing a new project in dialogue with Santa Ana.