Assistant Professor Roxana Pérez-Méndez’s new installation, 24K (24 Quilates), brings together new and recent works by the Philadelphia based, Puerto Rican artist. Remixing popular culture and unmasking histories of the colonization, this new presentation in the series alludes to gold’s power to reflect: both literally and figuratively reflect upon the global currency that ties culture together, strings humanity along in a desire to achieve material success and hangs the unfortunate for the crime of wanting more.
Roxana Pérez-Méndez is a video performance and installation artist who creates work about the arbitrary nature of contemporary identity through the lens of her own experience as a Puerto Rican woman. She has exhibited widely including the Times Museum, Guangzhou, China, the Morris Gallery at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, the Elizabeth Foundation of the Arts (NY, NY), the Arlington Arts Center in Arlington, Virginia, the Aljira Contemporary Art Center in Newark, New Jersey, the Powel House Museum (Philadelphia), the Painted Bride (Philadelphia), the Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial (Philadelphia), the Fleisher-Ollman Gallery (Philadelphia), the Centro Estatal de las Artes in Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico and the Centro Municipal de Cultura in Castellon, Spain. She participated in Skowhegan in 2003, Aljira EMERGE 10 in 2008, Sculpture Space Residency in 2010 and in performances with her collaborator Gabriel Martinez in Skowhegan, ME, at the X-Initiative, No Soul for Sale, Festival of Independents in Chelsea and at Socrates Park, Long Island, NY. Pérez-Méndez received her BFA from The Ohio State University, MFA in Sculpture from the Tyler School of Art.
Roxana’s installation is on view at Vox Populi Gallery from 2 March to 1 April 2012.