Living Art Event
*Living Art Event* is the most unique fusion of art, dance, and music performed today. Unpainted canvases will blanket the floors and walls with Monvelyno Alexis and his band playing alongside Jennifer Giuglianotti as she paints through dancing allowing the audience the intimate experience of becoming part of creation's process. The audience even has the opportunity to engage in painting on a large group canvas! Breaking the boundaries of language and culture through merging art, dance, and music, Monvelyno and Jennifer engage us in their journey. Monvelyno sings both in English and Creole, playing through the universal language of music. With Jennifer by his side, she paints the beautiful images and feelings he expresses in his songs, all through choreographed and improvised movements. The audience feels the intimate experience of watching a painting be created right in front of them...
"We want to inspire people to live in the moment, engage their creative selves, and feel free to express how they feel through whatever creative medium they can". A large canvas with paint and brushes will be available for the audience to paint whenever they want throughout the exhibit.
What's in Store for You May 20th 6-10:30 pm
*Walk through the doors of Shapeshifter Lab and delight your eyes in over 45 paintings ranging from palm-size to over 6 ft by 6 ft. All paintings are for sale with the option of bidding in a night-long silent auction.
*7 pm: Behind-the-scenes footage will be projected of Monvelyno and Jennifer creating some of the pieces on display.
*7:30-9: Monvelyno Quintet and Jennifer perform
*9-10:30: Free time to jam, paint on a the group canvas, dance, and enjoy the art
*Refreshments/drinks are available at Shapeshifter Lab. Monvelyno and Jennifer will be bringing yummy appetizers-- Free for you!
Buy tickets at the door or online for *Living Art Event* May 20th (before they sell out!) $8 ticket: www.ShapeShifterLab.com
About The Artists: Monvelyno Alexis and Jennifer Giuglianotti
A native of Port-au-Prince, Monvelyno Alexis brings to NYC, the rich artistic and musical culture of Haiti. A world-traveling singer, guitarist, songwriter, and painter, he lives every day creating. Monvelyno's music is a blend of Haitian vodoun inspired jazz, funk, fusion, and experimental. He has a revolutionary vision, consisting of creating a music that would preserve the authenticity of the African legacy in the Haitian musical heritage. His passion moves him forward, in search of an original musical language. A talented painter, he incorporates the freedom of abstraction with spiritual voodoo symbols in rich, colorful palettes.
Kod Ak Po Project, which translates from Creole as "The Skins and Strings Project" is the umbrella-term for his creative vision encompassing music and artwork. The idea of the Kod ak Po (Strings & Skins) Project originated from conversations with voodoo clerics and deep studies of their rituals and spiritual songs. Monvelyno's most recent album (in English and Creole) is called, "Conscience State of Mind". Merging his Haitian roots with elements of popular music, he reaches out to a wider audience. Upon requests of university students and fans, he now sings his songs in English as well. "Kouzen Azakamede" was his first album released in 2010. Currently he is hard at work, creating his third solo album.
As a dance/movement therapist graduating from Pratt Institute, Jennifer Giuglianotti learned that some psychiatric patients were sometimes more open to creating art than dancing. This propelled her to combine art-making and dance into one therapy session, which allowed the patients to express themselves through different mediums. Over a year and a half has passed and she has taken this tool and used it in her own life, through "Choreography On Canvas"; creating art through dancing in performances. "Dancers and artists in the 60's used to perform their paintings and experiment like this but it just isn't done anymore..." It is the journey through creating art that is her focus, rather than the image or result of the finished painting. As a viewer, you can feel the raw emotions laid upon the canvas through the drips, swirls, and streaks of colorful paint. She shares her soul with you, exposes how she feels and takes that risk. There is so much movement in the paintings you can't help but be moved yourself.
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18 Whitwell Pl.
Brooklyn, NY 11215
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