Joan Mitchell Center

Antonia A. Perez

Sculptor
July 10 – August 4
Long Island City, NY
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Born and raised in New York City, with many summers of her youth spent in Mexico City in the care of her relatives, Antonia A. Perez is a mixed-media artist who collects discarded household detritus and repurposes it into sculpture, works on paper, paintings and site-specific installations. Her work focuses on the transformation of materials, especially plastic bags, which she crochets into a range of forms representing domestic objects or abstract structures referencing the environment, the home, textile design and culture, and hand-made traditions. In addition to making objects she participates in socially engaged activities centered on crocheting and the environment. She is a teaching artist who has worked with people ages 5 to 95. She is a 2016 recipient of the EFA Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop Studio Immersion Fellowship and the 2011 Marie Walsh Sharpe Space Program Award. She has exhibited her work locally and nationally, including at the Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling, El Museo del Barrio, the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, No Longer Empty in Jamaica, Cuchifritos Gallery, the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, and the Queens Museum. She holds a Master of Fine Arts from Queens College, CUNY.

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Estas en Tu Casa

Estas en Tu Casa

2015, crocheted used plastic bags, 64 x 108 x .75 inches

Utterance

Utterance

2016, crocheted used plastic bags, stuffed with used plastic bags, wire lampshade frame, body—diameter 9 x 38 inches, hose—diameter 1.5 x 132 inches.

Rope III

Rope III

2015, crocheted used plastic bags, 110 x diameter, at widest point 8 inches

Rope III (detail)

Rope III (detail)

2015, crocheted used plastic bags, 110 x diameter at widest point 8 inches

Curtains

Curtains

 2011, crocheted used plastic bags, metal curtain rod and hooks, each curtain 77 x 40 inches, Left curtain reads: REFUSE PLASTIC, Right curtain reads: USE YOUR OWN BAG

Antonia’s Folly

Antonia’s Folly

2010, crocheted used plastic bags, plastic hoop, 114 tall x 40 inches in diameter

Black Lace

Black Lace

2011, crocheted used plastic bags, height variable x 204 inches

Market Bag

Market Bag

2014, crocheted used plastic bags, 44 x 40 x 12 inches