In the Studio with Elena Berriolo

Thursday, Sep 21, 3 pm to 5 pm
Sunday, Sep 24, 3 pm to 4 pm
Sunday, Oct 01, 3 pm to 4 pm
Sunday, Oct 08, 3 pm to 4:30 pm
Saturday, Oct 14, 3 pm to 4 pm
Sunday, Oct 22, 3 pm to 5:30 pm
At CMA, 103 Charlton Street, New York
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Elena Berriolo is a New York-based artist who is committed to working exclusively in the book format and through performance. Continuing her investigation into the possibilities of the line traced by a sewing machine, Berriolo will present unique books made with thread, watercolor, and ink on paper that address a variety of themes, including a speculative rewriting of art history from a feminist point of view, the interweaving of poetry and visual art, and a direct engagement with nature. She will also present several performances at CMA with her sewing machine, a variety of guests, from poets to musicians, and families visiting CMA.

Elena will be presenting the following performances in the gallery:

September 21, 2017
The perforation of the Fibonacci Sequence in a Book which will be a 10 minute performance every 20 minutes from 3:00-4:30PM

September 24, 2017
Feed me The Line, a sewing machine and poetry performance with poet Sarah Riggs at 3PM

October 1, 2017
A Book as a Bridge Among Diversity, an interactive performance with a sewing machine as an act of resistance to DACA at 3PM. Visitors are invited to have a one-on-one conversation with Elena as she sews in an accordion book.

October 8, 2017
The Infinite Poem, an interactive sewing maching performance. Elena will be seaming together words and thoughts from the participants on the strings of balloons that will string across the gallery at 3PM

October 14, 2017
The Sound of Silence, a performance with sewing machine and violin, with violinist Rosi Hertlein at 3PM

October 22, 2017
A Book as a Bridge among time and space, an interactive performance with families at 3PM. The performance will take place on the 1 train from Houston Street Station to Van Cortlandt Park Station in the Bronx. It is an act of resistance to the efforts to repeal Obamacare. The average lifespan of a child born in Greenwich Village is 5 to 8 years longer than the life of a child from the Bronx. By sewing a line on an accordion book while traveling from the Village to the Bronx and back, a bridge will be built among the two destinations, covering 25 miles within the 40 feet of the book, while linking the two communities.

The meeting spot for this event will be in CMA’s Lobby at 2:45PM. The group will walk over to the Houston Street Subway Station at 3PM.

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