Sean Paul Gallegos

b.1976

Sean Paul Gallegos has been a Bronx-based artist for over 15 years. He is the recipient of the 2014 BRIO Grant from the Bronx Council on the Arts. He is a recent alumnus of the AIM 33: Artist In the Marketplace program at the Bronx Museum of the Arts. His work was featured in La Bienal 2013 at El Museo del Barrio. With several reviews for La Bienal 2013 Sean Paul’s work was showcased in the New York Times and Art Forum’s Critic Picks. In 2013 he was the recipient of the Sol Shaviro Grant from the Bronx Museum of the Arts and the previous year he won the 2012 BRIO Grant from the Bronx Council on the Arts and received a nomination for the 2012 Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant. Gallegos’s recent work was seen on the streets of NYC with Faberge’s Big Egg Hunt this past April. He's one of the featured subjects in the Bronx Artist Documentary Project and his most recent performance Razor's Edge debuted at the Bronx Museum of the Arts in early October 2014 in the 4th Bronx Latin American Art Biennial.

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Discarded consumer goods illustrate the amount of waste we create everyday. The hunter gatherer style of acquiring materials, mainly from my neighborhood, lets the work be organic. Exploring the ideas of what society worships presently, when layered against the reverence of icons and ritual of our distant past, excites me. By recreating scared and ancestral objects from present day objectified and discarded consumer goods, I utilize their place as a point of reference between these two worlds. Questioning how we make our money, and what we choose spend it on all through my process.

The natural evolution of these concepts of ritual and worship have grown to include a performative aspect to the sculptural work. The new body of triptychs tends to be more personal about my identity and it's perceptions. The duality between the tintypes and medium format photography creates some theater of it's own. Performance was my earliest medium, I continue to invite it into my practice. All of my work currently intersects at ritual and worship from how it is created to what the results yield.

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Solo Exhibitions
2012 Stations of the Lost, Longwood Art Gallery Project Room, Bronx, NY

Residencies
2014 A.I.R. in the Desert, Tortuga Gallery, Albuquerque, NM
2014 Savoy Hotel Artist Space, Trinidad, CO
2014 LMCC Building 110, Process Space Residency, Governors Island, NY
2013 A.I.R.- Artist in Residence, 4heads @ G.I.A.F., Governors Island, NY
2012 A.I.R.- Artist in Residence, 4heads @ G.I.A.F., Governors Island, NY

Selected Exhibitions
2014 Razors Edge, Bronx Latin American Art Bienal, Bronx Museum, Bronx, NY
2014 BXADP Bronx Artist Documentary Project, Andrew Freedman Home, Bronx NY
2014 Transformations, Tortuga Gallery, Albuquerque, NM
2014 Bronx Pop Up Festival-Mass Mosiac, Andrew Freedman Home, Bronx, NY
2014 The Time Has Come, Longwood Art Gallery, Bronx, NY
2014 Faberge's Big Egg Hunt, Manhattan, NY
2014 Know Who You Are At Every Age, Bronx River Arts Center, Bronx, NY
2014 Postcards from the Edge: Visual AIDS, Luhring Augustine, Manhattan, NY
2013 Dia de los Muertos, House of Spoof-Brick House Gallery, Bronx, NY
2013 Divine Intersection, Kenneth Chapman Gallery, New Rochelle, NY
2013 Endurance of Ritual, Dixon Place, Manhattan, NY
2013 Governors Island Art Fair, Governors Island, NY
2013 Goddess Clap Back:Hip Hop Feminism in Art, CUE Art Foundation, Manhattan, NY
2013 Bronx Calling: The Second AIM Biennial, The Bronx Museum, Bronx, NY
2013 La Bienal "Here is Where We Jump", El Museo Del Barrio, Manhattan, NY
2013 Armory Arts Week-Bronx Day, Bronx NY
2013 Bronx Soles, BronxArtSpace, Bronx NY
2013 Postcards From the Edge:Visual AIDS, Sikkema Jenkins & Co., Manhattan, NY
2012 Media Loft Plus, New Rochelle, NY
2012 A.I.O.P.-Art In Odd Places Festival, 14th Street - Union Square, Manhattan, NY
2012 Core 77 Open 5 Designers x 5 Boroughs, Manhattan, NY
2012 Show #2, the Parlour:Bushwick, Brooklyn, NY
2012 REMADE, BronxArtSpace, Bronx, NY
2012 Armory Arts Week-Bronx Day, Bronx, NY
2011 Governors Island Art Fair, Governors Island, NY
2011 Hopes and Heroes, Dash Gallery, Manhattan, NY
2011 From the Bronx Pop-Up, Bronx Documentary Center, Bronx, NY
2011 Postcards From the Edge:Visual AIDS, CRG Gallery, Manhattan, NY
2010 Governors Island Art Fair, Governors Island, NY
2010 Impractical Hats, Longwood Art Gallery, Bronx, NY
2010 Postcards From the Edge:Visual Aids, ZeiherSmith, NYC
2009 Migration, Aviary Arts Collective Gallery, Albuquerque, NM
2009 Richer or Poorer, South Bronx Open Studio Tour, Bronx, NY
2008 Dara Friedman: Musical, Gavin Brown's Enterprise, Manhattan, NY
2008 Political Art Show, Verb Collective Gallery, Albuquerque, NM
2008 Material Culture, Longwood Art Gallery, Bronx, NY
2007 Postcard From the Edge:Visual Aids, James Cohen Gallery, Manhattan, NY
2006 Zito Studio Gallery:Closing Show, Zito Studio Gallery, NYC
2006 Postcards From the Edge:Visual AIDS, Sikkema Jenkins & Co., Manhattan, NY
2005 Barriolesque, Haven Arts, Bronx, NY
2004 Looking at You Looking at Me, Storage Art Space, Bronx, NY

Selected Collaborations
2013 Mnemosyne Atlas Book Launch-Freya Powell, ICI Curatorial Hub, NYC
2010 South Bronx Open Studio Tour- Fire Performance
2010 "This Fable was Intended for You", M.K. Gluth- Performer
2008 Agni Mirage Fire Troupe- Costume Design/Fire Performance
2008-07 Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz- Costume Design/Construction
2007 Shaun El C. Leonardo- Costume Design/Construction
2006-05 Pedro Jimenez- Costume Design/Construction
2006 Cilla Vee Movement Project- Costume Design/Construction
2000 Public Theatre, NYC- Stitcher/Finisher
1999 The Julliard School, NYC- Stitcher/Finisher

Awards
2014 Visual AIDS Artist Grant
2014 BRIO: Bronx Recognizes It's Own Artist Grant, Bronx Council on the Arts
2013 Change Inc. Grant, Robert Rauschenberg Foundation
2013 Sol Shaviro Grant, Bronx Museum of the Arts
2013 Visual AIDS Artist Grant
2012 BRIO: Bronx Recognizes It's Own Artist Grant, Bronx Council on the Arts
2010 Visual AIDS Artist Grant
1994-1997 Mary Bonnell Full Theatre Scholarship-Specializing in Costume, Oakland University
1996-97 Gittlien Theatre Achievement Grant, Oakland University

Education
2013 AIM-Artist in the Marketplace Program, Bronx Museum, Bronx, NY
2010 Bronx Council on the Arts, Art Handler Certification Program, Bronx, NY
1994-97 Musical Theatre, Oakland University, Rochester Hills, MI