About the Exhibition
WHITE CONSTRUCTIONS (2016-Present) considers the arbitrary and deliberate construction of race in the United States and its negative effects on black and brown people. The series analyzes race as a deliberate social construct created by those in power to subjugate non-white people while critiquing the influential construction and deconstruction of language and its impact on human experiences. The symbolic and imaginary constructs in WHITE CONSTRUCTIONS challenges the viewer to reconsider and reconstruct their personal and political relationship to race and how it informs their interactions with others. White Constructions exhibitions have been exhibited in Milwaukee, WI; Baltimore, MD; Pittsburgh, PA; Washington, DC; and Tulsa, Oklahoma.
CLIMATE-PONCHOS (2017-Present) are the wearable sculptures integral to the CLIMATE-IMMIGRANTS performance series which is a multimedia installation that considers the impending plight of climate-induced global migration and its effects on people of color. The interactive objects are adorned with images that depict the archetypal “traveler,” the subjects are portrayed while in unilateral transition, wearing backpacks and hats, carrying suitcases and holding children. The CLIMATE-PONCHOS are central to the political themes and critique at the core of the CLIMATE-IMMIGRANT installation where the viewer witnesses the silent movements of anonymous persons in context with sound and video which conceptualizes the nuanced experience of migrant travel. The ponchos are comprised of mixed media including cut vinyl, acrylic paint, and acrylic medium on canvas, polyester, organza, and clear film.
Climate Ponchos have been featured at The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden; Salisbury University Galleries; Washington College Kohl Gallery; the Merriweather District; Siren Arts; Transformer DC; The Corcoran Gallery of Art; and at The Kennedy Center’s The Reach among others.
About the Artist
Hoesy Corona (b. 1986) is a multidisciplinary artist working in both visual and performance art. He creates uncategorized works that draw from his personal experiences as a queer Latinx immigrant in the United States. His works oftentimes confront and delight viewers with some of the most pressing issues of our time. Recurring themes of race/class/gender, otherness, celebration, nature, isolation, and the climate crisis are all present throughout his work. His installations and colorful sculptural works fitted to the human body have been presented internationally including at The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Athens School of Fine Art, Transformer DC, The Baltimore Museum of Art, The Walters Art Museum, Gilcrease Museum, and The Reach at The Kennedy Center. Recent honors include a Tulsa Artist Fellowship, a Merriweather District Artist in Residence, a Halcyon Arts Lab Fellowship, a Ruby’s Artist Grant, a Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award, and an Andy Warhol Foundation Grit Fund Grant. He lives and works in Baltimore, MD and Tulsa, OK. www.hoesycorona.com