The Tropical Storm 5.15.08

Sofia Maldonado
The Tropical Storm
May 15th – June 23st, 2008

Opening reception: Thursday, May 15th, 6-8pm

Magnan Emrich Contemporary is pleased to announce the debut solo show of Puerto Rican artist Sofia Maldonado. The exhibition presents video, paintings, and a large sculpture installation. The exhibition will be on view from May 15th – June 23st, 2008.

The Tropical Storm is a three-part project blending elements of street culture like skateboarding, punk rock and graffiti with a feminine Latina aesthetic and the chaotic natural energy of the Caribbean. The different elements of the project -The Bowl, Broken Boards and The Skate Bags – originate from the artist’s objective to open a dialogue on the renovation of neglected public spaces and how fashion and consumerism influence counterculture youth movements (particularly how these movements are integrated into products and industries).

A skate mini-ramp will be installed in the center of the gallery designed and painted by the artist and will be available for local urban daredevils to attempt during the opening (thanks to the help of

Sofia Maldonado was born in Puerto Rico in 1984. She received her BFA from Escuela de Artes Plasticas in San Juan and will complete her MFA in Painting from the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY this spring. She has taught various workshops on murals, as well as exhibited in Europe, New York, and Puerto Rico. Her collaborations with the exit collective were recently included in the “S” Files” Biennial at El Museo del Barrio in New York, NY. She lives and works in Brooklyn.


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