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    • Art Installation by Ranjit Bhatnagar
    • Artwork by David Chang
    • Clemente Soto Velez Cultural & Educational Center. Photo courtesy of Clemente Soto Velez Cultural & Educational Center
    • Abrazo Gallery at Clemente Soto Velez Cultural & Educational Center. Photo courtesy of Clemente Soto Velez Cultural & Educational Center
    • Artwork by David Chang
    • Artwork by Jennie Chien
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    Ranjit Bhatnagar works with interactive and sound installations, scanography, and network collaborative art. Recent exhibitions include contributions to Artbots in Gent, Belgium, and The Music Box, a sound sculpture shantytown in New Orleans. Ranjit received a BA from U.C. Berkeley and an MS from the University of Pennsylvania, and was certified carnie trash by the Coney Island Sideshow School in 2002. He lives and works in Brooklyn.

    David Chang's artwork is a sustained meditation into the significance of text embodied through physical gestures. Born in Seoul, Korea in 1971, and son of a Korean pastor, Chang found him­self con­fronting issues of iden­tity and the role of faith at an early age. Raised in the US, he began his artis­tic jour­ney through the struc­ture of the east­ern scribe, embrac­ing the tools and tech­niques from west­ern cal­lig­ra­phy (the Ital­ian human­ist doc­u­ments, the Ger­man expres­sion­ist stroke, and the Eng­lish round­hand). He has been involved with several group exhibitions internationally, and currently lives and works in New York City.

    Jennie Chien is an informally trained sculptor, working with archetypal imagery in different media: clay, welded steel, cast bronze, paper; and has won more than 25 awards as a graphic designer. She holds an MBA from Stanford Business School and a BA in Economics and Far Eastern Studies from Columbia University. She has worked for more than 15 years as a Freelance Project Manager and Designer, and is involved in many art programs and panels in Rockland County.

    Eric Gamalinda’s work includes poetry, fiction, non-fiction, plays, visual art and experimental film, and he explores ways to merge these disciplines into new and unique art forms. He has won the Asian American Literary Award for his book of poems, Zero Gravity; other awards include the Man Asian Prize shortlist, the Cultural Center of the Philippines Independent Film and Video Awards, the Philippine Centennial Literary Prize, and the Philippine National Book Award. He has also won the Philippines’ top literary prize, the Palanca Memorial Awards, several times for poetry, fiction, non-fiction and playwriting. In 2010, his three-act play, Resurrection, was staged off-Broadway at the Clurman Theater on 42nd Street by Diverse City Inc. A collection of stories, People Are Strange, was recently released by Black Lawrence Press.


    The Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural & Educational Center (CSV), a 501 (C) 3 not-for-profit, was founded in 1993. The CSV Cultural Center is a Puerto Rican/Latino cultural institution that has demonstrated a broad-minded cultural vision and a collaborative philosophy. While CSV’s mission is focused on the cultivation, presentation and preservation of Puerto Rican and Latino culture, it is equally determined to operate in a multi-cultural and inclusive manner, housing and promoting artists and performance events that fully reflect the cultural diversity of the Lower East Side and the city as a whole.

    The Space Within

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The Space Within

Wednesday, September 14, 2012 to Sunday, September 23, 2012
Special reception on Friday, September 14, 8pm

Clemente Soto Velez Cultural and Educational Center
107 Suffolk Street, New York, NY 10002
Cross Street: Rivington Street
Subways: F to Delancey St; J, M, Z to Essex St

(212) 260-4080

The Space Within features four artists exploring the blurring of lines between the fleeting and the permanent, the transient and the immovable, as expressed in their search for the sacred within. The exhibition is the starting point of Eric Gamalinda’s multi-venue project, Deep Splendor: The Way of the Bodhisattva. Artists Jennie Chien’s Meditations Under the Blessing Tree and Ranjit Bhatnagar’s Still Space invite the audience to listen deeply to the rhythm of their own breathing. The artist David Chang transforms the gallery space into an immersive performance of sacred calligraphy.

Presented by the Clemente Soto Velez Cultural and Educational Center.
Exhibition carry cards are designed by John Kudos and Kiki Katahira of STUDIO KUDOS, a design studio specialized in branding, editorial, interactive and exhibition design. www.studiokudos.com