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Raul de Nieves

Raul de Nieves is a large-scale figurative sculptor, narrative painter, ornamental shoe and garment designer, multimedia performance artist, and musician. De Nieves’ sculptural shoes and installations are predominantly comprised of colorful, intricate beadwork and respectively act as prop and stage for his lavish performances. His work marries a fairytale aesthetic with subversive tones of rebellion, resulting in an experience of unearthly decadence.

De Nieves’ performances have been exhibited at The Whitney Museum, MoMA PS1, MoMA San Francisco, and Performa.

For Anxious Spaces: Installation as Catalyst, Raul de Nieves presented Celebration, an installation and performance. De Nieves created multicolored beaded and plaster sculptural works for the installation of Celebration. Winged children, representing the different stages of life, hung suspended in the air or gathered around the main alter piece where the bejeweled "Mother" sculpture rested. Awakening from his party tomb, howling spirits arose with de Nieves' unearthly incantations.

Anxious Spaces: Installation as Catalyst

A group exhibition in which six installation artists engage a space beckoning with desire and opportunity. Knockdown Center's cathedral-like complex, with its breathtaking expanse, mysterious sub-chambers, surprise annexes, and hidden pockets, is a dream environment for site-specific and installation art. In addition, these works incorporate dynamic and time-based elements ranging from robotic interactivity to performance events to social intervention. Taken together, the architecture and the artworks transform the space into a surreal bazaar of curiosities for the adventurous. Opening June 15th, from 2-6pm. Special artist talk/tour at 5pm. The exhibition is open every Saturday and Sunday, from June 15 to July 6, 2-6pm. Click HERE to find out about the July 5th Performance Festival!
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Anxious Spaces: Performance Festival

Anxious Spaces: Installation as Catalyst introduces a new generation of artists who are based in New York, partner regularly with alternative event spaces and collectives throughout Brooklyn and beyond, and utilize installation work as a platform for performance. As Knockdown begins its exploration of this very intersection through its ambitious programs and expansive architecture, the exhibition brings a dynamic selection of these artists onto its grounds for a month of on-site development, culminating in this day-long celebration of the work and its fluid transformation from environment to stage. The event features performances by: 2:30pm Brian Chase @Drum Circle 3:15pm Mummy by Desi Santiago 3:35pm Trabajo @The Ruin 4:15pm Dutch E Germ @Drum Circle 4:55pm Bubbles @Christian Joy's installation room (5-6:30pm) Self Love Ceremony, VNESSWOLFCHILD (every 15 min) 5:30pm Cloud Becomes Your Hand @The Ruin 6:15pm Tyondai Braxton @Drum Circle 6:55pm Mummy by Desi Santiago 7:30pm VNESSWOLFCHILD @The Ruin 8:00pm Raul de Nieves @The Tomb 8:30pm Mick Barr @Drum Circle 9:10pm Ryan Power @The Ruin + Special Guests Performing with Zero to 0 This event requests a suggested donation of $7-15, on a sliding scale. 2-10pm.
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Anxious Spaces: Raul de Nieves

Raul de Nieves awakens from his party tomb in this recording of the magical and mystifying artist performing live in his own installation Celebration for the Anxious Spaces Performance Festival at Knockdown center. Howling spirits arise with de Nieves' unearthly incantations.
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Anxious Spaces, Artist Interviews

Artists Christian Joy (soft sculpture), Ben Wolf (welded parasite), and Hisham Bharoocha (drum circle) in conversation on site at the Clocktower's Anxious Spaces exhibition at Knockdown Center. On view June 15-July 6, 2014. This program is posted in three parts so listeners can advance quickly to select an artist segment using the player navigation menu. Anxious Spaces is a group exhibition in which six installation artists engage a space beckoning with desire and opportunity. Knockdown Center's cathedral-like complex, with its breathtaking expanse, mysterious sub-chambers, surprise annexes, and hidden pockets, is a dream environment for site-specific and installation art. In addition, these works incorporate dynamic and time-based elements ranging from robotic interactivity to performance events to social intervention. Taken together, the architecture and the artworks transform the space into a surreal bazaar of curiosities for the adventurous.
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Knockdown Center

Knockdown Center is a Clocktower curatorial partner, co-producing and co-presenting visual arts, performance, and music projects. Built in 1903, Knockdown Center is a 50,000 sq. ft restored factory uniquely situated on a gated three-acre lot. A labyrinthine arrangement of brick, steel and heavy timber with ceiling heights reaching over 40 ft and adjoining rooms ranging from intimate to epic scales. Knockdown Center takes its name from the Knock-Down Door Buck, or K-D door frame, invented on-site by Samuel Sklar, and filed with the US Patent Office on July 30, 1956. A seemingly simple modification to the then accepted one piece steel door frame, Sklar's three-piece frame could be shipped in pieces --or "knocked down" -- and easily slipped over an existing wall. Single-handedly revolutionizing the building industry by allowing the builder to construct walls without having to wait for door frames to be installed, Sklar's invention drove manufacturing at Knockdown for three generations. It is in this spirit that Knockdown Center strives to create an adaptable environment that thinks beyond what "is". Open Saturday and Sunday, 12pm - 6pm, or by appointment.
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