Marlon Griffith at Omi International Arts Center

ARC magazine reports on Trinidadian artist Marlon Griffith:

Art Omi is an international residency program for visual artists located at Omi International Arts Center in Ghent, NY. The residency program gives visual artists the opportunity to create art on the Omi campus. Each year Omi’s resident artists open their studios to the community and are on hand for conversations about their work. This year Trinidadian artist Marlon Griffith is completing a residency at Omi.

Marlon Griffith (1976; Port of Spain, Trinidad) started his artistic practice as a Carnival designer—as a “mas man,” as Trinidadians would call him. This background deeply shapes his work as a contemporary visual artist, which has performative, participatory, and ephemeral characteristics that derive from Carnival. His work is based upon a reciprocal dialogue between ‘Mas’ (the artistic component of the Trinidad Carnival) and art as a means of investigating the phenomenological aspect of the embodied experience: it is situated at the intersection of the visual and public performance. Griffith is the recipient of the 2010 John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, and resides and works in Nagoya, Japan.

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Image: Marlon Griffith’s “Runway Reaction”

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