Tony Orrico    Selected Works  |   Biography  |   Selected Press

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B. 1979, Hinsdale, IL.

The Penwald Drawings are an evolving series of bilateral drawings in which Tony Orrico explores the use of his body as a tool of measurement to inscribe geometries through movement and course. Each drawing is a conceptual arrangement of Orrico's efficacious techniques, imposed variables, and specified durations and/or objectives. He explores the limitation of (or the spontaneous navigation within) the sphere of his outstretched arms considering themes of repetition, locomotion, refraction, and eventual exhaustion. He performs his ideas live, maintaining a dual focus on his kinesthetic and mental states, which yields a unique impression or print of the original concept.

Penwald: 3: circle on knees from Tony Orrico on Vimeo.


Penwald: 12: prone to stand from Tony Orrico on Vimeo.

Tony Orrico performing Penwald 1: 1 circle at J. Johnson Gallery in Jacksonville Beach .

Exhibitions & Performed Drawings

2012 CARBON, Polyforum Siquieros, México City, MX: April 19- June 19, 2012
         Tripping the Line Fantastic, J. Johnson Gallery, Jacksonville Beach, FL: April 13- June 8, 2012

2011 Penwald Drawings, Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Santa Monica, CA: May 21-July 9, 2011
         La Porta'11, Centre de Cultura Contemporania de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain, March 6-10, 2011

2010 FLUX/S Drafts Establishing Future, Strijp-S, Eindhoven, NL: September 9-12
         Penwald: 4: unison symmetry standing, Dance Theater Workshop, NY, NY: September 2010 – 2011
         Cultural Programs of the National Academy of Sciences, Washington DC: May 20, 2010
         Screwball Spaces, Brooklyn, NY: May 1, 2010
         This House is Empty, 124 Ridge Street, NY, NY: April 17, 2010
         Tony Orrico/Penwald, Culture Shock V, Brooklyn Urban Sanctuary, NY: April 15, 2010
         FACADE/FASAD, Brooklyn, NY: April 10, 2010

2009 Postmaster's Gallery, NY, NY: June 21, 2009

Dance & Performance Credits

2010 Re-performer in Marina Abramovic's retrospective at MoMA, NY

2006-2009 Trisha Brown Dance Company, NY, NY

2003- 2006 Shen Wei Dance Arts, NY, NY

Selected Biography & Video Publications

2011 Tapia, Patricia. “El Arte Sel Movimiento; Tony Orrico.” Elle México December, 2011.
         Kampe, Adam. “Tony Orrico: Spontaneously Navigating Space.” N.E.A. Arts Magazine, (interview and video), November 2011.
         “Tony Orrico: Symmetry in Motion.” PopTech 2011, popcast, October 2011.
         Zellen, Jody. “Tony Orrico: Shoshana Wayne Gallery.” Artillery. Volume 6, issue 1, September/October 2011.
         Ullman, Leah. “Tony Orrico: Shoshana Wayne.” Art in America. September 2011.
         “Performance: Tony Orrico.” The Magazine of Yoga. May 14, 2011.
         “Tony Orrico – The Human Spirograph.” Oddity Central. May 9, 2011.
         Mazza, Lorenzo. “8 Circles, ‘performance drawing’ di Tony Orrico.” Arts May 6, 2011.
         “Tony Orrico: The Human Spirograph.” National Performing Arts Convention. May 4, 2011.
         Caurana, Pablo. “Entevista con Tony Orrico.” Teatron. March 2011.
         MacGregor, Katy. “Interview: Tony Orrico.” Metropolitan Barcelona. February 2011.
         Young, Stephanie. “Tony Orrico.” Vellum. No. 8, 2011.

2010 Morgan, Carmel. “Tony Orrico: ‘Penwald: 2:8 circles’.” Ballet-Dance Magazine. October 2010.
         Greskovic, Robert. “Drawn Into His Web.” The Wall Street Journal: Arts & Entertainment. September 2010.
         Chenoweth, Ellen. “Tony Orrico at National Academy of Sciences.” Widening the I. May 20, 2010.


M.F.A, Choreography, University of Iowa
B.S., Dance Theater, Illinois State University

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