State of the City: Street-ish

August 1 - September 28, 2013
Opening Reception: August 1, 6-10pm
Artist Talk: Saturday August 2, 1pm
Special Fringe Festival Hours:
Tuesday - Sunday 1-9pm, Friday - Saturday 1-10pm


Rochester Contemporary Art Center (RoCo) is pleased to announce Street-ish, a challenging ‘State of the City’ exhibition of new artworks by four exciting young artists. Presented in partnership with The Memorial Art Gallery, Street-ish focuses on paintings and sculptures that are informed by street art and contemporary urban culture.

Kurt Ketchum

Kurt Ketchum (Rochester, NY)
Through his paintings, graphics and sculpture Ketchum brings together elements of street art, Abstract Expressionism, stencil art and graphic design. Ketchum considers himself both influenced by and an active observer of street aesthetics, architectural decay, and skate/board culture. His visual language contains textured elements of high and low culture, often including slivers of numbers and type arranged in ideosyncratic and careful positions. Pieces of Ketchum’s paintings can just as easily allude to a sport team’s logo, as a loose numeric scribble or an aging street sign with paint overs, all the results of the artist’s pursuit of his own universal vocabulary.


Karlos Cárcamo

Karlos Cárcamo (Beacon, NY)
Painter and Sculptor Karlos Cárcamo is informed by his interest in history, urban culture, and Modernist Abstraction. His multi media work incorporates high and low cultural references while exploring the social function and codified language found within various aspects of urban culture. He is also interested in urban culture’s influence on popular culture. Carcamo’s artwork, such as his Hard Edge Paintings (6 are featured in Street-ish) which mash-up graffiti tags, color fields and paint overs, he aims to understand the urban environment’s unique vocabulary through Modernism’s own art historical and ideological lenses. Karlos has been included in many group exhibitions and recent solo exhibitions at Hionas Gallery, New York, NY and Dean Project, New York, NY.


Craig Colorusso

Craig Colorusso (Rogers, AR)
Sound artist Craig Colorusso’s Sun Boxes is comprised of twenty speaker boxes operating independently, each powered by the sun via solar panels. Collectively installed adjacent to Rochester Contemporary Art Center Sept. 26-28 during the Rochester Fringe Festival, Sun Boxes will create a sound field for visitors to walk through and experience. The array of speakers will present a Bb note, yet due to variances in the sound loops, cloud cover, distance, etc. each visitor will hear and feel the piece, it’s “composition” differently. Sun Boxes uses a commonplace iconic technology, the speaker box, to gently and subtly illustrate how we are all reliant on the sun. Sun Boxes has appeared at numerous art centers and festivals throughout the US including AMOA-Arthouse in Austin, TX and Walton Arts Center, Fayetteville, AR among many others.


Irvin Climaco Morazan

Irvin Climaco Morazan (New York, NY)
Irvin Climaco Morazan creates fantastical sculptural headdresses that he wears during performances, photographs and videos. He intertwines indigenous traditions with urban street aesthetics to create new personas that blur the boundaries of stereotypes. In consequence the performances are often hybrid rituals intended to cross metaphysical spaces through spectacle and absurdity. The works draw upon multiple associations and meanings while valuing history, theory and their relationship to contemporary culture. Street-ish will feature Cheesedoodle Headdress, a mixed media wearable sculpture, videos and photographs of Morazan’s performances. Morazan was born in El Salvador. He received a BFA from the School of Visual Arts and an MFA from Hunter College. Morazan has received several grants and awards including the Robert Mapplethorpe award for Photography. Irvin has been included in exhibitions in Berlin, Mexico City, El Salvador and Colombia. His New York exhibitions include, Festival of New Ideas (The New Museum), La Mama Gallery, HVCCA Museum, Exit Art, Bronx River Arts Center, Jersey City Museum, Sean Kelly Gallery, DCKT Gallery and Jack the Pelican Presents.



State of the City Exhibitions
Launched in 2008, RoCo's State of the City exhibitions bring together artists from various backgrounds and
disciplines who document and explore Upstate NY cities. This series of exhibitions features local, emerging,
established and international artists. State of the City exhibitions engage the public and creative professionals in considering and envisioning the history and future of upstate cities. This vital series of exhibitions will continue to generate important discussions across the art community and foster productive collaborations between artists, cultural institutions, urban planning/architecture professionals and the general public in Upstate/Western NY.

Presented in partnership with:


August Mortgage Sponsor:
Dr. Ian and Betsy Wilson for WALL\THERAPY
Exhibitions at RoCo are funded in part by:
The New York State Council on the Arts
The Rochester Area Community Foundation
The Gouvernet Arts Fund
The Mary S. Muilligan Charitable Trust
The Foster Charitable Trust
The John & Barbara Lovenheim Charitable Trust
The Samloff Family Fund
The Ames-Amzalak Memorial Trust
Louis S. and Molly B. Wolk Foundation