University Art Museum
Well/Being: An Exhibition on Healing and Repair
August 4 - December 11, 2021
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Glendalys Medina

A drawing of geometric, colorful shapes on a dark-colored paper
Glendalys Medina, Color Study 3.30.20, 2020, oil pastel, pencil, and marker on paper, 9 x 12 inches, courtesy of the artist [image description: A drawing of geometric, colorful shapes on a dark-colored paper. ]

During the Covid-19 crisis, a ritual of daily drawing became a source of solace and productivity for Glendalys Medina. Using a template of abstract geometric shapes derived from boombox designs, and colors inspired by daily walks and Caribbean and hip-hop culture, they began making this series. The artist describes their practice as “a spiritual one in which geometry reveals creative intelligence, where obscurity equals complete presence, and daily practices cultivate personal growth.” This series will open with seven drawings. Depending on when viewers visit the work, they may see a varying number of golden rectangles on the wall. These mark where a new drawing will be added by the artist once every two weeks for the duration of the exhibition, underscoring the temporal and ritualistic aspects of this art-making practice. 

Glendalys Medina

Born in 1979 in Ponce, Puerto Rico. Lives and works in New York, New York.

Selected solo exhibitions include The Shank at PARTICIPANT INC in New York, New York (2019); On the Flip Side A. at Casita Maria Gallery in Bronx, New York (2013); and Glendalys Medina at Unosunove in Rome, Italy (2013).

Selected group exhibitions include The Baltimore Museum of Art in Baltimore, Maryland (2020); the Studio Museum in Harlem in New York, New York (2017); and El Museo del Barrio in New York, New York (2015). Selected awards and residencies include the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant (2020); Jerome Hill Foundation Fellowship (2019); Yaddo Artist Residency (2014); and NYFA Fellowship in Interdisciplinary Work Grant (2012). Their work is included in the permanent collections of Pérez Art Museum Miami; the Studio Museum in Harlem; Cleveland Clinic Collection; APT Global; Google; and ACE Hotel.

Medina studied at the Slade School of Fine Art in London, United Kingdom and received a B.F.A. in 2002 and an M.F.A. from Hunter College in New York, New York.