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Man Texts Bird, Bird Tweets Back at HVCCA

The Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art hosted a reception for its third "FIRST LOOK" exhibit on Sunday.

Texting a bird sounds impractical, but Irvin Morazan proved it is actually an artistic thing to do.

Morazan brought his artwork to life in a performance at the opening reception for the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art's "FIRST LOOK III" exhibit. Morazan's piece was a massive head dress that included a bird in a cage. For his performance Morazan texted and Coqueta, the bird, responded by walking in circles and tweeting (literally).

"I am inspired by sharing spirituality, healing and connectedness with nature, with contemporary culture," Morazan explained.

Watch a video of the show above.

FIRST LOOK features 12 Masters of Fine Arts students from around the country who were hand selected by a curational team who visited more than 30 universities and about 2,000 studios. The team included skilled gallerists, artists, curators and collectors, who focus on new talent, and HVCCA staff and artists from the past shows. FIRST LOOK II was held in 2007 and the first was held in 2005.

"It is inspiring to see the HVCCA become a showcase for young, up and coming artists and musicians, "said Mayor Mary Foster.

The featured artists were Steven Chapman (School of Visual Arts); Gabriel Dawe (University of Texas at Dallas); Nadja Frank (Columbia University); Shadi Harouni (New York University); Yoshiaki Mochizuki (Hunter College); Meleko Mokgosi (University of California Los Angeles); Irvin Morazan (Hunter College), Jong Hyun Oh (School of Visual Arts), Erik Schoonebeek (Rutgers University); Joseph Varas (School of Visual Arts;); Virginia Wagner (Maryland Institute College of Art); and
Samantha Wall (Pacific Northwest College of Art).

Other perfornamces included This Old Ghost and Phineas and the Lonely Leaves, two local bands that gave more traditional performances. Watch This Old Ghost perform in the video above.

"It is an honor to be playing here amongst all this amazing art," said Ryan Sniffen, This Old Ghost's guitarist.

Click through the photos above.

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Cristina Altieri-Martinez May 23, 2011 at 09:50 PM
It was very inspiring to be there and see the work of these talented young artists. HVCCA is Peekskill's best kept secret. Don't miss it.

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