Chemi Rosado-Seijo, Mahican Pearl-Hole (The Mahican Bowl)
Mahican Pearl-Hole (The Mahican Bowl) is a site-specific sculptural installation by Chemi Rosado-Seijo, which incorporates found objects into a functioning skate bowl. Rosado-Seijo creates community-based interventions with strong ties to their site of origin, including multimedia projects that attempt to bring daily life to contemporary art while proposing alternative readings of political and social situations. Currently, he is interested in exploring the parallels between skateboarding and contemporary art; this bowl is designed to function as both a sculpture and social space - for skating, meeting, performances, and more. This bowl was made on site by the artists over the course of a month, using materials salvaged locally to create reliefs on the outside edge of the work, reflecting on the history of the site to create a new social space.
Visitors are welcome to skate Mahican Pearl-Hole (The Mahican Bowl) during park open hours (dawn until dusk daily), but must first complete a waiver.
A Note on the title Mahican Pearl-Hole (The Mahican Bowl): Artist Chemi Rosado-Seijo sought to name this work “Mahican Pearl-Hole (The Mahican Bowl)” after the first people of this land. The title of this artwork refers to the indigenous inhabitants of the land on which Art Omi now exists, the Muhheaconneok, or Mohican, people. “Mahican” is the Dutch spelling of “Mohican.” These people were violently driven from this area by colonial Dutch and English settlers. Today their community resides in Wisconsin and is known as the Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohican Indians. Art Omi and the artist Rosado-Seijo are engaging in a dialogue with the Stockbridge-Munsee community about the ramifications of this name as well as other topics including land acknowledgment, actions beyond land acknowledgment, learning about the Stockbridge-Munsee Mohican people's history as well as the contemporary Stockbridge-Munsee community. To learn more about the Stockbridge-Munsee Mohican Indians, please click here.
Chemi Rosado-Seijo is a community-driven interdisciplinary artist, working in painting, video, installation, construction, and performance. He creates conceptual, multimedia projects that seek to strengthen communities from within. Rosado-Seijo creates public art projects alongside political intervention, by collaborating with communities and local leaders to devise creative workshops that facilitate local business creation, shared identity, and a sense of belonging. Notably, Rosado-Seijo is interested in exploring the parallels between skateboarding and contemporary art. In 2006, he inaugurated La Perla’s Bowl, a sculpture built with residents of San Juan’s La Perla community that functions as both a skateboarding ramp and an actual pool.*
Born in Vega Alta, Puerto Rico, Chemi Rosado-Seijo graduated from the painting department of the Puerto Rico School of Visual Arts in 1997. In 1998, he worked with Michy Marxuach to open a gallery that transformed into a not-for-profit organization presenting resources and exhibitions for contemporary artists in Puerto Rico. In 2000, Rosado had his first solo show at the Joan Miro Foundation in Barcelona, including interventions on billboards around the city. Since 2002, he has worked with residents of the El Cerro community, a poor neighborhood south of San Juan, to present public art projects, workshops and other community initiatives. He has taken part in such local and international events as the Prague Biennial in 2005, the International Painting Biennial in Cuenca, Ecuador, in 2004, and the Whitney Biennial in New York in 2002. From 2002 to 2004, Rosado-Seijo did a residency at M&M Projects in San Juan, in 2005 at Art in General in New York, and in 2006 at Caribbean Contemporary Arts (CCA7) in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. Since 2009, Rosado-Seijo has been organizing exhibitions in his apartment in Santurce, creating a center for meeting and exchange in the Puerto Rican contemporary art scene. Rosado-Seijo’s work was included in the Whitney Biennial in 2017.