Hector Canonge lives and works in New York City where he studied literature, film and Integrated Media Arts. His work incorporates the use of various media, commercial technologies, physical environments, cinematic, and performance narratives. He has been awarded scholarships by Harvestworks, fellowships by NJCU, and has participated in residencies at Atlantic Center for the Arts, AIM Program – Bronx Museum, Newark New Media at City Without Walls, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences at Pace University, and The Wassaic Project. His work has been featured at the Queens Museum of Art, Jersey City Museum, Bronx Museum of Art, NY Studio Gallery, Exit Art, Gallery Aferro, and Topaz Arts. Canonge has performed at Y Gallery, Art for Change, Panoply Performance Lab at Surreal State, and at Interamerican Theater Institute, IATI. Canonge has been commissioned by the NYC Department of Transportation, Queens Council on the Arts, Queens Museum of Art, Artists Unite, Association of Hispanic Arts (AHA), and has received funding awards from NYSCA, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council – MCAF Program, JPMorgan Chase Foundation through Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance, NoMAA. Canonge was featured in Hispanic Magazine Art News, and his projects have been reviewed in The New York Times, ARTFORUM, New York Daily News, Time Out New York, Manhattan Times, Queens Chronicle, Queens Tribune, Times Ledger, El Correo, El Diario, as well as in online publications like NY Remezcla, ARTCARDS Review, and Turbulence.
INSULARIS is a new media project that combines archival material, digital imaging, A/V technology, motion sensor devices, and installation to create a fictitious island based on Canonge’s memories of growing up in South America. The interactive project explores physical and emotional isolation based on his family’s trajectory, his parent’s separation during the military coups, and his disjointed memories and experiences before moving to the United States.
Image credit: courtesy of the artist