Artist Projects


Rafael Sanchez

BALLOONS UMBRELLAS TURNTABLES continued the artist’s exploration of androgyny, allegory, and archetypal themes such as love and jealousy. Incorporating Greek tragedy, alchemical illustration, Surrealist theater, silent films, drag shows, and rock and roll music as inspiration for theatrical performances, Sánchez integrates his performance-based work into gallery installations with drawings, paintings, and performing objects that exist as fully evolved works, as well as studied research for props, costumes, and set designs. The installation articulated a theatrical confluence of diverse materials and doubled as a work area where the artist and collaborators developed visually driven performances, presented in working form throughout the exhibition. The balloons, umbrellas, and turntables of the title are found throughout Sánchez’s twenty-year multidisciplinary career, giving structuring to his investigations of gravity, transformation, time, the body, nature, culture, and the cosmos.

Project Updates

  • 2004: Rafael S├ínchez premieres BALLOONS UMBRELLAS TURNTABLES at PARTICIPANT INC in New York