Documents of Resistance © Antonio Serna

Documents of Resistance

Documents of Resistance is a project by artist/activist Antonio Serna that focuses on protest by artists of color. These 'Timelines' were created in order to build a visual context for the period in which these protests occurred. By mapping out the history of activism by people of color we can begin to consider their role in shaping our cultural institutions and the implications within the larger struggle against cultural racism and repression that affects us on a personal and collective level.

Bodies Language © Antonio Serna

Bodies Language

Archival inkjet prints

Jerry Maguires’s AlterNative EcoNomiEs © Antonio Serna

Jerry Maguires’s AlterNative EcoNomiEs

Using Jerry Maguire's Manifesto as a corner stone, can we imagine building a new society with ‘Workers’ Saunas’, ‘Autonomous Yoga Zones’, ‘Community Supported Tropical Agriculture’, ‘Local Kwon Currency’, ‘Time-Warp Banks’, and other ‘Open Sourcery Projects’?

What Do We Do Now?: Alternatives Fair 2013

What Do We Do Now?
Arts & Labor Alternatives Fair 2013 @ Eyebeam, NY

The Alternatives Fair aims to connect and make visible entities and projects that provide alternative economic models based on mutual aid, cooperation, and other non-exploitative and non-oppressive practices for sustaining the livelihood of artists, art workers, and other populations. It is the first step in answering the question, What Do We Do Now?

Concentric Boxes (The World Builds Itself a World) © Antonio Serna

Concentric Boxes (The World Builds Itself a World)

Found packaging cardboard boxes

The box is itself a contaner for other boxes. It has the possibility of containing itself infinitely inward and outward.

Skin Job (Exploded View) © Antonio Serna

Skin Job (Exploded View)

Graphite and color pencil on paper

Drawing series explore the polygons as the basic unit for creating virtual "skins", the flesh of our avatars. Skinning forces computers to join us in the exploration of spatial dimensions of ourselves.



Collectively sharing art

artCommons changes the way we experience art by changing the way it circulates within our communities.


Sharing at Home, at Work, and In The Neighborhood

Panel discussion with STooPS, The Laundromat Project, and Gonzalo Casals. Organized and moderated by Antonio Serna. Event was helded at Queens Museum in conjunction with Queens International 2013.

Civil Twiling © Antonio Serna

Civil Twiling


It's been a while since the message was as important as the message. In an attempt to make sense of the world, it's perhaps more useful to embrace ambiguity and accept the world as being in perpetual twilight.

Hole in the Wall (Stop) © Antonio Serna

Hole in the Wall (Stop)

Graphite and color pencil on paper. 19" x 24"


Perspectives from Hong Kong & New York

Jeff Leung (Hong Kong Art Center) and Antonio Serna (Art & The Commons) share their experiences with art projects focused on the sharing of art. Event was held at Museum of Chinese in America, NYC

Lucky Penny © Antonio Serna

Lucky Penny

Acrylic on cardboard. Varius locations.

Let 100 Flowers Bloom © Antonio Serna

Let 100 Flowers Bloom
A 100 Schools of Thought Contend
Keeping with the _ _ _ _ Idea

Spray paint on paper

Quotes from Mao Zedong and Christopher D'Arcangelo in various locations in NYC.

Solo Shows (Commonalities I)


I made an open call in Berlin to explore the idea of collaboration and cooperation in both artwork and method. The exhibition was shaped by democratic process and defined by unplanned eposodes while participants put down their differences and working towards a common goal.

Participants/collaborators: Antonio Serna, Are You Meaning Company, Ayaka Okutsu, Bruno Antunes, Christine Cheung, Christian Hincapie, Darren Jones, Diego Chamy, Futo Akiyoshi+Kouichi Tabata, Kristin Trethewey, Lorenzo Sandoval, Mai Yamashita + Naoto Kobayashi, Michael Lee, Snack HATOBA

Hole in the Wall (Noose) © Antonio Serna

Hole in the Wall (Noose)

Graphite and color pencil on paper. 19" x 24"

Discrete Power © Antonio Serna

Discrete Power

Curated by Antonio Serna

Artists: Hsiao Chen, Lacey Fekishazy, Pablo Gomez-Uribe, Kristen Kee, Julia Kul, Carlos Little, Rachel Mason, Lucas Michael, Andrew Prayzner, Colette Robbins, Begonia Santa-Cecilia, Ama Saru, Antonio Serna, Jacob Zurilla

RE-INSCRIBING THE CITY: Unitary Urbanism Today

RE-INSCRIBING THE CITY: Unitary Urbanism Today

Panel discussion with Ethan Spigland, Adeola Enigbokan, Dillon de Give, Blake Morris, The Walk Study Group, and Wilfried Hou Je Bek. Organized and moderated by Antonio Serna. Event held at Judson Memorial Church, NY.

The Ascension © Antonio Serna

The Ascension

Cardboard from found packaging boxes, grommets.

Purno © Antonio Serna


Pruno was an act to recreate the wine secretly made by incarcerated prisoners. It's an attempt to unite the world inside and outside of the industrial prison complex. It also serves as a reminder of the perseverance of a culture and ritual that is repressed and hidden from sight.

American Progress © Antonio Serna


Oil on canvas, marker on cardboard, paper cup

Lunch is a replica of a homeless sign balanced with a replica of the 1872 allegorical oil painting by America pioneer artist Jonathan Gast titled American Progress. Progress and the problem it seeks to over come are inseparable, but which do you think came first?

Wall © Antonio Serna

Wall (Strikes)

Graphite and color pencil on paper. 19" x 24"

Good Morning Baghdad © Antonio Serna

Good Morning Baghdad

Good Morning Baghdad is a parasite newspaper cover wrapper attempts to scrape dispersed media sources in order to consolidate text, images, and video under a single outlet for street consumption. By doing so providing a dense picture of the Iraq War. Published sporadically, it's cover photos illustrate the death count by bombings per month in Iraq. The back page is the Arts & Culture section profiling the looted art of Iraq since the Gulf War. The paper was left in subway and varius location for people to discover.

After Image © Antonio Serna

After Image

Curated by Antonio Serna

Artists: Darren Bader, Hsiao Chen, Kelsey Harrington, Ariel Herrera, Lansing-Dreiden, Jon Meyer, John Monteith, Arthur Ou, Yadir Quintana, Ama Saru, Antonio Serna, Suzanne Song, Peggy Tan, Matthew Wilson, Dominik Wyka, and Jacob Zurilla.