As Far as the Heart Can See
September 21 - November 17, 2018
Opening Reception: Friday, September 21, 2018, 6 - 8 PM
Artists: Nao Bustamante, Billy X. Curmano, Irina Danilova & Project 59, Beatrice Glow, Ivan Monforte, Linda Mary Montano, Praxis (Delia & Brainard Carey), Beth Stephens & Annie Sprinkle, and Martha Wilson & Franklin Furnace Archive.
Curated by: Nicolás Dumit Estévez Raful
Curatorial Fellow: JP-Anne Giera
To celebrate EFA Project Space's 10th year, we return to the heart of the matter with As Far as the Heart Can See, an exhibition that brings art and everyday life together through performance-based acts of care, transgression, and multigenerational collaboration. The show assembles a constellation of artists who have shifted gear, broken away, found shelter in the wilderness, or ventured astray from art-historical validation in order to speak truth.
Curated by Nicolás Dumit Estévez Raful – whose elusive creative path embodies intimacy, healing, empathy, and radical generosity – the exhibition focuses on figures who parry institutional canons and over-professionalization to pursue art as a call to the heart. Artists fatigued by pressure to both make and be objects, take note: one might say that those in As Far As the Heart Can See pursue what they do as a ‘vocation,’ suggesting bold acts and a readiness to trade normative success for something more.
The exhibition includes public performances by Linda Mary Montano and Billy X. Curmano; an afternoon of live actions in honor of exhibition participants during EFA Open Studios by Nina Isabelle, Sindy Butz, Elena Bajo, Xinan (Helen) Ran, and Larissa Gilbert; a public screening of Good Bye Gauley Mountain: An Eco-Sexual Love Story (2013) by Elizabeth Stephens and Annie Sprinkle and a post-Q&A conversation with Lillian Ball and Brooke Singer; an Anti-Professional Development Workshop with Bill Carroll, Mary Ting, Jodi Waynberg, and Martha Wilson; and an artist-dinner by Irina Danilova and Project 59.
CURATORIAL STATEMENT: HEART IN HAND
Cover Image: Elizabeth Stephens and Annie Sprinkle, Blue Wedding to the Sea, 2009.