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Oct
20
1:00 PM13:00

In Honor Of …

 Image courtesy of Amelia Iaia

Image courtesy of Amelia Iaia

In Honor Of
Saturday, October 20, 2018
1:00 – 5:00 PM

A performance series in the gallery hosted in conjunction with EFA Open Studios. Performers were nominated by artists featured in As Far as the Heart Can See, and include former mentees, current students, assistants, and younger artists whose work they admire: Nina Isabelle, Sindy Butz, Elena Bajo, Xinan (Helen) Ran, and Larissa Gilbert.

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Nina A. Isabelle is a multidisciplinary artist working with action and perception. By incorporating physical movement, modified technology, art and non-art objects she builds systems of action designed to intuit site-specific information by tethering the collective, personal, and regional relative narratives that drive the performance space machine toward trajectories of new perception, belief, and possibilities. ninaisabelle.com/

Sindy Butz is an interdisciplinary visual artist, artistic researcher and educator. Butz's art practice is project based and spans the disciplines of performance art, sculptural installation, performance based photography and video art, video sculpture and coaching and consulting through art and movement. She was born in the communist German Democratic Republic and raised in the suburbs of East Berlin. Butz is living and working in New York since 2009. She received her B.F.A. in sculpture from the AKI- ARTez Netherlands, a M.F.A. in Art in Context from the Institute of Art in Context, University of the Arts (UdK), Berlin Germany. In 2009, she was a fellow of the German Academic Exchange Program with a DAAD Jahresstipendium to research at the Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) at New York University on wearable art. Her work has been presented at the Brooklyn Museum, New York; Fountain Art Fair Miami and New York; Select Art Fair, New York;  Alice Austen Museum, New York; Rush Arts Gallery, New York; Museum der Dinge, Berlin (DE), Korean Experimental Performance Festival KOPAS, Seoul (South KOR) among others. She has been awarded Artist in Residence in Schloss Plüschow, Germany (2007), Chill Rialaig, South Ireland (2007) and Hwaseong, South Korea (2008). In parallel to her art practice, her dance enthusiasm has lead her to the position of a principal dancer at the New York Butoh Dance Company, Vangeline Theater since 2010. She has performed with the company at venues such as the Brooklyn Museum, New York (USA), El Museo del Barrio, New York (USA), and Bronx Academy of Art and Dance, New York (USA). Butz studied Dance Theater and Ballet since the age of 6 and is currently pursuing a dance teacher certification of the Maureen Fleming Technique to realize her upcoming art project “Engine of Memory.”

Elena Bajo is an artist and co-founder of the LA collective D’CLUB dedicated to climate action. Her artistic practice occurs at the intersection of anarchist thought, social ecology and metaphysics, engaging ideas of nature, and the body as a political and social entity questioning its relationship to ecologies of capital. Exhibition spaces become art studios or laboratories, where an experimental, itinerant, site specific performed work unfolds, generating improvised actions and choreographed movements. The resulting works are both conceptual and poetic, in the sense they are linked to cognitive labor; a labor that cannot be valued and has no limits as it is the condition of precarious work in today’s neoliberal economy generated amidst ecosophical moments of fracture and repositioning, in an attempt to entertain fissures in a world of crystallized sensibility. She works both individually and collectively, using an interdisciplinary approach: architecture, life sciences, forms of movement, acting, choreography, sculpture, text and video. After obtaining a degree in Pharmacology from the Complutense University in Madrid, (Spain) she received an MA in Genetic Architecture from ESARQ, School of Architecture at International University of Catalunya, Barcelona (Spain) and a MA in Fine Arts from Central Saint Martins School of Art, University of Arts, London (UK). She has studied Laban / Bartenieff Movement Principles at Tanz Fabrik, Center for Contemporary Dance, Berlin.  She was a co-founder of the temporary art project EXHIBITION 211, in New York.  She has taught and lectured at Saas-Fee Summer Institute of Art, Berlin; Goldsmith’s College, London; Rhode Island School of Design, RISD, Providence; and Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield among other institutions. 

She has had solo, group exhibitions and performances among others at Los Angeles Municipal Gallery, Los Angeles, US; Blue Project Foundation, Barcelona; Parallel Oaxaca, Mexico; Garcia Galeria, Madrid; Annex14, Zurich, Switzerland; Kunsthalle Sao Paulo, Brazil; Stacion, Pristina, Kosovo; Artium Museum of Contemporary Art, Vitoria, Spain; and group shows at 44th Salon Nacional de Artistas, Pereira, Colombia; Kai 10 Arthena Foundation, Dusseldorf; David Roberts Foundation. London; La Casa Encendida, Madrid; 3rd Mardin Biennial, Turkey, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen, Denmark; Performa Biennial, NY; Sculpture Center, NY; Perform now, LA. Awarded residencies at Skowhegan, Maine; ISCP, in New York; Ratti Foundation in Como, Italy; Gabriel Orozco Workshop Fellowship, Botin Foundation, Spain; Goldrausch in Berlin, Germany. In  2017 she received the Audemars Piguet award for ArcoMadrid  for her installation All Tangled Up in a Fading Star and in 2018 she was awarded  the Botin Foundation International Visual Arts Grant, for her project Urania’s Mirror, an interdisciplinary project that investigates environmental and social impact that neoliberal economies have on the land and communities of Latin America. Recent contributions to publications include On Violence, E.R.O.S, London; Without an Object, Art Journal, Cuenca College of Arts, Spain.  Recently she has released an artist monograph Critical Lexicon of Contemporary Art (KUENSTLER. Kritisches Lexikon de Gegenwartskunstliterary). Future exhibits and performances include Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, NY; Movement Research, New York, US; C Room 1, Priska Pasquer, Cologne, Germany; A Performance Affair, APA, Brussels, Germany. She divides her time between America and Europe. Elena Bajo thanks Spain Arts and Culture for their support. This project was also supported, in part, by a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant.

Xinan (Helen) Ran is an emerging artist currently living in Brooklyn, New York. She is an incoming MFA Painting candidate for Hunter College New York, and received her BFA from Pratt Institute '17. She is an Ox-Bow 2016 Summer Fellow, and a proud alumni of Pearson College UWC '13. Apart from the studio art practice, Xinan aspire to become a set designer for new theaters. Past collaborations include Shout Alone Theater Company’s Chasing Light (2015) and works produced by Castillo Theater, All Stars Project. 

Larissa Gilbert is an artist and educator based in Los Angeles, CA. She received her BFA from the Cooper Union in New York City where she focused on the intersection of video, performance, and sculpture. Larissa’s work researches the effects that cinema and media has on history, culture, and group formations in the United States. Recently, she has exhibited and screened her work at the Nakanojo Biennial in Japan, Anthology Film Archives, and the historic Cooper Union Great Hall.

This event takes place in conjunction with As Far as the Heart Can See (September 21 – November 17, 2018).

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AGING AS ART and Performing for the Dead
Nov
3
6:30 PM18:30

AGING AS ART and Performing for the Dead

 Image courtesy Linda Mary Montano

Image courtesy Linda Mary Montano

AGING AS ART and Performing for the Dead
An evening with Linda Mary Montano and Billy X. Curmano.

New Date:
Saturday, November 3rd, 2018
6:30 PM to 8 PM

 

Using video and interactive performance, Linda Mary Montano and Billy X. Curmano will address their own experiences with aging and dying, culminating in participatory engagement with the audience. Montano sees her body as a canvas, a sculpture that is chiseled by time as she grows older, while Curmano has daringly orchestrated his own funeral in order to perform for the dead, as an act of self- transformation and a rite of passage. Together, these two artists will question the nature of mortality, to both confront and heal unspoken fears and terrors regarding the fear of dying and death itself.

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Linda Mary Montano is a seminal figure in contemporary feminist performance art and her work since the mid 1960s has been critical in the development of video by, for, and about women. Attempting to dissolve the boundaries between art and life, Montano continues to actively explore her art/life through shared experience, role adoption, and intricate life altering ceremonies, some of which last for seven or more years. Her artwork is starkly autobiographical and often concerned with personal and spiritual transformation. Montano’s influence is wide ranging – she has been featured at museums including The New Museum in New York, MOCA San Francisco and the ICA in London.

Billy X. Curmano is an award winning artist/adventurer and former McKnight Foundation Interdisciplinary Art Fellow. He was trained as a painter and sculptor (If, of course, painters and sculptors can be trained). His more traditional objects have been exhibited both here and abroad since a first solo show at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee in 1970. Notably, some of his paintings represented the USA in the “III Vienna Graphikbiennale” (Austria). His works have also found their way to the Museum of Modern Art in New York and other prestigious collections. Billy X. came to music through the back door using soundscapes in “live art” and is probably best known for edgy performances. His more eccentric pieces include a 3-day live burial, 2,000 plus mile Mississippi River Swim, 40-day Death Valley Desert Fast and a sojourn to the Arctic Circle on public transport. He’s won awards for performance and film as well as a solo CD. Billy X. has toured every way imaginable including 6,200 miles and 15 cities in 45 days on a Greyhound Bus and intrigued audiences from the Dalai Lama's World Festival of Sacred Music in Los Angeles to New York City's famed Franklin Furnace. He's been a "Pick of the Week" in the L.A. Weekly and on the City Pages "A List". Journalists have dubbed him the court jester of Southern Minnesota. He has been fortunate to study briefly with John Cage, Rachel Rosenthal, Babtundi Olatunji and Joseph Shabalala.

This event takes place in conjunction with As Far as the Heart Can See (September 21 – November 17, 2018).  Additional support provided by: Reimagine End of Life — a citywide event exploring big questions about life and death.

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