CHICAGO I NEW YORK! SAIC-affiliated artists come to Grace Exhibition Space Brooklyn
The SAIC Performance Exchange—a consortium of both alumni and current MFA candidates affiliated with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s performance department.
GES is hosting a series of 3 separate events for the SAIC Performance Exchange
Event #1 Curated by Katie Waddell
With so many participants stretching across geographic boundaries, it is our ambition to feature SAIC-affiliated artists and curators across a series of exhibitions.
Doors: 9:00 Performances: 9:30
SAIC Performance Exchange
The SAIC Performance Exchange— is a consortium of both alumni and current MFA candidates affiliated with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s performance department.
Curatorial Statement No.2: More About You and Me (Katie Waddell)
The notion of presence—whether of the hand of the artist or via the object itself—in a work is ideologically and poetically dense, layered, and, since the advent of postmodernism, a specious notion at best. However, if we examine the aesthetic ground broken by feminism and female artists in the last century—think Eva Hesse’s Accession II or the bulk of Janine Antoni’s oeuvre—a different understanding of hand and presence emerges.
Both artists prove that tactility is a sensory quality as well as a state of mind. To touch something is to draw close to it. To touch something is also to make oneself vulnerable, to connect, to puncture, to transmit, and to feel. In this sense, presence is less about cold, hard phenomenology or modernist notions about the presence of the artist-genius. But rather, presence is social; it is an ethos of intimacy. Presence becomes less about it and more about you and me.
Some of the artists in More About You and Me invoke this sense closeness by requiring the audience to physically draw near an object, each other, or the artist herself, while others create an intimate moment by making themselves vulnerable to the audience. For some of the artists, it is simply a sort of intangible quality present in their work—an invisible touch that exists not in the facture of an art object but in a feeling that spreads via performance, the umbilical.
EVALUATIONS AND APPRAISALS
EVERY OTHER MONDAY
FEBRUARY 6 - MAY 21 7-9 PM
Guest and local artists will present their work and engage discussions around Contemporary Visual Performance and Performance Art
THE INDUSTRIAL UNIT EVERY OTHER THURSDAY FEBRUARY 23 - MAY 17
7-9 PM fee: $20
Grace Exhibition Space teaches the process behind creating and understanding Performance Art through a series of action-based workshops. Within a group context, individual participants are guided through their own development and engagement with performance art, through a first-hand exploration of performance art techniques. LIVE ART FRIDAYS!
EVERY OTHER FRIDAY FEBRUARY 24 - MAY 18
Doors 9:00 Performances 9:30-10:30 pm
Our continuing series with the best in live Contemporary Visual Performances today!
Upcoming artists include: Marni Kotak, Rob Andrews, Jessica Hirst, Alice Vogler, Jason Robert Bell, Fernando Ribiero, Adam Rose, Jessica Hirst, Allison Wyper, Carlos Monroy, Essi Kausalainen and many many more . . .
ABOUT GRACE EXHIBITION SPACE for PERFORMANCE ART
Grace Exhibition Space is devoted exclusively to Performance Art. We offer an opportunity to experience visceral and challenging performance works by the current generation of international performance artists, whether emerging, mid career or established.
Being a Brooklyn loft, our events are presented on the floor, not on a stage, dissolving the boundary between artist and viewer. This is how performance art is meant to be experienced and our mission is the glorification of performance art.
"Grace Exhibition Space is the sole gallery in this city that shows specifically, in its most intentionally narrow definition, Performance Art."
Brooklyn Rail: Patricia Milder, The Brooklyn Rail (May, 2011)
"Through such intimate encounters between performance groups and their guests, they could follow in the spirit of Yoko Ono's Chamber Street loft or the Surrealist soirees of Paris."
Warren Fry, The Brooklyn Rail (August, 2007)