NEW GRACE SPACE GALLERY IN WILIIAMSBURG! OPENING THIS FRIDAY! MAY 22 from 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Last Tuesday, I signed the check that sealed the deal for a companion gallery to the Grace Exhibition Space.
This new gallery will be for displaying, marketing and accessing the photographic documentation, video and artifacts that remain after a performance is over.
The two spaces will cpmplement each other - Grace Exhibition Space exists for performance art actions, while the gallery provides access to the post-performance works.
Come out Friday night and watch it all begin!
Non Grata group [Estonia]
We will open our new space with a show of work by Non Grata Group, a performance art collective based in Tallinn and Parnu, Estonia. Non Grata group have existed for over 10 years, perform internationally and host the annual performance festival Diverse Universe, which has been touring Europe for the past 3 weeks.
Non Grata is an international collection, whose members remain anonymous. They call their shows The Art of the Invisibles, as they remain just outside of the formal art world:
Around the name NON GRATA there have been different hushes and shushes for a long time. Already from the point of view of death of conventionalization of art it has embodied the horrible and unwanted disembodiment of human person, from which the meaninglessness of nowadays art, is pouring out. For those, whose world of arts starts from the point, where the art world ends, NONGRATA has been a liberator, the orphic gap in the seemingly unalterable course, which however betrays us, it is a cure from incest. The main point of the group is ethical - it is the image of primitivism, unpersonality and experimental creativity. The performances of the group take place according to the logic of avoiding codes. The presentations are physical texts, whose ways of orthography and reading are kept within limits of real actions by the group members. Aesthetical and provocative challenges are represented in places, where the Art World doesn´t work.
GRACE EXHIBITION SPACE FOR PERFORMANCE-ART ACTIONS
Grace Exhibition Space is committed to providing a venue for local, national and international performance artists in a gallery setting.
At Grace Space, we felt a need to create a gallery that focuses on performance as an art form on its own, despite the difficulties in defining �What is performance art?�
Wikipedia: Performance art is art in which the actions of an individual or a group at a particular place and in a particular time constitute the work. It can happen anywhere, at any time, or for any length of time. Performance art can be any situation that involves four basic elements: time, space, the performer's body and a relationship between performer and audience. It is opposed to painting or sculpture, for example, where an object constitutes the work.
On May 22, we are opening a companion gallery to Grace Space at 147 Roebling Street in Williamsburg. The new gallery provides a market for the photographic documentation, video and artifacts that remain after the performance is over. By putting this spotlight on the art inherent in the performance, we seek to generate new discussions about the nature of art and the role of performance in art.
Jill McDermid. Director, Grace Exhibition Space
From 2006-2008 Grace Space was run by Jill McDermid and Melissa Lockwood.
Grace Exhibition Space is run by Jill McDermid, a performance artist since 1998.
Directions to the new gallery
Temporarily (?) named the Alice Chilton Grace Center for the Preservation of Performance Art
L train to Bedford:
Walk south to Metropolian Avenue. Turn left on Met. Ave and walk 2 blocks to Roebling Street. Turn right o Roebling, and we are halfway down the block #147 Roebling (gound floor)
L train to Lorimer:
Walk west on Metropolitan Avenue (direction of elevated BQE) 4 blocks, turn left on Roebling Street and we are in the middle of the block #147 Roebling (ground floor)
Take BQE to the Metropolian Avenue exit. Drive west on Metropolitan Avenue to Roebling Street. Turn left on Roebling and we are in the middle of the block #147 Roebling (ground floor)