Live Performances by Quinn Dukes, Maira Vaz Valente, Hilary Sand, and Felix Morelo
Quinn Dukes [NYC]
Dukes is a multimedia performance artist based in Brooklyn, NY. Her work addresses environmental disasters, ritual and social injustice. Past durational actions have included siphoning and expelling sugary liquids through plants, sorting thousands of mono-filament strands entangled within sapling roots and regurgitating the contents of oranges retracted from the Hudson River.
Dukes has performed in galleries and festivals across the country including Fountain Miami, Fountain New York, Bushwick Open Studios, Lumen International Video & Performance Festival and Wassaic Festival. She has received recent reviews in Flash Art, NY Arts Magazine and WhiteWall Magazine. Dukes dapples in art criticism and and has written for Art in New York and Art in Brooklyn.
Maíra Vaz Valente [Brazil]
As a Brazilian artist who graduated from the Escola de Comunicação e Artes of Universidade de São Paulo (USP) with a Bachelor’s degree in Visual Arts (awarded in 2009), my work is mostly classified as Performance Art. Besides a theoretical academic background, my artistic practice has always been influenced by a thorough study of the body and its presence. Since 2007 the performances became like plays with the audience.
Also the same year, I’ve been the director of the independent group Núcleo Aberto de Performance Arte (NAP), of which I also am a cofounder, in order to encourage the creation, study and research of Performance Art.In 2009, These group was actively responsible for instigating the PhD staff of the Department of Visual Arts of USP to create as well as develop the material dealt with by this institution’s first two and ongoing disciplines related to Performance Art: “Práticas Performativas" (I and II).
Hilary Sand [NYC]
Hilary Sand is an artist, writer, and theorist who lives and works in Brooklyn. Sand relocated to New York to study Arts Politics at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts in 2010, where, under the mentorship of Karen Finley, her work focused on gender and identity construction and she was awarded her M.A. in 2011. In New York, Sand’s work has been shown at Dixon Place, the Affordable Arts Fair, Concrete Utopia, Grace Exhibition Space, Fitness Center for Arts and Tactics, and on various streets throughout the city
Felix Morelo [NYC]
Felix Morelo is a Colombian/American artist based out of New York City. He majored in Painting at Parsons School of Design. Morelo is an independent curator, painter, sculptor, book maker, print maker, muralist, performance artist, street artist and part time counselor. He is better known for his prolific and unbelievable output of trails of chalk faces throughout the sidewalks of New York City. It is estimated that he has drawn over 15,000 chalk faces since 2009 thus far. Morelo is represented by Ideal Glass Gallery in New York City and currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Also at GRACE EXHIBITION SPACE:
THE ALICE CHILTON GALLERY [Open every Thursday-Saturday at 1-5PM]
The Alice Chilton Gallery is a new gallery specializing in Performance Art with live performances plus performance-related materials: catalogues, limited-edition prints, videos, scores and artifacts.
CONTINUOUS ACTION [Every Saturday starting April 13th]
A series of four hour continuous performances every Saturday at Grace Exhibition Space. Featuring performances by: Hector Canonge, Amber Lee, Sindy Butz, Rob Andrews, Marni Kotak, Ryan Noble, Sandrine Schaefer, and AnalogAnalogue!!
ABOUT GRACE EXHIBITION SPACE for PERFORMANCE ART
Grace Exhibition Space opened in 2006 and 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. We believe this is how performance art is meant to be experienced.
"There is no designated stage area, blurring the line between audience and performer, and seating is sparse, as participating in the performance is encouraged. The unknown terrifies you, and yet something, maybe this very feeling, pushes you inside. Welcome to Grace Exhibition Space." Terri Ciccoe. Bushwick Daily January, 2013
"On each night, and in each performance, the human body is redeemed from the mundane and made anew." David Lagaccia, Williamsburg Greenpoint News+Art (June, 2012)