My Heart is Important, God Damn it! Performance Heart at Grace Space. Organized by Matthew Silver
and Hilary Sands
Katie Donut is a Brooklyn-Based performance artist who pushes personal boundaries to communicate (both her experience with and reaction to) mental illness, along with the social stigma of it. Often toying with masculinity-versus-femininity, in pieces ranging from lighthearted and comedic to dark and masochistic, Katie Donut hopes to open up dialogue about mental illness in order to initiate and reinforce the bond between the “mentally ill” and the “healthy” members of the community.
Although a harpsichordist and musicologist by training, Baxton Alexander’s primary focus is the art of story telling. Whether traditional or experimental, rational or absurd, he often expands narrative beyond the aural fixation – He often includes tactile elements, visual developments, sometimes you can smell it, sometimes you can taste it.
Baxton has just returned from México City after brief musicological investigation on the organillero tradition. He has performed at the Museo Nacional de Arte and directed interactive Dada theatre at historic La Faena. He now finds himself in New York City with a pocket full of black licorice and a sachet of rose tea at his side, slowly reconstructing a carousel he had unknowingly disassembled.
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.
Kris Grey/Justin Credible
My current projects investigate the transition and translation of experience
into history and vice versa. I am particularly interested in
inter-generational trauma, masculinity and vulnerability. My body is often the object of my work as well as the vehicle for its display. Performance is the tool I most often employ to make visible that which usually remains
shadowed, to challenge power dynamics between surveyor and surveyed, and to produce new models of being and doing gender in the world.
These live and performance works contend with the past and the present in the gallery, theater, and public space.
Kris Grey/Justin Credible is a gender queer artist whose work combines strategies of communication, activism, community building, education, lecture, and studio production in mediums two dimensional, three dimensional, and time based. For upcoming performances, lectures, and events visit
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)