Performance Heart at Grace Exhibition Space "SELF CONSTRUCTION"
Live Performances by Peter Grzybowski, Polina Porras, Julia Guzzio and Elinor Thompson. Curated by Amber Lee
Peter Grzybowski (born 1954 Kraków, Poland) is a multimedia and performance artist and a painter. Studied at the Faculty of Painting of the Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków (ASP). Graduated 1982. First performances completed 1981, individual and with Awacs Group (1982–87) and KONGER (1984–1986) (see The history of Polish performance art). Since 1985 has lived in the USA.
Currently he creates multimedia performances and installations, in which he uses computers, digital video, sound, UV lighting (the installations were shown e.g. at Entropia Gallery in Wroclaw, and New York galleries TIXE, Fusion Arts Museum and Now Gallery as well as interactive CD-ROMs (presented among e.g. at the International Art Meetings in Katowice 2000, WRO International Festival in Wroclaw 2001 and Chashama in New York 2002.Website:
Polina Porras Sivolobova
Polina is a visual and performance artist, working primarily in performance art, drawing, photo and video. In her work she constructs and deconstructs images and ideas of gender and multiculturalism using autobiography, psychology, mythology, and anthropology.
In performances such as Self-Anatomy 101, What left and Yet Remains and Las Tristes, Muertas y Dormidas Polina used her experiences of being a Russian/Mexican woman, growing up in the Mexican/US border as a source of inspiration.
Polina is the founder of Avocado Pit, an artist initiative that promotes multidisciplinary art education in communities. She received a Master in Fine Arts and Art and Design Education from Pratt Institute and currently lives in New York CityWebsite:
Julia Guzzio is a multitalented artist creating works through many media. Julia draws, paints, photographs, creates video performance art, and writes poetry. She earned her fine arts degree from The School of Visual Arts in Manhattan, NY and resides in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Julia draws inspiration from observation, from her love of reading, the sciences, and a remarkably creative and expressive thought process. Julia invites you to view, listen, and read her works, experience them.Website:
Elinor Thompson is a Brooklyn-based performance artist who yearns to understand her society's need to be loved. She strives to create work that forces viewers to question the physical and social contours of their environment. Since her 2007 graduation from Tisch School of the Arts she has traveled internationally as a flight attendant and taught art and theater at a tri-lingual day school: Ellie looks to her shifting contexts and methods of communication to create the sense of "other" in her work, thereby pushing her audience to linger in the possibility of a world outside their own.Website:
Amber Lee (Curator)
Amber Lee is an artist based in the United States. She has performed around the world, in addition to managing and curating performance art. Amber started her career working in the theatre. In addition to majoring in acting, she held technical positions at several professional theatres including Synetic Theatre in DC and The Neofuturists in Chicago. Amber started as a volunteer at Defibrillator Performance Art Gallery in February of 2012 and served as Director of Artist Hospitality along with her co-director, William Kendall. The co-directors also serve as partners in the developing performance group Dance Tone Q. Amber now works as Gallery Manager at Grace Exhibition Space for Performance Art. She is also a part of the Performance Heart Collective.Website:
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)