DAY 2 "Meeting Point: Veiled Collapse and Expansion"
Performance Art from Norway and NYC
Friday NYC artists: Esther Neff & Brian McCorkle (of Panoply Lab) and Geraldo Mercado
Saturday: NYC artist Jolie Picardo and Ivy Castellanos
AGNES NEDREGARD [Norway]
Agnes Nedregard is a visual artist committed to a live engagement with an audience through images and actions. While performance art is her prime medium, she also makes sculptural work, drawings and videos, for use in her performances, but also as work in themselves. The prime concern in Agnes' work is how the performance situation can be a platform for uncovering cultural and personal baggage – both that of the artist and of her audience. What is it that informs how we read and assess each other, when we meet? Observations of life's unpredictability and irrationality are shared through a visceral language of actions, images, objects and materials. The place, but predominantly the people present, will always be part of determining the content, format and outcome of the work. Agnes holds a Masters of Fine Art from Glasgow School of Art (2005), and has since showed her work in numerous festivals, galleries and screenings in Europe, North America and Asia. Born in Norway, she is based in Bergen and Glasgow. She currently collaborates with Scottish visual artist Moray Hillary as 'Nedregard & Hillary', and Brazilian performer Raquel Nicoletti as 'Suspended'. She teaches performance art workshops and lectures, and engages in projects supporting and promoting visual performance art and artists.Agnes Nedregard:
JOLIE PICHARDO [Dominican Republic/NYC]
Jolie Pichardo was born and raised in NYC. Her artistic background is multi-faceted, drawing from visual art, performance and writing. An academically trained artist, Jolie describes her performance work as nomadic, using personal experiences to set the stage for spontaneous interactions with her live audience.
Claribel Jolie Pichardo:
FRANZISCA SIEGRIST [Norway]
In performance art I have found an extended way of developing ideas, having the possibility to related also to other art disciplines, such as sculpture, video or installation, but using always performance art as a base. Creating with this interdisciplinary way gives me the opportunity to seek the possibilities of my body and observe its relation with time and space. Usually they are simple objects from everyday life I use to create pieces, transforming their use, taking them out of their regular context and giving them a new meaning. Working with the symbiosis among artistic and daily actions is in my ongoing projects a starting point as well as all the actions we repeat every day. I combine these concepts and research the borders. The result of my performances ranges between absurd and poetical images, and are often site specific works. Franzisca Siegrist was born in Switzerland, and raised in Spain. She studied fine arts at the University of La Laguna in Tenerife and the Polytechnic University in Valencia where she studied performance art with Bartolomé Ferrando and got her postgraduate degree in art. She works with objects, installations and basically with performance art in a practical and theoretical way. She also works in a duo with norwegian visual artist and scenographer Susanne Irene Fjørtoft, and has shown her work in several European countries, as well as in Asia. Nowadays she lives and continues her work in Oslo, Norway.
BENEDICTE CLEMENTSEN [Norway]
Benedicte Clementsen (b.1986) is a visual artist, working multi disciplinary and often collaborative, with her base in performance in relation to other medias such as sound and installation. Benedicte creates works for a various spectrum of places and tend to work site specific. She is presently a student at the Fine Art department at the Bergen National Academy of the Arts in Norway and has shown works solo, in group shows and at international events and festivals. Benedictes works are visual and aesthetic in character and can be read as abstract anecdotes or metaphors that attempt to convey a recognizable atmosphere. She is curiously concerned with ontology and explores the human tendencies related to uncertainty, fragility and sensitivity. A partial wordless, yet imagery-rich language characterizes her projects, giving the viewer an individual and physical experience of the mood conveyed. Benedictes expression includes multiple media, centered around the same thematic field of interest, but with new challenges related to expression. Recurring qualities in her work is the apparent collapse and expansion. It is exposed and accessible, yet veiled at the same time. The fall of 2012 she spent a month in Spain as an artist in residency as well as showing two works in relation to FEM_12. March 4th 2013 she curated her first one-night exhibition at KNIPSU, initiated by BIT PrøveRommet. She was commissioned to create a site specific performance for The Lincoln Art Programme, Red Herrings and Chinese Whispers, May 2013 in Lincoln UK. Currently collaborating and presenting works with both Rita Marhaug and Jennifer Johansson, with new works to be presented come fall.Benedicte Clementsen:
IVY CASTELLANOS [NYC]
Ivy Castellanosis a Brooklyn based performance artist. Ivy operates under site-specific-performance-installation but additionally creates sculptures and video performances. Physicality and the body as sculpture in motion are essential to the work.