!ALIVE! at GRAY SPACE
Non Grata, Morgan Schagerberg, Hiroko Tsuchimoto, Lindsey Allgood, Istvan Kantor and Monty Cantsin, and the Amazing Hancock Brothers.
Morgan Schagerberg studied Fine Arts at the Trondheim Academy in Norway and in the Malmö Academy in Sweden.
His work combines drawing, performance, film and installation. The themes he approaches are often on the border between the banal and the naïve to approach emotions, feelings and human basic needs. His research is centered on how to express in different ways "love", "naivety" and "triviality", which are inside all of us, after peeling off the outer layers of our identities. He often uses animals and nature, as well as fire, water and light to connect with emotions.Morgan Schagerberg
Hiroko Tsuchimoto is a Japanese artist living in Sweden. She shifts between grand narratives and every day stories, highlighting the cultural construction of personal identity. she tells stories about otherness and the will to belong, based on my experiences as an Asian immigrant.Hiroko Tsuchimoto
As a multidisciplinary performance artist, I am interested in how we embody and are embodied by tangibles and intangibles--nutrients, memories, a baby, a lover, and emotions. My practice explores humans' corporeal and psychic abilities to morph, hold, and be held by these very things.
Gaston Bachelard, in The Poetics of Space, poses an interesting discussion on how we inhabit psychic spaces (dreams, memory, imagination) based on our (and other animals’) experiences with inhabiting physical spaces, like bedrooms, nooks, shells, nests, and attics. For me, this notion of inhabiting is a vital aspect of exploring intimacy and embodiment.
In considering the body as material and site, metamorphosis is a current word I am exploring. Just as a body evolves and morphs over time, so does the psyche, and our roles as relational beings. I investigate this by interacting with symbolic materials that are often organic, delicate, and breakable-- dirt, bones, wood, thread, sugar, porcelain, glass, feathers, cloth, foodstuffs, and my blood and hair. In my live performances and video, I create moving collages that offer surreal, whimsical, and highly interpretive perspectives of femininity and metamorphosis. In writing scripts and playing with my chosen objects, I think of my body’s ability to morph into other bodies.
I have exhibited work in the US and abroad, most recently in Amsterdam and Rotterdam, the Netherlands. In November 2013, I will perform at Grace Exhibition Space in New York City. I will graduate with an MFA in art from the University of Oklahoma in December 2013 and have curated a variety of performance, video, and contemporary art events, most recently SPANE: Screening of Performance Art in the Natural Environment, at Artscape Gibraltar Point, Toronto Islands.Lindsey Allgood
Ivan Kantor and Monty Cantsin
Istvan Kantor’s work is intellectually rebellious, anti-authoritarian, as well as technically innovative and highly experimental. His action based media art explores the body and technology. Also known as Monty Cantsin Amen, he has recently infiltrated Berlin's underground art and music scene, performing karaoke style revolutionary-songs. He has been seen waving red flags in the streets in Budapest, Paris, New York, London, Novi Sad, Chiang Mai, Yogykarta, Singapore, Tokyo, Ottawa, Toronto, Montreal, Calgary, Piotrkow, Krakow, Poznan, Wroclaw, Tallinn, Riga and elsewhere.
He initiated the international operations of the Neoist Conspiracy in 1979 in Montreal. He has been jailed many times for his blood-interventions in museums. He is also a recipient of many prestigious awards among them the TELEFILM Canada prize for Best Canadian Film and Video (Toronto, 1998), the Governor General’s Award of Canada for Visual and Media Arts (Ottawa, 2004) and the European Media Arts Festival Award (Osnabruck, Germany, 2009). His three children, Jericho, Babylon and Nineveh were born in the 90's, in Toronto.Ivan Kantsor
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, NON GRATA 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, impersonality 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 groupmembers. Aesthetical and provocative challenges are represented in places, where the Art World doesn't work.http://www.nongrata.ee/
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