!ALIVE! GRAY ZONE in KINGSTON, NY
The Physical Poets [Japan] Fuijeda Mushimaru plus Iori Kinki, Himeko Narumi
Sindy Butz [Germany/USA] Sam Penaso [Philippines] Non Grata [Estonia]
85 BROADWAY in KINGSTON on the Rondout
THE PHYSICAL POETS [JAPAN}
composite group of dancers, musicians and artists who formed together in 2000 around the renowned master dancer-choreographer-director Mushimaru Fujieda and the group became the Physical Poets, emphasizing the lyrical beauty and physicality of their work.
Individual members Himeko Narumi and Iori Kinki will also be creating solo pieces based on their lielong intensive study of contemporary butoh dance.
The Physical Poets combines traditional Japanese dance with "Butoh", one of the newer contemporary dance movements of modern Japan. the group has based its dance techniques upon body control utilizing the
breathing methods for the training of Yoga, Qigong and Zen as they believe the human spirit and body constitute
NON GRATA [ESTONIA]
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.Non Grata
SAM PENASO [PHILIPPINES]
Samuel Penaso's works are a mix of his experiments in media including painting, performance, sculpture, installation and video among others. Penaso is influenced by his dichotomy of life experiences as a child growing up in the country and as an adult living in the city. Experiences, emotions and stories about him and others are widely expressed in his works, most notably in his portraits. His work generates waves of nostalgia, weaving the purity of childhood experiences together with his present ideologies.
Penaso is a visual and performance artist from Manila, philippines. He received a BFA at the Technological University of the Philippines. He has held solo exhibitions in Japan, Thailand, Austria, Germany, Singapore, among others. He represented the Philippines in the Nippon International Performance Art Festival in both 2005 and 2011 and has participated in the the Asian International Art Exhibition, Ayala Museum, Manila; ArTriangle, Malaysia and Young Art Philippines, Luxembourg. He is one of the core members of Tupada Action and Media Art (TAMA) a group of performance artists and an active member of the Art Association of Philippines (AAP).Sam Penaso:
SINDY BUTZ [GRMANY/NYC]
Sindy Butz is a Visual and Performance Artist. She creates Narratives, Artifacts/Wearables and Installations with a thematic focus on mankind and human awareness. She enjoys exploring a very broad spectrum of interests during her research periods such as Moral-/ Philosophy, Perspectivism, Traditions/Romantic Crafts/Rituals and Human Identity. Her self- developed conceptual and empiric studies play an important role in her work in process and become a fundamental influence in the in the formation of her body of work.
Nevertheless her philosophic explorations and questioning are shared on a very personal, intimate and emotional level with the viewer.
Sindy Butz was born in East Germany, grew up in the suburbs of East Berlin and now lives and works in New York. She holds a B.F.A. in Sculpting/AKI- ARTez Netherlands, a M.F.A. in Art Science/ UdK Berlin and wasFellow at ITP Tisch/New York University in 2010. Sindy Butz:
ABOUT THE NEW 'GRAY ZONE for PERFORMANCE ART, KINGSTON NY'
1. An area intermediate between two mutually exclusive states or categories, where the border between the two is fuzzy.
2. It exists in a grey area between legal and illegal.
3. topic that is not clearly one thing or the other, that is open to interpretation.
4. Synonyms[ (an area intermediate between two mutually exclusive states or categories): penumbra
The Gray Space, Kingston and The Grace Exhibition Space, Brooklyn are run the by husband and wife team of Jill McDermid and Erik Hokanson
Presenting a performance art gallery:
PERFORMANCE ART is not theater, dance, spoken-word, painting, poetry or sculpture yet it is all of these.
GRAY ZONE, KINGSTON continues the founding mission of the Grace Exhibition Space in Brooklyn: the Glorification of Performance Art, yet in a location more loudly resonant in Nature. Gray Space on the Rondout is only yards away from the Hudson River estuary that provides life-sustaining water for agriculture and wildlife. Gray Space is on Broadway, a life-sustaining thoroughfare through all of the variances of the City of Kingston, itself in a gray area surrounded by river, mountains, farms and towns.
GRAY ZONE celebrates the diversity of our world by centering itself in this city and in this valley that are abundant with all kinds of diversity - providing a conduit of experience for the peoples of Kingston, the Hudson Valley and beyond.
McDermid was first based in Marbletown, NY then Brooklyn where in 2006, with Melissa Lockwood, they opened the Grace Exhibition Space in Brooklyn, offering live works by the current generation of performance artists from around New York, the US and the world. The live performances have always been presented on the floor, not on a stage, dissolving the boundary between artist and viewer.
Grace Exhibition Space has had the opportunity to present local artist Meghan Van Alstyne [Albany/Kinderhook], area artists Peter Dobill, Marni Kotak, Rob Andrews [NYC] Nugent Smith, Rafael Sanchez [New Jersey] Marilyn Arsem , Mari Novotny-Jones, Jeff Huckleberry, Sandy Huckleberry, Alice Vogler, Vela Phelan, Sandrine Scheaffer, [Boston] and internationally renowned artists Roi Vaara, Essi Kasalinnen [Finland] Gim Gwang Cheol [South Korea] Boris Nieslony [Germany] W. Christiawan [Indonesia] Chen Jin [China] Fernando Ribiero [Brazil], Martin Renteria and Pancho Lopez [Mexico], Non Grata [Estonia]
We plan to continue our focus on diverse community-building through our unique programming which will continue in Kingston, throughout the Hudson Valley and beyond.
Jill McDermid earned an MFA in Intermedia: Video + Performance after three intense years of study and creating at the University of Iowa, 2000. Since then, she has presented hundreds of performance art fdisolyas through the Grace Exhibition Space for Performance Art since 2006, the Fountain Art Fair, the Egeszegedre series and 21st Suffragettes: Art + Performance by Women.
Erik Hokanson studied at the Swain School of Design in New Bedford, MA. He worked as a painter, sculptor, jeweler and object-maker until 2007 when he began making conceptual performance art. Since then, he has been performing in NYC and international performance art festivals. He currently runs the Grace Exhibition Space in Brooklyn with Jill McDermid. Erik Hokanson is also a highly skilled luthier, making guitars from idea to design through building and playing.Gray Zone, Kingston: