BIG BANG THEORY
DIDIER ODIEUu [BELGIUM]
WILD TORUS [BROOKLYN]L
LOPI LAROE [BROOKLYN]
AKINORI MATSUMOTO [JAPAN] from Bushwick Open Studios!
Curated by Erik Hokanson and Jill McDermid
DIDIER ODIEU [BELGIUM]
ODIEU is an essential character of the alternative underground european scène, born in Belgium with the 77 punk movement; he began throwing rotten beef stomachs on the audience and killing chicken with an electric knife, then created pornographic ballets for familial audiences. tired of hospitals (every performance turned to riots), created a stupid and schyzophrenic pop star, who's unexpected succes gave hundreds of concerts and 6 albums. But this wasn't Odieu's plans. after 4 years he decided to stop the experience, went on stage, and instead of singing, broke his piano with a hammer and a graver. Then, invited at Royal Palace of Belgium for the king's Jubilee, he made an unforgettable show that gave as a result 10 years of interdiction on all the national networks. no souçi. After trying to make love with a baby pig on the stage of an agricultural fair, Odieu then entered the Guiness Book with his next stupid idea : The World Record of Sports Megamix, with 178 hits sung in 13'45". Then wrote and directed plays and musicals, revues, even an Opera, played all around the world, but essentially in france, belgium, and Canada, created a pirat network, TV PIRAT, a 4G sect, "The Awakening"...
his very extensive work has made him an icon of the belgian alterculture. Odieu has worked with Ron Link, Bryon Gysin, Malcolm Mc Laren, Topor, and many more...
The music is allways present in his works. as a deco, as a pretext.
this is supposed to be a concert. But it's the kind of concert you never saw before. This is supposed to be funny. but it may be frightening, sad, fearfull, highly disturbing... and allways unpredictible.
LOPI LAROE [BROOKLYN]
Lopi LaRoe is a Brooklyn based artist and activist best known for creating environmental narratives using earthly elements in site specific installations. LaRoe brings an authenticity and reckless abandon to living in imaginary circumstances. Her work addresses climate chaos, natural & man made disaster, food justice, alienation, freedom and expectation. She has been performing for two decades both on the west and east coast of 'Merica. Starting out in 1994 in Santa Cruz at What is Art & the 418 Project , was briefly a clown in the Mystic Family Circus of SF and moved to NYC in 2001. She's performed at Surf Reality, Deep Dish Cabaret, Fountain Art Fair, Bushwick Starr, Third Ward, Bowery Poetry Club, Moe Pitkins, Theater Under St. Mark's, The Living Theater, Panoply Labs and Grace Exhibition Space.
WILD TORUS [BROOKLYN]
"I once had a vision on ayahuasca that time-space flowed in the shape of a coiled torus (think of a slinky with both ends connecting) with the entire length of the coil being also coiled (now imagine the slinky is made out of a really long spring). The whole thing was immense compared to me and glowed with white light against the empty space that it floated in. It glowed not on its own accord, but because souls made of light were jumping in and out of it, at every point on the surface, like glowing trout trying to make their way upstream. Each time a soul splashed down back into the time-stream they would live through an entire life, and upon death they jumped back out and landed in a different spot. In that vision i lived through several life times and remember it being exhausting because there was was no end to experience, yet my soul wanted rest.”
VV/LD TØR∇S is a collaborative platform of Brooklyn-based artists, led by Vlady VØz Tokk and Mág Ne Ta, who work to create chaotic, cult action happenings within multi-sensory installations. WT aims to create a shared, collective experience with audiences, utilizing a combination of digital and physical means to commemorate traumatic and mystical events that occur in the universe as a whole. Through working in the ephemeral, WT's constructed experiences reach beyond its participants’ consciousness and corporeal position in society. The rituals activate a liminal space-time to deconstruct targeted events in contemporary reality, which have been distorted through media sources and the Internet, and requiring alternate manifestations. Ultimately, the coming together of WT's clashing identities, invented tools, cryptic symbols, and physical renderings through ritualistic experience erupts into an extreme, dystopian spectacle.
Our youtube channel is http://www.youtube.com/user/blubeeched
MATSUMOTO AKINORI [NYC/JAPAN]
We met Akinori at the Bushwick Open Studios on Grattan/Bogart St - come see his wonderful bamboo sound sculptures
I began creating “sound objects” thirty years ago, and have so far originated 300 kinds of objects. In my installations, I use those objects to compose the venue so that sounds and visual art (at times, performing arts) create a perfect harmony. I am a self-taught artist who has studied different fields of artistic expressions. During the time I traveled around Asian countries, I was most influenced by ethnic folk arts. I stayed in many villages and joined in their traditional festivals, which seamlessly blended visual art, music and performing arts. My present works have been shaped through those experiences. My installation is an experience-based, artistic form of entertainment that merges different genres.
(Main materials: Bamboo, paper, small battery-operated motors, wind and water power.)
ABOUT GRACE SPACE
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.
Grace Exhibition Space is run by Jill & Erik with Vincent Tiley. Jamie is our bartender and Leah runs the door.
Please also support PANOPLY PERFORMANCE LAB [Brooklyn] GLASSHOUSE GALLERY [Brooklyn], MOBIUS [Boston] DFBRL8R GALLERY [Chicago] and EAMES ARMSTRONG [Washington, DC] - when you want to see more Performance Art!
"I have found Grace Space to be a breath of fresh air, and a new way to see and experience feelings you may have not faced in a long time. It’s a place to let yourself be exposed, amused, delighted, and terrified all at the same time, and I can say I haven’t experienced this combination of emotions at any gallery or theater I have ever stepped into, and that’s a wonderful thing.
The space provides a refreshing perspective on an art scene that has been somewhat shackled and restrained for quite a bit of time now. Grace Exhibition Space is a brave pioneer as it puts Bushwick, as well as New York City, on the forefront of exploration and exposure into the minds and bodies of artists who are truly gifted, fearless, and unique." Terri Ciccone. 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)