THE GREAT AMERICAN PERFORMANCE ART FESTIVAL!
Martín Rentería, Grace Uriegas, and Paola Galletta, Esther Neff, Graciela Ovejero Postigo, Sol' Sax, Angeli, K. Mikal Mico<
TRANSMUTED INTERNATIONAL PERFORMANCE ART NETWORK
Friday, April 24
Door 9:00 Performances 9:30
TRANSMUTED INTERNATIONAL PERFORMANCE ART NETWORK
ABOUT THE GREAT AMERICAN PERFORMANCE ART FESTIVAL
Festival text by Laura Blüer
What does it mean to be American? American in the sense of what it is to be living, working, and creating in the Americas: a broad and fluid definition of this hemispheric region and the people who identify with it—people of first nations, South/Central/North America, Canada, the Caribbean. The Great American Performance Art Festival is a series of performance art events curated around this question and its implications, most specifically the notion of borders and barriers. Borders are an arbitrary social construct reminiscent of colonization, war, and exploitation. The population of the Americas has grappled with issues regarding borders and migration, and barriers such as those between languages, political ideologies, religious beliefs, identities, races, ethnicities, demographics, privileges, communities, individuals, governing and law enforcement bodies, and countless other tensions that arise as a part of living in, working in, and identifying with the Americas.
Grace Exhibition Space Brooklyn and this horizontally organized group of curators and artists invited erformance art pieces that respond to the problematics of borders and barriers within the Americas. We seeked proposals for embodied art that reinterpret and reimagine the diverse social, cultural, and economic landscape of the Americas. We encourage proposals for pieces that extend to include broad cross-sections of communities and demographics, and especially those which include participatory elements that address the natural performative barrier between artist and audience. The Great American Performance Art Festival welcomes any interpretation, however abstract, of its proposed theme.
The Great American Performance Art Festival will take place from March-August 2015. Events will be held every other weekend at Grace Exhibition Space for March-May, and every other weekend at the Grace Performance Art Farm in Rosendale, NY from June-August. We will curate roughly 4-5 artists per event.
TRANSMUTED INTERNATIONAL PERFORMANCE ART NETWORK
Martín Rentería, Grace Uriegas, and Paola Galletta
Martin Renteria starts with the body and creates rituals, where actions, objects and atmospheres provoke all kind of interpretations of the same reality. He plays with universal concepts such as space, power, balance, time, uncertainty, human-being essence and the urgency to establish genuine relationships, by means of symbols that cause reactions and reflections in every spectator. Concerned with evolution, Renteria’s work invites us to analyze present time from which emanates questions about the soul and the planet’s destination, and to undertake ways towards higher conscience levels.
He is a multidisciplinary artist who also works in sculpture, painting, installation and performance art - such as spectacular wearable art and machines of his own design. He has created the proper language to expresses his vision of the world.
Her performance work, photography and set designing goes through the experiences of humanity, mainly of women of all times by expressing the oppression, incomprenhension and how are used to live in shallows and a carefree society. She has worked with Martín Rentería in several performance projects , as a photographer she works with different techniques and some times makes art objet, she is also an actriz, she has been in the cast of soap operas, plays and movies.
Graphic designer, interdisciplinary creator, project manager, waste picker and independent catalyst.
Her experimental art-not-art projects includes visual arts, installation, intervention, videoart, performance art, expanded cinema and sound art. She works with recycling materials to create art pieces which explores concepts such as perception, relativity, epistemology, existentialism, psychology, communication and social phenomenology.
Her actions as activist— independent and in collaboration with civil associations, nonprofit organizations, social initiatives, collectives and NGOs—, are related to peace culture, human rights, nonviolence, ecology and education. Through different studies and interdisciplinary activities, her creative profile is focused on art, design, advertising, experimental projects, artivism, cross-media and graphic.
Paola Galletta: www.paolagalletta.com
Esther is the founder and co-director of Panoply Performance Laboratory PPL with Brian McCorkle. She grew up on an organic farm in Indiana and was homeschooled, acting and directing with community and regional theaters, until getting a BFA in Performance at the University of Michigan. At U of M, she directed for Arthur Miller, took poetry with Ann Carson, and ended up apprenticing at the Royal Shakespeare Company in the UK where she studied voice, translation, and directing.
In the past few years, Esther’s work across disciplines, spheres, and situations has involved theorization as performance, public intellectualism and epistemic genealogies, cognition and collectivity, and social construction as task-based embodied performance.
GRACIELA OVEJERO POSTIGO
"My work operates between performance and visual forms of writing identified with assemblage methodologies, conceptual concerns and empathic resonances ranging from the social, the personal and the mysterious as an open instance for the generation and observation of symbolic flows. I belong to the Argentinian revolutionary and post-dictatorship generation. As my life took a migratory turn, I assumed the hybrid porosity of combinatorial and relational disciplines and, consequently, exhibited internationally. My production includes combined techniques of painting, photography, objects, video, performance, site construction, installations and artistic and curatorial projects that include the work of other artists. Over the years my work has shifted to the more ephemeral and immediate, returning to the performative, which sprouted from initial investigations of the mid 1980s, to gradually anchor myself in mediatized or live action as poetry and technology of subjective and contextual inquiries, since the year 2000.”
Since 1986 she worked and lived in-and-between California and Northwest Argentina where she was born. She holds an MFA (University of California, San Diego, USA); a Bachelor of Fine Arts (National University of Tucumán, AR) and a Professorship on Classical Dance. She has basic studies in music and social sciences in Argentina where she was also a soloist dancer, teacher and independent choreographer (1971-1985). She participated in the following collectives: Grupo Crónica (AR 1984-1985); BAW / TAF and Las Comadres (San Diego-Tijuana 1990-93); Lolas Crónicas (AR 2005-present). In the US she was a member of the Committee for Artistic Recommendations at Centro Cultural de la Raza in San Diego CA (1989-1998). She has published texts in catalogs and online, in Argentina, USA and Spain. Currently she resides mainly in Buenos Aires where she founded and directs the project Peras de Olmo - Ars Continua (2011), a nonprofit art space with a focus on performance and aesthetic forms that incorporate time and the procedural as structural elements of discourse and reflection.Graciela Ovejero Postigo:
Dr. Who Do Man, The Burning Bush Man Of Bushwick Presents: Sol'Sain't Marchin Lift The King
The Sol'Sain't celebrate Angelic African American Souls that fought European Supremacy Non-violently with Cultural Weapons that have their root in Africa. Sol'Sain't Marchin Lift The King celebrates the power of the Living Word to motivate and organize resistance against European Supremacy and economic inequity. Marchin Lift The King is synchronized with Chango the deified Emperor of the Oyo Empire who is The Angel of Lightening, rain and the word of God in the Yoruba of Nigeria's culture.
SOL’SAX was born in Kings County Hospital in 1969. He still lives and works in Brooklyn N.Y. He received a BFA with honors from The Cooper Union and a MFA with honors from Yale School of Art, he also studied abroad in Berlin the year the Berlin wall fell. Since 1990 SOL’SAX has produced objects, images and performances that fuse African-American cultural heritages like Hip Hop, House, Reggae, Soul, Jazz, Blues and spirituals with traditional African religions like Yoruba, Congo, Mende, Akan and Fon. Over the last twenty years SOL’SAX has received some notable honors in sculpture. In 2005 he received a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Sculpture. In 2004 he received Guggenheim Fellowship in Sculpture. In 2001 he was awarded a public commission by MTA arts for transit and in 1996 he was a resident at Socrates Sculpture Park. He was the first artist to be given a solo show at Rush Arts and has exhibited at The Brooklyn Museum, The Queens Museum, The Museum of the City of New York, The Studio Museum in Harlem, P.S. 1 MoMA, Sculpture Center and the Fowler Museum in Los Angeles among other venues.
Angeli is a New York-based artist. She earned a MA in Performance Studies from New York University ‘12, and a BFA in fashion theory & practice from Parsons ‘11. Her critical artistic practice researches the performative nature of the body, image, garment, text and other materials. She is interested in creating conditions for transformations of the body, as a strategy to illuminate socio-cultural constructions of identity, and the possibilities of being otherwise.
Sound performances by
K. MIKAL MICO
Mico is a member of the legendary psychedelic performance troupe No Neck Blues Band. Currently, she performs mostly in Japan. She might play the melodica or sing.
Alto sax player Tamio Shiraishi can often be found playing in subway stations around midnight. Shiraishi is a member of Daikyo-Furoshiki.
ABOUT GRACE EXHIBITION 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)