LUMEN FESTIVAL - STATEN ISLAND - SATURDAY JUNE 26
Grace Exhibition Space will be presenting 8 performance artists at the LUMEN Festival
4:00-8:00 ELINOR FAMUTIMI
7:00 QUINN DUKES
5:00-9:00 FAITH JOHNSON
8:30 ADINA BIER with ARIELLE BIER
6:00 & 10:00 ERIK HOKANSON
7:30 VELA PHELAN
5:00-10:00 ALICE VOGLER
10:30 MYK HENRY
GRACE EXHIBITION SPACE
LUMEN FESTIVAL 2010
ATLANTIC SALTS, STATEN ISLAND
Elinor Famutimi creates habitat installations and other space-related pieces. Recent work includes the Star Ceiling (The Sky Is The Limit, February 2010), Sharing! (Media Lounge, December 2009), The Snoop Project (Brooklyn Artillery, Autumn 2009). Elinor is based in New York City.
Originally from Ohio, Dukes graduated from Watkins College of Art & Design in 2007 with a BFA in Fine Art. In an effort to further expose the community to the visual arts, Dukes aids in forming independent, emerging artist groups. She is the Co-Founder of the Independent Artist Collaborative, Off The Wall Art Group and has also received recognition by various publications including that of NY Arts Magazine. During her undergraduate studies, Dukes concentrated on installation, sculpture and sound. Experimentation often lends these combined mediums to act as a theatrical backdrop for her performances. Human interactions within forced ecological and social scenarios are often primary tenets within Dukes� work. Performance provides a platform in which Dukes� metaphorical re-interpretations of personal relationships can exist, perish, grow and morph. Dukes currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.
Quinn dukes: www.quinndukes.com
5:00 � 9:00 pm
Interactive performance by Faith Johnson
This is an interactive performance exploring the Jungian based idea of the collective unconscious as viewed through a spiritual and visual lens. I will draw the outline of people�s bodies on the side of a building. The outline of our bodies will act as a metaphor for each embodied spirit. Drawn one on top of the other, each body outline will maintain an individual and collective shape simultaneously. I ask these questions: Do our spirits draw from each other? Do our collective energies inform the idea of a greater power than our individual selves?
Faith Johnson is interested in working with the invisible and internal as visualized and experienced through metaphor. Faith explores these intangible spaces by creating surreal and haunting human poetics through the re-contextualization of everyday objects, actions and spaces. Faith Johnson has a Master of Fine Arts from the Museum School/Tufts University in Boston. She has performed in numerous galleries and festivals in Boston and around the world.
ADINA BIER with ARIELLE BIER
My Pussy Was Not Born for the Party Lights Adina Bier graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from The School of the Museum of Fine Arts (SMFA), in affiliation with Tufts University, in December of 2007, and is now performing internationally. Her work as a performance artist incorporates a wide variety of visual and conceptual art, including sound, movement, body, and texture. Her use of the body is a focal aspect of her performances. Thematically, Bier�s work continuously suggests her relationships with health, feminine roles, and belief systems. Her most recent work focuses on physical limitations of the body/mind and socially constructed confines that we as individuals face on a daily basis.
Adina Bier: www.AdinaBier.com
6:00 & 10:00 pm
The most common, stable, and reliable states of the universe are the qualities of darkness and cold. We live in a very unusual condition of relative warmth and light. We are living here (earth) -humans, spiders, grass, fish, carrots, bacteria, mice, viruses. We are all related. We need to eat each other. It's the price of peace, beauty, security, humor, love, and hope. Our bodies, like those of all other organisms here, are communities of cells working together essentially for their own preservation. We will all become food for something someday. The sun will make our place food for itself someday. I don't know what will eat the sun. Then it will likely become cold and dark. I take comfort in this. I like natural states.
Vela Phelan is a multi disciplinary artist that has been enchanted with myth, nature, shamanism, and transformation for all his life. He was born at 15:23:23 in St. Domingo, Dominican Rep and has lived abroad in Venezuela, Mexico, and United States.
Vela believes in magnifying the energy of objects, sounds and actions, blending subconscious with spirit and allowing the unknown to present it self. His work consists in transforming & altering modern and ancient energy�s into a new unknown universal existence.
Vela has created performances, installations, sound art and assemblages since 1994 and has shown his work extensively in galleries and festivals in the United States as well as Colombia, Mexico and China. He is a founding member of the performance groups Nox 0 and Gang Clan Mafia and has also performed with Jeff Huckleberry since 1999. He's been a co curator/producer for over 20 performance events and festivals in the city of Boston. He currently is co-owner and curator of MEME Gallery in Cambridge MA. His spirit animal is a black deer.
"Continuously" Alice Vogler�s work center�s around the physical and mental healing processes that exist in individual�s lives and her own day-to-day life. She is interested in investigating what heals: the process, that object, or the ritual. Most recently she has been working with the element of anticipation. She has been investigating to what extent anticipation changes how time is experienced. The viewer is always an essential element in her work.
Alice received her Bachelors of Fine Arts form Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland Oregon, and her Masters of Fine Arts form the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and Tuffs University in Boston Massachusetts. She is currently a co-owner and curator of MEME Gallery in Cambridge, Massachusetts
Myk Henry was a pioneer of the �immersionist� movement, which encouraged the public to touch art and discover their own creative abilities through experimentation.
In 1994 he moved to Geneva, Switzerland where he lived for 10 years and obtained a MFA from L'Ecole des Beaux Arts de Geneve (the school of visual arts) in 2002. He has won many of Switzerland�s top awards for contemporary art.
Mediums such as new media installation, sound sculpture, video and performance are used by Henry to engage the public and bring them to a heightened level of awareness about their own personal values and viewpoints. Provocation is used as a tool to jolt the spectator out of their normal comfort zone, which creates an arena where various political issues, social stigmas, and stereotypes are questioned.
His performance work often requires the participation of the public. Henry believes that it is important for both the artist and spectator to be directly involved in the questioning process. He is especially interested in the thin divide between public and private space and through his artwork investigates the gauge of this boundary.
The site of "Lumen" is located at Atlantic Salt 561 Richmond Terrace Staten Island, NY 10301.
Guided walks (an approximate 15 minutes walk) from the Ferry Terminal to Atlantic Salt will occur from 4pm-10:30pm to correspond with each in-coming ferry. The walks are artist-designed by the collaborative group Artist-Led and will explore some of the history surrounding Atlantic Salt (through public installations, actions, and give-aways).
Biking/Driving: Head west on Richmond Terrace from the Staten Island Ferry past the Richmond County Ballpark towards Jersey Street. 561 Richmond Terrace will be on your right, the intersection is with Lafayette Avenue.
Public Transportation: 1,R and W trains stop at Whitehall/South Ferry station in Manhattan and the 4 and 5 stop nearby at Bowling Green station. Take the FREE Staten Island Ferry and transfer to the S40 Bus on Ramp D, which will take you down Richmond Terrace to Lafayette Ave.
Staten Island Ferry Schedule: www.siferry.com/SIFerry_Schedules.aspx