AN ELUSIVE SENSE OF INTIMACY:
Peter Baren [The Netherlands]
Sebastian Hau-Walker [UK/NewWorld]
Elinor Famutimi [USA]
Erik Hokanson [USA]
Mongkol Plienbangchang [Thailand]
- Curated by Jill McDermid [USA]
PETER BAREN [Netherlands]
During Currency 2004, an International Festival of Contemporary Performance in New York, Peter Baren started an ongoing series of performances entitled ARK ( ), that has continued to evolve and change shape over time. Baren's practice uses the public assumptions of performance - the promise of drama, duration and theatricality - to evoke a disquieting sense of primordial mystery, public yearning, fear and cultural reformation. Blending props common to show business (fog machines, aural moodscapes and nearly nude performers) with cross-cultural signifiers (Aboriginal boomerangs, Palestinian scarves, Japanese toys), Baren's work creates a site of what photographer and art critic Kristoff Steinruck dubbed -radical mystical fundamentalism- (LIVE Biennial, Vancouver. Helen Pitt Gallery) - Lance Blomgren
It cannot and should not be that the spectators leave the location unmoved. A performance by Peter Baren is not a spectacle, but an emotional experience - Rob Perree
MONGKOL PLIENBANGCHANG [Thailand]
Coming from Thailand, a country overwhelmed by chaos with radical demonstrations against the government happening on a regular basis, his performances deal with the political sphere of Thai politics and Global situations. His performances are intense, as he has always been involved in the Arts and in the political social movements of Thailand.
Mongkol is a painter, poet and performance artist from Thailand who has performed since 1995 and is part of the ASIATOPIA International Festival of Performance Art committee He has published 2 books of his drawings and poems Inner & Outer and The Man Number Zero. He has performed in many performance art events & festivals, in Thailand and around Asia.
ERIK HOKANSON [USA]
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 is 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 do not know what will eat the sun. Then it will likely become cold and dark. I take comfort in this. I like natural states.Erik Hokanson:
My People have been displaced, dismembered and are disappearing. I carry their hopes their fears their trials their memories their future their past their present. We are tense. We are arriving. We have arrived. From an Old World into ANewWorld. You are My People. You want to enter into A NewWorld. You have arrived. You are arriving. You must be Examined before you can Enter. My performance; to Examine. For my performance; a riddle: Friday this weekend I will give an experience every New Yorker has had but that no New Yorker remembers. Please follow all instructions. Please form a line. A Single File.This is a NewWorld Announcement.
ELINOR FAMUTIMI [USA]
ALL OF ME IS YOURS
One can map the path of societal gazes, and we adhere to the sanctity of those gazes: be they financial, familial, career-oriented, or influenced by entertainment and other media outlets. This becomes akin to religious worship, as we live within the constructs of a force we give power. It also becomes begins to trespass upon notions of servitude, as breaking the pattern of seeking approval can be more difficult than relinquishing one's own sense of self.
ELINOR FAMUTIMI is an active installation artist, painter, and budding performance artist in New York City. A Washington, D.C. native and current resident of Bushwick, Brooklyn, she yearns to understand her society's need to be loved. She strives to create work that forces viewers to question the physical and social contours of their environment. Since her 2007 graduation from Tisch School of the Arts she has traveled internationally as a flight attendant and taught art and theater at a tri-lingual day school: Elinor looks to her shifting contexts to create the sense of "other" in her work, thereby pushing her audience to linger in the possibility of a world outside their own.
GRACE EXHIBITION SPACE
Grace Exhibtion Space opened in 2006 dedicated to the exhibiting of performance art.
We show the best performance art in the world today, from established, mid-career and emerging artists.
Grace Exhibition Space is Co-Directed by Jill McDermid and Erik Hokanson, who are active in the international scene for performance art as artists, directors and curators.