Performance & Installation
September 20-24th 2010 6:30pm every day
A Piece About…Shopping? is a performance by Kristina Skovby which explores the ordinary repetition of life, and conversely, the continuous challenges that individualize and energize the human experience. This tale is of a woman’s initially habitual visit to the mall, and the anomalous turn it takes when she meets with a stubborn shopping cart. The unexpected shift in the nature of this expedition invites a series of obstacles, success’s and failures.
Kristina Skovby is a performance artist from Denmark. She is a former student of the Martha Graham School, where she studied repertory with Pearl Lang. Her own work has previously been presented at Triskelion Arts Aldous Theater (Brooklyn), Gowanus Arts Building (Brooklyn), The Brecht Forum (New York City), The Martha Graham Center (New York City), The Merce Cunningham Studio (New York City) and in Spinvox Street Events in New York City and San Francisco. Skovby was recently involved in a production by InOktober at Here Arts Center (New York City), and is currently working with Nu Dance Theater in a site specific performance for the Botanical Garden on East 6th St in New York City.
Yeon Jin Kim
Curator: Joel Carreiro
October 7-29th 2010
All Intellectual Animals are Dangerous is a multi-media installation offering the viewer a more intimate experience than usually found with public art projects. The windows of the gallery will be whited-out except for several small apertures, which will reveal various room interiors constructed out of paper and graphite, depicting an array of characters and events. Like Hitchcock`s Rear Window, each opening will give the audience a glimpse into different lives, however in All Intellectual Animals are Dangerous some rooms are inhabited by animals, some by people and one by an enormous spider. They are all presided over by a giant “Alice in Wonderland” –like character. Several of the interiors are small and present intimate, three–dimensional static tableau, and in a scale jump, two of them open onto larger spaces with narrative video projections, which are made by filming paper and graphite models. Passers-by may experience the piece as a cross between the viewing holes cut in a construction wall and the window displays on Fifth Avenue at Christmas time. On the busy streets of mid-town, this piece provides a voyeuristic experience of a fantastic realm populated by unusual and anthropomorphic creatures, all governed by a dream logic.
Yeon Jin Kim was born in Seoul, Korea, receiving her BFA from Seoul National University and MFA from Hunter College. She has shown work at the Islip Art Museum (Long Island), the Anne Street Gallery (Newburgh NY), the Storefront Artists Project (Pittsfield, MA), the Catskill Art Society, and Times Square Gallery (New York City). Kim’s videos have been screened in Seoul, Egypt, Germany and New York City. She has recently completed residencies at Yaddo (Saratoga Springs NY), the Saltonstall Foundation (Ithaca NY), BRIC/BCAT (Brooklyn) and the Islip Art Museum. Kim is a recipient of awards from both the Tony Smith Fund and the Ahl Foundation, and is currently an artist in residence at Henry Street Settlement. She teaches at the Ashcan Studio in Manhattan.
Joel Carreiro is based in New York City and directs the MFA Program at Hunter College. As an independent curator he has organized exhibitions for the Rotunda Gallery (Brooklyn) the Rockland Center for the Arts (Rockland NY) and the Hopper House Art Center (Nyack NY), as well as the Leubsdorf Gallery at Hunter College, and the Intar Gallery (New York City). He currently has a solo exhibition at Fairfield University in Connecticut, which will travel next year to the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and then to Muehlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania. He is also currently co-curating, with Brett De Palma, an exhibition for the Catskill Art Society in Livingston Manor, New York, called Utopia and Wallpaper.
Eva Perrotta and Sophie Bortolussi
With e+i Architecture
November 8-26th 2010
Into Me See is a duet created by Nu dance Theater (Perrotta and Bortolussi) in collaboration with the architects Eva Perez De Vega Steele and Ian Gordon. Trying to reconnect with themselves and each other, two women face their own shadows in order to find intimacy. Tearing apart the many layers resisting vulnerability, together they travel through an invisible crowd of unspoken beliefs and opinions. The fish bowl environment of The LAB offers an inherent and incredibly rich tension to the exploration of intimacy. How to transgress the unspoken, publicly and openly, without only provoking, but more importantly going beyond our stigma of sexuality and gender differentiations.
Eva Perrotta, originally from France, first studied theater before focusing on her dance training in Paris, Buenos Aires and New York. She performed for several years with various choreographers and directors in France, Argentina, and the United States. She founded Nu Dance Theater in 2005 and since then her work has been presented in more than 50 venues throughout the Unites States. Recently, she was commissioned to choreograph for the Martha Graham Young Artist Program and was produced by Triskelion Arts Theater (Brooklyn), among others. Following the success of Hinterland, a Site Specific performance exclusively created in 2009 for a former synagogue renovated into a four story house, Nu Dance Theater has been invited to create a new site specific work for the Botanical Garden on East 6th St in New York City.
Sophie Bortolussi was born in France where she started her training in modern, contemporary and improvisational dance. In 2002, Sophie received a grant from the French Ministry Of Culture and Communication and a full scholarship from The Martha Graham Center of Contemporary Dance in New York. In 2004, Sophie became a member of the Martha Graham Company and since 2005, Sophie has been working with the director and choreographer Martha Clarke, on multiple projects, including Kaos, Garden of Earthly Delights and Angel Reapers. She has also performed with AMDaT and Drastic Action/ Aviva Geismar. Sophie is a founding member of Nu Dance Theater. She became choreographer Assistant for Nu Dance Theater in 2007 and Artistic Associate of Nu Dance Theater in 2009.
Verónica Peña/Curator: Creighton Michael
December 10-31th 2010
Without Name is a reconstruction of an ephemeral installation/performance created in 2008 in response to the loss of the artist’s father. In order to feel closer to him, Verónica Peña creates the world of the absent, and transforms herself into one of them. Her work is inspired by her desire to experience the union between the absent and the present. For Without Name, Peña will cover the gallery with a thin layer of plastic and, thinking of the garage where her father died, she will paint red over the plastic. The artist will cross the room with strings from wall to wall. Using the strings, she will build a sculptural group evoking an encounter, and arrange and rearrange masses of paper until the sculptures convey a presence. Covered in a skin of plastic and paint, Peña will sit or stand in a corner, a living sculpture, numb for hours. When performing, she cannot see, only hear. Hearing is the last sense we lose when we are dying… she will build the space and wait for her father to come.
Verónica Peña is an interdisciplinary artist from Spain, currently living and working in New York City. She received her BFA in Painting from The Polytechnic University of Valencia (Spain) and her MFA from Stony Brook University (New York) with a focus on installation/performance and video. Peña’s work has been exhibited in Spain, Italy, and the United States. In New York her work has been featured in “Spain In The City” at the Armory Show 2010 (Gabarron Foundation), in “A Book About Death” at the Queens Museum of Art, in the “13th DUMBO Art Under The Bridge Festival” at the DUMBO Arts Center and The Parrish Art Museum (Long Island). In Spain, her work has been exhibited at Casa de America (Madrid), Fundacion Antonio Saura (Cuenca), Museo Orus (Zaragoza), Fundacion Caja Rioja (La Rioja), and The Polytechnic University of Valencia (Valencia). Peña has been a recipient of the Socrates-Erasmus Grant, the Juan Genoves Universidad Complutense de Madrid Fellowship, and a candidate for the Dedalus Foundation Grant. She has recently published The Presence Of The Absent, a thesis about her body of work.
Creighton Michael received his MA in art history from Vanderbilt University and a MFA in painting and multimedia from Washington University in St. Louis. He is a recipient of a Pollack Krasner Foundation grant, a New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship in sculpture and a Golden Foundation for the Arts award in painting. His work is in various public and private collections including the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., Brooklyn Museum, and Denver Art Museum. Michael has had solo exhibitions at numerous galleries and art centers in New York City and throughout the United States, including The High Museum of Art (Atlanta); Katonah Museum of Art (Katonah NY) and the Queens Museum of Art at Bulova Corporate Center (Queens NY). He has also shown internationally, in Copenhagen, Montreal and Reykjavík. In the November 2010, Tangible Marking: The Dimensional Drawings of Creighton Michael, will be on view at The College of Saint Rose (Albany New York) Michael has been a Visiting Assistant Professor of Art at Hunter College, New York City since 2005 and is a member of American Abstract Artists and the International Sculpture Center, where he was recently elected to the Board of Directors.
The LAB (for installation + performance art) is a New York based, converted storefront turned fishbowl producing 30+ fast paced performance art and installation exhibitions annually. Aimed at furious midtown foot traffic, The LAB’s programming is designed to confront modern relationships between art and audience and seeks to force interaction between high energy, “outrospective” exhibitions and nearly 25,000 daily passersby. THE LAB is located on the North East corner of 47th and Lex and is a Roger Smith Collaboration in Art. www.thelabgallery.com
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