Psycho-Geography: Performances by Peter Grzybowski, Rosabelle Selavy, Daniel Deluca, Peter Dobill, Thomas Albrecht and PREACH R SUN
Friday, May 31
Doors 9:00 Performances 9:30-11:00 pm
Rosabelle Selavy [NYC]
Rosabelle is a performance and burlesque artist: “When I was 13 I lived really close to to Disneyworld and went every weekend. I think I’ve been inspired creatively from being in this weird place where there are always mermaids, fairies and mascots. I grew up thinking I could be a mermaid or some other make believe character like my gorillas. I think the fairy tales inspired me but it’s more real to me if I could make it go wrong somehow . . . more perverted than I think fairly tales really are. Burlesque has allowed me to do that”
I am committed to the idea that an ‘artwork’ can be a process that encompasses many different phases and forms. As a result I consider my work to be project based and concept oriented. The major elements in my work are live actions, context specificity, photography, and appropriated materials. Currently, I'm exploring structures and concepts related to globalizing culture, art, and language.
The actions that result tend to present impressions and ask questions more than they make statements or grand gestures. I prefer the subtle to the overt and the contemplative over the spectacle.
Born in New Zealand, Peter Dobill is a Brooklyn, NY based artist. He received his BFA from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2004 in addition to receiving the 2008-2009 Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance Art Grant.
His work focuses on the body in actions. In these actions, mental and physical planes of existence are created, establishing autonomy within the limits of his endurance, physical movement, and structure. With his body, he alters and constructs his vessel of experience, intrinsically connecting and emptying himself to a singular moment and time. During these moments he can then seek to communicate, focusing on the energy exchanged between the viewer and his self.
Thomas Albrecht [New York]
Thomas Albrecht lives and works in New Paltz, New York, located in the Hudson Valley just west of the North River that runs south to New York City. His artworks include wall drawings that record passages of time through accumulations of mark; paintings that negotiate the remnants of human agency without picturing actual figures; and performances on city sidewalks that explore ritual and language in public spaces. He has exhibited at the Frye Art Museum, Elaine L. Jacob Gallery in Detroit, Yale Institute of Sacred Music, and the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine in New York. In addition, he has initiated unscheduled interventions on sidewalks in multiple U.S. cities; his interactions with local police have been few. He is an assistant professor of art at the State University of New York at New Paltz, where he serves as coordinator for first-year studies. He has lectured on topics ranging from teaching pedagogy, ritual and performance, and contemporary visual practices in venues such as the School of Visual Arts, the College Art Association, and the International Society for Religion, Literature and Culture in Stirling, Scotland. He served as the Menil Scholar at the Yale Institute of Sacred Music and was selected as a Faculty Fellow for the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities. He received his BFA from Rhode Island School of Design, a Master of Arts in Religion at Yale, and his MFA from the University of Washington in Seattle.
Born in Kraków, Poland, performance, multimedia artist and painter. Since the eighties has completed number of performances, individual and group shows, installations and multimedia works presented worldwide. Currently he creates multimedia performances and installations, in which he uses projection, audio, lighting and live action synchronized by computer. He regards his performance works as multimedia compositions in which he connects techniques belonging to various genres. The content of his performances is usually based on the elements from the surrounding reality. He uses video, photography, television and internet content and combines them with dramatic effects like shattering glass, light bulbs or computer monitors.
Peter Grzybowski! www.grzybowski.org
PREACH R SUN
The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.~ Albert Camus
i am ONEMAN...escape slave, iconoclastic dissolute, lone dissenter, trickster and consummate builder!
are they ours; do we own them? Have we created and defined them or have they merely been manufactured for us?
do they actually exist, are they figments of our imagination? Are we, in fact just like the pathetic prisoners shackled in Plato's cave, sitting in complete darkness staring at the phantasmagoric shadows of dancing puppets cast on a wall before us by mysterious and nefariously deceptive puppeteers?
have we ever really known them? Were they systematically deracinated and effaced from our memory? Are they ancient artifacts that lie buried deep beneath the decaying rubble of our blissful ignorance? Perhaps they too, like those distant stars that are shrouded from view beneath the shadowy blanket of big city lights, remain out of reach and elusively hidden from us?
what and where, exactly, is the human connection? Can you FEEL...are you FREE...can we still RE-MEMBER
Preach R Sun: www.facebook.com/preachrsun?fref=ts
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. We believe this is how performance art is meant to be experienced.
"There is no designated stage area, blurring the line between audience and performer, and seating is sparse, as participating in the performance is encouraged. The unknown terrifies you, and yet something, maybe this very feeling, pushes you inside. Welcome to Grace Exhibition Space." Terri Ciccoe. Bushwick Daily January, 2013