Washington DC performance artists Eleanor Barba, Adrian Parsons, Kunj Patel. Curated by Eames Armstrong.
Control. The curatorial strategy traces the limits of the work, laying out a border to be filled, met, contested. The impulse of the artist to organize actions. Parameters, limits, and shifting positions of power. The responsibility of the curator in the production of performance. To curate. To collaborate. To let go. Cyclical: performing, programming, interpretation and imposition. Three invited artists are given the constraint/freedom to make work that employs the curator.
Interdisciplinary curator Eames Armstrong works tirelessly to promote and create a community of performance art in the Washington, DC area. Eames writes the blog DC Performance Art, the only blog dedicated to the subject, and she programs Soapbox at Hillyer Art Space, the only monthly performance art series in DC. Eames is curating the Supernova Performance Art Festival, taking place June 7-9 in Rosslyn, VA. Eames received her BFA from The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in 2010. She is a featured artist in Transformer’s FlatFile, and makes at the historic 52 O Street Artist Studios. “If the D.C. art scene had an assistant principal, it would be Eames Armstrong.” -Kriston Capps, Washington City PaperEames Armstrong:
Interdisciplinary artist Eleanor Barba grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia, PA. She attended the Corcoran College of Art + Design in Washington, DC where she started taking off her clothes and making performance art. Her work revolves around the overwhelming idea of being sexually active in the 21st century. The tragedy of hook up culture can be traced back to hilarity. Eleanor's performances often uses text and her half-naked body to evoke the idea I'm naked but I don't want to turn you on. Eleanor has performed at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Hillyer Art Space and Art@1830 in DC. She currently lives, works and gets regularly checked for STDs in Philadelphia.Eleanor Barba:
Interdisciplinary artist Kunj Patel’s roles are defined by activities in printmaking, sculpture, performance art, installation and curation. Kunj uses repetitive actions and ritualized behavior to portray the unstable identity that spawns from life as a first-generation American. He uses traditional Indian materials in American mannerisms or vice-versa. He explores the tense nature that may result, and the ideas of being stuck in this situation of no-identity or new-identity. Through repetitive action, he builds gestural, and visceral forms inspired by the human body within a cultural context. His works have an undertone of sensuality, fetishism, and play, while engaging the audience in an array of emotions through interaction or un-comfort.Kunj Patel:
Interdisciplinary artist Adrian Parsons is an activist and performance artist whose work is based on aiding or subverting the body and its provocative interactions with systems. Parsons has shown at The Fridge, Flashpoint, NYC’s Dorian Grey and The Warehouse in an offshoot of the DC Arts Fair. His continuing Drone series began as an imagined post-apocalypse–through a POV helmet channeling the gaze of (yet another) curator–atop the Gansvoort Hotel roof during Art Basel Miami Beach in 2009. He has collaborated with SUNY Buffalo’s Matt Sargent in sound & video offerings and more recently founded the performance art team Kool Raunch Collective with dancer Sebastian Rousseau of Korzo Theater Den Haag. Last year he gained international attention for a twenty-five day hunger strike promoting DC voting rights. http://dntstop.us/Adrian Parsons:
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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/
"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)
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