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Lecture: Nina Isabelle / Music: Erik Hokanson, Evan Pritchard, Andrea Maddox, Hands Tander / Ritual: Dragonfly / Performances: Alan Tod, Alex Romania, Stacy Lynn Smith, WAAS
OPTIMISTICnihilism at Grace Exhibition Space!!
LIVE STREAM HERE:: https://www.grace-exhibition-space.com/graceStreamingPerformance.php
8-9 pm Lecture by Nina Isabelle [Hurley, NY]
9-9:30 Acoustic Music by Evan Pritchard, Erik Hokanson, Andrea Maddox & Hands Tander [Rosendale, NY]
9:30-9:45 Opening Ritual by Robin LaVerne Wilson Draginfly [Brooklyn]
9:45-11:00 Performances: Alan Tod [Portugal/France] Alex Romania [Brooklyn, NY] Stacy Lynn Smith [Brooklyn, NY]
OPENING LECTURE 8-9 pm
NINA ISABELLE [HURLEY, NY] The Superfund-Revisioing Project: a Format for Engaging with Creative Actions as a Way to fix the fut
The Superfund Re-Visioning Project is an experimental artistic process that aims to transform contaminated industrial sites recognized by The United States Government as Superfund Sites. In New York State there are one hundred and seventeen Superfund Sites. This project focuses on transforming and energetically remediating those sites by redirecting potential energy toward alternate futures using combinations of creative actions including site specific performance and sound explorations, sculpture, writing, and visual art including drawing, painting, photography, and video.
NINA ISABELLE is a conceptual and process-based multidisciplinary artist. Isabelle creates situations that challenge perception, cognition, and language to inform and align impulse with intention and action. Her work moves toward new and beneficial individual and collective trajectories of belief, possibility, and understanding. She has been exhibiting and organizing physical and conceptual work for over twenty five years. Her work has been presented and published nationally and internationally by both artist-run and institutional organizations alike.
MUSIC 9-9:30 pm Acoustic Guitar, Over the Rainbow & more. Celebrating Nature & Musical Communities
EVAN PRITCHARD, ERIK HOKANSON, ANDREA MADDOX with HANDS TANDER
EVAN PRITCHARD a descendant of the Micmac people (part of the Algonquin nations) is the founder of The Center for Algonquin Culture, and is a former Professor of Native American history at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York. He is the author of Native New Yorkers, The Legacy of the Algonquin People of New York.He is also the author of the widely praised No Word For Time, the Way of the Algonquin People, and many other books, including an Algonkian language series. http://www.algonquinculture.org
ERIK HOKANSON 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. https://www.facebook.com/erik.hokanson
ANDREA MADDOX with HANDS TANDER Andrea Maddox is a singer/songwriter who grew up in Tennessee, playing and singing country and bluegrass. She has performed throughout NYC, in New Orleans at the All Star Country Jamboree, The Beverly and BSP in Kingston, NY and performs regularly throughout the NY Hudson Valley. She brings her own original sultry southern-rock style to her songs of sex, love and longing, all performed with a twisted heart and a wink in her eye. https://www.reverbnation.com/andreamaddox
OPENING RITUAL FOR MAY 9:30-9:45
ROBIN LAVERNE WILSON AKA DRAGONFLY [BROOKLYN, NY]
Dragonfly aka Robin LaVerne Wilson is a multidisciplinary life artist, activist and educator. She is a deaconess of Rev. Billy's Church of Stop Shopping, an ecosex collaborator with Annie Sprinkle and Beth Stephens, and an MA in Applied Theatre candidate at CUNY School of Professional Studies. She intends to learn how to swim one day because water is as essential to life as is art.
IG: dragonflyness www.dragonflyness.com
PERFORMANCES 9:45 - 10:30
ALAN TOD [PORTUGAL/FRANCE]
Born in 1977, Alan Tod is the artistic name of Julien Isoré. Julien began painting at age 10 and was interested in biology and the history of art. At the age of 24, after a Master's Degree in Public Law and a post-degree in comparative intellectual property. Julien works for the National French media in entertainment as an artistic collaborator. At the age of 28, Julien Isoré opened his first painting studio in Paris and launched his first work of Total art: the international advertising campaign for love (LOVE: artforlove.fr). In 2007, he joined the School of Fine Arts in Lisbon (cieba) with his project: "Comparative LAB " in collaboration with the School of Medicine of Lisbon and the School of Sociology of the “Imaginaire”of the University of La Sorbonne.
He produces and organizes international exhibitions, collective performances, published articles and festivals on the theme of the collective imaginary and its relationship with art. He is particularly interested in the process of building new cultures and finding new spirit of art.
Since 2014, Julien Isoré is called Alan Tod, a forest-artist and has been proposing the FOREST ART (FOREST IS ART). Alan is collaborating with the biologist Fernando Souza (Bazel, Switzerland) and with the artist Marta de Menezes (Lisbon, PT) to develop bio-arte works and with Alex Romania to develop the Forest-Embassy performance since 2020. Alan prepares a PhD on forest-art involving culture and global warming with the University of Porto since 2019.
LES: GES & Perma-Culture is made possible in part with public funds from
Creative Engagement, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural
Affairs in partnership with the City Council and administered by LMCC.
ALEX ROMANIA [BROOKLYN, NY]
Alex Romania makes multidisciplinary work at the crux of expansive task and deteriorating form, investigating bodies of cultural debris amidst the invisible everyday and toxic ingestions, consuming, purging, and breaking apart. Romania’s work delves into spaces of the unimaginable, staring into the unknown to consider a crude and splendid humanity, embracing the unruly to liberate the governed body.
Based in NYC, Romania has presented work and taught internationally at venues such as Sub Rosa (Athens, Greece), Abrons Arts Center (NYC), Brooklyn Studios for Dance (NYC), Huerto Roma Verde (DF, Mexico), Human Resources (Los Angeles), Encuentro (Lima, Peru), UV Estudios (Buenos Aires, Argentina), the Pillsbury House (Minneapolis), and el Museo del Arte Contemporáneo (Lima, Peru). As a performer, Romania has worked with artists such as Kathy Westwater, Catherine Galasso, Andy de Groat, Eddie Peake, Simone Forti, Michele Beck, and has designed video and objects for multiple works by Antonio Ramos at venues such as High Line Arts and the Chocolate Factory Theater. Romania is a 2018-2020 Movement Research Artist in Resident. Romania looks forward to presenting a trilogy of works in 2023 which will include two recently premiered works ‘KLUTZ’ and ‘‘junkhead’, in addition to a newly commissioned work.
STACY LYNN SMITH [BROOKLYN, NY] RECKONING
Stacy Lynn Smith is a neurodivergent, biracial/Black dancer/performance artist with specialization in butoh, contemporary dance and experimental theater, creating work through a unique lens of “other”. Smith enjoys collaborating as performer/improviser, director and choreographer across disciplines and genres with an array of talented artists including: rhythmanalyst, DeForrest Brown Jr., vocal/performance artist, Anna Homler, choreographer/founder of New Dance Alliance, Karen Bernard, experimental theater company, Saints of an Unnamed Country, surfer/fashion designer, Thaddeus O’Neil and director/filmmaker, Josephine Decker. Member of artist/activist cohort, Body Politic.
Smith recently collaborated on “Revision Suite”, a site-specific meditation on architectural violence, worship and spiritual labor in response to the hidden “Slave Galleries” of St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church and developed first iterations of solo series, “Crybaby”, which processes and maps personal experiences within the “cages” of mental illness, trauma, grief, abuse and the identity of invisibility, marginalization and “otherness” within the safety of assorted totems of the dead.
Most recently in collaborative process with Jasmine Hearn, Donna Costello, Alex Romania, Rakia Seaborn, Jill Sigman/thinkdance and Kathy Westwater. Principal butoh dancer/company teacher with Vangeline Theater from 2008-2017. Main muse/collaborator of writer/director Michael Freeman from 2010-2016. Venues: MoMA PS1, 92StY, Princeton University, New York Live Arts, Danspace, Gibney, Art Basel Miami, Brooklyn Museum, Milk Studios, Dance Mission Theater (CA), Centre Culturel Bertin Poiree (FR) and more. Selected by Eva Yaa Asantewaa as part of curatorial board producing Black Womxn Summit at Gibney in Spring 2020. Smith was awarded a 2020 Queens Arts Fund (QAF) New Work Grant, a Howl Emergency Grant via the Actor’s Fund (Oct. 2019) and a Max’s Kansas City Project Emergency Grant (Oct. 2019).
THE WOMENS ART ACTIVATION SYSTEM [STROUD, GLOUCESTERSHIRE, UK] The Bureau for The Validation of Art
The WAAS is a women’s art collective based in Stroud, Gloucestershire but with an international remit. WAAS exists in order to activate women’s art. This includes activating the art of its members and also to create models and systems that can be used by others to activate their own or other women’s art. We work as a duo, Sharon Bennett and Sarah Dixon. We have been creating live art, participatory and socially engaged works together since 2018.
Sharon Bennett is a socially engaged artist and collaborator. Working with communities, artists or family and friends, her work blurs the boundaries between traditional positions of artist, artwork and audience. Bennett’s practice opens up a space where participants can meet, play, and be generous or share in generosity. In 2018 and 2019 Bennett was Artist in Residence at Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth. She has been interviewed by AN for their Artist Resource series and she is a recipient of their 2020 artist bursary award.
Bennett is co-founder of The Women’s Art Activation System with Sarah Dixon; of Croshare with Tom Jeram-West; and of Bennett and McDermott with Dan McDermott.
www.sharonbennett.net www.croshare.art www.bennettandmcdermott.com
Sarah Dixon is a socially-engaged artist using a wide range of platforms and media to create participatory works. A founding member of the WAAS, her work explores how rituals and customs affect us and how we can update and modify them to give different experiences in the world. Her work has been shown at the ICA, Oblong Gallery and on a cyberbus in Moscow. Residencies include Gloucester Library (2017) and Artist in Residence in Motherhood in 2016. Dixon is a recipient of an a-n mentoring award, and has been shortlisted for a-n and Jerwood Bursaries.
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Grace, n. - simple elegance or refinement of movement
Grace Period - an extended period granted as a special favor
The Three Graces (Greek Mythology) - charm, grace, and beauty
Opened in 2006, Grace Exhibition Space is devoted exclusively to Performance Art. We offer an opportunity to experience visceral and challenging works by the current generation of international performance artists whether emerging, mid-career or established. Our events are presented on the floor, not on a stage, dissolving the boundary between artist and viewer. This is how performance art is meant to be experienced and our mission is the glorification of performance art.
Grace Exhibition Space presents over 30 curated live performance art exhibitions each year, showcasing new work by more than 400 performance artists from across the United States and the world since 2006.
Grace Exhibition Space for International Performance Art Space IRS tax-exempt 501(c)3 status in 2015.
Grace Exhibition Space follows the We Have a Voice Collectives Code of Conduct to Promote Safe(r) Workplaces in the Performing Arts For more information and resources, visit: www.wehavevoice.org