E /\/ C O U /\/ T E R S
Curated by: Vera Petukhova
Artists: Angelina Dreem, Richard Kennedy, Whitney Vangrin + Minho Nukem, Jaimie Warren
Location: Pfizer Building, 630 Flushing Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11206
Opening reception: Friday, April 21, 2017, 6-9 pm, with live performances
Exhibition dates: April 21-May 14, 2017
To schedule an appointment to view the exhibition, please contact Vera Petukhova at firstname.lastname@example.org .
MA Curatorial Practice at the School of Visual Arts is pleased to present
E /\/ C O U/\/T E R S, a stage for the work of four artists whose practices are centered around performance. Angelina Dreem, Richard Kennedy, Whitney Vangrin + Minho Nukem and Jaimie Warren will perform new works in this exhibition/arena/zone that will be activated through their unique presences.
The focus of the exhibition will be notions of “alien-ness” and how that can be made manifest through various subjectivities via live performance. These different investigations of the alien come into play through fictive narratives, psychological alienation, as well as Brechtian notions surrounding the critical space between audience and performer that disturb, disrupt or alienate.
The alien within the context of E /\/ C O U /\/ T E R S exists as a point of empowerment and radicality, exploring the range of possibilities that are enabled by the action of the performance artist. Whether it be a mood, narrative, simulation of a situation, establishing a power dynamic, a role reversal, or the channeling of an archetype or character, the arena for performance becomes a space for negotiation and apprehension.
Image: Whitney Vangrin, “Mother of Vinegar” (performance still), 2016. Image courtesy of Christopher Andrew McDonald.