VCS student Rachel Zaretsky has e-mailed me about Bystander, a performance by artist Liz Magic Laser that Rachel and VCS alumna Lucia Hinojosa are involved in. Bystander will take place at 8 pm this Thursday, March 27th though Saturday, March 29th at nonprofit art space The Kitchen, located at 512 West 19th Street in New York City.
Developed through a series of interviews with journalists and members of the public, Bystander stages an inverted dialogue between television news and its viewers. Professional newscasters, includingNY1’s Roger Clark, former WWOR-TV reporter Maria Trice and former KEYT-TV weatherman Jon Wright, will perform 2014 news highlights interwoven with the personal stories of New Yorkers collected from nearly a hundred interviews. Actors Lynn Berg, Audrey Crabtree, Annie Fox and Michael Wiener will contribute news reports as if they were voicing personal opinions. By re-contextualizing the television news scenario as theatrical dialogue, Laser lays bare the mechanisms at play in the presentation and reception of current events.
With this work, Laser re-imagines a television news broadcast that is filmed, edited and screened live as it is performed on stage. Laser conducted interviews and wrote the script for Bystander in collaboration with writer Sofia Pontén while both were in residence at the non-profit art space Recess in New York City. Both the Recess Session and the resulting performances at The Kitchen will be staged in a functioning television news studio.
Bystander was developed with and features television journalists and actors Lynn Berg, Roger Clark (NY1 reporter), Audrey Crabtree, Annie Fox, Maria Trice (former WWOR-TV reporter), Michael Wiener and Jon Wright (former KEYT-TV and WLBT-TV weather and news anchor).
Script written by Liz Magic Laser and Sofia Pontén based on nearly a hundred interviews conducted by the cast with members of the public at Recess in SoHo. Assistant Director: Sofia Pontén Technical Director: Irwin Seow Director of Photography: Laura Cooper Costume Stylist: Felicia Garcia-Rivera Research Assistants: Mimi Chiahemen, Lucia Hinojosa, Brian Mcelroy and Rachel Zaretsky
March 27–29, 8pm
Liz Magic Laser’s Bystander is produced in collaboration with Recess, and made possible with support from Joanne Leonhardt Cassullo and The Dorothea Leonhardt Fund at the Communities Foundation of Texas, Inc., Eileen & Michael Cohen, Michael I. Jacobs M.D., Joseph Varet & Esther Kim Varet, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, Joseph and Joan Cullman Foundation for the Arts, the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, and with public funds from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
To purchase tickets to Bystander, visit The Kitchen online. For more information, please contact The Kitchen at (212) 255-5793.
This Friday, March 21st from 6 to 8 pm, BravinLee programs in Chelsea will host the opening reception for “Dark Spring,” a solo exhibition of new works by VCS alumna Katie Armstrong. Here’s the show’s press release:
March 21-April 26, 2014
Opening reception: Friday March 21, 6-8 pm
BravinLee programs is very pleased to present Dark Spring, two new animations by Katie Armstrong.
Katie Armstrong uses traditional hand-drawn animation techniques to explore the interaction between popular culture and personal experience, creating a dialogue between internal and external worlds. Dark Spring is an immersive audio-visual installation, the result of Armstrong’s experience shifting between Berlin and New York during the autumn and winter months of 2013. The resulting two animations – Interlude, made during a three month residency in Germany, and Show me where it hurts, made upon returning back to America – draw heavily from this transitional moment in the artist’s life.
A version of Dark Spring recently opened at Eigen + Art Lab, Berlin Germany. One of Armstrong’s animations included in Dark Spring was produced during Armstrong’s residency at Axel Springer’s Plug & Play Accelerator in Berlin.
In the artist’s words: Interlude was created during my time as the artist-in-residence at Axel Springer’s Plug & Play Accelerator in Berlin. Sharing a space with burgeoning tech start-ups, my mind wandered again and again to my own relationship with technology, to the many habits and rituals I have when interacting with my electronic counterparts. I spent rainy autumn nights with the windows open, wrapped in sweaters, musing over the sensation of being alone in a city so different than the one I had traveled from. I relished the calmer pace and the fact that my iPhone no longer received service. At its root, Interlude is a tribute to the space that exists outside of one’s comfort zone; a toast to the wonderful strangeness of solitude in a very ‘connected’ world. Show me where it hurts came to fruition in the months that followed, upon my return to life in New York. It started as a knee-jerk reaction to settling back into American culture. I became quickly aware – and transfixed on – the flurry of media attention surrounding female pop singer, Miley Cyrus. A once well-loved child star, Cyrus has spent the past year aggressively shedding her former Disney persona in exchange for an independent, sexually charged identity. Though I’m no stranger to exploring pop songs in my work, what drew me to Cyrus wasn’t a sentimental attachment to her music – what interested me was the utter scrutiny with which critics and fans alike discussed the young woman’s decision to own and celebrate her sexually mature self, rather than repress it.
Katie Armstrong (b. 1988) lives and works in New York. She received her BFA in Visual and Critical Studies from the School of Visual Arts. This is her second solo show with BravinLee programs.
BravinLee programs is located at 526 West 26th Street #211 in New York. For more information about “Dark Spring,” you can contact the gallery by phone at 212-462-4404, or visit them online at bravinlee.com
VCS faulty member Eric Doeringer’s current exhibition “Paintings & Sculpture” at Mulherin & Pollard on the Lower East Side just received a wonderful review by New York Times art critic Roberta Smith. Here’s a brief quote:
In his latest exhibition, Mr. Doeringer redoes Andy Warhol’s series of 1965 Campbell’s soup cans, working in silk-screen and following as closely as possible to Warhol’s revised palette, which abandoned the classic red and white cans on white of 1962. This means hot, smartly paired combinations, like orange and brown, green and purple, and green and tomato red that anoint Warhol as the Josef Albers of Pop art. The results are beautifully made and solid-looking.
Eric teaches the course Contemporary Art New York for the Visual & Critical Studies department in the SVA Summer Pre-College program, which allows high school students to earn college credit and study art and design in much more depth than most high school art programs allow. Here is the new SVA catalog description for Eric’s course:
VCP-0201 Contemporary Art New York
New York City is known as the center of the art world. No other city can rival New York’s concentration of artists, cultural institutions, and creative energy. Using the city as our classroom, we will explore what it means to be an artist in the 21st century. Studio projects incorporating drawing, painting, sculpture, and photography will be augmented with visits to museums, galleries, and artists’ studios. Students will be encouraged to think creatively and to develop the personal and conceptual aspects of their artwork.
A more detailed description of the course is also available at the Visual & Critical Studies link in the Course Offerings section of the SVA Pre-College Summer Program webpage.