Performance Here, There and on the Internets

by Margaret Meehan April 28, 2012

There is so much going on with the Fusebox festival here in Austin. Glasstire contributor Katie Geha did a great interview with founder Ron Berry that you can read here and you can check the schedule of events out for yourself here. In addition I’d  like to give a plug to a few things that I’m excited about and follow them up with a few videos for your viewing pleasure.

Tamy Ben-Tor The Dance of the Albino Rat, 2006 Performance, Stux Gallery.

Writer, curator, artist and (full disclosure, my husband) Noah Simblist, has invited performance artist, Tamy Ben-Tor to testsite. On view will be the  video-performance, Time and Space, which features a monologue delivered by a fictional artist that describes her work, her process and her career. It opens this coming Saturday May 5th 5-7pm. I’ve been following her career for a while since I first saw her work in the exhibition Neo Sincerity: The Difference Between the Comic and the Cosmic is a Single Letter at Apex Art back in 2006. That was an amazing exhibition I wish I could see again. You can download the brochure and press release here. Gallery hours for testsite will be on Thursdays from 6-8pm or by appointment for the run of this exhibition.

Tamy Ben Tor- Gewald, 2008:

Also of note at Lora Reynolds Gallery, LA transplant and current Director Hilary Graves has brought together some interesting artists for their recent exhibition, This Is It With It As It Is. Participating artists Dashiell Manley, Math Bass and Barry MacGregor Johnston will also be performing in conjunction with the Fusebox Festival on Friday, May 4th. Dashiell Manley starts at 7pm and Math Bass at 7:15 pm at Lora Reynolds Gallery. On Saturday, May 5th Barry MacGregor Johnston will be at the Fusebox Festival Hub, 1100 East 5th Street and goes on at 7pm.

Math Bass, performance still, 2011.

Some things not happening in Austin but on my radar as a result of the pinkness shown in the performative images above are as follows…

Former Austine and now New Yorker Jill Pangallo:

Pipolotti Rist

Greta Alfaro (Be patient with this one and enjoy.)

I discovered Andrew Kerton’s work when I was a juror for a residency. Needless to say he got in:

Artist Brian Bess was originally commissioned to make this video, for OK GO’s Television, to be screened during their live shows:

And to honor the passing of David Weiss, of Fischli and Weiss, I’ll end with one that isn’t so much pink as it is subversively playful like the work above. It is one of the first pieces I saw as an undergraduate that got my heart and my brain racing and expanded my notions of what art could be. The Way Things Go (1987) captures an over the top self-destructing domino-like performance. One hundred feet of physical interactions, chemical reactions, and an artfully controlled potential for mayhem. Rest in Peace David Weiss and thank you for the ambition, intelligence and humor that I continue to pass on through your work each time I show this to my own students.

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Kristen Cochran May 1, 2012 - 15:13

so good Margaret, so good! Thank you!


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