Public Communication: Performing Knowledge of the Body is an exhibition of seven contemporary artists who work in different regions of the world. Through live performance, photography and video, the featured artists communicate an array of current issues that limit and confine the body. Each artist uses a body or their body to publicly exceed limitations and confinements inherent in culture, politics or society at large.
Public Communication culls together unique methodologies ranging from post-traumatic stress disorder therapy to re-performing a historical movie scene that took place in the Munich Zoo. The highly psychological performances survey a movement within contemporary art, where current oppressions are exhausted to locate knowledge of the body. The artists participating in the exhibition include Jessica Borusky, Melanie Gilligan, Sarah Hill, Katherine Hubbard + MPA, Autumn Knight and Katharina Swoboda.
Public Communication is co-curated by Max Fields and Joe Joe Orangias. Accompanying the exhibition is a limited edition 60 page color catalog designed by Texas-based designer Amanda Thomas. The catalog extends Public Communication through essays and images by the artists, curators and additional contributors from America, Europe and New Zealand. The catalog will be made available for sale at BLUEorange and on splx.org for $15.
Opening Reception - Jan. 23, 6-9 p.m.
Celebrate the opening of Public Communication: Performing Knowledge of the Body and enjoy freshly made cocktails and light bites. At 7:30 p.m., artist Sarah Hill will perform the work They Wonder in the gallery.
Sarah Hill performs They Wonder - Jan. 23, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
In the artist's words, "I hand crafted my own version of a Wonder Woman costume. During the performance They Wonder, I repeatedly spin around and around in circles until I fall down. I am interested in the repetitive action of spinning and getting no-where, falling down and getting back up. This specific action of spinning comes from Dara Birnbaum piece Technology/Transformation: Wonder Woman (1978). Birnbaum has wonder woman spin around and around. They Wonder goes against the populist template of art as a form of leisure or entertainment. I am not a blockbuster artist."
Lecture: Jessica Borusky - Jan. 24, 2 p.m.
Moderated by co-curators Max Fields and Joe Joe Orangias, artist Jessica Borusky will discuss her work featured in Public Communication and speak on the conceptual content found in this exhibition as it relates to her practice's over arching narrative.
Curator's Tour - Jan. 27, 7:30 p.m.
Join co-curator Max Fields for a tour of Public Communication: Performing Knowledge of the Body.
Performance: Zahira Gutierrez (Wild Moccasins) - Feb. 20, 8:30 p.m.
Zahira Gutierrez of Wild Moccasins performs solo inside the Public Communication gallery space. Tickets are $5 online at splx.org or at the door. (All ages welcome) .
Closing Reception - Feb. 27, 6-9 p.m.
Join the organizers of the exhibition for the closing of Public Communication and celebrate the exhibition over drinks and light bites.
BLUEorange Contemporary Art Gallery
1208 W. Gray St.
Houston, TX 77019
Admission is free; performance by Zahira Gutierrez is $5.
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