Glasshouse presents live art, performance forensics, and multileveled multimedia installation as part of Williamsburg After Hours, the Williamsburg arm of this year’s Armory Show.
For <aftermath> curators Lital Dotan and Eyal Perry expose process and purpose in the construction of installation, painting, and video: for 24 hours, artists Quinn Dukes, Esther Neff (with ivy Castellanos), and Lital Dotan perform live. Visitors to the gallery the following evening during Williamsburg After Hours find beautiful wreckage, the indices of fury and focus, and freshly made objects still warm from the friction.
Quinn Dukes writes: "Reflections for Guanabara Bay, continues my performance investigation and response to the murders and demolition throughout Brazil. This investigation began at the Lumen Video and Performance Festival (June 2011) in immediate response to the assassination of impoverished farmer and land owner, Obede Loyla Souza. An estimated 1200 environmental activists have been the unjust victims to murder in the pursuit of privatized greed. This multi-media performance intended to honor the commitment of formerly slain activists and to expose the extreme instability of Brazil's natural resources."
Esther Neff will work with malleable substances such as paraffin, clay, and balsa wood to construct a sculptural environment charting the ways survival within dominant schemas of capitalism and chaos are sought. She is collaborating with Ivy Castellanos.
Quinn Dukes is a multimedia performance artist based in Brooklyn, NY. Her work addresses environmental disasters, ritual and social injustice. Past durational actions have included siphoning and expelling sugary liquids through plants, sorting thousands of mono-filament strands entangled within sapling roots and regurgitating the contents of oranges retracted from the Hudson River. Dukes has performed in galleries and festivals across the country including Fountain Miami, Fountain New York, Bushwick Open Studios, Lumen International Video & Performance Festival and Wassaic Festival. She frequently performs with Grace Exhibition Space (NY) and has received recent reviews in Flash Art, NY Arts Magazine and WhiteWall Magazine. Dukes has also written for blogs: Art in New York City and Art in Brooklyn. She is an active advocate for higher education, human equality, environmental sustainability and preservation.
Esther Neff is the founder and co-director of the Panoply Performance Laboratory (PPL), a space on 104 Meserole and a flexible collective organized with Brian McCorkle to make durational and collaborative performance art operas. Framing performance as acts of theorization, Neff's performances realize social and relational structures, involve analogic use of found materials, and emphasize conflicts between the material body and its cognizing selfhood(s). She has most recently performed at Culture Fix, IV Soldiers Gallery, Fitness Center for Arts and Tactics, Gowanus Ballroom, and Glasshouse Gallery in NYC, in Chicago at Defibrillator Performance Art Gallery and MANA Contemporary. As a curator/organizer, her projects include the ongoing PERFORMANCY FORUM platform for performance art, a conference with Yelena Gluzman, the LUMEN Festival on Staten Island, and the Brooklyn International Performance Art Festival (BIPAF) currently in the works for July 2013. www.panoplylab.org/estherneff.
Ivy Castellanos is the founder and director of IV Soldiers Gallery, a member with Neff of the No Wave Performance Task Force, a sculptor, and performance artist.