FRIDAY, MAY 31, 7-11PM
ALONG THE LINES
Live Performances and Exhibition in Homage To Richard Long
Leah Raintree, Peter Fend, Paula Garcia, Ivy Casellanos, Melissa Tolve and Zachary Gates, Lital Dotan and Eyal Perry
ALONG THE LINES is an exhibition that pays homage to British photographer, painter, and land artist, Richard Long.
The surface, with a particular emphasis on the earth, topography, and maps, is a common theme in Long’s work. Leah Raintree uses earth as her medium as she draws using shale stone, a substance critical in the hydraulic fracturing (or fracking) process. Peter Fend’s cartographical drawings also carry an environmental message; his maps demonstrate his activist goals and contextualize land and space from a sociopolitical paradigm. Fend will present a series of maps, texts and documents titled 'What Was Requested To Be Shown At MIT'. In this artistic research project, Peter Fend demonstrates how New York State can team up to ban fracking, to build a think-local, work-local renewable-resource economy.
Long is also known for dislocating nature and bringing it into a gallery setting, changing its meaning and objectifying what was once part of the landscape. Ivy Castellanos will bend Long’s original idea in her live performance by creating her own concrete and plaster spheres, artificial rather than natural, and composing them in the gallery space. Paula Garcia's video visually depicts invisible forces by covering herself with magnets and industrial iron scraps, manipulating the senses by using earthen material to simulate destabilization and anxiety. Melissa Tolve and Zachary Gates use natural objects to create symbolic scores that are interpreted to live music relating to the element of rhythm in walking. Lital Dotan and Eyal Perry will present videos that refer to Long’s theme of the walk as a journey where the traveller leaves a mark, blending elements of nature, process, and experience.
The exhibition will remain on view until Tuesday, June 11, 2013.