Sat. & Sun 1-6pm
GENESIS PROJECT, LOS ANGELES
August 3th – August 30th, 2008
in collaboration with Art 2102
residency, panel discussions, workshop, and screenings
In conjunction with the intensive artist's residency, Genesis
Project, happening this August at Sea and Space Explorations,
Genesis Extension, offers the public a way to interact with the resident
artists, and to learn about/participate in body-based art making practices
The resident artists of the first annual Genesis Project
LA will spend 3 hours a day, 5-6 days per week over the course of one
month alone in a studio with their body/mind as their primary material
and inspiration. The artists are not required to produce anything during
their residency, but are instead encouraged to explore and potentially
develop or expand upon a methodology for working. The residency's structure
is largely inspired by legendary post-modern choreographer Deborah Hay,
who, for many years, has employed a rigorous, full-bodied daily practice
when creating and rehearsing individual works, and in the development
of her ever-evolving artistic methodology as a whole. Many other artists,
whether working in video, performance art, conceptual practice, dance,
or theater have developed such specific approaches that they employ to
create work, and which they sometimes teach to others. While these practices
and their resulting works of art may be discussed and appreciated as
objects of artistic production, their power and rigor may be most readily
understood through embodied participation. Workshop details available
soon at www.genesisprojectla.org.
August 28, 7:30pm – Closing reception/discussion
Fall 2008 Screening
In the fall Genesis Extension will host a film screening featuring a diverse array of works for video, documentation of performances, and raw footage of practice sessions, followed by a discussion. The works screened will offer viewers of a wide variety of examples of body-based art practices, approaches, and final products. Date, location, and screening details TBA.
Genesis facilitates an environment wherein creativity IS the act of investigation rather than what is produced from it. Our mission is to support artists in accessing space in which to work and fortify a practice and a community from which to act globally. By asking artists to commit to regular inquiry without focus on a final product, Genesis aims to heighten productivity of the collective at work in the project and to sharpen the potency of each artist’s daily practice.
This year the project will support five body-based artists; Cheryl Banks-Smith, Cesar Garcia, Alison O’Daniel, Liz Atkins, and Brooke Smiley, in engaging in daily, autonomous practice while providing opportunities for regular and focused exchange. Each of the five artists signs a contract with Genesis, agreeing to work in the provided space at Sea and Space Explorations for 2-3 hours a day, 5 or 6 days a week throughout the month of August. In addition, participants will arrive 15 minutes before the start of their individual designated practice time and will sit in on the practice time of the preceding artist. This overlap window could include observation, dialogue, or collaboration as determined primarily by the artist already in the space. Each Saturday the participants will gather for more structured exchange as a group.
On Friday nights throughout the month Genesis Project, in collaboration
with Art 2102, will host panel discussions, film screenings, and/or lectures,
which will focus on various aspects of inter-disciplinary practice and/or
process-based artistic methods.
Liz Atkin is a visual artist based in London. She is interested in skin as a constantly transforming surface, ripe with memory, a flesh canvas. With a background in theatre and dance, physicality underpins her creative practice. Her work is situated in the tradition of Live Art performance and abstract expressionism. In her portraits, Liz works with her face and the surface of her skin, exploring texture and transformation through body focused repetitive behavior. Drawing with light, current photographic pieces are produced through flatbed scanners.
Brooke Smiley recently moved back to Los Angeles from London. She is a performer whose work investigates facial management and its affect on the body. By employing the use of white, non-expressive masks as a tool for the abandonment of the self, her work performs a body in the act of re-identifying itself, challenging and framing the body's behavioral impulse to move by re-negotiating anonymity as a means for transformation.
Alison O’Daniel is a hearing impaired former Texan ice skater turned double dutcher with an insatiable interest in handling materials, living abroad, being constantly engaged in education, making collaborative love, and participating in political gossip. In her own work she is interested in breaking from the historical language of representation and power that often defines film, documentary, and feminist theory, by constructing plastic, false situations and stepping back to watch how vulnerability grows over these facades like an uncontrollable landscape.
Cesar Garcia is an interdisciplinary artist, writer, and cultural activist currently living and working in Los Angeles. His current research interrogates the erasure of locality in the context of biennial exhibitions, homogenizing global culture, and the ongoing technological revolution. His performance and body-based practice is rooted in intercultural collaboration, emphasizing the body as a communicative tool across cultural & generational differences and bringing attention to movement (of populations, ideas, and the body itself) as a platform for critical exchange and reflection.
Cheryl Banks-Smith is a dancer, choreographer, dance educator, improviser and interdisciplinary arts “explorer” who has collaborated in numerous projects with contemporary and internationally renowned jazz artists, musicians, performance artists, poets, writers and visual artists. While trained in the theory and craft of choreography, she considers herself to be a movement "smith" who explores and designs movement works from an intuitive, non-linear approach, like sketching with broad strokes and then filling in the lines and details later as the process reveals itself. She has performed and taught throughout the U.S. and globally and currently serves on the dance faculty at Pasadena City College.
Hana van der Kolk, Project Director
Arturo Vidich, Associate Director
This exhibition is made possible in part by the generous support of
the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.