Contain That Force, 2013

Contain that Force: 7 Solo Acts, May 24th 2013. Presented at SAW Video Media Arts Centre, Club SAW in partnership with the National Gallery of Canada’s Sakahàn: International Indigenous Art. Comprises video projection and live performance, featuring objects solicited from seven artists. Activating these objects through performance, I form a new compendium of personal and historical narratives that intersect performance and art.

7 Artist objects in order of appearance:

  1. Contain that Force, Violin. 4-Tracked Cassette recording at the Dust Dive, Brooklyn by Laura Ortman. May 2013
  2. Nanabozho.  Mixed media sculpture by Jaune Quick-to-See Smith. 2013
  3. Cowboy Hat from “Deer Hunter” worn by Sterlin Harjo. Online video by The 1491’s. 2013
  4. Mr. Kennedy and the Negros, Harry Golden Pg.9. Book page with graphite script by Zachary Fabri. 2013
  5. A Card-Carrying Member. Unpublished short non-ficton printed email by Waubgeshig Rice. 2013
  6. Three Chants Modern, with dancers Niv Acosta and Lily Gold, Photo by Andrea Geyer. 2013
  7. Conch Shell. Found object from Ann Beam.

A big thank you to these 7 talented artists for their thoughtful contributions, time and commitment in realizing this project. Gratitude and love to Jason Lujan for his insightful video edits; and the folks at SAW Video including Christopher Rohde, Coordinator, Penny McCann, Director, Tyler Reekie, Technician, and Timothy I. Smith, Photographer.

This performance is titled after Contain that Force, 1978 a painting by Artist Carl Beam (May 24, 1943 – July 30, 2005).

 Artist Biographies:

Jaune Quick-to-See Smith – Renowned international artist working in painting, printmaking and mixed media since the 1970’s, she uses humor and satire to examine myths, stereotypes and the paradox of American Indian life in contrast to the consumerism of American society. Smith is from St. Ignatius Mission and is an enrolled Salish member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Nation of Montana living in New Mexico. Her work is held in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, Museum of Modern Art in New York City, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and the National Museum of Women in the Arts. Recent awards include a grant from the Joan Mitchell Foundation; Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, NM; and the Switzer Award.

Ann Beam – Multi-disciplinary artist working in mixed media painting, ceramics and construction using recycled materials. She lives in M’chigeeng, on Manitoulin Island where she owns and operates Neon Raven Art Gallery. She has created a cohesive body of work spanning over thirty years. Her works are in many public and private collections, both nationally and internationally. Her solo exhibition, “The Engine Room”, showed at Tom Thomson Art Gallery, Owen Sound 2013.

Laura Ortman – Musician, composer, artist living in Brooklyn, New York and plays violin, Apache violin, electric guitar, piano, pedal steel guitar, samplers, megaphone, organ and vocals. She received the FIRST NATIONS COMPOSERS INITIATIVE Common Ground Award Grant for founding The Coast Orchestra, the all-Native American orchestra in 2008. She was a member of the THE DUST DIVE and STARS LIKE FLEAS, has written & recorded two solo albums (recorded by Martin Bisi). Ortman is White Mountain Apache.

Waubgeshig Rice – Ottawa-based CBC journalist, documentary maker and author, whose book Midnight Sweatlodge, about growing up on the reserve, was published in the fall of 2011. Rice is Anishnaabe and a member of Wasauksing First Nation.

Sterlin Harjo – Director-writer from Holdenville Oklahoma. His feature films, Four Sheets to the Wind and Barking Water, premiered at Sundance Film Festival. His work has screened as a part of the highly acclaimed New Directors/New Film series at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City and numerous international venues including the Venice Film Festival. Harjo is Seminole/Creek and a founding member of The 1491’s.

Zachary Fabri – Performance Artist, born 1977 in Miami, Florida, and lives in Brooklyn. Focusing on video and performance, his work mines the intersection of personal and political spaces, often responding to a specific environment or context. Fabri’s work has exhibited nationally and internationally in Sequences Real-time Festival, Reykjavik, Iceland; Nordic Biennale: Momentum, Moss, Norway; Gallery Open, Berlin; the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Art, New York; El Museo del Barrio, New York, and The Studio Museum in Harlem. He is a recipient of the Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance Art in 2011 and was awarded a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in interdisciplinary work in 2012. Recent solo exhibitions include Third Streaming in New York City and Real Art Ways, in Hartford, Connecticut.

Andrea Geyer – Works with photography, video and performance, using both fiction and documentary strategies in order to address larger concepts such as national identity, gender, and class in the context of the ongoing re-adjustment of cultural meanings and social memories. Born 1971, Freiburg, Germany she lives and works in New York City.

Geyer’s work has shown internationally at The Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, in New York City; the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Tate Modern and Serpentine Gallery, London; Kunstmuseum St.Gallen, Switzerland; Göteborgs Konsthall, Gothenburg, Sweden; Generali Foundation and Secession, Vienna; Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Zealand; the Turin Biennale; the São Paulo Biennial; and dOCUMENTA (12), Kassel, Germany. She is a recent resident at MoMA and a recepiant of the 2012-13 Creative Time Global Residencies.

Cassette, Laura Ortman

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