In The Making, Woodstock

In this modern age the handmade has a personal touch that can connect us across time. Connecting with the handmade can be hard. For the exhibit HAND/MADE, on Sunday October 18, 12pm I take action with “In The Making” a new durational live performance in which I use a sequence of action and sustained poses to become reacquainted, recall old memories, and make new ones that ultimately transfer and exhaust my handmade silver Lady Moonrider suit towards new understandings. Working over an extended period of time, I start when the gallery opens at noon and plan to go until I am done. “In The Making” ends with me packing the suit. Using time lapse documentation from a fixed location in the gallery I view the technology of the camera as a way to recall the lived and shared memory of the handmade in action as document of a shared encounter. 

This performance aims to retire my original silver suit that when worn becomes a barrier and protective shield, a universal barrier to be projected on. Together we travelled together from imperial lions outside the Vancouver Art Gallery on the westcoast Vancouver BC Canada to Times Square New York New York. Inspired after David Bowie’s DIY suit from the video “Space Oddity”, Daft Punk’s video “Around The World” and designed for maximum movement capabilities; my Lady Moonrider suit was originally created for “Lady Moonrider: Time Traveller” as part of curator Christine Conley’s cultural exchange project “Crossings” with Bbeyond Belfast Ireland, and SAW Gallery Ottawa Canada 2010.

In the Making is part of the closing weekend performances for the exhibition HAND/MADE: THE DIGITAL AGE AND THE INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION
September 4 – October 18, 2015 Additional performances include “A Roaming Performance” by Emily Harris on October 16, 12pm.

Location: BYRDCLIFFE Kleinert/James Center for the Arts, 36 Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY
Gallery Hours: Wed through Sun, 12:00 – 6:00 pm, or by appt. on Tues, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

The performance is be open to the public and free to come and go, or stay in the space for as long as desired.

“Taking the Byrdcliffe Art Colony’s anti-industrial underpinning as its point of departure, the exhibit HAND/MADE: The Digital Age and The Industrial Revolution examines how, in today’s deeply digitized culture, many artists strive to create work that incorporates elements of the handmade or homegrown. The curator of HAND/MADE, Nancy Azara, with her advisory team of Katie Cercone and Emily Harris, selected artists based on the ways in which the capabilities of web-based and other digital media are historically relevant to the industrial revolution.”

HAND/MADE: The Digital Age and the Industrial Revolution includes work by Karen Azoulay, Jude Broughan, Katie Cercone, Alex Chowaniec, Coco Dolle, Elisa Garcia de la Huerta, Emily Harris, Maria Hupfield, Molly Lowe, Jason Lujan, Colin McMullan, Erica Magrey, Diane Meyer, Benjamin Phelan, Kara Rooney, Tarragon Smith, and Jonathan Taylor.

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