June 22, 2018
Susan and John Hess Family Gallery and Theater
To celebrate the release of the artist-run journal VECTOR Issue 8, this evening includes performances by contributing artists Nobutaka Aozaki, Jesus Benavente, Caitlin Berrigan, Amy Khoshbin, Julianne Swartz, Leslie Thornton, and collaborators Melanie Crean / Shaun Leonardo / Sable Elyse Smith. Performances curated by Ellie Krakow, VECTOR guest editor. Journals will be distributed free of charge. VECTOR is a project of Peter Gregorio and Javier Barrios.
Nobutaka Aozaki develops performances using found objects and everyday interactions with people on the street. His interventions focus on the transactional and transient nature of life in the city and reevaluate the existing systemized social and economic reality. For this event, he is collaborating with Madeline Hollander and Yuriko Katori.
Caitlin Berrigan works across performance, video, sculpture, text, and choreographies to engage with the intimate and embodied dimensions of power, politics, and capitalism. She will present material from her new book, Imaginary Explosions.
Jesus Benavente’s work begins as performance and expands to all other mediums. He employs humor to disarm viewers and question artistic and societal conventions.
Amy Khoshbin is an artist, rapper, comedian, and politician. Her practice co-opts popular media to make space for connection, catharsis and social change. For this event she is working with choreographer Laurie Berg and dancer Zave Martohardjono.
Ellie Krakow makes sculptures, photographs, and texts that operate in dialogue with one another. As guest editor for VECTOR she worked with artists whose interests intersect themes central to her own practice: the body as container for memory; the mirror as a site of transformation; and language as a tool for reframing.
Julianne Swartz combines tangible and intangible materials as well as existing and self-made technologies to create sculpture and installations. Her work focuses on ephemeral experiences pertaining to light, air, and sound, often involving audience engagement.
Leslie Thornton is a recognized pioneer of contemporary media aesthetics, working with film, video, photography and installation.
Melanie Crean is an artist, educator and filmmaker whose work explores how representations of power can be equitably shifted in media, culture and technology. Crean is an Assistant Professor at Parsons School of Design, where she teaches courses on emerging media, social engagement and visual culture.
Shaun Leonardo creates multidisciplinary work that negotiates societal expectations of manhood. His performance practice is participatory in nature and invested in a process of embodiment.
Sable Elyse Smith is an interdisciplinary artist, writer, and educator. Her practice considers memory and trauma while enacting an undoing of language.
Photos by Patrick MacLeod