Often, we think of dancers as theatrical, perfect abstractions, creatures of and for the stage. In undertaking this project, Linn Edwards wanted to capture “dancers in their homes, away from performance space, un-made-up and uncostumed.” In doing so, she hoped to convey “details of how dancers live while “struggling on the small budget, pursuing their art at the expense of a more settled lifestyle.” Still, the images hint at an intangible richness of life—yes, many dangers are reduced to practicing their cramped apartments, living without health insurance or steady paychecks. They are forced into ridiculous sacrifices. But they also pursue worlds of beauty and complexities that so many harried New Yorkers never contemplate at all. Linn’s playful, quiet photographs capture some of these contradictory qualities.
Ayodele Casel, 30, is a professional tap dancer who toured internationally as the only female member of Savion Glover’s company, NYOT (Not Your Ordinary Tappers). She is now a celebrated soloist, bringing humor and a street-wise sensuality to the long, rich tradition of rhythm tap. Arthur Aviles, 42, is a Bessie Award-winning dancer choreographer. In addition to his own company, Arthur Aviles Typical Theater, he has created a vibrant, welcoming performance space called BAAD (Bronx Academy of Art and Design), which present thought-provoking dance, theater and performance art to the Hunts Point community.
--Claudia La Rocco
Jane Freilicher: AbstractionsBy Mary Ann Caws
MARCH 2023 | ArtSeen
These abstractions date from 195862, and you can feel in them the figurative works from before and where Freilicher took them later. Thus, these are bridge works, some with, as Molly Taylor of the gallery put it to me on my viewing, a tickle of figuration. Indeed, some sort of tickle went through me instantly upon my entering and did not leave, even on my departure.
Intrusions into the Enchanters DomainBy Thomas Girst
OCT 2022 | Critics Page
While a high school student, aged seventeen, at Liverpool High School in upstate New York, I made a linocut of Duchamps 1914 version of The Chocolate Grinder for an appreciative Ms. Houston, my fine arts teacher. I also managed to convince my long-haired, Metallica-loving host-brother Derrick to take me on a road trip to Philadelphia with his pickup truck.
Michiko Itatani: Celestial StageBy Conor Lauesen
DEC 22–JAN 23 | ArtSeen
Theatrical and resplendent, contemporary artist Michiko Itatanis exhibition Celestial Stage occupies the top two-floors at the Wrightwood 659 Gallery in Chicago. Organized by Ashley Janke, this forty-year retrospective is composed predominantly of large-scale tableau paintings, sculpture, and site-specific objects.
The StageBy Tschabalala Self
OCT 2021 | Critics Page
Sounding Board is an experimental play about performativityperformativity in this context relating to all actions that are done for the edification of others or for the social advancement of ones public facing self.