installation, sculpture, drawing
Saturday, March 20, 2004 - Saturday, April 17, 2004
Opening: Sat., March 20, 2004, 3-5PM: performance & book signing
Chelsea Art Museum
556 West 22nd Street, New York, NY
Admission: $5 adults, $2 students and seniors, children under 12 free, Tel: 212.255.0719
Hours: Tue-Sat noon to 6 pm, Thu to 8 pm, closed Sun & Mon
Thursday, April 8, 6:30 PM
Artist's Talk, moderated by Nathalie Anglès, Director, International Residency Program, Location One, and independent curator
Through drawing, performance, video, and installation, New York-based Polish artist Monika Weiss creates environments that relate to the body and to the tension characterizing that peculiar space it inhabits between biology and culture. In her drawings, an anonymous, alienated silhouette appears, posturing in undefined states of waiting, or reacting to the unknown. In her performative installations, the viewer encounters scenes of repetitions and rituals, counterpoised by projected videos documenting the action. Such works combine the qualities of endurance and duration both with symbolic forms reminiscent of medieval paintings and with the formal simplicity of Minimalism.
Vessels presents installation, sculpture, and drawing, as well as video documentation of earlier works. It includes a new multi-media performative installation, Limen/Meadow (Achea Rheon) (2004), in collaboration with sound artist Stephen Vitiello; a video-and-sound sculpture, White Chalice (Ennoia) (2004); video documentation of three 2003 projects, Ennoia, Elytron, and Drawing Room; and recent charcoal and mixed-media drawings. Vessels explores ideas of containing and being contained, of landscape, body, and surface, and metaphors of fluidity. Curated by Nina Colosi.
"Monika Weiss' way of operating at the edge is to expose her boundary, her envelope, that is, her skin, to continuous radical feedback and performative definition."
- George Quasha, Conceiving Body. Remarks on the Side/Elytron (spirit and body are only two wings), from the book on Monika Weiss to be launched on March 20, 2004
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Works in the exhibition