SOIL Gallery

Does Live Art Have To Be Experienced Live?

Start             8.4.16
End               8.27.16
Opening durational performance: August 4, 12–8pm
Weekend performance series: August 5 – 7, 11am–11pm
Closing durational performance: August 27, 12–5pm
Gallery hours: Th-Su, 12–5pm
Price: Free

Does Live Art Have To Be Experienced Live? is an exhibition which integrates performance and visual art. The exhibition opens with four days of Live Art showcasing a breadth of styles and themes. This performance series includes conversations, one-on-one interactions, durational works, pieces performed to and with the audience, and more. The exhibition is focussed on alternative forms of performance documentation which explores the temporal nature of Live Art.

The performance series runs August 5–7, 11am–11pm, with the themes Body, Risk, and Future. The gallery will host a noontime meal each of the three days, after which will be discussions, based on the day’s theme. In the afternoons and evenings are a full schedule of performances. 

Live Art is risky, it is in the moment, it can be unpredictable, inspirational, and confrontational. The performance series builds on Live Art’s rich history to showcase a broad spectrum of performances during the weekend of the Seattle Art Fair. SOIL is an artist run gallery that is not constrained by commercial necessity. This allows us freedom to present work that is experimental, from emerging artists, with topics that are under-represented in commercial galleries.

The exhibition continues for the month of August. Some pieces will develop from the performances of the opening weekend. They all explore alternative ways of documenting Live Art. How do these documentary artworks illuminate the original performance? The questions are asked to explore what’s wrapped up in Live Art, from the making of a performance, to the experience in the moment, and what comes afterwards. 

There are a series of 9 ‘Private Performance’ pieces scheduled during the days that SOIL gallery is closed. These will be represented by an edition of silkscreen posters in the exhibition. These private performances, which remain unwitnessed, are a counterpoint to the public performances which open the exhibition. 

For more information about the entire line-up and schedule:

Artist Information: https://doesliveart.wordpress.com/2016/07/02/artist-information

Schedule: https://doesliveart.wordpress.com/2016/07/02/schedule

Morgan Cahn, curator, can be reached at doesliveart@gmail.com

Facebook Event: facebook.com/events/1036687403085303

 

    

SOIL receives support from 4Culture and the Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs