Sites Of Absence
A Performance Exhibition
Julie Tolentino, Rebecca Patek, Camila Caneque & Maria Jose Arjona
Curated by Lital Dotan
‘Sites of Absence’ presents performance devoid of its spectacle nature. It highlights the frames of pre and post performance works by genuine voices in contemporary performance, providing an observation on the remains or leftovers from a powerful presence. A floor-plan, a charcoal sketch of what would become a durational piece, a social media feed, an edited video, a wrapped journal exploding with gathered materials- each of these objects are exhibited as traces to the essential code of performance. Gifting a rare intimate view on the individuality of process and its fluid archiving.
September 23- October 30, 2016
(cover image: Maria Jose Arjona, 2009)
Glasshouse is an art-life-lab dedicated to performance practice and the neo-domestic sphere.
Rebecca Patek is a New York-based choreographer and performance artist creating work that synthesizes Dance, theater and comedy. Patek is an inaugural recipient of The Award. She is a 2014 Brooklyn Arts Exchange Space Grant recipient as well as a 2014 Queer Art Mentorship Fellow. Patek has been an Artist in Residence at Movement Research, Atlantic Center for the Arts and at Dance Theater Workshop(New York Live Arts) as part of Fresh Tracks Performance and Residency Program. Patek’s work has been presented in New York at MoMa PS1, The Kitchen, The Museum of Arts and Design, The Chocolate Factory Theater, Abrons Art Center, New York Live Arts, 92nd Street Y, Movement Research at Judson Church, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Josee Bienvenu Gallery, Triple Canopy, Prelude Festival, Dixon Place, The Tank, and Aunts among others. In Europe she has been presented at Impulstanz Vienna, where she won the Prix Jardin d’europe audience choice award.
Julie Tolentino creates intimate movement-based installations, including performance, objects, sound and video. Her work has been presented by theaters, galleries, and museums such as
The New Museum, The Kitchen, Wexner Center, Theaterworks Singapore; Myanmar FC Project, Manila Contemporary, Green Papaya Gallery, Philippines; LA Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE), Commonwealth & Council, Fraser, MOCA, San Francisco Art Institute, NYU Abu Dhabi, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Pact Zollverein, Essen, Germany. Among others she has worked with Meg Stuart, Lovett/Codagnone, David Rousseve, Kelly/Gerrard, Diamanda Galàs, Pigpen/Stosh Fila, Ron Athey, Catherine Opie, Aaron Bradford Turner, Faith Colloquia, Primus, Chaka Khan, Madonna, Rodarte,Tom Kalin, Steven Meisel, Gran Fury. Current projects include the re-mounting of Ellen Cantor’s 1993 exhibition "Coming To Power - Twenty-Five Years of Explicit Art by Women” at Maccarone Gallery, NYC; Provocations co-editor for The Drama Review (TDR); and she recently offered a cross-disciplinary studio course at UCLA School Of Art and Architecture: Opening the Radical Self: Body-Based Practices for Art-Making.
Maria jose Arjona was born in Bogota/Colombia in 1973. She was trained in contemporary dance and graduated from Visual Arts in 2000 from The Higher Academy Of Arts Of Bogota. In 2002 she left Colombia to reside in the US for 15 years where she further developed a practice fully focused on long durational work. Some exhibitions include: Kunstahlle Osnabruck (2016-Germany), Barbara Thumm Gallery (2016-Berlin/Germany), Museo de Arte moderno y Contemporáneo de Rijeka (2015-Croatia), La Caixa Forum (2015-Spain), Flora Ars Natura (2015-Bogota), MFA Boston (2014-USA), NC Arte (2014-Bogota), DOIT 2013 (Manchester-UK), 43 Salon Nacional de Artistas de Colombia (2014-Medellin/Colombia), Marrakech Biennale (2012-Marrakech), Museo del Banco de la Republica (2012, Bogota), Location One (2012-New York/USA), Cuadrilateral Biennale of Croatia (2011-Rijeka/Croacia), Abramovic Studio at Location One (2011-New York/USA), The Ballroom Marfa (2011-USA), No Longer Empty & The New Museum (2011-USA), MoMa New York (2010-The Artist Is Present/Re-performer), Madre Museum (2010-Naples/Italy), Brot Kunsthalle (2010- Austria/Viena), The Watermill Center (2009-USA), Haus Der Kulturen Der Welt (2009-Berlin/Germany), Third Guangzhou Triennale ( 2008-Guangzhou/China), Centro De Arte Contemporaneo De Maracaibo Lia Bermudez (2007-Maraciabo/Venezuela), Museo del Barrio (2004-New York/USA), Museo del Chopo (2004-Mexico City/Mexico), Bass Museum (2003-Miami/USA), Museo de arte contemporaneo La tertulia/Cali (2002-Colombia), Exit Art (2001- New York/USA).
Camila Cañeque (Barcelona, 1984) is a conceptual performance artist and writer whose work consists in the construction of live narratives, dwelling in the grey area between fiction and fact, role-play and self. Her art pieces repeatedly involve a circular time, with no beginning or end but a permanent standby, a pause ad nauseam stating non-action as the only possible action.