The White Columns Curated Artist Registry is an online catalog of digital images documenting the work of artists who are not affiliated with a commercial gallery in New York City. Each submission is reviewed by our curatorial staff; in order to be considered for the registry, one must submit work digitally via this website.
”Fragments of an Imagined Place” examines the lost island of Atlantis, its relationship to notions of utopias, disasters, futures and pasts and how this myth serves as a metaphor for the artistic practice. The video is a component of a larger research-based project investigating the vast and varying histories related to Atlantis: its roots in Plato’s writing, its resurrection in 19th century conjectural texts, its relation to theosophy, and its influence on new age and the conceptual art practice of Robert Smithson.
CHECA explores the corruption of utopian concerns related to Modernism. The piece is rooted around theories related to Russian Constructivist design as well as the adoption of Modernist art techniques for torture during the Spanish Civil War. The set reinterprets Alphonse Laurencic’s “checa” prison cell, which employed devices derived from artist Wassily Kandinsky’s philosophies, to psychologically torture prisoners. In the work, performer Lauren Bakst, clad in a costume based on Varvara Stepanova’s constructivist designs, performs choreography influenced by directives based from this history. The piece raises questions as to whether art can truly serve a social purpose that negates a capitalist agenda and whether in the age of market-driven practices, is art at risk of becoming a prisoner to itself.
Variations is a re-enactment of the night of Ana Mendieta's death. Acting as director, I work with actors Karina Arroyave and Harry Chambarry to workshop three scenes based off of conflicting statements made by Carl Andre as to the events that led to Mendieta's death. Through improvisation and discussion we attempt to recreate possibilities of what happened this fateful night. Audience members participate by offering opinions and suggestions for the actors and director. The piece is an attempt to find a plausible scenario for Mendieta's death and to investigate the notion of revising history in general.
This work channels the surrealist technique of automatism while examining the inability for the avant-garde to be radical under a patriarchal capitalist system. Playing with the lecture format, this PowerPoint presentation of 157 slides was presented as a 5 minute live performance for the Irish Museum of Modern Art.
I Am Not A Man, Not Now is a collaborative performance and video using scenes from Sophocles’ Antigone that refer to the roles of women in ancient Greece, roles of subjugation that are in many ways still fully recognizable in the modern world. In this story of a woman committing an act of civil disobedience against the state, social roles and prejudices are substantiated through concepts such as fate and the will of the gods. In this performance and video, we seek to re-cast those roles in terms of language and its translation, its loss and gain of intention through time, choosing a contemporary translation of the play by Robert Fagles, performed by David Margulies, and older translations performed by three Antigones. The piece explores Antigone as both a proto-feminist play, and a misogynistic one, highlighting the comparison of the texts to show the subjective nature of translation.