Thursday, March 29, 2007

TART presents, four nights, four performances

TART will open its doors for four nights, beginning on Saturday, April 7 from 7-10 pm, for "four nights, four performances". This exciting series will begin with Oliver Farley's "Skipping Rope", a dynamic live performance drawing on the artist's talents as a Junior Olympic jump-roper, in collaboration with DJ Jacob Sperber. Farley makes his own jump ropes and creates drawings literally made by the skipping of the rope. Ropes and drawings will be available for purchase at TART for the duration of the four nights. The schedule for Farley's performances on Saturday, April 7 is as follows:

7.30 - 7.45 pm
8.15 - 8.30 pm
9.00 - 9.15 pm

with sound from Sperber in between.

Please note that Saturday, April 7, is also the inaugural Rail Art Walk. Rail is an alliance between TART, Silverman Gallery, Ampersand International Arts and Ping Pong Gallery. These galleries will all have events on Saturday, April 7. You're invited to take the newly opened T-train, which runs along Third Street, to access these spaces.

TART's performance series will continue for three subsequent nights, from 7-10 pm each night, with a screening of Stephen's Sutcliffe's video collage, "O Come all ye faithful" on Sunday, April 8; a sampling from The Kitchen's 1979 Archive on Monday, April 9; and The Essential Clash on Tuesday, April 10. The objects created by Oliver Farley on Saturday and the remnants of his performance will also be on view on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday nights. We hope to see you there!


For immediate release:

TART presents
four nights, four performances
April 7-10, 2007 7-10pm

Paying tribute to the 1975 pioneering performance series “Four Evenings, Four Days”, curated by the late Marcia Tucker at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, four nights, four performances is a series of experimental performances and screenings that expands and enriches the notion of gallery-based performance.

four ....begins with Oliver Farley's “Skipping Rope”, a reformulation of past experiences into the ongoing present achieved through a kind of self portraiture. Farley’s use of the jump rope as a performance medium through which he creates images– both static and in motion, dipping the rope in ink that leaves marks where it hits a surface– recalls his childhood experience with competitive jump roping in the Worlds and Junior Olympics. In the artist’s own words, “The rope is playful, yet threatening; it is like a weapon at times…” For his performance at TART, Farley will collaborate with DJ and artist Jacob Sperber, building a sound installation that flows in and out of Farley’s piece. Oliver Farley’s work has been included in exhibitions and screenings at The San Francisco Art Institute; The Frameline Film Festival, San Francisco and Slam Dance, Utah.

The second night features a screening of Stephen Sutcliffe’s video collage, “O Come all ye faithful”, in which Sutcliffe pits a hopeful poem from the well-loved British poet Christopher Logue against a disparaging internal monologue. The artist creates a stark contrast between the found footage of Logue’s poetry reading and the terse background banter - an overlay of streaming obsenities that seem to imply Logue’s own self-doubt. The result is a performance that feels at once cohesive and schizophrenic in nature. Stephen Sutcliffe’s work has been included in solo and group exhibitions locally and internationally, at venues including Tate Britain; TART; New Langton Arts, San Francisco; The Scottish Pavilion, 2003 Venice Biennale; Breeder, Athens and Transmission, Glasgow.

The series continues with a pre-recorded audio performance of a sampling from the 1979 archives of The Kitchen in New York. These performances include works by Phillip Glass, Meredith Monk, and Steve Reich, among others, exemplifying The Kitchen’s rich history as a site of experimentation in audio performance and composition. four nights, four performances concludes with a screening of video footage from The Essential Clash, including early concert footage, interview clips and the Clash’s homemade silent film “Hell Who”. This screening pays homage to the Clash as great performers and sources of inspiration for artists of all kinds.

TART invites you to join us for each of these consecutive performances to experience how each iteration tests the meaning of the next. In particular, the remnants and products of Oliver's performance will remain constant throughout, creating a new dynamic and level of tension each evening.

47 Lusk Alley
San Francisco, CA 94107
Phone: 415 203-5865

April 7 is part of art walk a Rail action

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