Rituals And The Docile Body: Dafna Rehavia
Gallery CA, City Arts Building
On View: August 28 – September 26
Participatory workshop by The Feminist Project-Baltimore: 7:00pm
Dance Performance by Slowdanger – Pittsburgh: 8:00pm
Dafna Rehavia is an Israeli born feminist, activist artist. She explores the docile body as the site of specific behaviors that she defines as rituals. Her works symbolize the ways authoritative discourses trap our bodies. Rituals and the Docile Body sheds light on the bodily practice and performance of “natural,” accepted, cultural, religious and political acts and habits. The exhibit has three bodies of work that deal with religious and political rituals “Menstrual Wedding Dress’”; “ConStricted”; and “Present-Absent: De-Constructed”. A dance ritual performance and participatory workshop will take place during the opening night, inviting audience members to join the artist in turning menstrual pads into ‘flowers’.
Rehavia received her B.F.A & BED from Beit-Berl, Hamidrasha Israel, M.A. CAT at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA, and her Ph.D at the University of Derby, UK. Rehavia’s work has been exhibited internationally, in Tel Aviv, Amsterdam, New York City, Pittsburgh, Boston, Chicago and more. dafnarehavia.com
Slowdanger is a movement/music duo from Pittsburgh, PA founded by Taylor Knight and Anna Thompson. Using performance as ritual practice, Slowdanger soaks the observer in memory by creating immersive multi-media experiences that delve into patterns of the circular rhythms of life. Anna/Taylor currently create with The Pillow Project, merrygogo, Mark C. Thompson, Jil Stifel, Jasmine Hearn, and Mario Ashkar Film. Slowdanger released their full length album ‘memory 3’ in March 2015. Most recently they presented their performance piece “swimmoon” at the PGH Biennial and the Space Upstairs.www.slowdangerslowdanger.com
The Feminist Art Project -Baltimore, recognizes the aesthetic, intellectual and political impact of all women on art, history and culture, regardless of race, class or creed. We are a grassroots, non-profit arts organization which aims to be inclusive; supporting local, self-identified women artists, as well as men who recognize and promote Baltimore area women in the arts. http://tfapbmore.blogspot.com/
GALLERY CA is a contemporary arts space devoted to showcasing residents, local, regional, national and international artists. The gallery also serves as an agent for community engagement by offering regular programming and creating sustainable partnerships with local arts institutions and community organizations. GALLERY CA is located on the ground floor of the City Arts building, which houses 69 artist live/work spaces.
COORDINATED DISREGARD at Terrault Contemporary
September 4- 26, 2015
a group exhibition curated by Amy Boone-McCreesh
Randall Lear, Elissa Levy, Gabriel Luis Perez, Curtis Miller, Alicia Scardetta
Coordinated Disregard is a group exhibition of mixed media abstract works by artists from across the nation. The balance between structure and chance are crucial in any creative process. This exhibition aims to celebrate works that operate within the studio practice of intuition and the creative discoveries that are harnessed to appear organized. Through color, repetition, pattern, and texture the works present a unified vision, despite the range in medium and thematic agenda. These formal elements combine to anchor the struggle between decorative and minimal yearnings, and how they manifest through the plan to work and freedom to create. The history of painting, craft, and politics are all addressed individually but delivered through the lens of a common visual lure.