FIVE (The Drawing Center)
Please note, the performance will take place on Thursday, March 6 at 6:30pm. The event is free, but an RSVP is needed. THIS EVENT IS NOW FULLY BOOKED.
FIVE (The Drawing Center) is a multimedia performance that highlights the art of vogue, a dance form characterized by angular and linear body movements inspired by the stylized poses of high fashion models on the catwalk and in the pages of magazines. As Newsome’s work illuminates, it also evokes a number of qualities long associated with the medium of drawing: the latter’s emphasis on repeated gestures; its mapping of time and space. New York-based vogue dancers and musicians, including renowned opera singer, Stefanos Koroneos, and distinguished Vogue Commentator, Kevin Jz Prodigy, will perform and be conducted by Newsome. For FIVE (The Drawing Center), Newsome uses cutting edge technology to challenge the ephemeral nature of live performance by transforming the dancers’ movements into unique line drawings. In addition to the evening performance, video documentation from FIVE (ARTHK), originally performed at the 2012 Hong Kong International Art Fair, will be exhibited as well as five multi-colored, line drawings produced using motion-tracking software from that performance.
Produced by Joanna Kleinberg Romanow.
Rashaad Newsome: FIVE (The Drawing Center) is made possible through the generous support of the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation’s Artistic Innovation and Collaboration Program, which supports risk-taking and innovative collaborations in the spirit of Robert Rauschenberg.
Special thanks to Galerie Henrik Springmann, Berlin.
Image: Rashaad Newsome, FIVE (ARTHK), 2012, Video still from the live performance.
ACTION + OBJECT + EXCHANGE
“verisimilitude without realistic rendering” - Eleanor Aldrich
“choreographed processes…. the act of pouring” - Andrew Ross
"systems of classification: military insignia, ornamental patterns, scientific diagrams"- Derek Dunlop
“the use of charcoal to insert and inscribe bodily action…” - Yara Pina
“a visitor may press gold leaf onto my images in exchange for a wish.” - Heather Hart
“transforming the paper into a physical and structural form” - Lauren Seiden
"dualities - nature/culture, organic/inorganic, abstraction/representation - break down" - Barbara Weissberger
The Open Sessions exhibition will feature the work of Eleanor Aldrich, Derek Dunlop, Heather Hart, Yara Pina, Andrew Ross, Lauren Seiden, and Barbara Weissberger.
A closing reception will be held Sunday, March 23, from 4-6pm.
ACTION + OBJECT + EXCHANGE is the first exhibition of Open Sessions, a two-year program with over fifty artists working in a variety of disciplines. It offers exhibition opportunities in The Drawing Center’s Lab Space and other outside venues, as well as studio visits, public programs, and informal gatherings. The program is organized by Open Sessions Curators Nova Benway and Lisa Sigal and the participating artists, with support from Open Sessions Fellows Kamrooz Aram, Nathan Carter, Emilie Clark, and E.V. Day.
Open Sessions is made possible by Faber-Castell and with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.
Special thanks to Triangle Arts Association, which supports emerging and mid-career international and U.S. visual artists.