Jul 23rd 2011

Marissa Perel: For a long time, all I could do was surrender.

@ Spoke

119 N Peoria St, 3D, Chicago, IL 60607

Opening Saturday, July 23rd, from 5PM - 8PM

On view through Sunday, July 31st

Marissa Perel will utilize the exhibition space of Spoke as a space to consider the body. Her performance work is rooted in the relationship between somatic experience as a mode of expression and interdisciplinary art-making. She is interested in the intersection of movement and writing in performance venues, on-line platforms and in this instance, the gallery. As a performance artist, writer and independent curator, Perel believes in the potential of the artist as world-maker, and she will provide an aperture into the interconnectivity of these roles for the month of July.

On July 10, 2-4 PM Perel and artist, R.E.H Gordon, will host a reading circle of Being Watched: Yvonne Rainer and the 1960’s by Carrie Lambert-Beatty. The reading circle is open to the public, and topics in the book will be used as for general discussion of what makes a dance, and the history and future of dance in contemporary art.

On July 16, 7-9 PM Perel will guest curate an evening for the literary series Red-Rover, entitled: Magnetic Affinities & Altered Relations. The event is open to the public and will feature text-based performances, sound and video works that channel haunting discontinuities between identity,place, desire and visibility by San Francisco-based artist Jai Arun Ravine and local artists Zihan Loo and Oliverio Rodriguez.

On July 23, 5-8 PM, Perel will open her solo show, For a long time, all I could do was surrender. The show will feature photography, writing, video and performance made in collaboration with artist Oliverio Rodriguez. The artists will expose their collaborative relationship occupied within the context of performative submission. Their work probes surrender in its myriad definitions; 1 a : to yield to the power, control, or possession of another upon compulsion or demand b : to give up completely or agree to forgo especially in favor of another 2 a : to give (oneself) up into the power of another especially as a prisoner b : to give (oneself) over to something (as an influence). Through mutually generated texts on childhood memories, romantic love, the limitations of the body and sexual abandon, the artists create landscapes of distanced roleplay, in which they perform with/for one another live and for the camera. Perel’s show runs from July 23-31 and is open by appointment: 312-593-8691.

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