Nov 11th 2018

Linda Montano: Dad Art

@ DfbrL8r

1029 W 35th St., Chicago, IL 60609

Opening Sunday, November 11th, from 4PM - 7PM

Defibrillator Gallery and Zhou B Art Center proudly present

DAD ART, An INTERACTIVE Performance about Life and Death and Love: Linda Mary Montano

in collaboration with local artists:
Angeliki Tsoli | Paul Escriva | Emily Eddy | Zachary Vanes | Lauren Pirritano | Andy Somma | Carole McCurdy | Pamela Strateman | Sasha Hodges | Joseph Ravens and the Audience

SUN 11 NOV | 4PM | Zhou B Art Center | 1029 W 35TH ST | FREE!

DAD ART: A 3-hour interactive meditation opens a door to REALLY being with Impermanence. Here is a description of the work by Montano: “In 1998 I began collaborating with my father on video: recording our meals, time together, and finally getting to know him. For four years we enjoyed this art-life collaboration. After he had a hemorrhagic stroke, I literally hid behind the video camera because I couldn’t face my Dad’s situation. So for 3 years I recorded it all so I didn’t have to see it…feeding/bathing/walking. I mourned his death with my art family, probably around 2007, at Pauline Olliveros’ Deep Listening space on Broadway in Kingston and then for some time after that I shared the video-performance, but very rarely because the pain was too raw. But thirteen years later, I am able to re-share this experience because of many things but especially because of music! My parents had a band in the 30’s and 40’s: Dad played drums and trumpet and sang; Mom sang. So when I began focusing on SINGING FOR MY PARENTS AS ART in DAD ART and seriously included my singing in this INTERACTIVE mourning-meditation, the video took on a teaching-tool function and way for me to rise out of debilitating pain and fly toward trance-formation. Also audiences have a chance to interact with over seven other performer-collaborators and deal with death performatively, which opens a door to REALLY being with Impermanence. We all get it: LIFE IS SHORT. Art makes it spacious and long for a minute. The interactive aspect is what makes DAD ART a communal ART OF HEARTFELTNESS/COMMUNITY. Dedicated to Pauline Oliveros.” – LMM

LINDA MARY MONTANO [ ] is a contemporary feminist performance artist and her work since the mid-1960s has been critical in the development of video by, for, and about women. Attempting to dissolve the boundaries between art and life, Montano continues to actively explore her art/life through shared experience, role adoption, and intricate life altering ceremonies, some of which last for seven or more years. Her artwork is starkly autobiographical and often concerned with personal and spiritual transformation. Montano’s influence is wide ranging— she has been featured at museums including The New Museum in New York, MOCA San Francisco, and the ICA in London, has taught Performance Art, published 5 books, and has over 50 free videos on You Tube.

Defibrillator Gallery [a.k.a. DFBRL8R] is an international platform for Performance Art. Contextualizing performance in the realm of visual art, DFBRL8R embraces those who look to the body in concert and conversation with time, space, object, nature, architecture, or society. Bold and courageous programming aims to provoke thought and stimulate discourse surrounding underrepresented voices and time-based practices.

Zhou B Art Center is a private non-government funded complex that facilitates the exchange of contemporary art between Chicago and the international art community. Founded in 2004 by the Zhou Brothers in Chicago’s vibrant Bridgeport neighborhood, The Center has a mission to engage in cultural dialogue through contemporary art exhibitions and international programming.

Defibrillator is made possible with support from The Reva and David Logan Foundation; Apis Mellifera Fidelity Charitable Grant; Elizabeth Morse Genius Charitable Trust; Martha Strutters Farley and Donald C. Farley, Jr. Family Foundation; Zhou B Art Center; DFBRL8R Board of Directors; and generous contributions from our loving community.

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