Moore Space invites you to the first TRANS>area @ the Moore Space:
Crossed Waves: After a Long Train Ride, a new performance by Joan Jonas
at The Moore Space on Saturday, October 11, 2003 at 8:00 pm.
For Jonas, every performance is reloaded with new meaning
in accordance with the spatial situation and context of the exhibition.
Crossed Waves: After a Long Train Ride will begin with the artist’s
departure from New York and continue throughout the train ride that
will take her to Miami with Kirsten Weiner, who is her assistant and will be performing with her.
Crossed Waves: After a Long Train Ride
is Jonas’s second performance organized by TRANS>, following
the performance Montage Verite in collaboration with Jeff Preiss, organized by Karin Schneider at
TRANS>area in New York, 2002.
about the artist’s practice>
Jonas’s work led the way in the 1960’s with the first appearances
of performance and video art. She has since come to represent the feminine
side of her generation. Deeply imbued in the spirit of post-minimalism,
her practice mixes different media (dance, drawings, projections and
theater) to create a total environment where her action takes place.
Her performances investigate the interaction between the body, illusionary
spaces, constructed personas and recording technologies.
The complex spatial articulation
in her work resonates with a carefully considered mix of elements. Mirrors,
closed circuit cameras and recently, new digital media have been for
Jonas means to explore not only outer and inner space, but to link the
performer with her audience.
In her early performance Organic Honey’s
Visual Telepathy (1972) for instance, Jonas, as her TV persona Organic
Honey, entered masked and costumed into a room filled with clothes,
mirrors, a slide projection, monitors and drawings. A camera on a tripod
was connected to a TV monitor showing in real time the action of the
performer’s multiplying in the illusionary spaces.
In more recent works, her gestures are
charged with symbolic intensity and references coming from ancient rituals
and fairy tales. The use of objects alongside the re-enactment of stories
and narratives conjure a psychologically charged environment wherein
a dramatic action unravels. The gesture of Jonas’s performances
describes and delimits a physical and mental space into which the spectator
is invited to maneuver.
about the artist>
Joan Jonas is professor of Visual Art at MIT in
Boston. She had a major retrospective at the Stedeljik Museum, Amsterdam
in 1994 and at the Galerie der Stadt Stuttgart in 2000. Her work has
been shown in several group shows including Documenta VI, Kassel, 1977,
The American Century: Art & Culture at the Whitney Museum, New York,
1999, Out of Action: Between Performances and the Object 1949-79 at
the MOCA Los Angeles and at Documenta XI, Kassel, 2002. She is preparing
for an upcoming retrospective at the Queens Museum in New York. She
currently lives and works in New York. Jonas is represented by Yvon Lambert, Paris/New York.
about TRANS> area @ the Moore Space>
TRANS>area at the Moore Space is the first
event marking the ongoing collaboration between the Moore Space, Miami
and TRANS>area, New York, both non-profit arts organizations. The
partnership will consist of the co-production of live events, screenings,
lectures and exhibitions. Moore Space is a newly formed exhibition space
founded under the initiative of Arts Patrons/Activists Rosa de la Cruz
and Craig Robbins.