The Artist Theater Program

Erika Vogt

Friday, April 11, 2014

ARTISTS: Math Bass, Shannon Ebner, Lauren Davis Fisher, Mariah Garnett, MPA, Silke Otto-Knapp + Flora Wiegmann, Adam Putnam, Mark So, and Erika Vogt

Los Angeles-based artist Erika Vogt presents a new collaborative theatrical production that brings together visual artists and performers who work across media. The Artist Theater Program is a choreographed chorus of individual woks that move, collide and overlap in time, responding to the space and mechanics of the theater's architectural infrastructure by combining performers, artworks, sets, props and lighting effects that echo the corporeal, erotic, sensual, expressive, and strange.

A continuance of an evening curated at REDCAT in 2011, with a second iteration at the Hammer Museum in 2012, The Artist Theater Program questions where the erotic can be located in contemporary art-making. Through acting collectively upon physical or sculptural forms, the artists' create an alternate framework for an experiential exhibition, one rooted in the desire to build and present an artistic community.

Erika Vogt's short film Darker Imposter will be screened on 6 March, prior to Orpheus as part of the Frieze Film series.

Victoria Brooks

Erika Vogt lives and works in Los Angeles. Her work has been included in major international shows including at Whitney Museum, New York City; The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, and SFMOMA, San Francisco. Recent solo exhibitions include Stranger Debris Roll Roll Roll, New Museum, New York City, and Speech Mesh - Drawn Off, Hepworth Wakefield and Triangle France, Marseille. Vogt's video Darker Imposter was recently screened on Channel 4 television, co-commissioned by Frieze Foundation, London and Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center / EMPAC at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY.

Math Bass is an interdisciplinary artist who lives and works in Los Angeles. She has performed, screened and exhibited at The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA, Human Resources, Los Angeles,CA, Overduin and Kite, Los Angeles, CA, 2nd Floor Projects, San Francisco, CA, Montehermoso Cultural Centre, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA, Leo Koening Inc. Projekte, NYC, Nikolaj Contemporary Art Center, Copenhagen, Denmark, Artist Production Fund, NYC, Art in General, NYC, REDCAT Theatre Los Angeles, CA, Anthology film Archives, NYC, National Center for Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia, Or Gallery, Vancouver, BC, Participant inc. NYC, among others. She received her MFA from UCLA in 2011 and her BA from Hampshire College in 2003.

Shannon Ebner lives and works in Los Angeles. Her work has been featured in solo exhibits at the Hammer Museum and MoMA PS1, and group exhibitions including Things Words and Consequences, at the Moscow Museum of Modern Art; the Whitney Museum of American Art’s Whitney Biennial; the Sixth Berlin Biennial in Germany; How Soon is Now, an exhibit in Arles, France; the 54th Venice Biennale; and Ecstatic Alphabets/Heaps of Language at MoMA, in New York City. Recent shows include A Language of Exposures at Wallspace, New York, The Electric Comma at Sadie Coles H.Q., London and upcoming shows include Auto Body Collision at Fondazione Memmo, Rome, Kaufmann Repetto, Milan and a commission for the High Line, New York. Ebner received a B.A. from Bard College and an M.F.A. in photography from the Yale School of Art. This spring, Ebner is the Teiger Mentor in the Arts at Cornell University’s College of Architecture, Art and Planning.

Lauren Davis Fisher is a Los Angeles based interdisciplinary artist. She recently mounted a large-scale performance installation at Human Resources LA in conjunction with Base Session I. Fisher has performed and exhibited at Disjecture, Portland; RK Projects, NY; Space 1026, Philidelphia; Blutenweiss Gallery, Berlin; PS1, Long Island City, NY; The Whitney Museum of American Art, NY; Secret Project Robot, NY; and at the Fringe Fest in New Orleans, LA. She received a BA from Brown University in 2007.

Mariah Garnett is an experimental filmmaker and artist living and working in Los Angeles. The boundaries of adaptation, documentary and fiction are continually being drawn and re-drawn in her work. Garnett holds an MFA from Calarts in Film/Video and a BA from Brown University in American Civilization. Her work has been screened and exhibited internationally including the following venues: Venice Bienniale (Swiss Offsite Pavillion), Palais de Tokyo (Paris), Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (Madrid), Beirut Art Center (Beirut), Outfest (Los Angeles), Midway Contemporary Art (Minneapolis), SFMOMA (San Francisco), White Columns (New York) and the Hammer Museum (Los Angeles). In 2014 she will take part in the Los Angeles Biennial, Made in LA at the Hammer Museum. In 2011 she had a solo show at Human Resources Gallery in Los Angeles titled "Encounters I May or May Not Have Had With Peter Berlin." She is represented by ltd los angeles.

MPA is an exhibitionist following a living art practice. Her solo and collaborative works focus on performance in combination with photography, film, text, and sculpture. Enriched with ritual, these acts service a political exercise of the body stimulating questions for participation, resistance, and the intimacy between both. Her work has been viewed at large in New York by The Swiss Institute, Whitney Museum of American Art, Leo Koenig Inc., Art in General, The Kitchen, Larissa Goldston Gallery, Higher Pictures Gallery, and Movement Research, and internationally at Zendai MOMA in Shanghai, Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Oaxaca in Mexico, and the Stedelijk Museum and Stroom Den Hague in the Netherlands. MPA is a recipient of the Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grants to Artist Award 2013. She currently lives in Twenty-nine Palms, CA.

Adam Putnam lives and works in New York City. An artist with a multifaceted practice who has, for many years, explored the boundary between performance and architecture. Work has been included in various exhibitions world wide including the 2008 Whitney Biennial, the 2nd Moscow Biennial, the Busan Biennial, Art Statements, P.S. 1 and The Astrup Fearnley Museum. Curatorial projects have included an exhibition of 
Martin Wong entitled Everything Must Go at P.P.O.W. and Blow Both of Us at Participant Inc. Currently represented by P.P.O.W. gallery in NYC.

Mark So is based in Los Angeles. His work explores ordinary situations in various open frames of perception and action through simple means of recording/transcription/reading, as well as changing experiences of silence. He has produced a vast output of scores, tapes, and ephemera, including some 300 pieces engaging the poetry of John Ashbery. His Heliogabalus operas for 1, 2, and 3 readers leverage Artaud’s text - a "concoction of sexual excess, self-deification and terminal violence" - with his own. In addition to musical activities, he has collaborated on projects with a range of artists including Rick Bahto, Madison Brookshire, Chris Girard, Julia Holter, Eileen Myles, Julie Tolentino/Stosh Fila, and Manfred Werder, often resulting in work that occupies its own genre.

Silke Otto-Knapp is associate professor of painting and drawing at University of California, Los Angeles. She received an MA from Chelsea College of Art and Design, London, and a degree in Cultural Studies from the University of Hildesheim, Germany. Recent solo exhibitions include: “Monday or Tuesday,” Camden Arts Centre, London (2014); “Geography and Plays,” Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen (2013); “A light in the moon,” Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley (2011); “Voyage Out,” Greengrassi, London (2011); “Many Many Women,” Kunstverein München, Munich (2010); “Standing anywhere in the space in a relaxed position,” Banff Centre, Banff (2009); and “Present time exercise,” Modern Art Oxford, Oxford (2009). She has participated in numerous group exhibitions including: “Sacre 101,” Migros Museum, Zurich (2014); “À ciel ouvert: le nouveau pleinairisme,” Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Québec, Québec (2012); “Hilary Lloyd, Janice Kerbel, Silke Otto-Knapp,” Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne (2012–2013); “Watercolour,” Tate Britain, London (2011); “Rendez-vous nowhere,” Centro Cultural Montehermoso, Spain (2008– 2009); 9th Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul (2005); and “The Undiscovered Country,” Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2004–2005).

Flora Wiegmann is a Los Angeles-based dancer and choreographer. Usurping the tactics of visual artists, she attempts to broaden the platform for dance by making works on film, site-specific dances, and by collaborating with artists such as Fritz Haeg, Silke Otto-Knapp, Alix Lambert, Amy Granat, and Miljohn Ruperto. Creating both live and filmed performance works, her recent projects have been presented nationally and internationally. Her work has been shown at ICA, Philadelphia; Whitney Museum of American Art and The Kitchen, New York; California Biennial, Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach; The David Roberts Foundation and The Camden Arts Centre, London; and Université Rennes. She currently has a solo exhibition at C Nichols Project in Los Angeles.

The Artist Theater Program
April 11, 2014, 8PM

All works courtesy the artists

Artists / Performers - Erika Vogt, Math Bass, Shannon Ebner, Lauren Davis Fisher, Mariah Garnett, MPA, Silke Otto-Knapp, Adam Putnam, Mark So, and Flora Wiegmann.

Lighting Designer - Laura Mroczkowski

Math Bass, P-I-A-N-O Piano, All at once, Far gone, and This is a sculpture (2014)
Songs for chorus
Chorus - Math Bass, Allison Clark, Seantel Chamberlain, Ellen Foster, Alisa Silkelianos-Carter and Mark So.

Mark So, Heliogabalus (2009-10)
using A. Artaud’s Heliogabalus - Or, The Crowned Anarchist
Readers - Mark So, Victoria Brooks and Evan Calder Williams.

Silke Otto-Knapp, Moondress (2013)
Fabric, dimensions variable
Performer - Flora Wiegmann

EMPAC 2013-2014 presentations, residencies, and commissions are supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Dance Project of the New England Foundation for the Arts (with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation; additional funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Community Connections Fund of the MetLife Foundation, and the Boeing Company Charitable Trust), and the New York State Council for the Arts. Special thanks to the Jaffe Fund for Experimental Media and Performing Arts for support of artist commissions.

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation
National Endowment for the Arts
NEFA - New England Foundation for the Arts
State of the Arts - NYSCA