A Dynamic Collaboration
Lia Chavez, Linnéa Spransy & Maggie Hazen: PLETHORASoapbox Gallery (636 Dean Street, Brooklyn, NY) Map it Free
On view 15-30 August, 12pm-12am / Reception with the artists Saturday 24 August, 6pm – 8pm
Soapbox Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of collaborative performance work by New York-based artist Lia Chavez and Los Angeles-based artists Linnéa Spransy & Maggie Hazen. Entitled Plethora, the exhibition will run from 15 August through 30 August, 2013. Soapbox Gallery is located at 636 Dean Street in Brooklyn, NY, between Carlton and Vanderbilt.
During the course of Plethora, vacant space will become a complex installation art piece via small repetitions, endurance performance and hidden activity.
Individually, Lia Chavez, Linnéa Spransy and Maggie Hazen have pre-existing interests that engage accumulation, endurance and repetition as means of accessing their respective studio inclinations. These tools, however, are worlds in and of themselves. They resonate between spiritual practice, the natural world and industrial life and are the subject of their proposed collaboration.
Chavez will begin the piece by performing a minimal practice of silent meditation for eight hours from 4pm to midnight every evening of the two week duration – harvesting the visions generated by prolonged theta brainwave meditation and sharing them with her audience in real time. During her rest periods, Spransy and Hazen will install drawings and create environments based on modular strategies of growth. These will accumulate incrementally, to a crescendo that nearly subsumes or encases the performer; evidence, even to the artists, that from simple, almost automatic actions, whole surprising worlds can accrue.
Immediately following the two weeks of their collaboration, the artists will host a closing event – part salon, part happening – during which they will unpack their collaborative discoveries in real-time. Alongside a panel of special guest experts from the arts and contemplative disciplines, they will discuss how the tools of endurance, meditative performance, incremental growth, installation drawing and intricate sculptural accumulation bring inert space into abundance - demonstrating the transformative potential of simplicity to summon richness.