Performing Economies: Call Me Lightning

[ Photos by Daniel Lara ]

Call Me Lightning is an evening of performance-based works organized by Vincent Ramos.  Presented as a part of Performing Economies, Call Me Lightning will take place in FOCA's Chinatown exhibition space.

Artists: Sara Hunsucker, Kelly Kleinschrodt, Nick Lowe, Lauralee Pope, Women vs Children

"The most important thing in art is the frame. For painting: literally; for other arts:  figuratively - because, without this humble appliance, you can't know where The Art stops and The Real World begins. You have to put a "box" around it because otherwise, what is that shit on the wall?" -Frank Zappa

As a participating artist in Performing Economies, I was given the opportunity to program an event during the run of the exhibition. Instead of creating an overall sensibility via a traditional thematic structure for this event, I opted to simply provide each participating artist the platform to execute one of their own performance-based pieces. That the individual works are poles apart and don't necessarily "make sense" together is its ultimate strength and goal. This evening is not about a collective sensibility, but one invested in the idea of the artist as individual; filled with unique "powers", in a constant state of flux, and capable of producing ephemeral yet compelling works at any given moment.

Call Me Lightning brings together Sara Hunsucker, Kelly Kleinschrodt, Nick Lowe, Lauralee Pope, and Women VS Children (Greg Curtis and Diego J. Garza). These artists are all participating in my project, included in the exhibition, and they all incorporate various performative elements within their own separate practices.

To continue on with the subject of dance (inherent within my work in the gallery), or better yet, the dance party, the best parties are those that contain a multitude of interesting characters peppered throughout; close confidants, familiar faces, total strangers, the token weirdos, etc.

Once these disparate individuals make their way to the dance floor, loaded with their complex idiosyncrasies and overall dance-floor-prowess, that is when things begin to manifest outside tradition and new hybridized forms begin to emerge. These artists and their pieces exist, for tonight, in the center of this metaphorical space and through their given actions, aim to bring this visceral experience to the forefront. This gesture is ultimately done in an effort to extend the dialogue to a live audience willing to immerse themselves in each one of these artist's unique admixture of poetics through action.

Vincent Ramos
Los Angeles, 2009

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