Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Two Coats of Paint - Performativity #3

Two Coats of Paint
Third installment of the Performativity series

What: Performance art video exhibition

Artists: Khai Hori (Singapore)
Veliana Veli (Indonesia)
Thao Nguyen (Vietnam)
Maria Chua (Malaysia)

Where: Praxis Space
LASALLE College of the Arts
1 McNally Street
Singapore 187940

Dates: 5 – 13 Nov 2008

Project Abstract
Derived from combining Performance Art and TV, Performativity was first jointly curated by Thanavi Chotpradit (Thailand) and Khairuddin Hori showcasing performance-centered video pieces by emerging artists from Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore and The Philippines. It was launched at VER Gallery (Bangkok) belonging to internationally acclaimed artist and Hugo Boss Prize recipient Rirkrit Tiravanija in 2006. Last month, Performativity 2, consisting of video pieces by seven Singaporean artists had a one-month screening at 24HR Art, The Northern Territories’ Center for Contemporary Art in Darwin, Australia.

It’s upcoming third installation subtitled Two Coats of Paint will be exhibited at Praxis Space, an experimental gallery dedicated for students and alumnus of LASALLE College of the Arts from 5th to 13th November 2008.

Two Coats of Paint suggests a destruction (of sorts) through an action not dissimilar to laying fresh paint over a masterpiece. In this instance, the four artists will respond, adapt, appropriate, borrow and even steal from classic pieces of performance-centered video art by European and American avant-gardes from the 1960s to the 1980s such as John Baldessari, Marina Abramovich, Bruce Nauman and Yoko Ono.

This collaborative endeavor also extends the tutelage between former tutor and LASALLE alumnus (Khairuddin Hori) and his students (Veliana Veli and Maria Chua).