While they pressed their face against the keyboard
Sunday December 11, 8pm EST / 5pm PST
Each artist will conduct a ten minute performance in a space that is not the performance venue, to be seen only online. The familiarity of the home or the studio allows the performers to explore the intimacy of their bodies and share their exploration publicly to an anonymous viewer.
The artists in While they pressed their face against the keyboard will perform simple bodily gestures or ritual like actions in order to explore their surrounding materials and environment. Whether pushed through reading of text, performing of music or building and taking apart everyday materials, the intimacy and physicality of these performances become deconstructed through the multiplicities of contemporary digital media.
Maura Brewer is a visual artist who works in many forms, including video, performance and experimental fashion design. Drawing on science fiction narratives and Hollywood film, Brewer asks questions about the ways that cinematic identification constructs female subjects. Maura Brewer was a Whitney Independent Study Program fellow from 2014-2015, and received her MFA from the University of California, Irvine in 2011. Her projects have recently been exhibited at University Art Gallery at UC Irvine, Human Resources in Los Angeles, the Elizabeth Arts Foundation in New York and MUMOK in Vienna.
Lucky Dragons is an ongoing collaboration between Los Angeles-based artists Sarah Rara and Luke Fischbeck who research forms of participation, dissent, perception and attention in performance and public art, purposefully working towards a better understanding of existing ecologies through workshops, publications, and recordings. Fischbeck and Rara have presented collaborative work in a wide variety of contexts, including REDCAT, LACMA, and The Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, MOCA Los Angeles, the Centre Georges Pompidou, Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, London’s Institute for Contemporary Art, The Kitchen in New York, the 54th Venice Biennale, The Whitney Museum of American Art (as part of the 2008 Whitney Biennial) and The Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, among others.
Paul Pescador is an artist and filmmaker working in Los Angeles, MFA from University of California, Irvine and BA from University of Southern California. He produces abstract narratives that incorporates his own personal experiences: ranging from banal conversations and quarrels to more serious trauma and injury. His practice uses film, photography, and performance to discuss the intimacy and awkwardness of one’s relationship to the world and the individuals and objects which exist within it. Recent performances include: Machine Projects; Klausgallery.net; Los Angeles Contemporary Archives; Performa 2015; metro pcs; UC Berkeley: Durham Studio Theater; PAM, Los Angeles; Sweety’s, Boston; Hammer Museum, with KCHUNG TV, Los Angeles; REDCAT, Los Angeles; Guggenheim Gallery at Chapman University, Los Angeles; and ForYourArt, Los Angeles.
Paul Salveson is a photographer and artist living and working in Los Angeles, BA from Bard College and his MFA from the University of Southern California. Using photography, sculpture, and video, Salveson revels in the fluidity of meaning and function contained in the domestic material world, often making connections between the tools of prehistory and modern technology. His work has been exhibited at MoMA PS1, Swiss Institute, New York, Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, JOAN, Human Resources, and Favorite Goods, Los Angeles. A book of his photography, Between the Shell, was published by Mack Books in 2013.
Hans-Jacob Schmidt is an artist working with performance, sculpture, and text. He received a M.F.A. in sculpture from Yale University in 2015, as well as a B.A. in art practice from Goldsmiths College, University of London. He currently is researching the relationship between visual art and religion at the Institute of Sacred Music, Yale University. His work has been exhibited at Various Small Fires, Los Angeles, Central Park Gallery, Los Angeles Lima Zulu, London, Galerie der HFBK, Hamburg and the ICA London.
Matt Siegle is a Los Angeles-based mixed-media artist, MFA from CalArts in 2009. His work loosely explores ideas of the natural. Exhibitions and performances include: Park View (LA), YEARS (Copenhagen), Kunsthal 44 Møen (Denmark), Artists Space (NY), Night Club (Chicago), Arturo Bandini (LA), Honor Fraser (LA), Anthony Greaney (Boston), 104 CENTQUATRE (Paris), Human Resources (LA), NADA Hudson (NY), Pacific Standard Time (LA), and SUNDAY Art Fair (London). Siegle’s practice includes writing (“Brimmers,” Ich bin ein Junge, 2015; “Doubtful Motion: Gesture as Performance,” Prism Of Reality, 2013).