Contemporary Talks: Jamie Isenstein

February 19th, 2015 Jason Parker Posted in Artist Talk, Performance No Comments »

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Recorded Feb. 7, 2015, at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center.

Isenstein often absorbs the persona of inanimate objects (uncomfortably for hours at a time) sitting—or standing or crouching—at the mercy of her art. Isenstein is known for blurring the lines between performance and sculpture, often through her use of her own body as a ready-made object. Isenstein reflects on the concept of art living beyond its creator and the role of the artist within a work of art, utilizing the vocabulary of comedy and magic to speak to such larger issues. She incorporates her body into objects for long durations often rely on her presence but then offer an equally compelling solution for when she is absent. In doing so, Isenstein’s performances never truly end but instead go into extended intermissions. - The Contemporary

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“Wash” performance at Whitespace

October 19th, 2013 Jason Parker Posted in Performance No Comments »

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Performed by Stephanie Pharr, Onur Topal Sumer, Deidre Tyree and Martha Whittington, and created in tandem with Whittington’s installation “Used Air”, “Wash” considers the role and labor of the unsung coal miners, without whom our understanding of modern life would be incomplete.

Wash averts the gaze from the masculine setting of the mine to the home front and the women who support these subterranean workers through traditionally feminine activities.

Recorded Oct. 6, 2013 at Whitespace Gallery in Atlanta.

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