October 18 through December 14, 2013
A Tisket, A Tasket
As the sole protagonist in her performative videos, Kate Gilmore struggles to overcome absurd and manufactured challenges—climbing out of holes, jumping rope in heels, squeezing out of tight spots. Her performances share a lineage with time-based "endurance" work of the 1970s, such as that of Vito Acconci and Chris Burden, and expand on feminist and performance art in the tradition of Joan Jonas and Marina Abramovic. Like these artists Gilmore uses her body to explore physical limits and social norms.
Suzanne McClelland is best known for incorporating language with vivid abstract compositions. Fusing energetic scrawls, drips, and splashes of paint with "found" dialogue and fragments of overheard conversations, she turns on end the context in which language is perceived and meaning is formed. For this exhibition, McClelland continues her interest in giving visual form to the language and gestures that influence political and social exchange. Riffing off the word cede and its homonym seed, McClelland's hybrid presentation considers the many ways in which power shifts, separates, and grows.