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"Lean" from "Adventures in Being (small)" series, 2010
I am a Boston-based Artist, Writer, and Curator who creates ephemeral work from a painter’s perspective. I am a co-founder of The Present Tense, an art initiative that produces and archives performance art events and exchanges in transient spaces. In 2009, I co-founded MEME Gallery in Cambridge, MA, USA and I have been actively showing my own work and the work of others internationally since 2003. I am inspired by site sensitivity, the relationship between accumulative action and endurance, manipulating duration to challenge the parameters of real time, and the promise of collaborative imagination.
Coming from a visual arts background, I seek to neutralize my body in my work so that my audience can view it as an art object. I approach this by creating durational pieces that my witnesses are invited to freely enter in and out of, similarly to observing a painting or sculpture. This practice relies heavily upon repetition and physical endurance. I prepare and archive the progress in this realm of the work through my own daily physical fitness.
I use my work as a way to constantly shift the paradigm of what art can be and is.
"Shanghai Rides" from "Adventures in Being (small)" series, 2010
By considering the sensorial atmosphere of a space in its entirety, I am addressing the concept that an ideal art context can be anywhere/ everywhere. In addition to more traditional research methods, I use word of mouth to study the environments I engage with. Sometimes this step happens before the piece is created, sometimes after. I am enticed by the memories that a space holds. Asking for recollections is a way that I can access this element of a place. I archive my pieces through collective memory in addition to photographing, creating video, writing and drawing.
I have always found movements in art more fascinating than art itself. In addition to organizing opportunities to show other artists, I actively archive live art on an online blog: www.ThePresentTense.org.
Trailers from First and Second Contaminate Festival- Organized by The Present Tense and Test
Participating in the International Performance Art Movement in this capacity is an integral part of my own creative process. Whether I am engaging with other creative minds or individuals who are unfamiliar with an art language, I am always trying to inspire others to understand how they fit into their environments, both conceptually and corporeally.