Whitney Biennial 2012: Introducing performance artist Dawn Kasper

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I am excited to introduce artist Dawn Kasper who is part of this year’s Whitney Biennial.

Kasper recently moved to New York to work on a 3 month durational performance at the Whitney Museum of American Art starting February 27th.

(more info HERE)

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As Kasper describes “… I propose being present inside of the installation as a 3–month durational performance plus as a “work in progress” installation. The importance of making this a 3-month residency is it will enable me to fully realize the process of creating THIS COULD BE SOMETHING IF I LET IT as a performance and sculptural installation. The end result is an entire body of work that includes a new performances series and a sculptural installation environment.”

Photo: Kevin Scanlon for The New York Times

photo courtesy of ACP

Dawn Kasper combines slapstick comedy and monologue to ask questions about life and death. She inhabits different personas through the use of props, musical instruments, and makeup to ask “What is a physical object? and “What is existence?”  Constantly in play and always agile, Kasper’s performances are frequently ritualized through the repetition of words and actions.– SeaandSpace

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Dawn Kasper is a Los Angeles based performance artist currently living in New York. Kasper has performed and exhibited internationally at galleries and institutions including the Migros Museum Für Genenwartskunst in Zurich, LISTE Basel, The J. Paul Getty Museum, Art Basel Art Positions Miami, LACMA, LACE, The Hammer Museum, MOCA, Newman Popiashvili Gallery New York, Anna Helwing Gallery, Circus Gallery, Leo Koenig Inc., Projekte New York, Art in General New York, Copy Gallery Philadelphia, and David Castillo Gallery Miami. Kasper is currently one of the acting co-directors of the performance and experimental art venue Human Resources in Los Angeles.

For more information on artist please visit The Whitney Museum website and her vimeo link

If you are in New York, I highly recommend checking out her performances coming up soon!

This was written by Guadalupe Rosales.

Guadalupe Rosales is a visual artist living and working in Brooklyn, NY. Her most recent projects take form of installation, sculpture, textiles, costuming, drawing, and collaborating. Rosales’ work has been shown at Momenta Art (Brooklyn, NY), Participant Inc. (New York, NY), Danspace Project Platform 2010 (New York, NY), Contemporary Museum (Baltimore, MD), New Image (Los Angeles, CA) and many more. Her work has been published in K48, LTTR Issue #5, Paris/LA, Death Magazine and has also blogged for DIS Magazine and I Heart Photograph. She is currently part of the fellowship program Q/A/M http://queerartmentorship.org/

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1 This Space is Mine, Again | The SuperSlinger Site { 03.02.12 at 11:38 pm }

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