September 28 – HUMAN ANIMAL

HUMAN ANIMAL
September 28, 2012
Rachelle Beaudoin – Heather Cassils – Lauren Cross
Diane Dwyer – Teri Frame – Sara Holwerda – Jamie Sneider
MIA’s September screening, HUMAN ANIMAL, features performance based video art exploring relationships with the body, sexuality and sculpture. The program will begin with a selection of short performances, followed by a six-part performance documentation, Pre-human, Post-human, Inhuman from Teri Frame where she sculpts clay applied to her own head, transforming herself. The six parts of the performance, Simians, Early Humans, Hybrids, Proportions, Races & Post-humans each explore how Western ideas about the body have changed over time using familiar imagery from both the arts and sciences.
Sara Holwerda‘s Chair Dance II starts as a conventional burlesque-style chair dance which evolves into a exploration of self-defense and dramatized combat. Diane Dwyer‘s Thumb Wars sets the camera on a pair of hands encased in rubber gloves attempting a thumb war while covered in a liquid that makes the scene both visceral and intimate. In Way To Go!, Rachelle Beaudoin does push ups over a cake which she takes a bite of each time her face nears. In The Obsession, Lauren Cross tears at her hair, sculpting it into one style after another, exploring perceptions of beauty. In MatingJamie Sneider replicates the mating dance of a male Superb Bird of Paradise (Lophorina superba) wooing its female subject. 

By special arrangement, the screening will also include a modified version of Heather CassilsFast Twitch/Slow Twitch, part of her larger body of work, Cuts: A Traditional Sculpture in which the artist undertook a regime of body building combined with a specialized diet to sculpt her body to its maximum capacity. The work speaks directly to Eleanor Antin’s Carving: A Traditional Sculpture and Lynda Benglis’ Artforum Magazine intervention while linking them to performative practices associated with the production of hyper-masculine and transgendered bodies.

MIA presents HUMAN ANIMAL
7PM – 28 September 2012
Armory Center for the Arts
145 North Raymond Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91103

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