You are cordially invited to Remarkable Locations, an exhibition at CX Silver Gallery Brattleboro VT, a collaboration between Nina Isabelle and Nye Ffarrabas. Opening reception, forum/discussion/Q&A with the artists with group participatory event and performance piece:
* Saturday May 18, 4-6pm
* Sunday May 19, 1-3pm
* Nina’s thirty monoprints using Nye’s linguistic combustions are produced by Nina using an automobile for a printing press.
* Nina explores art objects that are the result of shared languages of processes and processes of languages.
* Explore Nina’s concept of the exhibition space as interactive sculpture.
* Celebrating Nye’s Fluxus event scores, 60 years of visual and interactive art, 70 years of poetry
* Exhibition continues through June 2019, open daily by appointment, (802) 257-7898 x 1
* More on Nina: cxsilvergallery.com/nina-isabelle
* More on Nye: cxsilvergallery.com/nye-ffarrabas
* Inquiries: Adam Silver (802) 257-7898 x1, firstname.lastname@example.org
Nina Isabelle is a process based artist working with language, perception, action and phenomena. Her approach frames the interlacement of multiple art modalities, including recursive photography, video motion-studies, fugue mark-making & notional painting, gesture abstractions & movement, along with task-based performative actions and object construction, as research tactics used to locate, decipher and authenticate lateral vantages, perceptions, and information as a way to reinspect and rescript narratives & notions.
Isabelle identifies with Maximalism and Action Art and works to push material and information past the point of recognition in a way that forces a shift in meaning as a way to reveal new information that can transform and challenge the limits of material, perception, approach and belief. Her approach aims to deconstruct sensory input to the extent that meanings becomes shifted and interpretation can become a phenomena of psychic imprint. Referencing the failure of dialogue, the dissonance between form and content, as well as the shortcomings of literal language & the superimposition of objects, Isabelle frames her process as both an inquiry and a demonstration of a recursive method that highjacks the results of prior work in order to cultivate future outcomes in a process akin to an AI robot discovering how to make sourdough bread out of itself.
Ceaselessly motivated to challenge the boundaries of perception and approach, Isabelle collaborates with new situations to compel viewership in unexpected directions. Her work has been exhibited internationally at The Czong Institute for Contemporary Art in Gimpo, South Korea, The Unstitute in Catalunya, Spain, Studio Fidlär in Berlin, The Bangkok Underground Film Festival in Thailand, NA Gallery in South Korea as well as nationally at Roman Susan in Chicago, IL, The San Diego Art Institute, The New School’s exhibition at The Bushwick Collective, Otion Front Studio in Brooklyn, The Linda Mary Montano Art Life Institute in Kingston, NY and HiLo in Catskill, NY. Isabelle collaborates with IV Castellano’s Feminist Art Group and has performed at The Judson Memorial Church in NYC as part of The Anarchist Art Festival, with Anarko Art Lab’s Ungovernable Zone at Ft. Tilden, NY, and at Panoply Performance Laboratory and Rosekill Performance Art Farm in Rosendale, NY. Recently, Isabelle participated in Muscular Bonding, a collaborative art research project concieved by Esther Neff involving six artists who traveled, lived and worked together in St. Louis, MO to collectively materialize M.A.R.S.H (Materializing & Activating Radical Social Habitus,) and then performed together at Living Art’s New Genres Festival in Tulsa, OK. A solo exhibition of Isabelle’s work called We Can’t Tell What We’re Doing was on view at HiLo in Catskill, NY from July 20- August 26, 2018. Isabelle has performed at The CX Silver Gallery in Brattleboro, VT and at The Elizabeth Foundation of the Arts in New York City as part of As Far As The Heart Can See / In Honor of Linda Mary Montano, curated by Nicolás Dumit Estevez Raful.
Fluxus Dialogue: Nye Ffarrabas (ex Bici Forbes Hendricks) October 2018 – May 2019
New Installation: Infinite Event Score as a Möbius Strip
The Friday Book of White Noise 1964-69 by Nye Ffarrabas / ex Bici Hendricks with Geoff Hendricks (1932-2018). First time ever shown in its entirety in public, 50+ years after being compiled. Book coming out in 2019 on The Friday Book of White Noise annotated by Nye edited and published by C X Silver Gallery Press.
Reception with and Performance Piece by Nye Ffarrabas: Sunday February 24 2-4pm
CX Silver Gallery 814 Western Ave Brattleboro VT Inquiries: (802) 257-7898 x1
International, interdisciplinary and experimental, Fluxus has been an ongoing laboratory for artistic process and ideas since the 1960s. This exhibition of mixed media pieces (FluxObjects) by Nye/Bici and Geoff documents their time together and apart, a relationship and ongoing communication of 57 years.
Nye Ffarrabas (formerly Bici Forbes and Bici Hendricks) and Geoffrey Hendricks (1931-2018) both transcend neat categorization with their event scores (instructions for participants in group and solo improvisation settings), the visual arts, wall pieces, installations, everyday objects as art, everyday activities incorporated into ritual and performance pieces, ordinary objects seen anew, exploration that has been playful, contemplative, serious and with multiple meanings, both simple and complex at the same time. Nye/Bici started the Black Thumb Press, Bici and Geoff sending out event scores as postcards as mail art to their friends. They kept an ongoing joint journal during their road trips together which they called The Friday Book of White Noise, conversation as art – the one not driving doing the writing down of the ideas and thoughts of both as they occurred. In 1962 on a pack trip in Wyoming Geoff’s camera unexpectedly took a picture of the sky on a timed delay. When he wanted to throw out the resultant slide, Nye said to him, “No, Geoff. It’s landscape with the land left out.”
“When creative types engage in an intimate relationship, especially when their world view is seen through the same lens, the fields they hoe harvest remarkable results. The interactions of their shared interests manifest noteworthy evidence when realized for all it carries for us to imagine in unexpected surprise and wonder. … Geoff’s fascination embraced the sky, cosmic energy, and dreams. Nye seemed to pull her inspiration sourcing anything within her ground path, the words that describe them, expose them, become them. While Geoff engaged dialogue between earth and sky, Nye was repurposing her ground work out of her everyday living.” – Sur Rodney (Sur)
Reception and Performance Pieces by Nye Ffarrabas Sunday February 23, 1-3pm. 814 Western Avenue, Brattleboro, VT, featuring Balancing The Egg, reading aloud selections from The Friday Book of White Noise volumes 2, 4 and 5 by Nye with Geoff, newly exhibited in public, courtesy of, and collection of, Nye Ffarrabas, and, selections from Nye’s poems and other writings. [The earlier opening reception for this show with Nye Ffarrabas was Saturday November 10th 2018.]