Shape Shifters: Artist Panel and Discussion
Join us at School 33 Art Center on Saturday, June 11 at 12pm for performances by Marcus Civin and Bobby English Jr. followed by an artist panel and discussion. Panel members will include the Shape Shifters artists- Renee Rendine, Marcus Civin, Bobby English Jr., & curator Melissa Webb, as well as performance artists Hoesy Corona & Ada Pinkston of Labbodies, Alessandra Torres, Laure Drogoul, & Leslie Rogers. Audience members will also be invited to participate in the discussion.
Performance art exists within the realm of the ephemeral, even when sculptural objects and environments are utilized by the artist. Shape Shifters presents performance works that explore the tangible and the tactile, incorporating layered, task-based actions relating to the sculptural elements of each piece. These are fluid, experiential spaces that exist in a performer-activated state, as well as in a state of stillness- holding the energy created by the performer’s actions.
In her installation murmuration, Renee Rendine continually constructs and deconstructs: appropriating, shifting, and reshaping the materials that make up her environment. Ultimately the residue created by her actions serves as a physical document of her movements. With This table is a drum/These feet are drumsticks/And I’m sick of It, Marcus Civin explores what it takes to march, to move your body through space as a statement of protest. Civin’s work alternately seeks to control the performative dialog- then allows viewers to take the reins. Bobby English Jr. marries sculpture and the body while exploring ritual and personal mythology. The Eye and I is a roving, meandering performance that builds on itself as time progresses, leaving evidence of internal and external struggle and catharsis.
School 33 Art Center is dedicated to providing opportunities for visual and performing artists through solo and group exhibitions, art classes, hands-on workshops, a Studio Artist Program and special events. A program of the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, School 33 Art Center is supported in part by the Maryland State Arts Council and through private contributions. School 33 Art Center is the proud recipient of a grant from the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, which supports fearless and innovative collaborations in the spirit of Robert Rauschenberg.