MU Eindhoven presents Los Angeles based artist, Cassils in their first museum solo exhibition in Europe. Titled Incendiary, this show explores Cassils’s multidisciplinary practice, which crosses a spectrum of performance, sound, sculpture, photography and video. The show is anchored in Cassils’s live durational works and the resulting performative objects, which melt, vibrate, flash and burn with visceral intensity.
Opening night will feature a live performance of Becoming An Image. Here the artist and photographer are plunged into darkness. When the photographer uses his flash, a burst of temporary light allows the audience to see only suspended moments of the performance, much like a “live” photograph, burning this image into their retina. A sculpture bearing the markings of this violent attack will be on display for the duration of the exhibition. As will Ghost, a multi channel sound track of sharp breaths and wet punches recorded from a prior performance.
Inextinguishable Fire, Cassils newest piece, is a performance for the camera, featuring Cassils engaged in a treacherous fire stunt. The final film makes the stunt’s theatrics as visible as its ostensible risk. Using techniques borrowed from Hollywood stunts, Cassils experiences the very real human terror of being lit on fire.
Another work in the exhibition is Cuts a Traditional Sculpture, a series of large-scale photographs documenting Cassils 23 weeks of muscle gain (paying direct homage to Eleanor Antin’s famous body nullifying work Carving a Traditional Sculpture).
Also on view is a video projection of Teresias, named after the prophet of Greek mythology who transformed into a woman for seven years. A fifteen-minute distillation of a four-hour performance is projected of the artist pressing themselves up behind a voluptuous male torso, sculpted from ice, which melts away. In this piece Cassils is not just burning away the mantel of Teresias, they are absorbing it as well.
20 May Design Debate on perfect humans with Cassils and Marli Huijer at Design Academy
19 June Incendiary day, with panel and performance at MU
Credits ‘Inextinguishable Fire’
Photo: Cassils and Robin Black.
Image courtesy of Ronald Feldman Fine Arts
February 14 – March 21, 2015
Ronald Feldman Fine Arts
31 Mercer Street, New York, NY 10013
Open Tuesday – Saturday 10am-6pm; Monday by appointment
Reception: Saturday, February 14, 6-8pm
Featuring Creative Capital Awardees: Janine Antoni, Edgar Arceneaux, Heather Cassils, Patty Chang, Julia Christensen, Chris Doyle, Eric Dyer, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Ken Gonzales-Day, Brent Green, Kelly Heaton, Shih Chieh Huang, Jennie C. Jones, Brian Knep, Simone Leigh (featuring Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts), Jennifer & Kevin McCoy, Matthew Moore with Braden King, Carlos Motta, Jeanine Oleson with Laurie Jo Reynolds, Karyn Olivier, Jason Salavon, Gregory Sale, Miriam Simun, Jesse Sugarmann, SuttonBeresCuller, Sam Van Aken, Quintan Ana Wikswo (list in formation)
“Negations and Negativities: Queer Theory’s Political Ante” The Center for Visual Cultures Theory-in-Practice Lab. on February 17 and 18, 2015. University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Becoming An Image, University of Wisconsin- Madison. Feb 17th.
Find out more info here: http://www.visualculture.wisc.edu/302.htm
Cassils was awarded the Creative Capital 2015 Award for Visual Artists. Find out more about Cassils’s Creative Capital project gallery here.
Funded Project: The Resilience of the 20%: Monument Project, a series of bronze monuments, cast from the artist’s attacks on 2000-pound clay blocks and placed at sites where acts of violence towards gender nonconforming people have occurred.
Creative Capital is pleased to announce its 2015 awardees in the categories of Moving Image and Visual Arts, representing a total of 46 funded projects selected from a nationwide pool of more than 3,700 proposals. Drawing on venture-capital principles, Creative Capital seeks out artists’ projects that are bold, innovative and genre-stretching, then surrounds those artists with the tools they need to realize their visions and build sustainable careers.
The 2015 Creative Capital Artists are an incredible group of creative thinkers, representing 50 artists at all stages of their careers with an age range of 28 to 80 years old. They hail from 13 states plus Puerto Rico and Canada; more than half are women, and more than half identify as non-European American. Each funded project receives up to $50,000 in direct funding (disbursed at key points over the life of the project), plus additional resources and advisory services valued at $45,000, making the organization’s total 2015 investment more than $4,370,000.
“We believe it is so critical to sustain a commitment to invention and experimentation, to provocation and beauty,” said Ruby Lerner, Founding President & Executive Director, Creative Capital. “This class of Creative Capital awardees does it all; these artists are engaged with the world, and the immediacy of their projects is breathtaking.”
Trans.ient will be opening November 20th, 2014 in conjunction with Transgender Awareness Month in West Hollywood, CA.
(Transgender Day of Rememberance), West Hollywood Library 625 N San Vicente Blvd, West Hollywood, California 90069
Friday, November 21 : 5 – 11pm : Santa Monica Blvd. between Hilldale Ave. and Robertson Blvd.
Saturday, November 22 : 7pm – 12am : Sunset Blvd. between San Vicente Blvd. and Larrabee St.
Sunday, November 23 : 12 – 4pm : York Blvd. and Ave 50, 90042
Monday, November 24 : 7pm
West Hollywood City Council Chambers
The International Prize for Live Art was awarded for the first time during ANTI Contemporary Art Festival in Kuopio 24th September. The six nominees for the award were: Franko B(UK/IT), Cassils (CA/US), Frog King/Kwok Mang-ho (HK), May Say production(FI), Gwendoline Robin (BE) and Joshua Sofaer (UK).
The first winner of the prestigious ANTI Festival International Prize for Live Art is Canadian artist Cassils.
The 2014 jury was chaired by Ruth Mackenzie (director of the Holland Festival and the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad) and comprised artist Anssi Kasitonni and architect Juhani Pallasmaa. The prize of 30,000 Euro is split between 15,000 cash prize and a 15,000 Euro to create a new work for the 2015 edition of the ANTI Festival. The award is supported by the Saastamoinen Foundation.
2014 ANTI Festival International Prize for Live Art
Presented with a shortlist of six extraordinary artists we set the terms of our discussion, an important tactic always but especially as we represent the first jury to judge the ANTI Festival International Prize for Live Art.
We spoke of world-class quality and of excellence. We quickly knew the winning artist would need to display true ambition and be indelibly innovative – they would be breaking barriers, doing something no one else was doing. They would be brilliant now and consumed by the will to be better, to do more, to explore more. We spoke about commitment, about drive and the ability to work and work and work. We were looking for not only a great live artist but a great artist full stop.
The winning artist of the inaugural ANTI Festival International Prize for Live Art reflects everything outlined above and more. This artist’s work, and their extraordinary commitment to it, pushes at the every edges of Live Art – informed as much by classical sculpture as it is by contemporary culture. The place of the artist within the work is critical, this artist’s body and this artist’s work is one and the same – the space between the artist and the art is collapsed; the maker and the made are inseparable. When we look at this work we look at the artist, but their skill lies in demanding our gaze move beyond the extraordinary set of practices that constitute the specific human body before us, and towards something that we could quite unflinchingly call the human condition. This artist takes their body and makes it, works it, into something else, something that questions how we see each other, how we seek to manipulate ourselves, our bodies and our lives. It is deeply ethical work as it poses crucial questions around the aestheticization and commodification of our bodies and ourselves.
This artist works with brute force, using methods developed in the gymnasium, by that endlessly curious practice of bodybuilding, to change, sculpt, challenge and redefine their body. The commitment to this process has been total. The lengths that the artist has gone to realize this work demands a special response from us, their audience. This artist creates profoundly impactful imagery, often made in response to earlier moments in performance art, but in their intensity and power they exceed those contexts and pass into the world around us, though screens, magazines and a series of extraordinary live pieces. The work’s explicit relationship to transgendered bodies is equally expansive, the work isn’t about transgenderness, instead it starts there and speaks outwardly to us all.
This work is eloquent, sophisticated, dedicated and quite brilliant; the body – the artist’s body – transformed again and again into an illusion. Flesh becomes marble, marble becomes flesh. Michelangelo and all who followed would be rightly awed, as we the jury were, by this artists’ ability to present the human body as art.
It gives us great pleasure to announce the winning artist of the 2014 ANTI Festival International Prize for Live Art is Cassils.
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