I've Only Known My Own

Curated by Nicole Burisch

Opening Reception
April 2, 7-9pm

On view  
March 30 - April 16, 2016  (Thursdays-Saturdays: 12-6pm, and by appointment)

Performance Schedule
Ursula Johnson: April 2, starting at 2pm
Michelle Lacombe: April 7, starting at sunset (approx. 7:45) - 9pm
Autumn Knight: April 8, 8-9pm
Nadege Grebmeier Forget: April 9, Time TBA

I’ve Only Known My Own is a group exhibition of new performance works that explore how the materiality of the body is translated or communicated through measurements, process, technology, and documentation. This exhibition looks at how the matter of the body might become a tool or force that generates or expresses its own (il/logical) systems, and thinks through how this material embodiment might function as a form of resistance. Rather than presenting a fixed set of works, the exhibition will evolve over the course of its three-week run, with objects, props, and works being set in motion during the presentation of each of the 4 performances. Inhabiting the quasi-domestic architecture of the gallery, the artists will work within the rooms of She Works Flexible’s Flex Space, gradually interacting with the space and leaving traces behind.

Nadège Grebmeier Forget‘s (Montreal, QC) ongoing series One on ones for so-called fans involves private performances that are then translated through oral accounts and performative re-tellings, highlighting the role of documentation and technology in mediating access to her performing body. Ursula Johnson (Dartmouth, NS) will present a new work that continues her investigations into the ways that indigenous cultural practices such as basket-weaving or leather tanning are now transmitted from body to body, and place to place. Autumn Knight‘s (Houston, TX) new performance Documents will compile a reading of the documentation that serves to legitimize (American) citizenship, while holding space for the embodied specificities of race, class, and gender to contest whether these documents accurately reflect the bodies they are meant to represent. Michelle Lacombe (Montreal, QC) will present excerpts from her project Of All the Watery Bodies, I’ve Only Known My Own, where she used a monthly measurement of the volume of blood in her body to determine the placement of a tattooed water line around her calves. Mikhel Proulx (Montreal, QC), a scholar who has written about the ways in which queer bodies are (re)presented in online spaces and through self-imaging practices such as web-camming and selfies, will be on site to research a text that will be published following the close of the exhibition.

As part of the public programming for the exhibition, The Canaries (New York, NY)a group of woman-identified and gender non-conforming artists with “compromised immunities,” have been invited to parasite the show. Their new publication “Notes for the Waiting Room,” which investigates the bifurcation of body and mind in bio-medicine and other discourses, will be distributed at the gallery. They will also facilitate a workshop on bodily trauma and care.

Media contact: Nicole Burisch, curator

I’ve Only Known My Own is being presented by the Core Residency Program, Glassell School of Art in partnership with Dan Fergus, Brasil Café, and She Works Flexible. Nadège Grebmeier Forget’s project has also received support throughDiagonale‘s La Soupée event, and Michelle Lacombe would like to thank Centre Sagamie for supporting the production of her images.

Sincere thanks to all those who have offered advice and support along the way: Anthea Black, Andy Campbell, Rachel Cook, Joshua Cordova, Lily Cox-Richards, Danielle Dean, Dean Daderko, Taraneh Fazeli, Peter Gershon, Joe Havel, Collin Hedrick, Kerry Inman, Mary Leclère, Val Mayes, Lynne McCabe, and Olya Zarapina.