For immediate release
Luke Fischbeck/Lucky Dragons
Wynne Greenwood/K8 Hardy
Curated by Brendan Fowler
David Kordansky Gallery is pleased to present this talk we have, this talk we have had, this talk we have/have had, a curated group exhibition by Brendan Fowler with works and performances by Luke Fishbeck/Lucky Dragons, Brendan Fowler, Wynne Greenwood/K8 Hardy, Chris Johanson and Emily Roysdon. The exhibition will be on view through August 5th. Performances with Luke Fischbeck/Lucky Dragons, Brendan Fowler/BARR and Chris Johanson will be held on Friday, July 7th, Saturday, July 8 th and Saturday, July 15th at 8pm. Space is limited, Please RSVP 323-222-1482.
Luke Fischbek/Lucky Dragons
Under the name Lucky Dragons, Luke Fischbeck performs “electronic music.” His use of vocals is occasional and if integrated, they are seldom deciphered as a spoken language. He is a composer who has recently devised technology that connects the bodies of audience members to his computer so that their presence controls different aspects of the music being produced. Brendan Fowler describes Luke Fischbek’s “compelling sounds as “thrilling —you very seldom hear sounds that you have genuinely never heard before— but it is how he integrates these new sounds with what can best be described as an ecstatic ritual – that is truly a great celebration of the human spirit.”
Brendan Fowler, known as BARR in his spoken performance project, talks to an audience over spare prerecorded music. His political observations and words are also shown as text pieces in the gallery. He literally, directly, and physically gives text-heavy dialogue to the audience. As he explains, “it’s not to say that BARR performances even necessarily include physical contact with audiences, although sometimes they do, but there is a certain degree of physicality absorbed by witnessing a live human acting out.” It is as though language mounts the performer and causes him to climb on things, pace and urgently move around the room and contort as he tries to express what is clearly stated on the walls. Brendan Fowler has released an album on 5RC titled, Beyond Reinforced Jewel Case.
Wynne Greenwood/K8 Hardy
Wynne Greenwood and K8 Hardy team up for the video, New Report, in which they take on the roles of reporters Henry Stein-Acker-Hill (Greenwood) and Henry Iragary (Hardy). Their focus is on the presence of women and dissent in the media. They broadcast news such as reports on personal anxiety, the closing of a feminist archive and bra burning. Holland Cotter for the New York times describes New Report as “glitch prone good humor…touching on 1960s activism, 1970’s feminism, queer politics, the cult of narcissism and the almost beyond satire absurdities of the news machine.” (New York Times, June 29, 2006) Wynne Greenwood is the one-person rock trio called Tracy and the Plastics. K8 Hardy is one of the founders of the queer, feminist collective and journal LTTR.
Chris Johanson performs in a gallery for the first time although in the past he has played in what he brands as “art damaged” punk bands. Johanson’s paintings and sculptural installations embrace the new age, sub-cultures, abstraction and figuration and are peaceful ponderings of contemporary life. Brendan Fowler describes his work as “full of questions or open ended comments posing and begging for, at least, a silent internal reply if not a discussion”. Chris Johanson has recently exhibited, I Can Feel It (Co-Exist In Modern Death): Alright Yeah! at Jack Hanley Gallery, Los Angeles and is part of the Berlin Biennial.
Emily Roysdon presents Strategic Form, a series of stunning photographs of an endurance based performance in which her close associates are positioned in shaky pyramid formations that mirror hierarchical structures of both traditional patriarchies and revolutionary cells. The photos are taken by the center most person who was instructed to click the shutter release when they felt most stable in the form, and when they felt sure that they and the pyramid would soon give out. It is this moment of security and insecurity that largely informs Roysdon’s work. Emily Roysdon edits the queer, feminist journal LTTR. Currently her work can be seen in Uncertain States of America, curated by Daniel Birnbaum, Gunnar B. Kvaran, and Hans Ulrich Obrist, at the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College.
For more information or for directions to the gallery please contact us at (323) 222-1482, send a fax to (323) 227-7933 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.