MATERIAL ART FAIR
EYE TO EYE
AN EXHIBITION BENEFITING SANCTUARY FOR FAMILIES
ED FORNIELES
Booth B24
February 8-11

Frónton Mexico

Arsenal Contemporary is proud to present Ed Fornieles: The Finiliar, marking the artist’s first presentation in Mexico. Sculptures and LED screens together present an imagined brand, adapting the symbols of Japanese collectibles to examine the global circulation of capital.

The Finiliar’s existence is tethered to structures far beyond the control of any singular author, including the artist. Instead, its fate is predicated upon the data on which it relentlessly feeds—the perpetual flux of an unreliable market returned and reembodied as the creature’s psychological states.

For this presentation at Material Art Fair, Fornieles has created two new Finiliars, avatars of Televisa and Netflix, a traditional national media company and its global competitor. Each Finiliar’s health is inexplicably linked to the other’s as they vie for your attention, in and out of their art context, fighting to dominate in an already over-saturated market. In this sense, the Finiliars battle for survival, or at least an awkward co-existence, each aware that one’s success might lead to the other’s demise.

PERFORMANCE SERIES

Tuesday 13 February 1pm (RSVP required)
Know Your Chamber
Lou Dallas

Thursday 15 February 7pm & 9pm (RSVP required)
inside without, just to see
Sara Grace Powell

Tuesday 20 February 7pm
Readings
Lily Herman, Maya Martinez, Tracie Morris & Sarah Zapata

Wednesday 21 February 7pm
Pulling Threads
Amerinda Inc. and Spiderwoman Theater

Thursday 22 February 6pm
From Victim to Survivor
Sanctuary for Families and Gibney Dance Company

Saturday 24 February 7pm
deliberation
Tara-Jo Tashna

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Tuesday 13 February 1pm (RSVP required)
Lou Dallas
’ NYFW runway show explores a mysterious castle with its sometimes riotous, sometimes sinister gathering of denizens. Among rooms of great opulence, Lou is bathed in champagne, wreathed in smoky fragrances, and assaulted by a cacophony of screams and cackles, before descending to the castle’s deep vaults, and meeting the uneasy spirits that lie beneath.

Thursday 15 February 7pm & 9pm (RSVP required)
Sara Grace Powell
is an intermedia artist. She has performed at Bortolami LLC, the MoMA, and La Mama, among others.

For this happening, Powell repurposes a meditation that was foundational to the cult that the artist was raised in. Powell collaborated on the soundscape with Dachi Cole.

Tuesday 20 February 7pm
Lily Herman, Maya Martinez, Tracie Morris & Sarah Zapata

Lily Herman was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. She received a Silver Award from the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts for Short Fiction in 2007. She is the author of two books: Better than some, not as good as others, and Each Day There is a Little Love in a Book for You, as well as being included in several Corresponding Society Anthologies.

Maya Martinez is a writer and artist. Her writing and object making deal with personal mythology, cruelty, traps, and entertainment. Maya is from Florida and she dances on the weekends. She has recently performed at MoMA PS1, American Medium, Otion Front Studio, and at the Satellite Art Fair in Miami Basel.

Tracie Morris is the author and editor of seven books, as of Spring, 2018. She is an award-winning interdisciplinary artist, writer, vocalist and a fellow of Yaddo, MacDowell, Millay, Creative Capital, and Asian Cultural Council. Installations presentations by Morris have been presented as part of the Whitney Biennial, and institutions including the New Museum and Philadelphia Museum of Art, as well as in venues and galleries on 6 continents.

Sarah Zapata is an artist and writer based in Brooklyn, NY. Her writing practice explores the evangelical and tactile nature of foot erotica. She has read at Printed Matter, Signal Gallery, and most recently MoMA PS1.

Wednesday 21 February 7pm
Pulling Threads honors indigenous narratives and their cultural perseverance, placing Native traditions firmly in a contemporary context. A conversation and quilting workshop by Amerinda and Spiderwoman about Native women creating resistance art with Muriel Miguel (Kuna/Rappahannock), Gloria Miguel (Kuna/Rappahannock), Donna Couteau (Sac & Fox), Diane Fraher (Osage/Cherokee).

American Indian Artists Inc. (Amerinda), established in 1987, is a community-based multi-arts organization that works to empower Native Americans, break down barriers and foster intercultural understanding and appreciation for Native culture through its arts programs and services to individual artists. Amerinda‘s mission is to promote the indigenous perspective in the arts to a broad audience through the creation of new work in contemporary art forms—visual, performing, literary and media.

Spiderwomen Theater presents exceptional theatre performance and offers theater training and education rooted in an urban Indigenous performance practice. They entertain and challenge their audiences in order to create an environment where the Indigenous, women’s and arts communities can come together to examine and discuss their cultural, social and political concerns.

Thursday 22 February 6pm
This dance series bears witness to survivors of intimate partner and gender-based violence in a performance created during the journey from struggle to survival. Featuring Sanctuary for Families Survivor Leaders and created in partnership with Gibney Dance Company’s Co-Director Amy Miller, two pieces entitled Points of Change and Echoes of Truth bring forward stories once held in silence, and give voice to the power of art and community. These pieces were created as part of Gibney’s Community Action’s performance series ‘Cracks of Light,’ an awareness raising platform for genderbased violence co-presented with Sanctuary for Families and supported by the New York Health & Racquet Club.

In an evening raising awareness of the power to recover, Sanctuary for Families Executive Director, Judy Harris Kluger, will be joined by Sanctuary advocate and attorney Lindsey Song and a Sanctuary client / survivor, to discuss cyber sexual abuse, commonly known as ‘revenge porn’. This discussion will offer community education and political awareness as well as various resources for legislative advocacy.

deliberation is a meditation, a healing, an understanding, a piece about vulnerability that develops around utterance and physical cleansing, it is the third of a series of meditative performances.

Saturday 24 February 7pm
Tara-Jo Tashna
is a Jamaican born performer and choreographer residing in Brooklyn. She has performed at MoMA Ps1, Mana Contemporary, The Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia, The Guggenheim, Signal Gallery, and Outpost Artist Resources among others.

Featuring: Caitlin Baucom, Kellian Delice, Kathleen Dycaico, Sarah Kinlaw, Sigrid Lauren, Monica Mirabile, Aarron Ricks and Quenton Stuckey