Work by Erika Harrsch, Miguel Luciano, Esperanza Mayobre, Favianna Rodriguez, and Judi Werthein
August 28 – October 26, 2013
Featuring Erika Harrsch " United of North America passport performance"
September Friday 6th and September 7th
MACLA/Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana
510 S. First Street, San Jose, CA 95113
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Featuring Erika Harrsch " United of North America passport
performance" Sept 11th
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Room 35 is a multilevel artistic expression within a musical performance. A multidisciplinary collage on stage with performance, music, video, animation, moving images and sculptural elements designed and created by Erika Harrsch. Room No. 35 maps the labyrinth of the heart and seeks to unify the tangential impulses of the human spirit, a surrealist story about a person attempting to escape from a dream in which she meets four other versions of herself. The stage includes various sculptural elements, including the @Erika Harrsch LEDCello, incorporating sound, lighting design and projected visuals.
To be Premiered at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts,
February 1st, 2014
UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT URBANA-CHAMPAIGN
- Erika Harrsch : Visual Director and artistic lead
- Paola Prestini : Composer and artistic lead
- Maya Beiser : Cellist and artistic lead
- Machael McQuilken : Dramaturg
- Beth Morrison : Creative Producer
Mexican Artist Erika Harrsch Flying her currency kites in Long Island City NY in 2012. Part of a series of performances with flying currency as "Inverted Sky" at World financial center in NYC part of River to River festival in 2012, Skyfull at OMW performance designed by Erika Harrsch and Paola Prestini with Claire Chase and Eric Lamb.
On Saturday, Ms. Harrsch was at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, Conn., with her project, "United States of North America Passport." Her installation envisions a borderless North American continent — a fictitious entity called the United States of North America — and encourages museum visitors to apply for a passport that will make them citizens.
Once an application has been completed, Ms. Harrsch, playing the role of bureaucrat, invites applicants to spin a wheel to determine their fate.
Ms. Harrsch has traveled the country with the exhibit, and shown it in China, Mexico
and Poland. In the United States, activists and undocumented immigrants sometimes approach her. "They say, 'If this is a serious issue, why are you losing your time doing an art project? Do something for real,'" she said. "It's not for me to speak with a loud voice to anybody. It's for me more to speak to communities that bring this to the attention of leaders. It's very difficult to approach leaders, and easier to approach the world."
Butterflies Roam at a Concert Hall in Infancy, Still Without a Roof
In a performance designed by the visual artist Erika Harrsch, butterfly-shaped kites were printed with blown-up images of American currency, a beautiful but melancholy accompaniment to works for flute duet by Mario Diaz de Leon and Julian Wachner.
The Aldrich will host an opening reception to introduce united states, a semester of solo exhibitions and artist's projects that approach both the nature of the United States as a country and "united states" as the notion of uniting separate forms, manners, or conditions of being. Subjects that are touched upon include history (and forgetfulness), war, political division, race, the economy, immigration, competition vs. cooperation, mythology, group psychology, the social contract, and consumerism. No one series of exhibitions can summarize the complexity of the meanings inherent in the concept of "united states," however the goal is not to provide closure, but rather to echo the belief that disparate entities united to form a whole are hopefully greater (and more profound) than the simple sum of parts.
Twelve artist's projects that approach both the nature of the United States as a country and "united states" as the alliance of separate forms, entities, or conditions of being.Timed to coincide with the 2012 American election season, united states is presented at a time when political and social divisions in this country are readily apparent, and polarization on many major issues is at an historical high.
united states includes projects by Jane Benson, Alison Crocetta, Celeste Fichter, Erika Harrsch, Sui Jianguo, Nina Katchadourian, Matthew Northridge, Risa Puno, John Stoney, Frances Trombly, Rosemary Williams, and Jenny Yurshansky, as well as solo exhibitions by Pedro Barbeito, Jonathan Brand, Brody Condon, Brad Kahlhamer, Brian Knep, Erik Parker, and Hank Willis Thomas.
The artists included in Paradox: The Limits of Liberty reflect in a critical manner on contemporary forms of tensions:
war –Gordon Cheung, Piers Secunda-, democracy -Alex Rodríguez, Majeed Beenteha-, religion –Yvette Mattern, Eugenio Merino, Andrés Serrano-, celebrity -Erwin Olaf-, gender –Eli Cortiñas, Erika Harrsch-, and individual freedom –Siri Hermansen, Terry Rodgers.
Paradoxically, the experience of more liberty generates even more fear of liberty. Maybe we should ask ourselves where the limits in our aspirations towards liberty are… Paco Barragán
Erika Harrsch: Inverted Sky
Erika Harrsch's solo show transforms ArtGate Gallery into a laboratory for thought on the joys and challenges that emerge from the intertwining of our lives in one global community. The thought-provoking installations, kites, entomological boxes, and paintings of Inverted Sky create a weave of intersecting perspectives: lives of individuals in nature, scientific calculation, commerce and trade, and questions of global ethics.
The exhibition invites the spectator to reflect, as the animated fluttering of paper butterflies in the installation Cashcube beckon viewers inside to witness species of currency butterflies. Some of these monetized butterflies are pinned etymologically as extinct specimens ready for inspection. Others migrate across paintings, sometimes freely and unpredictably, at other times suffering from the effects of economic choices on the natural environment. Harrsch invites us to consider how our lives are enmeshed in relations of interdependency.
The artworks in this exhibition depict a weave of parallel paths and interdependent dimensions that open up alternative outcomes in the search for new utopias. Will the precision of scientific objectification finally pin unique individuals into lifelessness? Both the strength of a surrealist-like humor and the brilliantly colored species of butterfly-currencies suggest otherwise: nature and its interdependent individuals, no matter how much late-modern technicians predict, measure, and manage.
The professional grade etymological butterfly boxes containing extinct European currencies -- Papilionnumismia Ephemerae Europeae -- are surely sites of reflection. Delicate and free flutterings of fragile living individuals may yet create a promising inversion, where unreachable, cloud-like imaginings float down to earth and transform a commodified environment back into an incarnate atmosphere open to creativity. In the new painting Twist, butterflies maneuver in an openness of air with uncharted possibilities. The sky is alive and there is an inversion at play.
Inverted Sky suggests a turning over of conventions and norms. Yet, exactly which inversions will emerge – and from what sources -- remains a question. On the one hand, the painting Melt shows a volcanic eruption, where the natural environment spews dust and smoke enough to paralyze a whole continent of finely-engineered aircraft. Nearby, wayward technologies spill oil. Both dust and oil cannot be separated from rivers and blood streams, visible in nearby parts of the composition. As the painting Pump suggests, the spell of spirals exists in the same world that displays ink-like splashes of petroleum sludge. Harrsch invites each viewer to palpitate and ponder the pathways that are now unfolding for us. . She subverts easy stereotypes and leads viewers to the work of questioning, without imposing closure or set answers.
Harrsch's oeuvre confronts pressing issue with spirited and compelling directness. The exhibition includes a whimsical sixteen-foot Dragon Kite, where fabric of spinnaker nylon displays an image of Mao enlarged from fragments of Chinese currency. The Dragon and the US Currency Kites premiering at ArtGate Gallery will fly prodigiously the financial center of Manhattan, at the River-to-River festival, in June of this year.
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