Announcing Late Bloomer Late Bloomer, a film screening presented by Hosting Projects at the Los Angeles Contemporary Archive on April 12
Today’s post is the first of two about an upcoming series of events in Los Angeles organized by Hosting Projects, the ongoing curatorial project founded in 2014 by VCS alumnae Harris Bauer and Rachel Zaretsky. Here’s a comment that Harris sent me a couple days ago:
I wanted to write you about an upcoming project that Rachel and I have organized in Los Angeles. We’ll be presenting a body of work called Late Bloomer Late Bloomer from Ben Gould and Gabriella Lacza over two installments. The first will be a screening of their film at the Los Angeles Contemporary Archive (linked here), on April 12, followed by a live performance and installation at Driveway 327 [note: this is scheduled for April 15]. We finally made an instagram, which has all of our documentation from the last four years of shows, including both of [VCS alumnus] Conner Calhoun’s.
Here’s more detailed information from Harris and Rachel about the film screening on April 12. (I will follow up soon with another post about the performance and installation that’s scheduled for April 15th.)
April 12, 2018
Late Bloomer Late Bloomer
Ben Gould & Gabriella Lacza
A Hosting Project
Screening & Archive Presentation:
April 12, 2018 8:00-9:30PM
Q & A to follow
Late Bloomer Late Bloomer is a multidisciplinary project developed over the course of three years by Ben Gould and Gabriella Lacza. Rooted in performance documentation and underlying contextual information, the resulting film will be screened on April 12th at the Los Angeles Contemporary Archive. Produced with a distinct eye towards imagery, symbolism and narrative tonality, the piece further activates a practice of live performances developed while visiting Vienna, VA for Gould’s Tourette Syndrome-related treatments and surgery.
Acting as both ephemera and independent video work, the film gives form to a psyche shared between the two artists. The atmosphere that evolves is reflective of their time spent visiting Vienna, felt in their presence from both behind and in front of the camera. By building an emotional context into the film’s independent state of visual stimulation, Late Bloomer Late Bloomer hints at something happening just beyond the screen. Gould and Lacza’s cinematography unearths a tangible sense of foreboding, anxiety and eeriness, engaging with and revealing possibilities for emotive documentation. The aura of Vienna itself is characterized by way of circumstantial scenic imagery, enhanced by manually manipulated video effects and a soundtrack composed from every tonal quality, texture and sound produced by Gould’s body through the means of his Tourette Syndrome.
The film reimagines two original performances: Ant Dance and Flower Dance, by way of sculptural objects and a mythological undercarriage of context. Late Bloomer Late Bloomer utilizes Tourette’s as a motor through which to cultivate raw energy, and simultaneously shed light on a dynamic partnership between Lacza and Gould. This is something directly seen in the performances, but characterized more subtly in the sculptures, soundtrack and surrounding objects created by both artists. Gould dances on a stage in the woods as well as the parking lot of his doctor’s office, wearing clothing designed and made by Lacza with an inherent understanding of how to protect him from his uncontrollable movements, as he systematically approaches these spasms through weights and restrictions that channel energy into choreographed positions.
Ben Gould is an artist currently living in New York City. After being diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome, Gould’s studio practice has transformed to harbor a new investment in the body, exploring limits, resistance, and the loss of control. Grounded in performance, his multidisciplinary practice is built upon collaboration, intimacy, and urgency – cultivated by a deep interest in how energy is directed, rerouted, transformed and transferred. His condition has become an engine for movement-based performance work that is in search of stabilization, and driven by an evolving practice of energetic restraint and release. Within a growing mythos, a space for fantasy and freedom is created for the corresponding videos, images, and objects that emerge from this process. Gould has performed site-specific works across the country, from varied geographies to institutional spaces, was a 2015 Ox-Bow Fellow, a 2017 Kickstarter Artist in Residence, and a Queenlab Space Grant recipient in 2018. He was born in Grass Valley, California in 1993 and was raised there, in the foothills of the Sierra Mountains, next to a decommissioned gold mine and a river. Most recently he has performed and shown new works in Kansas City, San Antonio, Miami, and at the Watermill Center, Judson Church, and Queenslab in New York.
Gabriella Lacza is an artist, archivist, and art historian based in New York City. Her practice focuses on relationships and collaboration, often working closely with others – helping them realize new projects and operating as a facilitator, clothing designer, proof-reader, and lover. Four years ago she wrote “I want to be famous to just one person,” and now she is.
Organized by Harris Bauer and Rachel Zaretsky of Hosting Projects. Hosting Projects is an artist run, site specific production of facilitation, curation, collaboration and conversation surrounding new works, formed in 2014.