Kara Rooney – As Above/So Below – performance and opening reception this Saturday, March 10th at SECRET DUNGEON in Brooklyn

Posted by on Mar 8, 2018 in Events, Exhibitions, Faculty, Performance | No Comments

 

VCS faculty member Kara Rooney’s latest exhibition is opening this weekend, with a reception and performance on Saturday:

 

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Please join the team at SECRET DUNGEON for the opening of: As Above/So Below 
An exhibition of new work and performances by Kara Rooney

March 10 – April 15, 2018
OPENING PERFORMANCE: Saturday, March 10, 7-9 pm
LOCATION: 236 Moore Street, Brooklyn
(Entry Through the Garage Door on White Street)
HOURS: Saturdays 12pm – 6pm, Wednesday – Sunday by Appointment

 

As Above/So Below

‘I’ll be damned if I can ever separate language from my use of it from my perceiving.’

                                                                                                                     –Kathy Acker

What does it mean to inhabit a place, a body, a language? Can we ever find firm ground on a shifting surface of image, text, linguistic projection and its consumption? And does the dance across that slippery, ever-tilting landscape form a memory, an event, a lived experience, a self?

‘What if I lit things up?

In a fit of Fire

Sliding, tumbling’

This action is a purging; an exhalation of thought and inconsistencies. The performative interactivity of body, drawing, and word triangulated as a collision of materials. We must probe the instability of language and memory in the narration of social and gendered histories, repositioning the body as

critical site of resistance/receptivity.

‘A movement towards the inevitable.

Who’d be left standing?’*

This suite of drawings, titled “aerial mappings,” are Kara Rooney’s means of envisioning a stage for future performances. By encouraging the audience to participate in writing into these works in real time, they become a living palimpsest of creative thought, speech, and its reception, as seen from above. The interactive nature of communication, a foundational touchstone of Rooney’s performances, is echoed in these preparatory works which play upon the incoherence of memory–collective and individual–in the attempt to calcify information into a linear context, and the sheer impossibility of that slide. 

*Excerpts from Rooney’s personal journals

Kara Rooney is a Brooklyn-based artist and critic working in performance, sculpture and new media installation. Her visual work has been widely exhibited in international and domestic venues including Fridman Gallery, NY; TOTAH, NY; Driscoll Babcock Gallery, NY; A.I.R. Gallery, NY; the Chelsea Art Museum, NY; the International Women’s Museum, CA; the Jersey City Museum, NJ; the Montclair Art Museum, NJ; the Pera Museum, Istanbul, Turkey; and the Karamay Museum of Fine Arts, Xinjiang, China. Residencies include the Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program (2015-16); La Quiñonera, Mexico City, MEX; and the Queens College Art Center, NY, among others. Most recently, Rooney participated as an artist-in-residence at the MeetFactory, Prague, where she continued her explorations into the field of choreography and performative installation. She is a Santo Foundation Individual Artist Grant recipient and her critical writings have been published in Art in America, The Brooklyn Rail, Hyperallergic and M/E/A/N/I/N/G. Rooney earned her MFA from the School of Visual Arts and is an Editor Emeritus for The Brooklyn Rail.

If you would like to make an appointment or have any questions email: [email protected]

Visual & Critical Studies