OPENING 4/15: Project Embodied

Collective Arts Incubator is thrilled to present the launch of PROJECT EMBODIED – an ongoing series of live performances and exhibitions that focus on contemporary art through the lenses of performativity. PROJECT EMBODIED will launch with a group exhibition presenting works by LA and NY-based artists Johnny Shield, Daniel T. Gaitor-Lomack, Jean Rim, Yon Natalie Mik and Sheila Garrett Roriguez at the Collective Arts Incubator Gallery in Highland Park, Los Angeles. The five artists will perform live on April 15th, May 13th and May 28th. The group exhibition, reflective of the project’s effort to show the increasingly diverse vocabulary and interdisciplinarity in performance art, will be on view from April 15th through May 31st.

Exhibition Dates:

April 15 to May 31, 2017

Live Performances:

Saturday, April 15, 2017, 7pm – 11pm

Saturday, May 13, 2017, 7pm – 10pm

Sunday, May 28, 2017, 7pm – 10pm

Gallery Hours:

By Appointment

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As an artist initiative, PROJECT EMBODIED aims to enrich the understanding of how performance across different genres and media can be experienced and considered within the contemporary art context. The project stimulates independent discourse among practicing artists, critics and students who recognize the lack of knowledge in exhibiting, archiving and discussing theatricality, performance, time-based and bodily- oriented art at galleries or museums. As an ongoing series of events, PROJECT EMBODIED provides a place for performers to add to the (non)archival history of performance art; it aims to publicly build documentation, memory and remains as an continuing historical record that is passed on through different modes of knowing and remembering.

PROJECT EMBODIED participants can exchange thoughts, concerns and ideas by connecting to a larger network of performers and spaces that support the spirit of this project. For each event, the project goes back to the performers by giving them the space, the time and the audience to present their work. It allows the performer the agency and creative control over how the work is executed and (un)documented. At the same time, it also allows the audience to raise questions. While the performer conveys the work through performative authority, the audience possesses the power to shape or deny the performer’s authorial power of the performance. Through providing such conversational environments, PROJECT EMBODIED hopes to participate in building more constructive discussions around contemporary performance. It seeks to pave and enter new avenues for a deeper understanding of performance.

After the initial launch exhibition and series of live performances, PROJECT EMBODIED will continue to highlight the work of performers at various locations in the US and internationally in the form of live events and exhibitions.

PROJECT EMBODIED is calling creators, performers and interdisciplinary artists to submit their work to be considered for future events. Proposals are accepted on a rolling basis and can be emailed to

Saturday, April 15 (7-11pm)

PROJECT EMBODIED launches with opening live performances by Daniel T. Gaitor-Lomack and Sheila Garrett Rodriguez.

Sheila Garrett Rodriguez presents an intergenerational, participatory performance that connects to ideas of communitas, reproduction, reenactment and the passing of knowledge through domestic and mundane acts that are often invisible to the public and poorly documented by the institution.

Daniel T. Gaitor-Lomack’s performances are concerned with ideas of hierarchy, Negro Formalism and dissociation. He applies installation and destruction in his art as aesthetic technique for creating new forms of perception related to disorder in society, trafficking bodies and economic crisis. His own paintings and ready-mades become material for the installations that Lomack uses or destroys during his performances, challenging the value of time-honored believes that art must be an intrinsically stable aesthetic object.

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Saturday, May 13 (7-10pm)

As an ongoing series of events focusing on art through the lenses of performativity, PROJECT EMBODIED continues to present two live performances by Jean Rim and Yon Natalie Mik on the night of the North East Los Angeles art walk at the Collective Arts Incubator gallery.

As an artist and healer, Jean Rim’s work addresses issues of feminism, growth, destruction and survival. For her live performances the artist exercises embodied ritual and gestural memory. Rim streams her live performances via social media in response to the performer’s relationship to technological change and notions of mediatized culture and liveness in performance art.

In her performances, Yon Natalie Mik merges spoken words with movements from Western contemporary dance and Korean traditional performance. At the Collective Arts Incubator, her work will address the contingent nature of embodied performances in relation to archive-based history- making and the traditional genealogies of knowledge. By tracing the interplay of remains & repertoire and the relationship between performer & viewer, she invites the audience to interrogate concepts of surveillance, (in)visibility and documentation of bodies to counterbalance patriarchal forms of (re)presentation and production in visual culture.

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Sunday, May 28 (7-9pm)

For the concluding performance at Collective Arts Incubator, interdisciplinary artist Johnny Shield will finish his 8-day hiking performance by walking down from the Pacific Crest Trail straight to the CAI gallery on the night of May 28th. The final part of Shield’s durational performance will be a response to his past days on the mountains and presented live in front of the gallery audience. Shield’s performances are concerned with ideas of transgression of the body, crossing borders, endurance and masochistic art. He puts his body to discomfort, pain and corporeal danger as a response to his struggles with the institution and the secular culture that becomes increasingly out of balance.

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