August First Friday Picks

By Katherine Rochester
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Present perfect: Bring a present to Vox, and Jessica Gath will wrap it up.

Photo by Jessica Gath

Don’t miss the art party—Vox Populi, Grizzly Grizzly and many other galleries close for the rest of August.

Sound/Stages II @ Vox Populi

We’re in the dog days of summer, and Vox, sensing the fatigue, is throwing us a party (thanks, guys!). Stacked with classic entertainment standbys such as video, music and performance, Sound/Stages II proves the age-old saying: You get out what you put in. Bring a present, and you’ll be rewarded with a custom wrap job, courtesy of Boston-based artist Jessica Gath. Deliver a homemade video, and Christopher P. McManus will screen it as part of Summer Open Video Jam. Show up looking like a beach bum, and you’ll be right at home in Micah Danges’ “slacker paradise” of surf and skate videos with the Grateful Dead on the airwaves and a signature cocktail of the artists’ own design tucked into your hand. Participate in Lydia Grey’s performance, and you’ll be metaphorically connected to Nantucket, Mass., where artist Jim Jeffers will be performing the same piece, in synch 356 miles away—the closest most of us will ever get to those exorbitantly priced beach houses. 

6-11pm. Vox Populi Gallery, 319 N. 11th St.

Simulsuck @ Grizzly Grizzly

On the eve before its August vacation, 
Grizzly Grizzly features Simulsuck , a performance by New Jersey-based artist Mike Richison. Incarnated here as a sculpture of found objects with musical inclinations, Simulsuck is an iteration of Richison’s ongoing project to rig recycled materials into technologically savvy orchestras. Featuring video and experimental sound generated via a computer program, the performance has a self-reflexive element, capturing noise levels in the gallery and spitting them back out as a video assemblage. Stop by to chat with the artist about the nuts and bolts of the project and witness your conversation rolled into the free-form, improvised concert. 

6-10pm. Grizzly Grizzly, 319 N. 11th St.

Highlights, Low Fades, and Deep Cuts @ Tiger Strikes Asteroid

Though perhaps only by default, Tracy Thomason’s paintings provide a space for contemplation amidst Vox’s and Grizzly Grizzly’s raucous antics. Highlights, Low Fades, and Deep Cuts showcases recent sculptural paintings by the Brooklyn-based artist. While not time- and sound-based like standard performance art, her paintings comment on subtler and more internalized performances of gender. Dusted with eye shadow and dribbled with hair gel, Thomason’s objects offer traces of the ritualized performance of beauty. While grooming products skid across the canvas, esoteric materials such as ‘temperance’ and ‘clairvoyance’ are listed on her object labels, expanding the paintings into a more conceptual register. If you’ve ever thought that perhaps spray-tanner might be better aimed at a pale canvas than a pale epidermis, then Thomason is talking to you. 

6-10pm. Through Aug. 28. Tiger Strikes Asteroid, 319A N. 11th St.

Memories Last a Lifetime @ Jolie Laide

Marking the completion of a real-life road trip and the beginning of their gallery performance, longtime collaborators Jacob Feige and William Earl Kofmehl III will drive a 1975 Triumph Spitfire across Pennsylvania and park it in the gallery. In its new role as an art object, the car will serve as the hot-blooded centerpiece for the artists’ ensuing performance. Adding an FM radio, papier mache birds, a basketball hoop and a painting, Feige and Kofmehl will use these props to enact a drama of isolation and renewal. Influenced by their personal history of art-making and friendship and pinned down by an ongoing fascination with Americana of the 1960s, ’70s, and ’80s, the performance involves Feige’s transformation into an unresponsive My Buddy doll (1985? Red overalls? Blue shoes? Anyone?), which Kofmehl attempts to revive. A separate show of paintings by Japeth Mennes and Jeffrey Matthews will also be on display.

6-8pm. Through Aug. 27. Jolie Laide, 224 N. Juniper St. 

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1. Anonymous said... on Aug 5, 2011 at 12:52PM

“Thanks for the great information! One teensy clarification--the link to vox is



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