Actions & Intent: Documentations in Performance
The New York Art Residency & Studios (NARS) Foundation is delighted to announce the opening of Actions & Intent: Documentations in Performance, a group exhibition curated by Peter Gynd.
Friday, February 7,
Performance art, although ephemeral by its design, exists as an object through its method of documentation. This archive becomes
not only a record of an event or action, but serves as the primary means for relaying the intent of the work. Expectations of
engagement by the viewer post-performance, thus become dictated by the media through which the works are presented, serving to
make the record fundamental in establishing the future experience of the work.
With an interest in exploring how modes of production and documentation in performance affect the consumption and engagement
with the work, Actions and Intent: Documentations in Performance comprises a selection of artists operating within a performative
practice and presents their work through the multiple channels of its reproduction and record.
Working in varied media, from performance for photo and video, to live durational action, to digital production for the web, the
artists acknowledge documentation as an often unreliable archive and incorporate the modes of record into the conception of the
works. Thus, the often highly visible boundary between performance performed and its documentation is blurred, inverted or
denied, making the process of documenting live work its own legitimate and uniquely active artwork, existing independently from the
live actions, yet connected through the same foundational intent.
– Peter Gynd
Participating Artists: Katrina Chamberlin, Hope Esser, Katya Grokhovsky, Kyoung Eun Kang, Jeremy
Olson, and Leah Schrager
201 46 th Street, 4 th Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11220
Gallery Hours: Monday-Friday: 12-5pm and by appointment