V A N E E E S A B L A Y L O C K / C O M P A N Y GRACIE KENDAL and A FEW VERY SPECIAL FRIENDS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
ARTIST GRACIE KENDAL, THE VANEEESA BLAYLOCK COMPANY AND A FEW SPECIAL FRIENDS WILL HELP EXPLORE A WOMAN’S RELATIONSHIP WITH HER AVATAR
Caerleon Isle (129, 39, 26) – September 23 – In Gracie Kendal & VB/COVB15: will offer 16 avatars, 16 variations of identity, 16 life possibilities, for the audience to consider in this performance where the body is presented directly before the audience, unmediated by the brush of the painter or the lens of the photographer.
Gracie Kendal, also known as Kristine Schomaker in real life, just completed her Thesis for the Masters Degree in Art with the execution of her “The Gracie Kendal Project-A Conversation with my Avatar” where she utilizes installation, text, photography, mixed media, video and performance to explore her real life through the lens of her second life avatar.
“I am projecting myself onto another form and confronting my own imperfections,” Kendal says. “My work deals with the process of becoming self-aware while living in a media-saturated, technologically advancing society.”
“The human body has been represented in painting and sculpture for 500 years, but always mediated by the artist’s hand,” Company Director Vaneeesa Blaylock said. “In a world where avatars are emerging as new citizens, we will present the avatar as a work of sculpture directly to the audience. We state ‘I Rez, Therefore I Am.'”
For more information about the Gracie Kendal Project contact Gracie Kendal or Kris Schomaker or visit http://graciekendal.wordpress.com. To learn more about the “VB15 – Gracie / Kris” installation or the Eostara Art Gallery, contact Vaneeesa Blaylock or visit http://vaneeesa.blogspot.com.
In the past year Vaneeesa Blaylock / Company has produced numerous performance artworks in Second Life, including 14 large-scale productions, 3 duets, and 11 solo works. Ms. Blaylock holds an MFA in New Media from the Koninklijk Conservatorium and a degree in Choreography from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts.
Kris Schomaker (aka Gracie Kendal) lives in Southern California and will graduate in May 2010 with her MA in Art from California State University, Northridge. She has been an artist for over 12 years experimenting in various interdisciplinary art forms, and is currently exploring her own identity through new media and performance art.
VB15 – GRACIE / KRIS_ by Vaneeesa Blaylock / Company is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Netherlands License. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/nl/ Based on a work at http://vaneeesa.blogspot.com
Special Thanks to Metanomics
Thank you so much for helping to make Gracie and Kris who they are today :))
Tracey Sassoon- Gracie’s shape
Coke Dreadlow- PornStar Hi-Tops
Dean Ashby/Emilia Redgrave- All performers Skins
Truth Hawks- Linda Hair
Antonia Marat- Rhinestone retro Glasses
Six Kennedy- Question Hair
Jordan Morgenrote- Nose Piercings/Bracelets
Alexx Usbourne/Digit Darkes- Liquid Latex Halter/Half Tulle Skirt
Cocoro Lemon- V-neckTee(black) T-shirts
Gwen Carillon- EM- La Boheme- Solarin Necklace
Szentasha Salome- Sze boots- zipper black
Miko Omegamu- *Icing* Grace Black Dress
Rita Groshomme- Gertrude Hair
Onyx Leshelle- Maitreya Gold- Shanti Black high heeled shoes
Parvati Monday- Deena Happy Blond hair
Forseti Svarog- Painter pants
NIghtowl Meridoc- Custom Shapes
Vaneeesa Blaylock- VB Performance Company