V A N E E E S A B L A Y L O C K / C O M P A N Y
and GRACIE KENDAL
=== VB15 – GRACIE / KRIS ===
in an encore performance for the Odyssey Performance Art Festival
Saturday July 9 – 4pm slt SLT
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
ARTIST GRACIE KENDAL AND THE VANEEESA BLAYLOCK COMPANY EXPLORE A WOMAN’S RELATIONSHIP WITH HER AVATAR
the human body has been represented in painting and sculpture for 500 years
but always mediated by the artist’s hand
so we present the body (avatar) as a work of sculpture / installatIon
directly to the audience…
and in a world where avatars are emerging as new citizens, we state “I Rez Therefore I Am”
that presenting the avatar is a work of sculpture, and a declaration of instantiaiton / identity…
in Gracie’s journey she explores the “realism” of her physical persona
and the “romanticism” of her virtual self-identity…
and in VB15 we present the multiplicity of those identities
as a moment of Temporal / Spatial conflux
where they all manifest as a major sculptural presence for the audience
and their own multiple identites and life personas to consider…
In VB15 on July 9th 2011, Gracie 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 “My Life as an Avatar” http://www.graciekendal.wordpress.com 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.
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.
Gracie Kendal, also know as Kristine Schomaker, is a Los Angeles based new media and performance artist, painter and art historian. She received her BA in Art History and her MA in Studio Art from California State University at Northridge. For over 12 years, she has been experimenting with various interdisciplinary art forms including using online virtual worlds and social networking technologies to connect with international audiences and local arts communities. Gracie’s current work explores notions of online identity, specifically the construction of Avatars. Her work as a whole stands as an allegory of the relationship between appearance and identity, illusion, belief and reality. Two projects she is presently working on include, “My Life as an Avatar: The Gracie Kendal project” and “1000 Avatars” a contemporary anthropology of portraits of avatars in the virtual world of Second Life.
VB15 – GRACIE / KRIS_
by Vaneeesa Blaylock / Company
is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Netherlands License.
Based on a work at http://vaneeesa.blogspot.com