September 23 - November 11, 1995
Thomas Riley Andersen
Drew Beattie & Daniel Davidson
Jeanette Ingberman and Papo Colo
The First World Theater
TRANSFERS is a group exhibition that examines the expression of surrealist tendencies in painting by contemporary artists. The exhibition begins with painting and continues in an exploration of the relationship between painting and theater. Each artist has created a costume inspired by their paintings, intended for theatrical collaborations to illuminate the fantastic vision of the picture frame. These costumes, exhibited on stages in the gallery, will serve to transform Exit Art / The First World into a performance space as actors of the First World Theater, under the direction of Papo Colo, perform from texts inspired by The Book of Imaginary Beings by Jorge Luis Borges. Documentation of these daily performances will then reach a greater audience through the internet, allowing for immediate reception and interaction.
The transfer from painting to theater allows for the continuation of the artist's original narrative. The dynamic, public nature of performance offers a unique approach to the expression of the surreal which creates a contrast to the static, solitary permanence of painting. The transmission of information through the computer marks a new level of immediacy and gestural communication. TRANSFERS serves as an experimentation on the translation of the surreal expression of one medium to another. The exhibition expands Exit Art / The First World's exploration of new media and the reinvention of traditional forms.
Theater The First World Theater presents Imaginary Beings every Saturday at 3:30 and 5:30. Filling the spaces of the front and back galleries with an aural/spatial dissonance, the actors bring life to the characters created by the featured artists and Borges.
Exhibit Archive | 95-96 Calender