REMINDER: Dan Levenson Performance this Saturday, May 12, 6-9pm

May 9, 2012

Triangle Arts Association is pleased to present a month-long exhibition highlighting performance works by alumni artists Richie Budd, Dan Levenson and Kenya Robinson.

Each one night performance will result in objects and gestural vestiges that will remain on view for one week. Abstracted from the durational immediacy of the performance itself these “residues” will encourage viewers to consider the act of performance from the outside in.

Dan Levenson, “THE BÄTTERKINDEN ART AWARDS,” performance Saturday, May 12, 6-9pm, on view through May 22

The Bätterkinden Art Awards will be a group exhibition, performance event, and installation “sponsored” by a fictional Swiss philanthropy: Bätterkinden Tabak AG. This company plays an important role in Levenson’s larger project. Bätterkinden produces Letzte (“Last”) brand cigarettes, the brand favored by the students at the fictional State Art Academy Zurich. The cigarette package design is based on a drip painting by a fictional Swiss artist. Bätterkinden also funds the fictional Little Switzerland gallery in exchange for right of first refusal on all artworks sold.

A number of (real) artists will be invited to install their work at Triangle Arts Association’s gallery space with an opening event to be held on May 12th at 6pm. At the end of the evening an awards ceremony will be staged in which participating artists will be temporarily drawn into the fictional narrative as they are invited up to the podium to receive a limited edition “Certificate of Appreciation” from the Bätterkinden tobacco company. The exhibition will be open for ten days along with the video loop showing ads for Letzte cigarettes and the detritus of the opening night event.

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