I am delighted to announce that I will be the recipient of a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant, which will support performances of Object of Her Affection at Automata as part of LAX Festival. Object of Her Affection is a solo object and puppet-based performance art piece centered on a woman, who in her search for true love develops intimate relationships with inanimate objects. There will be twelve performances over three weekends from September 27th and October 14th. Details will be coming soon.
Developed with director, Michele Spears, Object of Her Affection follows the emotional journey of protagonist, Andrea Lowe, after she has mysteriously fallen from a building. In her last moments, she reflects on her meaningful relationships starting with her first love, a baby’s blanket. As an adolescent, she loses her virginity to a bad-boy hunting rifle and subsequently becomes infatuated with the Berlin Wall. As Andrea evolves, so do her desires. In adulthood, she forms doomed relationships with monumental structures: a high-profile statue, tragic twin skyscrapers, and a bridge who cheats. Each of these relationships has a profound effect, shaping Andrea’s views on life and love. Finally, she finds solace in Roy, a crumbling tenement who ultimately fails her. (More)
Established by artists Jasper Johns and John Cage in New York City, The Foundation for Contemporary Arts, offers financial support and recognition to contemporary visual and performance artists who create work of a contemporary, experimental nature. FCA’s Emergency Grants provide urgent funding for artists who have sudden, unanticipated opportunities to present work when there is insufficient time to seek other funding sources, or who incur unexpected expenses for projects close to completion. Emergency Grants is the only active, multi-disciplinary program that offers immediate assistance of this kind to artists living and working anywhere in the United States.
Automata (Venue) is a Chinatown-based performance gallery dedicated to the creation, incubation, and presentation of experimental puppet theater, film, and other contemporary art practices centered on ideas of artifice and performing objects. (More)
Los Angeles Performance Practice (LAX producer) presents contemporary performance by artists whose work advances and challenges multi-disciplinary practices. This year LAX Festival presents the works of L.A.-based artists in dialogue with artists from Philadelphia. (More).
Object of Her Affection is made possible through generous funding from The Jim Henson Foundation, The Center for Cultural Innovation, a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant, The Anna Sosenko Assist Trust, and Hatchfund – with additional support from The Automata Residency Program, The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, REDCAT, Impro Theatre, Harvard Westlake School, and Los Angeles Performance Practice.