In the future, everything will be a disorder for 15 seconds

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2018, photo: Jane Pickett

In the run up to Object of Her Affection, I’m answering some frequently asked questions about the performance and subject matter.

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Foundation for Contemporary Arts (support)

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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.

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2018 Sherwood Award Finalists Interview (CTG Blog)

IMG_4221 Gina Young,  Hana Kim, and Marsian De Lellis at Center Theatre Group, Los Angeles, 2017, Photo: Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging Sherwood
Gina Young,  Hana Kim, and Marsian De Lellis at Center Theatre Group, Los Angeles, 2017, Photo: Ryan Miller / Capture Imaging Sherwood

On December 7th, 2017, Center Theatre Group interviewed Gina Young, Hana Kim, and myself as finalists for the 2018 Sherwood Award about our art/lives in L.A. Read the full story on the Center Theatre Group Blog. Continue reading “2018 Sherwood Award Finalists Interview (CTG Blog)”

2015 Jim Henson Foundation Grant (support)

In 2015, I was the recipient of a Project Grant from the Jim Henson Foundation to support Object of Her Affection.

Marsian De Lellis, Object of Her Affection, Photo: Rafael Hernandez
Marsian De Lellis, Object of Her Affection, Photo: Rafael Hernandez

          Object of Her Affection is an unconventional love story centered on a woman who desires intimate relationships with inanimate objects and her search for love that is just beyond her reach. As a visual narrative about flesh and blood human beings developing relationships with things, Object of Her Affection explores the duality of objects as (in)/animate: animate and sentient through the eyes of the protagonist, Andrea, while the same objects appear inanimate to most. Creator, Marsian De Lellis will perform Object Of Her Affection under the direction of Michele Spears, with theatrical elements that stretch definitions of puppetry, and subject matter that complicates the categorization of sexual identity.

          You can read about the 2015 Jim Henson Foundation Recipients here.

The Jim Henson Foundation
The Jim Henson Foundation

Book Unbound, Chicago (exhibition)

 

On April 26th, 1995, Space Dreams, a 2-channel projected slide installation I created for Book Un-Bound opened in Chicago. Book Unbound was  a group exhibition curated by Michele Wyckoff and Iain Muirhead for Gallery X / Student Union Galleries at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. The exhibition ran from April 26th – May 26th, 1995.

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Inner Monster, Betty Rymer Gallery, Chicago (film installation)

I exhibited Inner Monster, at the Betty Rymer Gallery in Chicago from February 10th, through March 29th, 1995 as part of Cheap Art. Cheap Art was a juried exhibition of work created from inexpensive media and materials. Inner Monster was a stop-motion self portrait with animated mud mask created on a super-8 camera and displayed as a repeating single channel video installation.

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What is Your Gender? (video art)

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On Saturday, December 10, 1994, I screened What is your Gender? a single channel video piece at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago as part of the 4-D Extravaganza. What is Your Gender? deconstructed gender as an arbitrary, non-consensual means of identification inflicted upon individuals starting before birth.  Continue reading “What is Your Gender? (video art)”

Newsday, Long Island, NYC (LGBT Activism, Press)

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On February 3, 1994, I was interviewed for Newsday, a Long Island / NYC newspaper, about the passage of The Gay and Lesbian Student Rights Law.  Also included in the story were fellow activists, Fred Simon, Anya Yankovich, Sarah Lonberg-Lew, and Chris Hannon

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Bay Windows – 12/23/93 (activism, press)

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On December 23, 1993, Adelaide Goetz, Chris Hannon, Lauren Davindson, Sarah Lonber-Lew, David La Fontaine, and I were on the cover of Bay Windows after the passage of the Gay and Lesbian Student Rights Law.

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