Kris Lemsalu in collaboration with Kyp Malone
258 West 118th Street
New York, NY 10026
$15 / $10 (student)
For this Performa Project Estonian artist Kris Lemsalu collaborates with New York-based artist and musician Kyp Malone (TV On The Radio). Lemsalu often experiments with traditional techniques to create her multilayered works, animal body parts, delicate sculptures of clothing, or objects made of porcelain are mixed with found natural materials – fur, leather, wool – to create staged installations. These can be self-sufficient, sci-fi-like narratives, or alternatively act as a stage for Lemsalu’s own performances; sometimes the sculptures become part of her costumes. Although Lemsalu’s themes are often chilling and distant, with an overall rough finish, Lemsalu’s works appear fragile and luxurious at the same time, highlighting the cynical aspects of art’s desirability, and providing an antidote to that cynicism by means of humor and irony. Together with Malone, she will present a live performance that features the melding of sculptures, video, songs and spoken word. The performance will include ceramic-based costumes by Lemsalu and animated video works by Malone. This new project is the second of a series of collaborative works with musicians to enliven Lemsalu’s sculptural installations and bring her performance and ceramics practices together.
Image credit: Kris Lemsalu in collaboration with Kyp Malone, Going, Going, 2017. Photos © Paula Court. Courtesy of Performa.
Organized by Maaike Gouwenberg, assisted by Curatorial Fellow Evelyn Raudsepp. Co-presented by Performa and the Estonian Contemporary Art Development Center. Supported by Performa Commissioning Fund and Estonian Ministry of Culture, Estonian Contemporary Art Development Center.