A performance measuring time in imperfect increments.
photos above by Kim Llerena
Press Release issued by but, also:
May 12 - May 20, 2023
Opening Reception: May 12, 5:30pm - 8pm
Open Hours: May 15-19, 2-7pm, May 20, 10am-12pm
Performance Discussion with Babette Pendleton: Thursday, May 18th, 6pm
STABLE Arts Gallery 336 Randolph Place NE 20002
but, also is pleased to present Score! A performance art exhibition and sale in partnership with STABLE Arts. Score! will be on view from May 12 - May 20, 2023 at STABLE Arts Gallery at 336 Randolph Pl NE, Washington, DC 20002. A reception and performances on May 12, 2023 from 6-8pm will open the exhibition that will be in view for one week.
noun: score; plural noun: scores
verb: score; 3rd person present: scores; past tense: scored; past participle: scored; present participle: scoring
a. the number of points, goals, runs, etc. achieved in a game or by a team or an individual (Mirriam-Webster)
b. an account or reckoning originally kept by making marks on a tally (Mirriam-Webster)
c. a group of 20 things —often used in combination with a cardinal number (Mirriam-Webster)
d. the copy of a musical composition in written or printed notation (Mirriam-Webster)
e. a line (such as a scratch or incision) made with or as if with a sharp instrument (Mirriam-Webster)
f. a number that expresses accomplishment (as in a game or test) or excellence (as in quality) either absolutely in points gained or by comparison to a standard. (Mirriam-Webster)
g. “A performance art score refers to notations or instructions regarding an artwork or an artistic composition that can be used by an artist to recreate the artwork at a later time. Scores are as varied as the artists who make them and can feature, for example, magazine and newspaper clippings, drawings, or color-coded stage directions.” (MoMA.org)
Performance art has a long engagement with the “score” as a document, to preserve or archive live works, to translate them between artists or enactors, and collaborate across forms. There is an even longer history when considering a score as a text that documents movement, sound, and direction, and yet more applications of the word score in the English language from notches, to 20 of anything, to a GOAL! We win! We digress... In Score! artists create and perform work that engages with the applications and possibilities of a score. Score! is exploration of the ways in which artists use a score in live work and of how that work can be held and shared in a gallery setting.
In true but, also form our approach to this exhibition of performance is to play with both the form and the sustainability of performance and how live work can be archived, captured, and financially fed. The exhibition will open with a night of seven performances, and will be followed by a week-long run of the performances’ residue as an installation. In the gallery there will also be displayed the scores that accompany each performance work. All items and scores will be for sale online and in person as sculpture and prints.
Score! sets out to share performance art with the public in an intentional and rarely found performance-art-specific space. The exhibition invites you to engage with and encounter live work from multiple angles, and gives the public the opportunity to learn about and directly support the artists’ practices through sales.
This exhibition is made possible through a Projects, Events and Festivals Grant from the DC Commission for the Arts and Humanities. This exhibition is made with the support of STABLE Arts.
featuring works by:
Charlotte Richardson-Deppe | Emily Francisco | Naomi Le | Dajana Perić | Peter Redgrave| Jamison Mae Rohan | SIFU SUN
but, also is dedicated to the sustaining of art practices, in a multitude of forms, through a series of short-term projects. Through open calls, exhibitions, storefront installations, online promotion, documentation, discussion, and direct sales, the mission of but, also is to support all the aspects of an artistic practice that surround the making of art. For more information, please visit our website but-also.com.
STABLE Arts is a space for artists to think and create, fostering an arts ecosystem in D.C. through our studios, residencies, projects and collaborations. STABLE provides below market art studios to area artists, host residencies via partnerships, and maintains a 1,200 sq.ft. gallery space.