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June 21, 2007

DRIFT 2007 Exhibition @ Rush Art Gallery, NYC


Call for Live Performance + Video Art

DRIFT (Santa Fe NM): Drift is an annual exhibition that travels to a new location every year. DRIFT 2007 marks its 5th anniversary and is scheduled as a two-day performance art and video art show at Rush Arts Gallery in the Chelsea art district in New York City. Curated by: Eileen Olivieri Torpey and Bradley Pecore. The show will take place during NYC's Performa Biennial Performance Art events in November. Proposal Deadline: Postmarked July 13, 2007. Contact them here.

DRIFT characterizes the impermanence and site-specificity of the artworks as well as the adaptive qualities of the participating artists. DRIFT highlights talented under represented artists while emphasizing the critical role of experimentation and process within both conventional and unconventional exhibition spaces.

DRIFT was first conceived in the winter of 2002 as a one-day exhibition on the Jersey Shore. The Atlantic Ocean inspired temporary works by twelve artists from the greater New York City area. Fluxus artist, Geoffrey Hendricks, punctuated the day with a famous headstand on a pile of ocean boulders. In 2003 the show moved to a former home of Buckminster Fuller, River Run Farm in New Jersey. Artists responded to thirty acres of pastoral/river landscapes and the cultural history of the farm, which was part of the Underground Railroad in the early 1800's.

In 2004 DRIFT took place at Valentino Pier Park, located on the Buttermilk Channel in Red Hook Brooklyn. The exhibition featured 20 artists working in video, painting, sculpture, installation and sound. Red Hook was one of the first areas in Brooklyn to be inhabited by Algonquian tribes and later settled by the Dutch. The surrounding landscape was named for its red clay soil and hook shaped peninsula. Today, the view from Valentino Pier includes: The Statue of Liberty, The Verrazano Bridge, and Lower Manhattan.

DRIFT 2006 took place at the Bronx River Art Center in the South Central Bronx and included 28 artists working in sculpture, installation, video and performance. Part of the exhibition existed outdoors along the Bronx River for one-day while the other part of the show stayed up for six weeks in the center’s gallery. The river covers 23 miles and runs through the Bronx and Southern Westchester. The Mohicans were the first people to live and fish along the river and named it Aquehung or "River of High Bluffs." Beginning in the 1700’s, European immigrants built twelve mills on the river and by the end of the 1800’s, the river was so polluted from industrial waste that people called it an open sewage. Today, school groups and community organizations are working hard to ecologically restore the river and have made substantial progress– there are now a growing number of fish and plant species that have returned.

Posted by jo at June 21, 2007 12:29 PM