JourneyOctober 23, 1998
JOURNEY, curated by Paul Ha
Journey presents a group of young artists who perform feats of physical perseverance. In the tradition of work by such artists as Chris Burden, Vito Acconci and Carolee Schneemann in the 1970s, these artists ritualistically push the limits of their own bodies and blur the distinction between art and activity. Beyond mere feats of endurance, the work presented traces physical and psychological journeys taken by the artists to achieve goals ranging from discovery and recognition to the simple sustenance of life. This exhibition will present documentation of, and remnants from, these performances.
Susan R. Wolsborn shows documentation of 9 Day Incubation, her repeated attempts to grow a plant inside her body by continuously holding a pea in her mouth; Stephen Cartwright documents an ongoing series of long distance bicycle trips, during which he monitors his position in the universe; Michelle Hines pursues the world record for number of days without sleep; Shawn Greene builds an egg-shaped submarine to circle Manhattan; Katrin Asbury presents a mountain whose stratified layers date from prehistory to the space age in an exploration of the parallels between endurance and the basic passage of time.