Thursday, March 25, 2010

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PERFORMANCE ART HOUSTON curated by Julia Wallace
March 27, 2010, 8:00-10:00pm (one night only), free
El Rincon Social, 3210 Preston, Houston, Tx 77003

Houston, Texas, March 5, 2010- Performance Art Houston, an art exhibition curated by Julia Wallace, presents new performance-based work from young, Houston performance artists on March 27, 2010 at the alternative art space, El Rincon Social. The exhibition will include a number of live art pieces, interactive art experiences, and performance based video art.
The pieces are being presented here in a traditional art exhibition for the first time. Many of the works were originally created for various alternative art events. Most of the pieces were created for Performance Art Night, a monthly event at Notsuoh, that has become notorious for its shocking, provocative, yet often touching performances, often invoking the criticism that this is not art. Performance Art Houston will bring these shocking, provocative and touching pieces together and place them in the context of an art exhibition.

Artists include: Patrick O’Brien Doyle, Jacob Calle, Travis Kerschen, NICKTEEL, Brian and Stevie McCord, Aisen Caro Chacin, Bethany Fort, Sway Youngston, Julia Claire Wallace, John Zambrano, Emily Sloan, John Richie and Melanie Jamison. The exhibition includes works that explore the shocking, intimate, sexual, provocative, simple and spiritual.

Patrick O’Brien Doyle will be showing two conceptual interactive pieces that use participants as a medium to create art pieces. Jacob Calle has created shocking video of his “stunts” including drinking and vomiting his own blood. Bethany Fort will perform a piece in which she destroys a designer bag, using its pieces to create multiple wearable items for attendees. Sway Youngston has created a dramatic movement exploring human relationships. John Zambrano will collaborate with local musicians for an expletive laced vocal piece. Aisen Caro Chacin has created an interactive video piece, in which audience members are invited under a giant sheet. Julia Claire Wallace will present performance based video work that shares her quest for spiritual understanding through sometimes shocking means, such as urination and masturbation. She will also do a live interactive performance exploring sex and pride. John Richie will give a passionate speech imploring attendees to vote him as the next World Emperor. Melanie Jamison will enlist the help of attendees to create a participatory sound piece. Travis Kerschen will share video projection piece. Brian and Stevie McCord will have live sex during the exhibition in the privacy of a white “fuck box”. Daniel Adame will share a slow piece, using his breath to inflate a large bag around his head.

About the Curator- Julia Claire Wallace is a young Houston Performance Artist, recently graduated from the University of Houston with her BFA in Painting. She made her first exciting television debut as the ‘soda specialist’ in Wayne Dolcefino’s Houston Art expose. She is one of the founding members of sexyATTACK, Houston’s favorite guerrilla surprise dance piece. She served as a facilitator for Performance Art Lab, Houston’s most mischievous art collective. Wallace is also the creator and curator of Performance Art Night, a monthly performance art event. Please visit the Performance Art Houston Blog located at

Press Contact- Julia Wallace, 832-317-5185

Directions- El Rincon Social is located at 3210 Preston (between Roberts and Velasco Street)