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Ander Mikalson
Three’s Company for Eight Performers

with drawings by Ander Mikalson, Taylor Baldwin, Leah Beeferman, Jesus Benavente, Iris Cushing, John Dombroski, Clare Grill, Alex Hayden, Melanie McLain, and Ryan Mrozowski

performed by Ander Mikalson, Taylor Baldwin, Leah Beeferman, Jesus Benavente, John Dombroski, Mike Durlam, Alex Hayden, Melanie McLain, and Becky Sellinger

Dates:   July 24 – August 22, 2014
performance: Thursday, July 24, 6-8pm

Churner and Churner is pleased to announce Three’s Company for Eight Performers, a new work by Ander Mikalson. This performance-based installation is constructed from an episode of the television sitcom “Three’s Company” that the artist appeared in as Baby Timmy in 1984. Having catalogued the 543 lines of dialogue, bursts of audience laughter, and ambient sounds in the episode, Mikalson designated each character and sound source to a collaborating artist. Nine artists were given audio files isolated from surrounding sounds and instructions for translating the audio information into a visual score. A group of eight collaborating performers will interpret the scores with their chosen instruments, utilizing everything from house keys to an antique toy piano to a viola. With Three’s Company for Eight Performers, Mikalson playfully re-performs an episode she acted in but has no memory of; she renders the voices of the characters mute in order to supplant them with the creative output of her current community of peers.

Like the ensemble cast of “Three’s Company” itself, this team of artists works together, passing the scores from artist to artist, so that each artist performs another’s work. Mikalson’s previous pieces have included Score for Dinosaurs at the 2013 Queens International at the Queens Museum of Art and Score for Two Dinosaurs (2013) at the ICA-MECA (Institute of Contemporary Art, Portland, Maine), two works in which the audience creates the sounds, each participant becoming a Foley artist. In all her works, collaboration with other artists and with audience members is an essential mode. The artist writes, “Together we can play, take risks, fail spectacularly and interestingly. Often for me the artwork feels like a byproduct of the real thing I am making, that feeling of connection with the universe, of being not alone in it, of belonging to each other, that comes from making something together.”

The performance will take place on Thursday, July 24, and will coincide with the Chelsea Art Walk. From 6 to 8pm, the work will be performed three times. The original scores will be displayed in the gallery along with an audio recording of the performance for the duration of the exhibition.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Ander Mikalson lives and works in New York City. She earned an MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University and a BA from University of California Santa Barbara. Select solo projects include “Score for Two Dinosaurs,” Art, Design & Architecture Museum, Santa Barbara and Queens Museum, Queens (2014); “Score for a Dinosaur,” Temple Contemporary, Philadelphia (2013); “Score for a Cyclone,” developed in collaboration with Alex Hayden, Tensta Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden; and “Music of the Spheres,” The Anderson Gallery Carriage House, Richmond (both 2012). Her work has also been included in recent group shows such as “Select 2014,” curated by Gregory Volk, Artisphere, Arlington; and “Recuperative Tactics,” curated by Lisi Raskin, Art in General, New York (both 2014); and “Approaching Infinity,” Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento (2013).

For more information, contact Rachel Churner at rachel@churnerandchurner.com or 212-675-2750.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wen / Zhang Han Lu “Critics’ Pick” Art Forum China (August 21,2014)