Exhibition Dates: 06/03/2016 - 09/02/2016
CuRRENTLY BASED: Berkeley, CA
ARTIST WEBSITE: www.Hillarygoidell.com
RAWdance@836MWithout Lonesome George and the Last Martha
Hillary Goidell Attendee’s Companion Series, Part II: Rehearsing with Onlookers
JUNE 3RD 2016 - SEPT2ND 2016
From March 15 through June 3, Wendy Rein and Ryan T. Smith, founders of RAWdance, were in residency at 836M Gallery, transitioning the space from a static gallery into a living laboratory of artistic incubation.
The gallery itself became an immersive space and stage for an evolving collaboration with celebrated scenic designer/engineer Sean Riley. Joining them was a company of six dancers in a project that advances a set of physical and visual responses to questions of extinction and de-extinction, loss and legacy.
As an extension of RAWdance's residency, the photographs here echo the activity in the gallery at given times during the 13 weeks of experimentation. Remnants of the set resonate with their representations in the images–an opportunity to virtually recompose choreographic moments and generate new personal experiences.
The images also perform on their own. The documentation highlights that performance is just one mode of engagement. Without Lonesome George and the Last Martha can be viewed here one evolution at a time, as part of a long and multiple experiment in choreographic thought.
Formed in 2004, RAWdance are an award winning contemporary dance company based in San Francisco. Through the unique partnership of Co-Artistic Directors Ryan Smith and Wendy Rein, the company has earned a reputation for its nuanced, crafted performances that consistently push into exciting new territory.
Hillary Goidell is a photographer who infuses her images with movement in the largest sense of the word. Her process-based photographs capture patterns in a range of human situations, from earlier documentary work, to her longstanding involvement with contemporary performance-making.