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Saya Woolfalk: No Place

Feb 26 - May 9 2009

UB Art Gallery

New York-based artist Saya Woolfalk will be in residence for six weeks working on an installment of her ongoing investigations into No Place, a Technicolor society of lush abundance that Woolfalk depicts in performance, video, and sculptural installations. Her alchemical process transforms detritus of our consumer civilization into polychromatic totems and bodysuits sprouting bulbous forms that blend with the vibrant landscape of her invention. She invites us to make a journey to No Place and witness its androgynous inhabitants enact empathetic explorations of self and other as a form of creative expression.

Woolfalk was in residence February 26 through April 15, 2009 working on another chapter of No Place by transforming the UB Art Gallery into a stage and studio where the public can attend dress rehearsals and participate in artist-led workshops at scheduled times.

No Place: A Ritual of the Empathics Performance
Wednesday, April 15, 4 pm

The Empathics are a group of women in 2009 who have uncovered a ritual they believe can conjure utopian No Place into the present. Garments participants make during the Empathetic T-Shirt workshops will be worn to integrate audience members into a performance called A Ritual of the Empathics. This ritual dance will be choreographed in a thirteen session course with dancers from from UB’s Department of Theatre and Dance (Hilary Freeland, Lauren Palmieri, Krista Scimeca, Sara Senecal, and Brittany Sprung) with an original score by Kevin S. McFaddin.

Dress Rehearsals: Open to the public
Featuring Saya Woolfalk and dancers from UB’s Department of Theatre and Dance.

Thursday, March 5, 5 – 7pm
Thursday, March 19, 5 – 7pm
Thursday, March 26, 5 – 7pm
Thursday, April 2, 5 – 7pm
Thursday, April 9, 5 – 7pm

Empathetic T-shirt Workshops:
During the Empathic T-Shirt workshop, each participant will embellish a T-shirt marked with the insignia of the Empathics (a circle, three flowers, four hearts on a neoclassical column).

Workshops are free and open to the public and all supplies will be provided.

Saturday, February 28, 2 – 4pm
Saturday, March 21, 2 – 4pm
Saturday, April 11, 2 – 4pm

Brochure available with an essay by exhibition curator Sandra Q. Firmin.