3-Legged Dog Opening
On June 3 from 6 p.m. util ??? 3-Legged Dog will be having a party with performances to open their temporary exhibition space at 45 John Street b/w Dutch and Nassau, Hosted by the LMCC‘s Swing Space Program.
SEE NEW WORKS BY:
L.E.M.U.R. (THE LEAGUE OF ELECTRONIC MUSICAL URBAN ROBOTS)
JEFF MOREY & PETER NORMANN
SPECIAL GUEST ALDO PEREZ AS REYNALDO
Accidental Records and Works from Degeneracy
* Accidental Records, the expansion of 3LD and Leeser Architectures
interactive videoinstallation that premiered successfully in prototype at the VeniceBiennale.
* An installation of artworks from Degeneracy, our next large-scale
multimedia theater work by 3LD founder Kevin Cunningham. The completed work will open our new theater on Greenwich Street in October 2005. As we develop this work in the basement rehearsal space at 45 John Street this summer, upstairs a gallery of objects, machines, interactive video and audio works and drawings from the work in progress will take form.
From a wounded urban landscape, artists and institutions alike have been forced to incorporate detritus and devastation, transforming raw spaces into new breeding grounds for artistic expression. This particular process of recreation from destruction is the subject of Ars Subterranea’s exhibition Spontaneous Generation. Spontaneous generation is the archaic scientific theory that living organisms could arise spontaneously from decaying matter, such as flies from putrefying food or mice from rotting hay. The idea, expounded on by Aristotle and St. Augustine, was widely believed to be true until Louis Pasteur’s bacterial experiments disproved it in the 19th
century. Ars Subterranea’s Spontaneous Generation playfully raises the question of what sort of life forms might spring from the decay of urban ruins and what inhabitants and transformations await decrepit spaces.
* Brandon Merkel’s photos show obsolete furniture caught in motion while Christopher Beauchamp’s photos depict fresh plant life blossoming from cracked walls.
* Handcranked Film’s Met Stateshowscrumbling hallways of a decaying mental institution in which discarded furniture comes to life in a final Danse Macabre.
* Julia Solis’s pieces play with the idea of dreams springing from
long-forgotten hospital beds; photographer Suzy Poling’s Wonderland of Decay features odd creatures creating mischief in deteriorated
* Christos Pathiakis creates alchemical photos of New York’s obsolete City Hall subway station on copper plates.
* Ruins in ASCII, Aaron Benoy’s installation, displays abandoned sites in lower Manhattan and England haunting a discarded cash register.
League of Electronic Musical Urban Robots
Drumming on the Ceiling
Drumming on the Ceiling takes advantage of 45 John Street’s raw space and high ceilings. Located in one of Manhattan’s busiest work neighborhoods, the exhibition offers a low-commitment (free and easily accessible) respite from the office. LEMUR recently exhibited at Beall Center for Art + Technology at University of California, Irvine, but its last New York exhibition was at Gigantic Art Space’s acclaimed Gen.R.8 show in early 2004. LEMUR has performed at many concert halls over the last year, including The Juilliard School and Jazz at Lincoln Center, and the exhibition aspect of LEMUR
continues to be important to the robot collective.
3-Legged Dog at 45 John Street is hosted by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Swing-Space program. Support is provided by Con Edison, DeutscheBank Americas Foundation, New York Community Trust, NYC Council Speaker Gifford Miller and NYS Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver. Space generously provided by Collegiate Church Corporation.