Wednesday, August 06, 2008

"This Little Word of Mine" Performance.

Michael Paul Britto
This Little Word of Mine
August 1 - September 6, 2008

Thursday, August 21, 2008 6-8 PM
Thursday, August 28, 2008 6-8 PM
Thursday, September 4, 2008 6-8 PM
Closing Reception: Saturday September 6, 2008: 6 – 8

Church revival is the theme of Michael Paul Britto’s This Little Word of Mine, the second installment of Rush Arts Gallery’s In Progress Series. During his month-long residency, Britto will stage this revival, complete with choir members and a preacher who will perform a live set consisting of video and music mixing. The Preacher will conduct the choir and the choir will respond to comments made in the video clips, prompting the audience to join in and participate as if in church.

“In his latest piece, Michael Paul Britto contributes to a new ethics of pop cultural consumption by imaginatively restaging debates surrounding African American vernacular cultures and their popular representation. Britto extends his longstanding critique of popular representations of “blackness” and unveils the continued inscriptions of America’s history of racial hierarchy on those representations in a multimedia performance piece that mimics the call-and-response form
of African American religious traditions and focuses on, as he puts it, “the use and misuse of the ‘N’ word.”“

- Evans Richardson, Guest Writer

New York based artist Michael Paul Britto began his career as a child, making mock television shows with his aunt's VHS camera to amuse his family. Completely self taught and trained in desktop editing and imaging, Britto shoots his own material, edits at home and manipulates the images he collects. In 1999, Britto graduated with a cum laude Bachelors Degree in Communications, Film and Video from the City College in New York. In 2000, Britto debuted at Rush Arts Gallery in a group show entitled Artist Interview. In 2005 Britto exhibited in two museum shows in New York City, The S-Files at El Museo del Barrio and Frequency at the Studio Museum in Harlem. Britto was invited by the Zacheta National Gallery of Art in Warsaw Poland to participate in an exhibition entitled Black Alphabet in 2006. In 2007, Britto exhibited at the Victoria and Albert Museum in an exhibition entitled Uncomfortable Truths that addressed the ways the legacy of slavery informs contemporary art and design.

IN PROGRESS is a new annual summer solo exhibition series at Rush Arts Gallery. Our goal is to promote non-traditional approaches to presenting ideas of art-making. The gallery will remain open to the public while an individual artist or art collective is invited to use Rush Arts as a studio or rehersal space. The artist will create new artwork or fine-tune a work or project already in developement, giving the audiences access to the process as well as the end result of that process. An introductory essay by a guest writer will “open” the exhibition in August, which will be followed by published documentation, and conclude with a closing reception in September.


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