INVERSE @ 21c BENTONVILLE

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21c Museum Hotel

200 Northeast A Street

Bentonville, AR 72712

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Join us for a night of performance at 21c Bentonville Museum Hotel. Inverse Performance Art Festival presents works by Patrick Ford, Laurence Myers Reese, Jessica Borusky, Prison Stories Project, and Flounder Lee. Performances begin at 4pm and continue until 10pm.




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Patrick Ford

In No Holiday, Ford continues his practice of deconstructing everyday life, exploring and reconfiguring observed movements he calls 'found actions'. Ford will take along his suitcase, map and selfie-stick as he explores the choreography of the holiday experience. Originally trained as a sculptor, Ford has conducted explorations in the fields of sculpture and printmaking and, more recently, drawing and performance art. His performances currently look to everyday life for paradigms that can be isolated and examined in durational events which retrace certain actions and activities observed in life. Ford calls these borrowed activities 'found actions'. During the performance Ford must take his suitcase everywhere with him in a determined effort to enjoy his holiday (no holiday).


Laurence Myers Reese

Laurence Myers Reese (né Laura) creates work around loss, identity, gender politics, and queer culture. Citrus as a Metaphor is an exploration of grief, reflecting on his mother's death and his gender transition. Reese is an artist, writer, curator, and arts administrator in Norman, Oklahoma. Reese has exhibited at the Center for Contemporary Art (Santa Fe, NM), la Esquina Gallery (Kansas City, MO) and Arizona State University (Tempe, AZ), and was recently featured on Hyperallergic. He is Executive Director of the nonprofit art space Individual Artists of Oklahoma in Oklahoma City. He recently received a Spotlight grant from the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition for his project “RE: Season 10 Audition (FtM Plz Consider),” a film documenting the creation of an audition tape for RuPaul’s Drag Race. This premiers in May 2017 at East Central University (Ada, OK) for Momentum Ada, a festival of film and new media, with keynote speaker John Waters.


Jessica Borusky

TrailBoss delves into the term “inverted sexuality,” which came to prominence at the turn of the 20th century in the US, as a way to describe non-heterosexual desire. Through a cowboy persona, “inversion” functions as double-entendre as the figure shifts between a lasso gesture and utilizing a Skip-It (the latter producing the same motion as a lasso, simply upside-down/inverted). Lassoing is a gesture that is meant to “capture,” or wrangle an object (of desire) outside of reach; in this work, there is no clear object, and the gesture- as operational- becomes a repetitive failed action. Shifting between the lasso and the Skip-it will reinforce lack, and ultimately, connect the term “inverse sexuality” with a larger concept of (continual) queer failure/loss/desire. At the same time, the work thickly references the aesthetic mythologies of the cinematic and picturesque cowboy. Jessica Borusky is an artist, educator and curator in Kansas City, MO. Their performance practice(s) highlight traumatic-humor, failure, and queer-feminist perspectives within the tenuous conceit of American Exceptionalism. Borusky is also the founder and co-director of Flesh Crisis: a nomadic platform for showcasing performance work. Visit www.jessicaborusky.com for more information.


NWA Prison Story Project

On The Row is a staged reading of the stories of 10 men currently on Death Row in Arkansas. The work was collected over the summer and fall of 2016 through a creative writing class led by Kathy McGregor whose team met in-person with death row prisoners multiple times at Varner State Prison. The writings of these men were then edited and have been presented as a staged reading by actors of our NWA community. The Prison Stories Project continues to respectfully carry the stories of these men on Death Row out of the silence of their solitary confinement. Since 2001 The Prison Story Project has entered correctional centers to give men and women the tools to tell their stories. The guiding principle is that no voice should be silenced and the hope was that a staged reading of their own writings would help bridge the gap between the incarcerated and the communities to which they hope to return. This effort evolved to include those who had been silenced most of all – the men on death row. The staged reading of their own words is not meant to deny or ignore wrong, but to affirm each man’s humanity. For more information, please visit www.nwaprisonstories.com.


Flounder Lee

Flounder Lee is an artist/curator/educator living in the UAE where he is an Assistant Professor of Studio Art at American University in Dubai. He received his BFA from the University of Florida and his MFA from California State University Long Beach, both in studio art and photography. He uses various media such as photo, video, performance, sound, and installation to create work that engages viewers in important topics. For Inverse, he is performing a sciency piece investigating sand from the Arabian desert under a microscope.

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