Does Art Have to be Experienced Live?

SOIL Artist-Run Gallery
112 3rd Ave S, Seattle, Washington 98104
August 4 – August 7 2016
Aug 4 at 12 PM to Aug 7 at 11 PM
Morgan Cahn Curator

Iole Alessandrini
Title: Material culture as part of Does Live Art Have To Be Experienced Live?
Medium: Existing paint’s layers on gallery walls and scraper


Does Live Art Have To Be Experienced Live?’ is an exhibition which integrates performance and visual art. The exhibition opens with four days of Live Art showcasing a breadth of styles and themes. This performance series includes conversations, one-on-one interactions, durational works, pieces performed to and with the audience, and more. The exhibition is focussed on alternative forms of performance documentation which explores the temporal nature of Live Art.

Project Description

"Scraping and pealing off the paint from the walls of SOIL gallery as in an archeological dig...". In 2007 I collaborated with Ed Mannery and Ben McAllister to design and build an immersive, laser and sound installation and painted the walls and ceiling of the gallery in black. In 2016 during "Does Live Art..." curated by Morgan Chan, I performed a piece in which I pealed and scrapped off the paint of SOIL gallery to look for the black layer I painted in 2007. As in an archeological dig the black layer (and the many that lay over and under it) provide evidence of space and art that have been changing and accumulating over time. When we look at the layer—the dig—we imagine objects and people what once were there.

Iole Alessandrini’s performance from 7PM to 7:30PM
August 5th, 2016

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