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  • Nina A. Isabelle // Multidisciplinary Artist // Animal Maximalism

    Top of Page HOME ABOUT PROJECTS THREE PHASE CONTACT SEARCH More... ANIMAL MAXIMALISM GREEN KILL 229 Greenkill Ave. kingston, NY October 1-15, 2016 Opening Reception: Saturday October 1, 5:PM-8:PM www.greenkill.org Animal Maximalism is a hyperactive schizophrenic super-destroying maximalist art show that functions as homeopathic immersion therapy for highly sensitive people (HSP) and a lullaby for all others. Sound, video, performance, painting, photography, music, and sculpture are combined into a simultaneous experience in an attempt to exercise the human sensory input manifold. Elements of The Superfund Re-Visioning Project, The Windmill Weapon Matron, The Entity and Constituents, The Giant Candle, Fun Times! , and C O D E, as well as multiple abstract paintings, and photographs were included in the exhibit.. Videos presented were Certain Solutions For Dissolving Problems, Double-Slit, The Ax In The Stump , and The Locational Trauma Transforming Trap , among others. Performances included new work by International performance artist and musician Marita Isobel Solberg, Dirt Boy, who used buckets of dirt to perform an earthmoving action called $ouls for $ale- $1 Million Buckets of Dirt , Clara Diamond reconstituted the constituents of The Entity , and dancer Lucie Parker moved through nonspecific space performing a deconstructed ballet. Musical performance by Bitty Holly Hannah and Simon Ampel of Sighanide was part of the exhibit, as well as Interactive opportunities including A Course in Miracles and Other Unlabeled Alcohol To Be Drunk and The Fuck Trump Pot Luck . ​ DIRT BOY is a rouge spirit. This cloaked being wanders the earth sculpting the terrain to suit his strange visions in order to transcend the dimension of violence and suffering. In 2109 Dirt Boy successfully converted the earth to use the non-linear peace dimension in which time does not exist. He has decided to demonstrate his earth moving capabilities in order to bring entertainment and wonder to those still stuck in the dimension of time, violence, and suffering. ​ CLARA DIAMOND is a performance artist working with impermanence, degeneration, and transformation, seeking to challenge the notion of impermanence by presenting “art objects” such as the body, action, experience, memory, and story. Clara’s process often incorporates tactile elements such as plaster, earth, and wax to wrap, coat, or layer the physical body within a temporary installation environment. Using text features such as books, signs and spoken words, as well as thematic or narrative work cycles, Clara exploits symbols, stories, physical space, and other subtle notions of relationships. A persistent theme of object-making as performance runs through her work, resulting in the manifestation of inconsequential art-objects or garbage, which drives the procession of narrative across related pieces. ​ http://www.starhousegallery.com/#!clara-diamond/h79q5 ​ NINA ISABELLE is a multidisciplinary artist working with abstract painting, performance, video, photography, and sculpture. Her background also includes alternative process photography and modern dance. She identifies with Maximalism and Action Art, embracing the concepts of “too much” and “more is more.” Nina pushes material and information past the point of recognition in a way that forces a shift in meaning, reveling new information that can transform and challenge the limits of materials, perception, and belief. Sensory input is deconstructed to the extent that meaning becomes shifted and interpretations become a phenomena of psychic imprint. Her work often references the inability of communication which is used to visualize reality, the failure of dialogue, the dissonance between form and content, as well as the shortcomings of literal language. Nina is the Director of Star House Gallery & Studio in Kingston, NY where she practices as a studio artist and gallery director curating group shows featuring abstract artists. In the past year she has participated in the Upstate Vignette Video Project II with F.A.G (Feminist Art Group) from Brooklyn at Rosekill, performed at Panoply Performance Lab in Brooklyn as well as at The Linda Mary Montano Art / Life Institute in Kingston. Her work has been exhibited at Czong Institute for Contemporary Art (CICA) Museum in Gimpo, Korea as well as in The New School’s Social Justice Show at The Bushwick Collective. She is currently a contributor to The Jurnquist Coloringbook show by Honey McMoney at Studio Fidlär in Berlin, her film Mother vs. God will be shown at The San Diego Art Institute in October, and in January 2016 Nina was interviewed by the International Art Publication, ArticulAction Special Issue. ​ www.ninaisabelle.com ​ LUCIE PARKER is a multidisciplinary artist studying modern dance, martial arts, photography, visual art, and theatre. Lucie is a student of Hudson Valley Sudbury School and lives in Kingston, NY. ​ SIGHANIDE is what happens when feral backwoods Appalachia meets bluesy city rhythm. With Bitty Holly Hannah sculpting out melancholy songs and Simon Ampel, on drums, executing the rhythm. Outside of Sighanide, Bitty is a multi-disciplinary artist and student, focused on the study of healing religious trauma through art. Simon is an animated film-maker enraptured with drawing movement and memory. Both hailing from their own mountains, they found one another in the midst of Brooklyn's madness. ​ https://www.facebook.com/sighanidekids/?fref=ts ​ MARA AKA MARITA ISOBEL SOLBERG is an international performance artist, musician, and visual artist from Tromsø and Manndalen, Norway. She is working in the borderline between art, life and science, focusing mainly on sound, performance art and installation. Experimenting with different medias in her work and interweaving elements from the surroundings, Solberg’s work is often site-specific and relational, reinforced by a strong performative tension. The works explore a world of challenge, strangeness, melancholy and desire sometimes with narrative passages or content, mixing with more symbolic and ritual elements. ​ http://www.maritaisobelsolberg.virb.com ​ THE WINDMILL WEAPON MATRON ​ Dimensions: 90h x 53w x 45d Materials: Sawhorse, Lumber, Construction Materials, Spray Paint, House Paint, Afghans, Weapons, Bicycle Parts, Yarn, Plaster, Terra Cotta, Chain. Date: May 12, 2016 The Windmill Weapon Matron is a dangerous female machine expressing an active stance and aggressive posture. She no longer identifies as passive and has most recently emerged as an international threat. Based on a jumbled compilation of afghans, defunct bicycle parts, weapons, lumber, and chain her biographical narrative has been holographically reconfigured into a destructive biological machine made of woman’s time. While The Windmill Weapon Matron acknowledges her destructive approach as a natural response to her capacity for childbirth, she hesitates to dichotomize the two simply saying “Come, let me destroy you.” Utilizing a process of defiance The Windmill Weapon Matron has successfully developed a system capable of transforming eye-rolling, financial aid application trauma, stuffed animal over population, and hair pulling as well as other sensory input bull shit into a clean, renewable, and sustainable energy source for mothers. Nobody will lend her a chainsaw, it’s safe to breed with her. She makes a mockery of science, her system is nervous. Her face is spinning. When she was a virgin politicians killed and ate her, she is secular. Her system has calcified. She loves The Antichrist, she birthed a female bastard. She wan’t trained up the way she should go. The system tries to destroy her. She has nothing to depart from, rabbits fear her. She has been relieved of advantage. Her system is unkillable. THE Q:ENTITY AND Q:INFORMATICUS Clara Diamond / Nina Isabelle Q:Informaticus, a division of The Q:Entity Corporation, is designed to generate constituents as information receptacles programmed to solve unreal and/or otherworldly problems. Q:Informaticus directs functional information along proper dispersal channels activating the psychic conduits of multiple physical bodies. Activation originates at the coccyx and rises through the spine while keeping operational residence within the instinctive functioning portions of the guts, heart, and brain meat, matter, fluid, and circuitry using complex interlaced bacteria and neuroelectric pathways programmed to transmit and receive local and non-local information. The sensory input perception manifolds within all programmed constituents will evolve and transform comfortably to reduce validation of information received through the physical portals known as eyeballs, tongue, ears, and skin. Alternative modalities of perception will be established and activated. Q: Informaticus: for people who want to solve unreal and / or otherworldly problems. There are few career paths, be it scientific research, business, design, medicine, the fine arts, or telecommunications, in which Q won't play an important part of your work. Healthcare specialists use Q records to help diagnose disease and discover new ways of treating patients. Advertising firms use Q data to create visualizations of customer behavior. Environmental scientists compile big Q data to track the impact of climate change. Smartphones are awash with Q apps that can do everything from pay your bills to find the next band you might like. All of those applications and much more are Q: informaticus in action putting Q to work to solve complex problems. Utilizing Q: informaticus to study Q technology impacts academic disciplines in the science, arts, medicine, business, and telecommunications fields. Q is also one of the fastest growing fields in technology, and the demand is high. Last year alone, 88 percent of Q: informaticus constituents secured full-time employment within six months. Among students holding Master's degrees or a Ph.D., 98 percent accepted employment within six months of graduation. In a world of stagnating salaries, Q: informaticus constituents also enjoy an average salary. Q:Informaticus lays out a bright, flexible, structural path to a future and imparts valuable real-world experience and works side-by-side with some of the most innovative thinkers in the field. Q:Informaticus prepares, excites, severs programming, technologizes, and generates futures. THE SUPERFUND RE-VISIONING PROJECT ​ The Superfund Re-Visioning Project is an experimental artistic process that aims to transform contaminated industrial sites recognized by The United States Government as Superfund Sites. In New York State there are one hundred and seventeen Superfund Sites, this project will focus on transforming and energetically remediating those sites by redirecting potential energy toward alternate futures using combinations of photography, dance, video, song, sculpture, writing, and drawing. Superfund sites are polluted locations requiring a long-term response to clean up hazardous material and contaminations. CERCLA authorized the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to create a list of such locations, which are placed on the National Priorities List (NPL). CERCLA stands for the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act, known also as Superfund. It was passed in 1980 in response to some alarming and decidedly unacceptable hazardous waste practices and management going on in the 1970s. While CERCLA and other Government agencies have been able to compile large lists, testing, and data their processes often lack resolve and are tremendously expensive. Environmental contaminations such as those found in many of the New York State Superfund Sites has been implicated as a possible factor contributing to global warming. ​ Three New York State Superfund sites have been preliminarily re-visioned In order to illustrate the process of The Superfund Re-Visioning Project and to function as examples for interested artists and community members to consider. The preliminary Superfund site re-visions include the Boices Lane Office Depot building in Kingston, NY., a defunct IBM Industrial Complex in Kingston, NY, and an archived Superfund site located in West Hurley, NY called Numrich Arms that has operated as a weapons and ammunition manufacturing facility. ​ 1. BOICES LANE OFFICE DEPOT The Office Depot Superfund Site has been re-visioned as a future bio dome for butterflies. Project Completion Date: 2816 State environmental officials have added the Boices Lane plaza where Office Depot used to operate to a list of Superfund sites that pose a threat to public health. The Department of Environmental Conservation, in a notification dated Oct. 21, said the contamination was found in an area of the property where there previously was a dry cleaner. “Based on investigations the primary contaminants of concern include tetrachlorethylene (PCE) and its degradation products in the groundwater, soil, soil vapor and/or indoor air,” the department wrote. 2. IBM / TECH CITY KINGSTON The archived IBM Superfund site has been re-visioned as a research and treatment center for those who have lost the ability to communicate telepathically. Project Completion Date: May 5, 4011 The condemned IBM / Tech City complex is a superfund site located along Neighborhood Rd in Kingston, NY. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) identifies sites such as IBM / Tech City because they pose or had once posed a potential risk to human health and/or the environment due to contamination by one or more hazardous wastes. IIBM is currently registered as an archived superfund site by the EPA and does not require any clean up action or further investigation at this time. 3. NUMRICH GUN PARTS CORPORATION Numrich Gun Parts Corporation has been re-visioned as the future archaeological dig site revealing artifacts that will implicate technologies role in the destruction of humans. Project Completion Date: May 5, 3016 Numrich Gun Parts Corporation is a weapons and ammunition manufacturing plant and distribution center located in West Hurley, NY. that had been investigated for lead contamination of nearby residential water wells. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) identifies sites such as Numrich Gun Parts Corporation because they pose or had once posed a potential risk to human health and/or the environment due to contamination by one or more hazardous wastes. Numrich Gun Parts Corporation is currently registered as an archived Superfund site by the EPA and does not require any clean up, action, or further investigation at this time. The effectiveness of The Superfund Re-Visioning Project lies in its ability to utilize a combination of existing contaminated locations and factual documentation of specific contaminating factors in conjunction with fictional and ridiculous psychic predictions presented as fact in order to further blur the lines between science and belief and to challenge the validity of projected and legitimized possible future outcomes. In this way, The Superfund Re-Visioning Project shifts belief and science in a way that helps us recognize our own ridiculousness as a possible culprit. Ridiculous circumstances call for a ridiculous approach. Within The Superfund Re-Visioning Project, and specifically in the case of environmental contamination, levels of ridiculousness may indicate high probability of successful outcome. Because Earth's current level of environmental contamination and global warming are ridiculous, it is logical to conclude a solution based on ridiculousness. This is a creative artistic approach to shifting perception of science and logic. . VIDEO DESCRIPTIONS CERTAIN SOLUTIONS FOR DISSOLVING PROBLEMS VIDEO / 2:53 Nina Isabelle 2016 ​ Certain Solutions For Dissolving Problems compiles digital imagery, audio, photography, and writing from The Superfund Re-Visioning Project into a video that addresses the failure of language and processes used to confront social and political issues such as environmental contamination. Using subtle neurolinguistic programming tactics combined with inaudible frequencies this video implants the idea of psychic reprogramming as a possible solution to artistic process displacement and underutilized artistic visions within the financial and political structures intended to remediate environmental contamination. In September 2016 Certain Solutions for Dissolving Problems was included in an exhibition called Artist and Location at The Czong Institute For Contemporary Art in Gimpo, Korea. LOCATIONAL TRAUMA TRANSFORM VIDEO / WOVEN OBJECT 2:53 Nina Isabelle / Neva Isabelle 2016 Neva & Nina Isabelle construct a handwoven trauma trap using black silk and gymnastics chalk that is used to absorb and transform trauma located at 40.8987° N, 77.3561° W. THE GIANT CANDLE - ENVIRONMENTAL HEALING SPELL BY PROXY VIDEO / 2:43 Nina Isabelle 2016 The Giant Candle - Environmental Healing Spell By Proxy is a video spell designed as part of The Superfund Re-visioning Project. This video works remotely with an undisclosed location in Ulster County, NY that is the subject of industrial solvent contamination, death threats, labor rights violations, hauntings, and suicide by forklift. The Giant Candle burns by proxy to cleanse the location remotely. Voice- Brittany Holly Hannah / Dance- Lucie Parker. C O D E VIDEO / PAINTING 5:35 Nina Isabelle 2016 This work was made in response to Apple’s battle with the FBI over a federal order to unlock the iPhone of a mass shooter and looks at the differences between humans and machines, specifically ways information and data can be hidden or revealed by programming, intention, or choice. THE AX IN THE STUMP VIDEO / 3:16 Nina Isabelle 2016 The Ax in The Stump tells the story of Terror- as both a fabled horse from a North Indian Fairy Tale and the torture that can ride through family histories for generations. The video is directed by Nina Isabelle using a voiceover sampled from Ellen Vereniek narrating Magic Hoofbeats and an anonymous cast member. ​ MOTHER VS. GOD VIDEO / :47 NINA ISABELLE 2016 Mother vs. God is an experimental video that uses personal photographs combined with multiple sound tracks of digitally altered voice and electrified violin. The compilation of multiple media and input results in a distortion that parallels the dialogue that can exist between religious beliefs and psychotic delusions. In October 2016 Mother vs. God was chosen by Marilyn Manson’s Daisy Berkowitz, Scott Mitchell Putesky, as part of The San Diego Art Institute’s show The Dead Are Not Quiet. DOUBLE SLIT VIDEO / 1:01 Nina Isabelle 2016 Referencing the magical incantation “As above, so below” from Hermetic Alchemy and Thomas Young’s original Double-Slit Experiment from 1801, Double Slit asks- does science suggest that man’s actions on earth might parallel actions within infinite multiple invisible lateral physical dimensions? ​ ​

  • Nina A. Isabelle

    HOME ABOUT PROJECTS THREE PHASE CONTACT SEARCH More... ​ NINA A. ISABELLE Kingston, NY isaben@rpi.edu ​ Nina Isabelle is a process based artist working with perception, action, language, and phenomena. Her practice is a method to sort and solve the inconsistencies of language, memory, and form. She makes paintings, drawings, photographs, video, sculpture, sound, performance and writing as inquiry into how sensory perception functions as the impetus for action, reaction, response, and choice making in art and life. Her work often merges disciplines as she explores how sense data compels actions, informs concepts, and the unconscious and conscious impact these variables have on decision making processes used to construct meaning and worlds. Motivated by the failure of dialogue, the dissonance between form and content, the imposition of objects in space, as well as the deficiencies of literal language, her projects highlight how modes of psychic imprinting and cerebral interpretations come together to organize perception in ways that can inform and solidify new possibilities and transformations. She often arranges structures for action, gesture, and performance as a way to reveal surprises or new information. She might act out directives such as repetitive gestures and/or categorical movements inspired by mathematical number sequences, geometric or asymmetrical patterns, GPS location, or directions within open time segments to find ways that improvised movements, reactions, and responses can be examined, quantified, relearned, or transformed. Her projects often compel her to construct life size human forms, sew garments or other wearable objects, wrap and/or suspend arrangements, weld steel structures that might become a wearable, percussion instrument, a kinetic sculpture, or all three. The sculptural objects that result from her process are project-specific and function as concept-artifacts, or evidence of a process of engaging with physical material. Along the way and afterward, she scrutinizes everything including conception, design, creation, physical actions & interactions, and destructive elements as a way to notice inconsistencies or transformations that demonstrate how manipulating physical material might reveal information about ways of manipulating non physical dimensions including concepts. ​ Isabelle use photography and video documentation as instruments to highlight and inspect sensory inconsistencies and memory schisms that occur throughout expanded timelines. By simultaneously displacing perception into three different vantages (the observer, the observed, and the observer of the observed,) she is able to engage with documentation as a tool to untangle problems related to sequence and simultaneity, physical location and material, the affability of memory, the complexities of self and other, and the inconsistencies experienced by the observer and experiencer over time. Her projects often include soundscapes made using her personal collection of audio samples including inaudible language or partially told stories, text-to-speech robots, discordant and degraded audio bombardments, multilayered barrages of noises sampled from her life such as gun shots, clicking bicycle sprockets, wind hitting a microphone, my kids, and my own improvised interactions with musical instruments. As part of her process, Isabelle will stretch, layer, reverse, overlap, or modify her soundscapes creating a cacophonic experience that might engage and scramble or distract and divert a portion of perception with the goal of freeing up other awareness functions. Isabelle's work has been presented at The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts in New York City, The Queens Museum as part of Emergency Index Documentation Discussion, Judson Memorial Church, Grace Exhibition Space, and ABC No Rio in Exile at Bullet Space in NYC with Feminist Art Group, as well as at Para//el Performance Space and The Ear in Brooklyn, NY. Internationally her projects have been presented at Czong Institute for Contemporary Art in Gimpo, South Korea, The Unstitute in Catalunya, Spain, Bangkok Underground Film Festival in Thailand, and NA Gallery in South Korea. Nationally her work has been shown at The San Diego Art Institute, The New School's exhibition at The Bushwick Collective, Roman Susan in Chicago, IL, and CX Silver Gallery in Brattleboro VT, among others. In 2018 Isabelle founded Three Phase Center for Collaborative Art Research & Building in Stone Ridge, NY where she facilitates, collaborate with, and document the work of process based conceptual and performance artists. Three Phase Center also produces a video documentary series titled Documenting Process that aims to substantiate the utility of art processes that challenge the measures of value established by institutions and markets by highlighting the lateral values of the processes and practices artists engage with that benefit their social spheres, themselves, or larger communities in less quantifiable ways. The series features artists talking about their practices, process, influences, motivations, and future plans in relatable and accessible terms. Isabelle is continually motivated to work, present projects, facilitate, and collaborate with artists and idea people of any sort. Please feel free to contact her to schedule a studio visit. She also have many pieces of artwork for sale and is happy to discuss commissioned works including painting, drawing, photography, video, and sculpture. ​ Educational Statement I first studied art at Pennsylvania School of Art and Design in 1991, and then at The University of Utah. I received my Bachelor's in Art from Westminster College and graduated with honors in 1999. In 2022 I received a Rensselaer Graduate Fellowship award to pursue study in the doctoral program in Electronic Arts at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. ​ ​ Exhibitions, Collaborations, Participations & Projects 2023 5 Objects, Percussion & Piano for Lisa Schonberg's Old Growth Playback, The Sanctuary for Independent Media, Troy, NY 2023 Electronic Arts PhD Open Studios, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY 2023 Chicken Performance with Linda Montano, Paul McMahon & Brian McCorkle, Lamb Center, Saugerties, NY 2023 Art = Healing, a group exhibit by Linda Montano at Emerge Gallery, Saugerties, NY 2023 b priori, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute EArts PhD Graduate Exhibit at Collarworks, Troy, NY 2022 West Hall Open Studios, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY 2022 Livestream - Nina Isabelle & Adriana Magaña at Jennifer Zackin's Upstate Art Open Studio, July 2022 2021 Building as Being / Construction as Performance - IV Castellanos & Nina Isabelle at Rosekill Performance Art Farm, June 2021 2021 Nina Isabelle - Artist, Thinker, Observer , Theresa Widman's Podcast #183 2021 The Black Meta Interviews Nina Isabelle for Radio Kingston, by Beetle & Freedom Walker, May 2021 2021 Psychic Self Defense, Artlife Institute, Kingston, NY 2021 Imagined Performance written by Nina Isabelle presented by IV Castellanos, Para\\el Performance Space, Brooklyn, NY 2020 Meet The Makers, Children's Museum of Art in NYC interviews Nina Isabelle, October 21, 2020 2020 Spheres of Performance, Perception, and Value, virtual presentation for The Hynes Institute of Entrepreneurship & Innovation at Iona College, September 2020 2020 Video Manifestation System User Interface Lecture and Presentation, Grace Exhibition Space, NYC , May 1, 2020 2020 Superfund Revisioning Project Lecture, Grace Exhibition Space, NYC . May 15, 2020 2020 EQUINOX, An Emergency of Joy, March 19, 2020 2019 The Shape of a Feeling & the Languages of Organizational Structures, The Esthetic Apostle, October 2019. Web. 2019 Choices & Voices, The Ear, Brooklyn, NY 2019 Remarkable New Locations, CX Silver Gallery, Brattleboro, VT 2019 April 5th Video for Daily Trumpet by Jonathan Horowitz. Web. 2019 Illuminating Intangibles with Amelia Iaia at Para\\el Performance Space, Brooklyn, NY 2019 Documentation Discussion with LiVEART.US & Emergency INDEX at Queens Museum 2018 Empathy Blinders by David Ian Bellows/Griess with Nina Isabelle & Elizabeth Lamb, Brooklyn Arts Media , December 4-18, 2018 2018 LaTable Ronde / Critical Practices Round Table #7.1 on Careerism, NYC 2018 In Honor Of, The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, NYC 2018 actLife , Linda Montano, Nye Ffarrabas (Bici Forbes,) Cai Xi, Lee Xi, Nina Isabelle, Jennifer Zackin, Sharon Myers, C.X. Silver Gallery, Brattleboro, VT 2018 Healing + Arts / Radical Domesticity , Movement Metaphors Time Travel Workshop, Kingston, NY 2018 No Nudes / No Sunsets , Greene County Council on the Arts, Catskill, NY 2018 Whistle Portraits with Linda Mary Montano & Jennifer Zackin, Secret City Art Revival, Woodstock, NY 2018 Whistle Portraits with Linda Mary Montano & Jennifer Zackin, HiLo, Catskill, NY 2018 Animalia , 2018 Anarchist Art Fair at Judson Memorial Church, NYC 2018 Performancy Forum, ForceYourself to be Good , Panoply Performance Laboratory, Brooklyn, NY 2018 Citizen Participation: Diagrams & Directives , Feminist Art Group, ABC No Rio in Exile at Bullet Space, NYC 2018 The Hymn Warp Transducer, Paul McMahon's Bedstock, 9 Herkimer Place, Brooklyn, NY 2018 Muscular Bonding, New Genres Arts Festival, Living Arts, with Esther Neff, Beth Neff, Kaia Giljia, 3dward Sharp, and Adriana Disman, Tulsa, OK 2018 M.A.R.S.H (Materializing & Activating Radical Social Habitus,) with Esther Neff, Beth Neff, Kaia Giljia, 3dward Sharp, and Adriana Disman, in St. Louis, MO 2018 Video Manifestation System by Nina A. Isabelle, Human Trash Dump, www.archive.org , 2018 Piano Portraits with Linda Mary Montano, Nina Isabelle, & Jennifer Zackin at HiLo in Catskill, NY 2018 Beast Conjuring , The Mothership, Woodstock, NY 2017 MKUVM , Human Trash Dump, Nov. 27, 2017, www.archive.org 2017 Vidiot , The Unstitute, Catalonia, Spain & Virtual 2017 4th Iteration of The Bedroom by T.W.A.T. (The Women Art Team), Holland Tunnel Gallery, Brooklyn, NY 2017 CENTENNIAL:SHE , Greene County Council on the Arts, Catskill, NY 2017 Patricia Field's Art/Fashion Show, Joe's Garage, Catskill, NY 2017 Feminist Art Group Performance, Old Glenford Church Studio, Glenford, NY 2017 Midtown Arts District Art Walk, Kingston, NY 2017 The Shirt Factory Centennial, Kingston, NY 2017 The Unstitute's Projection Room, Integrative Ontological Practices by Selden Paterson & The Eucharist Machine by Nina Isabelle, Catalonia, Spain & Virtual 2017 We Are The Secret Garden , The Stable Yard at Ernest, Anna, & Ming's in Kingston, NY 2017 The Bedroom , The Women Artist Team at NA Gallery, Chungcheongnam-do, South Korea 2017 Just Situations with FAG, Grace Exhibition Space, Brooklyn, NY 2017 Ungovernable Zone by Anarko Art Lab at Secret Garden Art Festival at Ft. Tilden, NYC 2017 Beautiful Symphony: Women Creating Chaos with F.A.G at Rosekill, Rosendale, NY 2017 Experimental Archery & Mark Making, Rosekill, Rosendale, NY 2017 MOTHERING , Rosekill Performance Art Farm, Rosendale, NY 2017 If You Don't Go Out In The Woods , Legacy Fatale, Rosekill Performance Art Farm, Rosendale, NY 2017 oUT iN tHE zONE, Anarchist Art Festival #11, Judson Memorial Church, NYC 2017 UNITY, The Lace Mill Gallery, Kingston, NY 2017 Wish You Were Here II, The Old Glenford Church Studio, Glenford, NY 2017 Feminist Art Group (F.A.G.) Knights of The Round Table , Grace Exhibition Space, Brooklyn, NY 2017 Stages, Green Kill Gallery, Kingston, NY 2017 Property, Roman Susan & Rogers Park / West Ridge Historical, Chicago, IL 2017 Bangkok Underground Film Festival, Bridge Art Space, Bangkok, Thailand 2017 Embarrassed of the Whole, Time Travel Research, Panoply Performance Laboratory, Brooklyn, NY 2017 SHORTCUT TO HELL, Otion Front Studio, Brooklyn, NY 2016 Laundry Loops with JOB // IV Soldier's F.A.G. (Feminist Art Group, ) Panoply Performance Laboratory, Brooklyn, NY 2016 The Dead Are Not Quiet, San Diego Art Institute, San Diego, CA 2016 Artist and Location , Czong Institute For Contemporary Art (CICA) Museum, Gimpo, Korea 2016 The Jernquist Coloring Book Show, Studio Fidlär, Alexanderplatz, Berlin 2016 PoliTRICKS , Art Ellipsis, Philladephia, PA 2016 Feminist Art Group in IV Soldiers Gallery at Rosekill Performance Farm, Rosendale, NY 2016 85th Annual Woodstock Library Fair, Woodstock, NY 2016 The Shirt Factory Open Studios, Kingston, NY 2016 The New School / Bushwick Collective, Brooklyn, NY 2016 The Shirt Factory Artists , Wired Gallery, High Falls, NY 2016 Wish You Were Here , The Old Glenford Church Studio, Glenford, NY 2016 Installation and Performance at The Art Life Institute with Clara Diamond, Kingston, NY 2016 The Pain Project / Alice Teeple-Now Is Real , Star House Gallery, Kingston, NY 2015 Silent Mass Generator Workshop , Grace Exhibition Space Archive, Kingston, NY 2015 Instinct , The Parliament, York, PA 2015 Posthumous Collaborations , Star House Gallery, Kingston, NY 2015 Abstract Mediums , Star House Gallery, Kingston, NY 2014 Witness: The Cedar Tavern Phone Booth Show , Star House Gallery, Kingston, NY 2014 Old Pro , Punk Rock Fish Studio, Berlin, MD 2014 Art Along The Hudson at S.P.A.F, Saugerties, NY 2014 Star House Gallery, Studio Sale, Kingston, NY 2014 Varga Gallery Memorial Day Group Show, Woodstock, NY 2014 Bold And Bright curated by David Barr, Artspace,Falls Church, VA 2013 Ethos of Abstraction -Nina Isabelle/Lucienne Weinberger, Stray Cat Gallery, Bethel, NY 2013 The Garden Cafe, Woodstock, NY 2013 Diagnosis Artist , Star House Gallery, Kingston, NY 2013 Half Your Age , Barrett Art Center, Poughkeepsie, NY 2013 Barrett Art Center, Kinetic , Poughkeepsie, NY 2013 Art Foray, Wired Gallery, High Falls, NY 2013 Home Grown , Hole In The Wall Gallery, Mechanicsburg, PA 2013 Outer Expressions of Inner Mayhem , solo show, Metropolis Collective, Mechanicsburg, PA 2012 Bits & Pieces , The Metropolis Collective, Mechanicsburg, PA 2012 Cool Cats , Hole in The Wall Gallery, Mechanicsburg, PA 2012 Fall Season Show, Greenpoint Gallery,Brooklyn, NY ​2012 IDIOM , Unison at Water Street Market Gallery, New Paltz, NY 2012 The Maltese Falcon, Barrett Art Center, Poughkeepsie, NY 2012 Trash Art Gallery at The Metropolis Collective, Mechanicsburg, PA 2012 The Handmade Photograph , Mills Pond House Gallery, Smithtown, Long Island, NY 2012 Sex 7 , Projekt 30, NYC 2012 Cornell St. Studio, Kingston, NY 2012 Varga Gallery, Goddess Show, Woodstock, NY 2012 Erotica , Tivoli Artists co-op, Tivoli, NY 2012 Birds of a Feather , Varga Gallery. Woodstock, NY 2011 Paintings / Drawings, Lovebird Studios, Rosendale, NY 2011 Season Show, Art @ Home, Kingston, NY 2010 Wings Gallery, Rosendale, NY 2007 South Main Studios, Gunnison, CO 2007 Paragon Gallery, Crested Butte, CO 2005 The Gunnison Arts Center, Gunnison, CO 2004 The Gunnison Arts Center, Gunnison, CO 2003 The Gunnison Arts Center, Gunnison, CO 2002 The Gunnison Arts Center, Gunnison, CO 1999 Jewett Center, Westminster College, Salt Lake City, UT 1998 Sundance Gallery, Sundance, UT 1998 Weber State College, Weber, UT 1992 P.S.A.D Student Gallery, Lancaster, PA 1991 P.S.A.D. Student Gallery, Lancaster, PA 1990 Centre Film Lab, State College, PA 1989 Art Alliance of Central Pennsylvania, State College, PA 1988 Pennsylvania State Capital Building, Harrisburg, PA ​ Solo Exhibitions 2021 Psychic Self-Defense, Artlife Institute Kingston, Kingston, NY 2019 Remarkable New Locations, CX Silver Gallery, Brattleboro, VT 2018 We Can't Tell What We're Doing, HiLo, Catskill, NY 2018 The Beast, The Mothership, Woodstock, NY 2017 Nina A. Isabelle at HiLo Art, Catskill, NY 2016 Animal Maximalism , Green Kill, Kingston, NY 2016 Hyperactive Installation at The Shirt Factory, Kingston, NY 2016 The Pain Project , Art/Life Institute, Kingston, NY 2014 The Random Community Generator , Star House Gallery, Kingston, NY 2013 Inner Mayhem , Metropolis Collective, Harrisburg, PA 2002 Nina Isabelle, Gunnison Art Center, Gunnison, CO 1999 Handmade Photographs , Bibliotheque, Salt Lake City, UT Performance 2022 Livestream - Nina Isabelle & Adriana Magaña at Jennifer Zackin's Upstate Art Open Studio, July 2022 2021 Building as Being / Construction as Performance - IV Castellanos & Nina Isabelle at Rosekill Performance Art Farm, June 2021 2020 EQUINOX, An Emergency of Joy, Three Phase Center, Stone Ridge, NY 2019 Illuminating Intangibles, Para\\el Performance Space, Brooklyn, NY 2018 Land Lines with Jennifer Zackin, C.X. Silver Gallery, Brattleboro, VT 2018 Whistle Portraits with Linda Mary Montano & Jennifer Zackin, Secret City, Woodstock, NY 2018 Whistle Portraits with Linda Mary Montano & Jennifer Zackin, HiLo, Catskill, NY 2018 Embodying The Outer Bodies / Force Yourself To Be Good Panoply Performance Laboratory, Brooklyn, NY 2018 Citizen Participation: Diagrams & Directives, Feminist Art Group, www.bulletspace.org , NYC 2018 The Hymn Warp Transducer, Paul McMahon's Bedstock, 9 Herkimer Place, Brooklyn, NY 2018 Muscular Bonding, New Genres Arts Festival, Living Arts, with Esther Neff, Beth Neff, Kaia Giljia, 3dward Sharp, and Adriana Disman, Tulsa, OK 2018 M.A.R.S.H (Materializing & Activating Radical Social Habitus,) with Esther Neff, Beth Neff, Kaia Giljia, 3dward Sharp, and Adriana Disman, in St. Louis, MO 2018 Piano Portraits with Linda Mary Montano, Nina Isabelle, & Jennifer Zackin at HiLo in Catskill, NY 2018 Beast Conjuring, The Mothership, Woodstock, NY 2017 We Are The Secret Garden , The Stable Yard at Ernest, Anna, & Ming's in Kingston, NY 2017 Just Situations with FAG, Grace Exhibition Space, Brooklyn, NY 2017 Ungovernable Zone by Anarko Art Lab at Secret Garden Art Festival at Ft. Tilden, NYC 2017 MOTHERING , Rosekill Performance Art Farm, Rosendale, NY 2017 If You Don't Go Out In The Woods , Legacy Fatale, Rosekill Performance Art Farm, Rosendale, NY 2017 oUT iN tHE zONE, Anarchist Art Festival #11, Judson Memorial Church, NYC 2017 The Fabric of Women's Space-Time, The Lace Mill Gallery, Kingston, NY 2017 Stages , Green Kill Gallery, Kingston, NY 2017 Embarrassed of the Whole, Time Travel Research, Panoply Performance Laboratory, Brooklyn, NY 2016 Mock The Chasm , Art / Life Institute, Kingston, NY 2016 Laundry Loops at JOB /// IV Soldier's F.A.G. Feminist Art Group at Panoply Performance Lab, Brooklyn, NY 2016 Q: INFORMATICUS, P)REPARING THE REAL , The Panoply Performance Laboratory, Brooklyn, NY 2016 Performances Sketches / Clara Diamond's Residency at Art/Life Institute, Kingston, NY 2015 The Q: Entity , The Art/Life Institute, Kingston, NY 2015 The Silent Mass Generator Workshop , Grace Exhibition Space Archive, Kingston, NY 2005 Mirror , Taylor Hall at Western State College University, Gunnison, CO 2002 What Do We Have? / Vanity / Death, Jaquelynne Brodeur & Nina Isabelle, The Gunnison Art Center, Gunnison, CO 1999 The Dischordant Student , Jewett Center, Salt Lake City, UT ​ Video Production 2022 Documenting Process: Cai & Le Xi 2022 Documenting Process: Josh Babu 2022 Steve's Dream 2021 Documenting Process: Shola Cole AKA Pirate Jenny 2019 Documenting Process: Linda Mary Montano 2019 Documenting Process: The Architecture of a Stream by Valerie Sharp 2018 Documenting Process: Decompositions by Brian McCorkle 2018 Seemripper https://vimeo.com/296678389 2018 Video Manifestation System, Human Trash Dump, https://archive.org/details/htdc005 2016 The Eucharist Machine, 4:48, https://vimeo.com/189071199 2016 Certain Solutions For Solving Problems, 8:40, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ltIadB4FuFI 2016 Domestic Loops, 6:20, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AeEYUtCZbKY 2016 Mother Vs. God, 0:47, https://vimeo.com/176222556 2016 IBM- Tech City Re-Vision , 0:55 https://vimeo.com/182476408 2016 The Giant Candle - Environmental Healing Spell By Proxy , 2:43, https://vimeo.com/182594886 2016 Locational Trauma Transform, 2:54 https:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=crlDcMZfy1M 2016 Performance Sketch at Art/Life Institute https://youtu.be/XzNUWDwvOTk 2016 The Story Of Terror / Ax In The Stump https://vimeo.com/176227354 2016 Building Connections https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8YdGO-7zrSY 2016 C O D E https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EcxJ4pHX8WE 2015 Feeding The Entity https://vimeo.com/140719399 2015 Siblings https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LR4ErG0Khvc 2015 Q:Entity at Art/Life Institute https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5joer_gcyKQ ​ Curating / Hosting / Facilitating 2022- iEar Salon curatorial committee member, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY 2021- 2022 Sound of Ceres- facilitate set construction & studio space for production of Emerald Sea 2022 - BIRTHDAYARAMA - Linda Mary Montano's 21 hr. Zoom Birthday Party 2021 Michelle Temple at Three Phase Center, Stone Ridge, NY 2021 Shola Cole- Drawing, Welding, & Construction for Time Travelers 2020 Notice Recording presents New Music & Free Jazz, Three Phase Center, Stone Ridge, NY 2020 Social Dissonance, Paul McMahon, Three Phase Center, Stone Ridge, NY 2019 FUTURE: Shola Cole AKA Pirate Jenny, Three Phase Center, Stone Ridge, NY 2019 Speed, Light, Motion & Gesture: Video Installation by Josh Babu, Three Phase Center, Stone Ridge, NY 2019 Infinity Within & Without, Cai Xi and Le Xi, Three Phase Center, Stone Ridge, NY 2019 Hurray! The Gland Doctors Graduate. Linda Mary Montano, Amanda Heidel, Arielle Ponder, Megumi Naganoma, and Lynn Herring 2019 Lorene Bouboushian & The Undoing And Doing Collective, Three Phase Center, Stone Ridge, NY 2019 The Architecture of A Stream by Valerie Sharp, Three Phase Center, Stone Ridge, NY 2019 Public Vortex Weaving by Jennifer Zackin, Three Phase Center, Stone Ridge, NY 2018 The Malleability of Memory by Ernest Goodmaw, Three Phase Center, Stone Ridge, NY 2018 Eleven Modes of Decomposition by Brian McCorkle, Three Phase Center, Stone Rodge, NY 2018 The Obstructionist: Empathy Blinders & Dramatic Object Making with Elizabeth Lamb & David Ian Bellows / Griess, Three Phase Center, Stone Ridge, NY 2018 Thinkers & Doers Feminist Workgroup with Ernest Goodmaw, Havarah Zawoluk and Anna Hafner, Three Phase Center, Stone Ridge, NY 2017 The Shirt Factory Centennial Performance & 3rd Floor Pop Up, The Shirt Factory, Kingston, NY 2016 Animal Maximalism Performances at Green Kill, Green Kill, NY 2016 Alice Teeple, Now Is Real , Star House Gallery, NY 2015 Owen Harvey, The Local Gallery, Kingston, NY 2015 Recent Paintings by Chad Gallion , Star House Gallery, Kingston, NY 2015 Through The Lens : The Sudbury Photo Show, Star House Gallery, Kingston, NY 2014 Adam & Jeff: An Abstract Painter and His Mentor , Star House Gallery, KIngston, NY 2014 Parallel Places: Owen Harvey / Michael Hunt , Star House Gallery, Kingston, NY 2014 The Cedar Tavern Phone Booth Show, Star House Gallery, Kingston, NY 2013 Isaac Abrams / Kelly Bickman , Star House Gallery, Kingston, NY 2013 Narrative , Star House Gallery, Kingston, NY 2013 Artist Talk: Kerry Mueller , Star House Gallery, Kingston, NY 2013 Diagnosis: Artist , Star House Gallery, Kingston, NY ​ Awards/ Fellowship 2022 - Rensselaer Graduate Fellowship Bibliography - Widman, Theresa. "Nina Isabelle - Artist, Thinker, Observer." I want What She Has . 2 Aug. 2021. Podcast. - Beetle & Freedom Walker. The Black Meta- Psychic Self-Defense: Artist, Nina Isabelle" 4 May. 2021. Podcast. Radio Kingston WKNY. -Santullo, Kerry. “‘Meet The Makers - 5 Minutes with Artist Nina Isabelle.’ "Children's Museum of the Arts New York, 21 Oct. 2020, cmany.org/blog/view/5-minutes-artist-nina-isabelle/ . - Hynes Institute for Entrepreneurship & Innovation, and Danny Potocki. "E-talk with Nina A. Isabelle." YouTube. YouTube, 15 Oct. 2020. Web. 22 Dec. 2020. -"The Shape of a Feeling & the Language of Organizational Structures." The Esthetic Apostle. October 2019. Web https://www.estheticapostle.com/the-shape-of-a-feeling -https://www.greenearts.org/no-nudes-no-sunsets-a-photography-exhibition-opens-august-11/ - Varalla, Adriana. "12th Annual NYC Anarchist Art Festival." /anarchistbookfair.net/sites/default/files/Anarko%20Lab%202018%20PRESS%20RELEASE.pdf -Bresnan, Debra, "Activating Perception - Nina A. Isabelle." MAD Kingston. May 2017. Web -"GALERII Eesti Performance'i Grupp Non Grata Esines New Yorgi Anarhismi Festivalil."Õhtuleht. N.p., 24 May 2017. Web. 26 May 2017. - Elissa Garay, "Kingston: Capital of Culture." Chronogram. March 2017: p. Print. - Mills Messner, Heather. "Featured Artist Nina Isabelle." Aife Media Fall/Winter 2016: p.22-23. Print - Josh, Ryder, and Rutigliano Dario. "ARTiculAction Art Review // Special Issue." Issuu. Articulaction Art Review, Jan. 2016. Web. - Rutigliano, Dario, and Josh Ryder. "Nina Isabelle." ARTiculAction Art Review Jan. 2016: 124-49. Print. - Isabelle, Nina A. "Fashion Trends." Goodlife Youth Journal 5.1 (2016): p.20. Print. - George, James. "Nina Isabelle at Falls Church Arts, Bold & Bright." Arlington Art Examiner. 2014. Web. - Malcolm, Timothy. "Stumps For The Outsider." Record Online. Times Herald-Record, 13 Sept. 2013. Web. - Gussin, Bruce. "If It Isn't Not Broken Don't Unfix It." Blog post. Life and How to Live It. 5 Dec. 2010. Web. ​ ​ Residency 2006 Artist in Residence, Gunnison Art Center Summer Residency Program, Gunnison, CO ​ Workshops 2018 Movement Metaphors Time Traveling Workshop, Healing + Art / Radical Domesticity, Kingston, NY 2017 Experimental Archery & Mark Making, Rosekill, Rosendale, NY 2017 Metaphors of Movement, Body Systems, Disease, and Society, Grace Exhibition Space, Brooklyn, NY 2015 The Silent Mass Generator Workshop with Clara Diamond, GES Archive 411 Studio, Kingston, NY Teaching 2014-2016 Photography, Hudson Valley Sudbury School Photography CO-OP, Kingston, NY 2016 Art History & Ideas, HVSS Art History CO-OP, Kingston, NY 2016 Introduction to Digital Photography, The Shirt Factory, Kingston, NY 2003-2006 Modern Dance, Gunnison Arts Center, Gunnison, CO 2006 Oil Painting Workshop, Crested Butte Center of the Arts, Crested Butte, CO 2006 Oil Painting Workshop, Gunnison Arts Center, Gunnison, CO 1988-1990 Kids Photography and Dark Room, Woodward Camp, Woodward, PA ​ ​ References -https://cmany.org/blog/view/5-minutes-artist-nina-isabelle/ -Hynes Institute for Entrepreneurship & Innovation, and Danny Potocki. "E-talk with Nina A. Isabelle." YouTube. YouTube, 15 Oct. 2020. Web. 22 Dec. 2020. - anarchistbookfair.net -https://www.greenearts.org/no-nudes-no-sunsets-a-photography-exhibition http://www.greenearts.org/patricia-fields-artfashion-show-comes-to-catskill/ https://madkingston.org/2017/05/09/nina-a-isabelle/ http://us6.campaign-archive2.com/?u=9bbde55ac06fd4ebf2c0424ae&id=ef278b43c7 http://bangkokundergroundcinema.com/day-3-bridge/ https://justsituations.wordpress.com/ http://www.ivcastellanos.com/feminist-art-group/ http://romansusan.org/following/all/romansusan.org/Property https://madkingston.org/reframed-ritual-nina-isabelle-3715/ https://www.timeout.com/san-diego/things-to-do/the-dead-are-not-quiet-and-the-haunted-art-of-t-jefferson-carey http://artisbeing.com/blog/2016/9/28/san-diego-art-institute-the-dead-are-not-quiet-gallery-exhibiton https://greenkill.org/2016/10/12/nina-isabelle/ http://www.artlifekingston.com/blank-e19y5 http://cicamuseum.com/artist-and-location/ http://www.jennidachase.com/2016/09/21/sn-participates-in-the-cica-artist-location-exhibition-in-gyeonggi-do-korea/ ​

  • Nina A. Isabelle // Multidisciplinary Artist // Kingston, NY

    HOME ABOUT PROJECTS THREE PHASE CONTACT SEARCH More... SOLVERMATH PHASE ONE - FEBRUARY 24, 2023 TWO THINGS CRACK IN HALF FEBRUARY 20, 2023 RPI OPEN STUDIO DECEMBER 2022 LISTENING MEDIUMS OCTOBER 2022 RINGING IN EARS OCTOBER 2022 LIVESTREAM JULY 2022 PSYCHIC SELF DEFENSE DECEMBER 2020 - GIANT WOODEN STAKE FOR KILLING ENERGETIC VAMPIRES IMAGINED PERFORMANCE STORYTIME WITH IV CASTELLANOS PARA\\EL PERFORMANCE SPACE FEBRUARY 2021 WHAT THE BODY KNOWS AUGUST 2020 MOSS ROCK CAGE APRIL 2020 TEN THOUSAND OBJECTIVES MARCH 2020 INTERVIEW BY LINDA MARY MONTANO FEBRUARY 2020 VOICES & CHOICES - THE EAR - BROOKLYN, NY AUGUST 2019 REMARKABLE NEW LOCATIONS - CX SILVER GALLERY - BRATTLEBORO, VT JUNE 2019 ILLUMINATING INTANGIBLES - PARA\\EL PERFORMANCE SPACE - BROOKLYN MARCH 2019 SHAPE OF A FEELING 2018-PRESENT SEEMRIPPER - ELIZABETH FOUNDATION - NYC OCTOBER 2018 LANDLINES - CX SILVER GALLERY - BRATTLEBORO, VT AUGUST 2018 WE CAN'T TELL WHAT WE'RE DOING - HiLO GALLERY - CATSKILL, NY AUGUST 2018 NEW SITUATIONS - THREE PHASE CENTER - STONE RIDGE, NY JUNE 2018 WHISTLE PORTRAITS - HiLO GALLERY - CATSKILL, NY JUNE 2018 FORCE YOURSELF TO BE GOOD - PANOPLY PERFORMANCE LAB - BROOKLYN, NY MAY 2018 CITIZEN PARTICIPATION WITH FEMINIST ART GROUP AT ABC NO RIO / BULLET SPACE IN NYC MAY 2018 HYMN WARP TRANSDUCER AT BEDSTOCK - NINE HERKIMER IN BROOKLYN APRIL 2018 PIANO PORTRAITS - HiLO GALLERY - CATSKILL, NY FEBRUARY 2018

  • FORCE YOURSELF TO BE GOOD | nina-isabelle

    HOME ABOUT PROJECTS THREE PHASE CONTACT SEARCH More... FORCE YOURSELF TO BE GOOD Panoply Performance Laboratory, Brooklyn, NY May 24, 2018 ​ Force Yourself To Be Good Nina Isabelle /Performancy Forum / Panoply Performance Lab / May 24, 2018 / Images provided by PPL Force Yourself To Be Good Nina Isabelle /Performancy Forum / Panoply Performance Lab / May 24, 2018 / Images provided by PPL Force Yourself To Be Good Nina Isabelle /Performancy Forum / Panoply Performance Lab / May 24, 2018 / Images provided by PPL Force Yourself To Be Good Nina Isabelle /Performancy Forum / Panoply Performance Lab / May 24, 2018 / Images provided by PPL Force Yourself To Be Good Nina Isabelle /Performancy Forum / Panoply Performance Lab / May 24, 2018 / Images provided by PPL IMG_9611 Nina Isabelle /Performancy Forum / Panoply Performance Lab / May 24, 2018 / Images provided by PPL Force Yourself To Be Good Nina Isabelle / /Performancy Forum / Panoply Performance Lab / May 24, 2018 / Images provided by PPL Force Yourself To Be Good Nina Isabelle /Performancy Forum / Panoply Performance Lab / May 24, 2018 / Images provided by PPL Force Yourself To Be Good Nina Isabelle /Performancy Forum / Panoply Performance Lab / May 24, 2018 / Images provided by PPL Force Yourself To Be Good Nina Isabelle /Performancy Forum / Panoply Performance Lab / May 24, 2018 / Images provided by PPL Force Yourself to be Good Nina Isabelle /Performancy Forum / Panoply Performance Lab / May 24, 2018 / Images provided by PPL Force Yourself To Be Good Nina Isabelle /Performancy Forum / Panoply Performance Lab / May 24, 2018 / Images provided by PPL

  • Multidisciplinary Artist | New York | Nina A. Isabelle

    Nina Isabelle HOME ABOUT PROJECTS THREE PHASE CONTACT SEARCH More... Addition Equals Subtraction, 43.50 x 62.25, house paint and flashe on canvas, 2017 Nina A Isabelle performing in Temporary Ungovernable Zone for Anarko Art Lab at Ft. Tilden, NYC. Photo by Jaime Rosenfeld RECENT / CURRENT / UPCOMING - 5 Objects, Percussion & Piano for Lisa Schonberg's Old Growth Playback at The Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy, NY on December 16th, 2023 at 7:PM - Electronic Arts PhD Open Studios, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY - Chicken Performance with Linda Montano, Paul McMahon & Brian McCorkle at Lamb Center, Saugerties, NY - Art = Healing - group exhibit by Linda Montano at Emerge Gallery, Saugerties, NY - b priori , Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute EArts PhD Graduate Exhibit at Collarworks , Troy, NY - SOLVERMATH! Initial phase opens virtually February 24, 2023, CLICK HERE > > > SOLVERMATH! - West Hall Open Studios , Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute , Troy, NY, December 2022 - Livestream - Nina Isabelle & Adriana Magaña at Jennifer Zackin's Upstate Art Open Studio, July 2022 - Building as Being / Construction as Performance - IV Castellanos & Nina Isabelle at Rosekill Performance Art Farm, June 2021 -Nina Isabelle - Artist, Thinker, Observer , Theresa Widman's Podcast #183 - The Black Meta Interviews Nina Isabelle for Radio Kingston, by Beetle & Freedom Walker, May 2021 - PSYCHIC SELF-DEFENSE S culpture, Installation, & Demonstration at Art/Life Kingston, May 1st - 29th, 2021 -Imagined Performances read by IV Castellanos at Para\\el Performance Space, Brooklyn, NY, February 12, 202 1 - Kerry Santullo interviews Nina Isabelle for NYC Children's Museum of Art "Meet The Makers ," October 21, 2020 -Spheres of Perception & Value, Virtual Presentation, Hynes Institute for Entrepre neurship & Innovation at Iona College , September 21, 2020 -Video Manifestation System User Interface Lecture and Presentation , Grace Exhibition Space, NYC , May 1, 2020 -Superfund Revisioning Project Lecture, Grace Exhibition Space, NYC . May 15, 2020 -EQUINOX , An Emergency of Joy, March 19, 2020 -The Ear , Brooklyn, NY, August 23, 2019 -Remarkable New Locations - Nye Ffarrabas & Nina Isabelle, CX Silver Gallery, Brattleboro, VT, May 18th - June 15th, 2019 - PARALLEL -104 Meserole Street, Brooklyn NY, Saturday, March 23rd,2019- 7:PM -documentation discussion panel with LiVEART.US featuring Emergency INDEX at Queens Museum , February 17, 2019 2:00-5:00 -Emp athy Blinders by David Ian Bellows/Griess with Nina Isabelle & Elizabeth Lamb, Brooklyn Arts Media , December 4-18, 2018 -As Far As The Hart Can See / In Honor of , The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts , NYC, October 20th, 2018 -actLife , Linda Mary Montano, Nye Ffarrabas, Cai Xi, Nina Isabelle, Jennifer Zackin, Lee Xi & Sharon Myers, CX Silver Gallery, Brattleboro, VT, August 24 -Healing + Arts / Radical Domesticity, Movement Metaphors Workshop, Kingston, NY, August 24, 2018 -NO NUDES NO SUNSETS , August 11 - September 22, 2018, Green County Council on the Arts , Catskill, NY -Whistle Portraits, Linda Montano & Nina Isabelle, Secret City Art Revival, Woodstock, NY, July 28 - DRAMATIC OBJECT MAKING / EMPATHY BLINDERS with Elizabeth Lamb & David Ian Bellows Griess, THREE PHASE , Sept.1, 2018, Stone Ridge, NY - WE CAN'T TELL WHAT WE'RE DOING, HiLo , July 20, 2018 - August 26, 2018, Catskill, NY -Whistle Portraits , Linda Mary Montano, Nina Isabelle & Jennifer Zackin, HiLo, Catskill, NY June 10, 2018 -ANIMALIA , Anarchist Art Festival, Judson Memorial Church, NYC, June 8 2018 -GUTTER HANGER w/ Lorene Bouboushian & Friends, THREE PHASE , 1:PM-DARK, May 27, 2018, Stone Ridge, NY - EMBODYING THE OUTER BODIES: a demonstration of low-level energetic vacuum form technologies 7:PM, May 24, 2018, PPL , Brooklyn, NY - Citizen Participation: Diagrams & Directives , Feminist Art Group, www.bulletspace.org , May 6, 2018, NYC -Hymn Warp Transducer at Paul McMahon' s Bedstock Exhibit, 9 Herkimer Place, Brooklyn, NY, April 15, 2018 -New Genres at Living Arts in Tulsa,OK , March 2-3, 2018 -MUSCULAR BONDING at M.A.R.S.H. (Materializing and Activating Radical Social Habitus)- Feb 15 - March 5, St. Louis, MO -The Video Manifestation System released by Human Trash Dump - February 26, 2018 -PIANO PORTRAITS By Linda Mary Montano with Nina Isabelle, & Jennifer Zackin at HiLo , Catskill, NY, Feb. 11, 2018 -BEAST CONJURING by Nina Isabelle , The Mothership , Woodstock, NY, Jan16-21, 2018 http://paulmcmahon.tv/mothership -MKUVM , Human Trash Dump, November 27, 2017 https://archive.org/details/htdc002 -The Bedroom , 4th Iteration by The Women Artist Team, Holland Tunnel Gallery , Brooklyn, NY , October 20- November 12 -Patricia Field's International Art / Fashion Show , Joe's Garage, October 6, 2017, Catskill, NY www.greenearts.org -CENTENNIAL:SHE , Greene County Council on the Arts, October 7 - November 11, 2017 - The Shirt Factory Centennial Celebration- Performance / Open Studio , Kingston, NY, September 16, 2017 -F.A.G. Slumber Party , Nina's House & Yard Studio, Hurley, NY September 4-6, 2017 - We Are The Secret Garden: An Evening of Performance, Kingston, NY September 26, 2017 - The Bedroom , The Women Artist Team at NA Gallery, Chungcheongnam-do, South Korea, July 23- Aug. 7, 201 7 -Just Situations , Grace Exhibition Space, Brooklyn, NY, July 23, 2017 https://justsituations.wordpress.com -Temporary Ungovernable Zone , Anarcho Art Lab / ARTINYC, Ft. Tilden, NY July 8, 2017 -Experimental Archery Workshop , Rosekill Performance Art Farm, Rosendale, NY, June 10, 2017 http://www.rosekill.com - Mothering , Rosekill Performance Art Farm, Rosendale, NY, June 3, 2017 http://www.rosekill.com/ - N Y C Anarchist Performance Art Festival #11 , The Judson Memorial Church , NYC, May 12, 2017 -The Fabric Of Women's Space-Time , The Lace Mill Gallery, Kingsotn, NY, May 13, 2017 - UNITY , The Lace Mill Gallery, Kingston, N, May 6-13, 2017 -The Unstitute's Projection Room ,Catalunya, Spain, August 2017, http://www.theunstitute.org/Projection.Room.html - STAGES , Performance by Clara Diamond with Valerie Sharp & Nina Isabelle, GREENKILL , APRIL 15, 2017 -P R O P E R T Y , R O M A N S U S A N / RPWRHS, CHICACO, IL, APRIL 1-30, 2017, www.romansusan.org - Bangkok Underground Film Festival , Bridge Art Space, Bangkok, Thailand, March 4-12, 2017 -SHORTCUT TO HELL , January 22, 2017, Otion Front Studio, Brooklyn, NY www.otionfront.com -HiLo Art , April 2017, Catskill, NY https://www.hilocatskill.com -EotW (Embarrassed Of The Whole) February 4, 2017, Panoply Lab, Brooklyn, NY http://www.panoplylab.org -Mock The Chasm, November 12, 2016, Art/Life Institute Kingston, NY http://www.artlifekingston.com/ -JOB /// IV Soldier's Feminist Art Group at Panoply Performance Lab, Brooklyn, NY -San Diego Art Institute - The Dead Are Not Quiet , San Diego, CA October 1-31 -Animal Maximalism , Green Kill, Kingston, NY, October 1-15 www.greenkill.org -POLITRICKS: Theories & Other Conspiracies , October 14, Ellipsis Art, Philadelphia, PA -Artist and Location , September 23-October 9, Czong Institute For Contemporary Art, Gimpo Korea, www.cicamuseum.com -Jurnquist Coloring Book Show , September 24, Studio Fidlär, Alexanderplatz, Berlin

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  • RINGING IN EARS | nina-isabelle

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  • ART/LIFE KINGSTON - CLARA & NINA | nina-isabelle

    HOME ABOUT PROJECTS THREE PHASE CONTACT SEARCH More... ART/LIFE KINGSTON CLARA DIAMOND & NINA ISABELLE 2016

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    HOME ABOUT PROJECTS THREE PHASE CONTACT SEARCH More... THE VIDEO MANIFESTATION SYSTEM USER ARCHIVE Download Video Manifestation System from HUMAN TRASH DUMP here: https://archive.org/details/htdc005 ALICE TEEPLE December 9, 2019 Manifesting Ethical And Sustainable Paths Best Suited To Artists' True Calling ​ ALICE TEEPLE December 8, 2019 Video Manifestation System to Manifest A Balance of the Divine Masculine and Feminine ​ ALICE TEEPLE January 4, 2018 Video Manifestation System to Manifest Excellent Career Opportunities ​ NINA ISABELLE November 18, 2017 Video Manifestation System Video to Manifest a Video Manifestation System ​

  • HiLo Catskill / Nina A. Isabelle

    HOME ABOUT PROJECTS THREE PHASE CONTACT SEARCH More... Nina Isabelle Opening at HiLo CATSKILL, NY ​ MAY 2017 Nina Isabelle, with her signature gusto, will be presenting an evening of intrigue, education, and hullabaloo. Arm wrestling, The Overconfident Autodidact (performed by Erik Hokanson,) a tea party performance by Valerie Sharp, a public interview with the questioner another performance artist (Matthew Gioia,) and two documentary screenings- The Eucharist Machine and Time Travel Research Documentary.. Nina Isabelle's installation will be at HiLo from now until June 5. It can be viewed M-F 7am-2pm and Sat & Sun 9am - 4pm until May 3rd after which time the hours will be M-Tu 7-2, W-Th 7 -4, Fri 7am-12am, Sat 7-12am, Sun 9am - 10pm

  • UNITY AT THE LACE MILL | nina-isabelle

    HOME ABOUT PROJECTS THREE PHASE CONTACT SEARCH More... UNITY THE LACE MILL ​ KINGSTON, NY MAY 6, 2017 ​ The UNITY show is a partnership of artists from along the Cornell Street corridor — the Shirt Factory, Pajama Factory, Brush Factory, Cornell Street Studios and The Lace Mill — whose works will be exhibited at The Lace Mill’s East Gallery and West Gallery, 165 Cornell Street, Kingston. The show’s opening reception will be held Saturday, May 6 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Disciplines include painting, sculpture, ceramics, performance, installation, music, and dance, video, puppetry for kids, and sonic meditation. Artwork, like Election Night March 2017 by Leslie Bender, at right will be featured. A closing reception the following on Saturday, May 13 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., features live performance-based art such as dance, video and music. Inspired by the newly launched Midtown Arts District (MAD) last year, Lace Mill community arts liaison Sarah Carlson and Shirt Factory events coordinator Lisa Kelley started discussing the possibilities of joining forces to create a dynamic group show of the buildings’ artists while also supporting the mission and initiatives of MAD. Carlson explains, “I wanted to do a show that was about what we have in common, rather than what divides us, and to have that conversation as a community. It seemed sweet to open that dialogue to the arts corridor right here and a nice way for us to dialogue about what’s happening on the local national stage. As artists, that’s what we do.” Kelley adds, “I love Sarah’s idea for bringing our artists together with the theme of unity. Over the last year, the Midtown Arts District and Mike Piazza’s artist factory buildings have supported this kind of collaboration between artists. I believe we’re planting some fertile seeds for exciting partnerships in the future.” Over two dozen artists will participate in UNITY.

  • MOCK THE CHASM | nina-isabelle

    HOME ABOUT PROJECTS THREE PHASE CONTACT SEARCH More... MOCK THE CHASM NOVEMBER 13, 2016 ​ ART/LIFE INSTITUTE KINGSTON Mock The Chasm was performed at The Art/Life Institute Kingston during Alex Chêllet and Jaime Emerson’s November 2016 Artists In Residency Night of Performance exhibition. Inspired by the 2016 presidential election, the performance aims to inspect the spiritual illusion between God and America and how it is used to warp the space between morality and finance. Actions include worshipping a golden calf, wrestling and subduing a life-sized victim, and a self-crucifixion. ​

  • SILVER GELATIN PRINTS (1989-1999) | nina-isabelle

    HOME ABOUT PROJECTS THREE PHASE CONTACT SEARCH More... SILVER GELATIN PRINTS 1989-1999 A Collection of gelatin silver prints made from photograms, handmade negatives, and experimental darkroom photographic processes. Mother Selenium toned silver gelatin print toned silver gelatin print toned silver gelatin print Selenium toned silver gelatin print 7x9 toned silver gelatin print toned silver gelatin print Selenium toned silver gelatin print 7x9 toned silver gelatin print prismacolor on toned silver gelatin print toned silver gelatin print sepia toned silver gelatin print toned silver gelatin print toned silver gelatin print toned silver gelatin print Selenium toned silver gelatin print 7x9 1/1

  • THE EUCHARIST MACHINE / Nina A. Isabelle

    HOME ABOUT PROJECTS THREE PHASE CONTACT SEARCH More... THE EUCHARIST MACHINE BANGKOK UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL BANGKOK, THAILAND / MARCH , 2017 English with Thai subtitles Thai with English subtitles Inspired by Chris Lehmann’s book The Money Cult: Capitalism, Christianity, and the Unmaking of The American Dream, The Eucharist Machine addresses language, perception, and belief. In The Eucharist Machine, information is skewed by a presentation of jumbled non-linear facts and fiction, science, pseudoscience, and science fiction. Inaccurate grammar and linguistics push the concept even further by incorporating the cockamayme Thai / English subtitles and voice-overs produced by Google Translate and Apple’s Text To Speech system preference in a process that reverse-legitimizes the information. The Eucharist Machine is what happens when the under informed articulate with high-tech features. Information lost in translation becomes a sort of up-cycled spirituality; a futuristic projection of possible renewal of the crumbling dialogue between spirituality, commodity, and financial value. The Eucharist Machine takes a serious, culturally backwards, multigenerational look at what it means to be sanctified. เครื่องศีลมหาสนิทเป็นหนังสั้นที่เขียนกำกับและแก้ไขโดยศิลปินนานาชาติ Nina อิสซาเบล แรงบันดาลใจจากหนังสือของคริสมาห์ของเงินลัทธิ: ทุนนิยมคริสต์และ Unmaking ของความฝันอเมริกันภาษาอยู่เครื่องศีลมหาสนิทการรับรู้และความเชื่อ ในศีลมหาสนิทเครื่องข้อมูลจะถูกบิดเบือนโดยการนำเสนอข้อเท็จจริงที่คลั่งไคล้ที่ไม่ใช่เชิงเส้นและนิยายวิทยาศาสตร์ pseudoscience และนิยายวิทยาศาสตร์ ไวยากรณ์ไม่ถูกต้องและภาษาศาสตร์ผลักดันแนวคิดให้ดียิ่งขึ้นโดยผสมผสาน cockamayme คำบรรยายภาษาไทย / ภาษาอังกฤษและเสียงพากย์ผลิตโดย Google Translate และข้อความของ Apple เพื่อการตั้งค่าระบบเสียงพูดในกระบวนการที่ย้อนกลับ legitimizes ข้อมูล เครื่องศีลมหาสนิทเป็นสิ่งที่เกิดขึ้นเมื่ออยู่ภายใต้แจ้งปล้องที่มีคุณสมบัติที่มีเทคโนโลยีสูง ข้อมูล Lost in Translation กลายเป็นจัดเรียงของขึ้นกรณืจิตวิญญาณ; การฉายอนาคตของการต่ออายุเป็นไปได้ของการเจรจาบี้ระหว่างจิตวิญญาณสินค้าโภคภัณฑ์และความคุ้มค่าทางการเงิน ศีลมหาสนิทเครื่องยิงร้ายแรงวัฒนธรรมย้อนหลังดูหลายรุ่นว่ามันหมายถึงความบริสุทธิ์

  • JOB // F.A.G. | nina-isabelle

    HOME ABOUT PROJECTS THREE PHASE CONTACT SEARCH More... LAUNDRY LOOPS (JOB) ​ IV SOLDIER'S F.A.G. (FEMINIST ART GROUP) PANOPLY PERFORMANCE LABORATORY ​ NOVEMBER 3, 2016 (Lorene Bouboushian, IV Castellanos, Amanda Hunt, Kaia Gilje, Nina Isabelle) Photos: Brian McCorkle LAUNDRY LOOPS // JOB // F.A.G. //PPL Laundry Loops JOB // IV Soldier's F.A.G. at Panoply Performance Laboratory November 3, 2016 Photo: Brian McCorkle LAUNDRY LOOPS // JOB // F.A.G. //PPL Laundry Loops JOB // IV Soldier's F.A.G. at Panoply Performance Laboratory November 3, 2016 Photo: Brian McCorkle LAUNDRY LOOPS // JOB // F.A.G. //PPL Laundry Loops JOB // IV Soldier's F.A.G. at Panoply Performance Laboratory November 3, 2016 Photo: Brian McCorkle LAUNDRY LOOPS // JOB // F.A.G. //PPL Laundry Loops JOB // IV Soldier's F.A.G. at Panoply Performance Laboratory November 3, 2016 Photo: Brian McCorkle LAUNDRY LOOPS // JOB // F.A.G. //PPL Laundry Loops JOB // IV Soldier's F.A.G. at Panoply Performance Laboratory November 3, 2016 Photo: Brian McCorkle LAUNDRY LOOPS // JOB // F.A.G. //PPL Laundry Loops JOB // IV Soldier's F.A.G. at Panoply Performance Laboratory November 3, 2016 Photo: Brian McCorkle LAUNDRY LOOPS // JOB // F.A.G. //PPL Laundry Loops JOB // IV Soldier's F.A.G. at Panoply Performance Laboratory November 3, 2016 Photo: Brian McCorkle LAUNDRY LOOPS // JOB // F.A.G. //PPL Laundry Loops JOB // IV Soldier's F.A.G. at Panoply Performance Laboratory November 3, 2016 Photo: Brian McCorkle LAUNDRY LOOPS // JOB // F.A.G. //PPL Laundry Loops JOB // IV Soldier's F.A.G. at Panoply Performance Laboratory November 3, 2016 Photo: Brian McCorkle LAUNDRY LOOPS // JOB // F.A.G. //PPL Laundry Loops JOB // IV Soldier's F.A.G. at Panoply Performance Laboratory November 3, 2016 Photo: Brian McCorkle LAUNDRY LOOPS // JOB // F.A.G. //PPL Laundry Loops JOB // IV Soldier's F.A.G. at Panoply Performance Laboratory November 3, 2016 Photo: Brian McCorkle LAUNDRY LOOPS // JOB // F.A.G. //PPL Laundry Loops JOB // IV Soldier's F.A.G. at Panoply Performance Laboratory November 3, 2016 Photo: Brian McCorkle LAUNDRY LOOPS // JOB // F.A.G. //PPL Laundry Loops JOB // IV Soldier's F.A.G. at Panoply Performance Laboratory November 3, 2016 Photo: Brian McCorkle LAUNDRY LOOPS // JOB // F.A.G. //PPL Laundry Loops JOB // IV Soldier's F.A.G. at Panoply Performance Laboratory November 3, 2016 Photo: Brian McCorkle LAUNDRY LOOPS // JOB // F.A.G. //PPL Laundry Loops JOB // IV Soldier's F.A.G. at Panoply Performance Laboratory November 3, 2016 Photo: Brian McCorkle LAUNDRY LOOPS // JOB // F.A.G. //PPL Laundry Loops JOB // IV Soldier's F.A.G. at Panoply Performance Laboratory November 3, 2016 Photo: Brian McCorkle LAUNDRY LOOPS // JOB // F.A.G. //PPL Laundry Loops JOB // IV Soldier's F.A.G. at Panoply Performance Laboratory November 3, 2016 Photo: Brian McCorkle LAUNDRY LOOPS // JOB // F.A.G. //PPL Laundry Loops JOB // IV Soldier's F.A.G. at Panoply Performance Laboratory November 3, 2016 Photo: Brian McCorkle 1/2

  • FEEDING THE ENTITY | nina-isabelle

    HOME ABOUT PROJECTS THREE PHASE CONTACT SEARCH More... FEEDING THE ENTITY MARCH 2015 Clara Diamond & Nina Isabelle Feeding The Entity explores the development and agenda of interwoven notions of communal beliefs, material dynamics, possibilities of non-linear physical travel implied through numbers expressing location using longitude and latitude, the metaphor of breath in relation to inspiration and language styles expressing give-and-take or push/pull communication patterns, the articulation of verbal concepts in relation to the movement between ball-and-socket joints such as the hips and shoulders during the birthing-process, as well as the documentation of scientifically unsubstantiated effects of focused intention and ritual action in non-physical reality such as memory, deja-vu, and other phenomena of psychic imprint.

  • CITIZEN PARTICIPATION | nina-isabelle

    HOME ABOUT PROJECTS THREE PHASE CONTACT SEARCH More... CITIZEN PARTICIPATION: DIAGRAMS & DIRECTIVES ​ FEMINIST ART GROUP (IV Castellanos, Amanda Hunt, Nina Isabelle & Thea Little) ABC No Rio in Exile at Bullet Space 292 E. 3rd St. NYC May 6, 2018 ​ Organized by Esther Neff & Steven Englander ​ Feminist Art Group Citizen Participation : Diagrams & Directives / ABC No Rio in Exile at Bullet Space / photos by Esther Neff Feminist Art Group / Thea Little Citizen Participation : Diagrams & Directives / ABC No Rio in Exile at Bullet Space / photos by Esther Neff Feminist Art Group Citizen Participation : Diagrams & Directives / ABC No Rio in Exile at Bullet Space / photos by Esther Neff Feminist Art Group Citizen Participation : Diagrams & Directives / ABC No Rio in Exile at Bullet Space / photos by Esther Neff Feminist Art Group / Thea Little Citizen Participation : Diagrams & Directives / ABC No Rio in Exile at Bullet Space / photos by Esther Neff Feminist Art Group / Nina Isabelle Citizen Participation : Diagrams & Directives / ABC No Rio in Exile at Bullet Space / photos by Esther Neff Feminist Art Group Citizen Participation : Diagrams & Directives / ABC No Rio in Exile at Bullet Space / photos by Esther Neff Feminist Art Group / Amanda Hunt Citizen Participation : Diagrams & Directives / ABC No Rio in Exile at Bullet Space / photos by Esther Neff Feminist Art Group Citizen Participation : Diagrams & Directives / ABC No Rio in Exile at Bullet Space / photos by Esther Neff Feminist Art Group Citizen Participation : Diagrams & Directives / ABC No Rio in Exile at Bullet Space / photos by Esther Neff Feminist Art Group / IV Castellanos Citizen Participation : Diagrams & Directives / ABC No Rio in Exile at Bullet Space / photos by Esther Neff Feminist Art Group Citizen Participation : Diagrams & Directives / ABC No Rio in Exile at Bullet Space / photos by Esther Neff Feminist Art Group Citizen Participation : Diagrams & Directives / ABC No Rio in Exile at Bullet Space / photos by Esther Neff

  • ACTIVATING PERCEPTION | nina-isabelle

    HOME ABOUT PROJECTS THREE PHASE CONTACT SEARCH More... ACTIVATING PERCEPTION - NINA A. ISABELLE MIDTOWN ARTS DISTRICT by Debra Bresnan May 10, 2017 ​ https://madkingston.org/2017/05/09/nina-a-isabelle/ ​ When did you first know you were an artist? Growing up people referred to me as an artist and so I became one – an experience that made me aware of the power of language, perception, belief, and social programming, all themes in my current work. It’s possible that if I had grown up in a different environment I might have been an engineer because as an artist I’m always working with how things like concepts of memory and phenomena articulate with visual and spatial perception, language, materials, and meaning and how to build generative dialogue between these factors. Where an engineer might work with materials, data, or electricity, as an artist I use a similar approach but with different variables. ​ Favorite medium(s) you use to make art? My favorite art medium is probably the phenomena of perception and how language builds reality. Right now my focus is on working to manipulate and bend notions surrounding the value and usefulness of art away from commodity and towards structures that represent essential and social value. Inside of this, working with painting I can still have an intention to study gesture, motion, and look for new languages that might emerge from this action and mark making or find new information in whatever emerges. I like to get my hands on chunks of materials like vats of clay, lumber, bolts of fabric, or discarded machine parts and sort of grapple with the stuff until it gives in to another form. Sometimes I might start out with an intention or give myself an assignment, but other times I let myself generate information by engaging with materials and paying close attention as I go. ​ Since I work pretty equally with photography, video, design, performance, installation, and painting, nothing is really off limits to me. I grew up at a summer camp for kids where we had an arts and crafts department with a ceramics studio, photo lab, leather tools, batik, enamels, silk screens, and fabric dye, among others. Nine months out of the year these departments were vacant and I really made the best of it – I learned to use the kiln and glazes by haphazardly blowing up and melting a lot of stuff, mixing chemistry by taste, a lot of other experimental and dangerous learning-by-doing that has carried over to my current approach. I never read instructions as a younger person because I couldn’t really read until I went to college. I’m rarely intimidated by new things, and I think that’s one of my favorite things about my development and approach. What are the most interesting new trends in your field? Is your work changing as a result? One of the most exciting things I notice right now is a shift toward recognizing the social value of art as a tool to reframe reality through community building, open sourcing ideas and data, and through things like artist collectives and working together with other artists and community members. In the art world, there are always these superficial fads like geometric shapes or graffiti, or some new trendy material, or something everyone is doing like such-and-such, but my work doesn’t usually wind up aligning itself with those sorts of cultural flows. I don’t usually find myself in trendy circles — something that has made it difficult to find a community but also has led me to the point where I am now. I recognize that, all along, my running mission has been to challenge outmoded institutional and economic systems that have grown regulated and insular and to work to build systems to replace these. Artists are always pressing hard against hierarchal structures like gender, race, and social class: It seems like the discord generated by our new political administration is influencing a lot of art thinking these days. ​ Talk about your creative process ­– where/when do you get most of your ideas and how do you know a piece is ‘finished’? My creative process is rooted pretty firmly in letting myself respond instinctively. One thing I often find myself doing is trying to destroy rosy notions that abound around creativity being “beautiful.” Being a person who has given birth to babies I recognize the mess, blood, and pain that goes along with creativity. I have a lot of ideas and mostly I choose to go with the ones that make me laugh about myself or our collective idiocy. I also like to work with themes that irk me such as fake systems of legitimization we use to determine success, such as university degrees, financial values and the gender and power imbalances that seem to perpetually skew the art world. ​ Making art objects like paintings and sculptures, and grappling with material and concepts together, I’ve questioned the point of it beyond decoration or commodity and have come to understand my process as a personal tool that lets me understand reality in a way that I can integrate. Working with materials and visual information puts me in touch with deeper threads of meaning, and nuances of life that fortify the tapestry. I’m drawn toward this way of working and thinking because there seems to be something I can’t quite say in writing or speaking, something linear language can’t quite get at. I don’t know what it is yet and that’s what keeps me engaged. ​ As far as recognizing when something is finished, I think it’s just a matter of paying attention to a subtle feeling of “doneness,” or arriving at a comfortable stopping point or a feeling of resolve – like I’ve figured something out or said what I meant to say. Sometimes a stopping point might never come because maybe I’ve gone down on a dead-end path. I have a lot of projects in limbo because they’ve become overwhelming or I’ve lost interest, things I can always get back to at any point. And, in a quantum way, things can never be finished because time isn’t linear and there’s no such thing as an end point. ​ Do you also teach or are you strictly a creative artist? Who was your most influential mentor and why? How do you see the role of being a mentor? and why? In the past, I’ve taught art classes like photography, modern dance, and painting or movement workshops. There is always a technical entry point where students spend time learning about say, the camera machine, visual mechanics, basic movement patterns, or just becoming familiar with materials, and this can be a fun and engaging way for people to come together. But I always want to move further into dialogue about how the usefulness of these art tools and practices can be more than a fun pastime or therapeutic hobby. Art offers invaluable ways to shift perception and find new vantage points. As an artist, I collaborate with others in several capacities that seem more like mutual mentorship, where we share and build upon each other’s momentum and concepts. I’m not sure that I’ve ever fit the part of strictly a mentor to another, but I do recognize people who’ve inspired me. I had a couple high school teachers who helped me to evade attendance, something that in a typical case might not sound helpful, but I really recognize and value people who have taken risks in order to do the right thing morally. School is not a good place for all children. ​ I can’t say that I’ve ever had a strong relationship with an individual mentor, but something that intrigued me early on was finding and building obscure relationships between seemingly unrelated artists and their work. I remember wondering about Käthe Kollwitz’s Woman With Dead Child in relationship to Henry Moore’s sculptures and sheep sketchbook, and Jim Dine’s Robes. Somehow the similar volume expressed in these works was curious to me, possibly as a subconscious desire to connect the physical form of my body to their work because I’ve always been athletic. I was also intrigued by industrial design and how humans interact with tools and objects, especially mid-century chairs like the Eames Lounger and Bertoia’s designs as a framework for simultaneously supporting physical and thought forms together. So in a way, I’ve let this sense of wonder guide me. What are you working on now? For the past year, I’ve been working on a project called The Superfund Re-Visioning Project . It’s an experimental framework that aims to transform contaminated industrial sites recognized by The United States Government as Superfund Sites. In New York State there are 117 of these sites. I’m developing a project that aims to create a platform for artists and community members who might otherwise be marginalized by political and financial systems that typically deal with these sorts of remediation. ​ I’m also involved with an artist collective developed by IV Castellanos called The Feminist Art Group (F.A.G.) from Brooklyn, and plan to invite them to Kingston this summer for one of The Shirt Factory Open Studio events. Currently, I have a show at the new HiLo gallery space in Catskill and like to participate in local shows at The Old Glenford Church Studio . I think it’s great when things like The UNITY show curated by Sarah Carlson and Lisa Barnard Kelley between the artists at The Shirt Factory and The Lace Mill come together to fortify community connectedness. Upcoming, I have work being featured by The Unstitute in Catalunya, Spain and plan to do something fun at Paul McMahon’s Mothership Gallery this fall. Recently my focus is moving into sound and auditory perception. I’ve become interested in digitally degraded sound snippets and obscuring auditory input to the point of noise in a way to find out what’s behind and within the experience of sound. ​ For more information about my work and listings of recent/current exhibitions, projects and collaborations, please visit www.ninaisabelle.com/cv . ​ How has being in Kingston enhanced/inspired your work? What do you like best about living in Kingston/being involved with MAD? How long have you been here? Kingston has a lot to offer artists and community members and is building momentum as an arts-branded district. Recently we’ve seen several exciting places pop up like David Schell’s Green Kill , Rilley Johndonnell’s Optimism concept, Broadway Arts , The Art/Life Institute on Abeel Street , and Kingston High School Art teacher Lara Giordano, who is exhibiting student work at PUGG on Broadway. The surrounding landscape is diverse and inspiring conceptually because of the Hudson River waterways, The Catskill Mountains, The Ashokan Reservoir, and the surrounding forests, hiking, and rail trails. The Mid-Hudson Library system is phenomenal, and it’s easy to travel back and forth to New York City from Kingston. It’s great to have artist studio spaces like The Shirt Factory and The Lace Mill which offer affordable living spaces for artists, and especially new organizations like MAD that are forming to support this new movement. ​

  • CZONG INSTITUTE / ARTISTS & LOCATION | nina-isabelle

    HOME ABOUT PROJECTS THREE PHASE CONTACT SEARCH More... ARTIST & LOCATION CZONG INSTITUTE FOR CONTEMPORARY ART GIMPO, KOREA October 2016 ​ CICA MUSEUM ​

  • TWO THINGS CRACK IN HALF | nina-isabelle

    HOME ABOUT PROJECTS THREE PHASE CONTACT SEARCH More... TWO THINGS CRACK IN HALF A Griswold Cast Iron pan from 1947 that belonged to my grandmother and a 500 ml Luminarc Working Glass both cracked in half in my kitchen on the same day. On December 27, 2022, I performed a photographic study and documentation of the objects. On February 20, 2023, I interviewed ChatGPT to help me understand. View & download full-color 30 page document here:

  • MOTHERING / Nina A. Isabelle

    HOME ABOUT PROJECTS THREE PHASE CONTACT SEARCH More... MOTHERING NINA A. ISABELLE, EVER Z. PEACOCK, & SYLVIA ​ ROSEKILL PERFORMANCE ART FARM ROSENDALE, NY JUNE 3, 2017 MOTHERING looks at a child's nonverbal perception of the unspoken or hidden in relation to the improbability of a hierarchal god or mother. Multilayered family video and sound are projected onto a quasi-defunct Airstream trailer behind the south barn at Rosekill Performance Art Farm while Mother and Son perform with gestural sound-loops and shrouded interpretive movement.

  • Nina A. Isabelle / The Giant Weed Web at Rosekill Performance Art Farm

    HOME ABOUT PROJECTS THREE PHASE CONTACT SEARCH More... THE GIANT WEED WEB IV SOLDIER'S F.A.G. (FEMINIST ART GROUP) at ROSEKILL SEPTEMBER 2016 ​ Feminist Art Group founder IV Castellanos of IV Soldiers Gallery curates a group of artists at Rosekill Performance Farm in Rosendale , NY for a weekend of building and performance. Elizabeth Lamb, Kaia Gilje, Amanda Hunt, Lorene Bouboushian, Nina Isabelle, Quinn Dukes, Anya Liftig, IV Castellanos, Jill McDermid, Claribel Jolie Pichardo.

  • IMAGINED PERFORMANCE STORYTIME | nina-isabelle

    HOME ABOUT PROJECTS THREE PHASE CONTACT SEARCH More... IMAGINED PERFORMANCE STORYTIME WITH IV CASTELLANOS Imagined Performance written by Nina Isabelle and read live on Instagram by IV Castellanos @iv_castellanos Para\\el Performance Space February 12, 2021 READ BY IV CASTELLANOS: You will be guided through a sequence of events that have been systematically untethered from any and all singular, multiple, or quantifiable physical locations. Any and all astral, psychic, temporal, and somatic pins have been removed from the fabric of time. All known and unknown extradimensions will be accessible to you. Some of the events may feel familiar to you. You might recognize the radiator in this space. You might be familiar with the sound of my voice or the way this space expands and contracts at will. Sometimes this space is as large as a destroyed production room of an old abandoned textile factory with remains of broken equipment The person sat down. The seated person had an idea and hoped to untangle it by sitting down. They started to speak out loud- "I have an idea and I want to sit down." They didn't say the next part out loud but only thought it to themself inside their own quiet mind - "I'm not sure where to start." The next part involves the person discussing with themselves what they believe they know about three things; beginnings, middles, and ends. A lot of time goes by. The person sits and thinks. ​ Hello. Welcome to Imagined Performance. My name is IV Castellanos and today I will be reading a performance imagined by Nina Isabelle. This performance starts right now: at 8:17 pm on February 12, 2021 and will end precisely at 8:32 pm. All participants are asked to please defocus their perception using whatever breathing or other techniques they find useful. Be with your laptops but not of them. Hold your phones loosely or not at all. Connect through disconnecting. Believe that you know what this means. I will continue speaking during your process. Please know that it is not necessary for you to understand what I am saying. I am moving my mouth. I am vibrating my vocal cords in a certain way that I have found useful. There are many sounds happening where I am. I can hear traffic. A radiator is hissing. Sometimes people's boots are stomping up and down staircases. The walls here are thin. The sound of passersby breathing and conversing and slogging through cold, ice, and snow. While I continue to speak, please list the sounds you notice in your environment. Speak these sounds out loud to yourself where you are now. In this way, we can be together through our differences. You may whisper, yell, or use any variety of tone or volume you choose. As a disclaimer, please know that I will be recording you through an invisible and unreal mechanism. In order to indicate that you agree, please either respond or remain unresponsive. Please continue to focus on the sounds of your environment and continue to speak them out loud. I will now begin to describe the performance I am sitting here at Parallel Performance Space in Brooklyn, NY. I am speaking into the camera on my computer. Here in the space with me, are sixteen audience members. They are each wearing a new mask prototype made of woven atmospheric particles interlaced through a selective ionic process that traps virus particles using infra-aural radio webs emitted by the human ear. This new technology makes it possible for us to once again be together in small spaces, to hug one another, and sit next to each other with our knees and elbows periodically touching by accident as we move. Everyone here is silently focused on the performance, blinking and slowly shifting their posture. They are listening to the space and my voice. Their phones have all been silenced. Now they are watching me light a candle. Some of them are nervous because the flame of the candle is reaching all the way up to the ceiling. There is a thin ribbon of fire with a black smoke tip that is drawing something out on the ceiling with a line of soot. Some of the audience members are acting as if they are not surprised or nervous. They're keeping their faces very still and devoid of expression. Some of them are trying to photograph the tall ribbon of flame with their phones. One person makes a short video for their Instagram story. Some others are looking back and forth at one another, wondering what will happen and waiting. The symbol drawn on the ceiling by flame is so far unrecognizable. It might be a slanted reflected cursive letter Q, an off kilter house, or the runic shape of Perthro reversed. No one can tell. For a while, people watch and wonder. Time passes. A thick hemp rope unfurls down from the ceiling and drops down to the floor with a heavy thud. At this point, a person comes into the space from the street through the front door, a latecomer. They're trying to be small, silent and unnoticed out of politeness for the performance. Right now, as I'm speaking, this person is sitting down in the corner trying to appear quickly as if they are being observant and contemplative and they're pretending not to notice this reference to them. They want to appear as if they know what is happening. They are also wearing the new mask prototype. I want them to feel comfortable. Now I will play back for you the sounds I have been recording of you speaking at home. Please listen closely: ​ SPEAKING SOUNDS Nina Isabelle 00:00 / 04:52 While this loud sound is playing, I place a large transparent vat of diesel fuel in the center of the space. It is a beautiful transparent pink fluid. People are stunned at its beauty. How can such a toxic substance be so beautiful? Everyone wonders. The ribbon of flame is still tickling the ceiling. I use my hand to bend it down toward the vat of diesel. The black tip of smoke connects with the surface of the fluid. Some people seem nervous because diesel fuel is flammable, however not combustible. Many people are not aware of this distinction. The ribbon of flame slowly dips into the vat and begins to grow in size. People are squeezing their faces in fear and inhaling through their clenched teeth. Some are starting to shield their faces and ears with their hands. No one heads for the door. The intensity of the fire ribbon grows and grows until finally a figure emerges from the pink flaming liquid. It's a full size human wearing a green robe. The robed diesel person floats toward the radiator and, crouching down, they begin to turn the knob, opening the radiator further and further and further. A glowing purple ring of light grows with each turn. Once the purple ring of light reaches six feet in diameter, I blow out the candle. I walk into the purple ring of light, stand dramatically frozen for a moment, turn, and reach for the person closest to me to join me and they do. The person is wearing a thick wool plaid skits and has a large pile of blond curls stacked up on top of their head. They have a felt cloak with a large golden leaf broach pinned to their lapel. Underneath this, they're wearing a neoprene shirt - a rash guard like surfer's wear with a giant plastic zipper. Together we enter the portal and vanish. The green robed figure takes out a bucket of grey paint and a paint brush and, crouching down slowly, they begin to paint the plywood floor. They are groaning and wailing and complaining loudly about the floor, about how many times they have had to do this in the past and how each time, it never seems to matter. Someone always spills taffy or blood or resin and it always needs to be scraped up or sanded or covered over. They continue to paint the floor and cry. This lasts for over twenty minutes. Their tears sizzle as they drip and mix with the grey paint. Tiny smolders of atomized paint-tears begin to float throughout the room with a small being encapsulated in each floating speck. They all cry out and their own tiny tears begin to rain down on the performance attendees. The diesel fumes mix with the tear droplets and the people begin to feel light headed and nauseous. Some people try to escape but the door is jammed shut. Everyone wants to go home, but they can't. They're stuck. Please, now, if you will, shift your awareness from the sounds in your atmosphere to the physical objects in your environment. Please speak the names of the objects you see around you. Say these things out loud. Say the colors of the objects. Be as descriptive as possible. Say the size of the objects. Describe their textures and whatever other particulars you notice or feel. For example, you might say: Beige Chenille sofa. Small cigarette stains. 5 x 8 deep red wool handmade Turkish Bokhara rug. Regular sized half eaten bowl of cereal. Crystal chandelier missing three light bulbs. Green plastic 2.5 gallon bucket with mop water. four square inches of peeling orange paint. Tiny chocolate fingerprints on thick mauve polyester drapes. Again- you are being recorded and you agree to this. I will now play the real-time recording of your collective voices. SPEAKING OBJECTS Nina Isabelle 00:00 / 02:24 While you continue speaking and listening to yourselves speaking together, please simultaneously turn one-third of your awareness back to the performance at hand. We are here at Parallel Performance Space. The performance attendees are uncomfortable and scared. A glowing spot begins to reveal itself on the ceiling between the cryptic soot symbol and the hemp rope. Several non-human entities start to slip through the glowing spot and descend into the space by sliding down the hemp rope. The beings are translucent, faceless, and silent. They emit an overwhelming feeling of love, safety, hope, transformation, and understanding. The odors of diesel fumes, soot, mop water and paint fumes dissolve and are replaced by the smells of lilac, hyacinth, roses, warm potato leek soup with chives, and chamomile tea. Warm local raw organic creamed honey bubbles up from the floor and everyone covers themselves in it. It's amazing. The performance attendees are now bursting into tears of joy and relief. They now know in their bones that everything is perfect everywhere in the world and for the first time in a long while, they feel hopeful. The glowing beings begin to hand out the most amazing cupcakes. Everyone is happy and hugging and eating cake together. Here is what it the space sounds like now: ​ IMAGINED PERFORMANCE FINALE Nina Isabelle 00:00 / 03:24 In the mean time, The radiator begins to hum and the sound begins to grow into the harmonic sound of a thousand electronic angels breathing in unison and every pipe organ on earth begins to sing together. Bells are ringing in the clouds and the purple portal returns with a beautiful hum. I step out of it along with the performance attendee who joined me, and the floating green robed figure. We hold each other's hands and take a big dramatic bow. This is the end of the performance. People clap and clap and whoop, hollar, and whistle. Everyone is so happy. No one wants to leave. People want to debrief. What just happened? How can we explain this? One person says they saw their ancestors. Another person miraculously figured out why their car wouldn't start. One person's psoriasis vanished completely. Another realized how much their mother loved them. Yet another discovered the whereabouts of their lost passport. A few realized it was time for a career change. Now, people are outside smoking and mingling on the sidewalk. All the lights are extra sparkly, everything looks clear and bright. The air is crisp and clean like it hasn't been in years. Some people are starting to head home. People are walking arm in arm and gazing in each other's eyes. We start to clean up the space and get ready for bed. It was a good night. A performance like no other.

  • AARON PIERCE | nina-isabelle

    HOME ABOUT PROJECTS THREE PHASE CONTACT SEARCH More... Aaron Pierce February 2017 ​ A: I am a graduate from Utah Valley University and I am writing a dissertation for the university's biannual Art History Symposium. The topic of discussion this year is Maximalism. I am particularly focusing on performance art as the contemporary medium that is reinventing museum spaces and engaging audiences by stimulating the senses more through music, dance, film, and painting combined. That is where your exhibit Animal Maximalism came to my attention. I am completely intrigued and enthralled by your performance art pieces and projects you have created. For this paper, I would love to have your view on performance art and Maximalism. I am interested in hearing some of your methods about performance art and Maximalism. It is rare in art history to be able to have contact with the artist, hence my excitement. If you do not mind sharing your opinion, I would like to know how you feel performance art engages audiences and pushes them to connect on a higher level to art? Also, why are we seeing a shift towards more performance art pieces in museums and galleries? I feel that audiences want to have a full sensory experience. How does Maximalist performance art achieve this better than other medium of art? ​ N: I practice a process of allowance where I let myself do what I want. This approach results in maximum data and action. By letting myself engage with an array of modalities I can generate multiple outcomes and possibilities. Because I'm not limited to any single mode of involvement, I'm free to use painting, performance, photography, or video or a mixture of modalities as I find necessary depending on my agenda and instinct. This suits my athletic, resourceful, and determined nature. ​ I approach performance art in the same way I would approach any other art modality- by paying close attention to gut instincts and psychic impressions in a process designed to override cerebral programming. The aim is always to align action with intention, and make note of the findings and outcome along the way. Performance art is a good choice when the concept I'm grappling with calls for a human body, action, or a narrative to actuate the outcome, especially literal concepts like worshiping the golden calf or using blood to cleanse things. My body can become a tool, a stand-in, or effigy of or for the viewer, creating a point of commonality to facilitate access. Aligning action with intention is also a way to re-frame ritual and an attempt to validate the effectiveness of approaches historically relegated to realms of religious structures and beliefs. I was recently invited to teach an art theory class for kids at The Hudson Valley Sudbury School. Through our discussions it emerged that the students felt most drawn to art practices and outcomes that suited the nature, mentality, and necessity of the individual artist. For instance they could relate to how Chuck Close became successful at painting faces as a result of his lifelong struggle with a facial recognition disorder. In reflecting on my personal method it occurs to me that my mode of operation is dictated by my nature, I didn't choose to function within the Maximalism approach and philosophy, it's just that the philosophy happens to align with my nature. I'm a serial over-doer of all things who relishes the opportunity to push things too far. My work is reactionary because I'm a reactionary person. For instance the first time I encountered minimalism I was ready to explode in a thousand directions. And, as an art student I couldn't help but challenge typical art professor's slogans such as "You have to know when to stop." Of course I could recognized the academically dictated stopping point but I would never in a million years stop there. I've always felt that learning how to challenge, push, or destroy something is a valid study when handled respectfully and with intention. ​ Performance art is an another mode of operating for artists to use in order to find or generate new information, to experiment with creating new experiences, or to try to express something they otherwise couldn't. It can engage the viewer in an intimate way offering the potential to build powerful experiences as it facilitates a space that can involve and include the viewer in a novel physical or psychic way. It's possible that since performance art inhabits walking space where gallery-goers would otherwise be moving about, a psychic connection is created by sharing the same space. As viewers, we know less about what it would be like to hang motionless on a wall. Performance art offers a platform for artists to practice aligning action with intention, a way to possibly re-frame ritual and to build experimental new models for of control or power to replace outmoded religious structures and beliefs. But also, It's possible the performance art trend might be a way for artists to backhandedly confront consumerism and elitism simultaneously, or at least to create the illusion of doing so. Commercial galleries and academic environments can be market driven or exclusive, but performance art has the ability to dissolve those traditional notions and to expand viewership by engaging broader mentalities in a way that would be difficult for strictly visual work focused on heady concepts or dollar amounts. And since we live in a culture of visual bombardment, where viewer's digitally conditioned eyes and minds are increasingly savvy, and in conjunction with consumer programming, we need something that can function both inside of and outside of commercial gallery and academic paradigms. There is a literal dissolution of boundaries. Since performance art is impervious to ownership and commodification, it pushes against market-driven capitalist structures and challenges a system where finances determine success. Issues of marketability, ownership, or commodity all come into play because its difficult to financially capitalize off of performance art. So, maybe it's like most trends- timely and culturally necessity. ​ I developed the Animal Maximalism exhibition concept as a way to bombard the human sensory input manifold with the intention of revealing cloaked information. I use the word "Animal" as an homage to instinct. For me academia operated through reversal, fueling my defiance more than refining me the way school is supposed to, so part of my mission has always been to build legitimate framework for us animals, one that is less cage-like, and Maximalism is a good framework for that agenda. I try to work within and build upon systems that already exist that might reflect and support my authentic nature, and to allow my work to reflect and be a response to the full spectrum of my body's biologic manifestation of its own history within its cultural environment. Maximalism feels like science-fiction, in that it offers the potential for system building where the inward personal landscape can travel all the way outward through the giant jumbled experience of collective household, community, country, and planetary psychic connections. Maybe performance offers an easier access point to the viewer in that we can all relate to each other as humans who are human shaped and have human form. We all share common ways of moving our human forms through space. It's possible that performance could function to create a portal, like a way out or a way in.

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