Sat, Nov 16, 2pm:
Bearance,a performance by
Matty Davis & Ben Gould
at Braddock Carnegie Library
419 Library St., Braddock, PA 15104
Presented as part of "This Skin of Ours," an exhibition on view at the Miller ICA, Oct 12 – Nov 17, 2019, Bearance is the culmination of a two-week residency by Matty Davis + Ben Gould at Braddock Carnegie Library.
Bearance is the second work in an evolving performance collaboration between Matty Davis and Ben Gould that continues the trajectory set forth by "Carriage," a work that radically explores control and empathy. Beginning in solitude in the library’s gymnasium, the performance will use "Carriage" as an energetic and emotional primer, readying new territory for evolving desire and possibility. Harnessing tools learned through Davis and Gould’s commitment to shared challenge and discovery, Bearance aims to unbury and make felt relationships between sensation, structure and meaning.
"This Skin of Ours," curated by Liz Park, features: Kader Attia, Matty Davis & Ben Gould, Victoria Fu & Matt Rich, Byron Kim, Kiki Kogelnik, Sara Greenberger Rafferty, and Wilmer Wilson IV.
Matty Davis is an artist and choreographer originally from Pittsburgh, where his grandfather worked in the steel mills and his father’s plane crashed. He grew up as an athlete, north of the city in Cranberry Township. Often collaborative—with other people, the land, and histories—his multidisciplinary work begins with the body and the mining of physical and psychological resources. Unpredictable relationships and undertakings are navigated through risk, trust, and intimacy in search of personal and interpersonal transformation. His work has been presented recently at Palais de Tokyo, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Max Ernst Museum, and Printed Matter. He has taught movement and performance workshops throughout the US, and is excited to return home for this exhibition.
Ben Gould is a visual and performance artist based in New York. After developing Tourette Syndrome four years ago, his studio practice has come to harbor a growing investment in the body—exploring resistance, the loss of control, and how energy is transformed and transferred. Gould has performed site-specific projects across the country, and his work has been presented by Palais de Tokyo, the Watermill Center, Human Resources, the Chicago Cultural Center, Judson Church, Sala Diaz, Creative Growth, and Open Spaces, among others. He was a 2015 Ox-Bow Fellow, and has been an artist in residence at Queens lab, Kickstarter Headquarters, Lightbox, and Haystack Mountain School of Crafts.