Thursday, June 3, 2010

MYK HENRY: JOLT! RETROSPECTIVE EXHIBITION [PART TWO]

Alice Chilton Gallery is thrilled to partner with the Grace Exhibition Space in presenting the prolific, focused and challenging artist:

Myk Henry.
Opening: June 11th, 7:00-9:00pm

Exhibition: Friday, June 11 - Sunday, July 4

Open hours Friday to Sunday 1:00-6:00pm

Presenting video installations, performance documentation and live performances.



MYK HENRY:


Myk Henry was born in Dublin, Ireland and moved to Williamsburg in 1986. He quickly became involved in the bohemian art scene and was responsible for organizing many large scale multi-media warehouse extravaganzas during Williamsburg’s pre-gentrification “Golden Era”. Henry was a pioneer of the “immersionist” movement which encouraged the public to touch art and discover their own creative abilities through experimentation.

In 1994 he moved to Geneva, Switzerland where he lived for 10 years and obtained a MFA from L'Ecole des Beaux Arts de Geneve (the school of visual arts) in 2002. He has won many of Switzerland’s top awards for contemporary art.

Mediums such as new media installation, sound sculpture, video and performance are used by Henry to engage the public and bring them to a heightened level of awareness about their own personal values and viewpoints. Provocation is used as a tool to jolt the spectator out of their normal comfort zone which creates an arena where various political issues, social stigmas, and stereotypes are questioned.

His performance work often requires the participation of the public. Henry believes that it is important for both the artist and spectator to be directly involved in the questioning process. He is especially interested in the thin divide between public and private space and through his artwork investigates the gauge of this boundary.

Myk Henry will be presenting a retrospective show at Grace Exhibition Space which will encompass a wide range of video installations, performance documentation and several intriguing live performances for the opening on June 4th. This show will then move to the Alice Chilton Gallery where it will re-open on June 11th and remain on display until July 4th.

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