Zackary Drucker, Dynasty Handbag, Joseph Keckler, Colin Self
May 9th, 2014
Abrons Arts Center
NYPAC, the New York Performance Artists Collective, is pleased to present ANTIFREEZE at Abrons Arts Center on May 9th, 2014. Following her participation in the Whitney Biennial, Zackary Drucker returns to New York to host this evening of performances during the height of art fair fever. The evening of short, DIY works by Colin Self, Joseph Keckler, and Dynasty Handbag provides a palate cleanser, of sorts, to the pristine objects, clean sight lines, and luminous atmospheres of most art viewing contexts.
Channeling the restless ghosts of the downtown underground, the three artists play with various personas to skewer consumerism, gender conventions, and fine art with humor and self-deprecation. Colin Self presents a solo performance that he describes as "extended vocal techniques, narratively illustrating the transformative effects of vocality." Joseph Keckler incorporates autobiographical elements and a range of vocalizations to create dream-like narratives in a multi-octave, operatic voice. Dynasty Handbag’s stand-up puts forward a manic, irreverent, and self-deprecating personality.
“ANTIFREEZE renews the hope of performance as a location of resistance to events like Frieze, perhaps correcting this hope’s earlier failure by understanding itself as inseparable from art world capitalism — evidenced by Zackary’s sly dig ‘Does anyone here need help understanding contemporary art?’ The only resistance we have is nights like ANTIFREEZE, resistance that understands itself as embedded, rather than blamelessly external.” –Clara Lipfert, Helix Queer Performance Network
Zackary Drucker earned an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts in 2007 and a BFA from the School of Visual Arts in 2005. She has performed and exhibited her work internationally in numerous museums, galleries, and film festivals including the 54th Venice Biennale–Swiss Off-Site Pavilion; Curtat Tunnel, Lausanne, Switzerland; L.U.C.C.A. Museum of Contemporary Art, Lucca, IT; Les Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin/Madrid; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA; MOMA PS1; Deitch Projects; Leo Koenig Inc. Projekte; Invisible Exports in New York; and Jerome Zodo, Milan. In Los Angeles, her performances, films and videos have been seen at the Hammer Museum, REDCAT, L.A.C.E., Luis De Jesus Los Angeles, Steve Turner Contemporary, and Human Resources. She lives and works in Los Angeles and is represented by Luis De Jesus Los Angeles.
Colin Self is a transdiciplinary artist living in Brooklyn, NY. He attended The Evergreen State College and The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, graduating in 2010 with his BFA in Performance and Video. Colin has performed at MoCA Miami, PS1 MoMA, MCA Chicago, Suzanne Geiss Gallery, and for Miami's NADA Art Fair. He curates CLUMP, a monthly queer performance and dance party, which funds the bi-annual “Radical Diva Grant," an arts grant for LGBTQ New York residents. Colin has toured Europe and the U.S. with his performance work, and is currently amidst a sequential transfeminist Operetta series entitled Elation.
Joseph Keckler is a singer, writer, musician and interdisciplinary artist. Dixon Place commissioned his most recent performance piece, I am an Opera. In the past his concerts and performances have taken place at New Museum, Joe’s Pub, South by Southwest Festival, and many other venues. He was recently featured on WNYC Soundcheck and BBC America’s The Nerdist. He has received residencies from MacDowell and Yaddo, as well as a Franklin Furnace grant and a NYFA Fellowship for Interdisciplinary Work. The Village Voicenamed him “Best Downtown Performance Artist of 2013.”
Jibz Cameron is a performance/video artist and actor who lives and works in New York City. Her work as alter ego Dynasty Handbag has been seen such institutions as The New Museum NY, The Kitchen, MOMA, Joe's Pub, PS122, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, RedCat, OUTFEST, SXSW Film Festival and Performa '07, '09, '11, as well as many international dives both great and small. She has been heralded by The New York Times as “the funniest and most pitch perfect performance seen in years.” In addition to her work as Dynasty Handbag she has also been seen acting in work by The Wooster Group, The Residents, Kalup Linzy, Susan Lori-Parks, among others. She has also been in a lot of web series for some reason lately, including a role as a disgusting supervillain in MOCAtv's Ambiance Man with Fred Armisen and Jack Black (werq). She is an adjunct professor of Performance and Theater Studies and Comedy Theory at TISCH NYU. She is currently in development on a television series with Electric Dynamite.
All photos: Gerard Garvey / Gayletter.