Solo Lab 5

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Common Ground Gallery

Solo Lab 5 is a performance art festival and mini residency program, where participating artists get a total of five minutes to present a performance piece. Solo Lab 5 is an experimental platform for artists of different mediums who would like to translate their work into performance art, or for already established performance artists, it provides a forum for exploration of future ideas in performance art and/or an opportunity to investigate how to communicate concepts to your audience in a short amount of time. Solo Lab 5  will consist of two separate events. The first event will be during the VisArts onsite reception on November 5th. The second will be a reception and screening on December 17th, of work created by all the resident artists who were selected to be part of the exhibition.

Selected artists will have the opportunity to participate in a mini-residency, with the use of the Common Ground gallery as a studio and performance space for 5 days. These artists will share a video recording of their performances at the reception on December 17, where they will also have an opportunity to talk about their work. All mediums are welcome, but at the end of the mini-residency your transformed space must be of a performative nature. Groups of two artists (for example a painter and a performance artist) can work together in a collaborative manner. Both the space as well as the performance will work as one cohesive project. This event will give performance artists a chance to have their own solo show in a gallery environment where the walls are not shared with other visual artists.

About the curator:
Heloisa Escudero grew up in São Paulo, Brazil, but relocated to the United States in 1987. She obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Massachusetts College of Art and a Master of Fine Arts from the San Francisco Art Institute. She holds American, Italian and Brazilian citizenship. She is interested in conceptually based art that is both tactile and interactive. Her most recent art projects focus on art that emphasizes the participation of the viewer. Her work, performances and collaborations have appeared in numerous national and international exhibitions, as well as performance festivals including the Highline Park, New York City; SOMArts Gallery, San Francisco; Supernova Pink Line Festival, Rosslyn, Virginia; Dumbo Arts Festival and Governors Island Art Fair in New York City; Arlington Art Center, Arlington, Virginia. She is the creator of the BackPack Gallery Project, and she collaborated with DJ Spooky (Paul D. Miller) in the project Terra Nova: Sinfonia Antarctica. She is an Exhibit Specialist at the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, D.C.

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