Performance fest and open sculpture studios April 29

The Mason Gross Visual Arts Department is drawing on its roots as a locus of experimental work, hosting a free performance festival, sculpture exhibit, and open studios headlined by Andrew Brehm, Sarah Mattes, as well as Patricia Brace. The event is set for Friday, April 29, 2016, and is open to the public.  

OPEN: LIPS/LAB Festival, Volume II runs from 4 to 8 p.m. The festival will include access to 10 MFA student studio spaces, a display of undergrad student sculptures, as well as performances by graduate and undergraduate students and visiting artists. Activities will take place on Livingston Campus in Piscataway, at the Livingston Arts Building (LAB) and the neighboring Livingston Installation and Performance Space (LIPS), a cross between a barn and a gymnasium.

The festival is a nod to the department’s history as a seedbed of radical, mid-20th-century performance art, as professors, students, and friends of the university created ephemeral, sometimes outrageous situations such as Fluxus and Happenings. These situations--a papier-mâché loaf of bread smashed with clubs at a Flux-mass; a musical score created with the help of the New Jersey police who fired a machine gun into sheets of music--often mixed media and blurred the boundaries between art and every-day life.

Brace, an alumna and part-time lecturer in the Mason Gross Visual Arts Department, as well as one of the featured performers, says she hopes visitors will “see and experience the rich interactions between sculpture and performance art,” and that they will be reminded of “the strong performance-art presence” that continues to take root within the program.

The OPEN: LIPS/LAB Festival, Volume II festival will take place from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 29, 2016, at 39 Road 3 on Livingston Campus. Event parking at Lots Yellow & Green. All events are free. More information is available by calling 617-515-6204. 

The schedule is as follows:

4-6 p.m.: Sculpture shows by BFA students throughout LAB; open studios at LAB; music in the backyard (Louis Ardine, 4:30 p.m.; Metuchen Burglars, 5 p.m.; Professor Caveman, 5:30 p.m.)
6-8 p.m.: Performance and video program at LIPS with special guests Andrew Brehm, Sarah Mattes, and Patricia Brace, along with MFA students Annasophia VukovichJane Westrick, Sam Ashford, Jack Hogan, Ali Osborn, Jason Baerg, Joshua Araujo, and David Torres.

About the Artists
Andrew Brehm (b.1983, Pennsylvania) received his crafts degree in studio furniture from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania in 2006 and his MFA in sculpture and extended media from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2009. Brehm works in a wide variety of mediums including video, performance, and installation. He lives and works in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Sarah Mattes is a multidisciplinary artist working with ideas of intimacy, exchange, and memory through the investigation of the everyday and personal narrative. She uses gestures of play and utility to create cycles of movement and correspondence. She received her MFA from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University in 2015 and has shown and performed work at the Judson Church, New York; 356 Mission, Los Angeles; Regina Rex, New York; Stene Projects, Stockholm; and Blackston, New York.

Patricia Brace (b. 1983): Raised in rural Maine, Brace is an interdisciplinary artist whose work includes performance art, new media, and installation. Her work addresses the relationship between dance, current events, and basic comparative psychology. Brace teaches at Mason Gross School of Arts and has a forthcoming show at This Friday Next Friday in Brooklyn and The Institute of Contemporary Art in Portland, Maine. Brace’s work has been shown at 191 Henry Street, Gary Snyder Project Space, and SOHO 20 in New York and Smack Mellon, Public Address Gallery, and Trestle Gallery in Brooklyn. She is the recipient of the Giza Daniels Endesha Award, the Ray Stark Film Prize, and the Leon Golub Scholarship, and the co-founder of the residency Groundwork with Rita Leduc.

Posted April 2016