Installation view, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA, 2014.

Kiss Solo explores the choreography of desire. The work consists of a multi-channel audio and video projection, shown on four screens suspended by a series of crossing wires.  Each video depicts a solo dancer enacting both the male and female roles of an erotic encounter. Illuminated against a white screen, the dancer shifts and combines pronouns and positions in response to a spoken text of choreographic directives. Weaving throughout the four screens and beneath suspended speakers, viewers are guided into their own choreographed role as audience, watching the individual dancers as both a single performance and together as a group.

Kiss Solo re-engages score-based procedures to explore alternatives to the hetero-normative couple, reconsidering the pictorial tradition of the embrace and representations of intimacy. Physical and aural stuttering abounds as each dancer interprets a broken rendition of an amorous choreography refracted into multiple translations passed from one to another, similar to a game of telephone.

Kiss Solo was included in “Anti-Establishment,” a group show curated by Johanna Burton at CCS Bard Center for Curatorial Studies, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, June-December 2013. The work was then presented as a solo exhibition at Kate Werble Gallery, New York, January-February 2013. The work was included in “Made in L.A. 2014” at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, curated by Connie Butler and Michael Ned Holte.

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