Installation view, Made in L.A. 2014 at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA, 2014.

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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