Catch and Release, Danspace 5/24
Friday, May 24 at 8pmAfter Mentorship with Angela Dufresne & Kerry Downey
St. Mark’s Church
131 East 10th St.
New York, NY 10003
Angela Dufresne mentored Kerry Downey during the 2012-2013 Queer|Art|Mentorship cycle. They have continued to collaborate and show work together ever since. In spring 2015, Angela took Kerry on a fishing trip upstate. Kerry’s subsequent project, “Fishing with Angela,” both a video and performance recreated for tonight’s program, uses an overhead projector to mimetically recreate their mentor’s gestures. This work explores the relationship between fishing and painting, mentor and mentee, wetness and flow.
“Fishing with Angela” is presented tonight as part of a shared evening entitled Catch and Release, in which Kerry and Angela enter into the ambivalence of certain traditions—portraiture, Bro-downs, fishing trips, side-by-side pissing, father and son relationships, among others—actively generating interchanges of social ritual, of song, of painting, of mimesis. In the artists’ own words: “In this queer ritual we say to each other: we are here now, together and separate. Entangled and distinct, un-mired if coded by these traditions.” There may be fly fishing in the church. With special guest Caroline Wells Chandler.