Lights: Nate Hill and Ann Hirsch
November 2, 2013
Interstate Projects is pleased to present Lights¸ a durational performance environment by Nate Hill and Ann Hirsch in which the artists employ two central props—for Hill, a Porsche 911 sports car; for Hirsch (performing as “Jason Biddies”), a water bong—to explore issues around masculinity and fantasy. The artists will perform simultaneously—Hill in the front gallery; Hirsch in the basement—for the duration of the two-hour event.
Taking inspiration from his strained relationship with his father who owned a Porsche when he was young, Hill’s frenetic performance employs movements from aboriginal dancing, Muhammad Ali, and Southern Baptist churches to “confront” the Porsche as if it was his father. Meanwhile Hirsch’s Jason Biddies character, a “little guy” who always feels he has to prove himself, soothes his anxiety by taking a toke and painting a dimly-lit basement with fog and iridescent rainbows.
The sole sources of illumination during the event will be the headlights of the Porsche in the front gallery and several candles in the basement.
Nate Hill is best known for his character-based interventions in public space– both online and offline. In addition to performing in public, his work has been shown at Flux Factory, Grace Exhibition Space, Elga Wimmer, and Abrons Art Center (forthcoming); and his work has been written about in Vice, Huffington Post, Hyperallergic, The Wall Street Journal, BlackBook, Rhizome, and The New York Times. He currently lives and works in New York City.
Ann Hirsch is a video and performance artist who looks at the ways technology has influenced popular culture and gender. Her work often evolves from immersive research, including becoming a YouTube camwhore (amassing over two million views on her videos), and making appearances on several popular reality television shows. She was awarded a 2012–13 Rhizome commission for her two-person play Playground, which recently debuted at the New Museum to a sold out crowd. Playground’s companion e-book is now out on iTunes through Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery. She is currently an artist in residence at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.
Curated by Gene McHugh
Special Thanks to Collosha Clothing for support in providing the Porsche 911