Reception: The Dowsing 2013

Friday, March 22 at 7:00pm

Using fashion as point of departure, Anna Telcs' work explores the liminal space between form, fashion, presentation and performance. Telcs initiated her focused inquiry as part of a residency at The Watermill Center, New York in 2012. The second iteration of The Dowsing at the Henry is a more ambitious undertaking constituted by research gathered and materials tested in a studio space located at the Henry’s Test Site and a performative public gesture that draws inspiration from religious ritual, traditional fashion show and performance art. In her most recent work, Telcs attempts to question the existing perceptions around manufacturing, worth, and beauty — ultimately seeking to delve deeper into the armature of the fashion object itself and the systems and structures that contextualize and regulate it. The works made for the Dowsing 2013 will be presented and activated in the University of Washington’s Red Square through three performances shown in one day. After their public presentation they will be returned to the Test Site for further examination and discussion, completing a full cycle including a prologue of research and construction, The Dowsing at the Henry performance in Red Square and an epilogue in the Test Site where the pieces will be placed on armature as artifacts. These presentations will be preceded by a series of public dialogues on the variable economies of fashion and manufacturing.

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Using fashion as point of departure, Anna Telcs' work explores the liminal space between form, fashion, presentation and performance. Telcs initiated her focused inquiry as part of a residency at The Watermill Center, New York in 2012. The second iteration of The Dowsing at the Henry is a more ambitious undertaking constituted by research gathered and materials tested in a studio space located at the Henry’s Test Site and a performative public gesture that draws inspiration from religious ritual, traditional fashion show and performance art. In her most recent work, Telcs attempts to question the existing perceptions around manufacturing, worth, and beauty — ultimately seeking to delve deeper into the armature of the fashion object itself and the systems and structures that contextualize and regulate it. The works made for the Dowsing 2013 will be presented and activated in the University of Washington’s Red Square through three performances shown in one day. After their public presentation they will be returned to the Test Site for further examination and discussion, completing a full cycle including a prologue of research and construction, The Dowsing at the Henry performance in Red Square and an epilogue in the Test Site where the pieces will be placed on armature as artifacts. These presentations will be preceded by a series of public dialogues on the variable economies of fashion and manufacturing.

Presentations at 3:00pm, 4:30pm, 6:00pm in Red Square.



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Henry Art Gallery

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Seattle, WA 98195