September 10 – November 7
The Center for Emerging Visual Artists™ (CFEVA™) dedicates itself to making art careers viable for those who choose them, helping emerging artists reach their audiences, and promoting interest and understanding of emerging visual art among citizens of the community.
Our exhibition series is one of the most important elements of our Career Developments Program. Our artists participate in a number of group exhibitions each year as well as a two-person Spotlight Exhibition during their second year in the program. In addition to our galleries at 1521 Locust and The Barclay in Philadelphia, we have exhibited at noteworthy venues including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Delaware Museum of Art, the Philadelphia International Airport, The Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, and the Maryland Institute College of Art.
My recent video work, “Dancing with Divorced Men”, is a six and a half minute, single-channel, looped video projection of recordings of myself dancing with middle-aged, divorced men in their homes. All strangers to me, I ask the subjects to choose a song and style of dance and following their lead, I create an appropriate female counterpart from their cues, recording our collaboration.
The project is about the need for human interaction, the search for it and the insecurities around it, in an increasingly cyber-connected yet emotionally disconnected world. By acting as a proxy wife, girlfriend, or daughter, for even just a few hours, I offer these men the opportunity for human connection and the possibility of feeling a sense of hopefulness, healing and forgiving that I, too, am looking for. Reflecting on the voids existing in my own relationship with my father, interacting with men that function as a surrogate allows me a sense of healing in some way. I realize that the act of meeting these men and dancing with them will not always or entirely fill my desires or theirs, and it is perhaps the tenderness in trying to do so, and the potential for the success or failure of the connection that I am interested in, for it mimics the potential success and failure of all of our most intimate relationships.