Cover Image: Courtesy the artist
Programmed in conjunction with “Performance Archiving Performance,” a presentation of works that engage archive as medium, on view in the Fifth Floor Resource Center from November 6, 2013–January 12, 2014.
An ongoing collaboration between Lovett/Codagnone and musician Michele Pauli (of Italian band Casino Royale), CANDIDATE produces extreme electro-industrial dance music and noise to accompany many of Lovett/Codagnone’s visual artworks. Their live shows often incorporate performances by major figures of experimental theater and film. This concert, entitled A Gesture Absolutely Vile, features special appearances by actor and member of the New York City Players Jim Fletcher, dancer and Kinkaleri company member Marco Mazzoni, actor and founding member of Wooster Group Kate Valk, and artist and performer Julie Tolentino. An installation by Lovett/Codagnone coyly subverts traditional power dynamics between audience and performers, providing a stark atmospheric environment for the event.
Lovett/Codagnone is an artist team working together in New York since 1995 using photography, performance, video, sound, and installation. Their work address issues of collective identity and relations of power in social structures focusing on the absorption of underground tactics of resistance. Important theoretical and aesthetic influences in their production are derived from the work of historical radical figures in literature, critical thinking, cinema, theater, and punk music. In 2008, they formed the band CANDIDATE with musician Michele Pauli. CANDIDATE performances have featured among others Jim Fletcher, Gary Indiana, and Kate Valk. Recent solo exhibitions: Francesco Pantaleone Arte Contemporanea, Palermo; Cantieri Culturali alla Zisa, Palermo, 2013; Museo Marino Marini, Florence; LAXART, Los Angeles, 2012; September Galerie, Berlin, 2011; Sculpture Center, New York, 2010; MoMA P.S.1, New York, 2007–08. Recent performances have been presented at MoMA P.S.1, 2012; the ICA Philadelphia; Judson Memorial Church, New York, 2010; and the ICA Boston, 2007. Their work has been shown at the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Cobra Museum, Amstelveen, the Netherlands, 2008; the Ludwig Museum, Cologne, 2005; De Appel, Amsterdam, 2005; Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst, Berlin, 2003; Palais de Tokyo, Paris, 2002.