MATH BASS AND LAUREN DAVIS FISHER
QUIET WORK IN SESSION
WHITNEY MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART, NEW YORK
30 SEPTEMBER - 1 OCTOBER 2017
Calder: Hypermobility features an expansive series of performances and events, bringing contemporary artists into dialogue with Alexander Calder as they interplay their own disparate practices with his innovations. For their contribution to Calder: Hypermobility, Los Angeles-based artists Math Bass (b. 1981) and Lauren Davis Fisher (b. 1984) restage their first collaborative performance, 'Quiet Work In Session'. With artists Savannah Knoop (b. 1981) and Lee Relvas (b. 1981), Bass and Fisher perform a series of choreographed movements and sounds while using structural supports, banner-like scrolls, and everyday props to explore, in their words, “shifting relations between the body, the materials, and the audience.”
Bass and Fisher reimagine this piece as both a script and score. At times, operating as laborers, the performers carry out carefully plotted actions to reconstruct the structures and scrolls, transforming them from backdrop to doorway to curtain and ultimately, to painting. The stage and tableau are activated in the absence of the performers through recorded music and sounds, live vocals, lights, and moving objects. Interested in both theatrical experience and object-making, Bass and Fisher direct themselves and their fellow performers to take on various roles and relationships on stage, circumventing traditional boundaries between performance, theater and exhibition.
'Quiet Work In Session' was first performed at Disjecta Contemporary Art Center in Portland, Oregon in 2014. The performance at the Whitney will be the artists’ first reinterpretation of this work.