pink box, Aaron Sheppard performance with Sylva Hattington July 26, 2014, 7:00-9:30pm – at L.A.’s 6th Annual PERFORM CHINATOWN 2014 : CHAOS REIGNS
Curators / Doug Harvey, Lee Lynch, Paige Wery
For 2 1/2 hours, Sheppard and Hattington were closed inside a transparent and metal box measuring 48” x 48” x 13” and attached 10-feet above the ground on the facade of The Arcade building at 936 1/2 Mei Ling Way (across from New Dragon Restaurant and down from Hop Louie’s Bar). The two performers repeatedly changed restricting positions within the box while caressing one another’s bodies in a public display of affection. A water hose was attached to the box which kept the couple’s entangled bodies wet, and transformed the box itself into a steamy sauna dripping with a constant pitter-patter of rain.
The light box was pre-existing signage that had at one time been used as advertising, left to sit vacant for years. For pink box Sheppard and Hattington stripped the box of its electrical, replaced brittle and aged plexiglas with new vibrant fluorescent panes, and painted the structure pink. The performance within then became something video-esque and surreal to the eye, contrasting with the environment and landscape.
pink box was video-taped from two different angles: from close-up inside, and; from street-level outside the box (videography by Jaime Scholnick and Sally Coates).
PERFORM CHINATOWN 2014 : CHAOS REIGNS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE JULY 18, 2014 LOS ANGELES, CA
PERFORM CHINATOWN 2014: CHAOS REIGNS! DOUG HARVEY, LEE LYNCH, PAIGE WERY, AND THE GALLERIES OF CHINATOWN PRESENT: L.A.’S 6TH ANNUAL SHOWCASE OF PERFORMANCE ART
SATURDAY JULY 26th BETWEEN 12 NOON AND 10 PM
The sixth edition of L.A.’s premier performance art gathering will present over 40 performers, distributed across a host of Chinatown galleries and public spaces on the 26th of July between 12 Noon and 10 PM.
This year’s rendition pools the complementary curatorial talents of Doug Harvey (Chain Letter, LA Weekly Annual Biennials), Lee Lynch (The Murder of Hi Good, headmaster of Teenage Wasteland of the Arts), and Paige Wery (The Good Luck Gallery, Artillery magazine).
Perform Chinatown 2014 : CHAOS REIGNS! stretches the boundaries of Performance Art to include live experimental music, historical reenactments, survivalist workshops, guided meditation rituals, chess tournaments, poetry, dance, video, and food – as well as the cutting edge New Genre happenings that define the field.
Some of the noteworthy happenings scheduled include: - a rare appearance by legendary media prankster Joey Skaggs; - a ritual invocation of Eris, Goddess of Chaos, by Skylaire Alfvegren and the Southern California Discordian Society - the premiere of Hipponymous -- a righteous new performance work by the Reverend Ethan Acres; - a live video feed of performances in Tehran, Iran organized by Maryan Vayghan - Brad Spence providing “Free Airbrush Body Paintings” to the public - DJ sets by Don Bolles, steve roden, and KCHUNG Radio; - Everything is Terrible – the Ride by eponymous psychedelic found footage comedy website mavens - former Los Angeles Cacophony Society “leader” Al Ridenour bringing Krampus in July - the first live performance by F (Marnie Weber, Dani Tull, Doug Harvey, & Daniel Hawkins), since the Mike Kelley LAFMS memorial at The Box; - a Human 4-Leaf Clover of Positive Energy led by China Adams