"Being You Uses Me,"
The Alphonse Berber Gallery is pleased to present its most ambitious exhibition to date: "Being You Uses Me," the first in a schedule of performance pieces by internationally-renowned Macedonian artist Igor Josifov, joined by Bay Area artist Michael Ryan Noble.
The Alphonse Berber Gallery, in a continuing effort to broaden both the audience of contemporary art and the audience’s conception of what contemporary art can be, presents a work which literally embodies these concerns; Josifov and Noble use their own bodies as a canvas where the work and the human subject are inextricable, where art and audience merge, sometimes felicitously, sometimes problematically and provocatively. The artists’ performance makes use of the body as both a communal and an intensely private object and in so doing, compellingly communicates both personal and shared cultural experience. Josifov's interest in perception in the context of psychoanalysis informs his work, and he often encourages viewer participation in order to fully realize a piece. The act of viewing thereby shifts from mere spectatorship to ashared space inhabited by both the audience's and the artist's psyches. Each piece is a slowly evolving, dynamic creation, not predetermined but contingent on the site of its unfolding.
Igor Josifov's solo shows include: "Manumission" at the Museum of Contemporary art in Macedonia, "Face it" at Toomey Tourell Fine Art in San Francisco, "2-Dimensional" at the opening of the Modern Wing at the Art Institute of Chicago and will perform for the "Marina Abramovic: the Artist is Present" exhibition at the New York MoMA in 2010.
Michael Ryan Noble is a guerilla-style performance artist who collaborated with Igor as a resident artist at the Watermill Center in Southampton, New York. He has a Masters degree in Art Therapy from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
The first performance of "Being You Uses Me" is Friday, June 12th, from 6 to 10 pm. The dates of one more performance and a performance workshop, will be announced shortly. For more information about them or the current exhibition at the Alphonse Berber Gallery, please visit our website at: www.alphonseberber.com, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are located at 2546 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704 and open seven days a week from 12 to 7 pm.
Igor Josifov performs courtesy of Toomey Tourell Fine Art (www.toomey-tourell.com) in San Francisco.