Through works that stage paintings, video, installation and choreographies of presence, InnerCity explores the state of being in-between destinations and how our body can be present in two different places at the same time.
Miriam Parker and Jo Wood-Brown access this phenomenon of "between-ness" through the architecture of the urban environment. In layering visual, choreographic, film and sonic elements, their work generates a field that reveals how our structured environments slip between order and fantasy.
Miriam Parker is a New York City born and bred dancer/performance artist and arts organizer. She has lived in Europe and Israel at which time she worked with Choreographers Amanda Miller, William Forsythe, The Saarbruken ballet. In recent years she has been building her reputation in collaborative performance art, working with the artist/filmmaker, Katy Martin, Anita Glesta. Miriam Parker's work has been presented in numerous Vision Events in New York and Paris as well as at Under the Bridge Festival etc. In this past few years she has performed regularly with Yoshiko Chuma and the School of Hard Knocks, choreographer Sally Silvers and Andrea Miller Gallim Dance Company. Miriam and Jo Wood-Brown have been creating collaborative installation projects for the past 10 years.
New York City based multimedia artist Jo Wood-Brown has exhibited work widely as a painter and an installation artist in galleries and in site-specific installations throughout the US and in Europe. Wood-Brown has worked within the Arts for Art community, participating in the Vision Festival for the past 20 years www.artsforart.org. She founded Artist Exchange International, promoting international dialogue in contemporary art issues amongst artists in various countries. Informing her practice are many years spent drawing and interpreting artifacts of the ancient Middle East for the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Currently, Wood-Brown collaborates with dancer, Miriam Parker in InnerCity Projects to build multimedia, live installations. She also lectures on contemporary art.
Inner City: Studio Installation
Inner City: Studio Dance Performance
Inner City: Painted Stills and Paintings
Crow Series: Painted Stills and Paintings
Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Oasis project began as the reflection of a palm tree filmed in a Los Angeles swimming pool and reimagined in the Assyrian relief court for the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Juxtapositions exist between ancient and modern through shadow and reflection as visitors participate with the projected footage. The pool becomes an ephemeral canvas in collaboration between painting, dance and film.
Oasis speaks to us today. In an era of mass migration, with millions of refugees leaving Syria and neighboring countries, we are increasingly accustomed to the need to find respite, to find an oasis, from suffering. Situated beside images of fertility and renewal in the Ancient Near Eastern galleries of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Oasis reminds us of the omnipresence of hope.
-Adrienne Baxter Bell
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