Erica Magrey performed Own This on December 9th, 2011 as part of Savoir-Faire at SOHO20 Gallery Chelsea.
Erica Magrey’s new performance Own This depicts a series of abstracted spatial character vignettes that incorporate video, costume, music, and dance. Each segment is the study of a shape or form that obscures, restricts or otherwise defines the body and the inter-relationship of its aural, emotive, and environmental components. The piece takes as its starting point a vignette featuring a floor-length fringed orange hat that’s reminiscent of a jellyfish; its swishing movements grace a menacing obstacle course of household objects. The challenge that each character faces is played out on the screen and on the stage, in a minimal theatrical set that emphasizes the multi-place-ness and multi-space-ness in which we are located.
Erica Magrey’s video and performance work explores the enactment of exaggerated personal mythology as a vehicle for self-discovery and empowerment. Her fantastical alter ego is transported into outer or abstracted space(s) in order to simulate displacement and investigate alternate paths in the search for belonging. The resulting phenomena are presented through a lens of colorful vintage aesthetics that conjure a nostalgic sense of hope and idealism for the future.
Erica Magrey is a video, mixed media, and performance artist who has exhibited her work in galleries, alternative spaces, music venues, and on public access television, in New York, across the US, and internationally. Highlights include screenings and performances at The Kitchen, Socrates Sculpture Park, Kaskadenkondensator, Dixon Place, and 179 Canal, and events for PS1, NADA and Deitch Projects. Magrey recently completed a residency with iaab/International Exchange and Studio Program Basel, Switzerland. She lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.Photos: Daniel Tepper