Zeesy Powers’ Projected Realities

The Ghost and TOTAL PANIC

Friday, November 12, 2010, 8:00 pm

Performance Environment (one day only)
Saturday, November 13, 2010, 12:00 – 5:00 pm

Gallery TPW is pleased to present work by emerging interdisciplinary artist Zeesy Powers as part of our performance series You Had to be There, looking at the relationship between liveness and images. Positing that our reality is increasingly conducted through means that disconnect our physical selves from the physical environment, Powers’ recent work wonders what happens when the physical aspect of our world ceases to be physical, when the real brushes against the digital. Her projection based performances combine live gesture with lo-fi, hand-painted animation to both haunting and humorous effect. As an evening performance and a one-day performative environment, The Ghost and TOTAL PANIC imagine a journey for both the individual and society as people make their way through projected worlds, figments of reality that become ever more unreal.

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Artist Biography

Based in Toronto, Zeesy Powers' practice spans multiple disciplines including performance, painting and social practice. In 2009 she told people exactly what she thought of them in front of a live audience at a corporate "Innovation Conference," confusing many with her lack of product. In 2008 she gave away $1000 as part of the Zeesy Powers Grant. In 2007 she was anyone's girlfriend for 3 minutes. A graduate of OCAD, her work has been exhibited and screened across North America, Europe and Asia. Her recent projection performance, The Ghost, has been shown at CCA Kitakyushu, Yahata (2009); the Palomar5 Festival, Berlin (2009); at Drawn and Quarterly, Montreal (2010); and at 533 Gallery, Los Angeles (2010).