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Art Exhibition: 104 Work Weeks - On Tour With The Merce Cunningham Dance Company
Kenneth E. Parris III
104 Work Weeks: On Tour With The Merce Cunningham Dance Company
Thursday, January 14 - Saturday, February 20, 2016
TABLA RASA GALLERY
224 48 Street (between 2nd & 3rd Avenues)
Brooklyn, NY 11220
For two years, Kenneth joined members of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company documenting their final fifty city world tour through a series of drawings and paintings. He focused on the dancer's way of life, capturing quiet and private moments, loud parties, the rigors of traveling, celebratory dinners, exhaustion, and many rituals. The series titled, 104 Work Weeks: On Tour With The Merce Cunningham Dance Company provides an intimate glimpse into the lives of dancers and illustrates a microcosm of human perseverance, cooperation, and commitment.
“Under the patina of grace and glamour, there lies a working-class ethic. In a world that seems to glorify hyper-individualism and social dysfunction, this group of people worked together everyday on and off stage,” says Kenneth.
Observations like this led to the development of Kenneth's new body of work titled, How we make it and survive while trying, struggling for an extraordinary and peaceful life. Here, the human form and tension in the body is used as the physical embodiment of manipulative forces and a representation of the conflict between the ideal and reality. ARS NOVA, features two pieces from this new series.
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