Aug 25–Oct 28, 2018
#OpenspacesKC

Carriage

Matty
Davis
and
Ben
Gould

Saturday, October 20 - 7:30 PM
Sunday, October 21 - 7:30 PM
SubTropolis

Matty Davis is an artist originally from Pittsburgh, PA, where his grandfather worked for decades in the steel mills and his father’s plane crashed. His work begins with the threshold of the body and seeks physical transformation through effort, empathy, geographical journeys, and interpersonal collaboration. Described by the New Yorker as “fearless,” his performances function generatively: drawings, photographs, sculpture, books, and video emerge from the physicality, site-specificity, and relationships engaged. His work has been presented by the Art Institute of Chicago, the Max Ernst Museum, Steppenwolf Theater, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Judson Church, the 92nd St. Y, the Watermill Center, Dixon Place, Danspace Project, and the Arts Arena in Paris, among others. His interests frequently result in work being presented site and/or time specifically on bodies of water, according to the seasons, and amidst other natural phenomena. In 2012, Davis co-founded BOOMERANG, and apart from his own work has performed works by or with David Hallberg, Francesco Vezzoli, Guido van der Werve, Andy de Groat, and Tino Sehgal. He was the recipient of a 2016 Visual Arts Fellowship from the Edward F. Albee Foundation, and has been artist-in-residence at Queenslab, the Watermill Center, and Kickstarter’s HQ in Brooklyn. Davis has taught at institutions and schools throughout the US, including New York University, the Art Institute of Chicago, Columbia College, Oberlin College, Muhlenberg College, Kenyon College, The Professional Performing Arts High School in New York, and The Philadelphia School. More information is available at www.mattydavis.net

Ben Gould is an artist currently living and working in New York City. After being diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome, Gould’s studio practice has transformed to harbor a new investment in the body, exploring limits, resistance, and the loss of control. Grounded in performance, his multidisciplinary practice is built upon collaboration, intimacy, and urgency - cultivated by a deep interest in how energy is directed, rerouted, transformed and transferred. His condition has become an engine for movement-based performance work that is in search of stabilization, and driven by an evolving practice of energetic restraint and release. Within a growing mythos, a space for fantasy and freedom is created for the corresponding videos, images, and objects that emerge from this process. Gould has performed site-specific works across the country, from varied geographies to institutional spaces - leading to solo exhibitions at Plug Projects in Kansas City and Ballroom Projects in Chicago, and collaborations with musicians, rock climbers, singers, and designers. Gould has apprenticed with master craftsmen in California, was a 2015 Ox-Bow Fellow, a 2017 Kickstarter Artist in Residence, and Queenslab Space Grant recipient in 2018. He was born in Grass Valley, California in 1993 and was raised there, in the foothills of the Sierra Mountains, next to a decommissioned gold mine and a river. Most recently he has performed and shown new works in Kansas City, San Antonio, Miami, Los Angeles, and at the Watermill Center, Judson Church, and Queenslab  in New York. More information is available at www.bengould.net
This is a FREE event.

Matty Davis and Ben Gould

October 20th | 07:30 pm - 08:30 pm

8300 NE. Underground Drive Kansas City, MO 64161

Saturday, October 20 - 7:30 PM
SubTropolis

8300 NE Underground Dr, Kansas City, MO 64161 - Enter the caves underneath the flags. 

Carriage is a site-responsive performance created by Matty Davis and Ben Gould that radically explores control and empathy, motored in part by the raw energy of Gould’s Tourette Syndrome. This performance is informed by evolving senses of the body — injury, trauma, healing, and growth — and offers a unique opportunity to create a work that draws from the variance of Davis and Gould’s distinct physicalities. The result is an intense, viscerally and sonically charged experience, where empathy is a physical tool, resistance offers stability, and we are all cast out into a space that levels us, brings us real fear, awakening, new vocabularies and physical structures.

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October 21st | 07:30 pm - 08:30 pm

8300 NE. Underground Drive Kansas City, MO 64161

Sunday, October 21 - 7:30 PM
SubTropolis

8300 NE Underground Dr, Kansas City, MO 64161 - Enter the caves underneath the flags. 

Carriage is a site-responsive performance created by Matty Davis and Ben Gould that radically explores control and empathy, motored in part by the raw energy of Gould’s Tourette Syndrome. This performance is informed by evolving senses of the body — injury, trauma, healing, and growth — and offers a unique opportunity to create a work that draws from the variance of Davis and Gould’s distinct physicalities. The result is an intense, viscerally and sonically charged experience, where empathy is a physical tool, resistance offers stability, and we are all cast out into a space that levels us, brings us real fear, awakening, new vocabularies and physical structures.

This is a FREE event.

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GET TICKETS