LEIMAY Friends and Fellows Showcase:
Hee Ran Lee, Butch Merigoni, Irena Romendik
Hee Ran Lee*
A Humble Action to Feel the Meaninglessness
The core of A Humble Action to Feel the Meaninglessness is the subjective truth that each audience carries out with their participation. Through the performance, audiences will consciously respond to their own action of viewing and experience true artistic creation with interrelationships in the active positions with the performers.
All of It
Two years ago All Of It was a performance that involved audience members simultaneously reading from sections of different books, repeating their parts until instructed to stop. Assigning a new reader every 60 seconds, this verbal layering created a density of fragmented words and phrases that I would incrementally build up and break down over the course of the 40 minute performance. Since that time this work has expanded into an interdisciplinary performance that focuses more on the openness of space than on the weight of density.
The Seeing Hand
The Seeing Hand is an interactive showcase that mixes dance, video, and watercolors to share a process of transmitting live dance performance into physical drawing. An interactive showcase of the process of drawing live dance, mixing dance, video, and watercolors.
* star denotes LEIMAY Fellows
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Hee Ran Lee is a Brooklyn-based performance artist whose body-centered work explores private and public gestures of the Asian female body in the patriarchal power structure and investigates cultural marginalization. Her work has been shown at Queens Museum (New York 2016), Galerie ALB (Paris 2015), Culture Station Seoul 284 (Korea 2014), Grace Exhibition Space (New York 2013), The Watermill Center (New York 2012), Defibrillator Gallery (Chicago 2012), and Rockbund Art Museum (Shanghai 2011). She holds an MFA specializing in performance from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is a fellow artist of LEIMAY 2016-2017 at CAVE.
Butch Merigoni, originally from New Orleans, moved to Brooklyn in 2002 to pursue an MFA in painting. Since that time his practice has evolved into playing drums and creating a series of performance-based work.
Irena Romendik arrived from Ukraine two decades ago and currently resides in Brooklyn New York. She holds degrees from Shevchenko Art School in Kiev, Pratt Institute, and Tisch School of the Arts, NYU. Irena participated in multiple shows, made costumes for dancers, and performed herself, but that has not been the focus of her artistic career. Irena values the process of artistic creation over production. Her multidimensional interests have produced projects that cross disciplines, and sometimes are difficult to categorize.
SOAK is supported, in part, by The New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. SOAK and LEIMAY Ludus Training are supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council. Additional funding for LEIMAY’s presenting program is given by the Mertz Gilmore Foundation.
Photos by Margot Simonney, Natalia Nicholson.