Nor OR
Thursday, May 27 2010
8:30 PM - 11:30 PM

Jerri Allyn, Mariel Carranza, Simone Gad, Candice Lin, Carol McDowell, Nancy Popp, Christine Suarez, Paige Tighe

We invite you to join us at Pieter, a new performance dance space in Lincoln Heights, on the evening of May 27th to witness an evening of live art meditations. NOR OR brings together eight women artists, Jerri Allyn, Mariel Carranza, Simone Gad, Candice Lin, Carol McDowell, Nancy Popp, Christine Suarez, and Paige Tighe to re-search and re-imagine movement, meditation, art, and ritual within the contexts of their own established personal practices. Like Linda Montano before us, we have been inspired to focus this evening’s work on the transformative energies and poetic metaphors of the charkas. Balancing on the borders of art and spirit, we will perform these individual actions collectively in one room by candlelight on the night of the full moon.


JERRI ALLYN is a practicing Quaker who attends meditation services that seek the light within all. She has also explored chakras and yoga for several years. Inspired by Carol McDowell, she is looking forward to investigating these energy centers with others on this full moon. MA, Art and Community, Goddard College, VT, USA.  Artist. Educator. Scholar. Founding member of The Waitresses and Sisters of Survival, collaborative performance art groups. Internationally exhibited. Rockefeller Foundation Residency, Italy; International Lila Wallace Readers Digest Fellowship, Mexico; National Endowment for the Arts; among others.

MARIEL CARRANZA treats her body as material to detach from its physical limitations. Her concerns with the transformation of living matter has led her to labor continuously on a number of art works as if tending to a living being. Surrendering to the course the materials take when left unfixed, her sculptural works challenge the notion of time limitations. Carranza received her MFA from UCLA and has exhibited at LACE, Sea and Space, Mexico City, Highways, Track 16, Glasgow, Scotland and more.

SIMONE GAD, born in Brussels, Belgium to holocaust survivor parents from Poland, has been showing in museums and galleries for 40 years. She is also a performance artist and union actor with co-starring and lead roles in film, television, commercials and theatre. Ms. Gad is represented by L2kontemporary in Chinatown Los Angeles, where an upcoming solo show of her work will be presented June 26 – July 24. She is a member of Gawdafful Theater, directed by Asher Hartman, performing for the DreamIn at the Hammer Museum, The Bad Thing at Sea and Space Gallery, and the lead role in Hartman’s performance art film Cougars, which is playing at Migrating Forums in NYC on May 22nd. Simone is also a 6 times grants recipient and is a listed artist with the following: Grants: Gottlieb Foundation-NYC 2002, Change Inc-Robert Rauschenberg Foundations-Captiva, FL, Artists Fellowship Inc-NYC 2007, CRA-Banners-Los Angeles 1986, Women’s Building honorarium-Los Angeles 1986, and New Orleans Museum of Contemporary Art-LA 1984; and Publications: Lyn Kienholz L.A. Artists Encyclopedia circa 1944/1979, Davenport Encyclopedia 2009/2010, National Portrait Gallery-Smithsonian Museum of Art-Washington, DC, and Molly Barnes Collects, Molly Barnes-How To Get Hung.

CANDICE LIN received her MFA in New Genres at the San Francisco Art Institute in 2004 and her double BA in Visual Arts and Art Semiotics at Brown University in 2001. Lin’s work has been exhibited widely in Los Angeles, including Chung King Project, Luckman Gallery at California State University Los Angeles, the Torrance Art Museum, Guggenheim Gallery at Chapman College, China Art Objects, the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Happy Lion, Armory Center for the Arts, Lizabeth Oliveria Gallery, Betalevel, and the Los Angeles Tom Bradley Airport. She has also exhibited at the New York Underground Film Festival, Lisa Dent Gallery (SF), Milliken Gallery (Stockholm), Valenzuela Y Klenner Arte Contemporaneo (Bogota), and at Kino Lab at the Ujazdowski Castle (Warsaw).  She is a cofounder and director of the artist space, Monte Vista in East Los Angeles and has taught drawing and printmaking at the San Francisco Art Institute, Self-Help Graphics, Marlborough School, and Chaffey College. Lin was awarded a 2010 Banff Artist Residency (Canada), a 2009 Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship, and a CESTA Artist Residency in 2004 (Czech Republic).

CAROL McDOWELL is an interdisciplinary movement artist and scholar. Her work has been presented most recently at Anatomy Riot, Diavolo, Highways, High Energy Constructs, the Skirball Cultural Center, and Wedge at the old Women’s Building. Commissions and grants include the National Dance/Media Fellowship, Asia Pacific Performance Exchange, Makasar Arts Forum, Indonesian Dance Festival, Djerassi Foundation, Colorado Council of the Arts, Island Dance Festival, Working in the Kitchen, DIA Art Foundation, Dance Theater Workshop, Jerome Foundation, and Performance Space 122. She received her BA/Dance from Bennington College, and MFA/Dance, PhD (abd)/Culture and Performance from UCLA. Continuing the series of chakra dances she began in Flora Weigman’s Pleiades Project, she will perform small gestures and songs for the ether: deer dies for sound. Carol is honored to have this brilliant collective join her for this experimental evening.

NANCY POPP works with performance, video and photography. Her projects investigate the body as subject and sculptural object and the risk and vulnerability of serious play. She has shown with the Art Institute of Chicago, the Armory Center for the Arts, the University of Redlands, the Getty Center and in a variety public sites throughout the United States. She has also performed with Corpus Delecti’s Butoh Performance Lab and the LA Art Girls. A native of Los Angeles, she received her BFA at Art Center College of Design and her MFA at the San Francisco Art Institute. She lives and works in Los Angeles.

CHRISTINE SUAREZ is a choreographer, performer and educator. She is thrilled to sharing space with these women tonight. She holds an MFA from UCLA’s Department of World Arts and Cultures. Her work has been seen in Los Angeles at REDCAT, Highways Performance Space, and Anatomy Riot; in NYC at PS 122, Danspace Project, HERE and Joyce SoHo. Her latest work Wet Spots was a site-specific work at the Venice Beach Eco Cottages that explored the subject of female orgasm.

PAIGE TIGHE is an artist working in video, performance, and any media that feels appropriate to speak about consciousness specifically through her female body. She has an MFA from Otis College of Art and Design in Public Practice and has worked as production manager for the past nine months in Laton, CA on a community revitalization project with Suzanne Lacy. She dances on buses to break up social codes of economy. Paige hopes to continue to make art that speaks to ideas of community and to the spiritual realm of public space. She will be cleansing her chakras in hopes of starting a new chapter of her life with a relaxed disposition.