S.F. gallery’s ‘Tenterhooks’ receives within the mind with blend of visible art, dance

Silas Riener dances between the operates of Martha Friedman in “Tenterhooks” at Jessica Silverman in San Francisco. Photograph: Jana Asenbrennerova / Specific to The Chronicle

The neuronal pathways, connective tissue and cells contained in the human mind established the phase for “Tenterhooks,” a two-working day dance general performance in dialogue with a new visible art show at Jessica Silverman that opened Friday, May perhaps 6.

Choreographer and dancer Silas Riener’s 40-moment function took put amid artist Martha Friedman’s “Brain in Hand,” her initially solo exhibition at the San Francisco gallery. The art, on perspective by May well 28, will take inspiration from drawings of the human brain by 19th century Spanish neuroanatomist Santiago Ramón y Cajal.

“It’s appealing to see people’s reaction prior to they know the perform is influenced by neurology,” explained gallerist Jessica Silverman. “There’s anything persuasive about drawing what’s within of us that appears to be like so stunning, but in our bodies feels so difficult.”

Friedman’s forged-rubber gentle bins were made by a course of action of manipulating liquid rubber and pigments until eventually they settle into her desired strains and designs. A sculptural set up consisting of 20 huge bands, produced by the very same rubber used in the mild bins, are stretched on hooks from flooring to ceiling and are at the centre of the general performance.

“My hope is that individuals see a type of liquidity inside of (the get the job done) and that it reminds you of your overall body,” claimed the 47-12 months-previous artist. “There’s a natural beauty and vulnerability to this kind of liquid physique we’re in, and yet, we working experience it as a solid factor. I consider that also relates to the general performance.”

Artist Martha Friedman applauds just after the dance efficiency “Tenterhooks,” which showcases Friedman’s solo exhibition “Martha Friedman: Mind in Hand” at San Francisco’s Jessica Silverman gallery. Picture: Jana Asenbrennerova / Particular to The Chronicle

“Tenterhooks” is the 1st dance function Silverman has hosted in her Chinatown room, which opened very last May perhaps. About 40 individuals had been existing for the personal show, which also has two performances scheduled for Saturday, May possibly 7.

The two at this time based in New York, Friedman first fulfilled Riener, 38, at Princeton University in which she is a faculty member. The dancer arrived to the university as a agent of the Merce Cunningham Dance Organization. When Riener was unable to use a work by artist Robert Rauschenberg as a backdrop for his performance, Friedman was drafted to generate a translucent rubber screen. The two have been close collaborators in the 10 years considering the fact that.

The course of action of setting up the dances starts in Friedman’s studio as she generates the mild packing containers and other sculptures, and Riener responds to the operates.

As the functionality started Friday night, Riener entered the gallery carrying a flesh-toned leotard that remaining small to the creativeness, part of the two artists’ curiosity in reversing the common convention of male visual artists objectifying the bodies of female dancers. He begun by walking by means of the arrangement of rubber bands, screening his body weight towards each individual. The elasticity of the bands authorized them to be stretched and pulled quite a few toes right before Riener cautiously returned them to their commencing place.

Silas Riener performs among the performs of Martha Friedman in “Tenterhooks” at Jessica Silverman in San Francisco. Photo: Jana Asenbrennerova / Distinctive to The Chronicle

Following unhooking the bands from the flooring, he allow them carry his entire body in the air. Through the general performance, Riener  twisted, braided and reassembled the bands into preparations that he employed to climb up the wall, swing and bounce.

As Riener contorted the bands and his physique within the formation, the functionality began to resemble the strains and styles in Friedman’s light box pictures. With the get the job done “Floating Thought” hanging instantly to the still left of the bands, the communion in between dancer and impression felt even a lot more rapid.

He concluded the efficiency again on the floor with the bands unhooked and floating from the ceiling, freely swinging.

“Martha and I technique choreography by means of improvisation,” Riener claimed soon after the efficiency. “I have a road map in my thoughts, I know what I’m making an attempt to strike. Due to the fact of flavor and aesthetics there is a small wobbliness in the articulation of the choreography, but that’s entirely intentional because of the unpredictability of the rubber, fatigue, the amount of money of sweat. It’s a actually precise arc.”

People today go to the solo exhibition “Martha Friedman: Mind in Hand” at San Francisco’s Jessica Silverman gallery. Picture: Jana Asenbrennerova / Particular to The Chronicle

“Tenterhooks”: Midday and 3 p.m. Saturday, May possibly 7.

“Martha Friedman: Brain in Hand”: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. On perspective through Might 28.

Jessica Silverman, 621 Grant Ave., S.F. 415-255-9508. jessicasilvermangallery.com

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