Friday December 19, 7.30pm
Daniella Dooling & Les LeVeque
admission $6

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© Image courtesy of Esther Massry Gallery

We are very pleased to welcome artists Daniella Dooling and Les LeVeque for the NYC premiere of their 2014 collaborative performance Room 10 Rants. In the piece, Dooling reads from her teenage drug diaries while Les LeVeque accompanies on an analogue video/audio synthesizer generating a psychedelic mix of body, words, colors and sounds.

At 14 years old, Daniella Dooling attempted to meticulously document her thoughts while experimenting with large doses of hallucinogenic drugs (primarily LSD). These drug diaries articulate her multiple transitions through stages of consciousness that reflect the anxieties, ecstasies and worldly revelations of a very stoned adolescent in 1981. Room 10 Rants is an exuberant, personal, often funny and hallucinatory 50-minute reenactment.  

Daniella Dooling’s work resists genre definition. Her recent project, “Bloody Dick Road in the Big Hole Valley: Files from the Girl in Room 10” is activated through performance, sculpture, archival practice, light and sound installation, and single channel video. Solo exhibitions include The Esther Massry Gallery, Albany, N.Y.; Michael Steinberg Fine Arts, New York, N.Y.; Anna Kustera Gallery, New York, N.Y.; and Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, Buffalo, N.Y. Her work has also been in numerous group exhibitions, including PAN/Palazzo delle Arti Napoli, Italy; The Chelsea Art Museum; KS Art; Bellwether Gallery; Jack Tilton/Anna Kustera Gallery; and Exit Art, all in New York.

Les LeVeque is an artist who mostly works with digital and analog electronic technology. His projects include single and multi-channel videos, video/computer based installations and electronic performances. His projects have been exhibited and screened internationally including; The Whitney Biennial, New York; Georges Pompidou Center, Paris; Museum fur Neue Kunst ZKM, Karlsruhe; Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Melbourne; Museo de Arte Moderno, Buenos Aires; Laboratorio Arte Alameda, Mexico City; Centre Culturel et de Cooperation Linguistique Bilbao; Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Palm Beach Institute of Contemporary Art; Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst, Antwerpen; The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York; Austrian Film Museum, Vienna; Museo Nacional Center de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid; Anthology Film Archive, New York. The Video Data Bank distributes his single channel video work. His work is also represented by Kerry Schuss Gallery in New York City.

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© Image courtesy of Esther Massry Gallery

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