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Yemenwed, Episode 3

Fake Estate
526 West 26th Street, No. 502A, 917-412-3516
November 13, 2008 - January 23, 2009
Reception: Thursday, November 13, 6 - 8 PM
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Fake Estate is pleased to announce Episode 3, the first solo exhibition of the New York based art collaborative, Yemenwed.

With Episode 3, Yemenwed has produced a video, which will screen in a site-specific viewing chamber within the gallery. The architectural and sculptural environment will immerse the viewer in a suspended physical reality, which provides entry to a remotely-viewed fantastical world.

The video is a surreal Sci-Fi journey; part animation, part live action, part painting, part video game. The piece begins with Sigrid, the female protagonist, outfitted in leg splints and a cane, crossing a field of reeds as she approaches the looming presence of the Metronome building. Sigrid continues on to encounter powerful forces at play for the access of physical and spiritual transcendence, manifested in a cast of mythical objects and characters such as the Outsiders, an Offering Box, Hymnals, a Pew, the Prefects, the Psychic, a Coffin.

Taking queues from performance, ritual, dance and cinema, Episode 3 is an abstract meditation on multiplicity and transformation. Yemenwed states, “In the video the protagonist’s identity, or body, is wed to how she inhabits the space, or how she is enveloped by it, rooted in the architecture, objects and characters she encounters.”

Yemenwed Episode 3 is Gloria Maximo, Jonathan Turner, Shawn Maximo, Paul Kopkau, Jason Farrer, Megha Barnabas, Heather Kosch, Busy Gangnes, Kate Rosko, Natalie Lebrecht, Joseph Fraioli, David Santa Maria, Laura Foxman, Black Cracker, Peter Zuspan, Shannon Funchess, Nina Mehta, Abby Portner, and Krallice.

Fake Estate is a new venture launched by Julia Trotta. The unusually small space, a former utility closet in the West Chelsea Arts Building, will house a series of focused, experimental projects. While some will call for intimate inspection, others will restrict viewers from entering the space. Fake Estate serves as an alternative to the traditional art venue, challenging both the artist and the viewer to think within the very small box.
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