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Shana Moulton “The line where your appearance flips over into reality”

Agape Enterprise
56 Bogart Street, Suite 1Q, 718-417-0037
May 5 - June 3, 2012
Reception: Saturday, May 5, 7 - 9 PM
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Agape Enterprise is pleased to present a performance/installation of new work by Shana Moulton. The line where your appearance flips over into reality will consist of arrangements of altered found objects, including banners, string, and home decorations. Colored strings will tie disparate objects together, demonstrating a Dutch physical therapy approach called String Therapy. During her performance, Ms. Moulton will take a personality test and trace the results in a 3-dimensional enneagram (a nine-sided figure used in a particular system of analysis to represent the spectrum of possible personality types). Objects will be moved into and out of ambiguous alignments until highly personal and potentially shameful revelations are revealed through a musical soundtrack.

Profoundly playful and imaginative, Shana Moulton’s work examines hierarchical designations of valuation and creates humorous alternative models of self-empowerment. Her work derives from very personal experience defined by her own fears and anxieties. As a feminine subject, who both aspires to possess beauty and to become beautiful, Moulton questions systems of evaluation through absurd association of objects and potential meanings that these systems create. Feminine aspiration to beauty, often trivialized in cultural discourses, is re-examined through Moulton’s work as a potential tool for empowerment. Her performative work repeatedly rehearses rituals wherein the injured subject is healed and alternately released from the very darkness of her own psychological mire toward the affirmation of life.

Shana Moulton earned her BA from University of California, Berkeley in Art and Anthropology and her MFA from Carnegie Mellon University. She has been an artist-in-residence at the LMCC Workspace Program, The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Harvestworks, De Ateliers in Amsterdam and The Sommerakademie in Bern. Moulton has exhibited or performed at The New Museum, MoMA P.S.1, Performa 2009, The Kitchen, Electronic Arts Intermix, Art in General, The Andy Warhol Museum, The Wexner Center for the Arts, Wiels Center for Contemporary Art in Brussels, The Migros Museum in Zurich, De Appel in Amsterdam, Kunstnernes Hus in Oslo, The Times Museum in Guangzhou and The 29th Ljubljana Biennial. Moulton’s work has been reviewed in the Village Voice, Artforum, the Brooklyn Rail, The New York Times, Artnet Magazine, Frieze Magazine, Artpress and Flash Art. Her work has been featured on Arte TV and Art21.
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