NEW YORK, NY.- Petzel Gallery
is showing Dana Hoey Presents, a para fictional exhibition conceptualized, produced and directed by Hoey, in which the artist shows her own photographic work, the performance and sculpture work of Marcela Torres, and a live ladies Muay Thai fight night that will take place in a 20 x 20 boxing ring installed inside the gallery. The show, which challenges and confronts preconceived ideas and realities of feminism, combat, violence, self defense and the martial arts, is on view from June 27 until August 2 at the gallerys Chelsea location.
During the run of Dana Hoey Presents, my role will be that of Svengali, Hoey says. Although I make work as a single subjective, expressive artist, I prefer to emphasize my position as a participant in a larger social construct.
For her own work, Hoey presents Ghost Stories, highly subjective, surreal lightbox collages, made from images shot by Hoey, and a logo designed by David Knowles, which recur elsewhere in the show. The people featured in these photographs are also being presented in a separate room as poster-style portraits featuring their names and occupations. In the labeled posters Hoeys aim is to surface the power dynamic of portraiture, particularly as it relates to a white artist taking the image of non-white people. Hoey also presents a 14 tall stop-action photograph of the great boxing World Champion Alicia Slick Ashley shadowboxing. Ashley, a fighter as seasoned and skilled as Mohammed Ali, holds 3 Guinness World records and many World Titles, yet she remains unknown to most Americans.
I invited Marcela Torres to be in this show because her work intersects with mine in dynamic ways, Hoey explains. She is first and foremost a performance artist who directly visualizes and attacks the currents of power acting on her queer brown body. Torres works with fight training devices (speed bags, heavy bags), that have been miced and the sound amplified and remixed. For Dana Hoey Presents Torres will present Agentic Mode, a 40 minute performance that employs audial soundscapes, martial arts movement and spoken word to contemplate contemporary violence as a lived war zone. The instruments she uses for the performance and the recorded sound will live on in the heart of the show after the live performance.