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Live Performance Schedule

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He sitation Change:   Friday\, May 4\, 7:00 pm sharp
Opening R eception will be held after the performance\, until 9 pm

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Drag Hesitation:   Friday\, May 11\, 7:00 pm
Cross Hesit ation
:   Friday\, May 18\, 7:00 pm

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There will be no admissio n to the gallery during performances.

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Thomas Erben is pleased t o present Waltz\; - an exhibition spatially conceived for and genera ted through a series of three performances by Yve Laris Cohen (b. 19 85\, San Diego\, CA). Hesitation Change\, Drag Hesitation\, and C ross Hesitation are three styles of a fast waltz\, where the dancers su spend movement for a full measure at a time. Working in sculpture\, perform ance and dance\, Laris Cohen\, rather than literally playing or performing a waltz\, instead uses the ¾ time signature as a template for the architect ure and objects with which he interacts.

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In the darkened gallery\, the audience first observes the artist in a walled-off area\, by way of a l imited access view through a horizontal slit cut into the wall. The wall-mo unted sprung dance floor from Coda\, which Laris Cohen presented rec ently at SculptureCenter\, is stacked horizontally in a corner. A slab of w hite wall blocks the enclosed area in which he prepares the surface of an i dentical second one\, a process involving an extended sequence of ballet ju mps. One of the walls makes a journey along the perimeter of the gallery\, leaving scratch marks that – together with other accumulating residue – cre ate the exhibition. The organization of each performance varies slightly\, reflecting Waltz\;’s three discrete titles.

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Laris Cohen’s c lassical ballet training is important\, as is his current involvement with the New York downtown dance community\, which evolved out of the historic J udson Dance Theater. This non-linearity between the historical\, the contem porary and its genesis is materially mirrored in the merging of the sculptu ral\, the transitional\, the architectural\, the left over and the preparat ory. For example\, the gallery walls pose as architecture but become sculpt ure\, whereas the moving walls quote Minimalism while operating as props. < /p>\n

Demoting ballet vocabulary to a functional enactment\, in this case upon a movable wall\, Laris Cohen renders both ballet technique and manual labor simultaneously useful and futile. Using dichotomies against themselv es\, he brings them into cohabitation\, generating the possibility for a hi ghly differentiated multivalent experience.

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Yve Laris Cohen graduat ed with a BA in Art Practice and Dance &\; Performance Studies from the University of California Berkeley (2008) and an MFA in Visual Arts f rom Columbia University (2011). His work has been performed and exhi bited at locations such as SculptureCenter\, Dance Theater Worksh op\, Abrons Arts Center\, Danspace Project\, and Movem ent Research at the Judson Church (all in New York). Laris Cohen is a 2 010-2012 Movement Research Artist in Residence\, and received the Rema H ort Mann Foundation’s Visual Art Grant Award in 2011. He has two upcomi ng performances in May 2012\, at Danspace Project\, NY\; and the ICA Philadelphia\, PA. The artist lives and works in Brooklyn.

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