April 2, 2017
For the 3rd iteration of our new performance series Sunday Service, Buzz Slutzky invited artists Jes Fan, Trace Peterson, and Catalina Schliebener to present experimental or in-progress works around the theme of the “Slumber Party,” relating to trans aesthetics and childhood.
Jes Fan is a Brooklyn based artist from Hong Kong, China. Fan’s practice is based on a material inquiry into otherness as it relates to identity politics. They received a BFA in Glass from Rhode Island School of Design. Fan is the recipient of various fellowships and residencies, such as Pioneer Works Artist Residency, Edward and Sally Van Lier Fellowship at Museum of Arts and Design, CCGA Fellowship at Wheaton Arts, and John A. Chironna Memorial Award at RISD. Fan has exhibited in the United States and internationally. Selected exhibitions include No Clearance in Niche at Museum of Arts and Design (New York), Whereabouts at Glazenhuis Museum (Belgium), Material Location at Agnes Varis Gallery (New York), Ot(her) at Brown University (Providence), and Remembering Something without a Name, Chrysler Museum of Art (Virginia).
Trace Peterson is a poet, publisher, and critic. She is the author of Since I Moved In (Chax Press), Editor of EOAGH books which won the first Lammy Award in Transgender Poetry, Co-editor of the anthology Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics (Nightboat Books), and Co-editor of Arrive on Wave: Collected Poems of Gil Ott. Her writing has recently appeared in TSQ, Pen America, Posit, The Brooklyn Rail, and is forthcoming in Boston Review.
Catalina Schliebener (born in Santiago, Chile, in 1980) received her bachelor of philosophy from Universidad de Arte y Ciencias Sociales ARCIS, in Santiago. Afterwards, she studied visual arts at the same university. From 2002-2008, she worked as an assistant professor within the areas of philosophy and art theory at several universities in Chile. Schliebener’s work has been exhibited individually and collectively in galleries, museums and art fairs in Santiago de Chile, Buenos Aires, São Paulo, Lima, Belfast, Londres, Miami, Ontario and New York. She has also received scholarships granted by the Development of Culture and the Arts Fund of the Government of Chile (Fondart), the Board of Cultural Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Relations of Chile (Dirac) as well as the Henry Moore Foundation of the United Kingdom. Recent exhibitions include the solo show, Pin the Tail at Point of Contact Gallery at Syracuse University, and the group exhibition, Queering the BibliObect at the Center for Book Arts in Manhattan. She lives and works in New York.
About the Curator
Buzz Slutzky is an artist, writer, and curator whose practice incorporates drawing, sculpture, performance, video, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Buzz Slutzky’s work is primarily focused on humorously investigating the relationship between individual self-identity and social/historical context. 2010-2012, Slutzky was a Curator of the Pop-Up Museum of Queer History, and has continued to organize art exhibitions relating to queerness, humor, politics, and history. Slutzky has exhibited, performed, and screened at Los Ojos, Cooper Union, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), Boston Center for the Arts, La Mama, MIX, Frameline, Columbia College Chicago, Mindscape Universe (Berlin), among others. Slutzky earned their BA from Sarah Lawrence College in 2010, and their MFA from Parsons the New School for Design in 2015, after which, they were a resident at the Vermont Studio Center. They currently teach a course in video post-production at the College of Staten Island, and later this year, will be a resident at the NARS Foundation in Brooklyn. www.buzzslutzky.com
About Sunday Service
Sunday Service is a curated series of short-form live performances across mediums. Taking place the first Sunday of each month in the Ready Room, a guest curator is invited to organize a salon style evening of in-progress works, performances, and presentations, anchored by a framing principle such as a question, proposition, theme, or formal structure. Sunday Service encourages works in progress and interdisciplinary endeavors showcased in a lo-fi environment to foster experimentation and critical discourse amongst peers.
Video by James Tate
Knockdown Center’s MEDIA page is an ongoing collection of audio, video, writing, and ephemera produced by our arts programming. It serves not only as an aural and visual index of the diverse artistic activities that occur within the space, but also as a resource for artists, writers, curators, and researchers who may be interested in learning more about the practitioners that come through our doors. As a primary source, documents housed within the MEDIA page have been minimally edited and largely unmodified. Audio files link to our Soundcloud channel, where curator conversations, exhibition walkthroughs, panels, and poetry readings can be heard individually, or as select playlists.