Brendan Fernandes: Inaction

Opening Reception: Brendan Fernandes—Inaction

Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at 4:30pm
Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery


Opening Reception from 4:30pm to 6pm; performance with Brendan Fernandes and Charles Gowin at 5pm.

Inaction is a new sculptural and performance-based installation by Brendan Fernandes. The exhibition consists of sculptural elements, platforms, a large carpet, and a single channel video projection, Free Fall: For Camera. Working in collaboration with the architecture and design firm Norman Kelley, he designed mobile dance supports and platforms for activation by the audience and dancers,  and with interdisciplinary artist Rad Hourani, he created Gender Neutral costumes as part of the exhibition. In public performances throughout the exhibition, his choreography guides dancers to interact with the minimalist, sculptural installations giving them agency to rearrange the sculptures–allowing new spaces in which to create movements.

Exhibition on display through Sunday, December 8, 2019.

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A generative merger of art and architecture, Inaction builds on the previous collaboration of Brendan Fernandes and Norman Kelley, The Master and Form (2018) at the Graham Foundation in Chicago, and featured at the Whitney Museum of American Art Biennial through September 22, 2019.

Homepage image: Brendan Fernandes, “Free Fall: For Camera.” 2019. Video still. Image courtesy of the artist and Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago.

Image at top of page / thumbnail: architectural rendering by Norman Kelley, "Perspective Looking East," Brendan Fernandes, "Inaction," 2019.

Listen to a conversation with artist Brendan Fernandes, Associate Director of Visual Arts Benjamin Chaffee, and Exhibitions Manager Rosemary Lennox about the sculptural and performance-based installation "Inaction," created in collaboration with the architecture and design firm Norman Kelley, on the Center for the Arts Radio Hour podcast on Soundcloud: