Artists’ Reception for Burning Down The House Exhibit

Burning Down The House brings together a group of international artists whom explore issues of house and home in their work.

Home is more of an emotional construct, dealing with feelings of safety, nostalgia, belonging and aspiration. Many of the artists here analyze these feelings and reflect on the social structures associated with the ideal of home. Exhibiting artists for Burning Down The House include: Jennifer Avery, Joan Backes, Frances F. Denny, Polibio Diaz, Brooke Erin Goldstein, Jon Laustsen, Philippe Lejeune, Jessica Deane Rosner, Quintín Rivera Toro, Carol Scavotto and Sophia Sobers.

The expression “Burn the house down” in clubs means to play music in a loud of frantic way in order to get the audience very excited. Similarly Yellow Peril Gallery holds as its mission to “exhibit provocative and visually arresting artwork created specifically to ignite conversations long after viewers have left the building.” With Burning Down The House, we strive to excite the audience with engaging works exploring issues familiar to us all.

Curated by Yellow Peril Gallery and presented in conjunction with The Providence Biennial for Contemporary Art

The reception will include a performance by Jennifer Avery:

“Anchorite” is a multi-media performance art piece by Jennifer Avery. Exploring notions of home and sanctuary, Gesamtkunstwerk studio practice, personal mythology, femininity and childhood, Avery will recreate the abode and practice of a medieval religious hermit. If home is where the heart is, what is a place that is heart soul and body?

During the performance three performers will activate the anchorage: Jennifer Avery as the anchorite, Valerie Cardenas as the High Priestess and Shelley Gresko as the Servant.

While Avery is not performing, the anchor house will remain unsealed to contemplate as a tomb or ruin housing the corporeal supplies for physical construction of prayers.

The general public is encouraged to thoughtfully and gently interact with this piece.

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