The WSW office received a note from artist in residence alumnae Rachel Frank, earlier this month, alerting us to her upcoming performance, we thought we would share with you all! Her show just came down in the WSW gallery to make way for the next resident, but if the photo-stills she shared with us from a previous performance are any indication, this upcoming piece should be powerful (and wow, that bead-work!)
During her artist-book residency at WSW, Rachel published a limited editioned book-work on the same theme as her performance, you can whet your palette with some images from the WSW book archive, before attending the show!
Using beaded masks, large-scale sculptural props, and allegory, Sleep of Reason suggests the presence of a recurrent darkness beneath the rational and enlightened society of today.
I started working on Sleep of Reason in the fall of 2009 and I’m very excited to be presenting it in its final form. I hope you can attend one of the performances.
Sleep of Reason: A Sculptural Performance
Written and Directed by Rachel Frank
Through a series of tableaux vivants, Sleep of Reason uses the narratives in Francisco Goya’s Los Caprichos to examine the theatrical/performance implications of abuse as depicted in the Abu Ghraib photographs. Staged still scenes are briefly illuminated with light cutting through longer periods of darkness. Using masks, sculpture, and allegory, Sleep of Reason suggests the presence of a recurrent darkness beneath the rational and enlightened society of today.
Friday, February 18th, at 8:30 pm
Saturday, February 19th at 8:30 pm
145 6th Ave. (Enter on Dominick, 1 Block South of Spring)
For Tickets & Information at: here.org or call 212-352-3101
Starring: Angelica Pinna-Perez, Ruthie Scarpino, Dan Theisen, and Melanie Torres
Stage Lighting Design: Greg Goff
Costumes and Sets: Rachel Frank
Born and raised in Kentucky, Rachel Frank is a sculptor based in Brooklyn. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including grants from The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, The Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation, The Puffin Foundation, Franklin Furnace Archive, and residencies at The Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation and The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture.
For more information about Rachel Frank, visit: www.rachelfrank.com