Momentary Performances and Things That Last Longer
18-December 13, 2009
Charcoal Chess Tournament
Thursday, September 17, 6:30 p.m. in the Olson Gallery
An official chess tournament hosted by the Minnesota Chess Club will take place the evening before the official opening of the exhibition. The players will draw and erase their chess pieces with each move. These drawings will later be on display in the Olson Gallery as part of the exhibition. Spectators welcome.
Friday, September 18, 5 p.m. in the Eastlund Room, CLC 2nd floor
Opening reception in the Olson Gallery following the talk
exhibition includes video, drawing, installation, and a performance in the
as well as several off-site Momentary Performances taking place around the Twin
Cities listed at
www.leewalton.com and www.bethel.edu/galleries.
About the Momentary Performances:
A series of Momentary Performances will be taking place around the Twin Cities
September - November. Each performance is a simple action that in everyday life
would be overlooked. By giving this action or "performance" a time,
date, and location, Lee Walton’s intention is to highlight the subtleties and
beauties of everyday people and actions--considering these mundane
micro-gestures as spectacular.
From a spectators’ viewpoint, the idea of anticipation becomes a key part of
each performance. Walton explains, “if a spectator plans a day around
being at a specific location at a specific time to see - ‘a woman with a red
scarf stop to pick up a penny’ - it becomes really exciting.” That moment is
real and without prior knowledge, it would blur seamlessly with the rest of the
environment, thus being lost as if it never existed. Only the anticipating
spectator can make it a reality through witnessing it.
regarded as an Experientialist, Walton's work takes many forms including
drawings, video, net-art, public performances, social architectures and more.
Walton has received many accolades:
Walton also curates exhibitions and events (Weatherspoon Art Museum, N.C. and Conflux, N.Y.) and lectures extensively on his practice. Walton’s work is represented by Krashaur Galleries, N.Y. His work can be viewed at www.leewalton.com)