Aljira, a Center for Contemporary Art is celebrating three decades of ground-breaking accomplishments during its 30th anniversary with unique programming and events throughout 2013 and 2014.
As part of the celebrations, on November 1 choreographer Carolyn Dorfman and visual artist Carl E. Hazlewood joined forces for a convergence of the visual and performing arts in another rare gallery experience. The artists explored what Hazlewood describes as “the concrete poetry of seeing”, creating a personal and collective experience.
As Hazlewood’s art danced on and off the walls, eight dancers both observed and became the art, joining the viewers in an internal and external experience taking on physical form. Moving from extensions of the visual work, to beautiful additions and commentary, the dancers illuminated both abstract and narrative possibilities evoked by what Dorfman calls, “Hazelwood’s simple, yet complex, wall sculptures and visceral photography.” Click here to watch footage from the spontaneous performance interpreting Hazlewood’s work.
(photo credit: Tamara Fleming)
Reflected in Hazlewood’s work lies his interest in paring down complexities to practical ideas that concern the visual, establishing an assertive abstract image. ”I want to simplify, simplify, simplify,” Hazlewood says. A great part of that simplifying is listening, noticing, acknowledging, feeling, engaging in a playful, almost innocent conversation with the world immediately before and around us, finally seeing, as it were, and therefore being.
Also on exhibit at Aljira is Birth of a Cypher: Works by Terry Boddie. Boddie’s work explores the relationship between hair and time, as hair carries genetic traits and is an index of the time it took to grow. The work utilizes fragments of hair to examine notions of time and its influence on individuals and collective growth.
(“Spiral Blue” by Terry Boddie, 19.5 x 23.5 gelatin silver, cyantype, pastel)
Temporality and Objects: New Installations and Photographs by Carl E. Hazlewood and Birth of a Cypher: Works by Terry Boddie will be on view at Aljira through December 21, 2013.