Line Steppers, a performance by Maceo Paisley and Katie Malia, unfolds within Albert Oehlen/Peppi Bottrop: Line Packers”. Paisley and Malia’s navigation of a social space in the gallery adds a layer of commentary on labor versus expression in the world of art and entertainment. Curated by Brian Getnick, four performances will take place over two days: August 11 at 1:00pm and 3:00pm and August 12 at 1:00pm and 3:00pm.
The formal differences between Oehlen and Bottrop’s approaches to mark-making, which either highlight or mask the gesture of the artist’s hand, challenge the viewer’s perceptions of what constitutes technology or archaic labor and also what signifies the new, erratic and unbridled or the old, formulaic and constrained. Line Steppers is a performance that calls attention to the irony of our interactions and progress in the digital space as compared with our actions in the physical, social space.
Maceo Paisley is a multi-disciplinary artist, designer, and cultural producer who explores themes in society and identity through movement, language, and imagery. For the past decade Paisley has danced professionally, performed on national stages as a spoken word and performance artist and is also the Executive Director of the arts nonprofit Citizens Of Culture as well as the Director of Nous Tous Gallery in Los Angeles’s Chinatown.
Brian Getnick is an artist, curator and writer who explores contemporary performance in Los Angeles. He is the director of PAM Residencies, a showcase and residency program for performers making long form work (30+ minutes). He is the founder and co-director with Tanya Rubbak of Native Strategies, a journal documenting performance art in LA since 2011.