A Lexicon of Gesture (7 images)
mixed media on paper
on verso signed, titled and dated 2019 on each work
22 x 30 in, 55.9 x 76.2 cm
Estimate: $15,000 - $20,000
Sold for: $12,500
Preview at: Vancouver Art Gallery, 4th Floor
Donated by the Artist
Courtesy of Wil Aballe Art Projects, Vancouver
This work is comprised of seven framed images of the artist each measuring 22 x 30 inches. These works are unique hand-cut photographic collages, and include handwritten and collaged research documentation on Arches paper.
The titles of the works are as follows: Pink Poodle (diptych); The Tube; Underneath the Arches + Contraposto (diptych); and Time Clock + Manifesto of the Futurist Woman (diptych).
Evann Siebens produces media, performance and photos that involve movement. Her lens-based practice negotiates the human body as an archival site and reveals the politics of the female gaze. She danced with the National Ballet of Canada and Ballett Academie Bonn before studying film production at New York University. Recent exhibitions and screenings include Witte de With, Rotterdam (2020), WAAP, Vancouver (2019) and Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, University of British Columbia (2018). Siebens recently screened a film at Lincoln Center in New York City and won the Prize for Outstanding Overall Work at the Light Moves Festival in Limerick, Ireland. Her work from A Performance Affair in Brussels, Belgium, was featured on the front page of the International New York Times in 2019. Currently, she is presenting the multi-media installation Pedestrian Protest at the Vancouver Art Gallery’s public art space Offsite. She is represented by Wil Aballe Art Projects in Vancouver.
Siebens’s ongoing body of work A Lexicon of Gesture draws from art, dance and performance histories. By referencing, recreating and reactivating actions and movements—some well-known, others fleeting or forgotten—by artists such as Yvonne Rainer, Joan Jonas, Tehching Hsieu and Marina Abramovic, Siebens aims to develop, as her title indicates, a gestural lexicon stitched together through live performances, photographic collages and short films. A former dancer, Siebens views this learning of gestures as a feminist and as an embodied revision of existing art histories.
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