Claude Wampler

Opened Nov 16, 2006
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The Kitchen presents a new commissioned work by artist Claude Wampler titled PERFORMANCE (career ender). The piece completes Wampler's ten-year cycle of creating experimental artworks that combine elements of visual art and performance and that call attention to the viewers' role as audience. Presenting this work in The Kitchen's theater, the artist demonstrates her continued interest in how both the formality and playfulness that are present in a theatrical context regulate an audience's behavior and expectations that, when either dashed or met, complete the work and act as the essential final touch. In an effort to relieve viewers of their typical media-specific responses, Wampler cancels out the distinction between object and performance to allow for a new beginning or a clean ending.

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