Thursday, May 31 – Aug 10, 2018
Opening Reception: Saturday, June 2, 12- 2pm
In the work of artists Jessica Hankey and Erin Johnson, theatricality is a means of enlarging the self and creating new realities. In their multi-channel video installation Salidas y Entradas | Exits and Entrances, participants from three of El Paso’s senior centers explore the boundaries between rehearsal, improvisation, performance, and critique - traversing the spectrum from the permissible and everyday to the extraordinary or false. With the senior center – a site of social contact, care and collectivity – as a stage, the performers take up and play with social, political and geographical imaginaries.
Jessica Hankey is an artist, curator, and is currently Director of the New Media Program at Southside Community Center in Ithaca, NY. Her installations combine modes of video and photographic practices to explore the social life of institutions. Her work has been shown nationally and internationally, including recent exhibitions at HERE in NY, NY and CTRL+SHFT in Oakland, CA. She received her MFA from UC Berkeley in 2014 and was a resident at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2015.
Erin Colleen Johnson received an MFA and Certificate in New Media from The University of California, Berkeley in 2013 and is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor at Bowdoin College. The deeply social nature of Johnson’s artistic process diffuses meaning across a network of contingent agents, both inside and outside the arts. In the creation of her works - comprised primarily of video, performance, and installation - Johnson’s interlocutors have ranged from graphologists and economists to poets and labyrinth facilitators. Her work utilizes both fictional and historical narratives to examine devices of social connection, possibilities raised by chance encounter, and the act of searching.