Between Action and Image
May 8 - June 6, 2015
Opening Reception: Friday, May 8 from 6pm to 8pm
SAMARA Gallery is pleased to present Between Action and Image, a solo exhibition combining sculpture, images, and performance installation by David Graeve. This exhibition will highlight Graeve’s diverse artistic approach and mastery of material manipulation—transforming and appropriating everyday materials into social, political, and poetic satire.
The exhibition presents ideas through a “cultural pluralist lens,” achieved through the blending of photos from historical and personal images of protests, and images derived from a performance occurring the first week of May 2015. In the continuous 24 hour performance, Graeve will push a loveseat on skateboard wheels around a three mile radius of the gallery, documenting his interactions and feeding people along his way.
There will also be a short performance at the opening reception by Graeve, entitled Erotic Pressure—Subjective Time, that will engage one of the audience members in a participatory experimental performance. The unknown subject matter will develop in real time between volunteer, audience, and Graeve.
In addition to the work inside the gallery, there will be an installation that integrates into the street and surrounding area outside. Direct action and activism are cornerstones in Graeve’s public approach to creating, where Graeve synthesizes pieces that respond to the physical and social constructs, with the intention to expand and explore visual language.
David Graeve grew up in Minnesota, and received a BFA from the University of Minnesota and a MFA from the University of Houston. He has received numerous public commissions including the Texas Sculpture Garden, Houston Museum of African American Culture, and an extensive six-year evolving sculptural installation at the Discovery Green. He has shown locally, nationally, and internationally.