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Salvage/Salvation Part 6: SHINE

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Clarinda Mac Low
at chashama 266
8 Jun 2016 - 18 Jun 2016

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Salvage/Salvation Part 6: SHINE  |  Clarinda Mac Low

June 8 - 18, 2016

chashama 266
266 West 37th Street (between 7th and 8th Avenues)
New York, NY

Nearest Trains: A, C, E, 1, 2, 3

On View 24/7, through window.

Open Hours
Week 1:
Wednesday, June 8, 5-9pm* 
Thursday, June 9, 4-7pm
Friday, June 10, 4-7pm
Saturday, June 11, 4-7pm

Week 2:
Wednesday, June 15, 4-7pm
Thursday, June 16, 4-9pm*
Friday, June 17, 4-7pm
Saturday, June 18, 1-10pm (Closing Party & Screening--3-10pm, all lights "released" at once!)

During Open Hours, Mac Low will be on hand for conversation, group weaving, possible dances, live video editing, and scavenging. Bring "scavenged light" to the space or join a Scavenging Tour, gathering materials (both light-based and other) from the surrounding area. All items brought to the space will be displayed and all "scavengers" who leave a light are invited to take one, in exchange.

*Scavenging Tours will be offered on the 8th and 16th, 8-9pm. 
(During the tours, the gallery will be locked, but the route will be posted on the door–feel free to join the tour at any time!)

"SHINE is the light growing, the dark glowing, the invisible body in motion. SHINE is the end of the day reclaimed and repeated." –Clarinda Mac Low, Salvage/Salvation

SHINE is the sixth installment of Clarinda Mac Low's ongoing project Salvage/SalvationOnly a few blocks from the constant blast of Time Square’s 24-hour, high-powered LEDs, the shifting lights and darks of the streets near the 266 storefront strike a different cord. As shop lights go out one by one, mysterious, dark loading bays, dimly-lit bars and restaurants, and the shadows of ever-present scaffolding contrast the blaringly well-lit lobbies and vibrant displays of metallic and sequined fabrics.

Throughout the beginning of June, Mac Low will explore the area surrounding the 266 storefront, finding light in discarded materials and "gathering light" through video recordings. Mac Low will incorporate these "salvaged lights" into both a video installation and an evolving wall-hanging--audience is invited to participate in the assemblage process. There will also be a "Wall of Living (light) Salvage," which audience members can contribute to by bringing and/or taking a light (scavenged only). The video installation, wall-hanging, and "Wall of Living (light) Salvage" will be on view 24/7, through the storefront window.

Don't have any "scavenged light" to offer? Join Mac Low for a "scavenging tour" through the neighborhood, to salvage the day's discarded materials (solid and ephemeral), on either the 8th or 16th of June, 8-9pm. 

On June 18th, the Saturday before the Solstice, join Mac Low for an extended party with live video editing, a viewing of the finished wall-hanging, the final "release" of the "scavenged light," through a multi-channel video installation, and some Solstice snacks! 

This exhibit is supported in part by a space grant from chashama, and made possible with funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

About Salvage/Salvation
An ongoing project exploring the metaphysics of re-use alongside the philosophical, emotion, and material implications of discard. Advocating ingenuity and unity, Salvage/Salvation brings scavenging and transformation to center stage, in an effort to create a dialogue about sustainable relationships to our physical environment.

"Salvage/salvation, feeling compelled to not let things go to waste, yet facing the ephemeral nature of existence.” –Greg Wildes, participant,Salvage/Salvation Part 1

About the Artist

Clarinda Mac Lowwas brought up in the NYC avant-garde arts scene of the sixties and seventies. At the age of three, she began performing with Meredith Monk and her father, Jackson Mac Low. She holds a BA with High Honors in Dance and Molecular Biology from Wesleyan University and an MFA in Digital and Interdisciplinary Arts Practice from CCNY-CUNY.


Working in performance, social practice, and installation, Mac Low creates participatory events, while keeping up a medical journalism practice. She is the Executive Director of Culture Push, “an arts organization that works with hands-on learning, group problem solving, serious play, and creating connections.” Her work has appeared both internationally, from a park in Siberia to the Manifesta Biennial in Spain, and locally, in the EFA Project Space, P.S. 122, the Kitchen, and the X-Initiative, in New York City.


Recent works include “Incredible Witness,” a project consisting of interactive and participatory events encouraging empathy through sharing sensory experiences; “Free the Orphans,” a project that seeks to “free” copyright orphans (creative work with unknown copyright holders); “The Year of Dance,” an anthropology of the NYC dance world; “TRYST,” a series of performance interventions in urban spaces; and "Cyborg Nation," a public conversation on intimacy and the technological body.

In addition to participating in a number of residencies--L MacDowell Colony, Society for Cultural Exchange in Pittsburgh, and Yaddo and Mount Tremper Art, Mac Low received a BAX Award in 2004, a Foundation for Contemporary Arts grant in 2007, and a Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance Art grant in 2010.

Visit The Light Log for Mac Low's daily writings about light.

For more information, contact: shinemaclow@gmail.com

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