Heather and Ivan Morison's SLYK CHAYNJIS to Open 11/1 at Houston's DiverseWorks
Slyk Chaynjis, a new commission by Heather and Ivan Morison, will be unveiled November 1 in a member's preview at 6 p.m., with the public opening to follow from 7 to 9 p.m. The exhibition is on view through December 28, 2013.
Using social personae to investigate the construction of self, Heather and Ivan Morison engage with materials, histories, sites, and processes to create performance-based and site-specific works, often in the public realm. Through peripatetic travels, the Morisons have produced sculptures, photographs, architectural structures, shelters, puppet performances, radio plays, and fiction.
Slyk Chaynjis, the Morisons' first major institutional commission in the United States, is both the name of the exhibition and the protagonist in a fictional narrative about an unlikely pair of travelers on an epic journey. The Morisons' dark comedy unfolds over the course of six acts and in multiple locations - inside and outside of DiverseWorks - and unpacks the construction of "self" as a performance provoked by personal trauma, psychological breakdown, and ethical discrepancy. On the road to places unknown and for purposes unclear, Slyk and her companion struggle to reconcile internal truths with public perceptions as they resolutely forge ahead into a future filled with delusion, enchantment, and fleeting hope.
Heather Peak was born in Desborough, UK in 1973 and Ivan Morison in Istanbul, Turkey in 1974. Currently they live and work between Brighton and North Wales. The Morisons represented Wales at the 52nd Venice Biennale and have had solo exhibitions of their works at important venues such as The Tate Modern, Whitechapel Gallery, The Southbank Centre London, Milton Keynes, The Hepworth Wakefield, Vancouver Art Gallery, and the Camden Arts Centre.
DIVERSEWORKS is located at 4102 Fannin, STE 200, Houston, Texas. For more information, call 713 223 8346 or visit DIVERSEWORKS.ORG or email INFO@DIVERSEWORKS.ORG. Gallery Hours: Wed Noon - 8 PM / Thurs, Fri, Sat Noon - 6 PM.
Artwork: Heather and Ivan Morison, Go On, Cry (study), 2013.
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