18 Whitwell Place
Brooklyn, NY 11215
EXHIBITION PRESS RELEASE
ShapeshifterLab presents SACK OF STARS: THE VOCAL STYLINGS OF CHEEKY LASHAE
Performance November 23rd 6:30-8PM
(Brooklyn, NY __ November 1, 2013) ShapeshifterLab presents Sack of Stars: The Vocal Stylings of Cheeky LaShae, a one-night performance piece by artist Kenya (Robinson). Dressed as her enigmatic glittering alter ego Cheeky LaShae, (Robinson) will perform a one-hour musical experience curated by the audience.
Sack of Stars is a performance that weaves in and out of the familiar format of Karaoke-calling attention to the collaborative relationship between audience and performer in both music and the arts. As the artists’ body is obscured by the sculptural elements of the costume, the audience must revert back to the theatrical image of Cheeky. The performer simultaneously becomes object, a white cube draped in shimmer, an intergalactic amoeba, the gender filled embodiment of our celestial origins and the glamorous remnants of The Big Bang personified. . Evoking the history of drag performance, singing only songs by male vocalists, (Robinson) utilizes the equalizing nature of karaoke to create a new experience, the experience that is Cheeky LaShae.
Kenya (Robinson) is a community-taught artist from Gainesville, Florida. An aficionado of all things blonde, she is a past resident of the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's WorkSpace Program (2009-2010) and the 2010 Triangle Arts Workshop. Her sculptural work has been exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Aljira and the 60 Wall Street Gallery of Deutsche Bank. In addition, her performances have been featured at Rush Arts Gallery, MoMA PS1, The DUMBO Arts Festival, The Kitchen, The Museum of Modern Art (NYC) as well as the Home Section of the New York Times. An avid blogger, tumblr-er, and mischievous contributor to the Arts & Culture Section of the Huffington Post, she is also the inaugural resident for Recess Activities' online residency ANALOG and a recent MFA graduate from the School of Art at Yale University.
ShapeShifterLab is a performance space owned by bass player Matthew Garrison, son of Jimmy Garrison (bass player for John Coltrane) and his business partner/creative director Fortuna Sung. The project space is dedicated to bridging gaps between music, theatre, and visual arts providing a raw space for each individual artist to transform.
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