Duct Tape Miami: A Durational Performance Installation in Response to Art Basel Miami Beach, December 4-8, 2013
Gitler&_ pop up venue at 507 Española Way, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Gitler & _____ is proud to present Duct Tape Miami, a durational performance installation mapping the visual culture of Art Basel Miami Beach (ABMB) by Israeli American artist Tirtzah Bassel. From December 4-8, 2013, Bassel will conduct a visual inquiry of the fair, exploring ABMB, and weaving composite vistas of the fair’s choreography and architectonics at a nearby pop-up location. For Duct Tape Miami, Bassel, a classically trained oil painter applies her painterly sensibilities to duct tape, a seemingly mundane and utilitarian choice of medium. The duct tape serves literally as Bassel’s creative agent while figuratively implying something precarious, a tentative situation: desire, a potential purchase and the fair’s nomadic nature. Duct Tape Miami is Bassel’s seventh duct tape installation, and a continuation of her spatial exploration of our contemporary agora.
During performance hours, Bassel will invite passersby to enter the installation and observe her as she creates a fused panorama responding to the fair’s impact: How do the convention center and its booths affect our movements and interactions? How do they affect us psychologically? Can art still engage us in extended looking? Can we slow down, shift away from the quickening pace of social media, commerce and transaction to the meditative, pondering pace of art looking and reflection? Duct Tape Miami will unfold as a visual narrative of Art Basel Miami Beach 2013, a montage of its personal impacts and historical effects and an original performance in homage to the fair itself.