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Xquisite Corpse Act One - Today by Mirena Rhee

Xquisite Corpse Act One - Today

As part of Xquisite Corpse Act One I wore a white canvas dress on the streets of Manhattan and asked New Yorkers from all walks of life to write me a message. From the delivery guy on East 51st street, people waiting to be seated for lunch on the Upper East side, the doormen of Radio City hall, patrons waiting for their limousines at the Art Fairs, to the amazing person who literally dragged me inside the Armory Show, to visitors of Scope - New York, to a bar on 6th ave, to the cashier at Trader Joe's on 23rd street.. In 15 languages and almost 200 messages, we wrote the poem of our collective subconscious and I called it Today. Thus, the Xquisite Corpse Poem was written and Xquisite Corpse Act One was complete. 
 

I took the term Xquisite Corpse quite literally. With Corpse meaning “body”, as in physical structure, with the root of the word going back to Latin corpus “body".
This work is about the body, the body as a landscape, and whatever surrounds the body, the reality that surrounds the body, also as a landscape. As the body swims through reality it makes wakes and it changes it in someway.

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Roadside Attraction by Mirena Rhee

Roadside Attraction is an installation I thought of several years ago as an all American, amusement park type of work, a show on the side of the road or a trailer that could be part of a country art fair. Could be even setup on a remote country road, away from traffic or even in a field. Without and far removed from formal art experiences but using the materials and methods that belong in an artist's studio, and, of course, the provocation. Roadside Attraction was conceived as a spectacle at a truck stop. I have always been fascinated by American truckers, hauling large trailers on American highways. Last year I drove solo 3000 miles from Florida's Space Coast to the Silicon Valley in California where I spent a large portion of my life in a not so distant past. While on the road I had plenty of time to think, especially driving through West Texas, New Mexico and Arizona. I am convinced that at that moment I had the tiniest car in all of Texas, In one small dusty town I  suddenly feared that cowboys, who were prowling the nearby hills hunting boar, may actually decide to shoot my tires for fun.

So Roadside Attraction has probably lingered on the back of my head ever since I started moving across the Untied States - I once crossed the States along highway 80 ( Kansas, Colorado, etc) and once along 10 ( Mississippi, Texas, etc ), of course not counting flying. Mississippi had absolutely the worst roads I had ever come across as far as Federal Highways go. I thought I had broken an axel - my little Hyundai was shaking so bad and I was in the middle of nowhere in the deep south with a tiny car full of stuff.

The best of 2018 by mirena

And Happy New Year from Memory Replacement !! Happy New year, thanks to ever amazing adventures and most of all people who helped me create - hope to be ever more unknowledgeable, ignorant and unsuspecting of things in 2019

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no to violence by mirena

memory replacement no to violence

We don't want to be replaced but we want to be changed.

The soft touch of a wing, The light touch of a brush and a light stroke. The word of a friend, the whisper of a soft fold on a wing. A nod to a future with beauty, a reflection on color and gesture of goodness and friendship. A soft stand against violence. We draw brushes and our holsters hold paints.

In the spirit of Thanksgiving - leftovers by mirena

Happy Thanksgiving!! I am thankful for all of you who painted and for all of you who will paint on the 200x. I had a bit of a calm this thanksgiving to think and plan and as always reflect on what was and what is coming. One of the greatest insights I had in the Silicon Valley is that reproducible work, even work of the highest quality, diminishes in value very quickly.  One of this things I wanted to do is work that is  highly irreproducible. A mix of materials, quality, process, ideas, actions and results that may not be easily reproduced. Even work of ephemeral nature which requires a special set of circumstances rises in value owing to its rare nature. I am very grateful for that insight, as well as for being able to follow up on these ideas, and which I have been able to further with the graceful and generous participation from all of you. Thank you.

Memory Replacement - Roaming Installation and Performance with Public Participation at the World Trade Center Memorial site in New York city.  Making of Leftovers.

Memory Replacement - Roaming Installation and Performance with Public Participation at the World Trade Center Memorial site in New York city. Making of Leftovers

Memory Replacement - Roaming Installation and Performance with Public Participation at the World Trade Center Memorial site in New York city. Making of Leftovers Memory Replacement - Roaming Installation and Performance with Public Participation at the World Trade Center Memorial site in New York city. Making of Leftovers