Lilly McElroy collaborative Project at Practice Gallery
Christopher Carroll and Lilly McElroy enact gestures through which they challenge, defeat, observe, soothe, and worship nature. They construct representations of the bucolic and carry out rituals in the forest. While on a roughly constructed stage in the middle of the woods, the artists perform actions that range from the exploratory to the absurd in an effort to both dismantle traditional, romantic images of nature and reimagine them from a contemporary perspective. Viewers are left with documentation of these actions – a series of vignettes, including a man arm wrestling a tree, a line-dancing satyr, and a woman trapped by the image of nature. The performances display the artists’ sincere yet ultimately futile attempts to interact with the forest. Carroll and McElroy intrude upon a wilderness in which they can never completely belong yet confront this separation, demonstrating their own hubristic tendencies in the process.
Naturenurture is n view May 5th through May 21st, 2017, Find more information about the opening and exhibition here.