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Gutted 2011

February 19, 2011 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Februrary 19, 2011
7 pm
LACE’s Annual Winter Benefit

LACE is pleased to present GUTTED 2011: LACE’S ANNUAL WINTER BENEFIT. For the second year in a row, LACE has teamed up with Los Angeles-based curator and artist Dino Dinco, who brings his own passions and experience to this annual fundraising event. Inspired by Los Angeles’ history of performance art and LACE’s role as an open platform for artistic expression, Dinco has reached out to a range of artists, both established and emerging, to present an unrestrained evening of contemporary performance.

GUTTED 2011 showcases a daring ensemble of live performance, texts and objects speaking of, from and to the body. With a roster of creative talent spanning thirty+ years of live performance, GUTTED 2011 illustrates an array of how artists address and use the human form, spanning issues of domesticity and labor, AIDS, race, (im)migration, the sex trade, social activism, queerness, straightness, body destruction, sound, fantasy, play and grotesquerie.

This year’s talented lineup includes a variety of experienced GUTTED performers as well as new faces, including Karen Anzoategui, Micha Cardenas, Mariel Carranza, Alexis Disselkoen, Monica Duncan, Cara Elizabeth, Rafa Esparza, Keith Hennessy, Dawn Kasper, Simone Gad, Brian Getnick, Raquel Gutierrez & Lady Noise, Tania Hammidi, Elle Mehrmand, Taisha Paggett, Paul Pescador, Julie Tolentino & Stosh Fila aka Pigpen, Samuel White, and Dorian Wood. Also on display will be a selection of 2D and 3D art works from Juan Martin del Campo, Jr., Rigo Maldonado, Letizia Ragusa, and Jimena Sarno with programming by Dennis Cao.

“Dino has an extraordinary instinct in how he brings together performance artists from a range of sensibilities that results in creating a truly striking experience. Last year, he introduced our audiences to a completely new LACE and I am looking forward to his next transformation,” comments Executive Director Carol Stakenas.

“The impetus for GUTTED arose from my love for performance as well as my ongoing interest in the work of French philosopher and social critic Jean-Luc Nancy, particularly his title, Corpus. In this relatively short work, Nancy articulates that there is no ontology of the body, but rather, the body is ontology itself. In other words, the body begins everything. The body is a familiar subject of discourse in the arts, as we have and will always already work from the body. A body of work. A body of knowledge.” –Dino Dinco

All proceeds benefit LACE programs.



KAREN ANZOATEGUI is a native Argentinean from Buenos Aires, barrio Caballito. She has been a playwright since her beginnings, writing her one woman show and becoming a promising, prolific performing artist, leading her show titled Ser, to the REDCAT theatre at Disney Hall in 2008. Karen is currently acting in Independent Shakespeare Company’s Henry V at Barnsdall Park. Her upcoming performing art piece written and performed by her is an erotic show by all Latina women where Karen plans to bring another perspective of the Tango to the stage.

MICHA CARDENAS is an artist/theorist whose transreal work mixes physical and networked spaces in order to explore emerging forms of queer relationality, biopolitics and DIY horizontal knowledge production. She is the Associate Director of Art and Technology for UCSD’s Sixth College in the Culture, Art and Technology program. She has been a lecturer in the Visual Arts department and Critical Gender Studies program at UCSD. She is an artist/researcher with the UCSD School of Medicine, CRCA and the b.a.n.g. lab at Calit2. Her recent publications include “I am Transreal,” in Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation from Seal Press, Trans Desire/Affective Cyborgs, with Barbara Fornssler, from Atropos Press and “Becoming Drago: A Transversal Technology Study” in Code Drift from CTheory. Her collaboration with Elle Mehrmand, “Mixed Relations,” was the recipient of the UCIRA Emerging Fields Award for 2009. She has exhibited and performed in biennials, museums and galleries in cities around the world including Los Angeles, San Diego, Tijuana, New York, San Francisco, Montreal, Egypt, Ecuador, Spain, Saas-Fee, Switzerland, Dublin, Ireland, and many other places. Her work has been written about in publications including Art21, the Associated Press, the LA Times, CNN, BBC World, Wired and Rolling Stone Italy.

MARIEL CARRANZA is a Los Angeles based artist. Using her body as sculpture, Carranza’s work challenges conventional notions of the time, space, and corporeal constraint. Recently she performed at Bluecoat, Liverpool, UK, a series of private performances at the Hammer Museum, West LA, and Perform Now! 2 in Chinatown, LA.

ALEXIS DISSELKOEN Through the use of group activities and event based situations, Alexis Disselkoen seeks to connect contemporary issues of identity and the scholarship of interpersonal relations.  She strives to work around constructions of power that inform art production, viewership and participation.  By creating encounters that are participatory and directed by the people that are involved, simple devices and material become the atmosphere and space that viewers need to negotiate when experiencing her work. Alexis Disselkoen’s performances have recently been featured at Perform! Now! through Francois Ghebaly Gallery, the UCLA Wight Biennial, and Human Resources. Disselkoen is a current MFA candidate at University of California, Irvine.

MONICA DUNCAN grew up in Webster, New York around the apple orchards of Lake Ontario, the industry of Kodak and the tales of the Rochester Knockings.  Her time-based and sculptural work investigates the nature of visual and temporal perception through camouflage, stillness and the surrogate body.  She is interested in the site of the seam, a space for the erotic and everyday.  Her work has been exhibited at the 11th LA Freewaves Festival, Los Angeles; BS1 Contemporary Art, Beijing, China; ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany; LACMA, Los Angeles; Marcia Wood Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia and forthcoming La Casa Encendida, Madrid, Spain. Duncan received her BFA at NYSCC at Alfred University and is currently a graduate student in the Visual Arts Department at University of California, San Diego.

CARA ELIZABETH possesses a unique way of preaching her message and art through diverse mediums; from creating her own music and guerrilla theater to producing a television show. She considers herself a pioneer among her peers, trying passionately to recreate a world of unified vision. Cara Elizabeth explains her message in simple and direct terms. “What I preach is nothing new, I believe in peace and justice for all peoples and creatures. I only hope to help create a means for this way of thinking to become POPular, to subvert the status quo by hijacking the mainstream and making it my own.”

RAFA ESPARZA is often informed by questions regarding his relationships to histories as they pertain to him via ethnic and cultural associations, his practice of Native American ritual ceremonies, the body and time. His recent works reflect his attempts at carving his queer, brown, body into a time and space deemed inaccessible.

KEITH HENNESSY/ZERO PERFORMANCE is a performer, choreographer, teacher and organizer. He was born in Northern Ontario, lives in San Francisco and tours internationally. His interdisciplinary research engages improvisation, ritual and public action as tools for investigating political realities. Recent awards include a NY Bessie (2009), two Isadora Duncan Awards (2009), the SF Bay Guardian’s Goldie (2007) and the Alpert/MacDowell Fellowship in Dance (2005). Hennessy directs ZERO PERFORMANCE, and was a member of the collaborative performance companies: Contraband (85-94), CORE (95-98), and Cahin-caha, cirque batard (98-02). Recent works include Delinquent, a work with young adults investigating juvenile crime and punishment, commissioned by  Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and Crotch, a solo performance developed at L’Arsenic in Lausanne, and presented in New York, Minneapolis, San Francisco, Zagreb, Liverpool, Poznan, Berlin and Vienna. Keith’s 2010 teaching includes University of Dance and Circus (Stockholm), Impulstanz (Vienna), Touch & Play Festival (Berlin), Ponderosa (Stolzenhagen) and American Dance Festival (Durham). Hennessy is a PhD candidate in Performance Studies at UC Davis.

DAWN KASPER is a Los Angeles based mixed media performance artist actively exploring the woven web of questions into the meaning of life and death. Kasper has performed and exhibited, nationally and internationally, at galleries and institutions including the Migros Museum Fur Genenwartskunst in Zurich, LISTE Basel, the J. Paul Getty Museum, Art Basel Art Positions, Miami, LACMA, LACE, The Hammer, MOCA, Newman Popiashvili Gallery, New York, Anna Helwing Gallery, Circus Gallery, Leo Koenig Inc., Projekte, New York; had video screenings at Art in General New York, Copy Gallery Philadelphia, and David Castillo Gallery Miami. Kasper is also one of the founding members of the performance and experimental art venue Human Resources in Los Angeles.

SIMONE GAD was born in Brussels, Belgium to holocaust survivor parents from Poland. She emigrated with her parents to the US through Ellis Island in 1951 and settled in Boyle Heights/East L.A. where she spent the remainder of her childhood. She grew up in the entertainment industry but also developed an early desire to be a visual/-performance artist. Wallace Berman and Al Hansen were her mentors for assemblage and collage. Her first performance art engagement was at Rachel Rosenthal’s Espace DBD in 1980, she wrote and performed a solo show about being a child of survivors and also her own survival of molestation and rape-as a young actress in Hollywood and in Paris, France, which toured in New York City, Minneapolis, Cleveland and Brussels from 1998 to 2005. More recently, she has worked with Asher Hartman in his performance art pieces for the Hammer Museum/Machine Projects, Sea and Space, Track 16, and recently had a lead role in Brian Bress’s video The Pull, which was shown at Miami/Basel Fair in December 2010. She is included in Lyn Kienholz’s encyclopedia; L.A. Rising: SoCAL Artists Before 1980 sponsored by the Getty Center. Simone is a 6 times grants recipient and has been showing in museums and galleries for 41 years in the USA, Europe, and Japan.

BRIAN GETNICK  is a performance artist whose work radiates from the costumes he makes. His performances take the form of mini plays and durational activities that are theatrical, hilarious, primitive and violent.

RAQUEL GUTIERREZ (b. 1976, Los Angeles, California) is a community-based performance writer, playwright, community organizer and cultural activist. Gutierrez is one of the co-founding members of the performance ensemble, Butchlalis de Panochtitlan (BdP), a community-based and activist-minded group aimed at creating a visual vernacular around queer Latinidad in Los Angeles. Gutierrez is also the Manager of Community Partnerships for Cornerstone Theater Company, the leading purveyor of community-based theater in the United States. She holds degrees in performance studies from New York University and in journalism and Central American studies from California State University-Northridge.

TANIA HAMMIDI is a live artist and educator living in Joshua Tree, California. She teaches critical studies at California College of the Arts/San Francisco, and makes queer performance utilizing installation, sound, and movement work. Her work focuses on fashion, social justice, queer masculinities, and mental disability. Recent performances include Red Lines (29 Palms Creative Center), Tree Hug (Highways Performance Space), Mad World (Clare of the Moon Cafe), Shit Bath (Praxis Mohave), and Fire: The Musical (UC Riverside Botanical Gardens). Hammidi writes about and curates queer fashion events, including artistic direction of INVINCIBLE: Coming Back from the Ruins held at the 2011 Butch Voices Regional Conference in Los Angeles and curation of Wear me OUT: Honoring What We’ve Fought to Wear (ONE Archive).

ELLE MEHRMAND is a performance/new media artist and musician who uses the body, electronics, video, sound and installation within her work. She is the singer and trombone player of Assembly of Mazes, a music collective who creates dark, electronic, middle eastern, rhythmic jazz rock. Elle is currently an MFA candidate at UCSD, and received her BFA in art photography with a minor in music at CSULB. She has received grants from UCIRA, the Russell Foundation and Fine Arts Affiliates. Elle is a researcher at CRCA at UCSD and is a member of the electronic disturbance theatre 2.0/ b.a.n.g. lab. Her performances have been shown in Los Angeles, Long Beach, San Diego, San Francisco, Durham, Tijuana, Montreal, Dublin, Istanbul and Bogotá. Her work has been discussed in Art21, the LA Times, Juxtapoz Magazine, Networked Performance, Reno News and Review, the LA Weekly, the OC weekly, VICE, and Furtherfield.org.

TAISHA PAGGETT  is a Los Angeles based dance artist, teacher and co-founder of the dance journal project itch. Her work and collaborations for the stage, gallery and public sphere have been presented locally, nationally and internationally. Her work includes individual and collaborative investigations into questions of the body, agency and the phenomenology of race. In addition to her group choreography and solo durational works, she has worked collaboratively, toured with and made significant creative contributions to the projects of Meg Wolfe, Victoria Marks, David Rousseve, Cid Pearlman, Cheng-Chieh Yu, Baker-Tarpaga Projects, Kelly Nipper, and Rebecca Alson-Milkman. Paggett is a member of Ultra-red and maintains an ongoing collaborative project with visual artist Ashley Hunt, “On movement, thought and politics,” which has taken form as a workshop, performance, video, and mixed media installation. She holds an MFA from UCLA’s department of World Arts and Cultures and is currently a member of the Dance Faculty of Columbia College in Chicago.

JULIE TOLENTINO creates intimate movement-based installations, durational performances, one-to-one events and audio soundscapes in the U.S. and abroad.  Described as ‘highly visual movement meditations, her work centers on the body’s inevitable disenegration, the excesses of aging and the body’s attempt at disclosure via hidden texts, history, emotion, secrecy and memory.  She has worked with David Rousseve and Ron Athey, as well as collaborations with Ibrahim Quarishi, Helen Paris and Leslie Hill, Margarita Guergue, Amy Pivar, Ori Flomin, Rob Roth, Vaginal Davis, Jonathan Berger, Stosh Fila, Mark So, Aliza Shvarts, Robert Crouch/Volume and others.  Tolentino’s work been presented at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt; Pact Zollverein,  Studio 303, La Batofar; Participant Inc, Performa05 Biennial, Momenta, Monkey Town Gallery, The Kitchen, Danspace Project, LePerc/BAM, Henry Street Settlement Center, Downtown Arts/Simon Says Festival; Fierce Festival; Green Room, Contact; Spill Festival/Visions of Excess, London, UK, Madre Museo;  Walker Arts Center, On the Boards, Seattle; Soma Arts, SF; UCLA Broad Art Center,  LACE, Perform Now! Festival, Pieter Performance Space, Mimoda, Francois Ghebaly Gallery in Los Angeles. She is co-director of Praxis Mohave Bootcamp for Performance Artists. Tolentino has received awards from the Franklin Furnace, The Field, Pact-Zollverine, CHIME and several full commissions for her work.  Most recently, she was awarded: ART MATTERS 2010-11 for research/travel to the Phillippines and a Yellow House Fund/Tides Foundation grant for curatorial research and presentation in 2011.

STOSH FILA AKA PIGPEN is a scenic artist who has toured and worked with artists including Ron Athey,  Vaginal Davis, Mark So, Julie Tolentino, Jonathan Berger, Catherine Opie, Dan Winters, David Hockney, David LaChapelle and many others.

SAMUEL WHITE is a Los Angeles based performance artist. Through a series of customized individual performances, White’s work explores temporal experiences that investigate the unconscious and absurdities of everyday life. He received his degree from UCLA and attended the Independent Arts Research Program at Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico. He has exhibited performance works and film projects at Conflux City, New York; The Company Gallery, Los Angeles; Highways Performance Space, Los Angeles; and LACE, Los Angeles; among others and is a founding member of Eighteen Thirty Collaborations.

DORIAN WOOD  is “armed with a vocal charisma that would befit a preacher and an experimental streak that would make avant-gardists swoon” (WNYC Culture). He has held audiences captive for years on street corners, in concert halls and performance spaces throughout the US, Mexico and Europe, both as a solo performer and as a member of the 30-piece experimental orchestra, Killsonic. Most recently, Dorian received critical praise for his performance and “picture perfect” art direction (Los Angeles Times) in the Killsonic opera, Tongues Bloody Tongues, presented at the REDCAT in Los Angeles. Dorian has previously exhibited his work at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE), Highways Performance Space, Pacific Design Center and several other spaces worldwide. His latest album, Brutus, was recorded live at St. Giles-in-the-Fields in London, during his spring 2010 European tour.
RIGO MALDONADO  is a mixed-media contemporary artist and curator from Santa Ana, California. Born in the shadow of Disneyland, his installations fabricate hyperreal and contradictory environments that explore counter-memory and social amnesia. Always with a wink and a nod toward the ironic and excessive, Maldonado confronts his audiences with complex social issues through playful spatial and material manipulations of found objects and new technologies. Maldonado’s work has been exhibited at galleries and public spaces throughout the U.S., Mexico, and China, including Self-Help Graphics, Nevada State Museum, the Social and Public Art Resource Center, and Dartmouth College. Currently, he is pursuing a degree in Art Education at California State University, Long Beach.

JUAN MARTIN DEL CAMPO, JR. has been using the medium of stained glass to release his creative demons for the past 7 years.  He is a native Angeleno who finds inspiration for his work in the world of pornography, humor, and design. He also co-owns San Francisco’s premiere queer punk label Cochon Records.

JIMENA SARNO was born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina and immigrated to Los Angeles where she currently lives and works. She is pursuing a BA in Art at UCLA, and will graduate in June 2011. Her work explores relational experiences, engaging the viewer as a collaborator in the production of meaning to create a dialog between order and chance. Her installations incorporate video, text, sound and electronics. She has exhibited at the Spring Arts Collective and the New Wight Gallery in Los Angeles and The Ann Arbor Film Festival in Michigan.

LETIZIA RAGUSA is a Los Angeles native whose recent work explores the intersection of desire with isolation, anxiety, and emotional paralysis. Her sculptures, installations and photographs offer a site of and for displaced internal discord, challenging the boundaries between actual, perceived, and projected emotional and psychological inclinations.
She is currently earning a BFA at UCLA


DINO DINCO was raised by a family of fighting chickens in rural Pennsylvania before moving to Los Angeles as a child. He is a photographer, filmmaker and artist. His photographic work has been exhibited in solo exhibitions in Paris (2005, 2001), Los Angeles (2001), and San Francisco (2009, 2004), as well as in group shows in London, Paris, Antwerp, Hasselt (Belgium), New York and Hamburg. Selections from his series Chico were featured at Salon Paris Photo at The Louvre, Paris (2001 – 2002). His work has appeared in publications such as surface (US), i-D (UK), Dutch (France), Revista Espacio (Mexico), V (US), Vogue Brasil (Brazil), Tokion (Japan), BIG (US), Studio Voice (Japan), Zoo (France) and BUTT (Holland). His short film, El Abuelo, premiered at the Tate Modern in London, May 2008, and has since screened at the 2008 Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival and the 2008 Three Rivers Film Festival, where it won in the Top 3 in the Short Film Competition.

Dinco’s recent exhibition of photographs, installation, and objects, Todos Somos Putos (with Julio Torres) was favorably reviewed by novelist and Semiotext(e) Chris Kraus co-editor in the December edition of Artforum.