Park View is very pleased to open with Los Angeles-based artist Matt Siegle. He will perform “The Human Potential Movement,” which, in this iteration, will take place over the course of one week, Monday through Friday, for three hours each night. The setting is domestic, and the audience is invited to come and go freely.
In his performance work, Siegle often develops specific, culturally coded sets of behaviors and conduct that he embodies within lived life over stretches of time. Here his attention is drawn to recent and historic self-realization texts, and they are presented as a single-channel sound work-cum-reading. The texts describe a composite-self in possession of an enlightened and queer past, a sinister and densely erotic present, and an optimized and self-improved future. The texts include Walt Whitman’s Calamus poems with their oblique references to male same-sex “camaraderie,” Siegle’s journals, and philosophical and spiritual advertorial courtesy of the Esalen Institute, a midcentury progenitor of self-actualization and present-day “it” destination for an affluent, aspirational, and hip Mindfulness set.
Siegle’s physical actions comprise looped gestures, and he is surrounded by an arrangement of tools that includes but is not limited to: one cork block, two or three strings of LED lights, iPhone 5 with Insight Meditation timer, MacBook Pro with TextEdit and dictation software, two portable speaker systems, several candles and utility blades, and one 300-count box of Diamond brand Strike Anywhere “Greenlight” matches (“Green-colored tip signifies sourcing from 100% aspen wood grown in responsibly managed forests”). By consolidating his sources internally within his body and externally within the space of the performance, Siegle produces a situation that is firmly embedded within this particular historical moment as it relates to the good life.
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836 S. Park View Street #8
Los Angeles CA 90057
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