“Requiem: Aching for Acker” a mixed-media exhibition by Aline Mare

May 6, 2018

May 6, 2018

Regular gallery hours to view the exhibition are: Friday – Saturday, 3-7PM; Sunday, 2-7PM; and by appointment, through May 30.

Beyond Baroque, Venice Boulevard, Venice, CA, USA

Event Description

“Requiem: Aching for Acker,” a mixed-media exhibition by Aline Mare, opens May 6 with an artist’s reception from 5-7PM at the Mike Kelley Gallery at Beyond Baroque in Venice.

L.A.-based artist Aline Mare grew up in New York City and began her career as an image maker and performer in the thriving avant-garde arts scene of downtown Manhattan in the 1970s and 1980s. During that time, she began a friendship with the experimental and subversive writer Kathy Acker that would last on and off for decades.  Ultimately, the relationship inspired Mare’s new body of work, “Requiem: Aching for Acker,” a photo-based multi-media exhibition, with each piece incorporating alternative processes and technologies to create unique, hand-finished artworks. Mare uses imagery and elements – including actual artifacts of Acker’s – that infuse the series with magic and myth.

It came about after author Chris Kraus (I Love Dick) contacted Mare to be interviewed for her most recent book, After Kathy Acker: A Literary Biography (2017).  The conversation spurred Mare to re-engage with Acker as a subject.  Her new series is based on “Requiem,” the poem on the last page of Acker’s final published book, “Eurydice in the Underworld” (1997). Confronting her own illness and death, Acker filters her cancer diagnosis through Greek mythology

In her artist’s statement for “Requiem: Aching for Acker,” Mare writes, “I was looking for a vision to match the feelings: the loss and the power I felt reading this final piece.  Something that would remind the world of her power as a creative female force of nature – her self-mythologizing a form of empowerment and vulnerability: to marry the past and present in a rich body of work that speaks to the universality of the path we must all take: the path to the underworld.”

Reception to be followed by a reading/performance from 7:30-9PM: Chris Kraus (via filmed reading), Dodie Bellamy (Writers Who Love Too Much), Matias Vieneger (The Assassination of Kathy Acker), Aline Mare (performing “Requiem” with Kris T Force soundtrack)

Regular gallery hours to view the exhibition are: Friday – Saturday, 3-7PM; Sunday, 2-7PM; and by appointment, through May 30. 

The reception is free and open to the public. The reading/performance event at 7:30 requires a ticket through Beyond Baroque.



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