Just last Friday, Danspace Project opened its doors at the historic St. Marks Church in the Bowery for a special performance by French-born artist Laure Prouvost. Titled From the Sky, the performance saw Prouvost exploring an invented history and interaction of her fictitious, conceptual artist grandfather, all through her signature blend of hyper-charged performance, video and imagery.
It was a strong follow-up for the artist, who just recently closed her installation For Forgetting at the New Museum, another kinetic installation work that addressed the fluid identities and online pitfalls of international fiscal investments and phishing scams in equal turn. First performed in London in 2010, the work has evolved considerably, incorporating a booming multimedia array, and accompanied by the artist’s bizarre, gestural movements and positions. Prouvost stalked across the stage, cradling vegetables and expressing concern for her grandfather’s disinterest in the surreal scenario presented.
The piece was distinctive of Prouvost’s scattered style, which seems to have taken on a greater depth and impact with her increased profile. While much of her piece remains submerged in murky character relations and a bobbing narrative style, the increased number of visual and sonic keys, combined with Prouvost’s dramatic presence, made for a compelling whole.