This past year has been an incredibly challenging year for us all and so much worse for so many. Personally, it has also been an exhilarating year filled with so many fantastic people and memories. Below are some of my recent performance art work videos, from the underground in New York City, which aim to raise awareness of our times as well as unite us (as much as possible) as we collectively move into this very uncertain terrain. Hope to see you at one of the upcoming exhibitions, performances or get togethers.
Stay warm, Jennifer Elster
First, a song I wrote and performed 'Amid the Beauty'. 'Amid the beauty I see broken pieces everywhere. Amid the darkness I see beauty everywhere.'
AMID THE BEAUTY
I performed in The Development Underground in New York City at the J. Elster x The 50 Holiday Affair. Chris Colton played on my grandfather's piano.
ON THE LINE: DEMOCRACY
A moment from my performance at the holiday affair with NCP in The Development underground (to see more from the evening please visit ChannelELSTER.com or on Instagram @JenniferElster).
It was such a pleasure to listen, to have friends inside of the living exhibition and to share my poem about our need in the current times.
Poetry in The Development underground at the J Elster NYC x The50 Holiday Party
"Let us feast.
Let us be weary.
In the ripest of times,
I tell you extend to your brothers and sisters right now
which is all of us together right now.
We all need each other more than we know."
-- Jennifer Elster November 2016
Warfare from The Retrospective of an Extroverted Recluse
Background on artist:
Conceptual Artist Jennifer Elster (who has collaborated with such artists as Bowie and Yoko), had her first public art exhibit The Retrospective of an Extroverted Recluse. Culled from a large body of work amassed over Elster’s dynamic underground career, the show is the first of a multi-part retrospective the artist is in the process of revealing.
Previously working out of the public eye, Elsterhas spent years of deep, and, at times, bizarre excavation into the recesses of her mind and the minds of her subjects, analyzing the depths of human nature. Using words, paper, canvases, photographs, audio, video and performance art, Elster obsessively explores ways to deal with the severity of reality. The multidisciplinary exhibition offered access into the innards of Elster, her sensuality, vulnerability and declarations for equal human rights and justice.
Please do visit the site ChannelELSTER.com for further discovery and/or tune in on social media for ongoing work and discourse.