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Janine Antoni: Collaborating with Stephen Petronio | "Exclusive" | Art21

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Published on Mar 7, 2014

Episode #199: Filmed in 2013, artist Janine Antoni and choreographer Stephen Petronio discuss their collaborative process. Instead of working strictly within their respective fields, Petronio and Antoni blur the lines between sculptor, performer, and choreographer as they create works for the stage as well as for the camera. After collaborating with Petronio on his piece "Like Lazarus Did" (2013), Antoni worked with him to make "Honey Baby" (2013), a video of Petronio company dancer Nick Sciscione moving through a honey coated sculptural space. "We were very interested in making a video where one could not feel gravity," says Antoni.

"Like Lazarus Did" is part of the Stephen Petronio Company's current tour, visiting Portland, OR; San Francisco, CA; and Scottsdale, AZ, in addition to a week of performances in New York City. "Honey Baby" is on view at the Mattress Factory in Pittsburgh, PA until March 30, 2014, as part of Antoni's solo exhibition, "Within".

Janine Antoni's work blurs the distinction between performance art and sculpture. Antoni transforms everyday activities such as eating, bathing, and sleeping into ways of making art, such as painting and sculpting. Themes in her work include mortality, desire, and the body.

Learn more about the artist at:
http://www.art21.org/artists/janine-a...

CREDITS: Producer: Ian Forster. Consulting Producer: Wesley Miller & Nick Ravich. Interview: Ian Forster. Camera: Rafael Salazar & Ava Wiland. Sound: Ava Wiland. Editor: Morgan Riles. Artwork Courtesy: Janine Antoni & Stephen Petronio. Performance Footage Courtesy: Stephen Petronio Company. Music: Son Lux. Special Thanks: The Joyce Theater & River to River Festival. Filmed At: DANY Studios, New York, NY. Theme Music: Peter Foley.

"Exclusive" is supported, in part, by by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council; 21c Museum Hotel, and by individual contributors.

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