Kurt Perschke: RedBall Project Drawings & Collage
Opening reception: Saturday, June 6 | 11 am – 1 pm
Rochester Art Center presents recent and new work on paper by New York-based artist Kurt Perschke on the occasion of his RedBall Project—a sculptural installation traveling around the globe—coming to Rochester in an exciting temporary public art commission by Rochester Downtown Alliance (RDA).
Perschke uses RedBall Project to explore a city’s unique architectural landscape, history, and sense of community. With vision and wit, he squeezes RedBall between buildings and hoists it above bridges, punctuating overlooked possibilities. This past November, the RDA brought Perschke to Rochester for a 10-day artist-in-residency where he conducted research and explored our community both on foot and with a broad spectrum of individuals. Central to Perschke’s public practice is documenting cities and sites through photography, drawing, and collage. While in residency, he began a series of drawings specific to our community. In Rochester, RedBall represents the immediate creative impulse embedded in all of us—the simple act of seeing afresh. As RedBall traverses our city, his drawings and collages together provide insightful interpretation and imaging of our community through space, site, perspective, line, and human movement. More than schematics, Perschke’s drawings are intimate re-configurations of structure, line, color, composition, and improvisation. Using ink, watercolor, pencil, vinyl, and collage, he expresses a musing on place that includes surprise, disruption of everyday movement, humor, and play.
A native of Chicago, Kurt Perschke is an artist based in New York who works in sculpture, video, collage, set design, and public space. His most acclaimed work, RedBall Project, is a traveling public art project that has taken place in 27 cities including Barcelona, St. Louis, Portland, Los Angeles, Taipei, Sydney, Chicago, Toronto, and now Rochester. His work has been exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Barcelona, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, Bronx Museum, and the Busan Biennale. His video work has been screened in Europe, Australia, and the United States. Perschke recently received a National Award from Americans for the Arts Public Art Network.
Exhibition Programming: Saturday, June 6
REDBALL ROCHESTER*: all day
OPENING RECEPTION | REDBALL, BLOODY MARYS & BELLINIS
Saturday, June 6 | 11 am – 1 pm
PANEL DISCUSSION: REDBALL Rochester & PUBLIC ART: 11 am
Please join us for a conversation with Kurt Perschke, artist, Jack Becker, founder and Executive Director of Forecast Public Art, & Shannon Fitzgerald, Executive Director, Rochester Art Center
FREE FAMILY DAY | FREE ADMISSION: 10 am – 5 pm | ART ACTIVITIES: 1 – 4 pm
Celebrate the color of love, energy, and play with Redball activities
Kurt Perschke: RedBall Rochester is a Downtown Cultural Initiative commissioned, organized, and supported by the Rochester Downtown Alliance (RDA).
*Kurt Perschke: RedBall Rochester comes to a different site in Rochester beginning June 6 – 12, 2015. Keep your eyes open for a collective and inspiring engagement with contemporary art! For more information, visit: www.downtownrochestermn.com/redballproject and www.redballproject.com
Kurt Perschke: RedBall Project Drawings & Collage is organized by Rochester Art Center and curated by Shannon Fitzgerald, Executive Director.
Image: Kurt Perschke, RedBall Rochester, Site Study, RAC Veil, 2015, ink, watercolor, tape, and collage, 18 ½ x 25 ¾ inches.
Funding provided in part by a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature, a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and private funders. Rochester Art Center is a fiscal year 2015 recipient of an institutional support grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is funded, in part, by the Minnesota arts and cultural heritage fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the Legacy Amendment vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.