Pure Surface #16
Ajna Lichau (film) / Endi Bogue Hartigan (text) / Dawn Stoppiello (dance)
Doors at 6pm, performance starts promptly at 7pm.
For the past 16 years Ajna Lichau has been creating interdisciplinary work, experimenting in the form of photography, installation, video, sculpture, and performance. She was born in 1975 in Hawaii and was raised in New Mexico and Oregon. Currently she lives and works in Portland Oregon. She received her BFA (photography) in 2000 from Parsons School of Design and her MFA (New Genres) from San Francisco Art Institute in 2006. Lichau has shown her work at SOMArts, WorkSound, Mark Wolfe Contemporary Art, Spur Projects, San Jose Museum of Art, 9th Havana Biennial and more recently at Procvetaj Festival, Belgrade, Serbia. www.ajnalichau.com
Endi Bogue Hartigan’s recent book of poetry Pool [5 choruses] (Omnidawn, 2014) was selected for the Omnidawn Open Prize and was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award, and her first book One Sun Storm(Center for Literary Publishing, 2008) was selected for the Colorado Prize for Poetry. Her work has appeared in numerous journals including New American Writing, Chicago Review, VOLT, Tinfish, Verse, andOstrich Review, as well as a collaborative chapbook, out of the flowering ribs, created with visual artist Linda Hutchins. More on her work is at endiboguehartigan.com.
Dawn Stoppiello is a conceptual artist whose primary material is the human body in action. Obsessed with performance itself as content, Stoppiello’s current work is an exploration of the duality that exists in a performance situation. Intentionally straddling the two simultaneous realities – the “real” people on stage and in the audience, and the fantasy being created by the event – the performances become an examination of how meaning is created in the encounter between performers and viewers. With composer Mark Coniglio she co-founded Troika Ranch, a critically acclaimed performance ensemble that has been innovating and experimenting with computer technology in live performance since the late 1980s. Stoppiello has performed, taught and lectured throughout Europe, Australia, Canada and the US. She received a BFA in dance from California Institute of the Arts in 1989 and an MFA in dance from George Washington University in 2014 and is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of dance in Portland State University’s School of Theater and Film. In 2009, after 25 years away, she relocated back to Portland, Oregon where she gardens, plays with her dog, drinks perfect beer, dances in the rain and speculates on grand schemes. (dawnstoppiello.com • troikaranch.org)