Trust me? Trust them. Trust Us: Samuel Scharf and Paul Shortt at Soapbox
This month’s Soapbox features two guys asking you to trust them. Is it an appeal, a suggestion, a command? Soapbox is going to deal with power structures in performance, in multiple ways. You may experience doubt, fear, comfort, and gratitude, among many more sentiments performance occasions.
Soapbox is on a Friday this month, as opposed to its more usual Thursday.
For this Soapbox, I put the two artists together because of their striking similarities and yet entirely different approaches to performance. Sam and Paul are 30 and 29, respectively. Sam just received his MFA from AU this year, and Paul will in 2013 from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Their work is interdisciplinary, with a heavy emphasis on sculpture and participatory works, though performance is a more significant part of Paul’s overall practice. And they are both big guys with beards. And while their individual performances are going to differ entirely, they’ve come together to collaborate for the final piece of the show.
“Each artist has developed an interactive performance relying on the viewer to complete their works. Paul will be hosting an assortment of “Contemporary Farewells” while Sam will be leading the viewer through a variety of interactions entitled “Trust me.” Afterwards, you are welcome to receive your mystery award, handmade by the artist as a thank you for your participation.”
Paul Shortt on Blowout!
As an artist new to Washington D.C., being a part of the Blowout Performance Art Festival at Hillyer Art Space was a unique opportunity for me not only to perform but also to experience the thriving art scene in the District. I found the performances varied in style and craft from performer to performer, creating an interesting mix of engaging performances. The opportunity to perform and interact with audience members throughout the day created an intimate atmosphere and a collective experience not often felt at art events.
Artist Paul Shortt performed “The Car My Father Gave Me” at Blowout, DC Performance Art Festival on June 16, 2012. Paul’s piece was at the end of the day, and he was one of the few people to see almost every performance. “The Car My Father Gave Me” (youtube) is a performance like a lecture, incorporating a powerpoint presentation. The work is a slideshow through different cars in Paul’s life and explores his relationship through cars with this father- ending in playing a recording made in the car while his father taught him to drive stick shift.
Paul will be performing in August Soapbox with Sam Scharff- August, 17 2012!