Joseph Ravens has got Talent!

Summer in New England is slowly disappearing and The Present Tense wants to soak up the sun while we can!  We will be taking a vacation from posting until September 1st. In honor of our recent Call for work for our Bicycle series, we are leaving you Joseph Ravens’ “Is my Liver Showing?” created for ROUGH TRADE in 2007/2008.  The Present Tense collaborated with Joseph on organizing ROUGH TRADE, an exchange between Boston and Chicago based artists.

It was a pleasure to witness this quirky piece back then, and exciting to recently see Joseph recreate it in another platform!  Enjoy!

Joseph Ravens on America’s Got Talent!

Joseph Ravens aims to project energy and images with abundant focus.  Through various hybrids of art, dance, and theatre, he devises highly stylized situations in which images and actions coalesce to produce decidedly poetic, often conceptual, narratives.  Ravens has traveled the globe to show his work in a variety of festivals and art venues.  He has collaborated many other artists and has been the recipient of several awards ad residencies.  As if this wasn’t enough, Joseph is the Founder and Art Director of DEFIBRILLATOR Performance Art Gallery in Chicago.  The Present Tense is proud to have had the opportunity to work with such a valiant and dynamic artist!

Call to Artists working with Bicycles! DEADLINE EXTENDED to AUGUST 1, 2011

Are you creating ephemeral works utilizing a Bicycle or multiple Bikes?  If so, The Present Tense wants to see what you are doing and consider your work for an upcoming blog post on Bikes as a performative object.

Please send the following information to by August 1 2011.
Artist statement (100 words)
Artist Bio (100 words)
Examples of past work using Bike(s): Images and/or video
Maximum of 10 images (72 dpi no larger than 8×10 inches)
Still images must be accompanied by an image list containing the following information:
Title of piece
Year it was created
Brief description of piece
1-2 Links to Video not to exceed 10 minutes each (hosted on Vimeo, Youtube, or similar site).
Please provide the following information for each video submitted
Title of piece
Year it was created
Brief description of piece if needed

Answer the following question:

Why do you use Bicycles in your work?

Email all information to