Rope Series: Kristina Lenzi

The Present Tense first had the pleasure of showing Kristina Lenzi‘s work at the first Contaminate Festival. Lenzi created “Wrapping Paper” a disturbing, humorous, questionably erotic, and unseasonable (the festival took place well after Christmas had passed) piece.

Recently, Kristina Lenzi’s has been making performance work about fatal accidents.

"Fatal Accidents" 2011

In “Fatal Accidents” Lenzi uses string to attach a helium balloon to her left foot.  She attaches a long string of small Tibetan bells with a fairly heavy rock attached to the end of the string on her right foot.  The helium balloon bounces about in front of her face while she walks slowly, dragging the rock behind her, and carrying a palm-sized lit candle cupped in her hands.  She enters through a front door and exits through a back door.  Her mental focus is mindful of the candle flame and of the potential for fatal accidents.

Kristina Lenzi is a performance artist and painter living in Salt Lake City, Utah.  Lenzi’s performance art work employs live action with painted images and often includes audience participation.  Lenzi examines troubling current affairs such as war, anger, mental illness and the economy.  She uses satire, athletic endeavors, meditation, various personae, painted images and symbolic materials to explore her content.  Lenzi often draws from her personal experience, frequently referencing feminism, sexism, religious bigotry and her Utah upbringing.

Lenzi is an adjunct professor of drawing at the University of Utah and an adjunct professor of drawing, collage, performance art  and color theory at Weber State University.  Lenzi has presented her works in festivals and venues across the United States, including the Utah Museum of Fine Arts, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Mobius in Boston, Waterloo Center for the Arts in Iowa, Performance Studies International at Brown University and New York University.  Lenzi has acquired an international reputation with a performance in Warsaw, Poland.  Lenzi is a 2008 Tanne Foundation Award recipient for her work in performance art.  Lenzi holds a BFA degree in drawing and painting from the University of Utah and a MFA degree from Tufts University.

Farewell to Big Red and Shiny

Last week, Big Red and Shiny, an arts journal that served as a staple in the Boston art scene for the last 6 years, launched their final issue. After providing our community a forum to challenge and create dialogue around the state of the arts in New England, Founder, Matt Nash decided to “close up shop and make way for the next group of motivated artists to build a voice for their community.” Nash points out that Big Red and Shiny had been online a full third of the life of the Internet and lists poignant changes that the Internet has endured through the years. Nash expresses gratitude for the endless art, food, and music blogs that have sifted through content, providing him with the knowledge of “how best to spend the few years I have on this earth”. As I read Nash’s farewell, the worry lines began to subside and I became filled with hope and excitement for the future. In this move to end, Big Red calls upon the creatively minded to meet the challenge of building platforms for one another while simultaneously filtering through the blossoming chaos present in the internet age.

Big Red and Shiny has been crucial to The Present Tense’s evolution. It has been a cheerleader, a source of inspiration, and brain candy for us over the years, publishing interviews about our endeavors, posting our calls, and giving me another platform to publish my writing. In my grieving for the end of one of my favorite Art Journals, I have concluded that it takes courage to end something good to make room for the equally tenacious.

Because the Big Red and Shiny archive is uncertain, check out these Present Tense related posts:

Contaminate 1

Seconds Festival

Contaminate 2

Contaminate 3

Interview with Sandrine & Phil

Revolt2Die @ MEME

Sandrine’s review of The Human Cost of War

Alternative Art Spaces

Sandrine’s Review of X Me Lab