What do furniture, coffee grounds, and dancers have in common? The performance piece Queen George, an intimate and powerful combination of visual art, custom furniture, and modern dance running at downtown’s The Think Tank Art Gallery for one more weekend (January 24-25). Organized by Ate9, a Los Angeles-based dance company and arts organization founded by Artistic Director Danielle Agami, Queen George features Agami’s own choreography and showcases dancers interacting both with furniture handmade by Amir Raveh, coffeegraphs by Ari Roth, and each other to explore intimacy and domesticity with craftsmanship.
Amir Raveh’s custom furniture collection, all/most, was built in Tel Aviv from a wide range of materials found in Israel, including pieces of vintage furniture. Shape and scale are called into question in pieces that seem to defy gravity. Each piece brings new life and purpose to surfaces well-worn by human contact. As long as they are willing to yield to the performers, the audience is encouraged to interact with the furniture. Raveh’s use of mirrored surfaces and contrasting patterns create visual illusions that offer pleasant surprises to explorers.
Framing these unique pieces of furniture on the walls of the art gallery hang the work of L.A.-based Avi Roth, an Israeli visual artist who creates images using coffee grounds. The variations in texture between faded coffee stains, calcified foam craters, and angular coffee grounds give these “coffeegraphs” immersive depth, images intensely saturated with detail. Combined, Roth and Raveh’s collaged work creates a performance “living room” where Agami’s stimulating choreography offers surprises. In addition to the duets and ensemble phrases in the main gallery space, audience members can request a performance in private. The audience member is then allowed to stay as long as they like in a small rectangular room alone with a dancer, an intimate experience simultaneously frightening and empowering.
All of the furniture by Amir Raveh and visual art by Avi Roth featured in Queen George is available in a silent auction that closes on the evening of Sunday, January 25. Click here and register to see all of the items.