Sarah K Williams, "On the Upkeep of Demanding Shapes"
Saturday, March 12, 2022 | 2:15 - 3:00 PM

Come see artist Sarah K Williams perform On the Upkeep of Demanding Shapes for the second time at the Bronx Museum.


On the Upkeep of Demanding Shapes explores the symbiotic relationships between the self, the maker, and the made. What are our responsibilities towards that which we create? How do our strategies of wellbeing effect the state of the objects we choose to put out into the world? How can we remain aware, informed, and open to influences in our environment, while retaining a sense of groundedness and sanity? When is distraction valuable and necessary vs. destructive and unproductive? 


This performative work presents a demanding object with an accompanying set of invented tools necessary for its upkeep, requiring constant attention from the maker. Through a rhythmic, and almost mechanical, demonstration of each tool's use, this dependent relationship eventually interrupts a series of gestures of basic human needs. This 6 minute demonstration is performed on a loop, testing the maker's patience, endurance, and well-being.


Please register to attend this free event HERE.




Sarah K Williams is a multidisciplinary artist working between sculpture and performance. Her  residencies and awards include NARS, Studios at MASS MoCA, the Vermont Studio Center, and a Fulbright Fellowship to study experimental music in Berlin. She founded the Sprechgesang Institute in  New York, a collaborative for artists working in an in-between language of two or more disciplines.

Image still from the December 11, 2021 performance of "On the Upkeep of Demanding Shapes" at The Bronx Museum of the Arts. Photo by Patrick Rowe.

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