Printing the Performative Object / Hyperallergic

Collage of stills from Native Strategies’ performance series. From upper left to right: Amanda Yates, Meg Wolfe and Anna B. Scott, Prumsodun Ok, Nacho Nava, Nick Duran and Jmy James Kidd, Amanda Furches, Jahanna Blunt, Rafa Esparza and Nathan Bockelman (all images courtesy Native Strategies)

Collage of stills from Native Strategies’ performance series. From upper left to right: Amanda Yates, Meg Wolfe and Anna B. Scott, Prumsodun Ok, Nacho Nava, Nick Duran and Jmy James Kidd, Amanda Furches, Jahanna Blunt, Rafa Esparza and Nathan Bockelman (all images courtesy Native Strategies)

LOS ANGELES — I got lost on the freeways and streets en route to Brian Getnick’s Highland Park studio space, which is also the home of the blue theater and artist residency PAM. When I arrived, exhausted from the many wrong turns, Brian and I ascended the stairs to his second-floor studio, which is located above an active Evangelical church, and took a right. A beam of light streamed in through a palm-tree-patterned sheet that hung over a window behind the stage. Had the performance just begun, or had it been happening all along?

Outside of his own performance art practice, which fluidly intersects with his life, Getnick and artist/designer Tanya Rubbak collaboratively publish the LA-based performance art journalNative StrategiesLaunched in 2011 with Zemula Barr and Molly Sullivan, Native Strategies is on a five-year plan: it will run for as many years, with the goal of biannually printing 10 issues and eventually producing one book. The published word is coupled with the performative word as well: each issue coincides with a themed performance series.

Native Strategies is filled with essays, interviews, and documentation of performance in and around Los Angeles. With three issues out in the world, and now approaching the fourth, it’s one of those publications you want to hold in your hand, in order to treasure its objecthood. It’s best experienced as a gift offered and received.

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