The Bald Eagle’s Claw: Performance Evening

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July 11, 2019

7-9 pm

Madelyne Beckles, Dorica Manuel, and Marissa Sean Cruz

Curated by Philip Leonard Ocampo

Please join us for a performance evening in association with “The Bald Eagle’s Claw” curated by Philip Leonard Ocampo on Thursday, July 11th, 2019.


Housing the remnants of performances from Madelyne Beckles, Dorica Manuel and Marissa Sean Cruz, their traces remain as a sculptural installation once their performances end, becoming the 5th exhibition work of “The Bald Eagle’s Claw” (July 5th – August 3rd at Xpace Cultural Centre). While questioning the realities that surround maintaining appearances of marketed lifestyles that are prominent in American popular culture, each performer accesses performance’s subversive potentials in order to illustrate misunderstandings of labour, idealized living, fame and success. The three performances explore the nation’s purported ability to succeed, accomplish, thrive, and achieve.

The Bald Eagle’s Claw calls attention to ideas of false-superiority in the United States of America by way of artworks that present as indulgent, disillusioned representations of American patriotism. By repurposing iconography associated with “Americana” culture, the artists involved in this exhibition use painting, sculpture, text and performance to question the U.S.A as a dominating force while demonstrating a concern for how its ideals have flooded beyond its borders and into global consciousness. Similar to the “American Dream,” the works feign this same sense of romantic optimism, gazing forward into the hopeful future, seemingly distracted from the bleak reality of the present.

Image: North West wearing Kim Kardashian’s boots. One Light, Madelyne Beckles, 2019 (Reference).