BREYER P-ORRIDGE | I’m Mortality
February 17 – March 25, 2012
Friday, February 17: 6-8pm
INVISIBLE-EXPORTS is pleased to present I’m Mortality, the second solo exhibition at the gallery of new works by BREYER P-ORRIDGE.
Genesis BREYER P-ORRIDGE is one of the most rigorous and relentless agents of the postwar Anglo-American vanguard, interrogating the meaning and substance of identity in a peerless half-century program of willful reincarnation and shape-shifting. Embracing the body as not simply the vessel but the site of the avant-garde impulse, BREYER P-ORRIDGE has reinvented and reintroduced herself again and again—as Fluxus pioneer, groundbreaking performance artist, inventor of industrial music, “wrecker of civilization,” and, most recently, as pandrogyne, in a romantic project of identity and gender merging with her now-late wife, Lady Jaye. In her new body of work, conceived to be a kind of “inter-dimensional” collaboration between the material and the immaterial world, BREYER P-ORRIDGE probes the limits of each of those enterprises, drawing on the consonant and indigenous traditions of shape-shifting and reincarnation encountered during recent trips to Nepal: a practice born at an intersection of Mortality and Immortality as experienced as biology and as consciousness.
Genesis BREYER P-ORRIDGE (born in Manchester, England in 1950) was a member of the Kinetic action group Exploding Galaxy/Transmedia Exploration from 1969-1970. S/he conceived of and founded the seminal British performance art group Coum Transmissions in 1969. Her work has been exhibited at The Tate Britain, the ICA London, The Serpentine Gallery, London, the ICA Philadelphia, the Musee D’Art Moderne, Paris among many others. Her complete archives are part of the Tate’s permanent collection. Lady Jaye BREYER P-ORRIDGE (born in Brooklyn, New York in 1969) was a practicing nurse, dominatrix and vital member of the East Village performance scene of pre-millennial New York.
“We view Breyer P-Orridge as a separate person who is both of us, Neither of us take credit for the work, the work is a melding of both of our ideas which we would not have had singly. Both of us are in all of our art. That third being, Breyer P-Orridge, is always present.” —LADY JAYE, 2003