Alan Calpe lives in NYC.

Using video and animation, my work oftentimes combines digital manipulation with older technologies, ranging from magic lanterns, slide projectors, puppetry, stop motion animation and diorama. It frequently employs interactions between the immateriality of the projected image and tactile objects in real space, with recorded video and live performance, between the creation of a scene and the sight of its stagehands, all emphasizing the body’s presence and labors in creating fantastic scenario.

Transformation is evoked though everyday activities and simple mechanics of the body, including breathing, sweating, digestion, and swelling, but made peculiar as they enact decidedly oblique and private rituals. These disruptions into the imaginary equate the physical transformations to psychic negotiations at play in our changing queer cultural identities.

I’m especially compelled by new potentials in the queer-historic language of camp, which at its essence, embodies a crisis in representing one's desire. Its performance is ambivalent, occupying both a longing for fitting in while suggesting its incompatibility. Thinking specifically of camp’s doubled readings and insinuations, along with the performances in drag and cruising, the work oscillates between flamboyant display and whispered discretion. It resides between a Hollywood musical romance and an illicit encounter. Here, we find ourselves in the exhilarating and varied moments of seduction.

 

 




EDUCATION

2006 Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture
2003-06 University of California San Diego, MFA in Visual Art
1995-00 University of Florida


SELECTED SCREENINGS/EXHIBITIONS

2014
· Dance and Process, The Kitchen, NYC
· The Fantasies Given to Us May Never Be Fixed, Vox Populi/Aux Performance, Philadelphia, PA
· The Flip of the Wrist, Machine Project, Los Angeles

2013
· INsideOUT, Atlantic Center for the Arts, FL
· Ransom, Wayfarers Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
· Another Performance: Collaboration with Moriah Evans, Danspace Project, NYC
· Another Performance: Collaboration with Moriah Evans, Work-in-progress Showing, JACK, Brooklyn NY

2012
· Rethinking the Imprint of Judson Dance Theater 50 Years Later, Movement Research in Residency, New Museum, NYC (Collaboration with The Bureau for the Future of Choreography)
· Light, Miniature Garden, NYC
· When Elephants Weep, F.L.A., Gainesville, FL
· Another Performance: Collaboration with Moriah Evans. Draftwork, Danspace Project, NYC
· LD4D: Collaboration with Moriah Evans. Abrons Art Center, NYC
· I Cho-Cho Choose You, Wayfarers Gallery, Brooklyn NYY

2011
· Together, Cameo Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
· Pretty Vacant, Mathematics Collective, Brooklyn, NY
· Wish You Were Here, Westchester Gallery, WCC Center for the Arts, White Plains, NY
· Fenced & Stitched, International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP), Brooklyn NY

2010
VIDEOROVER, NURTUREart Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
The Things Themselves, Pelham Art Center, Pelham, NY
St. Ann's Warehouse, Experimental Puppetry Lab Exhibition, NYC

2009
· VIBA Festival (Video arte Internacional Buenos Aires), Argentina
· Forever, Subliminal Projects, LA
· Carousel: 3rd Annual Milwaukee Invitational Slideshow, Woodland Pattern, WI
· Satellites (Video Installations throughout the Channelside District), Tampa, FL

2008
· Agenda: Queering Popular Media, Current Gallery, Baltimore, MD
· Near Sighted, Far Out, Harvestworks, NYC
· Q + Me: A Fierce and Questioning Asian America, Museum of Chinese in America, NYC

2007
· Identity Masquerades: Showing, Telic Arts Exchange, Los Angeles, CA
· We Are Wizard, LAXART, LA
· Locating Secret Psychological Space, Museum of Fine Arts, Florida State University
· Battle of the Cities Film Festival, Ice Capades, Chicago, IL
· Let's Be Civil: Thesis Exhibition, Marcuse Gallery and Performance Space, UCSD

2006
· Supersonic, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery
· Where: Sundown Salon, LA
· Video Nightmare, Raid Projects, LA
· The Elephant vs. The Termite, University Art Gallery, UCSD, San Diego
· Dolphins of San Onofre, Compact Space, LA

2005
· Surveying the Border, J. Paul Getty Museum, LA
· Voiceovers and Guest Stars, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions
· INsideOUT, Atlantic Center for the Arts, FL
· Borders, Union Gallery, University of Arizona
· Anthology Film Archives, NYC
· Whoever Sees This Will Live Forever, Compact Space, LA
· The Porch Show, Cinders Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
· Que Traes, Estacion Tijuana, Tijuana, BC
· The New Pony Mask Operas, San Diego, CA 2004

2004
· Sea Meets Swell, First Year Exhibition, UCSD
· Shift, Acuna-Hansen Gallery, Chinatown, LA
· Paradigm Promiscuity Proliferation Perversion, Marcuse Gallery, UCSD, San Diego

2002
· Que Sera, Sera: Alisson Bitikker and Alan Calpe. The Ark, Gainesville, FL
· Selections from 2002 New Festival. Brooklyn Academy of Music, Rose Cinema. NY
· 14th Annual New York Lesbian and Gay Film Festival

2001
· Philadelphia International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival

2000
· MixNYC, 14th New York Lesbian and Gay Experimental Film/Video Festival
· Seamless: Selected Video Art. Harn Museum of Art, Gainesville, FL
· The Greatest Love of All, Gainesville, FL


CLOUD SEEDING
From 1999- 2002 I was a founding member of Cloud Seeding, a 12-member collaborative performance art event that culled from the traditions and lore of the old American circus. In a modified box truck that folded to become our stage we travelled the country over the course of three tours, invited at venues that included:
Chashama Theater (NY), The Kitchen (NY), McKinney Art Contemporary (Dallas),
Wexner Center for the Arts (Columbus), Plan B Evolving Arts (Santa Fe),
Univ of California San Diego, School of Visual Arts (NY), Rhode Island School of Design.
Cloud Seeding
also received a Franklin Furnace Fundwinner for Performance Art Grant.



RESIDENCIES

2014 Dance and Process, The Kitchen, NYC
2014 Atlantic Center for the Arts (with Master Artist: Charles Atlas), New Smyrna, FL
2012 JACK Development Residency, Brooklyn NY (with Moriah Evans)
2012 Movement Research in Residency, New Museum, NYC (Collaboration with The Bureau for the Future of Choreography)
2009 St. Ann's Experimental Puppetry Lab, NYC
2007 Disfarmer Experimental Puppetry Residency with Dan Hurlin, Stuyvesant, NY
2006 Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME
2005 Atlantic Center for the Arts (with Master Artist: Janie Geiser), New Smyrna, FL