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Sacha Yanow
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Low-fi art punk band Tracy + the Plastics investigates the present space of radical feminism with their first full-length solo performance and video installation...

Tracy + the Plastics: ROOM
in collaboration with sculptor Fawn Krieger

December 14, New York, NY-Tracy + the Plastics, who was selected for the 2004 Whitney Biennial, presents its first full-length solo performance and video installation, ROOM. For this Kitchen commission, Tracy + the Plastics' Wynne Greenwood, collaborates with sculptor Fawn Krieger to create a utopian living room that envisions new ideas about community and home. During the day ROOM is an immersive video installation made of wood, foam, cheap carpet and engaging video projections. At night, it serves as the stage for a live performance by Greenwood's critically acclaimed low-fi punk art band, Tracy + the Plastics.

The exhibition is on display from February 7-12 (Monday-Saturday), 12-6pm and free of charge.
Performances are scheduled February 10-12 (Thursday-Saturday) at 8pm. Tickets are $12 ($10 for students and senior citizens).

With Tracy + the Plastics, Greenwood has created a cyborg band in which she assumes the persona of each band member. Tracy is live on vocals and keyboards, with Nikki on bass and Cola on drums appearing as video projections. The band's performance is "interrupted" by conversations between Tracy and her counterparts, who each have their own distinctive personalities, creating an engaging dynamic among this trio of alter-egos. As Tracy + the Plastics hangs out in a shared space with the audience, they explore notions of identity and communication, re-imagining 1970s feminist consciousness-raising groups and asking where the present space of radical feminism is.

Originally from Washington State, Tracy + the Plastics spins fractured multimedia experiments addressing the politics of identity and sexuality. It comes out of the do-it-yourself grunge aesthetic that emerged in the 1990s from the music scene in Seattle, reclaiming and transforming that mostly male phenomena into a feminist punk aesthetic.

ROOM was commissioned by The Kitchen.

About the Artist:
Wynne Greewood began Tracy + the Plastics after performing in bands and making short videos whose stories were told through their soundtracks. After studying video production at Rutgers University in NJ, Greenwood moved back to Washington State in 1998. A couple years later, Tracy + the Plastics started performing in basements, living rooms, and punk clubs in the Pacific Northwest. In 2004 Tracy + the Plastics was invited to perform in the Whitney Biennial, for which they were asked to create three new performances for three different spaces. The band often tours, performing at a range of venues that has included Harvard University, the Plains Art Museum in Fargo, ND, queer discos and made up art spaces. Two full-length CDs and a compilation video of live performances have been released on several labels including Chainsaw Records and Troubleman Unlimited Records in the USA, and Too Pure Records in Europe. Greenwood's other work includes single channel videos, video collaborations with K8 Hardy, and music collaborations with Sally Scardino. In the Spring of 2005 Greenwood will begin a video series for TV called Huge Days.

Fawn Krieger, a native of Long Island, received a BFA in Fine Art at Parsons School of Design in New York City and a MFA in Sculpture from Bard College. Currently, she has a collection of work entitled Space on view at the Annex Gallery in Brooklyn, and an exhibit of drawings at the James Beard House in Manhattan. This spring, Ohio University will be hosting a solo exhibition of her work.

The Kitchen's exhibition programs are made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.

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