Alexandro Segade and Malik Gaines
August 04 — August 17
A.R.M. is a collaboration of artists Alexandro Segade, Robbie Acklen, and Malik Gaines. Their shapeshifting projects use a promiscuous mix of performance, video, photography, sound, installation, and sculpture to explore queer subjects. Works include Poses (2017) a durational performance at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, New York; Arcángel Miguel (2017) a multimedia performance at the Kuir Festival in Bogotá, Colombia; A Cruel Angel’s Thesis, a mail artwork produced and sent to an audience of the group’s own making; Fire Signs (2017) began with a 2014 residency at BOFFO, Fire Island, New York and was the subject of a solo show at DD55 Gallery in Cologne, Germany; and The Legend (2015) a video piece that premiered at Rogaland Art Center in Stavanger, Norway and also was presented at Play: Video and Performance Festival in Düsseldorf, Germany.
Alexandro Segade is an interdisciplinary artist. Segade’s projects span video, performance, writing, drawing, and comics, using collaboration to question constructions of group identity. With these concerns in mind, Segade collaborates in art collectives, makes exhibitions and installations, directs movies, and performs live. Segade’s multimedia work, inflected with mythic world-building, offers spectacular explorations of queer utopias continually undermined by radical ambivalence.
Malik Gaines is an artist and writer based in New York. His book, Black Performance on the Outskirts of the Left (2017), traces a circulation of political ideas in performances of the 1960s and beyond. His essays have appeared in Art Journal, Women & Performance, e-flux, and in many exhibition catalogues and arts publications. He is an associate professor of Performance Studies at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. He performs in various collaborations and solo.
Malik Gaines and Alexandro Segade are interdisciplinary artists and have been collaborating on projects since they met as undergrads at UCLA. With Jade Gordon, they comprise the group My Barbarian, which makes performances, videos, music, and installations that use theatricality, humor and camp to playfully reenact serious artistic, political, social and historical situations. The group has performed and exhibited extensively and was included in the 2014 Whitney Biennial.
Robbie Acklen is an artist working in photography, sculpture and performance based in Los Angeles, CA. Exhibitions include Entre Nous, Bad Reputation, Los Angeles, CA; Aperture, BLAM Projects, curated by Peter Hickok, Los Angeles, CA; Walk Artisanal, 3716 Eagle Rock Blvd., curated by Peter Harkawik & Miles Huston, Los Angeles, CA; BOFFO Block Party, BOFFO, Fire Island Pines, NY; New Directions 2010: Down + Out, Wallspace Gallery, Seattle, WA (2010). He graduated with a BA from Pitzer College in 2012.