King suite 201
Single channel video, 2013
Kerry Downey and Joanna Seitz
Shot in a "king suite" hotel room, dancer and choreographer Pedro Osorio performs a series of improvised movements with the room's objects, furniture, and architecture. In both cinema and life, hotels are used as liminal spaces where people are always coming and going, in between two places and often two states of being. As rooms that attempt to reconstruct aspects of “home,” functionally and aesthetically, they offer comfort, privacy and a good night’s sleep.
As spaces that are distinctly not home, they are also spaces of desire. Hotels are restless spaces. In “King Suite 201,” Osorio’s desire manifests itself through a series of actions that give careful attention to the room’s offerings: an enormous bed with a row of perfectly lined pillows, synthetic furniture, a Jacuzzi, ice bucket, etc. He is distinctly alone yet finds intimacy through anonymous experiences with objects. His movements are careful, curious, and at times tedious. Osorios’s performances of self-comfort queer any comprehensive reading of his body, the object, or the space.
Kerry Downey (born 1979, Florida) is an interdisciplinary artist and teacher based in New York City. She makes videos, installations, prints, and books. Downey also participates in collaborative shenanigans, site-specific adventures, and pedagogical experiments. Her work insists that we recognize the relationship between our physical bodies and the spaces we inhabit. Downey has been involved with the Flux Factory community since 2003 and has been working with art collective Action Club since 2010. She currently teaches at the Museum of Modern Art and Hunter College Art Department in New York City. She holds a BA from Bard College and an MFA from Hunter College. Her work has recently been exhibited at Raumerweiterungshalle (Berlin), WE (Jerusalem), the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College (Annandale), Columbia University (NYC), Invisible Dog (Brooklyn), A.I.R Gallery (Brooklyn), The Bronx River Arts Center, Spectacle Theater (Brooklyn), and NURTUREart (Brooklyn).
Joanna J. Seitz was born in Montgomery Co, Virginia and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. She received a BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University and a MFA from Hunter College. Recent exhibitions/screenings include One-Night Only Performances: A Tribute To Guglielmo Achille Cavellini (LYNCH THAM, NY), ORANGATANG[sic] (Picture Farm Gallery, NY), VIDEOROVER:Season6 (NUTUREart, NY), Unscripted: The Echo of an Address (Columbia University, NY) and Dry/Fat (Heliopolis, NY).