A performance by Theresa Byrnes
Friday June 15 2012
Performance – 7.30 – 8.30 p.m.

So here I go again, another performance, another time for making an event appear out of deep thought and decisive action.

My new volunteer/assistant Amy Sanchez appeared, my friend Riz Rich and neighbours helped me collect items needed for the installation, the construction site next door donated the wood for the performance structure. I met a young fashion student on the Street, HONG YU, and we collaborated on the costume.

As an artist belief in an idea and respect and faith in my work becomes Tender. People assist me to fulfil artistic projects NOT FOR legal tender (money) but for creative tender, establishing an economy of respect to achieve intellectual progress and community.

“TENDER” a performance about money and the economy.

We see cash as cold and hard and inhuman, but it is the product of our primary human quality to balance, weigh and value and then to share, trade and sell.

Our INTRINSIC IMPULSE TO BUY & SELL brings people, communities and civilizations together and is central to the human experience.

People place money and the economy as a force unto itself and often as the enemy. But the only reason the dollar is accepted it is because we accept it.

The primary human dichotomy is that of debtor and creditor. The scale of justice is our own body. Primordial debt can be cleared by complete respect and tender care for the earth, the only true wealth.

Queens Art Express Festival
Currency Gallery @ SUPERNOVA
26-19 Jackson Avenue
Long Island City
Friday June 15
Performance – 8.00 – 9.00 p.m.
Exhibition & installation 6 – 9 p.m.
www.theresabyrnes.com | www.queensartexpress.com

About Theresa

Australian-born artist Theresa Byrnes began to exhibit her paintings in 1986 at the age of 16. She has had over 20 solo shows at spaces including Saatchi & Saatchi in New York and Australia, Cristianne Nienaber Contemporary Art NYC, the Australian Embassy in Washington D.C., and many galleries in New York and Australia. Her work has been included in Documenta USA, Art Gotham, Redlands/Westpac Invitational Prize and over 25 more group shows. In 1996, Byrnes was awarded a Young Australian of the Year award. Her performance pieces, which have been seen all over the East Village and repeatedly at the HOWL Festival, have been called "wondrous," "purist," and "uncompromising," by London's Daily Mirror. Byrnes published her autobiography The Divine Mistake in 1999 (Pan Macmillan, Australia). She moved from Sydney to New York in 2000 and received Pollock-Krasner awards in 2003 and 2006. A monograph on Theresa Byrnes’s work, unifying her abstract painting, performance art and portraiture, is planned for publication by CHARTA BOOKS in 2012.
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