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Gerard & Kelly’s new project investigates intimacy, partnership, and how memory binds two people in time.
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Gerard & Kelly, Timelining (2014). Performance view, The Kitchen, New York, NY.  Photo credit: Ian Douglas.  Pictured: R.B. Schlather and Adam Weinert.
Gerard & Kelly, Timelining (2014). Performance view, The Kitchen, New York, NY. Photo credit: Ian Douglas. Pictured: R.B. Schlather and Adam Weinert.

From March 14 to April 19, 2014, we are thrilled to present Timelining at The Kitchen, New York’s foremost venue for multidisciplinary performance.

Our first institutional solo exhibition, Timelining features new work, including sculpture, site-specific interventions, and, for the duration of the exhibition, a performance enacted whenever a viewer is present.

In short, the work is about partnership. The centerpiece of the exhibition is a score that requires two performers involved in a preexisting relationship. A performance begins when a viewer enters the gallery. Circling the space and each other in an interlocking floor pattern, the two performers speak timelines of their lives from the present moment backwards. As the timelines entwine and interact, the score produces temporal jumps and unscripted moments of intimacy.

Each performer in Timelining is part of what we are calling a “partnership”—a couple, former lovers, siblings, a mother and daughter, roommates. There’s a lot of re-thinking these days about what a partner is, and we wanted to get away from the reduction of every intimate relationship between two people to a model of romantic coupledom. Our score models what might be considered a queer relational structure between two people; for us, this means thinking about subjectivity as formed in relation to others, by desire, and always in motion.

Performers for Timelining include: devynn emory and Jen Tchiakpe, Ted Henigson and Todd McQuade, Emily Petry and Gwen Petry, R. B. Schlather and Adam Weinert, Lissy Vomáčka and Anna Vomáčka.

Gerard & Kelly, Timelining (2014). Performance view, The Kitchen, New York, NY.  Photo credit: Ian Douglas.  Pictured: Gwen Petry and Emily Petry.
Gerard & Kelly, Timelining (2014). Performance view, The Kitchen, New York, NY. Photo credit: Ian Douglas. Pictured: Gwen Petry and Emily Petry.

Timelining is all about partnership, and so is the process of bringing it to life. We’re dedicated to partnering with performers in a way that’s sustainable, ethical, and mutually supportive. This means paying them for their work and expertise throughout the process of learning and performing the score. In turn, we ask you to partner with us to make this project an artistic and financial success. With commissioning and operational support from The Kitchen as well as a grant from Art Matters Foundation, we’re already well on our way to meeting the entire production costs of this work. We need your help to raise $10,000 to help cover performers’ fees.

One of the things that we’re most excited about is that Timelining is FREE– no ticket cost, no hassle, we just want you there with us. Whether you’re able to contribute $10 or $10,000, every donation gets us closer to our goal. Regardless of your financial support, we hope you’ll spend time with Timelining at the Kitchen, now through April 19.

Partner with us today and help us reach our goal of raising $10,000 by April 19th!

The Kitchen is located at 512 West 19th Street (between 10th and 11th Avenues) in New York City. Gallery hours areWednesday—Friday: 12pm—6pm; Saturday: 11am-6pm. More information at http://thekitchen.org/event/gerard-kelly-timelining.

Gerard & Kelly, Kiss Solo (2013).  Installation view, Kate Werble Gallery, New York, NY.
Gerard & Kelly, Kiss Solo (2013). Installation view, Kate Werble Gallery, New York, NY.

We’re dancers, writers, and visual artists, and we’ve been collaborating together since 2003. We work within an interdisciplinary framework to create project-based installations and performances using choreography, writing, and a range of other media to address questions of sexuality, collective memory, and the formation of queer consciousness. 

 Find out more about our work here.

Gerard & Kelly, Reusable Parts/Endless Love (2011). Performance view, Danspace Project at St. Mark's Church, New York, NY.  Pictured: Roger Prince and niv Acosta.
Gerard & Kelly, Reusable Parts/Endless Love (2011). Performance view, Danspace Project at St. Mark's Church, New York, NY. Pictured: Roger Prince and niv Acosta.
Exhibition poster, signed by Gerard & Kelly and performers.  For pledges of $500 or more.
Exhibition poster, signed by Gerard & Kelly and performers. For pledges of $500 or more.
Gerard & Kelly portfolio book, 12 x 12 inches, hardcover with dust jacket, 48 pages.  Limited edition, signed by the artists.  For pledges at the  $1,000 level.
Gerard & Kelly portfolio book, 12 x 12 inches, hardcover with dust jacket, 48 pages. Limited edition, signed by the artists. For pledges at the $1,000 level.
   
Limited editon Timelining T-shirt.  For pledges of $250 or more.
Limited editon Timelining T-shirt. For pledges of $250 or more.

Please note, though we operate as a nonprofit 501-c3 organization, donations to this Kickstarter are not tax-deductible. If you would like to make a 100% tax-deductible donation, you can do so here.

Risks and challenges

Once this project receives funding, we still face a number of challenges to make Timelining a success. Crucially, since Timelining is a performance designed to meet the demands of a five-week exhibition, we must get the word out about the show. We have our work cut out for us, but we know that if we’re able to raise $10,000 with this Kickstarter we’ll be in an incredible position to meet these challenges!

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    Getting closer - Ryan and Brennan will personally snap a performance photo on their phones just for you and email it your way.

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    Freinds - Share in our process: Ryan and Brennan will email you the first step in the practice of learning the Timelining score - a writing exercise. Send it back to them and they'll pull out key events for you.

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    Collaborators - Behind the scenes access: We'll email you the secret schedule of performers’ appearances in Timelining, as well as a digital copy of the score for Timelining

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    Siblings - You'll receive an invitation to our Closing Night Party on April 19, 2014, in New York City. Celebrate the show’s run! Drinks on us. Fabulous location to be announced.

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    Companions - You'll receive our limited edition T-shirt featuring a transcript from Brennan's & Ryan’s own performance of Timelining PLUS you’ll be invited to the Closing Night Party.

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    Intimates - You'll receive an exhibition poster signed by Brennan, Ryan, and all the Timelining performers, PLUS our T-shirt and an invitation to our Closing Night Party.

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    Family - You'll receive a limited edition book featuring Gerard & Kelly's recent work, signed by the artists PLUS an invitation to our Closing Night Party.

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    Lovers - Join us at the Kitchen for a walk-through of the exhibition with Gerard & Kelly, PLUS our limited-edition T-shirt, exhibition poster signed by the team, and invitation to our Closing Night Party.

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    Mentors - You'll receive credit as a major funder on the exhibition checklist, press release, and on the web sites of The Kitchen and Gerard & Kelly PLUS join us at the Kitchen for a walk-through of the exhibition, receive our limited-edition T-shirt, exhibition poster signed by the team, and invitation to our Closing Night Party.

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    Partners - Own an edition of Timelining – Commission a self-portrait for you and a “partner.” In five three-hour sessions, we will transmit the score of Timelining to both of you. Please note: if you are interested in this prize, we will put you in touch with Kate Werble Gallery.

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