February 23, 2018
I was recently profiled in Essay’d, by art historian Nadja Rottner.
“Eli Gold’s conceptual performances explore the value of labor in art by using the artist’s own body as medium, material, and live-tested instrument. To consider art as a form of labor places emphasis on measures of time and physical effort, and on the demonstration of the processes by which a work of art is made. In addition, Gold’s work exposes how gestures of doing are inextricably intertwined with gestures of feeling, as his practice foregrounds how institutions such as art galleries regulate human behavior.”
June 1, 2017
June 16 – August 26: “Round in Circles,” group exhibition, opening reception June 16 at N’Namdi Center for Contemporary Art, Detroit
July 8-9: performing “Border Crossings,” at Festival Der Regionen, Marchtrenk, Austria
October: curating “Feels” in collaboration with Chris Reilly at the Ford Gallery, University of Easter Michigan — presenting guest speaker Jennifer Doyle.
June 10, 2016
Performing Braced at Rapid Pulse
This spring I performed in Rapid Pulse performance art festival at Defibrillator gallery in Chicago. It was an awesome experience in a beautiful gallery with a diverse and loving community. At this festival I performed Braced, check it out.
April 3, 2016
My March performance The Monkey Chase The Weasel (How Did I Get Here) is now viewable here on the website. Check it out!
October 20, 2015
The Heartbeat Listeners
In conjunction with Hamtramck Neighborhood Arts festival I put an impromptu social installation in the front room of my new home. It was a beautiful, simple and intimate experience. I was admittedly nervous that the prompt of the piece was too much to ask, but it was not. Most of the public was open to having strangers listen to their hearts beat and were excited to hear ours. For more info view the full work.
April 28, 2015
Finally done editing video from the February performance Full Time. See it here.
April 8, 2015
Full Time Discussion Panel
If you need a better understanding of the recent work Full Time, footage of the discussion panel is now accessible here. During this conversation my collaborator Rena Detrixhe and I were joined by KU Professor of Art History David Cateforis who moderated the discussion and helped suss out some of the show’s more interesting details.
March 23, 2015
Our week of labor was intense. The reception, discussion and sale were interesting. The work was understood, and the audience was receptive, valid questions were asked and hopefully answered. The dialogue of art and labor were recognized to be active elements in a contemporary conversation about the artist’s place in our society. We got to meet the phenomenal LA based artist Tim Youd who was performing a work of devotional labor at the public library in downtown KC. It was a connection I was pleased to make.
More images and text abound
February 13, 2015
Rena Detrixhe and I are installing our show Full-Time at the La Esquina Gallery in Kansas City. La Esquina is a non traditional art space run by the Charlotte Street Foundation out of KCMO. Rena and I are going to be performing for a full 40-hour workweek in the gallery starting 2/15/15. The show will run 10am-7pm, 2/15 – 2/19, with the reception from 6-9 on Friday, 2/20. During the reception there will be a panel discussion between the artists, Art History Professor David Cateforis and Salina based artist Priti Cox. We will also be selling the fruits of our week of labor at a low-low price, so drop on by.
December 22, 2014
To know yourself, to know your personal history is antagonistic to progress.
To improve you must actively stop knowing yourself, forget everything you knew about yourself and create a clean slate of your character.
Some things might be hardwired, but acceptance of them is not a way to move past them, it is necessary to know that they do not and never did exist.
October 29, 2014
My mission in Salina is complete. “Surrounded” has been installed and uninstalled. The project came out well and the response was positive. The community at the Salina Art Center has been nothing but helpful. The warehouse has been a spacious and wonderful space to work in. It will take some time to re-adjust to a life without seemingly infinite studio space. Special thanks to Bill North and Cassandra Smith for their flexibility and constant, albeit very different, forms of support.