Gotta share, gotta show,

You won't be with me, so far far away,  here's the new piece, one of a few future medallions or coins.


"You, Me, We, She" - Review

Galleries: A wide-ranging celebration of 2d-wave feminism
March 11, 2012|By Edith Newhall, For The Inquirer

After two visits to Fleisher/Ollman Gallery's "You, Me, We, She," I've come to think of it as an all-women Whitney Biennial. It's not nearly as sprawling as a biennial, of course, but it's simmering with radical ideas, presents works in various media by artists of different generations, features the works of individuals and groups, and offers related activities and events, on the premises and elsewhere.

What the show is really about, though, is the phenomenon or trend in contemporary art that came of age with second-wave feminism in the 1960s - and is still going strong - in which women, in particular, began to take groups of people as their subjects or focused on addressing a communal identity.

The earliest works here capture the collective in-your-face mood of their time instantly. In two bright, graphic serigraphs, people like us yes, from 1965, and things go better with, of 1967, Corita Kent, also known as Sister Mary Corita, furthered her quest for social equality, peace, and love. A few years and mythical burned bras later, in 1972, Martha Wilson, a feminist performance artist and founder of Franklin Furnace Archive Inc. in New York, made her Breast Forms Permutated, a grid of nine black-and-white photographs of different pairs of differently shaped breasts. Anna Banana, a Canadian contributor to the Mail-Art phenomenon, is represented by issues of her scatologically oriented publications, Vile and Banana Rag from the early 1970s. Adding to the fun are videos of performances by the all-female band Disband, a staple of New York's downtown art scene from 1978 to 1982 known for its energetically performed a cappella songs of a feminist persuasion.

From there, the show leaps forward more than a decade, to color photographs documenting contemporary communal living (by Justine Kurland) and evidence of it (by Tammy Rae Carland); metal warning signs with such forlornly sweet sentiments as "Safe City" and "Safe for a Second," by Ilona Granet, that would seem to be channeling a collective memory of 9/11; Julia Sherman's glass-mounted photographs of acid-treated windows in a Manhattan convent (the community's own solution to vanity), and a collection of soaps made by the eight Benedictine Sisters of Perpetual Adoration in Dayton, Wyo., whom Sherman has been helping to rebrand their handmade soaps and creams.

The Art Book Club, a group of female artists who live in New York and convene regularly to discuss art texts, is represented by a wall shelf of their latest good reads (feel free to browse). The sense of urgency so present in the show's early works has been replaced by a sense of unquestionable empowerment, but its images are tinged with a nostalgia for the past.

"You, Me, We, She" also includes works by Becca Albee & Kathleen Hanna, Johanna Billing, Stephanie Diamond, Annika Eriksson, Kara Hearn, Donna Henes, Fawn Krieger, Jennifer Levonian, Shani Peters, Mika Rottenberg, and Francine Spiegel.

Disband, which reunited in 2008, will perform at Vox Populi Gallery's Aux Performance Space on Wednesday at 9 p.m. (http://voxpopuligallery.org/aux). On Friday and Saturday, Stephanie Diamond will host a retreat at Fleisher/Ollman during regular gallery hours at which artist collaborators and gallery visitors will share and support each other in a variety of ad hoc activities. The Art Book Club will be at Fleisher/Ollman on March 31 at 3 p.m. to discuss Katy Siegel's book Since '45: America and the Making of Contemporary Art.

Fleisher/Ollman Gallery, 1616 Walnut St., 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays. 215-545-7562 or www.fleisher-ollmangallery.com. Through March 31.


Performance with "Disband" at Fleisher/Ollman Gallery

"You. Me. We. She."
Fleisher/Ollman Gallery
A performance with Disband
Fleisher/Ollman Gallery
1616 Walnut Street Suite 100
Philadelphia, 19103
ph 215 545 7562

February 23rd - March 31st, 2012

Work by Disband members and others, see more here: http://www.fleisher-ollmangallery.com/exhibitions.php?calendar=future


Getting From Here to There: Images In and About Transition

Curated by Robert G. Edelman
AFP Gallery, Fuller Building, 41 East 57th St., 7thfloor, New York, (212) 230-1003
February 8 – March 20, opening reception February 15, 6 – 8 pm

“If you are an artist the problem is to make a picture work whether you are happy or not.” Willem de Kooning

The recent MoMA survey exhibition of the tumultuous body of work of Willem de Kooning was a timely opportunity for artists and art lovers to assess a career that has in many ways encapsulated the roller-coaster ride of 20th century art. What was quite apparent after walking through the show, finishing in the room of sublime and poetic works from the 80s (in spite of his dementia), is that de Kooning never felt that he had to choose between so called representation and abstraction; that one fed the other, and an artist could and must pursue their path regardless of trends, doctrine, punditry, market pressures or pubic opinion. To say that de Kooning followed his inner demon/angel is merely to state the obvious, except that we need to be reminded that a post-Clement Greenberg manifesto (i.e., paintings should be true to their two-dimensional surface) environment finds us back at square one: how to make a work of art that comes from personal experience and vision and still have a voice in the contemporary art dialogue.

(click any image for an enlarged slideshow)


Jamaica Flux: Workspaces & Windows 2010 Art as Action

(Jamaica, NY, March 17, 2010) – The third iteration of Jamaica Flux: Workspaces & Windows will open on April 10, 2010. The contemporary art project of the Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning (JCAL) is a site-specific, public art exhibition that is mounted every three years with the intention of using the urban environment as a studio and exhibition space.

Founded in 2004 by JCAL’s curator, Heng-Gil Han, Jamaica Flux includes the commission, creation, and exhibition of site-specific projects, that are installed at a variety of locations along Jamaica Avenue, including banks, stores, street intersections, parks, and other public spaces.

The selected works conceptualize this year’s theme, “Art as Action.” Artist perspectives will include art that references the tradition of gestural “action painting”; art that literally performs an action, such as a performance or event; and art that aims to solve social problems through constructive action, as opposed to art that merely represents or symbolizes social problems.

This year, Jamaica Flux Workspaces & Windows 2010 will include work by Hyong Nam Ahn, Ilona Granet, Robert Morris, Lia Perjovschi and Freddy Rodriguez.

More information at www.jcal.org


The Korean Times

Disband is featured in The Korean Times, online,  Spotlight on Women Artists at Incheon Biennale, 7/30/2009



Disband has just returned from South Korea!

We were invited to show and perform in the Incheon Women Artists Biennale.


And then we stayed for 5 extra days to see where we were. Fun and intense as you might imagine. Now I am back attached to the ceiling at the Swedish Consulate. 2 weeks with Martha and Diane rehearsing and eating and wandering. Quite wonderful. I bought new glasses. Tried to come back with a little white poodle that walked and galloped around with its back left leg straight out. but only a fairytale.

It was August 1st 2009, that we performed for the opening and the show is up for the month. Safe signs. I think looked good. But i heard more about the performance. The artists voted us best and most popular for their evening awards ceremony at a little local bar. Now I can die happy. We now dream of doing an all asian tour, if only i could spell the cities i would tell you.

We have a new song, "Lost and Found" in honor of Clinton the dog, and my mom. We do the minuet.


Speed Trials...

The Speed Trials noise rock series organized by Live Skull members in May 1983 at White Columns. Among an art installationcreated by David Wojnarowicz and Joseph Nechvatal, various performance artists such as Ilona Granet and Emily XYZ did their acts intermixing with the music of The Fall, Beastie Boys, Live Skull, Sonic Youth, Lydia Lunch, Elliott Sharp, Swans and Arto Lindsay.

"Speed Trials" was eventually released as a live album recorded by Mark Roule and became one of the best-selling independent records of its time

I'm on YouTube!

Painter/Performance Artist Ilona Granet appears live on Kestutis Nakas' 1982-83 talk show "Your Program of Programs".


One Woman Show 2008

One Woman Show, a mini retrospective
New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary
Art, New Harmony, Indiana, 2008.

slideshow of the images in a new window


Performance at the "Wack! Show" MOMA PS1

Performance at the "Wack! Show" MOMA PS1, Contemporary Art Center, Queens, N.Y.

In 2008, Disband reunited to perform at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Queens, N.Y. as part of the exhibition "Wack! Art and the Feminist Revolution."

30th Anniversary Reunion of DISBAND featuring Ilona Granet, Donna Hennes, Diane Torr and Martha Wilson.


Remembering Clinton, The Dog that He Is (click to enlarge)
6.2.1996 (approx) - 3.27.2007

Ilona was commissioned to paint the ceiling of the Swedish Conciliate in New York.
Photos by Teri Slotkin