THE RETROSPECTIVE OF AN EXTROVERTED RECLUSE

J. Elster NYC Gallery

 

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Jennifer Elster performs FUN FUTURE? with Sugar Vendil on piano at The Retrospective of an Extroverted Recluse.  

Elster performed FUN FUTURE? at The Retrospective of an Extroverted Recluse in May of 2016 in an effort to raise awareness of the looming nuclear danger. As many of us know, in January the Atomic Scientific Bulletin announced the Doomsday Clock was set forward to two and a half minutes to midnight (the latest it has ever been), due to a "rise of 'strident nationalism' worldwide, Trump's comments over nuclear weapons, and the disbelief in the scientific consensus over climate change by the Trump Administration. 

Like most of us, I am worried about the future of this country and the world.  In these divided times, we need to come together even more so. Each one of us has the power to create a better world.  Person by person.  Individually and collectively.  We can make a change.  We shouldn't allow anger and hate to dominate this beautiful planet.  It can get so much worse if we convince ourselves that our own footprint will not make a difference. 

- Jennifer Elster

This video was recorded by Dave Bronson on his iPhone. 

THIS IS REAL exclaims Alan Cumming.  Certain themes of Elster's returned at the entrance of the show. Gender Execution: Judge Me Not By Gender I Pigmentation Execution: Judge Me Not By Pigmentation I Socio Economic Execution: Judge Me Not By Socio Economics.
"It is certainly time for us to take these ridiculous prejudices out of the equation, but too many backwards people clogging up the motion." --Jennifer Elster

Trevor Gureckis warming up for his performance(s) of Philip Glass' Mad Rush. The piano Trevor played on was Elster's late Grandfathers, and was delivered the day of the show after being restored.  Elster's grandfather and his recent death was a reoccurring theme throughout The Retrospective.

CAREFUL
Paper Work 2013
IF WE COWER FROM THE DEMENTED WE BECOME A PRISONER IN A FEAR CELL

Derrick Little played the bowls.

PIGMENTATION EXECUTION: JUDGE ME NOT BY PIGMENTATION by Jennifer Elster featuring Justin Blanc and Trevor Gureckis performing Mad Rush by Philip Glass

"ALL MEN ARE CREATED =" Thomas Jefferson. "This is taking inexcusably long to catch on.
As a nation we must fess up to our past to properly move into our future
together.
Equal rights will lead
to unity through #community.
We can do this.
We need to go deep into the psychology of our existence."
--Jennifer Elster

WHERE TO? WHY?
Word Series 2008
Sugar Vendilperforms Cadenza from Potential Energies written by Trevor Gurevkis

WHY NOW?
Performance Art 2016
TOO MUCH WORK TO GET DONE IN THIS WORLD TO BE QUIET
"As some of you may know, the past and potential atrocities from hate and terror crimes weigh on my mind and heart in a very serious way and always have --even before 911 changed our lives and our level of awareness forever. Good people must stand together. There is no other way." -- Jennifer Elster

Guest awaiting the show.

GENDER EXECUTION: JUDGE ME NOT BY GENDER
Performance Art 2016
Featuring Paige
The first time this piece was performed was in 1996.

Mariko Anraku (The Metropolitan Opera) played the harp.

Quietude from the Five Preludes by Carlos Salzedo
"Lied" Third movement from Sonata for Harp by Paul Hindemith
Prelude & Toccata by G.F. Handel (transcribed for Harp by Marcel Grandjany)

CENTRAL: PLEASE DONT HURT ME
Performance Art 2016
Featuring Jennifer Elster and Mariko Anruka
"Having spent ten years in and out of the woods, studying and documenting human nature, and having spent my life obsessively examining existence, this performance piece articulates what I have found central in most beings (including myself of course)." --Jennifer Elster

EVEN MORE NOW
Stencil Series 2000
From first art show at The Shooting Gallery 

"AND THEN SOME, ETC..."
Canvas 2016

SECURITY: Even the Fighters Won't Want to Fight Anymore

Meant to prompt awareness to some of the most important concerns of our time.
Featuring Jennifer Elster, Julia Wilkins, and Colby Brittain.

SECURITY: Even the Fighters Won't Want to Fight Anymore

"In these divided times we need to come together even more so. Each one of us has the power to create a better world. Person by person. Individually and collectively. We can make a change. We cannot allow anger and hate to dominate this beautiful planet. It can get so much worse if we convince ourselves that our own footprint will not make a difference." --Jennifer Elster

ON THE LINE from The Retrospective of an Extroverted Recluse.

Jennifer Elster hanging On the Line.
Paper Work 2008-2016

 
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